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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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 bucklemyshoe
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/08/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a red-orange color that is clouded by persistent sediment and sports a finger and a half of creamy white head that holds and laces very well.

S: Grapefruit, orange, and wonderfully floral hoppy notes.

T: Heavy, intense, and juicy citrus throughout with some semblance of a caramel malt balance at the end.

M: Medium-light body, moderate-heavy carbonation but not prickly, and a dry finish.

D: This is hard to beat when fresh.

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

BB N-10 poured into a tulip.

A yellow-orange beer that is cloudy with a nice white head that descends and laces. A fruity hop nose comes first with a bit of bready malt underneath it. A thick, sweet body that has a bit of bread within it finishes cleanly with a subtlety balanced bitterness. A bit of piney hop comes through along with an alcoholic warmth. Coats well, and eminently drinkable. A well made IPA, likely one of my top 5 by rating...

Photo of musicforairports
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy, unfiltered-looking orange, less translucent than a lot of other IPAs. Bubbles indicate carbonation that is neither too much or too little. Some lacing down the glass. Looks like a great beer.

Smell is citrusy, but not intensely so. A bit of malt and sweetness also.

Tastes fantastic. Bitter, but never too much; citrusy, but never too much. Definitely not a West Coast-style citrus hop bomb. The hop bite doesn't rip at the teeth and doesn't completely overpower a solid malt backbone, but they are very prevalent and this is definitely an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation good. Doesn't have that sweet, syrupy quality some IPAs have that sticks to the mouth and can become a bit overbearing eventually. As such, drinkability is great for something pushing a 7 percent ABV.

This beer has everything I like in an IPA and nothing I don't. It's the best IPA on the East Coast I can think of and, maybe, my favorite anywhere.

4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a light golden hue, with a good haze. The head is a layer of white that settles into a consistent layer. The lacing that is left, is very noticeable.
S: The aroma is powerful citrus, lemon hop aroma. The layers in the aroma are very nice and project only good things to happen from here.
T/M: The taste is a very hoppy bitterness, one that has a bit of a bite at first. The mouthfeel is a smooth hop dryness that shocks the palate. The body is a nice and full flavored feature. The finish on the mouthfeel that projects into the lingering finish maybe too dry, one that holds a very interesting and powerful dryness.
D: This is a great IPA, dry, bitter and hop hop hoppy!. I will be going back for more of this.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect glass. Perhaps my fave IPA. I always come back and buy more even though there are so many IPAs out there to try. The appearance is quite good: copper colored, a creamy head that lasts leaving loads of lacing; I particularly love all the unfiltered sediment. There's nothing ugly about an unfiltered beer, in my opinion.

Smells of piney and citrusy hops with biscuity-sweet undertones. The taste is of bitter hops that will leave you puckered with a semi-sweet aftertaste that again fades to bitterness. Yum! I really like this beer. It tastes far more bitter than the IBUs suggest.

The mouthfeel is medium and it never, ever tastes the slightest bit watery or weak. You feel like you've had something substantial to drink but leaves you craving another. Repeat as necessary. Finest Kind is the standard to which I compare all IPAs.

Photo of atlanta
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can remember having this on cask at the GBBF and it knocked my socks off. Now I drink alot of it in the bottle, its my brother-in-law's favorite. Its always good. I wish it weren't so strong, it affects the drinkability and my head the next day.
Their use of hops is spot on, the aroma and taste full and exciting.

Photo of trbergman
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy orange-yellow with fine streams of carbonation and about one finger of white head. The foam leaves huge sheets of lace all over the glass on the way down. (NB: I've had this quite frequently, and on more than one occasion I've encountered some floating hop material in the glass, but it's never had any influence beyond the aesthetic.)

S - Pine and pithy grapefruit, orange peel, and a backing of caramel malt.

T - Dry flavor with some caramel and biscuit-like malt, grapefruit pith, pine, orange zest, and a delicate floral taste. Intensely bitter without being completely over the top. Superb effort from Smuttynose - a classic American IPA.

M - Medium body with ample carbonation, maybe just a tad astringent.

D - Absolutely great. This is one of my favorite IPAs and one of the few beers I'll buy again and again. You'd be hard pressed to find a better single IPA for the price, too. If you haven't yet tried it, get off your ass!

Photo of king75
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber gold with a solid two maybe even three finger head. Looks absolutely delicious, I dare say it is one of the best looking beers I've had.

S- Light citrus and hops. Not a very strong aroma

T-Wow, the hops, citrus and pine blow out the taste buds, very tangy in taste, yet perfectly balanced, leaving a crisp dry taste to the palate.

M-Light and crisp feel with a nice tanginess thrown in the mix.

D- Could drink this all night, too bad I only have one more of this brew.

Notes: One of the best balanced and best tasting IPA's I've had to date. IPA fans you have to try this one.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark gold/light orange with a 2 finger white head. Lacing is amazing, all the way up the glass and very foamy. Looks fantastic.

S- nice citrusy hops with slight hints of pine. Its a little mild, though...nice regardless

T- starts with some nice piney bitterness, with a slightly sweet citrus finish. Tastes very good, albeit a little boring

M- nice body. Maybe a little overcarbed

D- good, solid east coast IPA. Really easy drinking despite the bitterness I get from it

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark orange with a pure white head, slightly fizzy and foamy at the same time. Niiiice loacing.

S: I've smelled more KB in other IPA's, but it's detectable here. Big time piney hops and biscuit malt. Salty and earthy at the same time. Smells great.

T: Creamy mouthfeel at first with a bitter middle, hoppy and piney. At the end I get a blast of caramel malt and more hops in the finish. Peanut skin burp with a bitter lingering aftertaste. A little too piney for me, but IPA lovers will appreciate.

D: If I was in the mood for an IPA night, I'd buy a sixer. It's a good, slow sipping beer.

Value: This is pricey at around 11 bucks a sixer, but this is one that's worth it.

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

Appearance: Pours a light amber with a small fluffy white head that laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Notes of hops and light bread malty tones hit the nose.

Taste: A nice bread/biscuit malt taste hits up front follow by a splash of hops, then bitter.This beer finishes up with a final sensation of citrus hop bitternessr.

Mouthfeel: Great texture to this beer. Creamy and crisp at the same time with a nice body.

Drinkability: Very good IPA

Photo of CooperEllis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into pint

Hazy light amber/golden wheat/orange color with cream colored head, very bubbly, slow to fade and solid lacing.

Fruit forward hops aroma. Tangerine rind, some grass.

The taste is bitter, hopcentric. Citrus, pine, and a good deal of bitterness from the first sip through the finish. The finish is crisp, heavy for an IPA and lingers with distinct bitter.

The mouthfeel is solid, perfect in keeping with the stlye, although this particular bottle is light on the carbonation, I typically find this beer to be well carbonated.

Well, as one of my 'go to' IPA's I find it to be very drinkable. The abv and the perhaps excessively bitter notes keep it from being a universal stand out but it is excellent.


Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy, bright copper in color. Thin head after the pour that leaves a very thin cap. Nice balance of bready malt and light floral hoppy aroma with hints of lemon and citrus orange. Light to medium bodied with very lively, almost tangy carbonation. Pine hop flavors overwhelm this IPA from beginning to end. As it warmed a bit of citrus flavor seemed to peek through. Finishes with a bitter hoppy pine finish.

Photo of gopens44
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice light orangy color with a magnificent foamy head that sticks around for a little while. Probably about 1.5 to 2" worth of head. This beer was a little hazy as well, which always looks nice for an IPA (IMO)

S - Hops, grapefruit, and a hint of orange. There was also a low amount of malt smell that came out a bit more once the head dissipated and the beer warm up a tad.

T - Just like the smell. Nice bitter hop thing happening with a citrusy finish. Almost no malt presence whatsoever.

M - Medium carbonation and very little if any aftertaste. A little thin, but smooth.

D -Enjoyed this very much! I'd be hard pressed to not have this in the future.

Photo of korguy123
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Lost Abbey Tulip.

A- Hazy light copper pour. Large amounts of chunky white sediment floating around from my ovbiously too agressive pour. Two finger white head, lacing is sticky icky!

S- Super piney hops, subtle grapefruit, mandarin. unable to get anything else out of it, still far from disappointed!

T- Strong bitter pine right off the bat, faint citrus notes and subtle malt backing.

M- Big rush of juicy at first than a slow dry finish sweeps over.

Excellent IPA, a hop lovers dream!

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

an orange IPA. With about three fingers of head. Mild murky. Well rounded all year palate. Quite hoppy bitter but with aging a nice note of malt on the palate. Nose of tangerine and citrus pine. Palate of well back malt sweet with a green orange peel bitter. Crisp, and hoppy but wouldn't say any more so than the other. the end fulls off completely making it rather savory. Great balance but thin and without accent.

Photo of Brez07
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly cloudy orange pour. Leaves a 1 finger off white head. Some sticky, thin lacing at the top of the glass

S: Nice hop presence, but didn't get much citrus. Seems more of a bitter IPA. Grass, pine and some sweet fruit. Also get a little bread crust

T: Big bitter hop presence. Light notes of pineapple, orange, pine. Seems fairly well balanced with caramel and bread malt. Hop piney bitterness is the most prominent flavor though

M: Medium bodied. Fairly crisp and clean. Fair amount of carbonation. Bitter aftertaste

D: I love this semi-local IPA. Nice, crisp drinking beer with a bitterness that lets you know there are some serious hops in it. Grab it if you see it

Photo of Lldeegan
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light burnt sunset orange with a capping of white foam. Really beautiful bright color and enticing appearance in the glass.
A sweet bready malt aroma up front, followed by bittersweet citrus and other fruity hop notes. Orange peel, Lemon peel, apricot and pear skin are all apparent.
An effervescent and bitter blast followed up by some pale malt then a bitter grapefruit finish with some fading earthy hops.
It's creamy on the palate with bright carbonation. A light and refreshing bitter hop blast.

Photo of geryeb624
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy golden-orange with lots of sediment. A nice finger of white head sticks around for a bit with nice lacing.

S- Pretty well-balanced. Some nice, citrusy hops and a malty backbone meld together.

T- Hoppier than it smells. Big citrus hops with ample bitterness. Just a touch of malt to hold things together.

M/D- Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Goes down easy and quite refreshing.

A really well-executed IPA here. This is really tasty stuff.

Photo of HotHands
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says fresh until either Oct. or Nov. 2010. The notch was in between. Today is Sept. 23. So, it's still good but not the freshest possible. That's the tradeoff for getting mixed six packs - the singles have been there longer.

A - pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a nice two-finger billowy head. A bit more pale and cloudy than most IPAs it seems. not that there's anything wrong with that.

S - citrusy hops, and maybe a bit of biscuity malt. Not very strong.

T - quite a lot of hop flavor here with the expected grapefruit and pine, and some nice floral and herbal notes as well. The grapefruit flavor is predominant. Some savory cracker/bread malt flavor throughout - no sweetness - to balance the hops.

M - average carbonation, medium body. Some coating effect from the hop resins, which is nice.

D - Nice and drinkable. I want more.

A solid, classic IPA. It met my expectations.

Photo of otersen73
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 16oz. pint glass. Beautiful copper-blonde color with thick, off-white, head. Great belgian lace.

Great citrus aroma and floral notes.

Lots of bitter grapefruit upfront. Huge hop blast through the middle and finishes into a long, dry aftertaste.

Crisp carbonation, not overwhelming.

Would definitely have more than one given the opportunity.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle $2. Nice orange color, hazy and a foamy head with some lacing. Smell was a little dull but the hops were there. The flavor was quite bitter with some interesting hop flavors but not that west coast juiciness I love. Still this was not bad and I'd love to get a super fresh bottle or drink it on tap.

Photo of bcm119
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, peachy orange in color with a fine, sticky white froth. Spicy citrus hops in the aroma. Lean, crackery malt is overpowered by snappy citrus rind bitterness up front, which washes over the palate with a spicy, orange zest. Bitterness is pungent and green, and pervades the nasal cavity with delicious lemony hop flavor/aroma. Long, citrus rind finish. This is what I call old-skool microbrew IPA, with a ton of bittering hops, a light malt profile, and perfectly attenuated. A New England classic.

Photo of generallee
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from the tap and served in a pint glass at the Pizza Plant on Transit Rd. Williamsville, NY.

Appearance: It has a rich golden colored body with a slight haze. On top there is an off white or egg shell colored head that stands up tall and hangs on well. As I drink it makes perfect clingy lace rings on the pint glass.

Smell: Deep citrusy hop notes just fill my nose with some floral pine sneaking in there as well.

Taste/Palate: It has a firm hop character right up front which is backed up by a nice pale malt base. The pale malt gives a good balance with out too much sweetness. This lets the hops come out and shine with loads of delicious citrusy grapefruit and mild pine like flavor notes. The hop bitterness coats the palate and slowly fades off the tongue long into the finish. It has a good medium to full body with a spot on level of carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!! This is a great example of a West Coast IPA.

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

A:Beautiful glowing orange, cloudy, unfiltered goodness!
S: Delcious citrus fruit with some pine/herbal character
T: Great hop complexity, not terribly balanced, but my toungue loves the extreme lingering bitterness. Its a great bitterness and hangs around until the next sip!
M: Creamy cask-like medium-bodied. I gave it a 4.5 b/c its a bit more acidic than I would prefer.
D: Given that it is somewhat unbalanced, it is surprisingly drinkable, however I wouldn't make a session out them.
Overall: My favorite everyday IPA. I can always get this at Total Wine & More, and it has become my favorite single ipa.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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