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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,208
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 226
Gots: 394 | 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 dudley
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, this is my first review on BA... I did not read any of the other reviews of this beer prior to this review and I am new to the review process (for what its worth). While I dont consider myself a hop-head, my beer preferences lean toward I and A / Pale Ales (I just evicted a spent sixtle of Stoudts American Pale Ale from the fridge) This is my first Smuttynose IPA ever (Im glad they cart these kegs down to PA! - bless their hearts)

ST: Sixtle in garage fridge (so CO2 tap poured). Kegged 35 days prior to serving (according to ring label). Poured in a clean pint glass

A: Cloudy, creamy-medium orange color. Tight 1 inch head. Lacing ringed the glass in various patterns from top to bottom

S: Light citrus, hoppy, maybe some pine? Kind of pleasing, inviting

T: Hoppy (strong, but not too over-the-top) citrus over-tones, smooth, alcohol in the after-taste - but not displeasingly so... it abates quickly. Fairly clean after-taste over all.

M: This doesnt linger or grate on the mouth like some other heavier I and A PA's can - I am only half way into #2 and I dont see that changing with a few more servings.

D: I would not hesitate to have 3 or 4 of these in an evening/event.

dudley, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz single I picked up at World Market in Greendale, WI.

This beer poured a hazy orange with a tightly woven white head with pretty good durability.

The aroma was very slightly sweet, with a very faint whiff of hops (at least for an IPA). There is no citrus, pineapple, or piney odor.

The flavor and mouthfeel struck me as a bit thin and weak. The flavor was fairly faint for an IPA. And in my mouth, I thought the beer was a bit watery and lacked the stickiness that I feel is characteristic of American IPAs.

This beer was pleasant, but not very bold (and a bit pedestrian) compared to others in the American-style IPA category.

BeerBelcher, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes....12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Nice hazy amber color....head filled the pint glass...fluffy and white, long lasting....thick bubbly lace.
S-Big floral and grassy scent....citrus specifically grapefruit and a slight bit of spice.
T-Very citrusy body, slightly spicy...hops dominate.... big in front...big hop pick up before and during finish.

M/D-Moderate carbonation....sessionable and affordable.

jameaterblues, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of rdickey
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source: 12 oz. bottle; best by November 2006 on label.

Appearance: Pours golden with a rocky white 1 1/2” head into an Imperial pint. Head lingers and produces nice lacing. I must have poured poorly, though – lots of yeast particles floating about.

Smell: Very, very hoppy. Lots of citrus comes across – mouth-puckering pineapple.

Taste: Wow; that’s hoppy. I’m not sure what else to say… the citrus theme continues, but it’s hops – hops – hops. I wouldn’t call it balanced, but I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: Despite the hoppiness, your mouth doesn’t get beat up by this beer. Quite to the contrary, you want more.

Drinkability: See above. I think most hopheads will like this. And drink a lot of it.

rdickey, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of nicefix
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden with lots of yeast sediment floating around. The head retension is awesome. Thick blankets of lace all the way down.Lots of pine and grapefruit scents. Floral.Lots of hops are evident in the flavor. Bitterness is big with flavors of grapefruit citrus and some grassiness. Not super drinkable due to the heavy bitterness, but certainly a solid ipa.

nicefix, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge longlasting tan fomay head. A very impressive beer. The smell is a very citrus hop aroma, tangerune and a mild grapefruit? The taste is a juicy grapefruit hop explosion. Crisp and clear with no aftertaste,this has a medium m/f with all flavors mixing well. This may be the best IPA in New England. Cheers.

jmz62565, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, provided in trade by zrrbrrt - thanks Josh! Poured to a standard pint glass. I love the label, a photo of two happy elderly gents sitting in lawn chairs, in front of a worn-out mobile home. Notch shows "March' as its date...is this when it was brewed or 'best by'?

A: Cloudy golden-orange with two-fingers of pillowy/spongy off-white head. Drops in a slow, rocky dollop. A fine, creamy lace pervades throughout, coating all sides of the glass. Can't imagine a more perfect looking IPA.

S: Sweet and creamy malt smells with plentiful citrus hops. Floral and spicy, orange rind predominates. Yum.

T: Holy crap...not as sweet and juicy as expected. Hops are full-on GRAPEFRUIT, pithy and sour/sweet. Also, lots of resinous, piney hops...this is a juicy IPA for sure. Bready sourdough malts give sweetness and balance.

M: Tannic and thick, an acerbic mix of robust citrus and pithy bitterness. Tart with a saliva-building bittersweetness. A full mouthfeel and body.

D: As good as this is, I don't know that I'd have a second. Though I could drink this again and again (it's a fine IPA), it's richness and overall citrus bitterness make it the type of IPA I'd be OK having just one of. However, it's highly recommended and one I'm very glad to have tried...

msubulldog25, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of laughatdanger11
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose's "Finest Kind" IPA pours an enticing golden orange with a frothy off-white head that clings to the glass and lingers for the duration. Noticeable resin suspended in beer along with a solid hoppy, citrusy aroma let you know immediately that this IPA means business.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, bringing with it an expected solid punch of hops, lemon, and dominant grapefruit acidity that very much remains on the palate well after you put it down. However, this beer is adequately ballanced with a malty finish that isn't so sweet it knocks the beer's hoppiness out of the foreground, yet takes just enough of an edge off of the acidity and bitterness leaving you to crave another. I feel that this beer's true character is presented as its temperature casually rises. A pleasurable beer to enjoy a six pack of, with a decidely summery feel - find yourself some sun and a pool and set up shop.

Be warned, this one is not for the faint of heart. Don't give this to your more timid friends.

laughatdanger11, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Donthoseme
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer a few times. The last time i tried this beer i poured it into the glass it had some serious chill haze, which is ok. But the glass had a lot of debris in it which is unapealing. It had a really hoppy realy citrusy (GRAPEFRUIT) taste. Good thick head and really good IPA.

Donthoseme, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Seumas
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Strange Brew in Manchester NH.

All three pints I had there (over two evenings) were slighly chill-hazed, but I don't actually consider that a defect, so no points off there.

White grapefruit, a coniferous resiny character, good body for the alcohol - this is a decidedly hop-oriented beer (as any American IPA should be). The grapefruit comes out more in the aroma, whereas there's a wonderful blend of flavours in the ale itself.

This beer is very moreish and, at 6.6 percent ABV, perhaps a bit dangerous. But certainly worth the risk.

If you don't get a hop hit when you sup a pint of this fine IPA, try again. It's that keg (on the old side, if it's a good venue, badly kept, if it's not) and not the beer.

This is, to date, the ultimate expression of a Chinook-hopped IPA on my list. And, as my favourite hop is Chinook, I guess that makes it my favourite IPA, period.

Seumas, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of eberkman
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12 oz bottle. Label had two friendly old New England guys sitting on a lawn.

Poured a very nice hazy orange-gold with a cream-colored 1/2 inch frothy head that lingered through the session, leaving plenty of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma was very hoppy, with strong notes of grapefruit and a subtle piney smell too. Taste was well balanced for an IPA -- a powerful hoppy flavor with grapefruit dominating the palate, but subtly offset by a sweet malty taste on the way down that morphs right back into a lingering hoppy finish that leaves you thirsting for more.

It was extraordinarily drinkable. If I'm in the mood for an IPA (and I usually am), and this one is around, I'm grabbing it. It also gets increasingly enjoyable as you go deeper into the glass. Just a great, great beer -- and it holds up well with any kind of non-dessert food.

One of my all-time favorites for its sheer reliability, versatility and drinkability. The best everyday brew from one of the best American brewers.

eberkman, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from Smuttynose. Poured from a 12 0z bottle with a 4/07 good by date.

A: Thin head. Glowing orange. Sediment floating around. I'm gonna eat that stuff up.

S: Bold and healthy hop aroma. Perfect IPA smell.

T: Dry and hoppy. The aftertaste is too much. Good, but I'm not feeling that aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Chewy.

D: Ok, but if it had less of an aftertaste it would be extremely drinkable.

I am looking forward to train more Smuttynose beers. Next!

AChamberlain, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of jackorain
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a beer club selection by Glen. Thanks Glen

I didn't review this one unitl the sixth in the six-pack. I did Smuttynose a favor with this, becuase if I had reviewed the 1st bottle it would have been quite different. The initial really big hop bite took some acclimation.

A-Hold the bottle up to the light and there is lot of sediamnt in this thing. That being said, I was not very careful with my pour, Most of the stuff madeit into my glass. I didn't mind. The cloudy gloden-copper color looked pretty good. The head formed at about 1-inch and settled to a ring and slight coat in about 30 seconds. Lace from the ring was nice. Retention could have been better.

S-citrus hops, citrus hop, green hops, piney hops and a little floral hops too. All the hop profiles seem to present beneath the big ole grapefruit tree. There was also a little biscuity malt in there but not much

T-Interestinly the hop profile is more balanced in the taste than the nose, the citrus, pine and green all compete for the top spot with the floral getting pushed aside. There is a malt backbone here but not close to balnced just enough to pull it together.

M-medium body with creamy and oily character that satisfies

D- Pretty good, this could be a regular IPA for me. It will have to compete for fridge space with Celebration and Two-hearted though.

jackorain, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of kenito799
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from Smuttynose variety 12-pack, best before Jan 2007, poured into a tall lager glass.

Cloudy pale amber color with many yeasty bits a-floating. 2 inch rocky cream-colored head forms and slowly sinks, as the glass is drunk the lacing is a fine network of gorgeous intricacy, quite beautiful.

Sweet, intoxicating malt mixed with floral hoppy aromas, grapefruity-fresh, sublime bouquet.

Creamy, finely carbonated in the mouth. The yeasty bits go down smooth.

For me, so far, this is just about the perfect expression of American IPA. The hops are bold, aromatic, complex, citrus, fantastic; but this brew is balanced by soft yet crisp malt that serves as the perfect counterpoint and vehicle for the full hop flavor. The finish is long with pleasing bitterness but there is no puckering quality or astringency, this is masterfully crafted and balanced IPA: bold yet restrained, shows finesse. Hard to stop drinking this brew.

kenito799, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky yellow body with chunks of yeast in it (completely unintentionally), with a quarter of an inch of head. Smells very very hoppy, both piney and citrusy. Citrusy hops and bitter hops dominate the flavor, though I think they may be subdued somewhat by the yeast. Medium to full in body. Very tasty and enjoyable. Surprisingly drinkable.

MrHurmateeowish, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-ish amber in color, thin off white head. Even just opening the bottle you catch a whiff of the rich floral aroma. Hops everywhere, floral mainly with some citrus and pine as well. Sweet malt is noticeable in the aroma as well. The hops in the taste were more geared to citrusy and fruity flavors, orange, tangerine, peach, and pear, though some perfumey floral flavor was there as well. Eventually some musty tones crept in too. This beer is all about the hops, but there is more than enough malt to help this beer stand up, it remains sweet and crisp.

I am an IPA type of guy, and this one has to contend with the top of my list of them. This beer was recomended by a fellow BA, and I am glad I listened. Though I will always have a special spot in my heart for Two Hearted Ale, Smuttynose IPA gives it a run for its money.

dfried, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Boulevard Grill

Pours a wonderfull peach colored ale with a thick head that quickly disapears to a tight laced lightly carbonated ale. Scent of hopps, cascades and citrus are very present. A nice floral bouquet is also in the nose. This is a superior IPA and one that is frequent in my fridge and bar. The smoothness and crisp aftertaste is bar none and one to be wrecond with.Great job guys keep it up!

boulevard2, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A cloudy golden yelllow topped with a substantial sticky white head that lasts forever.
Aroma is immediately fresh citrus hops....LOTS of hops...but still a tiny bit of amber malt sweetness comes through.
Taste is incredibly well balanced. Lots and lots of grapefruity hops but they keep giving way to a sweet malt without ever being anything but 'in your face'.
Finish is a wonderful citrus peel drying.
Many, many thanks to Manosbeeroffate for this trade.
After tasting Smuttynose now, I came out WAY ahead on this deal.
It may be the finest IPA ever.

IntriqKen, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of medic25
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, orange color, with a big frothy white head that laces nicely. Pleasant fresh aroma. Taste is outstanding; hoppy without being overpowering, with a nice piney character. Highly drinkable IPA; great hop character without the overwhelming "superhop" flavor of the west coast IPA's.

medic25, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Foamy white 1 inch head. Golden hue with good retention and decent enough lacing.

S: Clean and hoppy scent. Sweet aroma with a tiny hint of citrus.

T: Immense hop attack with a very dry finish. Spices and a juniper-like flavor are definitely present in this one.

M: Bold middle with an oily hop finish that lingered fairly long.

D: Overall, it was a decent enough IPA, with nice matching flavors, but not overly impressive. I would order another, but might make other initial selections if I'm in the mood for an IPA.

CharlieMopps, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of mattf311
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange / light amber with about an inch of creamy foam. Somewhat cloudy.

I was expecting more on the nose. You can smell the hops and citrus but it seems a little faded. An old bottle?

The hops seem a little subdued for a double IPA. I was expecting something with more kick. The hops and citrus are balanced, making it pretty drinkable.. i was just expecting the balance to occur at a higher level, for a beer with more kick.

The mouthfeel is decent. Good amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable but, as mentioned, I believe IPAs such as these should be stronger.

A good beer. I was expecting more given its reputation. Maybe it was an old bottle. I will try again.

mattf311, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely chunky yellow/orange pour with a large white head.

Aroma consists of mostly citrus smells with some grapefruit. Typical green pine hops from an IPA.

Somewhat sour flavor of grapefruit and orange. Has the typical grapefruit aftertaste, with an enjoyable bitterness in ther aftertaste.

Slightly foamy, somewhat thick, but goes down fine.

Very drinkable for an IPA.

This was a very decent IPA. Nothing too clobbering on the tongue. Didn't seem to have too many ingredients to make it very complex, though.

terrabyte, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of Enola
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a partially cloudy yellowish orange. There is a small head and some lacing. The smell is very good. One of the better smelling IPA's I have had. There are healthy doses of hops evident here. The taste is hoppy and bitter. There is a bannanna taste as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and there is a stickiness and a lasting bitterness. The drinkability is good. This is one of the better beers of the style I have had.

Thanks to wcudwight for the bottle.

Enola, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great packaging, love the graphics and the design. The two old guys sitting on the porch drinkin' beers is priceless.

Didn't care for the beer at all though. I was so excited to get it, but I couldn't even finish one. I enjoy the DFH 60 and 90 min (and thought I would like this one as it is ranked even higher) but it was too bitter. Not enough flavor either.. I couldn't detect and herbs or spices. The carbonation was good, but that was about it. I'd recommend DFH over this any day.

alysmith4, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a hazy light amber color ale with a medium slightly off-white foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops is well balance with caramel malt. Taste of caramel malt is well mixed with some citrus hops. Body is above average and low filtration level makes this even more enjoyable. Another solid beer in this fine brewery line-up.

Phyl21ca, Oct 16, 2006
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