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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,964
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 213
Gots: 317 | 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 wwheeler
4.43/5  rDev +8%

This Smuttynose IPA was from a cask that was dry-hopped with simcoe hops at the Moan and Dove.

Poured a dark orange color, with little to no head. Right from the start the sweet aroma of the simcoe hops fills your nose. Slight bitter IPA taste, but the hops make their presence known from sip to swallow.

Throughout the entire beer, I was thinking to myself that I couldn't believe how much a difference the dry-hopping made in the cask Smuttynose IPA. In March I had a cask of the IPA that wasn't dry-hopped, and I wasn't at all impressed. But this dry-hopped version was great.

wwheeler, May 31, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Part of the Smutty Variety pack.
Best before August 08.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold to orange color with a two finger white cloudy head with great retention that leaves solid lacing all the way up the glass. You can see the yeast floating around in the beer. Hop aromas of grapefruit and tea, yeast and some peach. The up front taste is of grapefruit leading to a floral, lemon hop flavor with a dry, bitter lemon rind finish. There is a toffee malt flavor coming in and out throughout the beer. Medium body, medium carbonation, starts with a creamy mouthfeel but leaves it gritty. Easy drinking IPA, the hop flavors are there but not overly aggressive.

scottg, May 31, 2008
Photo of ph2001
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

12 oz bottle in pint glass

it has a nice warm honey color to it that is hazy. there is a little bit of head.

it is very hoppy and seems overwhelming at first. each sip gets a little more focused in taste, and every aftertaste seems stronger than the last. full of flavor, but you have to be ready for it.

ph2001, May 26, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

pale yellow hazy, translucent pale gold with tinges of brown, light carbonation and bits of yeast floating all around, light bit of head on the top of this bad boy. Wondering about the yeast, nice sticky lacing all over the glass

smells of grass and citrus a bit of bready malt in there.

taste: a nice bit of bready malt, almost sweet like candy, a bit yeasty and nice citrussy bitter hop finish. Hard to pin this one down, FANTASTIC

rather light carbonation, medium body, and a nice amount of cleansing tannic astringence.

drinkability: I only have this single bottle but man I wish I had more. Good shit.

Donnie2112, May 23, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Pours a hazy yellow color with a very slight burnt orange hue coming through as well. Lots of sediment easily poured out. The brew has a nice head; nothing special but way better than average. The aroma is hevily of hops but also has citrus and spices coming through as well. Liberal amounts of hops dominate the taste. Grapefruit, orange and grass provides a supporting role. Although apparent, wheat and malt take a back seat in this beer. It has a medium body and a dry finish. Also, just a side note to myself; after drinking and reviewing, I was surprised to learn that this beer only had a 6.6% ABV...not that it tasted of alcohol, but mainly because of the strength and complexity of the flavors...guess I was wrong (...and a little disappointed).

Very good beer, glad to know its readily available near by.

Douglas14, May 21, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.18/5  rDev +2%

Had this beauty ontap in Boston at Bukowski's. I'd had this in bottle a number of times, havn't ever reviewed it though, apparently.

Orangy pinkish in color with a frothy head.

Floral purfume hops, citrus is grapefruit, and there is a bit of pine.

Great clean hop bitterness. Hop forward, though the malt is right there acting like a backbone to the body. A bit sticky in the mouth, but not over the top as some IPA's tend to be.

A superb drinker, for sure. My pint dissapeared mighty-fast.

SurlyDuff, May 19, 2008
Photo of Hokies
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Best by September and poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice orange color with a small head that leaves lacing on the side of the glass and quite a bit of sediment floating in the beer. The aroma is a little weak with some citrus and a mild malt smell. This is a nice one it has a great taste of grapefruit, citrus and some nice pine notes to it with a slight malt backbone to it. The beer has a good amount of carbonation and leaves a dry bitterness to it. This is a nice IPA with a lot of hop but lacks a nice balance with the malt. Probably one of the smoothest IPA's that I have had.

Hokies, May 19, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours clear,golden yellow with a medium sized head and it settles to a decent lace. The aroma is piny,hops,hops some more hops and a backbone of malts and citrus.
The taste is quite complex,fruits/grapefruit,citrus,malts,hops and some light alcohol.
The overall feel is dry,bitter finish.

Notes: There is a nice medium carbonation which is fine,but and there is a but. This brew was really god, first review was not so good,but I really appreciated this beer a lot more the second time around. I believe this is a fine example of an IPA.

Lexluthor33, May 19, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Old men sitting in lawn chairs? Pours a very hazy darker golden color with a slight amber hue to it. Interesting the hazy even though most of the sediment stayed on the bottom. A soft white head with good retention and ok lacing.

The nose leaves no doubts that it is an IPA. Some complexity with the hops and a lot going on. The hops have a big citrus and grapefruit notes. Other fruity hop notes, pineapple, mango and lemon as well. A touch of pine and floral too. Some biscuit, honey and a feint hints of caramel.

The taste is more in balance but still hop dominant. The hops have a light bitterness with a stronger hop finish to it. Mostly grapefruit, citrus and lemon. A nice piney, spicy finish that leaves a long lasting lingering taste. The malt is more present and a bit more complex compared to other ipa's. Bready flavors mostly with hints of biscuit and caramel flavors. Almost toasted. Some sugary notes that are not quite honey not quite palm sugar. Very flavorful but could balance bitterness.

The body is moderate but difficult to pick up with the hops. Nice carbonation to support the malt and hops equally. A nice resinous texture that emphasizes the finish. Could use a bit more smoother but really being technical here. Overall a very nice IPA.

Oxymoron, May 13, 2008
Photo of kw24ever
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%

This is by far one of the best IPA's I have ever had. Lots of bold hops taste with a strong hops aroma. Very hazy when poured with a nice off-white head. Great overall beer for an warm sunny afternoon. I took a tour of the plant last year and was very pleased not only with cleanliness but the laid back workers who seemed like they were there to have a good time not to bring home a paycheck.

kw24ever, May 13, 2008
Photo of phattysbox
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

A- Straw yellow with a nice sticky lace that lasts a while. Tho seems quite lagerish in color.

S- Citrusy and piney florals smack you in face, quite nice from the Amarillo hops they put in.

T- Hop wallops tongue and then lingers for ten minutes afterward. Hops are so strong that the maltiness just barely balances it out - but barely.

M- Light body and quite dry, which further puckers the mouth

D- Definitely drinkable but needs more balance for my taste

phattysbox, May 13, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle courtesy of wolfsblood poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright hazy golden with hints of orange. Head is minimal but has a nice bubbly center that keeps the foam going throughout and leaves a really nice lacing.

S: Big up front hoppy citrus smell of oranges and grapefruit. Slight malty sweetness in the background along with some resiny pine, but it's mostly citrus hops in the nose.

T: Taste follows the smell with big orange, grapefruit and lemon flavors with some grassy hints as well. I'm not getting as much sweetness in the taste as in the smell.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation leaves a little hoppy stickiness in the mouth.

D: A nice take on the American IPA. Very clean and crisp and especially nice on a hot afternoon.

gford217, May 08, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a golden yellow with tons of yeast suspended in the body. A rocky two finger slightly off white head has some staying power with a sheet of sticky lacing.

A good amount of floral hops mix with a citrus hop aroma and clean toasted malts. All together, comes off as grassy and earthy. Solid.

Tart grapefruit, floral kick, and sweet toasted malt. Solid hop flavor and bitterness.

Clean and crisp, medium bodied.

This is an easy drinking ipa with a good hop bite.

This has always been a good go to ipa for me, but has fallen off my radar recently given the other choices around. It does everything well.

ColForbinBC, May 05, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a sampler glass. Golden colored with a nice white head with some staying power.

Big grapefruit hop aroma. Not a lot of malt behind this but that's ok in my book.

Taste is also big on the grapefruit. There is some sweet malt backing it up but the overwhelming aftertaste is all citrus hops. Turns a bit bitter in the finish. They did not skimp on the hops that's for sure.

Light bodied, smooth feel, good and drinkable but you might get the bitter beer face.

ZimZamZoom, May 04, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

This is a redo review. I had this some time back and gave it a rather poor score. I have a feeling the keg wasnt fresh as it was WAY too malty and had no hop presence what so ever. This pint was very different, a totally different experience.

A-Deep copper with a thin film of tan foam. Leaves no lacing.

S-Malty sweet with a pleasant citrus zing.

T-Malty sweet and citrus hoppiness battle it out to see which one will win. Nice balance.

M-Medium body with a decent carbonation level. Smooth to go down easy. Good long lasting bitterness.

D-Nice. Not too malty, not "too" hoppy (if there is such a thing!) This is a well balanced eastern IPA.

Deuane, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

P: Poured from a 12 oz., brown bottle with notched freshness dating.

A: Pours an uncharacteristically pale golden for an American IPA. Whispy, thin head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Active carbonation.

S: Predominantly pine and grapefruit with notes of earthy peat and grass.

T: Bitter, spicy pine upfront, followed by a subtle citrus tang and dry, 65 IBU finish that borders on astringent. Heavily hopped, one-dimensional profile.

M: Crisp, light-bodied and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Make mine a Smutty and I'm good with two.

CaptainIPA, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev -2.4%

A medium golden color, with a bit of amber hue. a quater inch head forms and it dissolves away, leaving a film on top. A mild malty fragrance at the start, followed by a grassy, grapefruit, spicy scent. The malt is dtrong at the front of the flavor and is soon overwhelmed by the hops. The hops bring a grapefruit bitternessmidway, followed by grassy and earthy flavors; finishing with a bit of a tobacco flavor. The slight tingle of carbonation at the front, having a thin feel blending to amore of a medium feel. It finishes with a medium dryness at the backend of the palate. This is a very good IPA, solid in every category. Throwing some spicy mexican food at this beer is excellent.

cameraman, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Lecithin
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Poured into a pint glass. Has a dull orange, brown appearance with some floating particles. Has a one-finger head with lacing that remained on the glass.

S: Wonderful floral and earthy smells with hints of citrus.

T: Very crisp in the beginning with a bitter kick at the end from the hops. Has hints of citrus just like in the smell.

M: Can't really describe it, but seemed medium-bodied.

D: For me it seemed heavy for an IPA and while I would have another, this one filled me up really well.

Lecithin, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Its been about 4-5 years since Ive last had this beer, so an updated review is in order.

A: Huge sticky marshmellow head sits a promising 2 fingers high with a steady stay of execution. A hazy cadmium orange is filled with an abundance of dancing yeasty matter. Visible carbonation was hard to determine due to thick haze and suspended material but rare glimpses showed a strong presence if not just by the movement of the swirling macro-particles inside. Lacing is thick and lustrious, clumping to the glass walls providing good coverage. Very good by style and just the way I like it, strong head, nice coloring and filled with lots of goodies inside along with a strong carbonation to make them dance.

S: The nose is strong with heavy scents of lemon citrus and pine. Expecting some signs of the malty base but the hops may be so dominate that they drown this out. Either way its loaded with citrusy goodness, freshly squeezed and ready to enjoy.

T: The flavor is thick and malty, lush and heavy on the hops with dry citrus flower, pine and sweet toasted speciality grains. Grassy pine with a green earthy hopping that finishes dry. Grainy with a great balance between the hops and malts that leaves a dry hopped citrus parching the tongue upon swallow. Great flavor with a definite wow factor to it.

M: The mouthful is medium-full, creamy, almost thickening up in your mouth the longer you hold onto it. Grassy pine warmth along with alcohol teases the inner cheeks and tongue. A great hold, if I didn’t enjoy the flavor so much and wasn’t rushing to get my next fix.

O: Overall a long overdue friend that I was more then happy to see. Highly hopped, great malt body with a punch of dry citrus and wow factor that hits the spot as one of the bigger and more easily attainable ipas (in my area at least). Finest kind is aptly named and I promise we will meet more frequently in the future.

beerthulhu, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of SUjunkie
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Serving - On-tap into a pint glass

A - Light copper color. Light head that stuck to the glass.

S - Strong smell of fresh floral citrus hops. Great smell of IPA.

T - Strong hops that packs a pop. Nice citrus hop taste dominates throughout. I really love this taste as it wets the palate perfectly.

M - Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable. I had two.

Smutty really puts out great beer and having this for the first time on-tap was so good. I highly recommend trying this beer!

SUjunkie, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

Best before: Sept. 08

A: Pours a gorgeous looking hazy amber color with a towering, 3 1/2 finger, off-white head. Very creamy and blessed with excellent retention. Tons of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Nice juicy aroma of pine resin. Hints of grapefruit peek through as this warms up. Smells a little soapy.

T: Bitter and spicy pine flavors. Like there's a freshly cut pine bough, as garnish, in the glass. Tart grapefruit and dry, toasted malt along with a tiny pinch of caramel malt as well.

M: Bitter and dry. Quite astringent. Oily hoppiness coats everything in my mouth and contributes to the extremely long finish. Dry, spicy, bitter, and toasty = awesome.

D: This is a damn good very sessionable AIPA. Goes to show that you can have "extreme" levels of smell, taste, and mouthfeel without "extreme" levels of alcohol.

GbVDave, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

Once again, thanks to BuckeyNation. You've made my week, Brad.

Appearance: It's very hazy and cloudy. Looks to be a slightly burnt gold color. Head is a little off white, very foamy and two and half fingers deep. Excellent retention and top notch lacing. Waves of laces line the glass.

Smell: Loads of citrus sweetness dominate the nose. There are strong grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and mango elements that create a very sweet aroma. Loads of piney hops follow. There are ancillary caramel malt and yeasty aromas. This is very fine smelling ipa. Straight forward, but impressive.

Taste: Grapefruit and pineapple flavors are very citrusy sweet and slightly bitter. Caramel malts add to the sweet factor. Hops are piney and very lively. It's balanced somewhat, but it falls on the hoppy side of the fence. It finishes dry and bitter. But, the bitter taste seems to slam on the brakes toward the end. It really is a unique experience. It drives right to a point and stops without crossing the line of being too bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Mouthfeel is a great example of the style. It's got just the right amount of thickness. It's smooth and doesn't have a light, slippery feel to it. Drinkabilty is very high especially in light of its relatively modest abv. This is an impressive and excellent IPA. I walk away wishing it was available in Ohio. Unfortunately it's not distributed here. Dammit....

prototypic, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Nice light in color. Golden, bottle conditioned with only a wis of head.
Smell is very good. Cant wait to taste it. Sweet, bready malts mixed with the fragrance of big floral hops!
Taste seems to be lacking the malty flavor I expected, although it still hits the taste buds favorably. What I get most is bitter kiss of hops, mixed with a medium, grainy maltiness.
This beer is a good, solid "go to" beer.

dmamiano, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Kempleton
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Agressive our into a pint glass yeilds a two finger head of low density foam. This quickly fades to one finger pillowy head with small bubbles. By the end of this beer the head is still hanging around but fades to a thin skim of protective foam, with some lacing. Color is a coppery daker than average honey like color. There is a slight cloudyness to this beer. there is not too much of a smell to this some light hop aromas and somevery light flowery notes. There is a litlle bit of malt aromas if you really search for it. I feel like there shoud be more to the nose. I put it down for a while drink a little water then try again, I think I am picking up some white bread scents but very faint. Taste is hops up front but not overwhelming there is a nice bit of malt there to back it up. As it warms a little and given a good shake I feel like there is a bit more malt character coming through, this beer has a nice clean hop finish that lasts. Mouthfeel is light and nice IPA refreshing. this one is quite easy drinking and very refreshing. Definitly could get in trouble on the beach with this one this summer.

Kempleton, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

an earlybird in my IPA tasting ; pours a cloudy light copper-gold w/ a fluffy whit head which lasts a good bit leaving a pinhole lacing completely covering my snifter ; a piney, cattish hop aroma with some cereal grains underneath ; a decent hop bite initially, grapefruitish citrus and some caramel malt at midway, a bit on the thin side for the hops, not quite enough malt to balance it out ; a med. body, dry and well-carbonated, makes it feel rich ; a decent brew for sure, i'd put it on my top Am. IPA list...

animal69, Apr 09, 2008
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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