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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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4,226 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,226
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 230
Gots: 402 | 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 billybob
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours golden orange with a large off white head that holds very well and lots of sticky lace. grapefruit pine and citrus come though fairy strong in the nose. strong grapefruit rind, very bitter, lots of hops, ending with a lingering after taste. medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. you will definitely like this one if your a fan of ipa. this ones a little to strong for my taste.

billybob, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of fank2788
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A pale gold beer with a thin white head and a ton of floating junk, yeast and some chill haze and maybe some other stuff, not very appealing. Ok the smell is a bit better floral and citrus hops out front with a surprisingly strong sweet malt backing I don't know maybe a bit weak all together leaves me wanting a bit more. The taste is intense grapefruit hop flavor with fair bitterness yet amazingly well balanced with solid maltiness underneath. General bitterness ranks pretty high also. Mouthfeel is pretty solid subdued carbonation does enough to move the beer across the tongue without making it too light. The finish is very dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is ok I've had better IPA's this is different with the high level of very acidic citrusy hops, but the floating particles are a bit of a turn off.

fank2788, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of shertz
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated best before July 07 into a Pint Glass.

A- Lots of floating particles in this one. Golden orange in color with one finger head that stays around for awhile.

S- Really nice fruity hops aboundwith lots of grapefruit. Hints of sweetness also come out pretty strong, maybe some molasses.

T- HOPS! Nice, orange tasting hops. Very dry finish.

M- Carbonated, and kind of chewy in texture turns very dry as you swallow. Leaves a nice numbness in the back of the mouth as you finish.

D- On a hot day, I could enjoy this one for a long period. However, you may not be in the best of shape with the 6.6%ABV. Truly a remarkable IPA, especially for hopheads. I could do without the floates though, but could have been around quite long. I recommend drinking this beer quickly before it has a chance to age. With this taste, I'm sure it won't last long.
Cheers,
Scott

shertz, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Atwood's Tavern, Cambridge, MA

Poured an orangey crimson-amber with a tight, sticky, off white, one-finger head that faded to a thin film. Thin, crackly patches of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was hoppy and crisp. Aromatic, citrusy hops prevailed with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The taste was super hoppy and bitter from start to finish. A touch of malty creaminess came through up front before the hops completely took over. The hops were quite citrusy and grapefruit-like mid-palate and they became piney, resiny and sticky in the dry and bitter finish. The puckeringly bitter aftertaste seemed to last forever.

The mouthfeel was medium-full bodied for the style with a rich, creamy frothiness

Overall, this was a rather hoppy IPA. The bitterness and dryness were a bit overwhelming. Nevertheless, the beer was crisp, flavorful and refreshing and would be a perfect accompaniment to summertime barbecue foods.

Damian, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On-tap at the Bayou Cafe in Albany. The barmaid had to pour a great deal of foam, so when I got it, there was about 1 finger of a tight, foamy white head settled over a slightly hazy coppery-golden body. I could tell it was going to leave plenty of lacing and was not disappointed -- rings appeared all the way down the glass.

S: Not particularly strong -- lemony and grapefruity citrus with a hint of oily pine, but milder than expected.

T: First impression was "mostly hops, but not in an over-the-top way." There's a moderate sweetness up front, then an oily, resiny pine-like note in the middle. It becomes dry, citrusy and lemony and coats the mouth at the finish with that dry, lemony lingering semi-sweet bitterness. It really puckers the mouth and encourages that next sip.

M: Light-to-medium body and low in carbonation. Pretty smooth in feel all around.

D: Very good. I could easily have a few of these.

Notes: This went well with blackened chicken and cajun fries -- the dry, lemony bitterness cut through the spice nicely and cleansed the palate. I would definitely recommend it. . . .

Kendo, May 31, 2007
Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-amber color; Nearly no head but decent slippery lace.

Near perfect aroma with an excellent blend of floral hop and solid
malt base.

Extremely high bitterness from start to finish. The malt is present but not omnipresent. The aftertaste is an extension of the strong bitter flavors. It lasts a very, very long time. Excellent body with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is heavily hopped beer even for an IPA. Great freshness.

smcolw, May 27, 2007
Photo of cbrakel
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got a recommendation from a friend to try this beer, and it was great advice. This is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. The taste is complex, extremely hoppy, and slightly bitter. It has a very rich texture and will not disappoint. If you want an IPA, buy this one next time!

cbrakel, May 26, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle (with one of my favorite labels) poured into a pint glass. Poured a beautiful hazy orange/gold blend with decent head. Lacing on my pint glass was quite noticable even quarter way through the beer. The aroma was of hops, mostly in the grapefruit spectrum- when you smell this one you know you will be drinking an IPA for sure. This one left my mouth very dry tingly with hops. This one tip toes a long the lines of a sessionable beer because of the great flavor/drinkability but the ABV is too high to truly session. This is a phenomenal IPA, something I could drink over and over again. Constantly in my fridge. Cheers!

DavidSeanNJ, May 21, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh direct strikes again. Man nothing beats beer to the door.

A-Medium copper, lovely head with wierd large bubbles but it left plenty of head. Slight cloudiness which I Like. An attractive brew.

S-Very interesting aroma. You have both the typicla biscuity aroma of a beer but the way the hops and malt intermingle on the nose is wonderful. Grapefruit hops hit the nose at the end after the wonderuflly toasted malt.

T-Not as strong as the smell. Slightly acidic on the scale. the first thing that hits you is that tartness followed by the biscuity, bready malt. Then only a mild hop aftertaste. The taste does not match up with how wonderful this beer smells. It is almost as if the bitterness comes more from the toasted malt than from the hops.

M-Rich and nice on the tongue. A thicker body with good carbonation.

D- I would say good, but there is something lacking on the hop end of the spectrum that I like from my IPAs. This would make a great session brew.

In the end there is something missing here. This would be a great beer if it was not an IPA. Maybe I spent too long on the west coast though i do love Victory hop Devil.

sleazo, May 17, 2007
Photo of hero27
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Thanks go out to MrBURTON55 for the bottle(s).

Love the label. Murky orange, solid head of white foam that leaves behind it's fair share of residue on the glass. Plenty of yeast trolling around in the glass.
Hefty aroma of floral, piney hops..some pale malts creep in as well.
This is certainly one of those IPAs that didn't forget about the malts. If anything, they impress me the most in this brew..the malts are very rich and satisfying in their own right...but let's not forget why we're here. The hops take the stage and show what they're made of. Bigtime resiny hops lead to a very bitter finish...gotta love it.
Clingy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol flavor in the finish. Overall, it's obvious to see why this IPA is so well-regarded.

hero27, May 15, 2007
Photo of zdk9
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Chapter House. A good IPA, very demonstrative of the style. Lots of hops in terms of grapefruit and evergreen in both the nose and the taste. Malt comes through, but in a light and nutty way. Just the right amount of bitterness which gives a nice fruity finish.

zdk9, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of monkaass
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is light in appearance with a slight haze and small dispursed sedimant racing about in the glass after a good poor. Smells clean with hints of grapefuit and hops balanced together.

This beer is well balanced throughout the first sip to the back of the throat. No manufactured bitterness just pure natural hop flavor with a nice clean crisp bite. grapefruit is the overwelming feeling from smell to taste, this takes nothing away from what a traditional IPA should represent.

One of my favorite IPA's

monkaass, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden color with minimal haze. A very strong, piney and citrusy scent awaits. The taste is bold and hoppy with a decent grapefruit-like flavor and plenty of bitterness. Leaves a dry mouthfeel that is what one might expect in a decent IPA. Very drinkable too!

Of the Smuttynose beers I've had, I would say this is my favorite.

To justify the high scores I've given this beer, I'd like to add that it has a good balance between all the various factors of judging a beer.

Brad007, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label stated best before 7/07

Poured a golden-orange color into a goblet. Very hazy with some suspended sediment visible. Slow-rising bubbles and a short-lived cap on top of ale. Fruity hop and a biscuity malt smell. Smells kind of earthy as well like an English style of hop possibly Goldings? First taste was definitely a huge bittering hop blast with a very long finish that made me thirsty. Kind of an earthy taste as well. Bitterness felt throughout mouth, not just on rear sides of tongue. Medium bodied with a sharp carbonation. Drinkability was decent and would be even better for me if the finish wasn't so long and bitter. This made me thirst for water or another drink, just not another Smutty.

vwcraig, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of jhammerly
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ampzilla for this brew.

Best Before: July 07 notched on the label.

Straw colored body with a white frothy head. This must be an unfiltered beer, there are a lot of floating chunks in it (or did I pick a dirty glass?). Citrusy aroma - some pineapple and grapefruit. The taste is sweet at first and then is followed by a bitter grapefruit-like taste in the end, which hangs on the tongue awhile. Maybe too long afterwards. Not a bad beer, pretty drinkable, but the lingering bitterness is kind of a negative for me.

jhammerly, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium orange color with tons of tiny bubbles suspended within. Head is white and settles to thich patches on the surface. Lacing is very strong.

S - Smell is mostly a light and spicy malt with a faint piney hop compliment.

T - Taste is a light and sugary hoppiness with a slight malt balance. Overall taste is one-dimensional and sugary like it's been sweetened with powdered sugar.

M - Carbonation is pretty well developed. Consistency is medium bodied with a kind of pastiness resulting from the sugar flavor.

D - This beer seems to be overrated. Taste is okay, a nice balance of hops and malts but there is also an unnatural sugary flavor there as well.

umustdrink, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light golden. Fluffy white head, with excellent retention,and lacing. Smell is of citrus,and pine. Body is medium with some carbionation. Taste has some sweetness up front, but then all hops. Piney throughout with a nice grapefruit finish.

riversider76, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a flared tulip glass from a 12oz bottle long neck with crimped cap.
Thanks to Sudsdog for the send,been craving this beer for a while.

Cloudy,unfiltered the way I like it, an orangy/golden color.2" fluffy white head fair retention with spotty lacing. Lots of carbination very tiny bubbles rising all over lots of good stringing.

Good clean simple aroma citrus/pine nutty with some burnt toffee.

Citrus pine tastes,grapefruity,slightly tart with toasty,some burnt tastes and carmelly. Finishes with a clean,snappy grapefruity/citrus rind bite that lingers for a while. Nice balance,very enjoyable.

Smooth,creamy,velvety feeling, juicy with some cloyingness
Very enjoyable,good everyday IPA, one to stock in the fridge.
Could session with this IPA could drink all night.no problem
Must try IPA, go get some!

jcdiflorio, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of 0tt0
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

... from a 12-oz bottle, into a Duvel glass.

Nice tight 1/4 inch head appears off a vigorous pour. Yellow-ish, orange, somewhat amber, with a bit a cloudy haze. The head begins to fade, but leaves a nice lace. Good start.

Nose is grapefruity, pineapple, a bit of pine sap, and some lemon peel. The malt lends a bit of warm bread scent as well. Pretty good stuff here.

Penetrating, tingly grapefruit takes the lead, with a nice load of pine needles to boot. A bit of lemony citrus toys with the tastebuds for a second. The malty middle suggests crackers and a slight bit of toffee, but it dissapears as soon as it came to be. The resulting finish is try, whip-crack bitter, and very long lasting. You can almost inhale the tingly, spicy hops in your nose as it slides down the throat. Mouthfeel is right down the middle: a lovely medium suggestive of a DIPA. Foamy and sweet.

On the whole, this is a beer to be reckoned with. Reminds me a bit of Victory's HopDevil, but better. Perhaps more balanced? One of my favorite American IPAs. Look forward to many more, if only you could find them in Georgia.

Thanks to drseamus for the bottle.

0tt0, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy bright orange in color with golden hues. Dense white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Excellent sticky spider web like lacing that crawls all over the glass.

S: Citrus juice. Pine forest. Floral. Earthy. Yeast.

T: Big, clean grapefruit like taste is muscled out of the way by floral and pine hops that blast the tongue with a nice bitterness. A sweet malt character is followed by a touch of honey and a tropical fruit presence. Wet grass and a fresh baked bread finish.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Puckering and slightly dry.

D: Awesome session brew. Highly drinkable and extremely satisfying. Finest Kind "BUD" in a bottle. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of jscottku21
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had the unfortunate circumstance of precluding my first tasting of DFH 90 minute, so, naturally it is difficult to judge without bias. That being said, this was a wonderfully hoppy brew that I could definitely see myself drinking in the future. The hops dominate the senses, so in that respect we don't have a lot of balance here, however this is certainly one of the better IPA's I've had. Cheers!

jscottku21, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of Jaynuze
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a five gallon keg for the house

Poured a nice cloudy yellow with hints of orange ... quite hazy for a keg ... pretty psyched since this looks like more hops residue than what is in their bottles! The head is crazy thick ... almost looks like a chef's hat! As others have mentioned, the head retention is quite impressive and it leaves a great Belgian Lace behind as well.

The aroma slapped me in the face! Notes of pine, citrus, hop oil, and wheat came to mind.

It's very sharp in flavor. Lots of hop bitterness (or "structure" as one of my favorite Sales Reps says) on the tongue. It's pretty oily in the sense that the taste really wraps itself around the tongue and palate. Think of a nice summer wheat hopped up on "Hop Goofballs" cause that's what this beer comes across as. Though it is quite hoppy, it's not too overpowering ... it's a well balanced beer. There is definitely some alcohol finish to the beer, but it's smoothed out with the heavy pine and citrus flavors. The thing I really like about the taste, as Jason Alstrom had mentioned, is its "puckering" taste. It's almost like sucking on an alcoholic lemon drop ... only better!

The beer is very carbonated and has a wonderfully smooth mouth feel.

This is my favorite IPA. I would have to agree that this is by far one of the finest IPAs to come out of New England. If you haven't tried this beer, grab as much as you can for your next barbeque ... you will absolutely NOT be disappointed. I could drink this all day, every day

Jaynuze, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to nouseforotacon for this brew.

Best before May 07

My first Smuttynose brew. Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some small islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, nice grapefruit, and caramel. The taste is hoppy/malty nice balance, nice little grapefruit flavor through in, nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, would definitely like to try again. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy light amber color; displays nice head retention and lays down sheets of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and pine

Taste: Bready base is quickly joined by grapefruit juice and pushes forward to a lengthy, bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation

Drinkability: NIce balanced IPA that drinks superbly on cask

brentk56, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of sethmeister
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz into pint glass at cellar temp

Pours a straw gold with a touch of orange and a fluffy offwhite head that falls relatively soon but remains as a frothy skim for the length of the beer, each swirl of the glass kicking it back up. Some lace present. Body is slightly cloudy with some particulates.

Scent is grapefruit, orange and a hint of pine but is rather subdued. A bit of biscuity bread.

Taste is an immediate onslaught of hoppy bitterness, particularly when the beer is colder. This gives way to sweeter grapefruit, orange and lemon which ends in a lingering spicey bitter finish. The beer becomes sweeter and more citric as it comes to room temperature and seems to
taste better and better with every sip.

Mouthfeel is both crisp and creamy, with a nice carbonation on the front of the tongue.

Drinkability is excellent. Its unsettling how quickly my glass seems to have emptied itself.

Typical smuttynose, this beer is expertly crafted, eminently drinkable and makes me glad to be from NH. Think I'll have another...

sethmeister, Mar 17, 2007
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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