Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,738
Hads: 4,804
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 286
Gots: 800 | FT: 6
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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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Reviews: 1,738 | Hads: 4,804
Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice clear gold with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Pine, resin, citrus, and herbal hops, light cracker malt

Taste: More pine, resin, citrus, and herbal hops with cracker malts. Not too bitter, crisp and refreshing, a very drinkable IPA

Feel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A very good brew, would gladly drink again. Worthy of the name (389 characters)

Photo of Zebatar
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My Wife and I took a tour of the new state-of-the-art Smuttynose Brewery on Towle Farm Road in Hampton, New Hampshire on Labor Day this year. I highly recommend you take a tour of their new brewery and sample their fine beers. (227 characters)

Photo of Maruccil1
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

To me it's the best IPA in the US. Every time I drink this beer (often) it stuns me with its robust flavor. Recommended to any hop lovers who appreciate a quality beer. Thank you Smuttynose, top notch indeed. (208 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptionally well balanced and subtly complex in the best of ways ( to me meaning eminently drinkable. I literally take sip and admire the bottle or glass for its superiority of beermeanor and am often carried off for a second-or many-to places I've been and other great beers I have consumed. State of mind recall is a quality ascribed to the best of beers. It's not often a Busch brings back great memories, well besides being ripped out of a drunken slumber as a minor on a friend's parents' commode...I digress... ). It is simply and eminently drinkable, time and time again...Like the the dudes on the bottle as, this is not how one reviews a beer... (668 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Smuttynose's Finest Kind IPA a few days ago for $1.79 at Holiday Market. I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile and now that Smuttynose is available in Michigan I thought I would start off with their IPA, so lets see how it goes. Best by 6/4/15. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a classic look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy golden color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with almost a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of green hops and citrus rind aromas with each aspect showing up evenly. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts with some pale malts, sweet malt and light bready aromas coming through. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but I could have gone without the green hop aspects.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same even mixture of green hops and citrus rind aromas. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that leads right into the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts seeming to sticking out the most. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a green hop, citrus rind and sweet malt like aftertaste that was just a little watery. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish more of the citrus rind hops showed up.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, fairly clean, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel and it's what I would expect from the style.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was an above average example of the style, it's a nice IPA, but I don't really see what sets it apart from the rest and while it is enjoyable I don't find it to be all that memorable. This beer had a nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, fairly clean, not too filling and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these, but the taste doesn't really give me the urge to come back for more. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel it was good and just what I expect from the style. What I like the least about this beer was the green hop aspect, I think this bee would be better if it didn't have that. I would buy this beer again, but I don't think it's something I'll keep in the fridge at all time. I would recommend giving this beer a try, but I can't say it's a stand out in the style. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love, it's a pretty solid IPA, don't get me wrong, but when it comes down to it, I don't think it has anything that really sets it apart or makes it memorable. This beer made for a nice first impression for Smuttynose and I think it falls at above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid IPA, keep it up. (3,281 characters)

Photo of Oldejoe
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look. Slightly cloudy (bubbles)' golden honey.
Smell. Crisp, nasal clearing, peach fuzzy astringency.
Taste. Tart and puckery up front, rather dry finish, hoppy all around.
Mouthfeel. Medium body,sparkly, fuzzy after effect.
Overall. Nice strong, medium robust, hoppy IPA? (273 characters)

Photo of csulaguy
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is my first review (bear with me here), so I'm not even going to attempt the whole look, smell, taste etc bit. Overall, it doesn't seem to have that 'bite' that other IPAs have. It's very smooth, balanced, smells good, a bit lighter in color than I had expected. I admit I cheated and looked up the beer on BA before purchasing. I wouldn't rate this 100 like the bros, but it's still an A quality beer in my book no doubt. (427 characters)

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

WOW! Awesome tasting IPA with a "KICK" I would DEFINETLY recommend this one...and I will be buying more A.S.A.P! Nice Job Smuttynose...this GEM currently has a spot in my TOP10! (177 characters)

Photo of Kiwano
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - yellow with slight orange glow - foamy head when poured into glass but disappears except for a slight head

S - some hop and

T - some pine and grapefruit pith nice hops - nice hint of bitter that stays on the back of the tongue throughout - stays lively over time

M - light and vibrant with good carbonation

O - very good - really enjoyed this beer- light vibrant - nice bitter with grapefruit and well balanced - would definitely have again (449 characters)

Photo of Keystone
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers and it doesn't get enough recognition. FinestKind is one of the best IPAs available. The smell is citrus with a malty sweetness that couldn't complement better. Perfectly balanced across the board. Taste is as hoppy as a standerd IPA should be with just the right amount of malt. Great unfiltered feel, crisp but not thin and the right amount of carbonation. Overall excellent, drink one you will want another drink two and you know it's really good drink a few cases and you will see its just about perfect. (541 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to an IPA glass, the citron orange liquid displays a slight chilled haze. There's a nice pillowy head that rises above the rim. Decent head retention, with beautiful white snowflake-like lacing in its wake. An aromatic bouquet of minty pine and grapefruit greets the nose. Pleasant and enticing scents. The flavor is malty sweet with a pronounced hop bitterness. Pungent and pithy. The pale toasted malts wrestle with grapefruit zest, and go down for the count. More balanced than some other American IPA's, but certainly still a hop-centric ale. There's a light lingering mint with a relatively clean, refreshing finish. Excellent mouthfeel with a perfect marriage of a smooth, rich body, and zesty carbonation. This is a quality IPA. It's easy to drink and provides a nice hoppy experience. With the glut of IPA's on the market, this doesn't really stand out too much from the pack though. It's just a tad overrated in my humble opinion. (950 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper-orange with a creamy white head and lots of lacing.
The aroma is loaded with grapefruit and floral notes. Hits of orange as well.
This is a very tasty IPA. Lots of grapefruit and orange pith with a nice, balancing sweetness. A little bit of pine resin and a mouth-watering bit of succulent orange at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium, fairly bubbly and a touch sticky.
Overall, a very good beer. (412 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by 5/13/15. Poured hard into a snifter 1/5/15. A re-review replacing my previous review from late 2012.

A- Clear golden copper body. Three finger white head, above average retention time. Splotches of lacing. Nice soapy film, thick collar.

S- Strong floral and pine notes. A bit of lemon. Caramel, bread notes are the strongest here, especially as it warms up.

F- Sweet bready notes, supplemented by sweet caramel. Hints of lemon, which combines with the bready notes- at one point, reminding me of these lemonpoppy mini-muffins. Finish is a strong mix of floral and pine flavours and resinous bitterness.

M- Medium-thin bodied. Nice overall dry resin, very strong pine-forward bitterness that is surprising for a 75 IBU beer. It seems to be higher than that for me, and I've been drinking very hoppy beers for 2 years now. Carbonation is perfect.

O- This IPA hits above its stated weight of 75 IBUs. Very nice bitterness that should satisfy any hop head out there, as the description says. Smooth, nice floral and pine flavours balances well with the malt backbone. Very nice IPA, definitely above average.

Final score: 3.96 (1,151 characters)

Photo of InkedinRi
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the best ipa one had.. Not the worse.. I think I gave it a fair score. For 6.9 Abv you could taste the alcohol.. And for 75 ibu's it was not very bitter at all. (164 characters)

Photo of Kino27
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's a great beer to have any time of the year. Wether you're tired and want something cold to chill, when your thirsty for something refreshing, and/or want it to sip while enjoying some great american food. (208 characters)

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

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Golden color, amber hue. A 1f head leaves some good lacing. It's pretty clean for an unfiltered brew.

S- Clean astringent smell with light pine.

T- Lots of malt and some piney hops.

M- Light and tingly, sharp hops, not bitter. Mild on the tongue.

O- Well rounded and good drinking IPA. (331 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fine fine IPA! Pours a nice copper color and decent head with good retention. I love the aroma! Citrus hops and fruity esters, particularly a bannana tone. Great hoppy taste; citrus grapefruit hops with a bitter finish. A touch of malt backbone is subtle but there. Great feel in that it is so drinkable, one could have more. Medium bodied and pine like. I will be getting this one more often. (400 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Appearance 4.0: Pours out a lovely, hazy gold. Opaque. Decent head (1/4") and OK lacing.

Smell 4.0: Excellent bouquet. Big, piney, resins and deep, malty scents. So promising.

Taste 3.5: Front is dry and almost tasteless. Middle is just that: "middle." All the flavor centers in the middle of the palate. Dry here, also with mid-level hop bitterness. No really discernible hop taste at this level other than alkaline bitterness. Finish is very pleasant and features a delicious floral hop taste along with light malt. Still dry at this level. Aftertaste is short and...dry.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Just an OK level of mouthfeel. Conditioning is good for the style, but this brew is a bit watery in the mouth.

Overall 3.5: A good IPA. I honestly became bored with the dryness present in this beer. All throughout the flavor profile...dry, dry, dry. I think it speaks volumes that the brewers at Smuttynose previously released several versions flavored with lemon. There is just not that much going on with this beer, IMHO. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

This is a solid IPA. The flavors are very well integrated; I'm mainly picking up citrusy lemon, pine, and grass with some fruit (maybe pineapple and grapefruit). This is all over a very nice malt back bone. What sets this beer apart from other IPAs is the finish. The finish is so clean and crisp. It's a very nice change up from the usual overly bitter IPAs that linger and leave your mouth really dry. It's actually drinkable; I think I'm gonna have another..This is a classic example of what an IPA should be. (512 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A hazy golden amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, pine, floral notes, some sweet caramel malts, hint of wet grass.

T- Big piney finish with citrus and floral notes along a nice malt backbone and good balance.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice IPA that is fairly easy to drink and nicely balanced. I really enjoy this beer, worth picking up. (404 characters)

Photo of Gperson
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Excellent IPA; straightforward which seems like a backhanded compliment, but I appreciate that they didn't play with the style and simply realized it. The bitterness of the finish wasn't quite right for my palate. (214 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A. Amber to gold in color with very little head and slightly transparent.

S. One dimensional aroma mostly biscuity or toasted cracker like with just a faint hint of medicine.

T. Taste piney and biscuity with a carmel backbone which is kinda sweet. Average bitterness.

F. Medium bodied with a crisp lingering carbonation.

O. A decent beer. Not alot of real bold flavors and not totally balanced but not a bad beer. (467 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottled 3 weeks ago (freshness date is 6 months from bottling date: thank you Smutty).Orange amber pour,clear with lively carbonation, one finger white head reduces quickly, spotty lacing in the teku.
Distinctive light pine and grapefruit aroma, not overstated like some of the more recent VT hops bombs that flood the shelves here.
Truth in advertising as this is a very crisp IPA, finished dry and has a pleasant aftertaste that improves as it warms.
Lighter side of medium with plenty of carbonation, yet not overdone.
One has to respect the older IPA recipes that inspired the newer ones,and Finestkind fits squarely in that category. Not over-hopped,not over-hyped, just a solid easy drinking IPA that is priced fairly and is readily available, very much recommended. (773 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden glass holds it's quarter finger of bright white foam proudly. Foam laces the glass in a thick curtain.

Smell: Hoppy, not intense but firm, with a blend of earthy notes, a leafy note, and a bit of citric.There is a hint of a sugary base that peeks here and there.

Taste: A fairly mild IPA, the flavor is almost neutral while on the pallet, but everything blooms at the swallow. The hop flavors come in a rush but manage not to go bitter, supported by a gritty grainy base.

Feel: A bit hot with both acid and alcoholic burns. The medium body manages a light chew with a medium high carbonation.

Overall: Yum! This falls into "East Coast IPA" category for me. More traditional hop varieties, lower hop levels, more towards an English IPA range, not the MOAR HOPS West Coast IPAs that I prefer. Still, this is worthy of high marks and a well made beer. I think they blend in just enough citric flavors to makes this a great beer. (955 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev -2.2%

It poured a slightly hazy golden amber with a billowy white head that left excellent lacing. The bitter hop aroma hits you right out of the gate with heavy citrus, tropical fruits, lemon zest and some floral tones to round it out. The taste starts with the same citrus and tropical fruit hop tones that end with a nice resinous and slight pine bitterness coating your palate. There are some floral hop notes mixed in as well and begin to reveal themselves as the beer warms. The hops float over a slight malt body that doesn't get in the way of this very clean and sharp hop presentation. The bitter dry hop finish keeps your thirst quenched and really allows this beer to shine as a hop tribute. (700 characters)

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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