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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,769
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 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
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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
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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
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes!!! A new IPA for me that sets my bar even higher. This beer pours a hazy golden orange with suspended sediment adding a new dimension to the appearance. The head is something to witness, tight, creamy and dense with an amazing length. The lacing is phenomenal. I wish I could take a photo and post it. Fantastic.

The smell is piney, citrusy and tropical. Pineapple, coconut, flowers and soapy notes round out a great aroma.

The taste is wonderful, fresh, piney, spicy, grainy and bitter. Very bitter.

The mouthfeel is full ithout being heavy or sticky. Light but adequate carbonation rounds this out.

Drinkable? Hell yeah. Maybe not for a hophead, but what am I? Hophead for life.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 01:44:19 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle purchased at Amity Wine in New Haven, CT. Pours out a yellowish, light brown color with a good size, white head. There are tons of yeast/protein globs floating all around too. Smell is lovely with bags of floral hops coming through.

This is my "kind" of IPA. This is how I like it. Floral, fruity and yet still light and crisp. Not too heavy or sticky. The malts take a back seat here just to keeps things honest. Aftertaste is bitter, but not overpowering. An IPA should be balanced and this truly is.

This IPA and the IPA from Franconia Notch to me are very similar. I love them both. Live free or die! Well done NH.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 00:54:56 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of mnj21655


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

Poured a nice copper color with a white head and good lacing. Smells strongly of floral/citrsuy hops. Tastes similar to how it smells, very hoppy and citrusy. Mouthfeel is good. Nice body with a moderate amount of carbonation. As for drinkability this is a great, flavorful IPA. Very drinkable. Thank you Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 00:42:25 | More by mnj21655
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle which looks just like the one in the BA Database. Labeled as ”Smuttynose IPA” above a picture of two happy looking chaps sat in deckchairs outside a Trailer. The words “India Pale Ale” and “Finestkind” are below in white text. Best before Dec 2006, no strength listed.

Appearance: Unfiltered the body has a mildy hazed orange body with a crisp white head which laces nicely. Small finely tuned conditioning aids the excellent head retention throughout. Superb presentation!

Nose: I strongly suspect the dry-hopping lends a fresh aspect to the nose. Clean and crisp with highly defined bitterness and a hoppy trait.

Taste: Pine oils mix with a sharp grapefruit crispness as well as some peach laden fruits. Malt lines the middle but the finish is all about the hops. Dry bitterness lingers log after the swallow. Soft edges are supplied by bread features and juxtaposed by the rich grapefruit flesh.

Mouthfeel: Mild biscuit texture to the malts and some yeasty bread dough bolster the thickness of the feel. Occasionally the pine oils lend viscosity but it is never heavy and always well-balanced. Rewarding.

Drinkability: After only a few mouthfuls I found myself at the bottom of this 12 ouncer, oh so easily. I immediately wanted more of this fine brew; heck I wanted a Six-Pack of it in my fridge. The finish is very appealing and the whole brew is nicely poised lending a very Moorish character. More please.

Overall: My previous Review of this beer was of a bottle that had been kindly gifted by Carmen but had to be left in my Car during a particular hot-day whilst down in San Diego attending the Real Ale Festival at Pizza Port back in 2004. I was not sure if that sample had suffered or not, it certainly did not seem like it, but it was hard to tell – yet on reflection perhaps judging by this fresher sample it wasn’t at its best, still great though. So I kept my promise to Re-Review and upped the overall marks accordingly (4 to 4.35). Good stuff, and definitely one of my favorite American IPA’s from the East Coast. Thanks to Erica for the fresh sample!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 03:45:24 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange in color with a medium sized head that holds on top in the form of a thin line while drinking the beer. Thick webs of lace dance down the pint glass. There's a constant stream of carbonation rising that leaves all of the sediment in the glass suspended in the middle of the glass.

Fresh hop aroma with some piney notes shining through. Slight grapefruit aroma that we all know and love but not really too prominent.

Very sweet malty flavor that almost tastes like a candy tingling the tongue. This one quickly turns hoppy. Sweet grapefruit and pineapple flavors tease the drinker before the harsh piney hops scald the tongue in the very dry very bitter finish.

This is a pretty good brew but I don't know that I could sit down with a sixer of this one as the hoppy finish really bombs the tastebuds.

Thanks to cooperrip for a chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 22:48:52 | More by timtheenchanta
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps it has to do with being from New Hampshire, and perhaps not, but Smuttynose seems to have a way of making beers that don't really stand out at first, but are actually there waiting, ready and willing, for you at all times. They kind of hang in the shadows until you actually pull one out of the corner... then... you notice them!

The IPA is a great example of that. It doesn't hit you on the head with hop aroma, but by-golly if you don't experience some very nice Cascades just opening up the bottle. And then there's the appearance. The head retention isn't superb (it IS very good), nor is the clarity, but what you get seems so say "real" to me. Or maybe I should say "honest". They have integrity. They're just delivering a decent, solid, drinkable beer. And I love that!

The flavor is the same way. It's an IPA so there's a rock solid - but not brash - bitterness to it (well, it is the granite state... remember the old man in the mountain?); and citrusy (grapefruit, even a drop of pineapple), grassy, and piney hops seem to be smeared EVERYWHERE; and the malt base is clean and straightforward with just a "basic", down to earth graininess.

Overall, it's a very, very nice take on the style. It delivers the malt, hops and bitterness while remaining very drinkable. I could go for a few of these.... but watch out, the 6.6% will hit you!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 16:27:04 | More by NeroFiddled
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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