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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,389
Reviews: 1,701
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 250
Gots: 509 | FT: 4
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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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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
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Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn, the more Smuttynose I drink, the more I like their brews.
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a sticky white head.
Smell is nicely hoppy with some pine and grass and maybe some citrus.
Tastes much better than the smell, nicely hoppy with a lingering bitterness in the finish. There's enough malt to give it a good balance and this makes it very easy to drink. Smooth with a mild carbonation level.

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

Many thanks to DrDogBeer for sending this as an extra. As if Kate weren't enough ;)

A - Medium orange body, frothy and thick 1 finger head that's pretty bright white. Slight chill haze. Lots of carbonation visible. Plenty of lacing. Best before Nov. 08.

S - Hoppy but not overwhelming like some IPA's I've had of late. Hints of sweet malts in the background.

T - A very interesting stab at an AIPA. Not the most pronounced hop profile throughout, but the finish is where this pup shines. Slightly metallic, bitter aftertaste, reminds me a bit of well water. Almost a chocolate malt profile hides underneath the hops, yet I can't imagine how that'd be the case given the color of this brew. Overall a good, but not 100% great AIPA.

M - Creamy and medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Excellent.

D - Pretty great here as well, as there's nothing getting in the way of getting this one down. It's amazing how quick it's depleting.

Notes: I've wanted to try this one for a while and glad I finally had the chance to ingest it. An IPA I'd gladly drink if it were available to me.

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

12 oz. bottle picked up from Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA (I think). Poured into a Blue Mountain Brewery pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, unfiltered gold body, a healthy one-and-a-half finger head, with really solid sheets of lacing, great retention and ... floaties!? Chunks of hop particles, I assume, floating around. Maybe this bottle came from the bottom of the batch or something, but still, weird. Still, a gorgeous, gorgeous beer.

Aroma: Loads of piney and citrus hops and a great, solid grainy but smooth maltiness. Very inviting.

Taste: Coarse, lasting bitterness throughout, more piney, herbal hops, some orange peel. The bitterness really overwhelms some of the flavors in places, but that's alright - hurts so good. There's a pleasant biscuity sweetness in the back, but it definitely plays second fiddle to the hops here.

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily, coats the mouth near completely. A big, even mouthfeel that's surprisingly refreshing and "spritzy," despite the oily quality of it all.

Drinkability: Awesome. Very refreshing with great tastes and a very complex, rounded hop profile. One of my favorite IPAs, very easily found, highly recommended.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is mostly pine with grapefruit rind and lemon zest, and some lightly toasted biscuit and a bit of caramel in the background.

Taste starts off with a blast of bitter pine which is quickly countered by some bready malts and sweet caramel. Citrus hop flavors lead back into more resinous pine and a long, dry bitter finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a crisp bitterness.

Near perfect drinkability. One of my favorite IPAs and a staple in my fridge.

Photo of WJVII
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a golden color with slight haze with a wonderful 1 1/2 inch head that lasts and lasts with great lacing. The nose is as hopy as can be. The flavor is brisk and bitter and just grabs all the senses. There isn't much more to it. The malt holds the brew together, but the clean citrus hop flavor is fantastic. Not much in and IPA can compare. Nice work, definitely the finestkind!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to review this beer as I know it's been one of my favorites.

The head of this beer is so structured that you can get it to form about a ¼ inch above the top of the glass. Thick, creamy and it sticks around quite a while. Lacing forms in perfect rings around the inside of the glass. Deep Gold in color with the slightest of orange or amber tones. Fairly clear with a touch of visible carbonation.

This is a gorgeous beer.

Aroma is wonderful. Shortly after the pour you are greeted with all the hop goodness. Pine, hop oils, citrus, grapefruit. It's all there. After the beer settles a bit the aroma changes to more of a light malt note, but obviously the hops are still present.

The taste is as close to perfect as you can get. Well balanced, fresh hop flavor. Nice malt structure in the background to balance the assertive hop flavor. A slight carbonation on your tongue brings a little effervescence to the party. There is also a nice black pepper spice that is faintly in the background as you enjoy the beer. Not too much, but it's always there for you.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and just wonderful. Have to admit that I consider this a session beer and I find this to be extremely drinkable.

One of my favorites on the planet.


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

Growler from Consumer Beverages. Hazy gold when first poured but clears up after a while. Great aroma of pine, grapefruit and lemon peel. Bitter, piney and very dry. A refreshing beer. This is my favorite East Coast IPA. A wonderful beer from a great brewery.

Photo of TerryW
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of those wonderful beers that makes you go "Wow!". Good looking with a large head that settles to a quarter inch, moderate lacing. Crisp orange amber colour, but lots of floaties in this example.

That not a problem though. Bring the glass up and you immediately get a proper boquet of fressh grapefruity hops. And the taste is as good - wonderful citrus hops with a delightfully fresh punch. Finishes properly bitter.

A joy to drink and a fine example of how good beer should be.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best before Sept 2008. Poured into my Stone pint glass

A: Light amber with a one-finger off-white head. Lots of particles floating around here. Lots of lace as i drink this

S: Mildly sweet with a good grapefruity hop bite. Sharp pine bitterness too

T: Good stuff. Starts off with a solid pine bitterness followed by a mild caramel sweetness that's barely noticeable before a long, bitter finish

M: Well carbonated and sticky, resiny hops coat the palate

D: Very drinkable, one of my favorite IPAs

**Edit 6 Feb 2012**
I'm revisiting this after way the fuck too long. Best by June 2012. The nose has plenty of lemon and grapefruit, dry, quite bitter and a touch herbal too. There isn't much malt to speak of, though a dry, caramel note is present. The palate takes it up a notch, with a creamy, bitter blend of juicy lemon, grapefruit and orange peel. Mild sweetness is present on the back end, but this is so wonderfully resiny and bitter, it's hard to fault. Not as aromatic as some of the best West Coast IPAs, but hot damn, this gives a lot of them a run for their money . Exceptionally good, especially at the price point.

Photo of Ragingbull
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold color with light wispy head and small active prickle. There are chunks of sediment floating in the beer and I first started to panic thinking it had "turned" unitl I referred to the label and found the very comforting word "unfiltered" and then read on to find the words "sediment is natural." Some hops in the nose and light grainy hints reminiscent of some wheat beers. Fresh attack and some sour notes in the flavor. Some notes similar to juniper or the flavor of gin towards the finish. It doesn't quite feel like an IPA to me. Standard mouthfeel however, but just "different" taste wise. I gave it a C on my drinkability scale myself.

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

Updating review since I just tapped a keg at home. Date on the keg was 5/17. Drank 5/27. 10 days old.

A: A slightly cloudy medium golden orange orange color with a perfect pour one finger off white creamy head. Full, full glass lacing that stays there.

S: Grapefruit blast! Citrus hops with the ever so slight malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with a huge grapefruit dominant flavor with some fresh cut grass. Citrus dominates for sure. Very bitter, but very clean tasting and very light tasting for an IPA. Seems cleaner tasting than the bottle. A very low underlying malt is present but never pokes fully through before being smacked back down by the hops. Finishing bitterness lingers on and on and on and on...

M: Very crisp and bitter but fairly light body. It's hard to explain, but its a crisp clean bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

D: Ultra high, these go down much quicker than the bottle because it is so crisp. Damn fine drink.

Overall a quality IPA that I would drink anytime on draft and it's absolutely fantastic. A much brighter and hoppier beer on draft that is very west coast style. Any criticism would be the lack of malt, but who can argue with a hop bomb. Not me. What a fantastic beer produced on the east coast that may only be upped by Flower Power. 1 and 1A.

I will say drink this beer fresh, it is the only way the hops explode.

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with an one-fingered white head that had average retention. Moderate lacing is left on the glass. Sediment chunks floating around in the beer. Damnit! I don't like that.

A nice hoppy nose of citrus and hints of yeast. The smell becomes rather subdued after a few minutes.

Has a solid malt foundation with a citrus hop finish that lingers for awhile. Medium body with abundant but not harsh carbonation.

A good IPA and worth a try.

Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not, perhaps, the flashiest IPA out there, but it is solid and eminently drinkable, a good example of an East Coast IPA.

It pours a hazy copper, with a lively head that collapses quickly to excellent lacing. The smell is slight, but with clear, slightly grassy hops. The flavor is strong, malty with grassy hops and a pleasant but not overwhelming bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel is robust with a light bite of carbonation. This is a delicious, flavorful, pleasing IPA.

Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: A great-looking beer with orange-amber color and medium-thick off-white head that is one of the stickiest in the business.

S: Hops aromas abound as citrus and floral character is strongest, but some earthiness is there too. Malt is in the backseat, but it's clear that no skimping has occurred by the fact that any malts are detected at all.

T: A delicious and enjoyable beer, but I like the bottle better because this beer was served a bit too cold. The tartness of the combination of citrus hops and semisweet malt is more pronounced at colder temps I think.

M: The tartness hurts the on-tap version in the feel area. Plenty of body and the tartness (rather than bitterness) lingers in the aftertaste.

D: Still a very enjoyable IPA, but the draft version is not quite as excellent as the bottle version.

Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a white fluffy head and a little sediment at the bottom, which the bottle warned of. I swirled it a little (like you would for a Weiss) and when it poured, it actually had the look and texture of a draft. I definitely recommend that approach.
Golden IPAs tend to be more citric and bitter...so I'm ready.
Smells like grapefruit and a little pine-y, but there's still a hint of a grain bill in there.
Tastes bitter up-front, sweetens into over-ripe fruit in the middle, and finishes bitter and dry.
Not a bad IPA at all. I'm not sure it's one of my favorites, but for a sheer hop blast that still has a little balance and isn't too boozy, it's great.

Photo of corey0212
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A staple in my fridge for a long time, figure I ought to give it a formal review....

Pours a gorgeous golden-orange color, with a pretty substantial foamy tan head, crazy lacing, and untold amounts of tiny little floaties in the glass. Smell is just a citrus bomb, tons of juicy grapefruit, some resinous pine, really nice malty background. This one's hoppy!! Grapefruit and pine hop flavors just slam into your taste buds, but there's almost a mellowness to the malt character of this beer, really keeps things balanced. Huge and lasting bitterness on the back and sides of the tongue, creamy, medium-bodied, not-too-lively carbonation, perfect for the style. This is an IPA I could never tire of, one of my absolute favorite beers!!

Photo of TeddyBG
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with best before August '08 date on label, poured into Onion "I enjoy drinking beer" pint glass. EDIT: Me thinks I got an "off" 12 pack. Best before Feb '08 with the new batch. Hot off the presses!

A: Copper colored with approx. 1/2" head. Clumpy off-white floaters, that are somewhat off-putting. This is not the typical unfiltered look that I am used to. EDIT: Great head retention with no floaters just a very good cloudy copper hue. Great lacing!

S: Citrusy hop aroma. EDIT: Nothing changed here. Still cannot pick up the malt profile

T: Hop bitterness is the overwhelming characteristic. I do not pick-up the citrus notes that are in the smell. A lingering hop bite that lingers. A tinge of medincinal aftertaste. EDIT: I definitely had an out of date beer this first time around. This time around the hops were much more fresh the bitterness was not nearly as harsh on the finish.

M: Carbonation is good. EDIT: Great body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I have to say that this is not a sessionable beer. Certainly drinkable, but more than two would be difficult for me. I need to try this on tap to compare. EDIT: Certainly a sessionable beer when this is fresh. I should have known that my first experience was off, because I have never had a bad experience with this brewery until then. This and Leatherlips are about as close to a West Coast IPA as it gets in New England. Well done. Points off for Julios for mishandling this brew a few months ago.

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

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy but brilliant orange color with a small white head and lots of floaties.

S- Semi sweet bright citrusy hops and a nice stable malt character.

T- Very alive and bursting with citrus hoppy goodness. A touch of bread and a nice roasted malt base.

M/D- good body to this IPA, being that its unfiltered it has a bit more weight to it but that is not a bad thing. This makes for one hell of a session beer.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle in a pint glass. What a wonderful IPA! Most IPAs are bitter, but lack the hop aroma/flavor. Not this one. Incredible hoppy aroma and nice thick white head that stuck around. I can't wait to get some more. Maybe I'm just not that familiar w/ Simcoe hops, but this beer made my day with the lovely hop aroma and not overly bitter for the style. I absolutely loved this beer. I'm going to try and brew a clone of this wonderful IPA.

Photo of memory
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears hazy dark gold unfiltered with suspended floaters in the glass.
Smells of citrus grapefruit, slightly bitter pith that tingles the tongue.
Has a nice overall mouthfeel though somewhat on the bitter side.
Had this a bit back and then I noticed more of a grassy wet hop character. Not experiencing it this time though. But overall pretty good IPA.

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy unfiltered amber with a small amount of sediment from bottle conditioning. The head is fairly solid, lasting couple of minutes before settling into a thin film.

Smell: Very lemony and dry. Not as bold in the nose as the West Coast IPAs I'm used to, but still very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed was the mouthfeel, which is superb: light-bodied, dry and crisp on the tongue, this is exactly how an IPA should be. The taste is dominated by hops, grapefruit and bitter herbs leading the way with an earthy/resiny bitterness beneath it all. Malt flavors are present but hard to pick apart - it's really just a foundation for the hops. The finish is long, dry and bitter, which I could see causing some palate fatigue after a while, but it would be a nice way of ruining the palate.

Notes: Got this one from dyan. Thanks!

Photo of sholland119
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy honey gold with a nice tan head. Little lacing, some stickiness.

S-Moderate floral hops with some malts. A little underwhelming for the style.

T-Now that's more what I was expecting. I was concerned after the very mild nose. Tasty, with a grainy nuttiness mixing with nice hop bitterness. Nicely balanced and nicely bitter in the finish.

M-Nice moderate carbonation, a little oily bitterness remains.

D-Easy to drink, maybe a little lighter in taste than I like my IPAs. But still nice. A "Lawnmower IPA" maybe?

I really love the Smuttynose big beer series. This is the first standard offering I have tried. It is very nice, though not hoppy enough for my personal taste.


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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Cloudy deep golden hue with a two finger frothy head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind solid lacing. The yeast is suspended in the beer in a way that it looks like bubbles frozen into ice. Strong rings of lacing along the glass.

The malts provide a sweet honey-biscuit aroma that mixes perfectly with the sharp citrus aromas from the hops.

The malts are light in the background only making a grainy base. The hops aren't overpowering either, but they do provide a good bitter kick with a little bit of spice. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering bitterness from the hops.

This is an IPA that someone can find refreshing on a hot day. It's not to chewy but still gives a good amount of hops for those who want them. Recommended.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler fill from a firkin, purchased at Big Z berverage in Huntington, NY (Smuttynose Tasting-6/7/08).

L - slightly hazy, yellow/orange color with a white head that left good lacing.

S - delicious pine and citrus hop aromas.

T - bitterness is strong and consistant throughout. I love it!

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - a good drinking brew anytime.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle received in the Virgin BIF.

A-Cloudy, golden straw color. Looks interesting.
S-Great piney, citrus smell coming through. Very clean smell
T-Mild sweet malt, citrus, and some earthiness hit the tongue first and then ends fairly clean but bitter on the end. Almost astringent and very drying on the end.
M-Medium body with low carbonation
D-Could put a few down, but alittle too drying on the end to keep drinking these

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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