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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,294
Reviews: 1,683
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 234
Gots: 433 | 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 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!

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

A very good IPA. The appearance is an orangey-amber color with a good sized head. Abundant citrus and piney hop flavor is the big story. It's an IPA that lets the hops shine through but is not overly bitter or hit-you-over-the head hoppy ( a minus for many but fine with me). This results in a satisfying and drinkable IPA from Smuttynose.

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

Deep gold with a white frumpy head. Aromas of grapefruit and toasty grain. I liked this IPA because it had some east-meets-west hop character, but built on a solid malt frame. The toasted malt profile was prominent despite the decent hop presence. Medium bodied with both a hoppy and malty finish. Another example of the finer arts of east coast "balance."

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle to pint glass. Home.

Pours a nice golden orange color, hazy, with a very good head with off-white coloring, 1+ fingers thick. Lots of retention, lots of lace holding up the sides of the pint glass.

Very powerful hop aroma, lots of pine, but definitely an underlying earthy grain scent as well.

Taste is all hops, beginning to end. Dominant citrus bitterness up front, followed by a slightly more mellow grain flavor, and then right back to a grapefruit bite for a dry finish and aftertaste. Hint of alcohol at the end, too. Not as much sweet malt/honey flavors as I would have expected. Zesty, dry and refreshingly bitter.

Motuhfeel full and slick. Very drinkable.

I've had this on-tap and I remember it being slightly smoother. Regardless, an outstanding IPA.

Photo of Lothar666
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cautiously poured into a shipyard pint glass, yielding a frothy, single-finger milk-white head atop a beautiful golden tan colored beer. Head receeded slowly but left a very attractive lacing around the rim of the glass and some sticky residue on the sides.

S- Unfortunately, I have a bad head cold at the time of this writing, so I will more than likely need to edit this part of the review at a later date. What I do smell at this time is mainly hops and citrus notes, which is not at all disappointing. Still, one of the worst parts of being sick is not being able to fully enjoy the aroma of beers like this one, which from what I remember has always been pleasant and appetizing,.

T- A strong presence of hops makes this beer highly enjoyable even while sick, with a delicious bitterness and a crisp finish with some citrus and floral accents. There is a good reason why this is one of my favorite session beers to have in the refrigerator.

M- Dry and crisp, not syrupy at all which can be both a good and a bad thing. A good swish allows one to fully appreciate the delicious hops that make this beer what it is.

D- A wonderful session beer- The low price point is a striking contrast to the high quality, making this a beer that can be easily sipped on or chugged as the mood strikes you. The mid ranged alcohol by volume makes this work as more than a single serving beer when the occasion calls for it, and the delicious hop taste makes it a beer that I don't mind drinking all night long.

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

Nice copper/orange color. First things I noticed were little things floating in the beer, a little offputting, but I had been warned. More of a floral than a citrus taste with a very hoppy bite at the end. Not as good as a 60 Min or a Two Hearted, but not far behind. I'd pick it up again.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a substantial, sollid cream colored head.

S - Sweet malt and juicy citrus are forefront in the nose with a pine in the background. Has a sharp cheesy tinge as well.

T - Again oranges, but some apple as well. Solidly bitter with a pine/grapefruit undertone.

M - Mostly creamy but with an astringent touch. A little light in body - mouthfeel in substantially less impressive than the flavour profile.

D - Tasty and drinkable. Better than most.

Photo of Slynger
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-lemon color with a slight haze and two fingers of white head that leave bubbly lacing.
The smell is sweetly fruity. Peach and apricot along with oily floral and piney hops.
The taste is interesting. Not as sweet as I anticipated. A bit of pineapple along with bitter citrus peels, grass, and bitter/earthty pine needles.
A medium body and creamy mouthfeel aid this one nicely, but I just can't help wishing some more of the fruits from the nose made it into my mouth.

Photo of happybear
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Agree with previous posts. Not a hop bomb but very smooth, drinkable, and balanced. Very impressed with IPA, similar to Stone IPA and Hop Devil, just a wee bit less hoppy. Great session beer and would definitely reach for another, and another, and another.

Poured cloudy amber with fast head. Some light citrus smells, definitely smell the hoppiness. Nice finish with a slight bite.

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

Pours a fairly clouded amber. Hoppy nose with pine attributes. Flavor profile carries the same with a strong citrus and pine character that is strong, but not a complete hop bomb. Overall very drinkable and smooth. Even as well. You can't really ask for much else than what you get.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle bought at a Market Basket Grocery store bought during a trip to NH into a pint glass.

A. A nice orange amber brew with a seriously healthy head that settles down to 3 fingers and leaves a decent lacing. Has plenty of hops swirling around.

S. Strong piney, citrusy, grapefruit hops jump out at you. Almost no malt apparant.

T. This is a great IPA. Strong hop profile in the beginning, middle and finish. Pine, citrus, grass and grapefruit.

M. Very smooth finish with carbonation that is just right. Gives it a clean finish without making one bloated.

D. This like 60 min ipa and Bell's Two-Hearted is a great everyday IPA. If I lived closer to NH this would always be in my refrigerator.


Photo of Vancer
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine brew sent by MuenchenerKindl in a great trade - (and thanks!)

A very good IPA, but I just had a Hop Infusion, so this one is quite the change up, as it seems more like a strong amber ale with a hop kick. Strong woody notes also hide the hops a bit.

But the pour – a golden yellow / orange with a massive dollup of ivory whipped cream on top – excellent! Left a coating ALL the way down my Bitburger pilsner glass.

Very smooth brew, but almost a bit too plain-jane for an IPA. Slides down easy, just needs more hops.

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

I can't believe I havn't reviewed this yet, it's been a staple for many years...this is long overdue. 12 oz bottle>SA 16 oz glass.

Lookin' pretty good with it's hazy, pale golden color with yellow toned hues. Very bubbly and active, the bubbles are moving at a high rate of speed which creates a bubbly, thin but sticky all-white head. A nice fat layer of white foam sticks around during the duration and the lacing is pretty nice too.

The aroma's popping out are very bold, there's a musty, wet-summer rain effect, very hearty herbalness, burnt wheat and then there's the pine-tree resiny smell with some subtle citric fruit scents and then a hint of alcohol to finish it. Very nice effect overall.

This is a very hefty feeling IPA, it's very crisp with a good bite but it's also smooth and heavy. This medium bodied brew features a big-citric and acidic hop bite that gets you right on the front of the tongue, WHAM! and then really kicks in at the back of the palate where the biterness soaks in, but it becomes very herbal, earthy...wet earth and dry leaves. There's a certain wheat 'n grains effect that makes this very hearty tasting which is very nice. The wheat malt is smooth and adds a gentle balance that really works.
As time goes on, and he brew warms up a bit you get another level of flavors that is even more interesting....the fruitiness! Orange peel, cumkwat (spelling??) and pineapple. The range is restricted for acidic fruits and not sweet-based red or dark berries. The acidic level seems really high...and that's what most hop-heads look for....hop bite. And this brew delivers that. no problem. The smooth and now...semi-sweet malt pops out even more as time goes by, often I find if a brew is a little on the frigid side, the hops will dominate totally, leaving you with an odd bitter-beer face, until it warms up and other flavors come out. Be patient. Beer drinking is fucking zen-tastical!!

Photo of Dansting
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a cloudy golden color with a medium white head. Strong lacing. Aroma of amarillo hops and citrus. Nice mouthfeel. Flavor is very bitter with a strong grapefruit flavor to it. Has a lot of pine in the aftertaste. Not one of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a fast building head. THe head quickly dies down and leaves very little lacing.

S: Nice hoppy notes on this one. Grapefruit is the main citrus fruit with hints of lemon grass, and a mild malty breadiness.

T: C hops all the way. Ruby red grapefruit bites at the tongue. A gentle maltyness lies beneath with hints of yeasty sour dough bread.

M: Nice and crisp on the tongue, man I have been drinking some nice IPA's lately.

D: Yeah I like it, session brew no doubt.

Overall: This is one I have been wanting to try. It's not a real complex beer but it is very good. The citrus of the hops come right out at you and tickle the tongue. I like hoppy beers, and while this one is not overthetop for an IPA, it's nice and refreshing.

If I had everyday access to this beer it would stay in my fridge by the six pack.

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

Pours a bright golden orange color with a nice white head that left some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is of nice grapefruit hops, not extremely strong but nice and juicy. The taste is of grapefruit hops, and in a big way. Quite a bitter grapefruit rind blast. A sweet pale malt presence tries to mellow out the bitterness but is of no match. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture and of course it finishes bitter. This is a very good AIPA. The harsh grapefruit rind hop presence is not my cup of tea but I still recommend this brew.

Photo of jdg204
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on some Smuttynose, after hearing so many great things about this northeast powerhouse. Being a big IPA fan, this seemed like a natural match.

Appearance - Semi-hazy golden color with a nice head that stuck around.

Smell - Very spiced, comes through quite strongly and has a nice citrus undertone.

Taste - HOPS! The hop bitterness comes through as the dominant flavor and grapefruit comes through as the strongest of the citrus malted backup.

Mouthfeel - Hearty texture but the hops almost overwhelm the other flavors if not sipped at a very even pace.

Drinkability - This review might feel like I was being hard on this brew, but I really did enjoy it. It's just that I really expected a lot more after hearing such good things and for some reason the lack of balance (can you say HOPS!!!) really didn't wow me as expected. Still it's a good brew and you should definetly give it a shot.

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

A: Cloudy, Fizzy, great head.

S: Excellent hoppy smell.

T: A+ good hopps, somewhat biting, and a kind of bitter aftertaste. Overall great unique taste

M: Perfect carbonation. Smooth. Excellente.

D: Would absolutely order again. Great tasting, good bar beer.

Photo of hopbar
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&P Liquors, Westwood, NJ
12 oz. Bottle
Best Before: October 2007
Pint Glass

A: You just have to appreciate the classic Smuttynose labeling. Two old dudes sitting on lawn chairs cracking up over the fact that they probably have already drank way too much Smuttynose at that point. Let's not forget the old school trailer in the back, the beer bottles laying on the lawn and (tell me you noticed it) the garden gnome on the left side of the bottle. Enough said on the great label. When you pour it into your glass, it has an orange / yellow harvest color, somewhat cloudy and hazy, with some sediment floating about. The head was about 2 inches tall but quickly bubbled down to about a half inch.

S: Good strong combination of orange, hops and pine.

T: Strong hop taste (obviously) yet a little bitter. It did smooth out as it warmed but even after you have finished drinking your glass, the hops remain on your palate for a while longer.

M: Smooth and refreshing. Bubbly throughout.

D: I had heard a lot about this one so expectations had to be met. It was very refreshing and very good. Lets remember how much of this I drank over the summer...Police concert at Giants Stadium, backyard BBQs, etc.

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

Slightly hazy, light gold body with a small head and decent retention.

Huge Centennial hop aroma with the malt coming in a distant second.

Big floral hop taste with malty sweetness to cut the bitter wonderfully. Huge bitter taste at the end; almost a little too much but wow, it's good.

Light but sparkly carbonation lifts the flavor around the tongue and keeps it from being too sticky except for the lingering bitterness.

I would drink this a lot, I feel if I could get it. I love trading beer!

Photo of OKCNittany
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" white head with decent retention, leaving lacing everywhere. Gold body with a slight chill haze.

S: Light musty & citrusy aroma.

T: Very hoppy. Citric, a bit piney, and always bitter. Not terribly balanced - unless you consider a grapefruit balanced - but who cares? If you're an IPA fan, you'll love this taste.

M: Medium body. Light carbonation. Smooth with a puckering finish.

D: Falls quickly - a real hop-head's delight. I'm almost sorry I shared the rest of the 6-pack with the guys at McGuire.

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

Had this cask-conditioned, gravity keg pour

(A) Orange appearance and cloudy. Initial head good, retention low due to natural carbonation. Initial appearance is intriguing with the orange glow

(S) Very floral hop aroma. The sweet inviting kind, not bitter. I was there when the wood pin broke the seal and this aroma was evident long before the first pour.

(T) Not overly bitter, but definately has the hop bitterness one would expect from an IPA. The natural carbonation isn't too intense so the bitterness is gentle

(M) For myself, there was an odd lingering aftertaste that was somewhat dry and blank.

(D) Very drinkable except for the lingering aftertaste. It wasn't a huge issue though. I had 3 20oz imperial pints.

Photo of Shiredave
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Cask" ( keg) conditioned and served from a bar top cradle minutes after the spline was removed and the tap hammered home, at The Beech Tree Grill ( by Dave) in Po-town.
Hazy, bright orange tinted beer with a thin clotted white head, which persisted right to the end.

Intense citrus aroma - sharp grapefruit and blood orange with a hint of honey sweetness. Very Left coast.

Flavor was sharp up front with powerful hop character and little malt to balance. Served a bit too cold, some grain sweetness came thru as it came up to temp.

Again, flavors seemed out of balance but the freshness and soft carbonation made this hop exstavaganza very tasty and highy drinkable. Long, hop finish is firmly bitter but not overwhelming or puckery.
Excellent session IPA for the Hop Head - fresh tasting with a wonderful soft mouth feel from the subdued, natural carbonation.

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

Along with Dales Pale Ale, this has become a requirement for my refrigerator. I have grown to love the silty orange appearance (because I know what to associate it with), and the smell jumps at you with floral simcoe and amarillo. The taste is a balance of strong hops and solid malt backbone. The two together somehow leave me with impressions of grapefruit, pine, and even passionfruit. The mouthfeel has a nice bite to it and a lingering bitterness that begs for another, but you have to be careful with the 6.6%.

Photo of bozebus17
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to BeerTruth for this bottle.

Pours a clear orange/copper. A fairly hard pour produced a somewhat small unimpressive white head. It had some retention but died down to a thin layer rather quickly.

The smell was citrus-like and a tad piney. The nose wasn't quite as strong as I've come to expect from most IPAs. I didn't see a freshness date on the bottle. Perhaps this bottle is a bit past its prime and the hops have mellowed out a bit.

The flavor had a bit more of a malt profile than I expected. I tasted a toastiness and a bit of residual sweetness. This brew definitely leans towards the bitter side as it should. The hops quickly jump up to remind you that this is an IPA. The hop flavors are much like the scent, citrus-like with a small amount of pine. This ale has a nice medium body and the hops leave a nice tingling in the mouth.

Although not a standout this is a pretty solid east coast IPA. It would probably be a good introduction to the style for someone just starting out in the IPA world.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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