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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

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Ratings: 3462
Reviews: 1624
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%

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 RaulMondesi


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So Raul got a lil slutty with a Smutty - and it was just ok.

Flavors were unfortunately how a Black Eyed Peas album should be listened to: muted. The bottle read: drink by October 2013. Now, that's all fine and dandy, but it doesn't let Raul know when the hot dog thing was bottled. It's kind of like when Raul's baby Mama says, "It's fine, whatever." Things kind of are, but at the same time, they kind of aren't. Ya feel me, my children?

It was ok like a pedicure, but lets be real: Raul ain't going back for another.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 03:31:38 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of da_beers


4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange that is beautiful. Some particles floating around, great three fingers of head and beautiful lacing. The haze deters from seeing carbonation.

S - Great hop characters. Earthy tones are phenomenal. Smells of the forest almost, quite piney. Faint bright citrus buried in the back of the nose.

T - Starts with slight sweetness from malts. Very smooth transitions across palate. Goes into the grassy/earthy hops. Very smooth, but leaves nice bitterness at back of tongue leaving me wanting more.

M - Smooth and drinkable, but its a full flavor IPA. Medium bodied and packs a bit of a punch.

O - Great beer. Satisfying and drinkable. Does not sit overly heavy and packs the wallop you want while still being very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:20:15 | More by da_beers
Photo of FLima


3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Loved the label, the two old pals smiling with beer bottles in their home wheel backyard.
Amber color with a thin head with low retention.
Malty aroma with sweet flowers and a bit of vanilla.
Very floral taste with a bitterness that grows over time with an earthy base. Dry and quite bitter aftertaste, by the end of the bottle it would not go away.
Medium body with a good carbonation.
Very interesting that this starts more like a British IPA that keeps climbing its bittering hops till American standards. A plane from UK to US. Great for the comrades that like bitter aftertastes and floral hops on a malty beer. At a later stage, made me sneeze a few times, this is my thermometer for bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 00:39:06 | More by FLima
Photo of dar482

New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Best By date is 10/8/13. I’m not sure how long that means the beer has been on the shelf.

The beer pours with a large white head in a gently hazy peachy orange.

The aroma has tons of sweet bready malt, a good amount of citrus. There’s some floral sweet notes. Definitely more East Coast because of the sweetness, but it surely has that huge hoppiness with the sweetness too.

The beer has sweetness floral and citrus in the front. And then there’s a bready malt in the middle that jumps up for a second. But then there’s a wonderful herbal, pine, tea bitterness that really creeps up on you and then leaves your tongue quite dry.

The ending bitterness really does linger. The mouthfeel is light to medium.

This stands out for me being a really strongly bitter IPA. There’s some balance with the caramel sweetness, but the bitterness is one of the biggest I’ve had for an IPA. I prefer a more West Coast style, but interesting enough. I recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 00:04:21 | More by dar482
Photo of CurtFromHershey


4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright coppery yellow with orange hues. Tall pillowy white head which quickly fades to a thin cap which provides nice lacing.

Smell is not like your run of the mill IPA. Subtle bready malts, orange zest, grassy. Very pleasant.

Taste starts with a brief flash of malty sweetness quickly followed up by a crisp piney hop bite. A touch of citrus and then a bitter herbal finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and not as sticky as some IPAs, but it's perfect for an everyday drinking beer.

Greay beer. Ill definitely be buying this somewhat regularly.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:45:27 | More by CurtFromHershey
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw yellow color, which is almost translucent with just a tiny bit of haziness, with a moderate sized creamy white head. Head has okay retention and leaves heavy lacing.

Smells of orange peel, old bread, a bit grainy.Tastes of orange peel, grapefruit, stale bread, and pine. Has a clean, bready/piney/rindy finish. Has a moderate mouthfeel and slightly above average carbonation for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 21:15:16 | More by JG-90
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4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose "FInest Kind" IPA poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a nice hazy light orange color. Some visible sediment, this is just how I like my IPAs to look like.

S - Nice hoppy nose, some bitter notes along with citrus and a piney spiciness also. Mostly dominated by hop but there is some malt sweetness in there as well. Nice aroma coming from this.

T - Up front getting some fruitiness and citrus from the hops. A lasting bitterness hits the middle of the tongue and pine/resin kicks in too. Really good and pleasing flavor, plenty of bitterness sticking around here. Great hop profile.

M - Mouth feel is about medium, little bit of sticky malt in there. Very drying on the back end.

Overall this is a great American IPA, they are pretty dead on with this. Glad to have this beer so readily available and fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 03:58:52 | More by jman005
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunshine yellow with fantastic retention and lacing. It couldn’t be more attractive in the glass. Nice yeast floating there suspended. Nose is more understated than I expected. Subtle, floral, grapefruit & pine. A confident malt presence as well. Taste is grand with malt character that offers up some honey sweetness, biscuit and grain to contend forcefully with an expansive hop profile. They rise up to the malt with earthly,floral and grapefruit finish that’s tremendously dry and bitter and leaves you with a good pucker. A rambunctious IPA whose flavors all play off one another so well. Would definitely buy this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 17:08:51 | More by utopiajane
Photo of CharlatanSin


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprised I've never reviewed this. One of my first craft beer loves. I'll do my best to just review the beer as it is.

A: Pours a very attractive orange amber. Almost radiant. Very little head, though.

S: Sweet floral and orange-y hops dominate here. Smells fruity, juicy. A little graininess too.

T/M: Nice and bitter. Citrusy. A blast of pine, which wasn't in the nose. Resinous. Decent amount of malt sweetness. Very long and bitter finish. Slick, smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O: Toward the top of the class of single IPAs. A classic for good reason.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 23:01:15 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of wiegs4life


3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a Chimay glass.

A - Orange like a if an orange peel was blinded into a drink, actually thats incorrect, this beer looks like a blue moon (bigger lie). This beer actually looks like just a standard American ipa (india pale ale (if you didn't know that you probably arn't reading this)) cloudy orange.

S - Imagine dipping your head in great smelling soy sauce. Instead comply forget soy sauce and think of a sewer. That's what it smells like.

T - This tastes like fresh butt hole. Actually just kidding. This tastes like the first bit of your favorite ice cream or if your a health freak, this tastes like the feeling after the perfect workout.

M - Like unprotected sex.

O - Overall this beer is not up to the hype but an great beer. Drink responsibly my friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 16:42:25 | More by wiegs4life
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with thick white lingering head. Lots of lacing. Bunch of chunky shit floating in the mix.

Tons of grapefruit and pine in the nose.

Taste was really hop forward. Lots of grapefruit and some spice. Very bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was good. Definitely for the hop-head.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:17:28 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of Oakenator


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a yellow brown color with a thick creamy head. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Hops present yet malt presence.

T: Spicy, earthy hops - celery and peppers. Faint malting present. Nicely balanced.

M: Jack of all trades - spicy, hoppy, light, body.

O: Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 23:33:37 | More by Oakenator
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

18 Jan 2013: on-tap in Alfie's (9th Ave), New York.

Pint glass, misty rather than cloudy, mini haze almost, golden body with a moderate head of white foam which didn't last a whole while.

The nose was all hop aromas, grapefruit and lemon esters: these flavours were also in the taste as well as some spicy hints. I'm not a huge IPA man but this was fine. -2 outside, this set me up nicely for the warming session I was about to embark on.

The body and alcohol level suited each other and although very hoppy (for a visiting Brit) I really enjoyed it as we rarely have such brews in the UK.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 04:12:48 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think I got a fairly old bottle. I'll have to re-review it when I get my hands on a fresh bottle or perhaps try it at ACBF next week if I get the chance.

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of faint citrus, faint pine with bready and grainy malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some resiny pine, faint citrus, some bready notes and grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 21:00:18 | More by SebD
Photo of dheacck11


2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale golden orange with a 1/4 finger of dense white foamy head. Nice lacing.

Nose is pretty non existent. Just a hint of lemon. Nothing spectacular.

Taste is pretty hopforward, with dry, straw flavors. Little bit of lemon and orange in the mix, but finish is lots of super dry hops. Mouth puckeringly bitter from the hops.

Feel is a little too thick for all that hoppiness.

I am skeptical that this beer may have been infected, as the tastes are so far from what I expected. Though as time passes drinking it, it does balance a little more. I think it's just not for me. Too much dry hop. Not enough fruit and juice, nor stickiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 00:00:51 | More by dheacck11
Photo of Andrew041180


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12 ounce bottle approximately six weeks old. The beer is a light orange straw color with a slight haziness. The beer poured perfectly into a standard pint glass, with the head just barely coming over the rim of the glass. The head retention is incredible, and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Not overwhelmed by the smell. I couldn't pick out anything in particular.

T - Edited after several 12 packs. By now I've gotten the appeal of this one. I'm picking up a lot more of the grapefruit peel that I had previously been missing. It's a one-dimensional flavor, and still quite bitter, but the bitterness doesn't overwhelm me as it once did.

M - Matches the appearance. This portion of the beer is solid, especially after growing more accustomed to it after a year or so.

O - Edited: From disappointment to a staple in my IPA rotation. This beer has been growing on me throughout the year as the more tropical IPAs have been losing their appeal. This is quickly becoming a great beer to savor upon my return from work. I really look forward to it, and at the price-point the value is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 23:49:28 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of napier51

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know it is one of the finer IPA's...I am not a 'hoppy' guy but I can drink this if served to me...impressive for an IPA....Smuttynose rarely disappoints me. It was refreshing and had a citrus after-taste. Probably more bitter than I like but that is the nature of IPA's. I will probably buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 20:18:00 | More by napier51
Photo of lsummers


4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid bright orange. Can't see through this at all. Vibrant and inviting.

Smells of grapefruit and some spicy hops. Definite orange/lemon zest.

Taste really is grapefruit and some zest. There's a peppery note that leads into a slight caramelized brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is mildly carbonated and slightly viscous. Perfect combination for a great lawn mower sipper.

Overall, this is a great ipa that's stands out from the crowd. The color, smell, mouthfeel blend excellently.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 17:26:41 | More by lsummers
Photo of ElderBeagle


3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Wow very cloudy yellow with chunky precipitates floating around all over. Definitely different than what I am used to.

S: Good citrus, grapefruit, and also grain smell.

T: Very dry IPA. I taste the usual cirtusy hops, but man this reminds me alot of a grassy alfalfa flavor as well. Its honestly not very refreshing like a West coast IPA.

M: Medium to full body

O: Full disclosure I had a couple of these after moving furniture for several hours so I was quite thirsty. It was not what I wanted at the time (not thirst quenching). Nonetheless, this is a different IPA and not quite like any other I have had before. I suppose this is an East coast IPA, which is not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 00:25:48 | More by ElderBeagle
Photo of Cobrito


4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, best by date of September 2013.

Simply put, the Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA is a standout East Coast IPA for those who love the West Coast style. It's pale golden, unfiltered, and the flavors are beautifully integrated, as indicated by the unique aroma and taste. It combines fruity and vegetal qualities nicely. Perhaps the best thing about it is its long-lasting, gloriously bitter and hoppy finish. Unusually pungent for an East Coast brew, Smuttynose is one of the few East Coast breweries to really get an IPA right. A must try for all true hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 18:42:26 | More by Cobrito
Photo of jimmah120


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle best by middle of may

chunky golden orange look, smell is like a hoppy wheat beer. lots of tropical fruit in the nose, taste too. sweet and savory marmalade syrup malts, bitter pine and earth hops, and some slight roasty chocolate flavor. leaves a depth of flavor on your tongue.

Very sweet, bitter, and fruity.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 21:20:25 | More by jimmah120
Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First introduced to this IPA on vacation in Florida.

a: Golden orange color with a 2 finger white head
s: Slight yeast, and malt smell
t: Smooth good taste with some bitterness to it
m: Medium body with slight lingering bitterness
o: Good IPA would recommend this brew. Will buy again in future

Lucky to have another good New England beer

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 01:22:40 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a best by date of 04/30/2013. Snagged this six pack on sale from the local beer store for $7.99. Haven't had this beer since sometime last year, but I remember enjoying it quite a bit! Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields two fingers of off-white head comprised of tightly packed microbubbles, which falls into a thick white foam. Body is a bright golden orange color with plenty of bubbles rushing to the top, and plenty of sediment floating around the glass. Nice rings of fluffy lacing present themselves as the beer drinks.

S - Nose is comprised of a musty yeast & malt type of smell. Some fruity apple. Some bitter hop presence, but not the typical citrus fruit hops that I'm used to smelling. Some acidic qualities to it also. An underwhelming nose.

T - Again, some bitter hop presence, but not the usual citrus fruit hops. Has a strong malt presence, paired with a bit of sweet green apple skin.

M - Feel is of hop bitterness with a dry finish. Some sweet green apple sweetness, and maybe a touch of mineral water aftertaste.

Overall, a nice take on the style from Smuttynose, the first beer of theirs that I ever tried. A bit more of a malty IPA than I remember, but sometimes it's nice that not every IPA in the world is a citrus hop bomb. Drinkability is high with this one, with a rewarding 6.90% abv. Definitely a sessionable IPA.

Smuttynose IPA "Finestkind" ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 00:20:55 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose Brewing Company - Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

Look - Pours copperish amber almost clear (slightly hazy but not what I would call unfiltered) with a good soapy head. Good lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Malty and bready with faint citrus hoppy overtones. Not aromatic like I wanted or expected but can't win them all.

Taste - Quite a pucker bitter hopt and malt blast, has some bite. East coast style for sure. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, malty, and rests quite comfortable with citrus hops standing. Not boozy. Mouthfeel is like a DIPA.

Overall - Interesting, from pale ale to IPA to DIPA in one sitting. I found it to be a little overrated in regards to the ratings on here, but I would still recommend this brew and I think it is great.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 11:22:51 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of secondtooth


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden-amber, with a lush and extravagant head of white suds. Lace is thick and extensive.

Nose is citrus and floral/herbal hops.

Flavor is bitter on the acidic citrus/grapefruit hops, with a nice dose of sweet and sticky malts to balance it out a bit. Finestkind isn't a hop-bomb by any means, but it is a solid American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:08:53 | More by secondtooth
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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