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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,484
Reviews: 1,721
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 262
Gots: 584 | FT: 5
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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 pokesbeerdude
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one in a trade!

A: Hazy orange gold with a white head that bubbled up about half an inch and reduced to a film, excellent chunks of lacing on the edges of the glass.

S: Grainy malts, grapefruit hops, lots of malt sweetness, but really really more on the grainy side of the spectrum, not a lot of hops, but a definite presence.

T: Initially very bitter, malt sweetness is there, kind of out of whack, all the flavors are there, but they hit at the wrong time. Hops are very citrus rind flavored, malt is really grainy and not that smooth, a slight hint of alcohol throughout.

M: Quite thin for an IPA, light carbonation, really lingers in the mouth for a long time.

D: Pretty fair overall, I could drink quite a few of these if I wanted to, it wouldn't be my first choice though. A good IPA, but not great.

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

Serving from 12 oz. bottle, decanted into my Sam Adams Boston lager glass. (thanks to Reagan1984 for the trade which allowed me to review this beer)

On the pour you get an orangish colored brew, with a touch of haze, probably from abundant hops. The head was average in size, and disappates to a thin cap in short order. Some good stickage from lacing on the side of the glass. Each swirl leaves lacing; not a huge amount, but it is there.

The nose is huge grapefruit, with a touch of candied pineapple thrown in for good measure. No malt character to the nose .. this one is for the hop heads!

The taste .. ah ... the taste is a wonderful hop explosion on the palate. Like the nose, huge grapefruit is the immediate taste. Just a touch of pineapple in the taste as well. A biscuit like maltiness tries to assert itself, and is smacked down hard by the hops. Plenty of hop burps, if you're into that thing. Carbonation is right on, giving this a medium mouthfeel, which I find just right for the style. Finish is dry, without being astringent. The palate just wants more! I'd rate drinkability as very good, especially if you are into American IPAs. This is one you can enjoy responsibly all night long.

Well done, Smuttynose. "Finest Kind" is a first class American IPA, and one not to miss. Seek it out .. you will not be disappointed. Would have to rate it in my Top 5 American IPAs .. excellent!

Na Zdravje!

Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled beer mug. The frost did give the brew a pit of a chill that was unexpected but gave the beer a bit of a bite.

Color is gold, with an amber tint.

Smell is hoppy with a bit of grapefruit. Sweet with a tangy flavour.

Taste is a bit bitter. Has a grapefruit hop taste that cancels out most of any other flavours. Has a bit of a bitter aftertaste as well.

Was surprised that this IPA was as good as it was. I have heard many times that West Coast IPA were the best, this one can be put in the top five.

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

Best Before: 08/08 labeled on the bottle. Purchased 01/05/09 at local consumers beverage center.

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. tumbler. Pours a very nice hazy golden amber with sediment following. I love the fact of the natural in the bottle party action.. visual stimulating.

Gulp. Perfect combination of hops and flora aroma that can please the most stubborn individual. Head settled in a timely manner, lacing nice. Flavors of tangerine a definite, mouthful a plenty. 1st round TKO for the hop lover, you're not going to know what hit you.

Recommend: Yes. Overlooked until now, this is a superb example of the American IPA.

Bottled label visuals are something else, that should be some extra points for creativity. Humility? Honor? Justice?...

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

A light orange very hazy beverage with lots of (hops?) floating in the beverage. Good head with great lacing.
Grapefruit juice. A little piney very pleasant,maybe a hint of biscuit.
Biting taste, this is not a subtle beer. Astringent grapefruit flavor is most prominent from start to finish. Followed by a blissful malty flavor that is my favorite aspect of this beer. The beer finishes with a lingering taste of pine. Everything In Its Right Place.
Excellent beer from start to finish. A great aspect of IPA's that never gets mentioned is that they are the only beverage that tastes just as good when burping.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark golden with some sendiments visible, with a shy head and low retention.

Smell is very hoppy, with hints of citrus, pineapple flavors coming in with a shy buttery body. There some caramel and malt present but very shy compared to the hops imbalance.

Taste is very hoppy of course, pine and pineapples flavors with a hint of citrus come in play. Very unbalanced, very into the bitterness and the hoppy bitter than everyelse. A hit in the face bitter that leave a shy aftertaste with a watery mouthfeel.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC. Best by March of 09 on the label.

Pours a bronzish orange with a fine white head. Tiny rising bubbles and yeast particles are visible. Produces a hoppy, citrusy smell. Initial sip is very smooth and light, followed by some quickly-dissipating harsh bitterness. It's hard to believe a beer with that kind of bitterness (although it is very brief) could be so smooth and drinkable. There's a nice malty backbone that balances it out. Citrus notes like grapefruit and possibly some lemon present in the taste, though they give way more to the herbal notes, slightly grassy and some pine notes, although not as much pine as was in Great Divide's Titan IPA, which preceded this beer on my list for the evening.

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

A- Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head.

S- A slightly citrusy hoppiness with a biscuity maltiness.

T- A nice hoppiness, grassy and slightly citrusy. Very well balanced with a bready maltiness. More like an English IPA.

M- Smooth, medium body with just the right carbonation.

D- Excellent! Sort of a novelty these days, a nice well balanced IPA.

Photo of TheMistler
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a "Best Before" notch of March, '09. A chunk o' gold in the glass, maybe a bit tarnished - light brown hues, cloudy. Roiling carbonation produced solid 3/4 inch of white head. Good retention and lacing. Settles to a creamy, fairly thick cap.

After this beer has sat for a few moments, the nose is like that a slightly hoppy Bitter. Biscuit. Disturb the beer in anyway, and aromatic hops are unleashed. Grapefruit.

Hoppy taste, with a bevy of citrus. The malt notes upfront are whisked into the distant background. Grapefruit (and how), lemon zest. Grassy, as well. Bitter, but not overly so.

Slightly slippery, resin-y feel. Good carbonation. Very good drinkability. In fact, I think I'll crack another right now.

Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzed orange with a burst of bright yellow that pierces through as underlining. It has a nice tan complexion and great gleam when held up to the light. Although clear, there are plenty of both tiny bubbles and tiny particles of yeast that meld about in the backdrop. The head is thin, spotlessly white, very creamy and insanely adhesive. Really insanely adhesive.

The aroma doesn't pack nearly the punch I look for in an American IPA. Although it's really the DIPA's that tend to deliver TKO's, I've had many many regular IPA's that could go toe to toe with the heavyweights. Smuttynose's DIPA (whose label depicts a big boxer) has a mean, lights out kind of hook but the 'Finest Kind' is really more of a welterweight, at best.

It continues to falter on the flavour. The amounts of pine, citrus and other hop residue wouldn't even shake the needle on some scales. The hop presence is really light, I'm failing to pick up on any juicy, fruity flavours and can't even register the zest. I'd be ok if there was enough caramelization to the malts to make up for it, but there isn't, it's just too light a toast.

The mouthfeel does some to amend the situation. The IBU's seem in check; the hops are finally sensed as they leave a leafy, astringent, lightly suffocating bitter note when passing down the throat. They seem to be in good number, why aren't they doing more for the flavour? I'd also insist on toasting those malts a little longer. But I suppose, even despite all its shortcomings, this makes a pretty refreshing, easily quaffed IPA.

Notwithstanding any style preference, I strongly prefer Smuttynose's DIPA to their regular one. Still, I can see now what those two old men on the label are so happy about. Give me the lawn chair, a nice sunny day, and a few bottles of the Smuttynose IPA and I'd be smiling just like they are. Boy, that sure does sound nice... if only I had a lawn chair.

(*Note: I didn't take notes and won't factor it into this review, but I once had this beer from cask, dry hopped in the pin with Nugget hops. THAT sample was nothing but outstanding!*)

Photo of ncbeermonger
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this may be my favorite IPA, and I am an IPA head!

It pours with a great head

The smell is perhaps the best part. The Hops come out and bring a smile to your face

The taste is outstanding! smooth, and hoppy! this one is tough to beat!

The mouth feel is good, its crisp, and not heavy

this is an amazingly drinkable beer. When you see this IPA GET IT!

Photo of gciccarelli
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pale orange with a good white foamy head. Great head retention, minimal lacing.

S - Hops. Citrus, grapefruit. Malt. Very pleasant smell - good for an IPA.

T - It starts off with sweet malt and some citrus notes, then the hop taste hits you. Ends with a bitter aftertaste. A great IPA taste! Very bitter, very hoppy.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Very nice for the style.

D - Very drinkable, but bitter aftertaste may knock it down slightly (same with all IPAs...).

A very solid IPA overall - worth checking out!

Photo of magnj
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - 1/2 finger head from a pretty rough pour. Hazy because it's not filtered, clears out as it sits longer. Golden and Orange in color, looks thin.

s - Unique smell. Spicy, Citrus fruits, Grapefruit. Orange and Cream Candy.

t - Unique taste when I first opened it with an almost a soda-like bite, I think it was too cold because it definitely turned for the better when it got closer to room temp. Hoppy, taste sits on the tongue for a while, strong grapefruit after a few seconds.

m/d - Not sure if it's the bite of the hops but it seems to be a little on the high side of carbonation. Light and crisp. Could put a few down, but I'm not sure about an all night session beer.

Photo of scootny
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A tightly beaded head forms as I pour the 12 oz bottle into my tulip tumbler. It stays for quite some time and leaves a ton of lace all over. A basically clear liquid with sediment floating about and very little carbonation activity.

Smell is pine forest upfront and citrus/grapefruit in the back. A sweet malt featuring some toasted grains and caramel.

Taste is beautifully balanced. Dry and bitter with a toasty malt and faint caramel sweetness from the nose. Earthly hops follow the pine taste at the front. A dash of grapefruit as I swallow. The finish is leafy and dry with an herbal note on the back of my throat and graham on my palate. Yum.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and quenching. The bubbles tingling the whole of my mouth lightly and scrubbing my throat.

Drinkability is superb. You just open your mouth and the next thing you know it's gone

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

I wanna hang out with the guys on the bottle.

Pours yellowy orange with a 2 finger foamy white head. Great retention and rings of lace all over the place.

Smells like sod, swamp and tobacco with a piney effervesence. Earthen.

Bitter grapefruit citrus and stagnant, pine sap with a heavy, heavy bitter wet duckweed suckerpunch. Ample maple syrupy malt support. Lingering aftertaste that stays for days.

Thick, lumbering and earthen it's like the anti California IPA. My usual at the after work watering hole.

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

When a beer says "finest kind" on the bottle, how can you pass it up? Picked up a single bottle of this in Onalaska, WI. Best by date of May, '09. Orange with yellow edges, small off-white head, some nice lacing. Aroma of bitter grapefruit rind, pine and sugar cookies. Not much aroma in the way of anything particularly "kind." Flavor has a nice bitter grapefruit flavor backed up by some pine sap, lightly sweet pale malts, but mostly pine needle. Flavor could be a little more balanced, but the nice oily hop flavor is always welcome. Aftertaste is virtually non-existent. Medium bodied, slick, decent carbonation. This beer is pretty darn tasty, but not quite as balanced as I like my IPAs. Is it good? Yes. Is it great? Not quite.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks again to bxcav for a single sample.

A: Poured into a stein to display a cloudy orange with yeast flowing all around capped off by a two fingers frothy creamy head. Chunks of lace sliding slowly down the side of the mug the entire quaf made this a beautiful lookin beer.

A: The nose was hoppys, fruity with pineapple coming mind. Dual hops mixture in this alone with citrus profile.

T: Now this is what I call an IPA. Hop bomb zinger from the start to mince no words of the style. You will experience a pungent display of hops with tinges of bitterness moving around.

M: Crisp and smooth at the same time to impress me with Smuttynose even more. While there was a big boy head and lace, the carbonation was not that evident which I found all the more pleasing.

D: An excellent presentation for an American IPA. The mixture of hops and the zing produced can put the boys from New Hampshire against any of the California Hop heavies I say. A wonderful drink and I highly recommend to all.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Received in a trade with sleazo, thanks!

Appears a clear golden-orange color with a once inch off-white head.

Aromas of citrusy and piney hops. A bit of nuttiness is present as well. Reminds me a lot of DFH 60 Minute.

The taste is quite similar with the citrus and pine hops quickly exposing themselves. There is a slight amount of caramel malt in there and the nuttiness is slightly present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty creamy, and somewhat crisp.

A pretty good IPA overall, but not my favorite. I'm not too big on the piney hops and this one is dominating in them.

Photo of Vendetta
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 16, 2008

Very good IPA. More citic than some but with the same high quality hop flavor. A tad of piney hops, but mostly just well rounded floral hops and a good bitter bite. Quality hop texture, flavor. Not too bitter either, well balanced hoppy beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep orange/golden color with a two finger off white head that leaves great lace on the way down. Smells of grapefruit, caramel, pine, yum. Tastes of caramel, pine and resin. Lingering pine bitterness in the finish. Medium body, crisp carbonation, oily mouthfeel. Great refreshing brew for sure. Another great brew from Smuttynose.

Photo of TMB0424
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

a- The beer poured a deep peach/orange body with a nice small creamy white head. Good amount of carbonation

s- First thing that hits your nose is the grapefruit, followed by some hops and other citrus. Good amount of pine, grassy notes in there as well.

t- Tastes pretty much like it smells. Light malt flavor, very hoppy, lots of grapefruit. Despite all the hops it's only slightly bitter.

m- This beer is very refreshing. Medium bodied. The citrus/grapefruit leaves a slight bitterness on the finish, refreshing.

d- Drinkable, although for me the finish aftertaste turned me off slightly towards the end. Despite that, a great IPA and a very refreshing brew.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/23/08. Bottle. Pours orange with a small white head, some sediment. Leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor of flowery hops and wheat. A little more bitterness than other IPAs. Quite drinkable and refreshing. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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

Dark golden with orange highlights; small sediment chunks drifting around. Not much for a head. lacing is there but not quite as much as I expected from a hoppy American IPA like this one. A little funky smell with plenty of piney, leafy hop aroma. Malt and yeast comes together to give off yeasty bread aromas. Bready malt profile doesn't quite hold up against heavy leafy sharp hoppy bitterness. A little bitter grapfruit juice in the mix. Definitely West Coast style IPA here. Finish is bone dry with plenty of bitterness - not in a good way. Mouthfeel is very tannic and sticky with a good level of carbonation. I think I need a glass of water to soothe my mouth after this one.

Photo of doppelmeup
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I have to say I was quite disappointed in this beer. Overall, I just didn't like it. Here is my review.

Golden honey in color, with some lace and just a modest head. The bottle contained quite a bit of very chunky sediment which was kind of surprising from a beer of this style.

Aromas of grapefruit but not much else.

Taste was pretty one dimensional, with grapefruity hops dominating. Quite bitter, but no malt flavor at all to balance it out.

The mouthfeel was the worst part of this beer for me. After the first swallow I had an oily, grainy aftertaste that didn't want to go away, even after full minute or two. Very dry finish, but just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Overall, I was quite disappointed. I would not buy this again, as there are so many other IPAs on the market that I liked a lot better than this.

Photo of crazeddaffy
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is a little biased as two stouts have been drank before.

Poured into an oversized wine glass:
A: Copperish goldish, almost exactly like the color printed on the bottle above above the old man with the green hat.

S: Mostly grapefruit with yeast and hops.

T: Taste is exactly how it smells with an overpowering grapefruit taste.

M: Perfect carbonation for an IPA. Not too watery, not too heavy.

D: Taste is mostly grapefruit with some yeast and a great hops flavor.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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