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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,472 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,472
Reviews: 1,720
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 261
Gots: 576 | FT: 5
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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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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
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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smutty in the Chi! Best by 4/11. Super fresh, I imagine.

[L] Smutty IPA pours a hazy golden color with some suspended sediment and a whitish head; nice amount of lacing off the bat. I'd prefer it to be a little more clear and bright for an IPA, but this will suffice.

[S] An herbal, grassy hop aroma. Pungent. Orange zest as well. Pale and sweet caramel malts play a nice background, making for some good balance in the nose.

[T] I believe I had read that this was brewed with amarillo hops; tastes like it. Some light lemon, more caramel, and a combination of strong citrus bitter with the pale malts showing through on end; still leaning toward herbal. Solid.

[F] A damn fine, very dry, lingering bitter for an IPA. Prickly mid, with good carbonation throughout. Thin to mild bodied.

[D] This is tasty enough to put down a few. But the strong dryness begins to fatigue my palate a bit. I could do 3 or so before switching, or ending the night.

Will have to revisit this when I catch it fresh again. Nice $10 6er. Worth it.

Photo of zoso1967
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber that fades to a nice light copper hue in the center of the pint glass. The head is beige and pretty sticky looking. It fades to a thin layer of foam which sits over the liquid for an impressive duration and leaves swaths sticky lace.

The aroma is everything you would want from an IPA. Fresh and hoppy with plenty of grapefruit and tons of pine. It also has some nice herbal minty qualities and a bit of tropical flare. The malt is bready but fairly non-descript, letting the hop aromas take center stage.

The flavor is very hop forward and bursting with lupulin flavors. The dank pine is even more prominent in the flavor, but the citrus is also a major player with a are very pithy character to it. The hops also have a bit of herbal spice to them. The malt is sweet with a nice biscuity character. I would not call this an extremely well balanced IPA, with the bitterness handily winning the battle with the malt background.

The mouthfeel is medium with a nice smoothness to it. It finishes very balanced at first, but then all that hop bitterness really dries it up right at the end, leaving dank hop flavors on my tongue.

This is a fairly drinkable IPA, but I feel like it is not quite up to snuff with a lot of my other favorites. It is a very good brew, but I just found that hop character was a bit too pithy and medicinal for my personal taste. Still one to seek out if you are a hop enthusiast.

Photo of Transatlantic
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful beautiful golden orangish yellow color with fine and soapy bubbles. Retention and lacing is excellent.

S - Citrus is the first note I pick up. I am familiarizing it with grapefruit. There is also a cracker like bread smell coming up as a second note.

T - A bitter citrusy taste complimented by the same bread like taste that kicks in just after. The finish is quite dry and not unappetizing.

M - A creamy medium bodied beer with a light carbonation.

D - The dry finish my halt you after a couple...but then again, the abv might do the same once it hits you.

Photo of Star80
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an orangey-yellow with an opaque translucence, and a frothy, sticky head. Bottle is date coded and fresh, thanks for doing that Smuttynose. Smell is a bit faint, no big floral smacks in the face like you'd want from an IPA, but what you can smell is citrus, resinous grapefruit. You really have to try hard to get a smell, and I think for a bold IPA you should be able to smell it sitting next to you, aka, Two Hearted or even Alpha King. Anyway, taste is of citrusy grapefruit, with a resinous hop oily aftertaste. Some lemon zest in there too. Nice lacing on my glass. Some good carbonation and medium/rich mouthfeel. Some sweet malt body gives a nice backbone. Anyway, these are quite smooth and drinkable for such a high abv. Overall a nice beer, but not quite all that I look for in an IPA, especially in the nose. Hops are a bit one-noted too, lots of grapefruit and not much else. I will see how this beer does as it warms a little more and edit accordingly, if necessary, I hope.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with a white head - is a little hazy.

Smells of bitter citrus backed by some sweet candied notes.

At first the bitter grapefruit dominated and seemed too much, but the subtle, sweet notes lift the bitterness just enough so one more enjoy a myriad of flavors - very nice. One of the best IPAs I've had - very intense, but very good.

Photo of mikeg67
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden with a large, long lasting, white head and much lacing. Aroma of bready malt and citrus hops. Medium - full, tangy body. Citrus hops, sweet biscuit malt and ripe fruit are balanced on the palate. Long, dry, grapefruit finish. This beer is more balanced (more malt and less hops) than their Pale ale.

Photo of Philfromakron
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle, best before date notched on the label.

Poured out a warm bronze color. Head was small and white, but it hung on for a while.

Smells great. Very bright smell with a hint of citrus.

Taste was wonderful. Well balanced as it sits in your mouth, but with a snap of dryness in the aftertaste.

Very drinkable, somewhat soft feel. No real alcohol warmness.

Love the pic on the label.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, while I was buying this, the lady at the counter told me that the two dudes on the front received free Smuttynose for the rest of their lives. And then she tells me 'Well, not anymore, cuz they're probably dead." Yeah, thanks for all of that.

Great looking bottle art, and a good looking brew to boot. Hazy orange, with an average retention that leaves a slight skim at the top; good ring lacing.

Smell and taste are two even and handsome birds. Get a bucket, drop in grapefruit, lemon, car fresheners and baby burps. Then stomp them up into a fine paste, mix in water, and then drink. Smells divine and tastes like a dream.

Bitter, pungent, intoxicating, sweet, with a long aftertaste of all the good stuff that you just sipped down.

At the moment I'm not at all a fan of Double IPAs. Dogfish Head 90's are just a bad time in my eyes. But having this great Smuttynose IPA gives me hope that I may, one day, become a fan of the Doubles. If I do, I'll give thanks to my new go-to IPA.

Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased the same weekend that they hit the shelves in chicago. its always exciting when a new brewery comes to my region. no freshness information can be found on the bottle. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- the beer pours from the bottle into my glass a very nice translucent golden orange colored body with a small bright white cap of tightly knit foam on top. the head lasts for a while before falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing. pretty good.

S- the first thing i notice are some sweet caramel malts. after that i get a pretty solid blast of hops. for being from the north east, this IPA has a west coast style feel to it. thats never a bad thing. the hops come across as heavy on the grapefruit with pine and orange zest taking a back seat.

T- once again, the sweet caramel-like malts are the first thing i pick up here. after that comes the wall of hops. bitter grapefruit leads the way. after that i get some resiny pine and a little bit of orange peel. definitely west coast style.

M- medium bodied with a highish level of carbonation. a little prickly on the tongue. there really isnt any warming from (or trace of) the alcohol. nicely bitter and it leaves my mouth feeling pretty dry.

D- this is the first smuttynose beer ive tried, and its good enough to make me go check the other ones out. a really solid IPA that has a price point a little lower than the others. this might be enough to break into my regular rotation. a little too strong to pound all afternoon, but not too strong to have a couple of.

Photo of gregshead
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours with an orangish golden color. Full finger of dense head.

S: Grapefruit and lemongrass from the hops

T: Pine, some lemongrass with some grapefruit taste as well. Nice bitter aftertaste.

M: Has a large/good amount of carbonation

D: I like my IPA with a dry finish and this has it. Overall good and enjoyable but nothing that puts it at the top of my IPA list.

Photo of brandoncox
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy and hazy orange color. Sediment in the brew makes you excited to drink it. Lacing is present.

Smells like sweet pines with citrus notes and a good malty backbone. Slightly breaded smell.

Right off the bat the bitterness hits your palate and leaves a lasting sting on your tongue. Very powerful bite. Reminiscent of a strong and bitter orange... if you can picture that. Overall it tastes very good.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and with not much carbonation. Good mix for an IPA.

I see this being an IPA for hopheads and not just for the casual beer enthusiasts. But hey, give it a shot. It's delicious.

Photo of Genuine
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice hazy orange with a fluffy white head. Awesome head retention and beautiful lacing was left down the glass.

Smell - Smuttynose has a certain air to their beers, it's chock full of citrus notes such as grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste - this beer is intensely hoppy! It's amazing, this is an IPA not to be shunned away from, that's for sure. This one has definitely been made with care and it comes through. The hops round up all of the citrus notes for an incredible flavor that is hard to forget, even harder to put the glass down. I can't get enough of it.

Mouthfeel - Nice and full mouthfeel.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these with no problems. One of the most delicious IPA's i've had.

Photo of SuperNova777
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/29/10

A:Pours a hazy orange color with a nice fluffy white head that falls fairly slowly,
nice lacing is left down the glass

S:Has a very citrus hop aroma that seems to be balanced out by the smell of pale malts
not too overpowering but pleasent. Like a prime example of the East coast and Mid-west
versions of IPA

T:At first hit you get a nice taste of citrus/pine hops with a balance out of hops in the middle before the last bite of bitterness left on the backend. A oily resin is left on the palate.

M:Very full bodied with ample carbonation

D:This is a very drinkable and sesionable IPA. Pleasent citrus taste but very well balanced
at the same time, really reminds me of a EastCoast Two Hearted ale. Would suggest checking this one out if you get a chance.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into shaker. From notes.

A - Cloudy orange with a tint of amber in the center. finger and a half of nice fluffy white head with sticky lacing.

S - More on the piney bitterness end of the spectrum than the citric end. Some bready malt.

T - Big hops up front; mainly pine, grass with a strong support from grapefruit and lemon. Earthy.

M - Clean and decently smooth, not overly carbonated but good.
A bit tacky

D - Well built NE-style IPA. I'd have no problem having this again.

Photo of tapman
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden brown body with an off-white head of whispy foam that stands 2 fingers and subsides moderately quick. Bottle says some sediment is usual, though as of now the beer is crystal clear.

Piney and resinous aroma with a firm malt backbone of biscuit and caramel malts. A little bit of butterscotch as well.

Taste is skunky, sticky hops with plenty of bitter soapiness. Malt is highly toffee. Yeast very clean.

A little heavy, but not too bad for the abv%. Not too harsh with the carbonation.

Not bad, but I'm not a big fan of these English type IPAs. I don't like this much toffee in my brews. A matter of personal preference. Also hops are a little too soapy for my taste, like dry hopping with centennial opposed to amarillo which is fruitier and a little cleaner.

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- cloudy pumpkin color with small head and minimal lacing
s- hoppy and orange citrusy smell, bitter orange
t- big hop kick at first then the orange, grapefruit and maybe a little spice, caramel in the aftertaste, very nice taste
m- kind of light feeling, nothing to brag about, the weakest link in my opinion
d- pretty good ipa, well worth a shot if youre looking for a new ipa to try

Photo of soze47
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellow-gold in color with an orangey glow to it. Head rises, then falls fast.

Aroma: Herbal and floral hops and a sweet bready maltiness ar all present and co-mingle.

Taste: Hops from the news show up in the taste right away. They get held in check by a sweet and maltier than expected body.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: There is an almost growing astringent-like quality in the aftertaste that hurts this one's drinkability to me. The malty and somewhat rich body makes the robust flavors last too long.

Overall: I like the flavors of this beer, but they devolved and don't evolve throughout the drinking experience. Great hop and malt flavors in play and they do some great things at the start. Too bad they can't finish.

33 Beers Wheel Scores (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2
Dark Fruit: 3
Citrus Fruit: 3
Hoppy (pine): 3.5
Floral: 3.5
Spicy: 3.5
Herbal: 3.5
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 2.5
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 3
Sour: 1
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 2.5
Body: 3
Linger: 4

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before Feb 2011.

A. Pours a hazy gold with a two finger foamy white head that never quite dissipates and leaves lots of clumps on the side of the glass.

S. Citrus with some bread and grains.

T. Tons of bitter hops upfront: citrus, lemon peel, some grapefruit. Once you get past the hops, you can notice some bread and slight caramel flavors.

M. Medium body with a fairly high brisk carbonation that creates a fairly dry mouthfeel.

D. Not a bad IPA by any means, but lacks the complexity I desire in a really good IPA. I tend to favor a more malt forward profile with a wider variety of hop bitterness.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark-ish golden color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some grassy, floral, and citrus hops. The flavor is unfortunately short a bit on these flavors, but does bring a good amount of bitterness without letting too much malt get in the way. Good body with nice carbonation. This is one of the better Smuttynose beers that I've had.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date of January 2011. Pours a murky orange color with a thin head. Some sediment floating around in there. Aroma of hops and citrus fruits, predominantly orange. Taste has a nice bitterness to it. Nice hoppy, citrus flavor. Bitter aftertaste. Relatively smooth and crisp IPA. Nicely drinkable and tasty.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get strong smells of pine, herbal hops and that grapefruit smell. The smell reminds me very much of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo. You get that crispy hop fruity taste again which reminds me of Sierra Nevada's hopping. It has a sweet bready almost caramel malt taste and then just ending with that piney herbal bitterness that sticks on the back of the tongue very nicely.

Very robust IPA. This could almost be a double IPA... its definitely just as bitter. The IBU's seem to be in the 70s maybe even low 80s. The unfiltered quality definitely adds to the taste but there are definitely pretty decent sized sediment pieces floating around.

Excellent IPA especially for it only being 7.99. This IPA I think definitely gives the West Coast IPA's some good competition and I'm glad an East Coast IPA tastes like this. Definitely recommended.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a perfect hazy slightly orange strong golden color with a thin white head. There was some stickiness to it.

S - Slight grass aroma with some flower hints as well. Grains are present and there is some citrus character to it as well as some slight pine.

T & M - Flavor starts off with some nice dry bitter character that coats the mouth and sticks to every square inch. There is some greta bread character up front and then during the middle part the citric hop hints kick in. Very interesting flavor "delivery" for an IPA. Im liking it. There is some slight grapefruit and nice orange peel in the flavor and thats mostly where the citrus is coming from. The flavor is nice and clean and there are some great dry bitter finishing note to the beer. Great crisp carbonation. For my first Smuttynose offering Im quite happy.

D - Very refreshing and well balanced beer with great crafted flavors. Good ABV as well. Many could be had.

Photo of whisperjet
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into a pint glass

a: Pours a hazy straw yellow with two fingers of creamy head. The head sticks around and leaves nice foamy lace evenly around the glass.

s: Strong fruit scents can be notice as soon as the bottle is opened and they come out exponentially after pouring. Lots of citrus, specifically oranges and lemons. Sweetness of honey. The smell is sticky and inviting.

t: Strong and hoppy like a good IPA should. Perfect level of bitterness, the citrus is more low key than in the nose. Hops and barley are the dominant flavors and are very well balanced.

m: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very crisp and light feeling.

d: Very easy to drink and finishes cleanly. A great overall drink, a new personal favorite.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden with a thick, creamy, white head.

S - In the nose, initially, there is a little sweetness from the hops that matures into a more earthy, almost lemongrass smell.

T - Not much going on in terms of the malts. Some spiciness from the hops, then some really subtle fruitiness that turns into a a flavor that mirrors the smell with its earthy, lemongrass notes. And finally a healthy bitterness that coats your throat and the back of your tongue as you swallow. Not as balanced as I would have liked.

M - Some bite from the carbonation, but the head lasts and it acts as a comfortable cushion to your lips and tongue.

D - It has a crisp, refreshing body and the alcohol is not too high so it is easy to drink. Plus, it is not too bitter for me, which adds to the number I could throw back.

I must admit, I am a little disappointed with this brew. I was expecting an out of this world IPA, but I have definitely had much better ones. I probably won't be getting this one too often.

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

22oz bottle Best before November 2010. Huge thanks to Beandip for the bottle, Cheers Adam!

Slightly hazed golden yellow body falling just short of orange. Massive three finger meringue head. The head has some staying power, slowly working its way back. A slight cap remain through the duration, retention is excellent. Think sheets of lacing left clinging to the glass. Great looking IPA.

The aroma is strong on the citrus. Healthy does of grapefruit and tangelos. Largely sweet citrus slight floral aroma. Subtle malt peaks through underneath but it no match for the citrus.

Sweet citrus with a slightly pithy bite. Grapefruit orange and guava flavors supplied by the hops. Bitterness is slightly biting but the sweeter juicy hop flavor holds it in check. Pale malt with very slight caramel. Good malt base but this is all about the hops.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. The overall finish is dry though a slight grapefruit flavor digs into the tongue.

A top notch IPA there is no doubt. I wish I had more than the one bomber. There is nothing to dislike about the beer. I could easily drink a few of these in a session. While not my favorite IPA, it is very close.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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