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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,884
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 211
Gots: 296 | 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 jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9%

poured into a flared tulip glass from a 12oz bottle long neck with crimped cap.
Thanks to Sudsdog for the send,been craving this beer for a while.

Cloudy,unfiltered the way I like it, an orangy/golden color.2" fluffy white head fair retention with spotty lacing. Lots of carbination very tiny bubbles rising all over lots of good stringing.

Good clean simple aroma citrus/pine nutty with some burnt toffee.

Citrus pine tastes,grapefruity,slightly tart with toasty,some burnt tastes and carmelly. Finishes with a clean,snappy grapefruity/citrus rind bite that lingers for a while. Nice balance,very enjoyable.

Smooth,creamy,velvety feeling, juicy with some cloyingness
Very enjoyable,good everyday IPA, one to stock in the fridge.
Could session with this IPA could drink all night.no problem
Must try IPA, go get some!

04-05-2007 03:23:01 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of 0tt0


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

... from a 12-oz bottle, into a Duvel glass.

Nice tight 1/4 inch head appears off a vigorous pour. Yellow-ish, orange, somewhat amber, with a bit a cloudy haze. The head begins to fade, but leaves a nice lace. Good start.

Nose is grapefruity, pineapple, a bit of pine sap, and some lemon peel. The malt lends a bit of warm bread scent as well. Pretty good stuff here.

Penetrating, tingly grapefruit takes the lead, with a nice load of pine needles to boot. A bit of lemony citrus toys with the tastebuds for a second. The malty middle suggests crackers and a slight bit of toffee, but it dissapears as soon as it came to be. The resulting finish is try, whip-crack bitter, and very long lasting. You can almost inhale the tingly, spicy hops in your nose as it slides down the throat. Mouthfeel is right down the middle: a lovely medium suggestive of a DIPA. Foamy and sweet.

On the whole, this is a beer to be reckoned with. Reminds me a bit of Victory's HopDevil, but better. Perhaps more balanced? One of my favorite American IPAs. Look forward to many more, if only you could find them in Georgia.

Thanks to drseamus for the bottle.

04-05-2007 00:37:12 | More by 0tt0
Photo of Tyrawlings


4.1/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy bright orange in color with golden hues. Dense white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Excellent sticky spider web like lacing that crawls all over the glass.

S: Citrus juice. Pine forest. Floral. Earthy. Yeast.

T: Big, clean grapefruit like taste is muscled out of the way by floral and pine hops that blast the tongue with a nice bitterness. A sweet malt character is followed by a touch of honey and a tropical fruit presence. Wet grass and a fresh baked bread finish.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Puckering and slightly dry.

D: Awesome session brew. Highly drinkable and extremely satisfying. Finest Kind "BUD" in a bottle. Recommended.

04-02-2007 22:42:35 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of jscottku21


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer had the unfortunate circumstance of precluding my first tasting of DFH 90 minute, so, naturally it is difficult to judge without bias. That being said, this was a wonderfully hoppy brew that I could definitely see myself drinking in the future. The hops dominate the senses, so in that respect we don't have a lot of balance here, however this is certainly one of the better IPA's I've had. Cheers!

04-02-2007 17:09:01 | More by jscottku21
Photo of Jaynuze

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

Picked up a five gallon keg for the house

Poured a nice cloudy yellow with hints of orange ... quite hazy for a keg ... pretty psyched since this looks like more hops residue than what is in their bottles! The head is crazy thick ... almost looks like a chef's hat! As others have mentioned, the head retention is quite impressive and it leaves a great Belgian Lace behind as well.

The aroma slapped me in the face! Notes of pine, citrus, hop oil, and wheat came to mind.

It's very sharp in flavor. Lots of hop bitterness (or "structure" as one of my favorite Sales Reps says) on the tongue. It's pretty oily in the sense that the taste really wraps itself around the tongue and palate. Think of a nice summer wheat hopped up on "Hop Goofballs" cause that's what this beer comes across as. Though it is quite hoppy, it's not too overpowering ... it's a well balanced beer. There is definitely some alcohol finish to the beer, but it's smoothed out with the heavy pine and citrus flavors. The thing I really like about the taste, as Jason Alstrom had mentioned, is its "puckering" taste. It's almost like sucking on an alcoholic lemon drop ... only better!

The beer is very carbonated and has a wonderfully smooth mouth feel.

This is my favorite IPA. I would have to agree that this is by far one of the finest IPAs to come out of New England. If you haven't tried this beer, grab as much as you can for your next barbeque ... you will absolutely NOT be disappointed. I could drink this all day, every day

03-29-2007 18:32:22 | More by Jaynuze
Photo of Wasatch


4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Thanks goes to nouseforotacon for this brew.

Best before May 07

My first Smuttynose brew. Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some small islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, nice grapefruit, and caramel. The taste is hoppy/malty nice balance, nice little grapefruit flavor through in, nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, would definitely like to try again. Highly recommended.

03-25-2007 21:20:22 | More by Wasatch
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy light amber color; displays nice head retention and lays down sheets of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and pine

Taste: Bready base is quickly joined by grapefruit juice and pushes forward to a lengthy, bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation

Drinkability: NIce balanced IPA that drinks superbly on cask

03-17-2007 20:18:00 | More by brentk56
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%

12oz into pint glass at cellar temp

Pours a straw gold with a touch of orange and a fluffy offwhite head that falls relatively soon but remains as a frothy skim for the length of the beer, each swirl of the glass kicking it back up. Some lace present. Body is slightly cloudy with some particulates.

Scent is grapefruit, orange and a hint of pine but is rather subdued. A bit of biscuity bread.

Taste is an immediate onslaught of hoppy bitterness, particularly when the beer is colder. This gives way to sweeter grapefruit, orange and lemon which ends in a lingering spicey bitter finish. The beer becomes sweeter and more citric as it comes to room temperature and seems to
taste better and better with every sip.

Mouthfeel is both crisp and creamy, with a nice carbonation on the front of the tongue.

Drinkability is excellent. Its unsettling how quickly my glass seems to have emptied itself.

Typical smuttynose, this beer is expertly crafted, eminently drinkable and makes me glad to be from NH. Think I'll have another...

03-17-2007 00:08:24 | More by sethmeister
Photo of Kudashov


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Enjoyed with my girlfriend and her folks at Old Salt in Hampton N.H. I was ordering the fish & chips when I spotted Smuttynose IPA at the bottom of the beer list . When I asked for on with a pint glass waitress responded by saying " I don't know if we still carry that ? " . Waiting with baited breath she came by with a pint glass and a 12 .oz bottle of Smuttynose IPA with 2 old geezers in lawn chairs on the front of the bottle . Poured into a pint glass the color is light yellowish /orange with nice 2 finger head . Do I smell pine cones ? There is some hop and citrus smells as well . This brew went so well with my fish . The Old Salt is a great place to eat . The service was good the food spelindid and the Smuttynose fresh . The flavor is spicy and somewhat bold . When having another taste with a piece of bread with honey/maple butter on it was heavenly . I am still on the hunt for the Hanami ..Which I will find ... This again is another winner from Smuttynose . .


03-11-2007 20:29:32 | More by Kudashov
Photo of montageman


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured into a pint glass. Cloudy orange with a nice head that leaves intense lacing and is sticking all over the sides of the glass. The nose is dominated by grapefruit with a little pine and slight floral character. The taste is extremely bitter - the hops hit you upside the head. This is relentless. Excellent stuff here. Very well carbonated, which lends itself well to the overall crispness of this beer. I could drink this like water - very tasty. Reminds me more of a double IPA die to the insane hoppiness - regardless, this is great stuff. Highly recommended.

03-11-2007 01:17:49 | More by montageman
Photo of klewis


2.98/5  rDev -27.3%

Thanks to markgugs for this one.
Best before 6/07

A: Pours a hazy golden with large clumps of sediment. A finger and a half of bubbly head with moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of bubblegum and gummi worms with hints of citrus.

T: Not very much flavor at all. Some sort of vague hop taste with a bitter finish.

M: Light-medium in body with crisp carbonation.

D: If this weren't severly lacking in taste, it might be a decent beer. However, this one doesn't do it for me.

02-28-2007 03:50:50 | More by klewis
Photo of markgugs

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass

A: Not terribly impressive to look at, at least not compared with many of the other IPAs I've seen/drank of late. Pale, golden yellowish in color, very little head, though nice lacing.

S: Considering the appearance of this beer, the scents are more of the malted biscuit variety, without a lot of the obvious hop presence coming forth. Nice, though.

T/M: Now we're talking. For a beer that didn't look that great, and didn't smell all that robust, it's all made up for in the taste! I guess that's all that matters anyway, right? BIG chunks of bitter hops dominate this brew (so much so that I thought the beer had gone bad after my first sip) and are kept in check nicely by a quality bready, biscuity malted sweetness. The finish is ALL bitter grapefruit though, so be prepared.

D: If you're a hophead (like me), this is a delicious beer that seems to get better with each sip, and then each bottle. Probably too much alcohol to session with, but I'd put this back every chance I got. Excellent.

02-28-2007 00:51:39 | More by markgugs
Photo of velo343


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Great, billowing white head with tons of retention and lacing on the sides of the glass. A light orange/brown with a good bit of particulate matter floating around, making it somewhat cloudy.

Smell - Lots of fresh, piney hops. Very deep sappy smell. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, other citrus flavors.

Taste - Lots of biscuity and toasted malts that are well balanced initially by a strong hoppiness that really takes over at the end, leaving very bitter taste at the end. Some sweetness remains, but the hops really take the stage for the finale. Feels very thick, but not at all syrupy.

Drinkability - Yeah, I think I'll be making sure that I keep some of this around so that I have it whenever I get the craving for a good, balanced IPA. Nothing crazy, just a solid, drinkable beer.

02-26-2007 01:10:02 | More by velo343
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

I'm not going to lie. I've been lead to believe this is a fantastic beer. I'm thinking its an average IPA. The appearance would be good if not for a large amount of junk in it, particulate matter floating about, making it kind of hazy, but mostly dirty looking. The head was nice though, and lots of lacing and good color are the saving grace. Aroma is a little wimpy, good, but wimpy. Hop oils about, a little pine and some citrus, some mixed fruits. Taste is pretty much the same, could be fantastic but I'm just not that impressed. The mouth is a bit thin, carbonation maybe a little high.... I don't know, I can't quite put into words here what i'm thinking beyond "eh, this is a decent beer" and "man, for the money, I can get better."

02-24-2007 03:20:31 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of flexabull


4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a hazy orange color with a small head.

Aromas is very hoppy and citrus like. A bit sweet smelling as well.

Flavor is very hop dominant. And I like that! Very crisp and dry Beer has a zesty and citrus like quality to it. Finish is quite bitter, with just a touch of creaminess from the malts.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full flavored, and well rounded.

Finest Kind? Maybe not the finest IPA I have had, but it is still quite good. This can certainly hold a candle to some of the better IPAs out there. This is very drinkable, and I enjoyed sipping this one.

Thanks a lot MuenchenerKindl for the bottle!

02-18-2007 21:09:27 | More by flexabull
Photo of Atron67


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- a good pale amber color poured with ahuge white foamy head, left some good sticky white laces

S- A real nice light malt heavy hoppy aroma

T- a heavy hops flavor with a real bitter heavy finish

M- A light body, pretty crisp but the bitterness sticks around along time

D- its a real good IPA, however its not as crisp as i would like, having the heavy hoppyness stick around long enough.

02-18-2007 00:39:26 | More by Atron67
Photo of ChrisVA


4.18/5  rDev +2%

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA has a beautiful golden orange color and a generous head with nice lacing.

As mentioned in other reviews, the smell is mostly citrus hops. Wonderful grapefruit overtones with a hint of pine.

The taste is very hoppy, but not bitter for the sake of being bitter. Nice citrus undertones to go with the smell. Great body and easy to drink. I'm glad I picked this up!

02-04-2007 23:19:37 | More by ChrisVA
Photo of BeerCheese


4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Took a bottle from the fridge and immediately poured it into a glass. Appearance was almost identical to the Bells Hopslam I had right before it! This one was also cloudy orange/amber in color with a pillowy whitish/light yellow head. The head was big on this one, and retention was excellent. Not really much of an aroma, though what I did detect was pleasant and somewhat sweet, almost a little like vanilla. Nice medium/light body with perfect carbonation. Taste was very well balanced with a nice strong IPA hop finish. Didn't taste a lot of malt due to the hoppiness of this beer.

02-04-2007 03:41:54 | More by BeerCheese
Photo of kkosmoski

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

This review is being conducted about halfway through the beer-
A longneck into Duvel tulip glass:
The beer pours a dark straw to light amber color with a three-finger head to start, which took a good amount of time to die down to a bumpy covering. Label states the beer is unfiltered, and it has a very cloudy appearance through the glass with some particles floating around, which I see no fault in with an IPA. Smell is dominated by citrusy hops, with a faint trace of malt trying to get through. Flavor starts out with a huge bang of citrus hops and also some pine. Hops remain as dominantly constant through to the finish with the malt trying to sneak through without much success toward the end. The intensity of the hop bitterness is so high that it almost lends an astringent feel in the finish that lingers for a while. This is probably due to large use of some very high alpha acids and not off flavors. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is at a nice level. This is a nice drinking beer with a bang of hops. The astringent feel in the finish drops it a few points for me, but this is a nice big, hoppy IPA.

02-03-2007 01:53:23 | More by kkosmoski
Photo of KKosmoski2

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

ST- Poured from a 12oz. longneck bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass.
A- After being poured there was about a Three finger head, whick took about 5-7 minutes to die down to a bumpy covering.
S- After swirling the glass a little, there was mostly a Hoppy aroma with a minor hint of malt.
T- Hops Hops Hops... from the second the Finest-Kind touches your lips, until the last drop is down, its all hops.. towards the end however, there is an astringent after taste.
M- A very medium mouthfeel, not too carbinated and not under carbinated. Again an astringent-puckering feel during the aftertaste.
D- I would certinely sit down and have a few glasses, possibly one of my favorite IPA's that I have tried.

02-03-2007 01:25:01 | More by KKosmoski2
Photo of rarevos

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured into pint glass. "Best Before May of 2007" notched into the side of the label.

A: Pours a cloudy coppery-amber with a half finger of white head. Head has great retention, and leaves sticky trails as the beer level lowers. A lot of carbonation here, and there's particulate in the beer, which looks like yeast, but which I'm told might actually be from the hops. This is very similar so far to Lake Placid Brewery's Frostbite Ale.

S: Holy grapefruit. Very fruity (grapefruit, peach, pineapple) and very malty, which presents as caramel and honey. Predominantly fruit.

T/M: Very fruity (peach, grapefruit, pineapple), and slightly piney. The malt kicks in after that, which is sweet (see above), but clearly playing second fiddle. Finish is fruity and bitter, and has a long, bitter tail. The longest tail ever. EVER. I took a drink at the beginning of this sentence, I just swallowed it, and it's still there, still there, still there, still there... and now I want another sip, so I guess we'll never know how long the bitter tail is. "Very long" will have to suffice.

D: There's nothing more boring than an IPA that just tries to outbitter the rest. Thankfully, this doesn't do that. It showcases everything about hops: the aroma, the flavor, the bitterness. Ultimately, this is a dry beer, and it makes me want to eat something. A great pub beer. I'm so in love with this brewery.

01-28-2007 04:50:56 | More by rarevos
Photo of Rennpferd


2.85/5  rDev -30.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured golden and hazy with a light head and lacing. The body had a moderate level of activity in it.

It had a faint smell of hops.

It had sharp and bitter taste of hops, it tasted like a strong beer. It had a light body and went down easy.

It was drinkable.

01-22-2007 00:04:06 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of nase


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle Dated May 07 (kudos!) - Tasting this next to a 3 month old Leatherlips IPA making the two difficult to compare.

Definitely a significant malt balance against the hops. Average thickness and very smooth mouthfeel enhancing the drinkability. Pretty good head retention and a slight murkiness to the body. No strong aftertaste.

Appearance - 4
Smell - 4
Taste - 4
Mouthfeel - 3.5
Drinakbility - 3.5

01-17-2007 05:56:06 | More by nase
Photo of pavandal


2.85/5  rDev -30.5%

Beer poured directly into the middle of the glass and only a small thin head formed. The beer gave a hazy apple juice like color. This beer is unfiltered, so it's got lots of stuff floating about.

It had a sweet, piney smell, with a fruity malt backbone.

Oh my hops! If you like hops, here you go.. for me, there isn't enough malt backbone to counteract the hoppiness. There was a small grapefruit flavor, but this beer was all about the hops.

A wonderful mouthfeel on this one, but the hops are very bitey and strong to enjoy a lot of, for me at least. Too hoppy to be really drinkable for me.

12-30-2006 21:51:26 | More by pavandal
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid it a copper color with good carbonation. The head is 3 finger thick off white, with a rocky surface, it fades leaving some lace.

The smell is a typical IPA, piney, woodsy hopy aroma.

The taste follows and adds nothing more. A nice IPA but not great on unique, could use more maly to back it up.

The mouthfeel is god, nice carbonation and a nice body make this beer better.

The drinkability is good. One to try when you want a good sessionable IPA. Prosit MK

12-23-2006 00:41:35 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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