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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,291
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 234
Gots: 429 | FT: 3
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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 brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, goblet, 'Best before: July 10' notched on the label to the credit of Smuttynose. Thanks for hooking me up with some Smuttynose farrago!

What I wouldn't give to be enjoying a care free Sunday with the two jolly gents on the label. This is a lovely hazed sunset, wheat orange with a small but sticky white head. There is a fair amount of floating matter, and like I said, the haze is significant.

Sweet dried mango, papaya, caramel malt, honey, and citrus rind.

Citrus (orange, grapefruit) rind bitterness makes this not as decidedly sweet as the nose implies. Some vodka and orange juice, pineapple, grapefruit, and mango.

Just about perfect mouthfeel for an IPA. Moderate carbonation with a dry but not empty body.

Since this is sub-7% abv and a solid IPA, I would love to have it around. Unfortunately it isn't. So far I think Smuttynose is an excellent brewery.

Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange/amber color with a big, fluffy white cap that retains pretty well. Yeast particles are seen floating in the glass.

S: Wow! Strong citrus blast from the hops (sweet grapefruit), followed by some tropical fruit (pineapple). The hops are aggressive in the nose but are not really bitter or resinous. Malts balance perfectly, giving some caramel and toffee notes.

T: Strong sweet ripe grapefruit flavor immediately greets the palate, as well as pineapple. The hops are more aromatic and flavorful than bitter or resinous, which works out really well with the caramel malt backing. The flavor does have a bitter bite to it, and a citrus twang.

MF/D: Medium in body, clean refreshing feel on the palate. The finish is a lingering citrus explosion or grapefruit and orange peel. Carbonation is a tiny bit fizzly, but I'm splitting hairs.

Photo of BeckyFreesTibet
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an unapologetic American IPA, easy to come by in you live on the East Coast, but not for the feint of heart.

It pours a light gold with a peachy tint, translucent but hazy. The eggshell-colored head was minimal but quite frothy and it lingered a while. The lacing was very thin and leggy.

It took a while for the aroma to open up, but when it did it was malty, piney, floral and very hoppy with hints of apricot and spice.

The taste is very, very hoppy and bitter in a piney, floral way. Citrus and soap are present, as well.

The bitterness definitely coats the mouth, but the body is quite appropriate. Carbonation is also medium. Overall, not something I'd want to drink every night of my life, but a pretty solid beer.

Photo of colts9016
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from the TheManiacalOne, thank you. Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has really good retention. The head is ivory, creamy, and frothy. The color of the beer is medium amber color, with dark copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is good amount of effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A nice malty base that is toasty, has a biscuit and a yeasty note. There is a good floral bouquet, citrus, and pine.

Taste: A good malty flavor, toasty notes, biscuit, and yeasty. There is a good floral bouquet esters, citrus, and pine.

Mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and malty.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium, with a medium finish. This is an okay IPA, I feel the flavors are muddled and don't have definition. Good overall.

Photo of HeroicDoses
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pint of this on a glorious spring afternoon. Love the label..two goofy old bastards drunk in lawnchairs. Look is very nice...a robust orange with a fluffy dank head, extensive sediment, decent lacing. Smell is so fresh and so clean, and hints at some choice hops. First sip...wooooh! Went down like sandpaper. Very dry feel, very heavy aftertaste. Wasn't expecting this level of dry hoppiness. The second sip was a different story. This one went down smooth as silk! By the way, it looks like a snow globe inside of it with all the sediment. Anyway, yeah, this is an IPA I can get into. Just keeps getting better and better after each sip. This stuff is no joke! It's dry as hell, it's hoppy as hell and it's got more sediment floating around than the East River, but it's a winner. The faint of heart will back away after the initial blast, but true connoisseurs (like the drunk old men on the bottle) will find this to be a tremendous beer.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass a coppery amber with a fine head and nice lacing.

The aroma was citrus, pine and herbs. Just a hint of sweetness.

The flavor followed the nose but with a grapefruit juice presence not apparent in the head. A fine hop bitterness with a light malt presence to hold the thing together. All in all a fine example of an American IPA. Well done.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep golden with a big, frothy white head. A good amount of lacing as well.

S - Smells of citris fruits. Mainly grapefruit but zesty orange notes are there too.

T - Flavor is clean and crisp. Primarily citrussy but there is some earthy hoppiness too. Unertones of toasty malt are there but do not take away from the hoppy bitterness. The grapefruit flavor really comes through in the finish.

M - Smooth and extremely creamy. A great IPA to savor and swirl around in your mouth. The fairly low carbonation level works well.

D - A great example of the American IPA style. Big and boldly aggressive.

Photo of ajhod
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sad because this is the end of the Smuttynose IPA I brought back back from a recent trip to NH. This is it until I go back down south...

This is an amazing beer. Pours a clear golden amber, so pretty in the glass. Exceptional hop flavour. Aroma is nice-not overly floral, but still hop notes available. Bitter and clean, with a bright pine flavour and just enough malt roundness in the background. The hop flavour lingers on the palate for a bit after you have finished each sip. After you swallow, you experience a nice piney flavour.

It's an exceptional beer for drinking by it self, or with food.

The only downside is the near 7% abv-it's not really a session beer-but as an IPA it is certainly right where it should be. I could swear that they upped the ABV a bit since I used to drink a lot of this-but maybe not. Perhaps I was just a better drinker back then.

I can't wait to get more of this into my fridge.

Photo of JamisonM
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got via trade with BitterPoetMadMan thanks! check him out on youtube!
Poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout snifter.

A: not much head and this glass promotes head its just thin head but still lacing is good. the beer is a very nice orange color

S: I smell some fruit pineapple and orange zest no grape fruit here. a bit of pine but not much

T: nice malt back bone with some grassy hops and a bit of pine mixed in not much fruit or orange zest in the taste.

M: good mouth feel carbonation is about right medium light mouth feel

D: oh yea its drinkable 2 or 3 of these would go down pretty fast

overall not quite as good as the west coast IPA's it just does not have that taste of grape fruit or whatever acidic fruit u wanna say. Still a very enjoyable beer to be sure.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: hazy orange color with a 2 finger head and great retention.

Smell: Smells like pineapple, citrus, orange peel and honey. Nice and balanced. Malty undertones.

Taste: Tastes very balanced and not overly sweet or bitter, just right. Good solid orange zest and lemon components followed by a strong yet balanced malty backbone. Grapefruit and pineapple mixed together.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect. A touch thin, but near perfect. Great carbonation and it rolls across the palate well.

Drinkability: my new go to american IPA. solid in both flavor and drinkability. Seek out.

Photo of thepeter
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very pretty orange color with a really nice creamy dense head that lasted until the very last sip and left some lacing that is still on my glass. The smell was all hops to me, some pine and very little citrus and malt not a horrible thing I just usually love the IPAs with a bit more citrus, and same goes for the taste. This was really hoppy and that aspect was fine, I just usually like more than just straight up bitter hops. I got some pine but that was it for me. The beer was so smooth though and I love that. Towards the end I just wanted more and I could have easily drank more. I guess in the end i prefer more of a well balanced IPA and this one was a bit too astringent to be one of my favorites.

Photo of nastley3
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looked amazing/perfect/the way a beer should look. It was alive, it had a solid long lasting head and it laced the glass. It was slightly cloudy and had a very appealing smell. The taste was good, strong hop flavor but not overdone or forced. If they had added any more hops to this beer the balance would have been off. Right at my limit of how hoppy I think a good IPA should be. It went down smooth, and wasnt overly carbonated. The drinkability was good, but not a beer that I am going to want many of. All around a very good beer that should keep both the hop heads and the average beer drinkers happy.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snuttynose IPA finestkind poured a golden color with a small head, and there was much sediment present. It had a hoppy strong smell, a good smell for beer lovers. The taste was very hoppy, bitter, and dry, a great pale ale. Its a bit bitter but not the hardest to drink. Overall very good beer and very enjoyable, but not for the light weights.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer about a year ago and it was completely underwhelming. The sample I had tried was way past its prime drinking date and I vowed to try a fresher batch. This was sitting on the shelf of my beer store and upon further examination I found it to have a bottled on date of March, 2010. I bought it, chilled it, and poured it into a pint glass. I was glad I did.

The appearance was everything I want in an IPA. It had a cloudy, yeasty, and golden body with a thick 3 finger billowy off-white head atop. There was lacing all over this thing!

The smell was very good. Grassy, citrus, and tropical were all there.

The taste as well was very good. Like a thick pulpy bitter orange juice strained through straw. Mmmm.

Mouthfeel/drinkability was very good and on par with some of the best IPA's I have had.

Very highly recommended. Try it fresh and you will not be disappointed.

Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Three bottles of this come as part of the variety pack. Poured into a pint glass. Golden yellow color with a clear body. Large, fluffy white head. Smell and taste were both dominated by hops, with a very pine-like and resin flavor. Good look and decent flavor. What I did not enjoy about this beer was the slightly watery mouthfeel and soapy aftertaste. Liked the start on the first sip, but did not end up well for me. Also, 6.9% for an IPA gave this beer a bit of a kick. A nice beer to have one at a time, but not one where I'd buy a six pack for a night.

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frm 4/3/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an orange amber color with one finger of white head. light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and bready malts. some pine hops too.

t - Tastes of citrus hops and and smooth caramel and bready malts. Nice bitter aftertaste and nice combination of hops and malts here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice cheap IPA. Great mix of hops and malts in the taste and a nice bitter IPA aftertaste. Could drink a bunch of these and would try it again.

Photo of livewire78
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stormking47 for this delicious treat.

Poured a lazy hazy amber color. Not much head and minimal lacing.

Smelled of a nice balance between hops at the forefront with a little malt thrown in for good measure.

Taste was really impressive. Very pronounced malt backbone which carried the intense hop presence on its back. The longer it was in the mouth the more intense the hops became. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was just average. Slick and a bit thin. Not oily or syrupy.

I could drink these all day. The hops would lose its personality after a few but the malt would still taste just fine. Too bad I have to trade to get it or it would be a regular in my rotation.

Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden orange with a bit of haze, large white head with plenty of lacing, and a good amount of sediment is floating.

smells of pine, lemon, a bit of acidic citrus, like a good, hoppy beer should. a bit of biscuity malt is there, barely.

Tastes of grassy hops, grapefruit, a bit of spice, with more of the acidic citrus punch. not much malt can be detected. a tiny bit of alcohol harshness seems to amplify the bitter flavors which stay on the tongue for a while.

mouthfeel is good. has a bubbly, yet velvety feel.

drinkability is good. bitter, tasty, refreshing. having to strain the sediment through my teeth does not help it, though.

being unfiltered adds to this beer's best asset, but is probably its biggest detractor, as well. the mouthfeel is perfect, but the appearance and drinkability would be higher without the amount of solid floaties. I tried not to let it affect the score too much, since I should have been more careful handling/pouring the beer.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Looks beautiful. A slightly hazy dull cooper with about a finger of light head and so a plenitude of bubbles. Heavy lacing.

S: I don't know if my nose is on the fritz or this is a weak bottle, but the nose is very faint. I detect a vague citrus, not entirely unlike Pinesol.

T: Ah ha! Here are all the flavours I expected in the smell. Not unlike many IPAs, but particularly notable is the grapefruit balancing out the bitterness. Hops are, of course, prevalent, and are the dominant flavour as the citrus recedes.

M: Delightful. The carbonation and citrus conspire for an forceful and pleasant shock at the beginning of the sip, which trails off into a dry, pleasing finish.

D: I can nurse a Smuttynose IPA for a long time, but there is no guarantee that is what I will do. A strong beer and excellent IPA -- if only it were a little hoppier, it might be my favourite of the style.

Photo of KTCamm
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours cloudy orange/golden with white creamy foam. Mine has sediment floating - is that right? Very sticky.

Big bold smell, lots of citrus, pine, grassy, with some fruit tucked underneath. Nice blend.

Taste is pungent - light sour like grapefruit, with a firm pine-y hop punch at the end. The bitterness lingers on and on. My toungue hurts.

So - the long and short is that powerful IPAs are not my thing. I like the taste being offered here, but its just too too much. The hops have taken over my mouth and are holding certain taste buds hostage. I couldn't drink another one of these - but do see how 'hopheads' would clamor for it.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice medium gold color with a creamy foam layer across the top, mild amounts of carbonation.

S - Citrus and pine with crackery malt aromas. The hops have an almost acidic character in the smell.

T - Bitter pine needles up front, citrus is mildly present, but the pine dominates. Midway through the sip the malt starts to surface but very quickly gets swirled back underneath the hop bitterness. Some pineapple appears at the very end before the hops immediately slap it down. This beer finishes with a bite.

M - Medium body, finishes dry and crisp with mild amounts of prickly carbonation on the tongue.

D - Exceptional. This is a beer I would keep around my beer cellar as a staple brew and a favorite go to IPA. It doesn't set the world on fire with anything extreme, but what it is, is one very solid IPA.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden orange, huge, tight white head. Ok active carbonation. Very frothy/billowy head. Quite attractive.

S: Softish piney smell is strong but smooth, maybe a little sweet.

T: Sort of a dry piney taste, not nearly as nice as the nose, much sharper, but still strong. Closer to an American pale ale.

M: Light and airy, too much so, I want an IPA with some backbone.

D: A very drinkable, well put together beer.

Photo of scottyb88
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- poured a hazy dark golden color with a nice foamy head that remained for almost the duration of the beer

S-grapefruit, citrus, all the typical hop aromas, i wish it was slightly more pronounced, a slight malt aroma in the background

T-well balanced hops and malts with just a slight bitterness at the end

M-typical IPA, nice and crisp and slightly carbonated, i love when the hops scratches on the back of your mouth

D-this is a great IPA. i've always seen it at the store but never got around to picking up a six pack. i'm glad I did; very balanced with a nice clean hop flavor and aroma

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im glad Smuttynose is in Ohio now. This was a gem of a find in the cooler at the corner shitmart.

A- Big everlasting sticky head. Tons of lacing. The beer is hazed from some sediment, similar to orange pulp. The color is similar to orange juice too.

S- Citrusy and floral. Grapefruit and light floral hops.

T- Sometimes bitter sometimes juicy. Pine and grapefruit. There isnt too much of a malt base but whats there is lightly toasted and crackery. Huge build up of crushed aspirin collects in the mouth with each subsequent sip.

M- Mild carbonation. An IPA could use a bit more, its still prickly and crisp though. Very clean finishing.

D- Good summertime IPA. Im glad I can find this so easily.

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get to revisit a beer I used to drink whenever I could 10-12 years ago thanks to a trade with BA johnmichaelsen. The beer poured a semi-hazy yellow-gold color with a nice rocky white head that had good retention and lacing.

The smell was nicely hop forward with the citrus and pine hops having the lead. The flavors were fairly similar, just bolder and more pronounced. There was enough malt backbone to notice in the mouth that didn't show up in the scent.

The body was perhaps a little fuller than average. Drinkability was very good, just as I remembered. I first encountered this beer on a visit to New Hampshire Speedway for an IRL race, and drank considerable numbers of various Smuttynose beers and this was as good as I remember.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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