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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,993 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,993
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 214
Gots: 330 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
You could say, then, that Smuttynose IPA is a physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as we bottle it unfiltered. At 75 IBU's, this is definitely not a training-wheels IPA, but is meant for hop lovers looking to satisfy their craving in a way that's not easy to find. We think they’ll be quite pleased.

75 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-12-2004)
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Photo of Vendetta
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 16, 2008

Very good IPA. More citic than some but with the same high quality hop flavor. A tad of piney hops, but mostly just well rounded floral hops and a good bitter bite. Quality hop texture, flavor. Not too bitter either, well balanced hoppy beer.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep orange/golden color with a two finger off white head that leaves great lace on the way down. Smells of grapefruit, caramel, pine, yum. Tastes of caramel, pine and resin. Lingering pine bitterness in the finish. Medium body, crisp carbonation, oily mouthfeel. Great refreshing brew for sure. Another great brew from Smuttynose.

johnnnniee, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of TMB0424
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

a- The beer poured a deep peach/orange body with a nice small creamy white head. Good amount of carbonation

s- First thing that hits your nose is the grapefruit, followed by some hops and other citrus. Good amount of pine, grassy notes in there as well.

t- Tastes pretty much like it smells. Light malt flavor, very hoppy, lots of grapefruit. Despite all the hops it's only slightly bitter.

m- This beer is very refreshing. Medium bodied. The citrus/grapefruit leaves a slight bitterness on the finish, refreshing.

d- Drinkable, although for me the finish aftertaste turned me off slightly towards the end. Despite that, a great IPA and a very refreshing brew.

TMB0424, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/23/08. Bottle. Pours orange with a small white head, some sediment. Leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor of flowery hops and wheat. A little more bitterness than other IPAs. Quite drinkable and refreshing. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of NCBeernut
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden with orange highlights; small sediment chunks drifting around. Not much for a head. lacing is there but not quite as much as I expected from a hoppy American IPA like this one. A little funky smell with plenty of piney, leafy hop aroma. Malt and yeast comes together to give off yeasty bread aromas. Bready malt profile doesn't quite hold up against heavy leafy sharp hoppy bitterness. A little bitter grapfruit juice in the mix. Definitely West Coast style IPA here. Finish is bone dry with plenty of bitterness - not in a good way. Mouthfeel is very tannic and sticky with a good level of carbonation. I think I need a glass of water to soothe my mouth after this one.

NCBeernut, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of doppelmeup
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I have to say I was quite disappointed in this beer. Overall, I just didn't like it. Here is my review.

Golden honey in color, with some lace and just a modest head. The bottle contained quite a bit of very chunky sediment which was kind of surprising from a beer of this style.

Aromas of grapefruit but not much else.

Taste was pretty one dimensional, with grapefruity hops dominating. Quite bitter, but no malt flavor at all to balance it out.

The mouthfeel was the worst part of this beer for me. After the first swallow I had an oily, grainy aftertaste that didn't want to go away, even after full minute or two. Very dry finish, but just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Overall, I was quite disappointed. I would not buy this again, as there are so many other IPAs on the market that I liked a lot better than this.

doppelmeup, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of crazeddaffy
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is a little biased as two stouts have been drank before.

Poured into an oversized wine glass:
A: Copperish goldish, almost exactly like the color printed on the bottle above above the old man with the green hat.

S: Mostly grapefruit with yeast and hops.

T: Taste is exactly how it smells with an overpowering grapefruit taste.

M: Perfect carbonation for an IPA. Not too watery, not too heavy.

D: Taste is mostly grapefruit with some yeast and a great hops flavor.

crazeddaffy, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of evanackerman
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beer pours a hazy copper color with a big beautiful head, serious rings of lacing as beer is consumed.

aroma is citrus fruit and a hint of alcohol

taste is grapefruity American hops, pretty standard American IPA (I mean that in a very good way).

mouthfeel is medium bodied, very good for style.

drinkability is very high, definitely something I could drink repeatedly.

overall, another quality beer from Smuttynose, my favorite east coast IPA to date. definitely recommended.

evanackerman, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of mjaskula
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Poured from a bottle from a Smuttynose mixed pack into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden red in color and a bit cloudy with a significant amount of large sediment. Unappetizing.

Smell: floral and hoppy, very nice.

Taste: Smooth and sweet malty taste at the beginning, quickly turning to incredible hops bitterness, which lingers.

Mouth feel: Hops bitterness lingers too long in the mouth.

Drinkability: Becomes more drinkable as the glass drains, the bitterness becomes easier to handle.

mjaskula, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Gish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a murky straw color with an average-sized fluffy head. The head fades fairly quickly and the beer has good lacing. The smell is a bit sweet with citrus coming through.

The taste seems like a standard pale ale at the start, but then it hits you with hops. There is a good bit of bitterness in the aftertaste and a good amount of grapefruity hops. However, I don't feel like the grapefruit is overwhelming. It could use a bit more maltiness in my opinion though.

A bit thin in mouthfeel, but the carbonation is just right. A surprisingly drinkable IPA, highly recommended!

Gish, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of cannabanaceae
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poued a decent head, unfiltered with particles suspended in beer. Golden in color with red highlights.

Smell was Malt forward, belgium candi sugar, bready, sweet, a little but not much hop presence in nose.

Taste starts like a pale ale, then a blast of hop bitterness hits you, lingering in back of throught. Hop pellets, hop extract seems evident. Ends very bitter with no fruitiness. Medium body. Mouthfell was oily.

This is an unusual IPA. Very light in front, followed by a hop bomb bitterness. Weird, but I do like it... Somewhat.

cannabanaceae, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for throwing this one up to AK.

Pours a nice light amber/glowing orange. A stark white head that retains pretty well and leaves lattitudinal lacing ladders. Alliteration is amazingly awesome.

Nose is sweet malts and a decent amount of bitter hoppage. Some slight flowery nose as well.

Taste is pretty malty. The hops are in there, certainly bittering hops, lacking a bit in flavor, or at least it is beaten down by the sweet malt. There is some flowery perfume in there, a bit of grassiness also.

Mouthfeel is a slight bit thick, but not overpoweringly so. Carbonation is a touch light, and this one is just a slice too syrupy.

Drinkability is pretty good, but could be aided by a little bit more balance.

Overall this is a decent IPA, a bit sweet, but i think this one is a bit aged, so fresh I think this one could be a bit better. A palateable brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Pamola
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber orange with a nice lacy head. Foam retention isn't amazing.

S: Crisp and sharp hoppiness. Nothing over the top.

T: Wonderful balance. Pushing the hops to the brink, but not too far. The taste is bracing and has all of the sweet citrus (grapefruit, lemongrass) without being acrid.

M: Not incredibly full, but complements the hop bill perfectly.

D: I have had many, many of these. Many.

Pamola, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of praufs01
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A hazy orange yellow with a fluffy off white head.

Aroma - Slight musty smell with some strong notes of citrus (lime zest and grapefruit).

Mouthfeel - lively small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Like biting into a tart white grapefruit with some grassy/herbal notes in the aftertaste

Overall - Very nice IPA. It's easy drinking as the tartness makes your mouth water and beckons you to drink more ; ) This would be a good choice with buffalo wings!

praufs01, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of hellomcfly
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a honey/orangeish dark gold with a hazy look. Sediment floating around. Nice fluffy off white head. Really great lacing down my pint glass.

S - Very fruity with a slight floral note. Almost apricot smelling.

T - Very bitter. Very strong grapefruit hop bitterness present. Slight bready/buscuity malt flavor present. Piney bitter aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is a little thin for what I like in an IPA. Very smooth and creamy though.

D - I could drink a couple of these. Call me crazy but it kind of reminds me of a super bitter aprihop or #9 though the actual taste is more grapefruit. Overall a good beer but I was expecting to like it a little more after such positive reviews.

hellomcfly, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/gold with some sediment into a pint glass. It only has a thin disc of foam but leaves some decent lace as the beer disappears (which is pretty quickly!).

Smell is all grapefruit. Not much else there to detect. I can tell this one's gonna be a hoppy one from the time I get the first whiff. Taste is huge citrus hoppiness. Not much discernible malt character at all. Very, very bitter. Which, as it happens, I really, really enjoy.

Light to medium bodied. Mouthfeel is a bit oily. Drinkability is great. This is one bitter, delicious beer.

daythree16, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a slightly off white head. Head recedes fairly quick and leaves some nice spotty lacing down the sides.

S- Hops, plain and simple. A big floral, herbal and spicy grapefruit with a touch of sweetness.

T- Again, hops all over this one. A huge rush of prickly, bitter spicy herbal flavours mixed well with grapefruit and some chewy yeast flavours. A big hop flavour with just a touch of malts to smooth things up just a bit.

M- Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and right on for the carbonation.

D- A very solid brew, that's easy to drink and enjoyable. I think this could be a nice session brew as well.

nrbw23, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA is bright orange-amber in color and offers a decent yeasty cloudiness. A solid half inch head sticks around for a while and yields some sticky lacing throughout.

Smell is initially clean and citrusy but light. Hops remain rather subtle until the beer warms a bit and has room to move when pine and tangerine notes come out in full force.

Tastes of citrus hops and a balanced malt finish. A tasty brew with a good carbonation level. A slight dry bitterness in the finish is a bit limiting for me, yet the reasonable ABV and solid flavor make this a highly drinkable IPA.

HalfFull, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently on cask at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, golden body with a thick, silky white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: A nice, balanced, smooth, malt and hop smell that seemed pretty balanced.

T: A nice, bitter hop taste that seemed to be a combination of Cascade and Fogles hops with a pretty good, malt backbone to balance. The Cascade hops were quite evident in the aftertaste.

M: A pretty full-bodied and smooth mouthfeel that was complimentary to the taste.

D: A good taste for an IPA and an amazing mouthfeel. Definitely a very drinkable beer overall.

maddogruss, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an unimpressive slightly hazy orange with minimal head that becomes even more minimal in mere moments but somehow leaves a bit of lacing behind.

Aroma is of spicy hops, intense citrus notes, a mild biscuit in the background balancing a bit. The hop notes dominate completely, and smell delicious. Not a very balanced nose, but an IPA lover's dream.

Flavor starts off with some honey- sweetness and light malt, maybe even white bread, but the hops are overshadowing the whole time, just waiting to pounce on your tastebuds as soon as you start to swallow. And pounce they do. An all-out assault begins toward the middle of the tongue, and upon the swallow, your tongue is completely lost to them. The takeover is so complete that the flavor lingers around for what seems like centuries. Immense citric acid notes along with some pine, some orange spice, grapefruit peel (really, it's that bitter), and just plain "greenness"... leafy, foresty notes, almost like chomping on a christmas tree.

Mouthfeel is intense: medium body, almost creamy, but with relatively high carbonation and a very dry, puckering finish as a result of the intricate devilry of the hops.

Drinkability? you bet. If you don't LOVE hops though, you'll completely hate this beer. I think it's astounding. Highly recommended.

khiasmus, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Crystal clear copper under a medium, chunky white head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Mix of earthy and mildly citrus hops. There's a little bit of grapefruit, but it's mostly a piney hop.

T: Very fresh tasting. Hop character reminds of "wet" hopped beers. Bitterness if very well balanced. Malt backbone is there up front and there is a certain tangy citrus hop character in the middle. More of an earthy hop finish though. Bit of a vegetable taste but doesn't take away from the beer too much.

M/D: Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, carbonation is just right. Good drinkability. Aside from the slight vegetable twang, this is a very well balanced IPA.

NCSUdo, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of hooligan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in an Airport bar at Manchester, NH Regional.

Pours clear, just a shade too orange to be copper - from the tap with a thin wispy head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell is faintly roasted nuts, slight bready/yeasty, and a clean antiseptic herbal "sting" of hops.

Big hops upfront, grassy and aggressive, with a metallic/coppery finish that gives way to a chewy malt. Hop lingers and sticks a bit, cutting the malt just right before you think it's sweet.

Very heavy handed on the hops, with a big malt backbone playing rhythm guitar. Big beer with a creamy, sticky texture that "stays with you".

Quite an enjoyable beer.

hooligan, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle

A- reddish orange with a nice foamy head that clings

S- The hop character is most prominent, full of citrus and little piney resin

T- Tons of hops. This is bitter in a great way, much like grapefruit. Good depth of flavor from the full malt and yeast balanced by the hop punch

M- Sticky and thick. It coated my mouth with it thick sticky texture

D- I could drink this all night

Soonami, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce glass into a standard pint glass. The beer pours a hazy orange with an impressive white, sticky head. The smell is quite potent for an IPA. The pine scent is strong in this brew. The taste follows the scent. This is heavy on pine with a hint of citrus. This beer has a wonderful aftertaste that sticks with you. The beer has medium body and is quite drinkable for the abundant amount of hops. A very fine drink!

bonkers, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of CAP1868
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a decent head that doesn't hang around for long, some minor lacing left in the glass. The bottle has two old guys hanging out enjoying a beverage

S- The brew smells of slight hints of grapefruit and a touch of pine.

T- The taste is wonderful, dry yet appealing, leaves you wanting more with that dry hopped taste.

M- Excellent full bodied IPA, nothing short of excellent

D- Decent carbonation, could enjoy a six pack but not many more than that.

CAP1868, Oct 19, 2008
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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