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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,773
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 203
Gots: 260 | 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 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
Photo of flexabull


4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a small head.

Aromas is very hoppy and citrus like. A bit sweet smelling as well.

Flavor is very hop dominant. And I like that! Very crisp and dry Beer has a zesty and citrus like quality to it. Finish is quite bitter, with just a touch of creaminess from the malts.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full flavored, and well rounded.

Finest Kind? Maybe not the finest IPA I have had, but it is still quite good. This can certainly hold a candle to some of the better IPAs out there. This is very drinkable, and I enjoyed sipping this one.

Thanks a lot MuenchenerKindl for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 21:09:27 | More by flexabull
Photo of Atron67


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- a good pale amber color poured with ahuge white foamy head, left some good sticky white laces

S- A real nice light malt heavy hoppy aroma

T- a heavy hops flavor with a real bitter heavy finish

M- A light body, pretty crisp but the bitterness sticks around along time

D- its a real good IPA, however its not as crisp as i would like, having the heavy hoppyness stick around long enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 00:39:26 | More by Atron67
Photo of ChrisVA


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA has a beautiful golden orange color and a generous head with nice lacing.

As mentioned in other reviews, the smell is mostly citrus hops. Wonderful grapefruit overtones with a hint of pine.

The taste is very hoppy, but not bitter for the sake of being bitter. Nice citrus undertones to go with the smell. Great body and easy to drink. I'm glad I picked this up!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 23:19:37 | More by ChrisVA
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Took a bottle from the fridge and immediately poured it into a glass. Appearance was almost identical to the Bells Hopslam I had right before it! This one was also cloudy orange/amber in color with a pillowy whitish/light yellow head. The head was big on this one, and retention was excellent. Not really much of an aroma, though what I did detect was pleasant and somewhat sweet, almost a little like vanilla. Nice medium/light body with perfect carbonation. Taste was very well balanced with a nice strong IPA hop finish. Didn't taste a lot of malt due to the hoppiness of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 03:41:54 | More by BeerCheese
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is being conducted about halfway through the beer-
A longneck into Duvel tulip glass:
The beer pours a dark straw to light amber color with a three-finger head to start, which took a good amount of time to die down to a bumpy covering. Label states the beer is unfiltered, and it has a very cloudy appearance through the glass with some particles floating around, which I see no fault in with an IPA. Smell is dominated by citrusy hops, with a faint trace of malt trying to get through. Flavor starts out with a huge bang of citrus hops and also some pine. Hops remain as dominantly constant through to the finish with the malt trying to sneak through without much success toward the end. The intensity of the hop bitterness is so high that it almost lends an astringent feel in the finish that lingers for a while. This is probably due to large use of some very high alpha acids and not off flavors. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is at a nice level. This is a nice drinking beer with a bang of hops. The astringent feel in the finish drops it a few points for me, but this is a nice big, hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 01:53:23 | More by kkosmoski
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New York

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

ST- Poured from a 12oz. longneck bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass.
A- After being poured there was about a Three finger head, whick took about 5-7 minutes to die down to a bumpy covering.
S- After swirling the glass a little, there was mostly a Hoppy aroma with a minor hint of malt.
T- Hops Hops Hops... from the second the Finest-Kind touches your lips, until the last drop is down, its all hops.. towards the end however, there is an astringent after taste.
M- A very medium mouthfeel, not too carbinated and not under carbinated. Again an astringent-puckering feel during the aftertaste.
D- I would certinely sit down and have a few glasses, possibly one of my favorite IPA's that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 01:25:01 | More by KKosmoski2
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New York

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

Poured into pint glass. "Best Before May of 2007" notched into the side of the label.

A: Pours a cloudy coppery-amber with a half finger of white head. Head has great retention, and leaves sticky trails as the beer level lowers. A lot of carbonation here, and there's particulate in the beer, which looks like yeast, but which I'm told might actually be from the hops. This is very similar so far to Lake Placid Brewery's Frostbite Ale.

S: Holy grapefruit. Very fruity (grapefruit, peach, pineapple) and very malty, which presents as caramel and honey. Predominantly fruit.

T/M: Very fruity (peach, grapefruit, pineapple), and slightly piney. The malt kicks in after that, which is sweet (see above), but clearly playing second fiddle. Finish is fruity and bitter, and has a long, bitter tail. The longest tail ever. EVER. I took a drink at the beginning of this sentence, I just swallowed it, and it's still there, still there, still there, still there... and now I want another sip, so I guess we'll never know how long the bitter tail is. "Very long" will have to suffice.

D: There's nothing more boring than an IPA that just tries to outbitter the rest. Thankfully, this doesn't do that. It showcases everything about hops: the aroma, the flavor, the bitterness. Ultimately, this is a dry beer, and it makes me want to eat something. A great pub beer. I'm so in love with this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 04:50:56 | More by rarevos
Photo of Rennpferd


2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured golden and hazy with a light head and lacing. The body had a moderate level of activity in it.

It had a faint smell of hops.

It had sharp and bitter taste of hops, it tasted like a strong beer. It had a light body and went down easy.

It was drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 00:04:06 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of nase


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Dated May 07 (kudos!) - Tasting this next to a 3 month old Leatherlips IPA making the two difficult to compare.

Definitely a significant malt balance against the hops. Average thickness and very smooth mouthfeel enhancing the drinkability. Pretty good head retention and a slight murkiness to the body. No strong aftertaste.

Appearance - 4
Smell - 4
Taste - 4
Mouthfeel - 3.5
Drinakbility - 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 05:56:06 | More by nase
Photo of pavandal


2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Beer poured directly into the middle of the glass and only a small thin head formed. The beer gave a hazy apple juice like color. This beer is unfiltered, so it's got lots of stuff floating about.

It had a sweet, piney smell, with a fruity malt backbone.

Oh my hops! If you like hops, here you go.. for me, there isn't enough malt backbone to counteract the hoppiness. There was a small grapefruit flavor, but this beer was all about the hops.

A wonderful mouthfeel on this one, but the hops are very bitey and strong to enjoy a lot of, for me at least. Too hoppy to be really drinkable for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 21:51:26 | More by pavandal
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid it a copper color with good carbonation. The head is 3 finger thick off white, with a rocky surface, it fades leaving some lace.

The smell is a typical IPA, piney, woodsy hopy aroma.

The taste follows and adds nothing more. A nice IPA but not great on unique, could use more maly to back it up.

The mouthfeel is god, nice carbonation and a nice body make this beer better.

The drinkability is good. One to try when you want a good sessionable IPA. Prosit MK

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 00:41:35 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a little bit lighter color than most IPAs I've had. More of a deep golden with a touch of orange. Big fluffy white head that takes forever to settle and some little chunks of crap floating around. As the head settles it leaves a big chunky ring of lacing. The smell is primarily piny. Quite sharp and dry. The flavor is really bold. The pine taste hits the back of your tongue with a huge bang of bitterness. Typical ABV for an American IPA, this is very drinkable and very dry. Well done Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 22:55:46 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of dudley


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

OK, this is my first review on BA... I did not read any of the other reviews of this beer prior to this review and I am new to the review process (for what its worth). While I dont consider myself a hop-head, my beer preferences lean toward I and A / Pale Ales (I just evicted a spent sixtle of Stoudts American Pale Ale from the fridge) This is my first Smuttynose IPA ever (Im glad they cart these kegs down to PA! - bless their hearts)

ST: Sixtle in garage fridge (so CO2 tap poured). Kegged 35 days prior to serving (according to ring label). Poured in a clean pint glass

A: Cloudy, creamy-medium orange color. Tight 1 inch head. Lacing ringed the glass in various patterns from top to bottom

S: Light citrus, hoppy, maybe some pine? Kind of pleasing, inviting

T: Hoppy (strong, but not too over-the-top) citrus over-tones, smooth, alcohol in the after-taste - but not displeasingly so... it abates quickly. Fairly clean after-taste over all.

M: This doesnt linger or grate on the mouth like some other heavier I and A PA's can - I am only half way into #2 and I dont see that changing with a few more servings.

D: I would not hesitate to have 3 or 4 of these in an evening/event.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2006 03:16:49 | More by dudley
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz single I picked up at World Market in Greendale, WI.

This beer poured a hazy orange with a tightly woven white head with pretty good durability.

The aroma was very slightly sweet, with a very faint whiff of hops (at least for an IPA). There is no citrus, pineapple, or piney odor.

The flavor and mouthfeel struck me as a bit thin and weak. The flavor was fairly faint for an IPA. And in my mouth, I thought the beer was a bit watery and lacked the stickiness that I feel is characteristic of American IPAs.

This beer was pleasant, but not very bold (and a bit pedestrian) compared to others in the American-style IPA category.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 15:30:24 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes....12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Nice hazy amber color....head filled the pint glass...fluffy and white, long lasting....thick bubbly lace.
S-Big floral and grassy scent....citrus specifically grapefruit and a slight bit of spice.
T-Very citrusy body, slightly spicy...hops dominate.... big in front...big hop pick up before and during finish.

M/D-Moderate carbonation....sessionable and affordable.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 06:11:56 | More by jameaterblues
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New Jersey

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

Source: 12 oz. bottle; best by November 2006 on label.

Appearance: Pours golden with a rocky white 1 1/2” head into an Imperial pint. Head lingers and produces nice lacing. I must have poured poorly, though – lots of yeast particles floating about.

Smell: Very, very hoppy. Lots of citrus comes across – mouth-puckering pineapple.

Taste: Wow; that’s hoppy. I’m not sure what else to say… the citrus theme continues, but it’s hops – hops – hops. I wouldn’t call it balanced, but I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: Despite the hoppiness, your mouth doesn’t get beat up by this beer. Quite to the contrary, you want more.

Drinkability: See above. I think most hopheads will like this. And drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 02:43:54 | More by rdickey
Photo of nicefix


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

Cloudy golden with lots of yeast sediment floating around. The head retension is awesome. Thick blankets of lace all the way down.Lots of pine and grapefruit scents. Floral.Lots of hops are evident in the flavor. Bitterness is big with flavors of grapefruit citrus and some grassiness. Not super drinkable due to the heavy bitterness, but certainly a solid ipa.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 00:40:07 | More by nicefix
Photo of jmz62565


4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge longlasting tan fomay head. A very impressive beer. The smell is a very citrus hop aroma, tangerune and a mild grapefruit? The taste is a juicy grapefruit hop explosion. Crisp and clear with no aftertaste,this has a medium m/f with all flavors mixing well. This may be the best IPA in New England. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 02:05:12 | More by jmz62565
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, provided in trade by zrrbrrt - thanks Josh! Poured to a standard pint glass. I love the label, a photo of two happy elderly gents sitting in lawn chairs, in front of a worn-out mobile home. Notch shows "March' as its date...is this when it was brewed or 'best by'?

A: Cloudy golden-orange with two-fingers of pillowy/spongy off-white head. Drops in a slow, rocky dollop. A fine, creamy lace pervades throughout, coating all sides of the glass. Can't imagine a more perfect looking IPA.

S: Sweet and creamy malt smells with plentiful citrus hops. Floral and spicy, orange rind predominates. Yum.

T: Holy crap...not as sweet and juicy as expected. Hops are full-on GRAPEFRUIT, pithy and sour/sweet. Also, lots of resinous, piney hops...this is a juicy IPA for sure. Bready sourdough malts give sweetness and balance.

M: Tannic and thick, an acerbic mix of robust citrus and pithy bitterness. Tart with a saliva-building bittersweetness. A full mouthfeel and body.

D: As good as this is, I don't know that I'd have a second. Though I could drink this again and again (it's a fine IPA), it's richness and overall citrus bitterness make it the type of IPA I'd be OK having just one of. However, it's highly recommended and one I'm very glad to have tried...

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 00:52:13 | More by msubulldog25
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose's "Finest Kind" IPA pours an enticing golden orange with a frothy off-white head that clings to the glass and lingers for the duration. Noticeable resin suspended in beer along with a solid hoppy, citrusy aroma let you know immediately that this IPA means business.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, bringing with it an expected solid punch of hops, lemon, and dominant grapefruit acidity that very much remains on the palate well after you put it down. However, this beer is adequately ballanced with a malty finish that isn't so sweet it knocks the beer's hoppiness out of the foreground, yet takes just enough of an edge off of the acidity and bitterness leaving you to crave another. I feel that this beer's true character is presented as its temperature casually rises. A pleasurable beer to enjoy a six pack of, with a decidely summery feel - find yourself some sun and a pool and set up shop.

Be warned, this one is not for the faint of heart. Don't give this to your more timid friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 02:02:27 | More by laughatdanger11
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer a few times. The last time i tried this beer i poured it into the glass it had some serious chill haze, which is ok. But the glass had a lot of debris in it which is unapealing. It had a really hoppy realy citrusy (GRAPEFRUIT) taste. Good thick head and really good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 03:43:30 | More by Donthoseme
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Strange Brew in Manchester NH.

All three pints I had there (over two evenings) were slighly chill-hazed, but I don't actually consider that a defect, so no points off there.

White grapefruit, a coniferous resiny character, good body for the alcohol - this is a decidedly hop-oriented beer (as any American IPA should be). The grapefruit comes out more in the aroma, whereas there's a wonderful blend of flavours in the ale itself.

This beer is very moreish and, at 6.6 percent ABV, perhaps a bit dangerous. But certainly worth the risk.

If you don't get a hop hit when you sup a pint of this fine IPA, try again. It's that keg (on the old side, if it's a good venue, badly kept, if it's not) and not the beer.

This is, to date, the ultimate expression of a Chinook-hopped IPA on my list. And, as my favourite hop is Chinook, I guess that makes it my favourite IPA, period.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2006 17:13:05 | More by Seumas
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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