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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,988 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,988
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 214
Gots: 329 | 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 doubleipa
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Harrisburg Brewfest. Fully diminished white head. Aroma was bitter with spruce and pine resin with some citrus/grapefruit. Didn't taste much of the Siimcoe of which I'm a hug fan. Color was deep gold. Bitterness lasts through the entirety.

doubleipa, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle/standard pint

Decent, creamy bright white head, not the most robust aroma around.

Hop resins present, mmm. This tastes like something more than a pale but not quite an IPA. Definitely not in the supremely hoppy West Coast style but not so English IPA/East Coast either, a nice tweener. Enjoyable.

Ever-so-slightly watery, not quite at slick and gooey as I like my IPA's but this is turning out quite delicious. Tastes more like wet, subdued hops than dry, bitey hops.

Really well done, distinctive from other IPA's while anything but bland and uninteresting. Sweet, bitter but not loaded with bitterness, a slight fruitiness, well balanced delicious brew. Bravo.

USCTrojanBrian, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bit hazy in a golden amber color. I poured my 12 bottle into a pint glass and got minimal head.

Sweet hop aroma.

Hops jump at you right at the first sip. a definite grapefruit taste. I'm not a hophead at all but I enjoy this flavor as it is balanced by the sweetness of the malt.

Medium in body. There is a creaminess to this beer which adds to it's smoothness.

If I want an IPA this is one very solid beer.

ThirstyBird, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale glass.

A: Pours a golden, copper amber color with a big dose of lively carbonation and some noticeable sediment floating stagnant inside the brew. A two-finger head of white foam retains well and leaves decent lacing.

S: Hops, plain and simple. A big bouquet of floral, herbal and spicy grapefruit with a touch of sweetness.

T: Again, hops, plain and simple. A huge rush of prickly, bitter spicy herbal flavors mixed well with grapefruit and some chewy yeast flavors. The malt comes in just around mid palate to smooth it out, but it still washes down crazy bitter and fruity. A big IPA flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and rather astringent, but very refreshing.

D: A really nice session IPA for the hop purist. No real malty flavors to confuse or get in the way, but just enough to keep your tongue from being shell-shocked. A sturdy drinker.

This is indeed one of the finest IPAs I've had and a great example of what the style should be. No watered down or half-assed hop essence, just a pure hop whallop.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of BWH3
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange to amber brew with slight haze. Pours only a fair head that is reabsorbed into the beer rather quickly. The poor head keeps this brew from exceptional.

S: The stench of the bittering hops lingers beneath the surface. On top the hop bouquet is more floral than citrusy and almost no pine or mineral notes. Malt aroma only balances the bitterness.

T: The base malts serve as a platform for sampling the flavors of the hops selected for this IPA. The initial sips again are very floral followed by a long lingering mineral like bitterness that never overpowers the tongue or is off putting. The complexity is not quite high enough to deserve exceptional status.

M: Very good. Thicker than a pale ale. Not enough head retention.

D: The best IPA I have had thus far from the East Coast. Very true to the Midwest and West Coast ideal of bitterness in an IPA. Very well done.

BWH3, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've sampled it in the bottle and on draft and it is always very tasty. Pours a foggy golden color with good amounts of head and lacing on the glass. Grapefruit hoppy aroma. A strong grapefruit hoppy taste to it, slightly sweet, with a bitter, slightly sour finish. The more I drink this the more I like it. I recently drank this, then followed it up with another IPA I thought was as good (Harpoon). No way... this is much better.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange color in my glass (how vibrant!). Clearly thick chunks of sediment floating in it (?). Weak retention of the pearl-colored head that quickly fades to a thin ring. Appealing aromas of ripe apricot, citrus and floral hops in the nose. Flavors are dominated by the punch of citrus hops, most notably grapefruit. So much so that I feel its one dimensional. Bitter all the way through but as it warms the biscuity malts begin to emerge. Medium bodied, good carbonation but feels a little misbalanced to me.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of jasonA, thanks buddy.

Frshness date on the bottle, 2 cute old men on the lable, nice design.
Rigerous pour from the bottle into a snifter.
Color is a brilliant gold with a mild unfiltered haze to it.
Big cramy white head. Retention is super, with an assortment of bubbles hanging around.
Lace is thick and sticky on each tier of receeding beer level.

Big sweet pine smell on the nose, with a sweet malt backing and a nice floral hop smell. Honey, marmalade and a mild hempish woodyness. Mild alcahol notes, but difficult to detect.

Taste is a bittering pine with a slick smooth carbonation zing through the middle. Finishing dry with a potent hop linger. Mild hoppy grapefruit, mostly tangy hops, mild sweetness upfront, but it then drops out completly. No alcahol warming to be found.

Very good beer, well hoped with a good carbonation balance. Would have liked some of the dimentions from the smell to have traveled into the taste.
Very happy I got to try this. Thanks again Jason.

Buebie, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of ralree
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice cloudy gold, fluffy white head, 2-fingers. Retention strong, lacing decent.

S: Mostly grapefruit, some apricot. Hops smell good. Seems to be some pine hops, along with some others I don't know. Very refreshing smell. Alcohol undetectable, malt just barely poking through.

T: The hops are very strong and grassy in this one. The bitter kick from the hops is balanced, but just barely, by the fruit flavors. The fruit is very light - not overbearing like a lot of other IPAs (though, I like overbearing fruit). The malt is pretty grainy, leaving a nice strong barley flavor in the mouth. The bitterness sticks with you after swallowing viciously. If you love hoppy-bitter, this is your beer.

M: Creamy, a little astringent, a little oily. Great carbonation. Would be better if it was a little drier.

D: Drinks nicely if you can handle the bitterness. Not as refreshing as some other IPAs, but not bad at all. Goes down easy.

ralree, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Mdog
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, chunks of yeast, ok head. Maybe a little old bottle?

Smell: Sweet orange and grapefruit, very nice.

Taste: A little bit of sweetness before a bitterness assault. Dry pithy grapefruit comes on strong.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light for an IPA.

Drinkability: The lightness in feel balances out the dry bitterness for a drinkable beer.

Picked up one of these in Wiscoland. A tasty IPA that I'd have plenty of if it was a local beer.

Mdog, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I got out of a Smutty mixed pack. Poured into a standard pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice orange that had just a touch of cloud to it. Had a nice, big head that had some good retention. Really nice sticky lacing webs the glass.

S: Smell is mostly of citrus hops that really allows a nice, well represented grapefruit aroma to shine through. There is also a touch of sweet malt making a presence.

T: Taste is of citrus hops, big time grapefruit, a bit sour and a bit bitter. Sweet malt tries to balance but the bitterness remains and is pleasant.

M: Medium in body, has just enough carbonation to make the feel enjoyable. Bitterness from the grapefruit is the majority of the aftertaste and really lingers on the tongue. A touch of ABV resides on the back of the throat.

D: Pretty damned good. I feel that I may get a bit of heartburn if I had too many of these, but still very good. I could definitely drink at least one of these a night if they were in my area. Really nice IPA.

everetends, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is slightly hazy orange with a tight off-white head and decent lacing throughout. Aroma has that familiar American IPA nose of moderate piney and citrusy hops along with a restrained grainy and graham cracker-like maltiness in the background. Flavor is bursting with moderate American hops right up front with a decent malt backbone to carry the hops. Flavors of peach, apricot, and fresh grains support moderate to moderately high hop bitternes. Mouthfeel is medium but this beer has a fairly harsh aftertaste from all the hops as I near the bottom of my glass. I prefer a more balanced IPA but this beer will be liked if not loved by all you hopheads out there.

beerkittycat, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of bcastine
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -Pours a semi-cloudy coper color with a sticky foamy head, spotty lacing is present throughout the entire session in my UK pint glass.

S-Grapefruit, Hops, Herbage

T-Grapefruit again, the bitterness of grapefruit really comes through to me, without being "citrusy". Pretty much the perfect rainy summer day beer.

M-medium carbonation, and a most definite lingering aftertaste, this ipa takes it's time on your palate .

D-Very good, gets to the point quickly, great all by itself or with a robust meal, always seems fresh even out of the bottle, hey it is an ipa after all. Drinkabilty is off the charts when sampled off the tap. Smuttynose IPA takes most of the west coast IPA's and bitch beats them into submission. Really gives many double/imp IPA's a run for their money!

bcastine, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed this a couple of years ago in the bottle, but had it earlier this summer at Deep Ellum and thought it better on tap, or perhaps just the recent version is that much better, or it was fresher. In any case, I thought it was worth reviewing again. Pours amber with a white head that sticks around a bit and very decent lacing. The smell has very nice piney hops, and this same pine is found in the taste in a long piney bitterness. The malt is there, but it very much plays second fiddle. The mouthfeel is downright spicy from the hops and medium bodied. Really enjoyed this beer this time around.

Georgiabeer, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - The smell is of hops of the citrus variety with a grapefruit dominance

T - Theres a good bitter hop flavor to this beer with a piney grapefruit flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I liked this beer quite a bit it has an enjoyable taste to it I think that it could be a sessionable beer thats worth trying sometime

armock, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of nfr5069
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a mainstay in my fridge. I have overlooked reviewing it for a long time since it seems like I drink it every day. For the record:

A- Nice bottle featuring a couple of "old salts" sitting in lawn chairs enjoying his beer. Makes me think of what I'll be doing when I'm their age. Pours a copper orange with a finger of head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Leaves spotty lace as you drink it down.

S- Citrus and hops. A nice odor, lets you know what you can expect next.

T- A nice bitter taste throughout with a definite pine taste. Many reviewers report a grapefruit taste which I do not detect which is good because I hate grapefruit! Very pleasant and lingering aftertaste.

M- Very nice overall. Smooth with a strong flavor and lingering aftertaste.

D- Very good. I regularly go through 3-6 of these at a sitting. This beer does well alone or as part of an IPA tasting. Stands up well against other beers of its kind.

This is a great IPA that I would definitely recommend. If you can't get it you should get in touch of some of us east coasters to hook you up!

nfr5069, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle coded as best by Nov 08.

A- Pours a gold color with a bright white compact foam.

S- Smells earthy, herbal.... the smell hits strong enough but nothing extraordinary.

T- Tastes quite hoppy. Mostly spicy, earthy hop flavors, there seems to be some bitter citrus like grapefruit as well.

M/D- Very nice body on this, at 6.6% they still kept it pretty dry, very nice. Goes down quite easily leaving a nice bitterness behind.

Nicely crafted IPA with good hop flavor and low residual sweetness.

MiScusi, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this extra!

Pours a foggy dusty orange color with a very earthy hue. Foamy white head is small but leaves some spotty lace.

Nose is full of big citrus and yeasty bread. A little candied grapefruit sweetness and some earthy forest floor depth.

Taste explodes with hops. Big crisp pine made more complex with some strong dry resin flavor. Plenty of light malt background sustains the overall taste with roasted flavors and toffee. Resin coats leaving a bitter lingering flavor.

Feel has a degree of fullness to it despite the otherwise medium body. Mouthcoating is somewhat thick and viscous, even with the bit of dryness at the finish.

It's refreshing and bitter, with a great consistency and strong hop presence. Overall a nicely drinkable IPA.

lightindarkness, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of johnd513
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to JasonA for this one.
This beer pours a very nice yellow orange color. The smell and taste is very citrusy, I LOVE the grapefruit flavor here. The mouthfeel is near perfect and nicely carbonated. This beer is very well balanced and one of my new favorite IPA. The abv is a little too high for this to be a session beer for me personally but I could easily drink a few of these. Probably the most drinkable IPA I have come across.

johnd513, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Straight from the bottle this brew's label has a couple of characters hangin' in front of their trailer home. India Pale Ale and Finestkind are quoted. Very interesting, fo sho.

S - Hops, ohhh hops.

T - Sweet and bitter hops of the highest caliber.

M - The feel starts smooth and moves consistently toward an aftertaste with some disruptive character.

~ This is a nice IPA. The all in all quality is good and I'd certainly recommend it for a sampling.

cdkrenz, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Straw yellow in color with hints of orange. Foamy one finger off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S - Aromas of citrusy fruits, grapefruit and pineapple is what stood out. Also noticed some floral aroma down deep.

T - Big juicy punch of grapefruit right up front. One citrusy IPA. The malt provided just the right amount of sweetness along with a biscuity taste as well. Superb tasting IPA. Nice and hoppy without being far too bitter. I would call this one a hopheads dream for sessionable IPA's.

M/D - Medium bodied and a touch heavy on the carbonation. The hop juices coat the mouth leaving a wonderful taste. Incredibky drinkable IPA.

ckeegan04, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to jwc215 for this! Thanks Joe

Pours a hazed honey with 3+ fingers of rocky pearl white head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Citric hops, especially grapefruit & not much else

T: Leafy & grapefruitty hops, some biscuitty malt up front. Leafy hops, pears & apricots as this warms. Finishes with leafy & grapefruitty hops, plus some fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, with good balance & nice carbonation, but enough to help the hops.

Nice session IPA IMO, but the hop combination would grow old after a a pint or three

russpowell, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn, the more Smuttynose I drink, the more I like their brews.
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a sticky white head.
Smell is nicely hoppy with some pine and grass and maybe some citrus.
Tastes much better than the smell, nicely hoppy with a lingering bitterness in the finish. There's enough malt to give it a good balance and this makes it very easy to drink. Smooth with a mild carbonation level.

kirok1999, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to DrDogBeer for sending this as an extra. As if Kate weren't enough ;)

A - Medium orange body, frothy and thick 1 finger head that's pretty bright white. Slight chill haze. Lots of carbonation visible. Plenty of lacing. Best before Nov. 08.

S - Hoppy but not overwhelming like some IPA's I've had of late. Hints of sweet malts in the background.

T - A very interesting stab at an AIPA. Not the most pronounced hop profile throughout, but the finish is where this pup shines. Slightly metallic, bitter aftertaste, reminds me a bit of well water. Almost a chocolate malt profile hides underneath the hops, yet I can't imagine how that'd be the case given the color of this brew. Overall a good, but not 100% great AIPA.

M - Creamy and medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Excellent.

D - Pretty great here as well, as there's nothing getting in the way of getting this one down. It's amazing how quick it's depleting.

Notes: I've wanted to try this one for a while and glad I finally had the chance to ingest it. An IPA I'd gladly drink if it were available to me.

SaucyA, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up from Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA (I think). Poured into a Blue Mountain Brewery pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, unfiltered gold body, a healthy one-and-a-half finger head, with really solid sheets of lacing, great retention and ... floaties!? Chunks of hop particles, I assume, floating around. Maybe this bottle came from the bottom of the batch or something, but still, weird. Still, a gorgeous, gorgeous beer.

Aroma: Loads of piney and citrus hops and a great, solid grainy but smooth maltiness. Very inviting.

Taste: Coarse, lasting bitterness throughout, more piney, herbal hops, some orange peel. The bitterness really overwhelms some of the flavors in places, but that's alright - hurts so good. There's a pleasant biscuity sweetness in the back, but it definitely plays second fiddle to the hops here.

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily, coats the mouth near completely. A big, even mouthfeel that's surprisingly refreshing and "spritzy," despite the oily quality of it all.

Drinkability: Awesome. Very refreshing with great tastes and a very complex, rounded hop profile. One of my favorite IPAs, very easily found, highly recommended.

CrellMoset, Jul 20, 2008
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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