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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,286
Reviews: 1,681
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 236
Gots: 425 | 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 aubuc1
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best by November 2009 poured in to a goblet.

Pours an orangey haze with lots of floaties and a white head.

Smell is lacking. Very little smell of hops and some biscuit smell.

Taste is a chalky bitter dry finish. Hopefully this is not fresh, but it is within the best by date. It tastes a little stale.

Mouthfeel is good and the dry finish leaves it very easy drinking.

Photo of jdklks
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Light gold with a thin white head that is stickier than would be expected from said thinness. A LOT of sediment that is fine as far as the beer goes, but adds nothing to the appearance.

S- Smell is dominated by hops, though the smell isn't all that strong. There is a maltiness apparent in the smell that balances, so far as they can be balanced, the hops.

T- Taste is equally hoppy all the way through, from beginning to end. A bitter hop aftertaste. Malts are apparent, though under-represented in relation to the hops, which could be good or bad. As an IPA, I enjoy the unbalance. Overall, there is not much complexity here---hops and malts.

M- On the lighter side of medium-bodied.

D- This is an all-around great beer, and it is made better by its drinkability. A 6 pack will be no problem here. Very enjoyable, very sessionable.

Photo of jwheeler85
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah Smutty... how I go through love/hate phases with you and your mineral sometimes earthy tasting brews:

A- Poured a nice orange-amber with a thin head lacing

S- A nice very hoppy aroma with a good strong full malt backing

T- Starts off malt sweetness forward, then the hop bitterness kicks in and gets even more bitter as it finishes.

M- Medium bodied with a little effervescence.

D- Today, this one hit the spot. But, other days... not so much. It's a good round and full IPA, but some days it seems a bit too metallic and mineral tasting. All Smutty's seem to have this earthy harshness to them... maybe just the water used. Sometimes I like that, other times not.

Photo of smibroncos
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a slightly cloudy orange copper, with a one finger white head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Grass, hops, citrus, floral

T. Hop oil, yummy. Bitter bite. Flavor increases after you swill.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonated, oily coats you pallet.

D. I will definately drink this beer again. A robust IPA plenty of flavor and character.

Photo of HopHeadHerman
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought one of the bombers at a local grocery store.

A -- Light Orange.

S -- Very distinct hops, delightful

T -- Wow. citrusy, hoppy, balanced. A lingering taste, if you will

M -- Smoooth, dry

D -- Incredible. I think I may found a new favorite Northeast IPA. Great job, Smuttynose.

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

Pours an orange-ish color...small head, sticks to the side. I can see a good amount of carbonation..and some sediment in the glass as well

Aroma: Hops. Pine, floral. Some sweet leaning malts in the background. Maybe caramel?

Taste: Bitter to start...then it lingers into the malts, there is also this buttery character that I'm getting that is great. Hops throughout

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, creamy

Drinkability: Its a good IPA, but I don't know how many of these I can take. There is quite a bit of bitterness..


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

No idea how I haven't gotten around to picking up some smuttynose since I've been home. What a treat.

The IPA has a nice deep orange color that borders on gold. The head is white, creamy, and ample--it laces well throughout. The nose on this beer is a real treat--a nice dose of floral hops and pine resin. It smells heavily of grapefruit and reminds me so much of a lot of my favorite amazing smelling dipas, just toned down a bit. I love the way this beer smells and it makes me really happy.
All in all, this is a clean, drinkable, and very smooth ipa. It's very assertive with it's hop flavors- grapefruit practically kicks you in the face and then the moment you swallow. The mouthfeel is good- it's medium bodied and quite well carbonated, all of which lends to pretty decent drinkability. Maybe, just maybe, I've had much more drinkable IPAs but this is still great.

I love the east coast. I absolutely love the east coast.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on June 8, 2009.

A: Golden yellow to copper. With a small head that stick well to the glass... Nice!

S: Well this is an IPA so I get mainly hops. Piny hops with a little something else that make it very nice... Caramel malts maybe.

T: Dry bitterness, awesome. Hop's oil stick well in the mouth, the taste linger in the mouth. Wow! I like, err love, that.

M: Full bodied beer and round feeling in the mouth. A very fine beer... I want more.

D: Sooo easy to drink.

Received from Ralphus for CanBIF5. Thanks Ralphus!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a sports bar. Took a while for the bartender to pour because the tap was giving an excessive head, but when I finally got the beer it was dark yellow to orange with a nice haze. There was a one finger, pillowy, white head with great retention. The smell was all hops, grapefruit and pines notes in nice balance. The taste follows behind this. There are nice grapefruit notes at the beginning of each sip that recede in nice bitter pine note at the end. The pale malt is barely there for me, but it does allow the hops to take center stage. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little carbonation. Drinkability is average due to the bitter hop flavor that lingers and the moderate ABV.

Overall, a great IPA I really enjoyed. Certainly worth the try. Just a terrific hopbomb.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours light orange and copper with a bit of haze. light white head and very light retention. little to no lacing.

light pine hop and and a wee bit of floral. light sweet malts

very bitter! light grassy notes but very light. hidden citrus within the bitterness. light pine flavor. malts are sweet but light. grapefruit like finish that lingers.

fairly full bodied medium carbonation that assists with the bitterness and flavor.

given the bitterness and flavor, i doubt i could go much further than 2-3 of these but overall i love this. one of the better IPA's i have had.

Photo of beerphan
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
Best Before: Nov 09
notched on label

Pours a bright golden orange that just shines. A small wispy head dissipates quickly, some patchy lace, but not much. Carbonation is mild and persistant.

Nose: Light hops, caramel, grass, citrus.

Huge grassy flavor initially, quelled by some residual sugar/caramel flavors that bow too an imperial bitterness, that overstays its welcome. Big, Balanced and bitter. This ones a keeper. Huge flavors without a huge ABV, makes this one a good choice for a palate busting evening of IPA drinking.

The beer was bought to you by the album Billy Breathes, circa 1996.

Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The guy behind the register at the beer store said, "You're going to love the Smuttynose; that's an awesome brew". He was right!

Normally, I don't like a beer that is this grassy; flint and grass are major flavor profiles from the first sip. The balance is superb, though, and creates a highly enjoyable IPA. To counter the sour grass, there is butter and caramel malts. Overall, very fresh tasting and unique. No negative cereal notes like the kind I have endured in other grassy IPAs.

I notice, though I have several different kinds of beer in my fridge at the moment, the Smuttynose is what I reach for first. To me, that's the ultimate yardstick to measure a brew's true worth!

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

A: golden clear small head but very active
S: Fruity, citrus, hay, and clean smelling
T: Bitter citrus flavors, almost floral. Not to sweet. Hay/pine flavor to go with the citrus. like being outside.
M: Active and has a bite to it. Refreshing. fills the hole mouth. Very carbonated.
D: Has and will always be a great IPA and is best enjoyed outside relaxing like the guys on the label.

Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured inot a nonic, Finest Kind is a chill haze pale gold with a large, dense white head with long last leaving heavy lace. I really like pale IPAs like this, great head too. Gorgeous IPA.

Smell is light pine hops, a touch sweet malt.

Taste is similar...my folks just bought this in PA and hand delivered, from a a new beer store, but it still tastes like it's a little old to me. Pretty bitter, doughy and a touch yeasty, but really really not a ton of flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, fuller then it looks.

Drinkability is ok, easy enough to suck down, but I don't like IPAs that are almost all bittering hops. Ultimately I'm a little disappointed, but whether or not the problem is the recipe or the age of the beer I don't know...

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

Thanks JCB!

Pours a light golden orange. Three or four inches of white foam.

The aroma is mostly floral, with maybe a hint of pine to it. Not a lot of citrus in the smell.

Not a lot of citrus in the taste, either. This is mostly bitter pine, some floral notes, and a big dollop of bitterness. I'd say the overriding flavor by a mile is an astringent pine palate blast. Surprised this is "only" an IPA, as it's pretty strong stuff.

A bit wearying on the palate after a while. There's some grainy sweet malt to it, but could definitely use more of a citrus/fruit presence.

Good, but there are many better.

Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got through a trade with Rbald42. Thanks for the brew!

A- Pours a clear golden color with lots of nice bubbles. A large creamy off white foam head leaves tons of lacing.

S- Lots of nice citrus grapefruit and floral hop aromas make up the nose. A bit of pine and some light grain scents as well. A light malt sweetness actually comprises a decent amount of the nose as well. Weird for the nose to be balanced?

T- A light sweet malt breadiness initially and then Wham! A ton of hoppy pine bitterness floods in and steals the show. The citrus fruits from the nose are not translating as much into the taste. The hops are definitely an earthy pine flavor rather than a grapefruit/orange bomb.

M- Lots of carbonation with a light/medium body. Crisp and clean.

D- Decent brew with lots of hoppy bitterness in the taste.

Photo of CavePainter
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich, bright copper. Slight haze - light carbonation. Thin lacy, white head that dissolves after a moment or so.

S: Malt - piny, florally. Surprisingly subdued.

T: A slight malt and then HOLY JEBUS, HOPS! This beer is a showcase for spicy, bitter, hoppy goodness.

M: Dry - crisp. lighter to medium bodied.

D: Designed for the hop lover - not for the faint of hops. Nice 5.8% ABV. These are best enjoyed as singles or in pairs. You will think of this beer when you crave an IPA, but you won't drink this all night at the party or watching the game.

This is a lighter bodied beer with a lot of hop character. Hops dominate this brew. 65 IBUs and you feel every single one bite you tongue on the way down. Neither extreme or traditional, this is a definitive American IPA.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, bright amber with a nice golden hue. Head is about a finger tall and dissipates leaving streaky lacing.
Smell is a little off to me, the bottle is dated so the hops really smell subdued. What I can smell is pine and maybe lemon or pineapple, with some sweet caramel in the background.
Nice kick of piney, lemony hops, sweet at first with ample bitterness to even it out. Very balanced.
There is ample carbonation and the brew doesn't stick to your mouth, refreshing.
It would be very easy to put down several of these, wish I could get it here.

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

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a lovely light copper color with a foamy one finger slightly off white head that evaporates into a thick collar. Active carbonation, but not overly fizzy. Aroma is a nice balace of sweet malt & grapefruity hops. Taste is neutral at first, with a firm wallop of grapefruity, slightly metallic hops on the aftertaste, which lingers for a good while after the swallow! Mouthfeel is light & smooth, whith a hint of carbonation fizziness on the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good, fairly light body and relatively low ABV for an IPA. Good stuff!! I'm not much of a hophead, but i'm pretty impressed by this. I could definetly enjoy a few of these while watching a ball game or at a backyard BBQ!!

Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Thanks to Ken for picking this up while in Wisconsin on a fishing trip.

Poured a bright, but rusty orange color with some particulate matter. Head was thick & frothy; off-white in color. Sticky lace easily cakes the side of the glass. Sweet floral hop aroma with some sour grapefruit. Taste was initially a sweet caramely malt that was very quickly taken over by a bitter hop profile - lots of grapefruit rind, pine, and herbal hops with hints of bitter orange rind. Mouth-feel is juicy at times and medium bodied. Oliy hop resins coat the palate well. The oils push the lingering bitterness almost to the point of no return at times, but is just held in check by the sweet malt backbone. Finishes very dry. At first I wasn't that impressed with this tongue bruiser, but it is a quality American IPA for the hop lover. Definitely has its unique characteristics, which helps it out when compared to other American IPAs.

Photo of brow1901
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden honey color with a bright white head. Not much retention but decent lacing.

S- Surprisingly the hops don't steal the show here. I smell lots of malt, bread dough, and it sometimes remids me of rye. This dosen't mean that hops are non existant, they smell mainly of piney resinous hops not so much citrus.

T- Again the sweet malt flavors are strong on the tongue but this time the hops win by a landslide. Again not much citrus hops and more strongly bitter piney hops. Classic of an eastcoast IPA.

M- A little less carbonation than I would like in an IPA but the beer leaves a good dryness in the throat.

D- Pretty drinkable sometimes anything that differs from a west coast IPA seems odd to me but this is a nice change of pace.

Photo of BeerNinja007
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber, $3.15 at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Best Before date of Oct 09. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

1-finger bubbly head settles quickly after a vigorous pour, leaving significant foam clining to the glass. Straw colored brew with abundant carbonation. Equal quantities of light malts, subdued hops, and yeast in the nose. Much hoppier in taste than I expected from the smell. One very strong bitter pine hop note with a secondary note of lemon or litsea. Not much malt character, only detectable by a slight viscosity in the mouthfeel.

The overall degree of hoppiness is approprite, but it lacks complexity and a sufficient malt body to back it up. Comes across as watery and pungent, like an overly-hopped macrobrewed pilsner. The primary benefit to this beer is the attractive price, but it would only be a bargain if it were more drinkable. I'm frankly surprised the reviews are as good as they are.

Edit on April 3, 2010: reviewed another bottle and had exactly the same impressions as above (no changes). I will drink this on occasion because it is local and cheap, but still not that impressed by it. Other Smutty beers are much better but not as inexpensive or widely available.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy orange-gold color with a creamy 1.5" head. The head dropped fairly quickly and left some ok lacing on my glass.

S= Whoa! I found some very sharp aromas of citrus and pine hops, rum soaked tropical fruit, and some huge floral notes. The malt base was totally overwhelmed in this one.

T= The flavor started off with some bakery malt sweetness and a biting hop bitterness (with balance leaning way toward the hops). The fruitiness in this beer is striking and also sort of strange. Its reminiscent of fruit/herbal tea. Finish was very dry with some alcohol warmth.

MF= Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation crispness in the feel.

D= Not my favorite IPA but a worthy one.

Photo of IRNBRU
4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Smuttynose IPA pours an opaque dandelion yellow that's really beautiful in light and shadow. The head starts out creamy and foamy but it soon settles in to a nice, consistent ring that persistently sticks, tracing the entire ride down the glass.

Aromatically, this beer has most IPAs beat. It's earthy and mosslike but it's really grounded by a layered scent of sweet citrus fruits that help balance it's character.

It tastes piney and acidic, matching it's complex nose, but it's amazingly clean - dominated by lemon and grapefruit. The sweet hop bitterness sticks around for a beat. The alcohol really breaks through at the finish line but because your mind is blown by the multifaceted citrus notes throughout, it's not the last thing you remember. After one, you'll want another.

Easily one of my favorite IPAs and definitely something that I try to keep nearby at all times.

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

Served in my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res' First Anniversary Party. Reviewed from my notes. This Smutty IPA was aged in a Lagavulin Oak cask. It has a golden orange color and a pure white head of soapy bubbles. It had a grassy aroma that makes one think of being outside in a field. There is a full-bodied malt taste at first followed by a very sharp hop taste; it's bitter and strong. I imagine these flavors are enhanced by the oak cask cask and a higher serving temperature, so the bottled Smutty IPA may not be as forceful with it's hops, but this cask was certainly nice. It had a medium body and left a bit of a coating in my mouth. I couldn't really taste the oak or any hints of Scotch whisky, but they were probably there, my palate just isn't refined enough to find them.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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