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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,403
Reviews: 1,701
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 253
Gots: 528 | FT: 4
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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 morimech
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with an one-fingered white head that had average retention. Moderate lacing is left on the glass. Sediment chunks floating around in the beer. Damnit! I don't like that.

A nice hoppy nose of citrus and hints of yeast. The smell becomes rather subdued after a few minutes.

Has a solid malt foundation with a citrus hop finish that lingers for awhile. Medium body with abundant but not harsh carbonation.

A good IPA and worth a try.

Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not, perhaps, the flashiest IPA out there, but it is solid and eminently drinkable, a good example of an East Coast IPA.

It pours a hazy copper, with a lively head that collapses quickly to excellent lacing. The smell is slight, but with clear, slightly grassy hops. The flavor is strong, malty with grassy hops and a pleasant but not overwhelming bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel is robust with a light bite of carbonation. This is a delicious, flavorful, pleasing IPA.

Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: A great-looking beer with orange-amber color and medium-thick off-white head that is one of the stickiest in the business.

S: Hops aromas abound as citrus and floral character is strongest, but some earthiness is there too. Malt is in the backseat, but it's clear that no skimping has occurred by the fact that any malts are detected at all.

T: A delicious and enjoyable beer, but I like the bottle better because this beer was served a bit too cold. The tartness of the combination of citrus hops and semisweet malt is more pronounced at colder temps I think.

M: The tartness hurts the on-tap version in the feel area. Plenty of body and the tartness (rather than bitterness) lingers in the aftertaste.

D: Still a very enjoyable IPA, but the draft version is not quite as excellent as the bottle version.

Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a white fluffy head and a little sediment at the bottom, which the bottle warned of. I swirled it a little (like you would for a Weiss) and when it poured, it actually had the look and texture of a draft. I definitely recommend that approach.
Golden IPAs tend to be more citric and bitter...so I'm ready.
Smells like grapefruit and a little pine-y, but there's still a hint of a grain bill in there.
Tastes bitter up-front, sweetens into over-ripe fruit in the middle, and finishes bitter and dry.
Not a bad IPA at all. I'm not sure it's one of my favorites, but for a sheer hop blast that still has a little balance and isn't too boozy, it's great.

Photo of corey0212
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A staple in my fridge for a long time, figure I ought to give it a formal review....

Pours a gorgeous golden-orange color, with a pretty substantial foamy tan head, crazy lacing, and untold amounts of tiny little floaties in the glass. Smell is just a citrus bomb, tons of juicy grapefruit, some resinous pine, really nice malty background. This one's hoppy!! Grapefruit and pine hop flavors just slam into your taste buds, but there's almost a mellowness to the malt character of this beer, really keeps things balanced. Huge and lasting bitterness on the back and sides of the tongue, creamy, medium-bodied, not-too-lively carbonation, perfect for the style. This is an IPA I could never tire of, one of my absolute favorite beers!!

Photo of TeddyBG
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with best before August '08 date on label, poured into Onion "I enjoy drinking beer" pint glass. EDIT: Me thinks I got an "off" 12 pack. Best before Feb '08 with the new batch. Hot off the presses!

A: Copper colored with approx. 1/2" head. Clumpy off-white floaters, that are somewhat off-putting. This is not the typical unfiltered look that I am used to. EDIT: Great head retention with no floaters just a very good cloudy copper hue. Great lacing!

S: Citrusy hop aroma. EDIT: Nothing changed here. Still cannot pick up the malt profile

T: Hop bitterness is the overwhelming characteristic. I do not pick-up the citrus notes that are in the smell. A lingering hop bite that lingers. A tinge of medincinal aftertaste. EDIT: I definitely had an out of date beer this first time around. This time around the hops were much more fresh the bitterness was not nearly as harsh on the finish.

M: Carbonation is good. EDIT: Great body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I have to say that this is not a sessionable beer. Certainly drinkable, but more than two would be difficult for me. I need to try this on tap to compare. EDIT: Certainly a sessionable beer when this is fresh. I should have known that my first experience was off, because I have never had a bad experience with this brewery until then. This and Leatherlips are about as close to a West Coast IPA as it gets in New England. Well done. Points off for Julios for mishandling this brew a few months ago.

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy but brilliant orange color with a small white head and lots of floaties.

S- Semi sweet bright citrusy hops and a nice stable malt character.

T- Very alive and bursting with citrus hoppy goodness. A touch of bread and a nice roasted malt base.

M/D- good body to this IPA, being that its unfiltered it has a bit more weight to it but that is not a bad thing. This makes for one hell of a session beer.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle in a pint glass. What a wonderful IPA! Most IPAs are bitter, but lack the hop aroma/flavor. Not this one. Incredible hoppy aroma and nice thick white head that stuck around. I can't wait to get some more. Maybe I'm just not that familiar w/ Simcoe hops, but this beer made my day with the lovely hop aroma and not overly bitter for the style. I absolutely loved this beer. I'm going to try and brew a clone of this wonderful IPA.

Photo of memory
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears hazy dark gold unfiltered with suspended floaters in the glass.
Smells of citrus grapefruit, slightly bitter pith that tingles the tongue.
Has a nice overall mouthfeel though somewhat on the bitter side.
Had this a bit back and then I noticed more of a grassy wet hop character. Not experiencing it this time though. But overall pretty good IPA.

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy unfiltered amber with a small amount of sediment from bottle conditioning. The head is fairly solid, lasting couple of minutes before settling into a thin film.

Smell: Very lemony and dry. Not as bold in the nose as the West Coast IPAs I'm used to, but still very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed was the mouthfeel, which is superb: light-bodied, dry and crisp on the tongue, this is exactly how an IPA should be. The taste is dominated by hops, grapefruit and bitter herbs leading the way with an earthy/resiny bitterness beneath it all. Malt flavors are present but hard to pick apart - it's really just a foundation for the hops. The finish is long, dry and bitter, which I could see causing some palate fatigue after a while, but it would be a nice way of ruining the palate.

Notes: Got this one from dyan. Thanks!

Photo of sholland119
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy honey gold with a nice tan head. Little lacing, some stickiness.

S-Moderate floral hops with some malts. A little underwhelming for the style.

T-Now that's more what I was expecting. I was concerned after the very mild nose. Tasty, with a grainy nuttiness mixing with nice hop bitterness. Nicely balanced and nicely bitter in the finish.

M-Nice moderate carbonation, a little oily bitterness remains.

D-Easy to drink, maybe a little lighter in taste than I like my IPAs. But still nice. A "Lawnmower IPA" maybe?

I really love the Smuttynose big beer series. This is the first standard offering I have tried. It is very nice, though not hoppy enough for my personal taste.


Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Cloudy deep golden hue with a two finger frothy head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind solid lacing. The yeast is suspended in the beer in a way that it looks like bubbles frozen into ice. Strong rings of lacing along the glass.

The malts provide a sweet honey-biscuit aroma that mixes perfectly with the sharp citrus aromas from the hops.

The malts are light in the background only making a grainy base. The hops aren't overpowering either, but they do provide a good bitter kick with a little bit of spice. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering bitterness from the hops.

This is an IPA that someone can find refreshing on a hot day. It's not to chewy but still gives a good amount of hops for those who want them. Recommended.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler fill from a firkin, purchased at Big Z berverage in Huntington, NY (Smuttynose Tasting-6/7/08).

L - slightly hazy, yellow/orange color with a white head that left good lacing.

S - delicious pine and citrus hop aromas.

T - bitterness is strong and consistant throughout. I love it!

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - a good drinking brew anytime.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle received in the Virgin BIF.

A-Cloudy, golden straw color. Looks interesting.
S-Great piney, citrus smell coming through. Very clean smell
T-Mild sweet malt, citrus, and some earthiness hit the tongue first and then ends fairly clean but bitter on the end. Almost astringent and very drying on the end.
M-Medium body with low carbonation
D-Could put a few down, but alittle too drying on the end to keep drinking these

Photo of Shiloh
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA arrived a dark hazy orange with a short crown, disapating quickly to a short glass ring and thin island lace.
Appears to be particles floating throughout this brew.
Carbonation is light.
Strong sence of citrus on the taste buds lingering to end.
Limited grassy aroma.
The body is a medium at best.
Very nice product.

Photo of Gtreid
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to johnnniee for this tastly brew.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy pale golden color with one finger of strong white head that dissipates and leaves thick spotty lacing.

A: Hops do not explode, but are rather very distinct in this brew. Some lite citrus and grass.

T: Nice, this is where it becomes the "Finest Kind." Earthy Hops and lightly roasted malts. The beer finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium light body, with just the right amount of carbonation. Again very nice.

D: At 6.6% ABV this is a session beer IMO. Very good example of the style, not my favorite, but very good. Skal.

Photo of wwheeler
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Smuttynose IPA was from a cask that was dry-hopped with simcoe hops at the Moan and Dove.

Poured a dark orange color, with little to no head. Right from the start the sweet aroma of the simcoe hops fills your nose. Slight bitter IPA taste, but the hops make their presence known from sip to swallow.

Throughout the entire beer, I was thinking to myself that I couldn't believe how much a difference the dry-hopping made in the cask Smuttynose IPA. In March I had a cask of the IPA that wasn't dry-hopped, and I wasn't at all impressed. But this dry-hopped version was great.

Photo of scottg
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Smutty Variety pack.
Best before August 08.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold to orange color with a two finger white cloudy head with great retention that leaves solid lacing all the way up the glass. You can see the yeast floating around in the beer. Hop aromas of grapefruit and tea, yeast and some peach. The up front taste is of grapefruit leading to a floral, lemon hop flavor with a dry, bitter lemon rind finish. There is a toffee malt flavor coming in and out throughout the beer. Medium body, medium carbonation, starts with a creamy mouthfeel but leaves it gritty. Easy drinking IPA, the hop flavors are there but not overly aggressive.

Photo of ph2001
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

it has a nice warm honey color to it that is hazy. there is a little bit of head.

it is very hoppy and seems overwhelming at first. each sip gets a little more focused in taste, and every aftertaste seems stronger than the last. full of flavor, but you have to be ready for it.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pale yellow hazy, translucent pale gold with tinges of brown, light carbonation and bits of yeast floating all around, light bit of head on the top of this bad boy. Wondering about the yeast, nice sticky lacing all over the glass

smells of grass and citrus a bit of bready malt in there.

taste: a nice bit of bready malt, almost sweet like candy, a bit yeasty and nice citrussy bitter hop finish. Hard to pin this one down, FANTASTIC

rather light carbonation, medium body, and a nice amount of cleansing tannic astringence.

drinkability: I only have this single bottle but man I wish I had more. Good shit.

Photo of Douglas14
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a very slight burnt orange hue coming through as well. Lots of sediment easily poured out. The brew has a nice head; nothing special but way better than average. The aroma is hevily of hops but also has citrus and spices coming through as well. Liberal amounts of hops dominate the taste. Grapefruit, orange and grass provides a supporting role. Although apparent, wheat and malt take a back seat in this beer. It has a medium body and a dry finish. Also, just a side note to myself; after drinking and reviewing, I was surprised to learn that this beer only had a 6.6% ABV...not that it tasted of alcohol, but mainly because of the strength and complexity of the flavors...guess I was wrong (...and a little disappointed).

Very good beer, glad to know its readily available near by.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beauty ontap in Boston at Bukowski's. I'd had this in bottle a number of times, havn't ever reviewed it though, apparently.

Orangy pinkish in color with a frothy head.

Floral purfume hops, citrus is grapefruit, and there is a bit of pine.

Great clean hop bitterness. Hop forward, though the malt is right there acting like a backbone to the body. A bit sticky in the mouth, but not over the top as some IPA's tend to be.

A superb drinker, for sure. My pint dissapeared mighty-fast.

Photo of Hokies
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by September and poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice orange color with a small head that leaves lacing on the side of the glass and quite a bit of sediment floating in the beer. The aroma is a little weak with some citrus and a mild malt smell. This is a nice one it has a great taste of grapefruit, citrus and some nice pine notes to it with a slight malt backbone to it. The beer has a good amount of carbonation and leaves a dry bitterness to it. This is a nice IPA with a lot of hop but lacks a nice balance with the malt. Probably one of the smoothest IPA's that I have had.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear,golden yellow with a medium sized head and it settles to a decent lace. The aroma is piny,hops,hops some more hops and a backbone of malts and citrus.
The taste is quite complex,fruits/grapefruit,citrus,malts,hops and some light alcohol.
The overall feel is dry,bitter finish.

Notes: There is a nice medium carbonation which is fine,but and there is a but. This brew was really god, first review was not so good,but I really appreciated this beer a lot more the second time around. I believe this is a fine example of an IPA.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old men sitting in lawn chairs? Pours a very hazy darker golden color with a slight amber hue to it. Interesting the hazy even though most of the sediment stayed on the bottom. A soft white head with good retention and ok lacing.

The nose leaves no doubts that it is an IPA. Some complexity with the hops and a lot going on. The hops have a big citrus and grapefruit notes. Other fruity hop notes, pineapple, mango and lemon as well. A touch of pine and floral too. Some biscuit, honey and a feint hints of caramel.

The taste is more in balance but still hop dominant. The hops have a light bitterness with a stronger hop finish to it. Mostly grapefruit, citrus and lemon. A nice piney, spicy finish that leaves a long lasting lingering taste. The malt is more present and a bit more complex compared to other ipa's. Bready flavors mostly with hints of biscuit and caramel flavors. Almost toasted. Some sugary notes that are not quite honey not quite palm sugar. Very flavorful but could balance bitterness.

The body is moderate but difficult to pick up with the hops. Nice carbonation to support the malt and hops equally. A nice resinous texture that emphasizes the finish. Could use a bit more smoother but really being technical here. Overall a very nice IPA.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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