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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,770
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 203
Gots: 260 | 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 cbrakel


4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got a recommendation from a friend to try this beer, and it was great advice. This is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. The taste is complex, extremely hoppy, and slightly bitter. It has a very rich texture and will not disappoint. If you want an IPA, buy this one next time!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:13:17 | More by cbrakel
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle (with one of my favorite labels) poured into a pint glass. Poured a beautiful hazy orange/gold blend with decent head. Lacing on my pint glass was quite noticable even quarter way through the beer. The aroma was of hops, mostly in the grapefruit spectrum- when you smell this one you know you will be drinking an IPA for sure. This one left my mouth very dry tingly with hops. This one tip toes a long the lines of a sessionable beer because of the great flavor/drinkability but the ABV is too high to truly session. This is a phenomenal IPA, something I could drink over and over again. Constantly in my fridge. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 00:35:19 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of sleazo

New York

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

Fresh direct strikes again. Man nothing beats beer to the door.

A-Medium copper, lovely head with wierd large bubbles but it left plenty of head. Slight cloudiness which I Like. An attractive brew.

S-Very interesting aroma. You have both the typicla biscuity aroma of a beer but the way the hops and malt intermingle on the nose is wonderful. Grapefruit hops hit the nose at the end after the wonderuflly toasted malt.

T-Not as strong as the smell. Slightly acidic on the scale. the first thing that hits you is that tartness followed by the biscuity, bready malt. Then only a mild hop aftertaste. The taste does not match up with how wonderful this beer smells. It is almost as if the bitterness comes more from the toasted malt than from the hops.

M-Rich and nice on the tongue. A thicker body with good carbonation.

D- I would say good, but there is something lacking on the hop end of the spectrum that I like from my IPAs. This would make a great session brew.

In the end there is something missing here. This would be a great beer if it was not an IPA. Maybe I spent too long on the west coast though i do love Victory hop Devil.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 03:50:24 | More by sleazo
Photo of hero27


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

12 oz bottle.

Thanks go out to MrBURTON55 for the bottle(s).

Love the label. Murky orange, solid head of white foam that leaves behind it's fair share of residue on the glass. Plenty of yeast trolling around in the glass.
Hefty aroma of floral, piney hops..some pale malts creep in as well.
This is certainly one of those IPAs that didn't forget about the malts. If anything, they impress me the most in this brew..the malts are very rich and satisfying in their own right...but let's not forget why we're here. The hops take the stage and show what they're made of. Bigtime resiny hops lead to a very bitter finish...gotta love it.
Clingy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol flavor in the finish. Overall, it's obvious to see why this IPA is so well-regarded.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 23:23:41 | More by hero27
Photo of zdk9


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

Had on draft at the Chapter House. A good IPA, very demonstrative of the style. Lots of hops in terms of grapefruit and evergreen in both the nose and the taste. Malt comes through, but in a light and nutty way. Just the right amount of bitterness which gives a nice fruity finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2007 05:58:43 | More by zdk9
Photo of monkaass

New York

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

This beer is light in appearance with a slight haze and small dispursed sedimant racing about in the glass after a good poor. Smells clean with hints of grapefuit and hops balanced together.

This beer is well balanced throughout the first sip to the back of the throat. No manufactured bitterness just pure natural hop flavor with a nice clean crisp bite. grapefruit is the overwelming feeling from smell to taste, this takes nothing away from what a traditional IPA should represent.

One of my favorite IPA's

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 00:24:15 | More by monkaass
Photo of Brad007


4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden color with minimal haze. A very strong, piney and citrusy scent awaits. The taste is bold and hoppy with a decent grapefruit-like flavor and plenty of bitterness. Leaves a dry mouthfeel that is what one might expect in a decent IPA. Very drinkable too!

Of the Smuttynose beers I've had, I would say this is my favorite.

To justify the high scores I've given this beer, I'd like to add that it has a good balance between all the various factors of judging a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 03:40:38 | More by Brad007
Photo of vwcraig


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label stated best before 7/07

Poured a golden-orange color into a goblet. Very hazy with some suspended sediment visible. Slow-rising bubbles and a short-lived cap on top of ale. Fruity hop and a biscuity malt smell. Smells kind of earthy as well like an English style of hop possibly Goldings? First taste was definitely a huge bittering hop blast with a very long finish that made me thirsty. Kind of an earthy taste as well. Bitterness felt throughout mouth, not just on rear sides of tongue. Medium bodied with a sharp carbonation. Drinkability was decent and would be even better for me if the finish wasn't so long and bitter. This made me thirst for water or another drink, just not another Smutty.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 18:37:46 | More by vwcraig
Photo of jhammerly


3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ampzilla for this brew.

Best Before: July 07 notched on the label.

Straw colored body with a white frothy head. This must be an unfiltered beer, there are a lot of floating chunks in it (or did I pick a dirty glass?). Citrusy aroma - some pineapple and grapefruit. The taste is sweet at first and then is followed by a bitter grapefruit-like taste in the end, which hangs on the tongue awhile. Maybe too long afterwards. Not a bad beer, pretty drinkable, but the lingering bitterness is kind of a negative for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 02:45:50 | More by jhammerly
Photo of umustdrink


3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium orange color with tons of tiny bubbles suspended within. Head is white and settles to thich patches on the surface. Lacing is very strong.

S - Smell is mostly a light and spicy malt with a faint piney hop compliment.

T - Taste is a light and sugary hoppiness with a slight malt balance. Overall taste is one-dimensional and sugary like it's been sweetened with powdered sugar.

M - Carbonation is pretty well developed. Consistency is medium bodied with a kind of pastiness resulting from the sugar flavor.

D - This beer seems to be overrated. Taste is okay, a nice balance of hops and malts but there is also an unnatural sugary flavor there as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 05:21:05 | More by umustdrink
Photo of riversider76

New York

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

Pours a cloudy light golden. Fluffy white head, with excellent retention,and lacing. Smell is of citrus,and pine. Body is medium with some carbionation. Taste has some sweetness up front, but then all hops. Piney throughout with a nice grapefruit finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 02:39:24 | More by riversider76
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a flared tulip glass from a 12oz bottle long neck with crimped cap.
Thanks to Sudsdog for the send,been craving this beer for a while.

Cloudy,unfiltered the way I like it, an orangy/golden color.2" fluffy white head fair retention with spotty lacing. Lots of carbination very tiny bubbles rising all over lots of good stringing.

Good clean simple aroma citrus/pine nutty with some burnt toffee.

Citrus pine tastes,grapefruity,slightly tart with toasty,some burnt tastes and carmelly. Finishes with a clean,snappy grapefruity/citrus rind bite that lingers for a while. Nice balance,very enjoyable.

Smooth,creamy,velvety feeling, juicy with some cloyingness
Very enjoyable,good everyday IPA, one to stock in the fridge.
Could session with this IPA could drink all night.no problem
Must try IPA, go get some!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 03:23:01 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of 0tt0


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

... from a 12-oz bottle, into a Duvel glass.

Nice tight 1/4 inch head appears off a vigorous pour. Yellow-ish, orange, somewhat amber, with a bit a cloudy haze. The head begins to fade, but leaves a nice lace. Good start.

Nose is grapefruity, pineapple, a bit of pine sap, and some lemon peel. The malt lends a bit of warm bread scent as well. Pretty good stuff here.

Penetrating, tingly grapefruit takes the lead, with a nice load of pine needles to boot. A bit of lemony citrus toys with the tastebuds for a second. The malty middle suggests crackers and a slight bit of toffee, but it dissapears as soon as it came to be. The resulting finish is try, whip-crack bitter, and very long lasting. You can almost inhale the tingly, spicy hops in your nose as it slides down the throat. Mouthfeel is right down the middle: a lovely medium suggestive of a DIPA. Foamy and sweet.

On the whole, this is a beer to be reckoned with. Reminds me a bit of Victory's HopDevil, but better. Perhaps more balanced? One of my favorite American IPAs. Look forward to many more, if only you could find them in Georgia.

Thanks to drseamus for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 00:37:12 | More by 0tt0
Photo of Tyrawlings


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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy bright orange in color with golden hues. Dense white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Excellent sticky spider web like lacing that crawls all over the glass.

S: Citrus juice. Pine forest. Floral. Earthy. Yeast.

T: Big, clean grapefruit like taste is muscled out of the way by floral and pine hops that blast the tongue with a nice bitterness. A sweet malt character is followed by a touch of honey and a tropical fruit presence. Wet grass and a fresh baked bread finish.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Puckering and slightly dry.

D: Awesome session brew. Highly drinkable and extremely satisfying. Finest Kind "BUD" in a bottle. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 22:42:35 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of jscottku21


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had the unfortunate circumstance of precluding my first tasting of DFH 90 minute, so, naturally it is difficult to judge without bias. That being said, this was a wonderfully hoppy brew that I could definitely see myself drinking in the future. The hops dominate the senses, so in that respect we don't have a lot of balance here, however this is certainly one of the better IPA's I've had. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 17:09:01 | More by jscottku21
Photo of Jaynuze

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a five gallon keg for the house

Poured a nice cloudy yellow with hints of orange ... quite hazy for a keg ... pretty psyched since this looks like more hops residue than what is in their bottles! The head is crazy thick ... almost looks like a chef's hat! As others have mentioned, the head retention is quite impressive and it leaves a great Belgian Lace behind as well.

The aroma slapped me in the face! Notes of pine, citrus, hop oil, and wheat came to mind.

It's very sharp in flavor. Lots of hop bitterness (or "structure" as one of my favorite Sales Reps says) on the tongue. It's pretty oily in the sense that the taste really wraps itself around the tongue and palate. Think of a nice summer wheat hopped up on "Hop Goofballs" cause that's what this beer comes across as. Though it is quite hoppy, it's not too overpowering ... it's a well balanced beer. There is definitely some alcohol finish to the beer, but it's smoothed out with the heavy pine and citrus flavors. The thing I really like about the taste, as Jason Alstrom had mentioned, is its "puckering" taste. It's almost like sucking on an alcoholic lemon drop ... only better!

The beer is very carbonated and has a wonderfully smooth mouth feel.

This is my favorite IPA. I would have to agree that this is by far one of the finest IPAs to come out of New England. If you haven't tried this beer, grab as much as you can for your next barbeque ... you will absolutely NOT be disappointed. I could drink this all day, every day

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2007 18:32:22 | More by Jaynuze
Photo of Wasatch


4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to nouseforotacon for this brew.

Best before May 07

My first Smuttynose brew. Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some small islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, nice grapefruit, and caramel. The taste is hoppy/malty nice balance, nice little grapefruit flavor through in, nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, would definitely like to try again. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 21:20:22 | More by Wasatch
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy light amber color; displays nice head retention and lays down sheets of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and pine

Taste: Bready base is quickly joined by grapefruit juice and pushes forward to a lengthy, bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation

Drinkability: NIce balanced IPA that drinks superbly on cask

Serving type: cask

03-17-2007 20:18:00 | More by brentk56
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz into pint glass at cellar temp

Pours a straw gold with a touch of orange and a fluffy offwhite head that falls relatively soon but remains as a frothy skim for the length of the beer, each swirl of the glass kicking it back up. Some lace present. Body is slightly cloudy with some particulates.

Scent is grapefruit, orange and a hint of pine but is rather subdued. A bit of biscuity bread.

Taste is an immediate onslaught of hoppy bitterness, particularly when the beer is colder. This gives way to sweeter grapefruit, orange and lemon which ends in a lingering spicey bitter finish. The beer becomes sweeter and more citric as it comes to room temperature and seems to
taste better and better with every sip.

Mouthfeel is both crisp and creamy, with a nice carbonation on the front of the tongue.

Drinkability is excellent. Its unsettling how quickly my glass seems to have emptied itself.

Typical smuttynose, this beer is expertly crafted, eminently drinkable and makes me glad to be from NH. Think I'll have another...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 00:08:24 | More by sethmeister
Photo of Kudashov


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with my girlfriend and her folks at Old Salt in Hampton N.H. I was ordering the fish & chips when I spotted Smuttynose IPA at the bottom of the beer list . When I asked for on with a pint glass waitress responded by saying " I don't know if we still carry that ? " . Waiting with baited breath she came by with a pint glass and a 12 .oz bottle of Smuttynose IPA with 2 old geezers in lawn chairs on the front of the bottle . Poured into a pint glass the color is light yellowish /orange with nice 2 finger head . Do I smell pine cones ? There is some hop and citrus smells as well . This brew went so well with my fish . The Old Salt is a great place to eat . The service was good the food spelindid and the Smuttynose fresh . The flavor is spicy and somewhat bold . When having another taste with a piece of bread with honey/maple butter on it was heavenly . I am still on the hunt for the Hanami ..Which I will find ... This again is another winner from Smuttynose . .


Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 20:29:32 | More by Kudashov
Photo of montageman


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

Poured into a pint glass. Cloudy orange with a nice head that leaves intense lacing and is sticking all over the sides of the glass. The nose is dominated by grapefruit with a little pine and slight floral character. The taste is extremely bitter - the hops hit you upside the head. This is relentless. Excellent stuff here. Very well carbonated, which lends itself well to the overall crispness of this beer. I could drink this like water - very tasty. Reminds me more of a double IPA die to the insane hoppiness - regardless, this is great stuff. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 01:17:49 | More by montageman
Photo of klewis


2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to markgugs for this one.
Best before 6/07

A: Pours a hazy golden with large clumps of sediment. A finger and a half of bubbly head with moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of bubblegum and gummi worms with hints of citrus.

T: Not very much flavor at all. Some sort of vague hop taste with a bitter finish.

M: Light-medium in body with crisp carbonation.

D: If this weren't severly lacking in taste, it might be a decent beer. However, this one doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 03:50:50 | More by klewis
Photo of markgugs

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass

A: Not terribly impressive to look at, at least not compared with many of the other IPAs I've seen/drank of late. Pale, golden yellowish in color, very little head, though nice lacing.

S: Considering the appearance of this beer, the scents are more of the malted biscuit variety, without a lot of the obvious hop presence coming forth. Nice, though.

T/M: Now we're talking. For a beer that didn't look that great, and didn't smell all that robust, it's all made up for in the taste! I guess that's all that matters anyway, right? BIG chunks of bitter hops dominate this brew (so much so that I thought the beer had gone bad after my first sip) and are kept in check nicely by a quality bready, biscuity malted sweetness. The finish is ALL bitter grapefruit though, so be prepared.

D: If you're a hophead (like me), this is a delicious beer that seems to get better with each sip, and then each bottle. Probably too much alcohol to session with, but I'd put this back every chance I got. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 00:51:39 | More by markgugs
Photo of velo343


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

Appearance - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Great, billowing white head with tons of retention and lacing on the sides of the glass. A light orange/brown with a good bit of particulate matter floating around, making it somewhat cloudy.

Smell - Lots of fresh, piney hops. Very deep sappy smell. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, other citrus flavors.

Taste - Lots of biscuity and toasted malts that are well balanced initially by a strong hoppiness that really takes over at the end, leaving very bitter taste at the end. Some sweetness remains, but the hops really take the stage for the finale. Feels very thick, but not at all syrupy.

Drinkability - Yeah, I think I'll be making sure that I keep some of this around so that I have it whenever I get the craving for a good, balanced IPA. Nothing crazy, just a solid, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 01:10:02 | More by velo343
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to lie. I've been lead to believe this is a fantastic beer. I'm thinking its an average IPA. The appearance would be good if not for a large amount of junk in it, particulate matter floating about, making it kind of hazy, but mostly dirty looking. The head was nice though, and lots of lacing and good color are the saving grace. Aroma is a little wimpy, good, but wimpy. Hop oils about, a little pine and some citrus, some mixed fruits. Taste is pretty much the same, could be fantastic but I'm just not that impressed. The mouth is a bit thin, carbonation maybe a little high.... I don't know, I can't quite put into words here what i'm thinking beyond "eh, this is a decent beer" and "man, for the money, I can get better."

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:20:31 | More by objectivemonkey
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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