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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,212
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 227
Gots: 395 | 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 kurp001
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey-gold with roughly one finger of fluffy white head that demonstrates solid retention, leaving behind generous lacing as it recedes.

Smell is mostly grapefruit and citrus notes, a mild biscuit malt is also detectable.

Aggressive citrus hops dominate upfront, with some floral notes as well. The biscuit malt makes its presence known somewhat midway, but is far less assertive.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and mildly crisp.

A very drinkable IPA, great for pairing with spicier foods or just as a solid standby IPA. Definitely worth returning to.

kurp001, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best By date June, 2010. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazy orangish gold in color with a lasting pillowy head. Small chunks of yeast hanging in suspension, loses some style points for sure there.

Aroma of floral hops and light citrus, bready malts and cracker like yeast.

This beer kind of tastes like orange juice, a very juicey citrus hop compliments a light malt body that balances well. This is one of the more balanced IPAs Ive come accross and it really is decent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and comes off a tad watery.

This is an easy drinking IPA that is far from over the top. Almost a pale ale in fact, the downplayed hop character came as a surprise. Still good though I may prefer the Shoals Pale Ale.

Stinkypuss, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of GrittyMug345
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not sure why but I had not previously tried this one, my mistake indeed!

Vigorous pour out of a 22oz. brown bomber (best before 1/10) into an imperial pint glass. This thing started out with a nice thick, creamy head, quickly settled down to a thin but solid head. Beautiful light copper color. Left a nice ring of sticky lacing after every sip (or gulp ;-)). The first whiff of this was just straight up grapefruit (I love a grapefruity IPA!), some grassy undertones upon more thorough examination, as well as some malt sweetness just trying to break through the citrus. The taste was more of the same - grapefruit right up front, as it warmed a little bit the malt really came through and balanced this beer nicely. The bitterness is in your face, but not overpowering, very pleasant. Clean, crisp finish. This had a nice full mouthfeel with just a little bit of slickness on the tongue. Maybe the best IPA I have had that was crafted in my neck of the woods (New England), this will now be in my regular rotation for sure!! Get some!

GrittyMug345, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazy, light copper with a 1/2-finger white head. Little lacing.

Smell is rather subtle--some nice citrusy hops & sweet malts. The taste is nothing like the smell. A dose of overwhelmingly bitter hops attacks your palate followed by some slight floral, pine & citrus notes. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too acidic.

This is a drinkable IPA but the bitterness is a little strong.

theghost3, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 10/2/09
This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one and a half finger of white frothy head. Head retains nicely and leaves behind a good deal amount of thick sticky lacing. Nose is all hops - citrusy grapefruit jump out first, with some grassy/piney notes and floral hops. Taste starts with just a hint of malts and then move in to an attack of hops. Fantastic bitter citrus hops hit you first, then some grassy hops even out the middle, some pines and floral finish the taste on this one. Light to medium body, higher carbonation - you can really see the bubbles dance in this one, crisp body with a dry finish. This is a nice IPA to sit with for a bit.

Jayli, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 2/10, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinted amber; 3/4" frothy head subsides fairly quickly, leaving a good amount of feathery lace. Solid-looking beer.

S: Surprisingly understated aroma of juicy, citrusy hops; a little bit of bready malt. Honestly, there's not much to talk about here; pretty disappointing.

T: Bready malt up front, followed by overwhelming piney hop bitterness. As it warms, a little bit of malt sweetness shows up near the finish. Not bad, but nothing special.

M: Medium-to-full-bodied with light carbonation. A little sticky.

D: The bitterness of this beer comes without much of a payoff in the complexity department, so it doesn't really leave me intrigued enough to kill for another sip. Does a good job hiding the substantial ABV, though.

Notes: I've had more than a few Finestkinds over the last few months, and I'm always satisfied - and always a little disappointed. Smutty makes a lot of beers that I really love, and I just want to love their IPA as well. Sadly, I can never really sink into this beer. Ah, well; maybe next time.


woosterbill, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Thur123
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so... this beer pours a lighter copper orange then I usually expect from these beers. The head is fluffy and two fingers deep after a hard pour and also, a crisp white color. There seems to be a bit off yeast still floating around in there and the head is going down very slowly with good lacing. The smell...hmm...bitter floral hop aroma with as little citrus as possible in this style, this IPA smells way more bitter then sweet. The malt profile smells balanced and lightly sweet to the nostrils.

Glug glug glug

Ok so I was right about the floral scent of this one, but it's slightly more complex than and not as bitter as the nose would have it. The malt is there only for balance and doesn't add much sweetness. Yep, this is hop heavy and only a somewhat complex. The mouth feel is fine and delivers the flavor in addition to leaving the bitter taste at the bottom of my tongue because of how thick it is. Overall...this beers not bad, but it's very standard IMO; a good basic IPA with a kick and a traditional east coast taste, but without the apricot and grapefruit I love.

Thur123, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, white head... still resulting in some fairly nice lacing throughout drinking. Body is a nice orange color, and hazy. Cloudy with small particles floating around.

S: The aroma is actually kind of weak... I can detect some citrus and resin there, maybe even a hint of celery or something peppery with the hops. Very slightly funky, though... not sure what's going on here.

T: The taste, however, didn't pull any punches, which surprised me after that weaker aroma. Lightly sweet with citrus undertones, and then a moderately-strong bitter finish... more bitter than the aroma would let on. Really enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: I was a little disappointed with the aroma of this beer, but it scored very well with everything else, and it's a great IPA that packs a pretty good punch.

berley31, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of drperm
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I use my Sam Adams glass for this one.

Appearance: It pours a resplendent, glowing, partly-cloudy pumpkin-orange with ample Duvel-style foam lacing on top.

Aroma: Deep, rich, dark "C"-hop aroma, although I was expecting a bit more in the deep-and-rich department. Graham crackers, wet ferns, and grapefruit round it out.

Taste: Near-heaven in a glass. Warming, toasty, with a dark-citrus (blood orange) hop bitterness that melds with a multigrain-cracker snap. Excellent and mesmerizing.

Palate: Bitter and sharp -- this would cut through greasy food with the best of them.

Overall: As I continue to drink it, it gets increasingly extroverted-bitter. But not in a bad way. At all. This is an impressive offering that I'd gladly have again, many times over. Try with homemade pizza, or a big, thick, loaded burger.

drperm, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. Purchased at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY 8 29 09 as a part of a Smuttynose mix pack.

A Nice light caramel color, opaque body with very appropriate, meringue like head that clings to the edge of the glass, forming a net like lacing that is really cool. There is some sediment floating about as well. 4.5

S Well balanced smell with some hops but nice malt sweetness as well. 4.0

T Bitter grapefruit hops, some malt but also a barley type bitterness that I do not really like. It is on track with the style I guess but I do not like this taste in a beer. The bitterness lingers on the back of my tongue well into the aftertaste, some 3 minutes after the last sip that I took. 3.0

M Medium to big mouthfeel. 3.5

D Not good to me but this is not my favorite style. It is probably appropriate to the style. 3.0

Notes: My first Smuttynose beer, appropriate to the style but not a style that I enjoy.

adamette, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of thesyko56
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark hazy orange color with a one inch thick white head.

S: Very nice floral hoppy smell with citrus tones.

T: Exceptional hop bitterness that dominates but still a hint of malt sweetness at the finish.

M: Medium body but very Smooth

D: Very drinkable for the style.

thesyko56, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a lot of visible yeast floaties. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is grapefruit, pine resin, and citrus. This aroma is like that of numerous other American IPA, and there is nothing really special about it. Still, it is very pleasing. The taste is a mass of bitterness. A lot more that the aroma leads to believe. Other than that the taste is muc like the aroma. Again, it is something I've had over and over before in different beers, but it is done well enough that doesn't bother me. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would certainly drink again.

KarlHungus, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation- Smuttynose IPA "India Pale Ale".
"Finestkind" on main label with some old fellows who seem to be pretty damn happy on their lounge chairs drinking some beer. Off- centered top label shows a seal with brewing name under.

A- Pours a massive bubbly one and a half inch head that stayed around for quite awhile. Pale orange color with a heavy hue of floating mass. Excellent unfiltered bright ambience in the light. Leaves decent lacing on the top of the glass. Mild foamy head remains like ice on water. Very inviting.

S- Fresh grassy hop presence is well noted upfront with a light dose of malts and alcohol and also a factor in the scent. Hops are the predominate smell.

T-M- Taste is pretty good with a quick flash of hop bitterness that leaves a lasting effect on the tongue. Bittersweet backbone of malts and alcohol warmth... still hops are the massive flavor maker. Fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and citrus flavors are excellent in this brew. Nice mouthfeel for quite a bitter beer. Astringent on the tongue, lasting bitterness and mild carbonation.

D- I think this been the best drinkable ipa i've had yet. Excellent it is offered on tap behind where I work at Tap's bar and grill.
SWEET. Bro approved.

wesbrownyeah, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of chasebrownyeah1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Ipa serving type: bottle

A: Orange, yellow tint with a hazy finish to the liquid. Lacing is very acceptable which sticks to the glass as I pour the beer in the cup. little to no foam though. Look in the light and you can see the advertising sediments floating in the beer.

S: Smells very hoppy and citrus like. The smell is kind of fruity, but is very appetizing.

T-M: The taste is very bitter. A great IPA taste. Can taste the hops, and short of a unique fruitiness hint to it.

D: It is very drinkable. Goes down very smooth, but does have the alcohol kick to it. A great IPA and will definitly try again.

chasebrownyeah1, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Kinsman
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

I was first introduced to this IPA at the beginning of this past summer, and it quickly became my goto IPA. This is what I think of when I think of an IPA.

A: Pours a nice hazy orange to light amber color with a nice head retention.

S: Absolutely wonderful. Citrus and flowery smell hits your nose in full force.

T: Well balanced compared to some other IPAs out there. Citrusy up frond with a nice hop bitterness to finish. Does not kill your palate like some unbalanced hoppy beers.

M: Light bodied with nice carbonation.

D: Goes down well. I can't think of any IPAs I would consider as a session beer due to their high ABV, but this is about as close as one can get.

Kinsman, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale orange with an off-white frothy head that lasted forever. Tons of lacing.

Strong scents of grapefruit rind, some pine resin. Hunting for the malt will get you nowhere.

Good solid grapefruit and pine hop punch. You get to the toasted malt in the background, with very very mild sweetness and a mineral edge, but that gets pushed aside by the sticky hop flavor. I expected some fruit in this one and found none. A fairly dry beer compared to some others.

Medium bodied but some mouth coating aspects. Carbonation is perfectly appropriate.

Overall, an easy drinking IPA for something with that much hop punch. Could be a hard one to review after drinking so many extreme versions of the style (you just expect over the top flavors) -- but you get honest fast with how good this one is. Clean balanced flavors combined with a hop dominance. Great balance and good for any time of year, and with or without food.

OtherShoe2, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into something like a pint glass,this beer is a golden color with a nice head.firm bitterness throughout,with citrus notes throughout.i feel like this beer might be a tad bit old.still very good. has a nice malt balance,slightly sweet but still bitter in the finish.

i'd like to try this on tap,overall still very good.

wyattshotmaker, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Shaw
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A relatively new arrival in Florida. This beer pours golden in color with some sediment and a big head that reduces to a layer of foam in my glass.

It has a light aroma of bread and hops.

The taste is nicely hoppy and bitter, with a light malt touch. It's quite bitter, actually.

Good smooth body.

Overall this is a fine IPA and I can see why it's highly rated.

Shaw, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time this year drinking this year have had in the past but finally getting around to review.

A - nice golden hue with a 1 finger head poured into bottle.

S - slight pine, citrusy, hops.

T - clean refreshing not too overpowering very nice.

M - light small sting citrus feeling.

D - Nice feeling really drinkable a really nice beer from smuttynose !!

Casey10, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of burnstar
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky slightly orangish gold with a medium to large persistent head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Aroma is big piney hops. Taste is dominated by hops from start to finish. Resinous, piney, earthy, and herbal hops. A big grapefruit note as well. Bitterness throughout just somewhat balanced by a light malt backbone. Very good. Full bodied. And excellent IPA overall.

burnstar, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of MaltistLupulist
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this one in a long time, despite having easy access to it. Let's get my palate up to speed.

Pours a gorgeous golden with minimal haziness given the fact that it's unfiltered. It looks like it belongs in a squeeze bottle in the shape of a bear. About a half-inch of head does a good job of sustaining itself despite losing some dense, sticky microbubbles to the lacing.

This is dry-hopped according to the label, but I wouldn't guess that was the case from the nose. There's certainly plenty going on aroma-wise, but the intensity I had hoped for fell short of a successful delivery. (I suppose I should blame Stone et al. for wrecking my olfaction as well as my palate.) At any rate, there is a delightfully crisp, if measured, pineyness in the nose coupled with a brisk pepperyness which contributes a welcome piquancy that I wish I'd encounter more often in IPAs. A lesser degree of citrus also makes its presence known, but in no way prepares you for the assault it is about to mount on your palate.

The drinker runs the risk of being lulled into a false sense of security by the aroma and even the first sip--it actually seems rather balanced initially--but soon falls victim to a veritable hop menace in the guise of a grapefruit. The pucker-inducing intensity of this rindy aggressor is especially prevalent in the finish, and it soon becomes clear that its objective is to occupy, not just pillage, your palate. Settle in, boychicks, you won't get that taste out of your mouths anytime soon. There's some pine in there, too, but it's almost as if it switched positions with the citrus vis-a-vis its role in the aroma. There's also a lot of activity that I can barely pick up on or that I have trouble identifying: some grassyness, a trace of metallic lupulin (perhaps the Santiams?), and a scarcely noticeable sweet tropical flavor that some have suggested is lychee fruit. At the end of the day, though, it's that grapefruit, so thoroughly integrated into the fiber of this beer, that gives it its identity.

Medium body, medium carbonation; dry mouthfeel.

Even once I factor in the possibility that the hops are obscuring the alcohol and pay close attention to whether there is any distracting booze, I really can't detect any. It's the hops you have to worry about regarding drinkability here. Some will handle it better than others.

I'm sort of conflicted as far as a final assessment of this beer. It's not really as clean-tasting as the West Coast IPAs I tend to favor, and the hop profile is not particularly to my liking: Simcoe, for instance, is similar to Cascade (which I love) but the fact that it is so concentrated and manipulated paradoxically makes it seem astringent. On the other hand, there are enough positive attributes to this beer that, in spite of my hopelessly esoteric tastes, I'm bound to reach for another before too long.

MaltistLupulist, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of gory4d
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head; lots of lacing. The smell is grain, citrus peel, grass, flowers. The taste is sweet up front, lots of grainy malt in the middle, with big tangelo bite in the finish. It's viscous and highly carbonated, good cold (but not too cold). A powerful quaff but a very enjoyable one.

gory4d, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of joedon
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasing IPA on tap at Atwood's in Cambridge.

Bright yellow-gold with white head that dropped pretty fast.
Big hop aroma of Cascade or Centennial. Taste matches the smell with plenty of bitterness. Bit of residual sweetness but also a touch of metallic aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel and this IPA went well with food. Quite drinkable and a nice effort by the brewmaster.

joedon, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Bucwild in a recent trade. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a very pretty shade of golden amber with about a finger and a half of head that retains very well. Dies down to a light coating over the surface of the beer and leaves a great deal of sticky lacing as I drink. Mild beading from the carbonation but not overly huge.

Smell- Lots of big notes of pine and resin on the nose. Some hints of grapefruit as well, but certainly comes across not as a citrusy IPA to me, but rather one that is going to be big on pine. Very nice on the nose though overall, lots of big notes of piney hops, nothing really to dislike.

Taste- Much as I thought, huge on the resin and pine. Starts out with big notes of resin, ends with a sharp and drying bitterness from the hops that keeps you drinking more. Very nice and a solid dose of hops for a standard IPA.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Great mouthfeel. A tad on the sticky and slick side, but this is counteracted nicely through a fairly substantial amount of carbonation and the drying kick from the hops on the back of the tongue at the end of each sip. Really helps to improve the drinkability of this brew too. Despite (or because of perhaps...) the high level of bitterness, very drinkable and would be quite easy to have a few of these.

Overall, a very solid IPA which comes with my high recommendation. Perhaps not my favorite that I've had, but quite good.

boatshoes, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Kraken
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, consumed 1/26/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Jever Pilsner glass. Firm pour yields 1/2 inch of head. Head fades quickly and leaves a moderate lace. Color is a wonderful cloudy, ruddy amber with bits of floating sediment.

Nose- Sticky citric hops, mild grapefruit, hints of orange.

Palate- Wonderfully bitter hops, grapefruit rind. Light sweetness, biscuit, floral hops, a touch of tangerine. Finishes very bitter, a lovely IPA.

Mouthfeel- Slightly thick, and a bit astringent.

Drinkability- Great! Very well done.

Kraken, Aug 14, 2009
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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