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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,092
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 218
Gots: 360 | 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 bditty187
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, bright peachy in hue with an orange-gold infusion; the color is truly lovely and sunny. Sticky, pearl white colored head, very damn frothy; head retention was fair, the foam slowly faded to a chunky, soapy cap. A thin layer of foam lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was widespread and well-organized. On the whole, this is a charming beer. It looks exactly like how I want an IPA to look.

The nose is not a hop monster. Is it supposed to be? Don’t know. I notice some marijuana, not a lot, maybe a misdemeanor’s worth. Lemon/citrus notes are in check, I do smell oranges with a side of cheddar cheese. I hate smelling cheesy hops but it is very restrained here. I can handle it. Pine trees finish the hop party. The malt escapes me, this happens often with IPAs. If the hops were louder and angrier I wouldn’t care as much but I need some malt in this nose. The bouquet has a grimy, earthy, hardnosed vibe about it. If a heavy citrus nose are sissy this IPA is a bully without much brains. Inviting but it is not saying much. I got the feeling this beer will not be a puncher, maybe weak-armed boxer.

It is not a puncher. The palate shows more finesse and craftsmanship then I was expecting. This is a good thing. Like the nose, this is not a hop monster. Cheesy, piney hops are the loudest with a smattering of grapefruit and oranges. The hops don’t launch a frontal assault on my tongue; they put on a skillful flanking maneuver and bypass all but the middle/back of my tongue. I like my IPAs to act like Sherman when he marched to the sea, total destruction is my aim. This IPA was more like when Grant forced Lee to evacuate Richmond. Which is better? Who became President? Not much malt depth, some caramel, some honey too. I get random hints of wildflowers. The alcohol is found at the end, hot and lingering. Cheesy aftertaste with a nice mixture toated bread (Hey there! I found some malt!), it is like a beery hor’dourves. No doubt this is a well-made IPA, it is much different then I was expecting. At first I was leery but the end I am in love. This is a great IPA!

Medium in body, maybe a tickle thin for me but it is not watery or distracting. The abv is fairly high and I would think this IPA could use a bit more body; that is just me. Moderately low carbonation, overall the mouthfeel fits this beer like a glove.

Plenty damn drinkable. This IPA gets ample love in the BA community, I see why. In some ways this is as good as any IPA I have had and yet in certain aspects it falters a bit but the positives do way out weigh the negatives. In the end, my tastebuds are the winner. I a very happy I finally got to try this IPA. I really liked it and I hope to get more. Go Huskers! Thank you michiganmiked!

bditty187, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of mentor
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by higravity as part of SS'05. Thanks for the opportunity. Been a while since I tried this one, let's see how my taste preferences have changed. Pours a one-finger light dirty tan head over a cloudy peach liquid. A couple particulates swirl about. Smells lupulin piney. Potently of oranges and some tangerine. Tastes piney, oranges, and pith. Dry. Hint of lupulin but low on the co-ho grassy. Orange rind soured. Dry hint of cherry sour. Dry rough oil finish. Similar to Hop Wallop, but this has a grassy coho dry edgerather than the aromatic light hop oily charater of HW. Md body that's slightly chewy. Mod/light carbonation and slightly piercing on the tongue. The mouthfeel is like gauze...dry and thick fiberous on the tongue.

mentor, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color, with lots of suspended particles the result of it being bottle conditioned. Half inch of nice creamy looking head. Nice lacing.

Floral hop aroma smells something like dandelions I think, also a sweet smell almost like honey.

Big hop flavor. Earthy and floral. The malt is very light as if it's difficult to find underneath the hops, but it's very smooth. I like the flavor a lot.

This is an IPA I almost always have in my fridge as it's one of the better IPAs readily available in grocery stores in NYC. The hops can be a bit much after a couple as they really stick with you. But this is a terrific IPA all around.

johnniemarg, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a hop monster. Tasty, refreshing, complex and delightful.

Acquired as part of a sample dated November 2005. Fresh and tasty.

Pours a hazy orange with a delightfully rocky off-white head that recedes slowly and left sheets of fragrant, sticky, pillowy lace in its wake.

Aroma, spruce and grapefruit pith overwhelm the senses nearly masking bready, malty underpinnings that hold this brew together.

Taste is jump up and kiss me hops. Grapefruit Pith and Spruce up fron,t a rounded out sweetness in the middle and More Grapefruit at the end that fslowly ades into a lingering, leafy hop bitterness that lasts and lasts.

Mouthfeel is heavy and slick, a nice counterpoint to the bracing hoppiness.

This is a drinkable brew from the word go. Dogfish Head 60 minute has a new competitor in my book. I will definitely plan to keep this puppy around.

Citadel82, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of gdogalishus
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service from bottle into a tumbler
Serving Temp: 49 degrees F
pH : 4.47
Alcohol % Measured: 6.8% by Residual Extract Method

Poured a hazy clarity with a perfect 1 inch head of small and large bubles mixed. Color was a dark straw at the bottom of my glass and transitioned to a deep gold at the top. Clearly a bottle conditioned, unfiltered beer as the haze revealed small bits of yeast floating throughout.
The aroma was of pleasant, mellow hops. The first sip hit my tongue with an instant hop bitterness that matched that soft aroma. Then a brief malt appearance almost instantly overcome by hops. Bitterness followed all the way down the throat. The malt backbone exposed itself more and more as I finished the beer.
The head clung to the side of the glass all the way to finish.
I really enjoyed this beer. It seems a superb example of an American IPA with an interesting appearance and highly drinkable for those who can make it past the first onslaught of hops.

gdogalishus, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orangey, light copper color, about a finger of head. Some light lacing. The aroma screams of fresh citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Maybe there's a little honey in there too? There's a very nice bitterness to this one. Very flavorful, but not overpowering. Nicely balanced, the grapefruity hops stand out just slightly. Crisp and dry with some nice carbonation. I just wish this was available to me all the time!

nvsblman, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The dandruff in my beer was the initial reaction that got me off to a bad start. I was nervous about this beer to begin with and that made me scared to even touch it. Fortunately, I did, and things actually improved from there. I am recently trying to broaden myself from being a malt-head into accepting and understanding IPAs. For someone who typically does not prefer this style, this is a great beer. But to my tastes I could not rate it as high as others may have.

Appearance: The appearance started of on the wrong foot as I am pouring along normally, getting minimal head, I increase the speed of my pour as I near the end of the beer, then... panic, "shit! what is that!" comes out of my mouth. There are big thick disgusting looking white chunks of an unknown substance that are floating in this beer. I am not new to bottle conditioned beers. I often enjoy adding the yeast. This is NOT that type of matter. It is flaky dandruff that is quite unappealing. Nonetheless, I got over it and moved on. If you eliminate the mysterious substance, the rest of the appearance is decent. It’s a light orange almost peach colored beer with a small off white head and nice lacing.

Smell: This is a big beer but the smell is not overly intimidating. It does have a hop presence but the acceptable level of pine notes are balanced with some sweet malt character. It has floral hops but mostly makes me think of orange peels.

Taste: Pine to me is usually a bad description because I do not like that green grassy flavor in my beer. However, this is a good tasting beer. It taste primarily like grapefruit juice. Whatever green (pine or grass) hints there are, lie beneath a VERY strong citrus character that I can enjoy. It reminds me of breakfast when I had fresh grapefruit. I do not usually have grapefruit with my beer but this is an interesting and complex taste. It is not a green bitter but rather citrus tart flavor. The taste is quite sweet with lots of sugar and malts. It is okay for a sweet tooth like me.

Mouthfeel: Creamy upfront, full body in the middle, tuning tart and crisp on the swallow, with a pleasant aftertaste bleeding sweet sugars back into your mouth that are seeping out of your lips and cheeks.

Drinkability: Although I like a small 8 oz glass of grapefruit juice I do not ask for a super size of it, or pick up a full liter bottle at the convenience store, on my way to work. No, I appreciate it in moderation. This beer is to tart for me to dink one after another. It goes a long way in small quantities. I had a glass of water in the middle of the beer and I don't need another Smuttynose IPA now that I'm done. This is a 'one at a time' beer for me and definitely a 'sipper' beer. I would consider this a low drinkability (but that is coming from a guy who is not a big IPA fan). I see this as a good candidate for me as a transition beer though. It feeds into my sweet tooth and as a malt-head it has enough body to help me get through it. In another year of drinking this, I may just be an IPA fan too.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy light orange with nice lingering head. Surprisingly the pale ale Smuttynose makes is much darker then this beer. The lacing sticks to the side of the glass all the down. The smell is beautiful floral hop aroma and bitterness. The taste is bitter hoppiness with a nice citrus and floral hop flavor underneath. The malts are mostly hidden, what I would expect for an IPA. Another great beer from Smuttynose.

ericj551, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of woodymq
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything an IPA should be and maybe more. Perhaps too much more.

A very nice, drinkable beer. Not too heavy. The hops are very strong. The Alström Bros called it when they said that it was like being hit over the head with a bag of grapefruit. The taste definitely lingers. I'm a fan of bold hops, so I love it, but I can see how it could overwhelm people who like a smoother experience.

My kind of beer.

woodymq, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden amber with an orangey tang to it. Half finger white foamy head that dissipates but leaves a nice film on top and good lace down the glass.
S: Aromas of floral and fruity hops. A bit of citrus and pine in there also. Hops are definately noticeable, but I like the strength of them.
T: Tastes of citrus and floral hops with a very nice interlude of pine. Malt is hanging out in the background but the bitter hops are the most noticeable of all. Well balanced and medium bodied with a nice bitter end. Bitterness tends to hang out for awhile stinging the tongue.
M & D: Mouthfeel is good, smooth and refreshing. Lip smacking bitter end, but very well balanced. Definately a drinkable beer and one of my favorites. Perhaps my go to IPA. I love having a bunch of these if in one sitting. The "finest kind!"

bjohnson, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of brewcrew76
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in October

A – Pours a hazy copper orange with snowflake like yeast sediment floating around. Two finger off white head w/ decent lacing.

S – Citrus hops, orange and grapefruit, maybe a hint of bubblegum? There is also a flowery aroma going on.

T – Starts off with a strong bitter grapefruit/citrus bite. A little sweet caramel malt balances it off and then it finishes with more hop bitterness. Somewhat bitter overall with only a small hint of malt balance.

M – Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a little bit of an oily feel on the tongue. The lingering bitterness leaves the feel in your mouth when you try swallowing an aspirin with a dry mouth and no water (maybe a chalky feeling).

D – A decent IPA a little heavier on bittering than all out hop flavor. The dry bitterness aftertaste would make it difficult to put more than 1 or 2 down. Overall an average IPA.

brewcrew76, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of Higravity
2.53/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bitter and grassy, that is the short review. Well it pours a nice yellowish body with a white head and some lacing. Smells of heavy bitter hops and a grassy lemon with some malt in the back end. Taste is really just bitter hops with some grassy tanic tang. Not enjoyable in the sense I would want to session this beer. No thanks and never again.

Higravity, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of ClearDog
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Filtered, bright golden yellow in appearance. One finger of white foamy head that quickly dies down. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell -- It's weak for an IPA in my opinion. Citrus smelling hops . . . very faint. (I've had two bottles so far. Smell is based on the warmer serving.)

Taste -- It's bitter alright, but there's nothing else. This beer is lacking a strong finish. This is really a let down.

Mouthfeel -- Creamy; medium feel.

Drinkability -- Average drinkability. I won't seek this one out again.

ClearDog, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer forms an small off white head which hangs around for a few minutes before leaving a little lace with a beautiful orange/amber liquid. I also noticed a few floaties but they don't bother me as the incredible hoppy ipa somehows bests the wonderful pine and fruity aroma.

WeymouthMike, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a bit of caramel sweetness and some citrus hops in the forground. Nothing too special in my opinion. The flavor was much the same. Something in the flavor just doesn't do it for me. The finish is bitter and the mouthfeel is moderate. Drinkability is good.

clvand0, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of orfeu
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with an incredible amount of floating bits of hops, and a small rocky white head. Sticky lacing with lots of rings. Smells overwhelmingly of pine and citrus...and like someone soaked a bud of cannabis in it. There's a noticeable peachy undertone as well. Taste is piney hops, a mandarin orange peel twinge, a sweetness not unlike peach juice, and finishes with a toasty biscuit flavor. Medium body and juicy mouthfeel. This has a certain astringency that keeps the drinkability down a bit, but this is absolutely a fine and solid IPA. Glad it's available in my neck of the woods.

orfeu, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Puclick House in Brookline, MA.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy copper color with a thin off white head. Excellent retention and lacing to this slightly creamy head.

Smell: Malty witha a rush of floral hops. It's spicy and sandy as well. Mellow but rich.

Taste: Spicy hoppy opening with citrus juices and a big malty middle. The malt is bready and sweet with a floral ending. Nice lingering bitterness on the end without ripping into my tongue. Good malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very nice balance to this beer. Well hopped but not overdone. That malt gives a good showing and is paired nicely with the hop varieties.

BrewMaster, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Terp96
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I frequent this beer. It is a good representation of the style, is inexpensive and packs a solid hop and alcohol punch.

Pours a heady hazy orange color. It is hard to pour this one without getting the yeast floaters. The pour must be careful because this one has a lot of sediment.

Smell is great. Very citrusy sweet. So sweet that you forget about the bitternes that follows.

Tastes fantastic. A nice sour/sweet citrus flavor. Very balanced with the malt character and finishes dry. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is solid too. Just the right amount of body to match the flavor. Again, very balanced.

Drikability is good as well. Six packs of this one go down very smooth with good conversation. Very easy to drink.

Overall, one of my favorite IPAs. One of the best from the east coast.

Terp96, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach color with a light head that falls to a sparse coating over top. Nose is light grainy, moderate citrusy hop, and moderate caramel sweetness. Flavor is full hop with a light grainyness from grain. Solid sweet, citrusy hop with a very moderate malt to back it. I don't think the grainyness works well with this one. Needs more caramel sweetness for me. Hop lingers well, but not harsh. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Standard. Overall, I think the grainyness takes away. I want caramel in my malts for an IPA. A good IPA, but not one of the better I have had recently.

Edit: I don't want to do a full re-review, but I am finding the flavor a bit better than I did before. Bumping from 3.5-4.0

kmpitz2, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with a thin head. Smells a fantastic hoppy pineapple and pine. Tastes about the same. Big hopps with a sour fruitiness. Unfortunately, the flavor is a bit subdued dull; and not as bright as it could be, but well done not the less. Smooth in body with a slight carbonation. I could definitely knock back a few of these. At 6.6, what we have here is a fine session beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack while visiting the northeast back in early October.

This brew was a nice orangish color that left nice spidery lacing with OK head retention. Nose was of piney simcoe hops with a a hint of grapefruit. Taste was a blast of the simcoe hops with a nice integration of malt sweetness to balance it out. Mouthfeel was creamy and full bodied with a a nice amount of carbonation at the end. Overall drinkability was very good. I thought it rated up there with the best western IPA's that I have enjoyed in the past!

arizcards, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange, with a creamy three finger head. Good retention leaves patchy lacing. Herbal and citrus american hop aromas, and some extra light malt in the background. Sweet citrus and pale malt flavors upfront, then fresh whole hops and yeast notes dominate. Hop bitterness becomes grassy in the aftertaste, finishes dry and pleasently abrasive. Tiny, slow carbonation keeps the mouthfeel smooth and the drinkability high. Well hopped, but balanced and palatable, this is an excellent example of a true american IPA.

PBRstreetgang, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a six-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. July notched on the side, but no info as to what that indicates specifically.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head fades slowly, with full coating of lacing. Aroma is a juicy tangerine hops combined with malty sweetness. Taste starts with the malts and fruitiness, but takes on a stronger, more out-of-control bitterness near the end, which continues through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, once the mouth gets used to the bitterness, like most IPAs, and drinkability is good as well. A nice brew, but I had hoped for a bit better here. Maybe I ask too much.

ppoitras, Nov 11, 2005
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2.58/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very hazy peach color, fluffy sudsy head that retains well. Bitter tangerine aroma with some herbal tomato-vine hop notes. This is herbacious, whoa! Thin and citric sweet, carbonation is gentle. Lacks a real wallop of hop bitterness and has an herbal, soapy thing goin on in its place. Not a lot of malt to balance either. I'm a little let down by this one, as it lacks the balance and flavor that I've come to expect from this brewery.

IrishRedRock, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lots of sediment in the glass, which has always happened and is actually welcomed by me. Nice spidery lacing, head dissipates quicker than I wanted, but great overall.

Smell: Piney and oily hops with citrus grapefruit zest in the mix. Some malt sweetness, also, which isn't usually able to be discerned as much in an IPA as far as I'm concerned, but the aroma melds them together well.

Taste: Huge burst of bitter and piney hops. Yet again, though, the malt sweetness curbs it, makes it extremely singular and extremely pleasant. One of the better IPAs out there for sure; this is made with care.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and moderately thick-bodied, with a smooth and crisp burst of carbonation at the end. Very nice.

Drinkability: One of my favorite IPAs. It's relatively cheap for how well it's made, and it's insanely drinkable. At around 6.6% ABV too, it's not crazy to think of it as a session beer. Certainly try it if you haven't already, especially if you're an IPA fan.

asabreed, Nov 06, 2005
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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