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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,394
Reviews: 1,701
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 251
Gots: 515 | FT: 4
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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 EgadBananas
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crisp, hazy, golden in color. Eggshell colored head on top, sticky lacing adorns. Smells of citrus fruits, with some pine and resin hops. A slight malt base for balance, but still very hop forward. Ditto for the tast: Citus,, woody, piney, and delicious. The feel is crisp, yet mediumish in body. Drinkability is perfect, just an amazing single IPA.

Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium golden color with a slight orange haze and a significant amount of sediment floating around the body of the beer. Features a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Nice head retention. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Very mild aroma which features floral hops up front with light hints of grapefruit and caramel.

Taste: Bitter pine and grapefruit up front with a light toasted malt flavor in the middle. Bitter and dry finish. Aftertaste is reminiscent of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could easily down a few of these in one sitting.

Overall: Very good IPA. I will be buying more of these and I recommend that you do the same.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA. I really like the color, its got that sunburst orange color that is soo apealing, that is slightly hazy with some visable yeast which i happily poured in my smuttynose big beer snifter, and it looks great, just makes your mouth water.
The aroma is a preasent mix of citrus and light tropical notes, nothing really strong in the aroma dept, not the most heavily dry hopped it seems but good non the less. The taste follows, and man can i saw this all around with the flavors, Feel, and overall is just a refreshing and drinkable IPA that you can go for over and over and not get tired of. There is no bad flavors in here, and the bitterness is such a perfect level so as to be refreshing and not get cloying. just a orange zest, grapefruit, pear and light mango bliss.

Photo of cdizinno
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's Downtown Columbia, SC.

A: Nice golden color with an orange tint, slightly hazy. Fluffy, single-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S: Very mild scent of citrus hops. Kind of disappointing.

T&M: Medium bodied. Tastier than the smell. Well-balanced citrus and pine hops with a slightly sweet, chewy malt. Some mild bitterness on the semi-dry fade.

Very drinkable, but not as good as the average would state if you want an IPA that WOWS you.

Photo of deapokid
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vibrant and hazy visage with flecks of orange juice-esque pulpy sediment. The lacing is light, but the head is thick and sticky. A fitting look for 4th of July weekend.

There are more aromas on display than initially expected. The obligatory hoppage is there, but it's joined by orange, lemon, a hint of vanilla and sweet cream. The overall impression is of an all encompassing smoothness, which bucks the conventional coarse hop stink.

The flavor is quite refined. The liquid is smooth on the tongue and the dryness works well alongside the opening bright sweetness. The hop bite doesn't strive to dominate the tongue and the doughy maltiness makes it more refreshing and balanced. Fresh, summery and delicious.

This is one I should have revisited much sooner. It's so simple and easy to drink that it's easy to forget how complex and different it is.

Photo of hosehead83
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright orange/gold in color,with an attractive head of whipped- eggwhite foam
Aroma-Subtle citrus and hop notes-faint sulfur note
Taste-Full-on Grapefruit/apricot/mango juiciness, followed with a tasty hop counter-balance leading to an orange-rind with honey finish. This is one damned tasty IPA!
Smuttynose just became available in my area a little while ago, and I finallly got hold of their IPA. It certainly lives up to all the great reviews. Snappy, tasty, well-balanced and very drinkable. A great IPA from start to finish.
Welcome to my beer fridge! If you're an IPA lover, this beer is a must! Get some!!

Photo of pvsob
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice orange brown color with a one inch head that lasts forever. The carbonation holds up a nice 1cm head throughout the tasting experience. The head produces outstanding lacing. I'm mainly picking up grapefruit aroma with just a hint of pine and malt. Each sip starts off with the slightest touch of pine, but is quickly engulfed by the grapefruit. Bitterness starts off at low-medium, but finishes high. A little malt rears its head in the finish as well. "Finest Kind" isn't my favorite American IPA, but I do enjoy a pint or two every once in a while. Give it a try. Cheers!

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-Review, I had this a while ago and not sure I gave it a fair shake. Very hoppy IPA, you can taste the unfiltered properties in the beer, nice pour, very bubbly, it initially strikes me as more of a Pale Ale and not an IPA, or at least a cross between the 2. Nice pure taste to the beer. Smells of hops and citrus.

Maybe it is because it is not filtered, but has some qualities of a pale ale, not as piney/sticky as I like in an IPA, but it is also very different from other IPAs I have had that all tend to taste very similar, so it has originality going for it. Very bitter and dry, with a citrus flavor, goes down easy, very light and refreshing, excellent beer for the summertime, or anytime really, but I do think it is a lighter IPA and I like that change.

I am upgrading my review, because I do think this is a solid beer, very drinkable, and appealing, and I think as an unfiltered IPA it makes it stand on its own compared to many of the other IPAs out there right now. I also thin the 1st one I had was a bit toned down to what I am tasting now, or that is my perception, this is much more aggressive than I remember.

Photo of p0wn
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smutty never leaves me down. It's more of an east coast type ipa, with piney hops, but they are at the perfect ratio for this type of beer. I'm more of a west coast ipa type guy... grapefruity hops, but this delivers.

Great on a sunny summer day.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA, very well rounded and a pleasure for the US take on the style.

Presentation: 12 oz brow capped bottle. Label offers a photograph of two men sitting in t of a roulotte laughing and holding a couple of bottles. The neck label has a minimal line about the dry-hopping, unfiltering, and possible sediment of the brew. It has an unnotched "best before" side scale. Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour, good frothy head and retention with nice lacing.

S - Dedicated hoppy aroma. Grapefruit touches, with pine and resin and feeling fresh.

T - Nice hoppy range with a nice malty sense and a small sweetness lingering. Nicely balanced with fruity tones, grapefruit, and a nice resin touch.

M - Medium body with good carbonation, crisp finish over the tingly bite.

D - Very drinkable. Works like it should, and more.

Notes: One of the most understated and best offerings from Smuttynose? This could be a nice go-to-beer if it were more commonly available, in particular in tap form, around here.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is light orange with gold color mixed in. The pour produced a three inch slightly off white head. Good head retention with minimal lacing

Aroma consisted more of floral like hops then citrus ones. On the the citrus side it seemed pineapple was the more dominate with maybe hints of lemon? Floral like aromas were of an earthy smell of grass, hay?, grains, and slight pine

Taste upfront was of pine bitterness that follow throughout your sip. Herbal like qualities follow with caramel and cracker like malts. Dry bitter finish.

Medium Bodied with high carbonation

Overall this beer was a little one sided with straight up pine bitterness. If that is what you like then I recommend it but if you like more citrus side IPA's then I would not pick this up.

Photo of BB1313
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by November, 2010. Pours a beautiful light orange w/ a head that stays the whole time and sticky lacing. The smell is a little odd to me, very tinny, almost like it was in a can. The taste is very raw and bitter.. this is not a juicy IPA. The mouthfeel is exceptional, very creamy, not too much carbonation. The raw bitterness of this one makes it hard to drink more than one in a sitting.

This is a REAL IPA.. unique, unfiltered and no gimmicks! I can't put it next to my personal faves, but I will recommend this to anyone.

The sediment seen in the bottles is normal!

Photo of uustal
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taste follows the citrus aroma. Creamy mouth-feel. Citrus hops, predominately orange, and a bit of grapefruit. A lot of hops in this beer. Finishes strong and bitter with hints of a malt follow through. Still well balanced for a very big tasting IPA.

Photo of mstyne
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Finestkind". Best before Nov. 2010. Purchased from Hannaford on NY 43.

Pours a really nice peach-orange into my Magic Hat #9 pint glass.

A decent head and nice lacing. Odor is faint, but the hops are definitely there. Taste is full, and there is a lovely ...

Oh dear. The cat just horked up a hairball in the bedroom.

Anyway, the taste is what you would expect from an IPA, and what I've come to expect from Smuttynose. Excellent hop flavor; fruity, citrusy, spicy.

There is kind of a weird, unpleasant aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on. I had to knock off a couple drinkability points for that, unfortunately.

Photo of Natural510
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, BBD Sept '10

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with soft, bone-white head which leaves a solid coat of lacing upon slow dissipation. A closer look reveals a significant amount of sediment floating in the brew, alluding to a bottle-conditioned brew. Nice.

Fresh, very fresh, hops to the nose. Nice herbal quality with a hint of sweetness as well.
What the hell...I mightas well say it. I'm getting a strong whiff of peanut butter, and have no idea where it's coming from. Suffice to say I haven't smelled a beer like this before.

Flavor is immediately bitter. One which presents itself as a medium-bitter, cascades up the ladder to full-bitter, then slowly creeps down to an astringent, puckering bitter in the finish.
Yeast also adds quite a bit to the dry, astringent nature of the brew, along with tartness to the flavor.
The malts are muted, and if you're expecting a citric IPA, you'll be disappointed. In fact, I didn't care for this IPA at first for that very reason, but now its other qualities are growing on me, and realise "citric" is not a universal quality for the style. There is an underlying sweetness to the brew still, and an overall spiciness I tend to enjoy in an IPA.

Not much else to say, as I rarely write such a detailed review, but this one had quite a bit going on while maintaining a balanced identity. This is great stuff, and I'm excited we're finally getting this brewery in Ohio.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle of this recently in Totowa because it's one of the few left there that I haven't tried and this seems to be one of the more popular east coast IPA's on here. Sure enough, this lived up to its billing and went down pretty easily!

Nice pour to this - a rich almond hue with a slightly cloudy look to it because of the sediment on the bottom. Fairly frothy as well with a decent amount of lacing as I workedm my way down my glass. The hops are nice and sharp in a metallic way with an dry and earthy undertone to them. Not too strong a taste but enough to last long without overpowering.

As for the ABV%, I was surprised to see that it was almost 7%. This certainly didn't taste or feel like that strong a beer, but that's probably proof at how well this is crafted. While it's not a "hop bomb" like its west coast counterparts, this may be the strongest beer in Smuttynose's lineup outside of any Porter. For this time of the year, this is a good choice for a solid, hoppy beer that doesn't call for a chaser of water!

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange, lots of floaties. Nice white head turns to a thick ring and leaves spots of lacing.

Caramel malt, citrus and hops in the smell. A bit typical but good.

Strong tastes of citrus, pine, caramel malt and a bit of earth. Great hop bitterness that is smoothed out nicely with the malt. Good but probably too bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is nice and full-bodied, no booze taste. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking. Hops may be a little much for a session, great price for a 6-pack though.

Photo of steve8robin
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trip to NH. Good by October 2010. Let's see...

A: Honey, copper color with a small white head that quickly fades. Decent.

S: Earthy with hints of malts and dirty dish water. Slightly bready with grapefruit and citrus blended in. Earthy hops on the backend. Good.

T: Bitter and grassy grapefruit upfront blended with very dry citrus flavor. Decent.

M: A little too thick here. Ok.

D: Goes down a little bitter. Good for the IPA lover, but for me? Eh. Just decent...

All in all, the IPA lover will definitely enjoy this brew. As I am not, I think this is just ok. Not worth hunting. Only try if you have access or are in the area, otherwise, it's just not worth it.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times. Easily one of my favorite IPAs.

Sparkling, cottony head - a peachy off-white with sticky, crystalline lacing. The color is straight up gamboge - reminiscent of the orange shade of low-lying cumulus when a sunset is still a good head-crushing height above the horizon. Oodles of pulpy sediment (yeast).

Sharp, acidic citrus aroma. Real hoppy and bit bready as well.

Banging grapefruit that doesn't back down and toasted grain flavors - bold and very well-balanced.

Coats the mouth with lingering grapefruit tang and sugary malt. Goes down fresh and dry. Vibrant and refreshing.

Usually long intervals of time (and many beers) between drinking this, and I'm scratching my head as to why I don't pick this up more often when I'm craving the hops. Solid.

Photo of boss302
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose IPA, bottle

A Amber color, clear, but had a lot of floaties so pour slowly if you don't like the floaties. Plenty of carbonation, but not much head. It did leave a nice lacing down the glass.

S Nice flowery aroma, no off flavors, very clean.

T There is the typical hop bite for an IPA and that coupled with the high carbonation makes a sharp assault on the tongue. There are some malty flavors and a bit of pineyness. Some astringency in the back corners of your tongue. The bitterness is right on and didn't leave a lingering astringency like other IPAs.

M Lots of CO2, medium body

O A quality IPA, one I've had before and would have again.

Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the amsterdam ale house in manhattans upper west side. A very good and very serviceable ipa. Very balanced with good aroma and great bitter flavor. A little darker than a typical ipa. Not too strong. Very good.

Get this beer if you see it on tap.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before Oct - '10

Pours a coppery transparent with little pieces of sediment floating around, due to the fact that this is unfiltered, as described by the label on the neck. Almost two finger head with some carbonation and lacing.

The smells are like an IPA, there is a nice floral and citrus hops, but not much else.

First thing that hits the tongue is a slight hop bitterness, which leads way into a slight malt sweetness combined with the grapefruit citrus. Then the bitterness comes back with force.

The mouthfeel is fairly clean, not a lot of carbonation and not too clingy.

Although IPA's aren't my cup of tea, I can see hop heads loving this beer, its extremely disorganized and unbalanced between hops and malts, which makes it tough for me, though. I stopped at one but I can definitely tell its quality. Extreme bitterness brings this one closer to a sipper.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Wow, this is way-unfiltered. With a brassy-lemon hue, lots of floaties, nice white froth and decent lace, this is a pretty interesting looking IPA.

S - Herbal and piney, perhaps; hoppy aromatics abound at any rate. While nice, they are a bit vague.

T - Very well-balanced. The pale malt is somewhat pronounced, or rather prominently featured, in the overall flavor. The hop becomes stronger through the finish, until it is the only thing left; a substantial lingering bitterness remains long after the brew is through.

M - IPA. Good.

D - This is a very good, but not exceptional beer. A solid second-tier offering

Photo of abrand
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

23 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass. Pretty cool pic on the label.

The Finest Kind IPA pours a golden yellow color with lots of frothy head and carbonation. Smell is sweet with citrus fruits and caramel. Not much malts but some bitter hops that are faint. Taste is much stronger than the nose, with lots of hops and a very enjoyable sweetness. This brew goes down very easily and has lots of carbonation. Drinkability is solid. I really wish this beer was available to me, I will definitely look to trade for some more in the future.

Photo of jmerloni
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A rich light amber color with big sticky head that sticks around for a few minutes. This is excellent looking. Vibrant!

S - An absolute rush of an aroma: citrus, orange, grapefruit, pine, and intense hops. A caramel'ish maltiness is also detectable.

T - Woah. This beer has INTENSE flavor. All that is detectable on the nose, with a nice modest malt backbone that doesn't offend the hoppy flavors. The hop bitterness is more potent than the malt and the hops taste SO utterly fresh. This is quite an IPA. Pristine.

M - Nice and medium bodied. Brisk. Carbonation is perhaps a bit much.

D - Drinkability is good. Tremendously crafted, which has come to be expected from one of the best and most consistent breweries in the country. As sessionable as can be. A beer I'd love to drink as much of and as frequently as is reasonable. Just awesome. A pure, and spectacular IPA, and I'm a person that generally finds IPAs pretty dull and boring.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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