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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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4,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,294
Reviews: 1,683
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 234
Gots: 433 | 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 MrMcGibblets
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this was a cloudy orange with big floaties. white head and lacing was decent. nice bouquet of resiny citrus and sweet doughy malt with a hint of alcohol. taste was a nice interplay of malt sweetness and sharp hop bitterness. the latter dominated, leading to a long, bitter, astringent finish. medium-bodied with a nice level of carbonation. not bad but not great. still better than any english ipa, though.

Photo of Amalak
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had a 3rd time and rated it an A again. So I'll go with that.

I've now had this beer twice and had two completely different experience (one I rated a C the other an A). The most recent, off the tap and a very good bar that keeps its taps clean, was very sour. So I am still undecided.

A: Dull gold off the tap. Good head with solid lace. Basically opaque.

S: Very aromatic, wheaty.

T: Excellent, flavorful, nice bitter taste.

M: Really tingly and bitter in the mouth

D: Smooth, settles nice, and full of flavor.

Photo of atigerlife
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn.

Pours a light golden orange. Hazy. Small creamy white head.

Aroma of floral hops. Quite nice and refreshing.

Taste is crisp and clean...very nice. Hops throughout. Light malts. Nice IPA profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a very refreshing and well made brew. Very drinkable. Good for the style.

Photo of Atlas1
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another sixtel of Smuttynose in the kegerator. Another beer on tap to review.

Direct from the tap to my Sam Adams crazy glass, the Smuttynose "Finest Kind" IPA pours much lighter than I thought it would. I've had it in bottles before and just don't remember it pouring this light in color. It's a pretty hue of pale amber blonde, and it maintains a nice soapy head of faom that settles into chunks and leaves a lot of lace. And yet, despite the fact that I've had this beer so many times before, it's lighter than I remembered. Go figure. The nose is spicy, with pine and citrus and some distant caramel. The taste rocks my world. Hoppy to the nines, it kicks you in the teeth on the intake and doesn't let up the whole way down. Bold and bitter, the way an American IPA should be. If I had to compare it to another beer in the same grain, I'd say DFH 60 Minute IPA. But the Finest Kind is still it's own beer. Mouthfeel is sharp, but clean and smooth.

I'm a huge hophead, so I naturally give this beer high marks. It's big and hoppy and will catch you off guard if you aren't expecting it. The ABV holds up nicely, and at 6.60% it won't knock you out, but it will catch up to you in time. Try this beer if you like hops. If you're new to the style and aren't yet sure that you're a hop fan, try to buy a single, or a pint at the bar, and let your taste buds awaken. This is a damn fine brew.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a world where everyone tried to make the most hardcore, hoppy and in your face IPAs, there are a select few that I feel take the time and TLC to verw a really decent "regular" IPA. Don't let the "regular" mislead you; this beer is excellent.
It poured a golden amber with a foamy white head and good carbonation.
The smell was that hoppy sweetness that literally makes your mouth water (maybe I like a good IPA too much). Piney and floral hops balanced well with sweet malts and citrus.
The taste is hoppy, yes, but is balanced with an almost buttery-caramel sweet malt that compliments the bitter piney hop presence. Truly well-balanced.
Crisp and refreshing and with the perfcet ammount of carbonation, the play between sweet and bitter makes this beer exceptional.
One of my favorite IPAs you can buy, another triumph for Smuttynose.

Photo of roan22
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Update 1/25/09***
After about a year and a half of frequently purchasing and drinking bottles of this beer, I can say it is very consistent, and definitely proven to be one of my favorite regular IPAs.

Original review:
This IPA I never get tired of drinking. I go all the way to Capone's to buy six packs, at least one a month. It pours an orangey strawberry blond color, and smells citrusy. It has a medium mouthfeel, not too sticky, sharp kick of hops, grapefruity yes, but also bitter leafy plant-like, juniper or maybe pine or grass. There is an awesomely "deep," dry, bitterness which melts down into my tongue and its there long after a sip. the sweet caramel butterscotchy wonderfully subtle malts both mellow, yet linger with the hops, although you don't notice them for a loooong time after the bitterness fades. then the bitterness comes back!! This flavor activity makes my mouth water and thus this beer is highly drinkable to me.

Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$8.69 6-Pack
Coffee Grounds, Eau Claire

Finest Kind IPA pours a hazy golden with tiny floating sediment. Gives an orange hue when held to the light. A two finger creamy white head formed on the pour and held strong. Leaves some chunky lacing.

Interesting aroma. Starts off with a solid backbone of caramel maltiness before giving way to a sugary sweetness. Hops come through toward the backend in the form of orange peel and welcoming florals. A little on the faint side but makes my mouth water.

Tastes much like the aroma. Caramel and biscuity malts lead the way into a orange candy like hoppiness mid-palate. Floral and grassy hops come along on the long finish. A sharp bitterness on the swallow quickly fades to a moderate lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied and easy on the palate. Lighter on the carbonation than most IPAs I'm familiar with. Light airy mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness on the swallow.

Good easy drinking IPA from Smuttynose. Refreshing with a solid, although unexpected from the aroma, hoppy bitterness.

My first sampling from the brewers at Smuttynose. Too bad their offerings aren't available in my area. I would like to try them all.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is slightly lighter in color than the standard for the style. Nice head out of the bottle, but it vanishes quickly. Good lacing.

Aroma is quite subdued, and to be honest, almost bad. Sharp hops, and a hint of sweetness, but there is something in the background mucking up the whole affair.

Flavor boasts bold hops up front and throughout. Citrus elements and a touch of sweetness round out the dominating hops.

Photo of BeerZack
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, best by Jan 08
Cloudy orange gold with plenty of frothy head that sticks awhile and laces the glass well.

Mild herbaceous notes and biscuity malts with some citrus, notably orange and grapefruit.

Slightly roasted malt flavor holding plenty of delicate hop flavors, mostly herbal and mildly pine with some definite citrus.

Soft and almost creamy, not too heavy, not too light mouthfeel that makes this beer extra sessionable. Unbelievable how very drinkable this IPA is! The 5's are fully deserved.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a swampy orange color, you can almost enter a trance watching the sediment slowly float around. Good retention and great lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, light malt, a nice hoppy nose but not over the top.

Tastes of piney hops, a touch of alcohol and the malts make sure they get their dues. Has a great bitter finish.

Photo of joeskirkie
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy gold body. A lot of sedimentation as the Smuttynose website warns of. It doesn't bother me in the least, In fact I welcome it. There wasn't much in the way of head though.

Smells of citrusy hops, not a whole lot else going on, not a whole lot else needed.

Tastes of hops right away, citrusy, syrupy, and sweet. An addictive lingering bitterness as well. Very good.

This beer isn't too filling, it has a medium, slightly syrupy body. I can totally see myself having several of these. It may become one of my regular "hop-craving" six packs. It pairs very well with seafood.

Photo of chefdejour
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mild hazy, golden/amber. 1" dense sticky head with loads of lacing.

S: Massive Pine and Citrus aroma

T: tons of hops with very minimal malt, the hops are overwhelming, but delicious

M: very thin and unbalanced, crisp hops without malts.

D: tasty, but something is just not right.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Aroma was a grapefruity hop. In the taste, malty with a small taste of a grapefruity hop. A sticky hop mouthfeel, with a hop aftertaste. This IPA was mellow enough, but also hoppy enough. Big but easy going. A nice east coast IPA.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

slightly cloudy amber. head is thick but dissapates quickly. that said, there remains a small layer on top which also leaves behind a sticky lace.

lots of reviews say grapefruit and i have to agree. it's a main feature in the aroma, with some pine. there is a hint of malt if you look and wait for it.

flavor is again grapefruit and pine, but very fresh. a sweetness peeks through and melds with the malt, as it goes into a nicely bitter finish.

crisp, with lively carbonation.


Photo of bosco7
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale copper with some chill haze.

Tobacco, orange, and some red bell pepper in the nose.

The taste of this brew is nothing special in my opinion- I feel like I have had this many times in the past (Elysian Immortal IPA comes to mind). There is orange, cedar, and some floral flavors that you would expect as well as some earth in the middle. Very dry bitter finish-almost harsh.

A decent IPA, hop character is a little boring (but definitely not bad) and the finish isn't too satisfying, other than that pretty good beer.

Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light amber colored brew with a nice thick, off-white head and very nice lacing. The aroma suggests peachy hops, a little sour, but overall pretty delicate. I wondered if the bartender had mistakenly not sent me an ipa when I got that first sour mouthful, there was a hops presence along with some apple but the hops were struggling. But after a few tastes the hops begins to overtake the sour apple side, it mellows and really grows on you. It has a wonderful body and substantial feel with nice carbonation. It is very easy to drink though it does remain on the tart side (not too bitter really). Overall an excellent effort by Smutty again. Will drink this one any time.

Photo of Duster72
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a two finger head. Good retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is definite citrus hops with some sweet malts. Taste is very well balanced grapefruit/orange hops with enough sugar to keep the bitterness from overpowering. Exceptional flavor and balance. Not too resiny. Mouthfeel is smooth and not sticky. Highly drinkable -- if it were available locally I would snatch it up regularly. Would love to try this on draft or out of a very fresh bottle. Exceptional IPA!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose IPA

So here it is that I get my hands on my second brew from Smuttynose. I actually go down a notch from the the double IPA to the IPA, but IPA is more my style anyway. I like when things are sessionable. Now saying that, nothing makes me happier then when I have a good sessionable IPA and some good Italian. Now as my mother-in-law is bringing over lasagna for dinner tonight, it has got to be about the right time to tear in, so let us see where this one goes….

A – Poured a nice hazy amber with a goodsize two inch plus head on the top, decent retention as it stayed around for a good couple minutes. Lots of side glass lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

S – Lots of bitter citrus hops. Tones of grapefruit and tangerine dominated the brew. Not much room for anything else in there. A bit of sugar, ornage peel, but thats about it total, hop bomb, more so then the double IPA actually.

T – Very bitter, had a huge hoppy bitter bite right out of the gate, good dry finish. Lots of resiney grapefruit tones throughout, a touch of sugar trying to balance out the hops, but it was not really going anywhere. Huge hops, huge bitter, BIG IPA.

M – Delicate and smooth, a subtle crispness to it, but mostly just a good solid drinking IPA. Nice dry finish wrapped it up well. Good carbonation.

D – Great, very good session beer. It was a litter bitter and alot of hops, but if thats your thing its a total session brew. I could have put down two or three of the these with ease.

Overall, a fantastic IPA. I am really diggin the smuttynose brews now that I have had two in one night, pretty damn good I must say. I will definatly be on the lookout for some more. This was definatly an IPA of the finest kind!

Photo of Gritsak
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light golden, slightly hazy with a soapy white head.

S- Slightly sweet, fruit aroma. Some underlying pine.

T- Initially an apricot/grapefruit taste, which quickly develops into a oily pine bitterness.

M- Solid medium body, good carbonation.

D- Despite the strong hoppy finish, it is fairly smooth and easy to drink.

Overall- Pretty solid IPA. I was a little turned off by the initial taste, but pleasantly suprised with the nice clean finish. Unfortunately i got this on a trip out of state, so once my 6pack is gone, thats it.

Photo of yodaseo
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a slightly hazy light golden brown, topping off with a bubbly white head that seemed to dissipate quite rapidly with time. the condensation rose up from the depths of the glass to add to the size of the head, though its retention was a little less than satisfactory. the initial smell was tangy citrus followed by a bitterness that i could taste in my nostrils. the taste was all that was promised by the smell---only there was more citrus and a mind crunching palate bending amount of bitterness that continued through the dry finish. the drinkability was supreme, and the sticky oily mouthfeel was right there alongside the bitter explosion in my mouth. it's a good thing people like more ibu's in their beer. the smuttynose has certainly found a niche for its target audience.

Photo of YankChef
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a a dfh oddshaped pint glass. Best by september 07 on the label.

This beer is simply one of the best IPA's around. Not many brewer's have the balls to put a beer straight into the bottle as it is and that is what you get with the smutty IPA. Raw unfiltered hop flavored beer. I have tried about 60 different IPA's (single and double combined) and this is by the best single american IPA out there. Although i believe it can only be found in the northeast, if you can find it buy and enjoy it. It makes me not envy the west coast so much.

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

Pour a nice golden color with lively carbonation and a curious sediment throughout. Very nice. Smells of strongs hops, always look for those in my IPA. Also citrus, orange peel and floral scents are very present. Had a nice bitterness and the strong hops that the smell promises. Citrus with a slightly dry finish. VERY drinkable. Love this and will add to the rotation.

Photo of number1bum
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #6.

Pours a pale honey-like amber color with a full one finger of off-white head. Head retention is excellent, leaving a thin lace and lots of stick on the sides of the glass. Clarity is only decent, though, as there is some chill haze and some other floaties.

Smell has some nice malt sweetness but primarily very enticing hops. Primarily citrus with some grapefruit, the hops are also somewhat piney. Smells like hop nectar.

Sadly, the hops are not nearly as flavorful as the nose suggested. Rather, the primary flavor is a pervading hop bitterness that hits you up front and keeps on smacking you around right through the finish and into the aftertaste. It really masks any citrus flavors that might be there, and there's not enough of a malty backbone to balance it out. The dominating bitterness really affects the drinkability, as well.

Not a bad IPA but there are many that I prefer. Honestly I can't remember experiencing such a dominant hop bitterness since I knocked off the last of my case of Victory Hop Wallop. Could use some more balance and less reliance on bittering hops and more on flavor hops.

Photo of dickroop
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was poured at the Manchester, NH airport. It was light amber with a lasting head and lacing, even in a plastic cup (air travel is so fulfilling, don't you think?) The aroma was citrusy hops, a little yeasty, and some strange sourness I couldn't identify.

The taste was more bitterness than hop *flavor*. Grapefruit, I guess. I missed counterbalancing malt, and I'm a hophead for whom bitter is usally OK. The finish was grainy and bitter. I don't mind bitter if it comes with hop flavor, but this was just bitter. The ale had a light body with a little stickiness.

As to drinkability, I thought it was pretty dull, bitter, and boring for an IPA. Still of course, it beats a BMC by a mile any day.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Mildly hazy orange color. Nice white head. Little retention but good medium lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, lemon, orange, grapefruit.

Taste - Mild caramel malts which overtaken by the piney hops. Soon the citrus flavors start to control the taste buds and balances things out nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Adequate carbonation. Lingering taste and tingling mouth.

Drinkability - Definitely a beer i plan to have around! Wonderful balance and great lasting flavor.

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 4,294 ratings.