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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,750 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,750
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 206
Gots: 248 | 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 Donthoseme


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
Photo of Seumas

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
Photo of eberkman


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

Served out of a 12 oz bottle. Label had two friendly old New England guys sitting on a lawn.

Poured a very nice hazy orange-gold with a cream-colored 1/2 inch frothy head that lingered through the session, leaving plenty of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma was very hoppy, with strong notes of grapefruit and a subtle piney smell too. Taste was well balanced for an IPA -- a powerful hoppy flavor with grapefruit dominating the palate, but subtly offset by a sweet malty taste on the way down that morphs right back into a lingering hoppy finish that leaves you thirsting for more.

It was extraordinarily drinkable. If I'm in the mood for an IPA (and I usually am), and this one is around, I'm grabbing it. It also gets increasingly enjoyable as you go deeper into the glass. Just a great, great beer -- and it holds up well with any kind of non-dessert food.

One of my all-time favorites for its sheer reliability, versatility and drinkability. The best everyday brew from one of the best American brewers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 01:42:48 | More by eberkman
Photo of AChamberlain


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

This is my first beer from Smuttynose. Poured from a 12 0z bottle with a 4/07 good by date.

A: Thin head. Glowing orange. Sediment floating around. I'm gonna eat that stuff up.

S: Bold and healthy hop aroma. Perfect IPA smell.

T: Dry and hoppy. The aftertaste is too much. Good, but I'm not feeling that aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Chewy.

D: Ok, but if it had less of an aftertaste it would be extremely drinkable.

I am looking forward to train more Smuttynose beers. Next!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 19:20:10 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of jackorain


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

This was a beer club selection by Glen. Thanks Glen

I didn't review this one unitl the sixth in the six-pack. I did Smuttynose a favor with this, becuase if I had reviewed the 1st bottle it would have been quite different. The initial really big hop bite took some acclimation.

A-Hold the bottle up to the light and there is lot of sediamnt in this thing. That being said, I was not very careful with my pour, Most of the stuff madeit into my glass. I didn't mind. The cloudy gloden-copper color looked pretty good. The head formed at about 1-inch and settled to a ring and slight coat in about 30 seconds. Lace from the ring was nice. Retention could have been better.

S-citrus hops, citrus hop, green hops, piney hops and a little floral hops too. All the hop profiles seem to present beneath the big ole grapefruit tree. There was also a little biscuity malt in there but not much

T-Interestinly the hop profile is more balanced in the taste than the nose, the citrus, pine and green all compete for the top spot with the floral getting pushed aside. There is a malt backbone here but not close to balnced just enough to pull it together.

M-medium body with creamy and oily character that satisfies

D- Pretty good, this could be a regular IPA for me. It will have to compete for fridge space with Celebration and Two-hearted though.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 18:21:09 | More by jackorain
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from Smuttynose variety 12-pack, best before Jan 2007, poured into a tall lager glass.

Cloudy pale amber color with many yeasty bits a-floating. 2 inch rocky cream-colored head forms and slowly sinks, as the glass is drunk the lacing is a fine network of gorgeous intricacy, quite beautiful.

Sweet, intoxicating malt mixed with floral hoppy aromas, grapefruity-fresh, sublime bouquet.

Creamy, finely carbonated in the mouth. The yeasty bits go down smooth.

For me, so far, this is just about the perfect expression of American IPA. The hops are bold, aromatic, complex, citrus, fantastic; but this brew is balanced by soft yet crisp malt that serves as the perfect counterpoint and vehicle for the full hop flavor. The finish is long with pleasing bitterness but there is no puckering quality or astringency, this is masterfully crafted and balanced IPA: bold yet restrained, shows finesse. Hard to stop drinking this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 04:25:00 | More by kenito799
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

Murky yellow body with chunks of yeast in it (completely unintentionally), with a quarter of an inch of head. Smells very very hoppy, both piney and citrusy. Citrusy hops and bitter hops dominate the flavor, though I think they may be subdued somewhat by the yeast. Medium to full in body. Very tasty and enjoyable. Surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 01:32:48 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of dfried


4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-ish amber in color, thin off white head. Even just opening the bottle you catch a whiff of the rich floral aroma. Hops everywhere, floral mainly with some citrus and pine as well. Sweet malt is noticeable in the aroma as well. The hops in the taste were more geared to citrusy and fruity flavors, orange, tangerine, peach, and pear, though some perfumey floral flavor was there as well. Eventually some musty tones crept in too. This beer is all about the hops, but there is more than enough malt to help this beer stand up, it remains sweet and crisp.

I am an IPA type of guy, and this one has to contend with the top of my list of them. This beer was recomended by a fellow BA, and I am glad I listened. Though I will always have a special spot in my heart for Two Hearted Ale, Smuttynose IPA gives it a run for its money.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 18:25:23 | More by dfried
Photo of boulevard2

New York

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

On tap at The Boulevard Grill

Pours a wonderfull peach colored ale with a thick head that quickly disapears to a tight laced lightly carbonated ale. Scent of hopps, cascades and citrus are very present. A nice floral bouquet is also in the nose. This is a superior IPA and one that is frequent in my fridge and bar. The smoothness and crisp aftertaste is bar none and one to be wrecond with.Great job guys keep it up!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2006 01:46:47 | More by boulevard2
Photo of IntriqKen


4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A cloudy golden yelllow topped with a substantial sticky white head that lasts forever.
Aroma is immediately fresh citrus hops....LOTS of hops...but still a tiny bit of amber malt sweetness comes through.
Taste is incredibly well balanced. Lots and lots of grapefruity hops but they keep giving way to a sweet malt without ever being anything but 'in your face'.
Finish is a wonderful citrus peel drying.
Many, many thanks to Manosbeeroffate for this trade.
After tasting Smuttynose now, I came out WAY ahead on this deal.
It may be the finest IPA ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 02:39:34 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of medic25


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

Hazy, orange color, with a big frothy white head that laces nicely. Pleasant fresh aroma. Taste is outstanding; hoppy without being overpowering, with a nice piney character. Highly drinkable IPA; great hop character without the overwhelming "superhop" flavor of the west coast IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 06:08:48 | More by medic25
Photo of CharlieMopps


3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Foamy white 1 inch head. Golden hue with good retention and decent enough lacing.

S: Clean and hoppy scent. Sweet aroma with a tiny hint of citrus.

T: Immense hop attack with a very dry finish. Spices and a juniper-like flavor are definitely present in this one.

M: Bold middle with an oily hop finish that lingered fairly long.

D: Overall, it was a decent enough IPA, with nice matching flavors, but not overly impressive. I would order another, but might make other initial selections if I'm in the mood for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2006 06:04:42 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of mattf311


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

Pours a orange / light amber with about an inch of creamy foam. Somewhat cloudy.

I was expecting more on the nose. You can smell the hops and citrus but it seems a little faded. An old bottle?

The hops seem a little subdued for a double IPA. I was expecting something with more kick. The hops and citrus are balanced, making it pretty drinkable.. i was just expecting the balance to occur at a higher level, for a beer with more kick.

The mouthfeel is decent. Good amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable but, as mentioned, I believe IPAs such as these should be stronger.

A good beer. I was expecting more given its reputation. Maybe it was an old bottle. I will try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 00:07:24 | More by mattf311
Photo of terrabyte


3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely chunky yellow/orange pour with a large white head.

Aroma consists of mostly citrus smells with some grapefruit. Typical green pine hops from an IPA.

Somewhat sour flavor of grapefruit and orange. Has the typical grapefruit aftertaste, with an enjoyable bitterness in ther aftertaste.

Slightly foamy, somewhat thick, but goes down fine.

Very drinkable for an IPA.

This was a very decent IPA. Nothing too clobbering on the tongue. Didn't seem to have too many ingredients to make it very complex, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 23:12:24 | More by terrabyte
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

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

This beer is a partially cloudy yellowish orange. There is a small head and some lacing. The smell is very good. One of the better smelling IPA's I have had. There are healthy doses of hops evident here. The taste is hoppy and bitter. There is a bannanna taste as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and there is a stickiness and a lasting bitterness. The drinkability is good. This is one of the better beers of the style I have had.

Thanks to wcudwight for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 21:24:23 | More by Enola
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great packaging, love the graphics and the design. The two old guys sitting on the porch drinkin' beers is priceless.

Didn't care for the beer at all though. I was so excited to get it, but I couldn't even finish one. I enjoy the DFH 60 and 90 min (and thought I would like this one as it is ranked even higher) but it was too bitter. Not enough flavor either.. I couldn't detect and herbs or spices. The carbonation was good, but that was about it. I'd recommend DFH over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 19:56:43 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a hazy light amber color ale with a medium slightly off-white foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops is well balance with caramel malt. Taste of caramel malt is well mixed with some citrus hops. Body is above average and low filtration level makes this even more enjoyable. Another solid beer in this fine brewery line-up.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 17:28:07 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of loren01


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orangish color, 1 finger width frothy white head, good lacing observed down the glass
S: Very citrusy, good orange scent also has a sweet/malt smell
T: Big hop flavor, bitter aftertaste. Mildly malty up front
M: Moderate to heavy on the carbonation
D: Pretty darn good IPA, would for sure have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 12:26:32 | More by loren01
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

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

Amber coloured ale poured with thin off white head. Finely carbonated and nicely laced.

Yummy grapefruit hops with a touch of peach. smothered over bicuity malts with a touch of caramel.

Ruby red grapefruit and peachy hops predominate over the lightly roasted malts with the flavours of lightly buttered biscuits drizzled with just a touch of caramel for some sweetness.

Nice astringent hops, almost tea like and almost resinous, and they have staying power. Interesting peachy flavour, and almost has peachy mouthfeel as well due to fuzzy like mouthfeel due to astringency and fine carbonation. Nicely balanced IPA, malts are there, but allow the hops to take center stage.

Refreshingly drinkable IPA. Sessionable, and a good example of the style. Wouldnt recommend to someone who hasnt yet acquired a taste for hoppy beers. Ill be looking for this one again. Yum yum.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 23:45:42 | More by demcorhip
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all who puts Bartles and James on a beer lable!?
Cloudy, darkish gold color, not much head but some lacing.
Secondly I was not as super impressed with this as some other reviewers have been. It smelled decent, hops, citrus, yeast and grapefruit.
I like the hops, and was expecting more than this bottle contained. it was a pretty good beer, just a letdown in the bitter, piney department. There was a hint of floral and citrus hops along with some malt.
Drinkable but not as expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 21:11:59 | More by hungryghost
Photo of Gedackt16


4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! What can I say about this one that everyone else hasn't??? This is as perfect an IPA as I've ever tasted! I'm sure it could get better, just saying that I haven't tasted one yet...hehe. Anyway....

Pours an absolutely beautiful golden orange haze with lots of carbonation. The beer being unfiltered (a surprise upon pouring it!) produces almost a lava lamp effect with the hops floating in it. The head starts out at about half an inch and then laces beautifully to a much shorter ever-present one. Apprearance-wise you don't get much prettier of a beer folks!

To me the nose is all hops and grapefruit. Not very piney like other IPAs I've encountered but grapefruit smacked me right away. Very nice.

Taste is rich and bold. Very bitter but the fact that the taste stays in the back of your throat for a few minutes afterward makes the drinking experience very warm and throrough. As with the nose, unsweetened grapefruit comes immediately to mind. Probably a result of the extreme hopiness of this one. Go into this one with the intention of DRINKING AN IPA. This is no social drink :-) You know when you take a sip of this one!
The mouthfeel is rather light making this one very drinkable but the hopiness of it will probably mean you don't have too many. 6.6% also helps with that one.

In any case, this is one of the richest, boldest IPAs I've ever tasted. Please do Smuttynose a favor and show some appreciation by checking this one out. THIS...is how it's done. Happy drinking! Especially if you're drinking this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 22:03:28 | More by Gedackt16
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

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

Pours a peachy color with a solid and lasting pillowy cream colored head.
Smells of citrus and piney hops. Also a bit of pineapple.
Taste is very balanced. Good, but not outstanding. It's very true to style. Cascade hops and a solid malt backbone mingle with neither standing out or dominating the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel is light to medium which I think adds to the drinkability.
The drinkability? I could drink it by the bucket-full!!
Thanks to swedejay53 for this fine example of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 22:46:00 | More by wcudwight
Photo of williamherbert

New York

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

I didn't look hard enough to realize that this beer was unfiltered, so imagine my surprise at seeing a whole heap of confetti-like sediment flowing into the glass. Oh well, the show must go on...although I think the two men laughing on the bottle's label are laughing at me. I really should have known better.

Sediment aside, it has a nice, cloudy peach-colored hue. It's got a fine cheek. Reminds me of a lava lamp in its current incarnation. (My "appearance" rating is assuming I had poured it correctly instead of like an idiot.)

Mild, hoppy aroma. Very nice.

A very smooth taste with an unexpected hoppy punch to the uvula. Delicious. Kind of a sweet hoppy flavor. Those hops don't kick in until after you swallow. And by God, then it's just too late! Seems to have a fruity flavor but that might be just because hops taste like grapefruit.

This is going down so easy. Has a sweet flavor. I think I want to make love to it all night. Powerful hop aftertaste, but smooth as silk, baby. Even the massive belch I just had was delicious.

Because of the strong hops, I might have to alternate between this and another beer throughout the night, but this one is a winner. Smutty knows how to do it right, kids. Solid IPA, and reasonably priced, to boot.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 02:21:04 | More by williamherbert
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle courtesy of UncleJimbo. Pours a nice golden color with some sediment haze. A very nice, thick, creamy head forms and leaves copious amounts of lacing. Great retention as well. Aside from the sediment (I dont know if this beer is unfiltered or not).

Aroma is citrus and grapefruit and freshly mown grass. A very nice aroma to this one. Could have had some more hops, but what it has is pretty nice. Somewhat subdued overall, not much malt aroma.

Citrus hops and more hops. This is a hoppy beer. The bitterness isnt overwhelming, but gives a nice wallop. A carrotlike or vegetable flavor is present as well. Some astringency in the finish, and finishes quite dry.

I cant get past the metallic astrincgency present in this one. That taste is very chalky and not pleasant. Otherwise, a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 21:11:36 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Wine Emporium in Boston. Very slight indentations on the Best Before markings imply it to be December 06. Pours a light golden with not much head but quite a bit of carbonation. Small amounts of lacing. Medium hoppy aroma. First taste is full, but not overly complex. Heavy hoppy aftertaste, which is nice, but not as round and fruity and fresh as I prefer. Was hoping for a little bit more from this given the repeated suggestions from salespeople in the shops.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 02:40:35 | More by sstackho
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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