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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,995
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 214
Gots: 331 | 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 PhageLab
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Nice amber coloration with a thin head. Decent retention and spotted lacing. What gets the points here are the chunks of yeast (?) that populate the body. Looks healthy.

S - Strong citrus notes, nice hop presence.

T - Very bitter hop profile with a minimal malt backing. Nice citrus overtones. This would be a good beer to enjoy sitting back in a lawn chair on a hot day at a peer overlooking a cool body of water. Or just in the yard like the two gentlemen on the bottle.

M - Slightly high carbonation causes a hit here. Light to medium body with a dry finish.

D - I could definitely do a few. Good rendition of an American IPA. Recommended.

PhageLab, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of bierSnob
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About the one of the best IPA's out there ... A classic style with a nice hop nose and palate.

Smuttynose has just redesigned their 12 pack mix. They took out the Portsmouth Lager and replaced it with this great beer!

A good drinking beer that dosen't leave a overpower of hop taste.

I regularly pick up this beer as a standard that is a gives satisfaction.

bierSnob, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I prepare my tastebuds for crunching down on this one... two-finger thick white head that leaves a rather even tracing...golden orange body with heavy sediment and slow effervescence--without meaning insult, like duck sauce? Bright hops and a citrus explosion in aroma... works at the front and bottom of the tongue; malts send little signal late; little effervescence in the mouthfeel... a standard American IPA, rather medium-to-full bodied with aggressive hops and a lingering taste... alcohol is disguised well; the sharpness, combined with its almost chunky sediments, makes for an experience that could be called robust... a bigger and enjoyable experience indeed...and yet, I seek forgiveness for not beign able to see this beer for more than this: another quality American hopped-up IPA

dacrza1, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Rainintheface
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated May '08 poured into SA glass

A: Nice. hazy golden orange with decent, pillowy white head

S: grapefruit, citrus and more grapefruit- loads of it. some pine aroma also

T: grapefruit and citrus are everywhere but sweet malt still finds a place in this outstanding IPA. As it warms I detect a little honey.

M: medium body. bitter and dry. Wow!

D: I could drink a few of these. Very good.

Smutty rarely disappoints.

Rainintheface, Feb 20, 2008
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has crazy carbonation, a matter of fact when I opened it the foam jumped out of the bottle. When I pour it into my Duvel glass I get four inches of head and 2 inches of body. Head is of white with huge crackling bubbles that leave scattered lace. Body is a hazy amber straw colored. Nose has the zest of foamy hops and a slight mineral, spice character. Enters the mouth very silky but quickly yields to a dry spicey hop feel that is even and long on the mouth. Mouth feel is very crisp and nicely enjoyable. This beer drinks well and makes a decent summer refresher, but would stand up well to a meal also. Hops on the finish turn almost citrus rind like. Solid.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of cookin420
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pubglass

A great yellowish orange color with a bigass frothy head that leaves sticky,thick lace that you don't see enough in IPAs.
Bottle conditioned with yeast that does not flocculate well resulting in a mild haze and tasty floatie-matter.

A huge, dominating nose full of dry hopped centennials I think, a bit of malt and flowery, grapefruit hops.

Taste is that of a perfect IPA. Or very, very close to it. Perfect balance of C-hops and amazing bittering.

Mouthfeel is substantial enough to stand up to the bittering units(which I believe must be over 60) but not so heavy that dozens of these couldn't be guzzled.

As mentioned above; Dozens.

This is my staple session brew. It is an IPA with hair on it's chest. More hair that many doubles but without the pesky malt, just whats needed and nothing more. This, my friend, is the shit.

cookin420, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Pours out a very hazy golden orange color. About a finger of white fluffy head formed atop the beer, and faded rather slowly. The decent head retention left behind a decent amount of thinnish rings of lace.

Smell: The first thing to hit the nose is an oily, bitter hop aroma. The hops gave off some resiny pine, a slight hint of orange and lemon zest, and a soft flowery aroma. A small bit of fresh cut grass rounded out the hop section. The hops were teamed up perfectly with some thick layers of bready malt. Touches of yeast and earth were also present.

Taste: The palate was bombarded by a bitter hoppy blast, then quickly toned down by a sweet maltiness. Just a touch of oine and citrus. Finishes smooth with a hoppy yeasty flavor. A bit of a metallic flavor in the background. Quite earthy.

Mouthfeel: Nice, almost thick medium bodied mouthfeel, with plenty of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. One of my "Go To" beers. Definitely an above average IPA from Smuttynose.

jaxon53, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy yellow-orange color with a thick and tall white head that laces the glass very well. It has a nice piney, citrusy aroma from the hops that is really nice for an IPA. The taste is excellent as it delivers on just that taste. The piney and cirtusy hops layered over the toasted malts make for a very good taste. The mouthfeel is good. Very crisp like most of their ales. The drinkability is high for an IPA, higher than most. I like this beer alot and it is definately worth it for the hopheads out there.

erosier, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at City Beer Store in S.F. Wasn't the biggest IPA fan at the time of this tasting, but this was nice, and not smack you in the face hoppy. Had a really great floral fruity hop smell. Nice bitterness that rides the line between too bitter, creamy, and slight sweetness. Light to medium strength medium lasting bitter hoppy finish.

JDV, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a kick ass little IPA this is! Got this bottle courtesty of zutmin.

Pours a very cloudy, hazy yellow with a small head.

Smells deliciously hoppy, very citrusy and crisp.

Very hoppy citrusy taste that might not have quite the malt balance found in others, but the bitter aftertaste and long finish makes this a very nice IPA in my book.

If I could get this here, it would be a steady session beer for me. I loved it! Thanks, zutmin!!!

Tilley4, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I knocked this beer down slightly on drinkability because of the intense bite and acrid character throughout. It is just too intense and one sided for me to have too many of. The beer pours a golden amber with cloudy bits in the glass, some head and retention. The beer is light to medium bodied and plenty carbonated. The smell is very nice hop esters, oily hoppy notes, pine, some lemon, biscuity aromas too. The taste is hop, hop, and more hop. There is a very pungent grapefruit tang to this beer that you'll experience from the nose to the finish and all the way through. The beer has some slight complexity in addition to the hoppy bite, perhaps some florals and some interesting yeasts. The mouthfeel is very dry, mouth puckering, and quite interesting. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

albern, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Special thanks to Hopheed2113 for the trade*

Pours a hazy, bright gold. Two finger head with moderate carbonation and a nice amount of lacing.

Nice citrusy, peppery nose. Can make out some sweet, biscuity malt as well. Lemon and orange zest peeks through as well.

Palate is hit with crispy hops that tingle the tounge where upon a nice bready malt with a good amount of spice makes an appearance. Mouth is left dry and tart with a fantastic biscuity after taste.

Wow, this brew certainly lives up to the hype broadcasted from BA's. Alcohol is well hidden and it is an absolute joy to drink. My only wish is that Smuttynose makes its way to the Buckeye State.

jdoncbus, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Hazy brilliant orange, gold, frothy head with great lacing as it recedes. The carbonation is amazing there is a constant stream but it seems almost like three separate carbonations streams at once, one with tiny bubbles, one with small and one with medium large, very cool looking.

S = Strong scents of grapefruit, less of pine but it is there, slight smell of light fresh grains.

T = Very bitter from when it hits the front of the tongue to when the long, dry finish ends. In between there are strong flavors of grapefruit pulp and rind, some pine, edible flowers.

M = Medium bodied, great level of carbonation which gives it a both a light feel and a certain piquant quality at the same time, so that there is no burn from the carbonation but it is very present while filling whole mouth with taste, very good mouthcoating which aids the long finish.

D = An extremely good American IPA, I can see this becoming one of my standard go to IPAs.

Traquairlover, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of iceball585
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow color, semi-cloudy, half finger fluffy white head that lowered to a thin cover, some sediment floating throughout

S- Light citrus hops, earthy, slightly sweet, mild malty smell

T- Bitter hops, citrus hops, grassy, grapefruit, pale malts, hint of pine

M- Medium weight, medium carbonation, crisp, very dry w/ oily residue left on the palate

D- Worth trying

If you're a hop head, then you'll love this beer. Although I feel that this beer is way over hopped with not much complexity.

iceball585, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange with about one finger head with good lacing.

S: Earthy, raw hops, caramel, and a bit of pine.

T: Earthy, some citus, caramel, toffee, and pine.

M: Medium bodied with high bitter pucker and some malt backbone.

D: This would be good with some spicy food but would be tough to have more than one on its own. Overall though a good IPA that I enjoyed.

Biscuit033, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of pittvkyle7
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy pale golden color. A slightly off white head that does not stay long, but leaves a ring with lacing. Some sediment floating around. I wish the head would have lasted longer. (could be my glass)

S- very ale like, yeasty and fruity, honey, with some citrus hop aroma coming through.

T- Lemon, bready and craker like malts. Floral and grass like hop taste. I love the finish on this one, it is so dry and bitter, piney too, just perfect. The hop taste definitely waits to hit you but it is a lasting flavor.

M- Small but crisp bubbles, very refreshing. Light but not watery.

D- very drinkable, the 6.6% is well hidden and does not show in the flavor or smell.

pittvkyle7, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Has and orangish color, typical of the style.

Good head and great lacing.

Hoppy smell with tint of grapefruit.

Tastes very good, strong hops and a grapefruit after taste.

Mouthfeel is good, but not spectacular.

A pretty good IPA, I prefer Dogfishhead IPAs, but that's just me.

Hojaminbag, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Delaney's Tap Room on a recent trip to New Haven
A- Pours a clear light orange hue, off-white head dissipates to a ring, big lacing all over
S- Big grass and fresh green hops, touches of citrus and grapefruit, subtle malts, quite delicious smelling
T- Initial taste is green earthy hops, very bitter with some chalkiness, malts are subtle at best, finishes dry and bitter with floral highlights
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue, amped up carbonation
D- The hops are big and bold here, this is a very bitter single IPA, wish there was a little more malt balance, but overall solid and easy drinking

Stoneman78, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light golden orange beer with small with head.

S: Lovely hop complexity; spicy, earthy, cirtusy with mild malt finish.

T: Assertive not aggressive bitterness followed by intense hop flavors that are complexly layered; bitter, lightly fruity, then serious floral character with persistent beta acid flavors. Crisp subdued malt background.

M: Thin crisp light medium body with appropriately sharp carbonation.

D: Hoplicious American IPA with an beautiful floral bouquet. The flavor profile of this beer alone is interesting enough to keep me drinking despite bitterness, appropriate but strong for the style.

Notes: Excellent IPA, however i am a prejudice hophead. It is in my top three favorite IPA's with Brooklyns IPA and Blue Points Hoptical Illusions. Bitterness is comparable to the bitterness in Blue Points Hoptical Illusion but Hoptical has more robust malt backbone and perhaps less attenuation. Damn good beer.

BeerLover729, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of MMansfield
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample brought back from NY but a friend.

Appearance: Poured a hazy orangey colour with a creamy white head. Good retention, lots of lace.

Aroma: First sniff I thought, "Finally an IPA coming from the states with no simcoes!" Only to find out there is, in face, simcoes in this beer. Regardless, they don't come through in the nose. Mostly get that lemony Amarillo aroma with a bit of grapefruit in there as well. Malt is pretty low key in nose.

Taste: Quite bitter. Not a total skanky hop bomb, but certainly very bitter with loads of citrus and a slight amount of pine. Toasty malt comes through as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very nice. Highly drinkable IPA.

Final Statement: One of the best IPA's I've ever had. Very good beer.

MMansfield, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: The beer itself is a light orange color. What head there is disapears immediately.
S: Nothing pops out at my intensly. What I do pick up is a touch of citrusy grapefruit hops with a little bit of bisquit as well
T:Sweet lightly roasted malts come at me first with the graefruity hops lingering on the back
M:A light fizziness for a slightly round feeling.
D:This is a good every day drinking style IPA.

Scoobydank, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, I finally get to sample Smuttynose Brewing Company courtesy of a trade with Cookin420!

This beer pours a lovely hazy light tangerine-gold, quite cloudy from the bottle conditioning, with a nice creamy one finger off white head which is retained at about 1/4" through the enite glass. Sticky clumpy lacing persists to the bitter end!

The nose is of sweet citrus with grapefruit up front and a bit of a grassy undertone.

The taste is semi-sweet biscuity malt initially with a strong citrusy grapefruit dominating. A pervasive bitterness, not overwehelming, fills the entire palate and finishes with a bit of dry alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel is one of the nicer ones I've experienced. Full bodied, a bit chewy and nicely carbonated!

A very "hoppy" brew that I could drink a lot of, man I wish this were available locally! Nicely bitter but balanced, I believe I like it better than the Bells Two Hearted which is the only beer I can think to compare it to. I hope I get to sample more from this brewery!

BlackBearForge, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of uconnalum2
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a slightly hazy orange-amber with a small white head. The smell is very hoppy along with some citrus. The taste is exceptional. Juicy citrus up front along with a piney hops flavor. The strong but tasty bitterness lasts throughout and lingers into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied. The drinkability is very good but the 6.6% ABV will catch up to you quickly. Overall, this is a top-notch IPA that I'll surely return to.

uconnalum2, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


A: Quite a nice looking IPA... deep golden pour, persistent creamy offwhite - amber head. Latticed lacing, trimming the brew after receding.

S: Hops / herbal, floral aromas, a light nose of citrus topping it all.

T: Hops and pine immediately... both intensify in the finish. Quite intense, though the IPAs tend to be. Quite similar to the smell - some orange peel flavours in there. A good flavour choice for the IPA fans out there.

M + D: Smooth, perhaps not QUITE as crisp as I might like, but that takes very little away from it. This is a fine brew, well deserving of kudos. Definitely drinkable, to say the least, and an ale well worth seconds... and cheers to that!


Had an opportunity to try this on draft from a location in the city. I don't believe I'm going to make any changes to my initial scores, but there were a couple differences I noticed. The piney tastes were not so apparent on this serving. Like another fellow mentioned there "it tastes like eating a joint," and it seemed fitting, really. Very herbal, and citrus - along the lines of the orange-peel notes mentioned previously.

Proteus93, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a great funny real life picture of 2 grizzled old men in lawn chairs talking and laughing in front of a trailer. They were probably talking about how "good" the old days were. It looks like these old men have been there a while because there's a few empties laying around in the yard. Under the man on the left is the word "India Pale Ale" and under the man on the right is "Finestkind." I guess that's their names. to the right of the picture is the Government warning and on the left side is the barcode, address of the brewery, and a clearly notched best before date of March of 2008. If you can find it, there's a brief sentence about the beer on the small neck label.

Appearance: When poured into a Bell's Brewery pint glass, this Smuttynose beer is a murky tangerine colored beer with quite a few lemon yellow highlights around the edges. It had a nice 1 1/2 inch head of pure white foam that quickly transformed into a small white film, tons of white rings, and a great deal of white lace around the glass.

Smell: It had a highly potent aroma of grapefruit. This grapefruit was the majority of the aroma. When the grapefruit finally let up, I could also smell pine needles, citrus fruits, and burnt citrus hops. Although there weren't many ingredients in the aroma, it was however very potent. You could easily smell this beer from across the room.

Taste: The strong aroma was only the beginning! It was the grapefruit that made it's presence known in the aroma, but it was the bitter citrus hops that took over the taste. If you thought the grapefuit was strong, wait till you taste the citrus hops. This taste was strong and dry with bitter citrus hops, pine neddles, and with a pinch of grapefruit and taosted malts. The toasted malts did nothing to help calm down the citrus hops. The citrus hops conquered all that was in its path of bitterness destruction.

Mouthfeel: It was a medium bodied beer with a long lasting aftertaste of bitter citrus hops and a huge slice of grapefruit. The aftertaste lingered on my tongue and the back of my throat for the remainder of the day. They just wouldn't go away!

Drinkability: This is one top notch or should I say Finestkind IPA out there? Either way, I will be sure to enjoy this one again in the near future. I know it's a heavy hoppy IPA, but I could easily see this as a session IPA. It's just too good to pass up!

AltBock, Jan 13, 2008
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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