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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
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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 alexgash
4.55/5  rDev +11%

Cool label.
A whirling blizzard of very small yeast flakes populate the hazy, darkish golden orange body. Capped by a finger of sticky flourescent white head. Yeasty perfume of doughy sweet malt, candied anonymous fruit and resinous, sappy, cannabis-y hops. Very kind. Sharp hop acids bombard the tongue up front. Bitter, yet tasty...hmmmm...I like that. Hop taste is slightly citrusy, but mostly pitchy white fir sap. Light biscuit and fruit malt flavors are there, but can't quite keep pace with the aggressive hop attack. Finish stays hoppy and resinously bitter, with yeast, and hints of candied malt. Delicious. Very lively mouthfeel in a medium body. Almost too lively. Still, an IPA I could drink everyday.

alexgash, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of ADR
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%

Out of a bottle, Extreme Beer Fest 2005...

Slightly greenish hazy orange appearance. Crystalline head rises high and leaves tight and nicely complicated lace. Very good aroma, hops are almost like the freshest ground black pepper. Flavor is hoppy to be sure, again, pepper with a balsamic vinegar tone that suggests the richness of malts as much as anything else in the brew. Hops tend toward resiny (waxy) with a touch of orange cream soda, and if the malts don't keep up in obvious separate flavors, there is enough there to balance and give a good impression. Anyways, because of the flavorful hoppiness, I'm rating this as one of the best IPAs I've come across out of a bottle

ADR, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12 oz. with September notched on the side. Pours a golden orange with lots of goodies floating around (unfiltered) and a 1 finger off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Scents are pine, citrus, and perfume and are very pungent. Flavors are sweet ruby red grapefruit, a sharp hop bitterness that lingers, and lots of malts which are stronger in the aftertaste. Also a little bit of bitter chocolate and coffee flavors which I don't usually find in IPAs. Lots of hops with a good malt backbone. Very smooth - nice carbonation and it coats the mouth well. Very drinkable and at 6.6% it can sneak up on you if you're not careful.

mmmbeer, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.18/5  rDev +2%

september vintage

orange, cloudy, foamy

smells of sweet hops

tastes the same, with a beautiful grapefruit balance and some wood in the aftertaste as well. doesn't leave you with a bitter nasty and mellows out as you consume more and more.. one of the first times i ever poured it out- this baby is just as good right from the bottle.

and isn't it "Finestkind", not "Finest Kind"?

for an IPA, this rates high. i prefer smutty's big beer series, but this is a fridge staple and perfect for a long-day refresher.

goodbyeohio, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%

Hazy orange with lots of sediment, a nice beige head, and subdued carbonation which leaves nice lace. Very nice grapefruity citrusy hop aroma. Big citrus hop flavors with a nice malt backing to balance; hoppy without being overly bitter. Medium-full bodied with a hoppy finish.

Much better than the Big A IPA for drinkability !! A definite buy !!

Per Label: "Finestkind"

Per S.B.Co. website: Simcoe, Santiams, Amarillo hops. 65 IBU's.
GOLD - Best American Beer - 2004 Great British Beer Festival

Bottled: Nov ('04') - notched on side of label
Tasted: 01/19/05

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

RBorsato, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Suds
4.43/5  rDev +8%

Pours an amber, slightly orange colored brew, topped with a brilliant white, foamy head. The aroma is filled with piney, resiny, flirtingly floral hops. There’s a lot of funky citrus and flower smells thrown into the mix with an undertone of malt. It’s a full, rich, and very satisfying beer. The hops are dominant in every aspect of the beer, but remain nicely balanced by the beer’s sweetness. The finish is seriously bitter, with a no-nonsense lingering flavor. I could still taste the hops for several minutes after a sip. Solid, exciting, and extraordinarily delicious.

Suds, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of shirfan
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle featuring two old guys in lawn chairs, a lawn gnome, and a motorhome.

Appearance: Medium golden, slight haze, retentive lacing.

Aroma: Freshly sliced grapefruit, pepper, bready malt.

Taste: Chewy, whole-grain-bready malt again, more black pepper, citric hops are there for a pucker but not quite as big as I had expected. Tasty, but the flavors seem to be at odds with each other rather than complementary.

A nice smooth mouthfeel, drinkability is a little off...pepper doesn't go well with grapefruit. I'm guessing the yeast strain is to blame.. otherwise very nice.

shirfan, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Pouring into a pint glass, this appeared to be a golden honey/copper color that left a frothy 2 cm head that stuck around throughout the session. Nice lacing was left on my glass as well. Lots of hop sediment was floating throughout as well from what I could see.

Sitting over a foot away, I could get the scent of very potent hops and when getting closer I could get the hints of caramel and grapefruits mixed throughout.

Taking the first sip at room temperature, the grapefruit was very prevalent along with a strong bitter hops flavor that made me wince a little...wow! Very floral in flavor as well w/ a seriously strong hoppy aftertaste that stuck around on my palette for minutes.

Smooth on the sip w/ hops that hits your sinuses pretty hard. A slightly bitter finish sums this one up and a huge aftertaste of flowery hops for hours!!! Good luck with this one!!!

Fish113d, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%

Pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head that hung around for quite a while.
Nose dominated by a piney grapefruit aroma with some underlying apricot and a bit of malty bread.
Taste is amazing! Citrusy sweet, but with a hoppy bite that lingered into a slight bitterness on the finish.
Medium-bodied smooth mouthfeel that it's impossible to find fault with.

Overall: One of the few beers that really lives up to its hype; undoubtedly the best American IPA I've tried. Well-balanced flavors coupled with an exceptional mouthfeel make this beer a true can't-miss standout of the style.

whartontallboy, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Blurry golden orange with a tight yellowed foam.
Nose of sugared pink grapefruits, Blood oranges, pine needles, and tarry, gooey resin dankness (finest Kind? Perhaps.) Shortbread malts.
Begins with a rock candy sugariness, then onto clues of clementines and lightly toasted, brown sugar-glazed desert breads. Hops are grapefruity, with notions of Jamaica red hair and spruce. This is sweeter than it is bitter (at least by IPA standards).
Drinkability is large in its loose, free-flowing medium built.
Solid quaffing-styled IPA. Thanks Bighuge.

cokes, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Beer has a slightly opaque amber/orange body. A nice big, white foamy head tops it off. Great head retention, tons of lacing. All I could really smell were the hops, quite hoppy. It's an IPA, so it was bitter, one of the more bitter beers I've tasted. I generally like more hoppy/bitter beers, but this was a little much for me. It wasn't very complex, just a big uppercut of hops. It's good for what it is, though. Light mouthfeel, dry finish. I'm not sure I could drink more than two of these at a time, but could go for more than one.

JackStraw22, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of hustlemuscle
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

A nice beer, one to seek out, for sure. Not much head on it, but a pretty color, sort of sunset gold, with plenty of bubbles. Nice piney hops greet the nose. Whew, it is good stuff. Piney piney piney. Not over the top, just right. Good, and easy drinking, with enough kick to make you feel it a little. Clean, easy to drink, without a lot of the hop slickness you get from many IPAs.

hustlemuscle, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of Morris729
4.43/5  rDev +8%

Pours a cloudy orange peach color with lots of noticeable chunks of sediment floating throughout the beer. Nose is pine and fresh grapefruit up front with a nice biscuity malt aroma in the background. Medium in body with a slightly sticky texture in the mouth. Taste begins with notes of grapefruit juice and a touch of grain followed by notes of pungent tobacco and bitter raw green hops that remain in a lasting aftertaste. A very fine IPA to be had here.

Morris729, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%

The beer is a medium amber gold, pretty average for the style specifically a west coast version. Good clarity, topped with a heaping, ceiling white foam. Just slightly off white, leaning ever so slightly towards yellow. Excellent head retention, a solid 1/4 inch topping throughout the pint, leaving thick rings of belgian lace all the way down. I couldnt ask for anything more.
The aroma is perhaps the beer's only weak point. Strong rindy hops gush with grapefruit and pine sap, just a slight toasted sweetness to back it up. Very west coast in style. Very strong, but without a ton of complexity. A one sided brew, all hops, but is that really a complaint?
The flavor opens with a soft, delicate toasted sweetness. Brazen hops immediately bloom on the palate, allowing the malt no quarter. Swashbuckling citrus, ushering in a renegade pine sap bitterness in the finish. Full blown hop delight is what the finish is all about. The hops, pacific northwest, and nothing but the hops. A lingering, sappy brutality sits on the back of the tongue. Medium to full bodied, with a soft, nodescript carbonation. Smooth drinking, something you can put down three or four of before your palate can feel no more. Great beer.
One hell of an IPA. Maybe the best on the east coast. Brutally bitter, with a wonderful, full hop flavor throughout and just enough malt to keep a modicum of balance. One of the only beers I like enough to keep me entertained through an entire six pack. I usually get sick of a beer after two or three. Great, great stuff.

UnionMade, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
4.43/5  rDev +8%

On-tap @ Anam Cara in Brookline, MA.

Pours an orangish-yellow and is extremely cloudy and hazy. Never seen an IPA this cloudy before! The aroma is all hops: Citrus and flowers. What a great taste. Very citrusy with a light to moderate bitterness. Not too rough on the palate, just the right amount of carbonation. Very smooth and very drinkable. An outstanding and unique IPA!

Jacobob10, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%

Worth the wait; worth the search! A bright golden hue, a 1/8th inch head that maintains very well. The nose is nice – hops (duh), freshly peeled grapefruit and some grassiness. Slightly carbonated, full bodied; a huge blast of hops combined with some decent maltiness, which is what makes this special. Creamy, oily and juicy – what other IPA does this? This is like-totally drinkable; a sneaky 6.6 ABV – you bet! An awesome IPA!

GeoffRizzo, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of mpkill
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%

12 oz. bottle with a September brew date.

Pours with a thick lacey-white head. Color is somewhere between golden and amber with an obvious haze from the yeast. Aroma is outrageous - overwhelming initial citrus/grapefruit notes followed by the scent of pine needles. The hops jump right out of the glass and take control. Bottle conditioning adds just a touch of spicyness to the body. Overall mouthfeel is excellent.

An excellent American-style IPA. Extremely drinkable. In fact, I think I'll have another.

mpkill, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of babydoc
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

12 ounce bottle received in trade from Dave. Thanks for the opportunity to try this delightful beer. Poured from a 12 oz bottle notched August. The bottle had some obvious sediment- poured clear orange-copper until the sediment hit, then turned hazy. Two finger foamy oyster white head that left tight lacing. The nose? wow, it hits before you pick up the glass, while you're still admiring the pour. Grapefruit and hops, a touch of peach. The taste is grapefruit through and through- I could drink this for breakfast! There is a subtle sweet malt underbelly too, but this beer is about hops. Mouthfeel is velvety carbonation up front, dry and tart on the palate long after the beer is gone. If you don't like hoppiness, you won't find the pleasure I did in this fine IPA.

babydoc, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of twelvsies
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

First of all, Smuttynose has some great labels on their beers, and this one of the two old dudes in their lawnchairs enjoying a Smutty is my favorite. Funny. This beer is a slightly orangy color with a big frothy head. Aroma is intensly hoppy and full of citrus. Taste is crazy hoppy, even for an IPA. Very tangy and citrussy up front. Not a lot of malt present to back it up though, but this beer is meant (I would assume) to be hoppy all the way. Letting this beer warm up a bit is a good idea because the crazy hops can mask the more subtle tastes of apircots and other fruits. Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability? Um, yeah. I'm definately going to finish the whole sixer now. Cheers.

twelvsies, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of Rio
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

12 oz. bottle with a great label. I love the two old guys sitting int he lawn chairs out front of the trailer home with the wagon wheel and the lawn gnome thing. Especially the John Deere hat. Pours a cloudy dark orangeish color. Upon close inspection up to a light, tiny little floaters can be seen swimming about. A moderate off-white head receeded to a really nice lace that clings to the edge of the glass. Husky grain aroma, with something else that makes me think of Christmas trees, like evergreen needles or sap.

Taste comes in second to the initial bitterness of this brew, which, strangely enough, is actually pretty good. Grain tastes, as well as that taste that makes me think of pine needles again. The alcohol is evident in there, also, but not unpleasantly so. The moisture of this brew is quickly sucked away by a very interesting dry characteristic.

All in all, reminds me of why I love IPAs, and quite possibly my favorite IPA thus far. A truly excellent brew, and my thanks again to afatty for sharing this one with me, as well. You've got great taste, man.

Rio, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

On-Tap at McGradys in Bethlehem. This stuff is a lovely hazy orange colour with little bits floating around in there as well. A tight white head of foam sits on top of the awesome looking brew, it lasts long and leaves excellent lacing as well. The aroma is nice, with excellent hopping and a nice biscuity malt aroma in there as well as some awesome green hop flavors. The taste is excellent. Hoppy up front with a nice bready malt flavor in the middle, and some nice dry hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is very nice as well....Good stuff!

The tap version of this beer is nearly identical to the bottled version, but the cask version is quite different. I was quite dissapointed with this beer on tap, but than again maybe the keg was old or the lines were a bit messed up at McGradys.

francisweizen, Nov 01, 2004
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4.9/5  rDev +19.5%

A very addictive beer. Nice hazy orange color looks very inviting. Wonderful flavors, strong, yet not overwhelming. The hop presence is obviously the most significant taste, citrus and pine needles. But a sweet blend of the two. Paired with the wonderful malt flavor similar to that found in their outstanding Shoal's Pale Ale. An exceptional beer, much like every Smuttynose product.

drugsbunny, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%

Thanks to BuckeyNation for this tasty morsel of an IPA!

Pours out gold and sits a foggy orange amber in the glass with a bit foamy white head, leaving lacings all over the glass.

Packs a good amount of citrus hop aroma, filled with grapefruit, lemon and orange. Mild malty sweetness with little caramel. Bready backbone that just feels gooey.

Tastes lightly sweet up front but quickly picks up steam. Flavors of fresh ruby-red grapefruit and a trickle of orange juice pour out from the hoppy core. Sweet fruity flavors are abound, and are managed with a equal amount of hop bitternes. Finish is bitter and keeps the flavor of citrus in your mouth long after swallowing.

Crisp and fresh in the mouth with nice carbonation in a meduim body. Flavors ard aromas easily find their way out of the body.

A delightfully easy IPA to drink, and packs with it tons of flavor. It's one of the best I've had and would be welcome in my fridge any time.

Skidz, Oct 25, 2004
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

I have to say, I started liking this beer as soon as I looked at the label. Two old guys in lawn chairs sitting outside a trailer - they look like guys it'd be fun to have a beer with and hear some stories.

Poured a moderately hazy peach, with small amount of white sediment flakes drifting about. Pungent grapefruity aroma, a bit flatter in the flavor profile than the aroma. Firm, slightly acidic bittering than lingers at the back of the tongue. Some notable biscuit flavors in the malt, but well integrated. Thanks to far333 for another winner.

Brent, Oct 18, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +11%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a hazy copper, with a thick head leaving nice lacing. The smell is a nice grapefruity hoppiness. The taste is a very good hop, with a nice citrusy/grapefruit flavor to it, and somehow rather balanced, with a good bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this is one I'd definitely enjoy many of, and I'm just sad my case is now almost gone!

All the talk in IPAs recently has been about Imperial this, Imperial that, and not unfairly as I love them. Still, there's room for the regular IPAs in the world, and this beer is up with HopDevil as the best!! I love the sort of grapefruity hops that this beer provides, and I'll gladly have this one in the future!!

beergeek279, Oct 17, 2004
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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