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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,791
Hads: 5,047
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 301
Gots: 995 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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 Roguer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and translucent golden amber brew. Good head size and retention; snow white, leaving behind lovely lacing.

Strong, juicy hop aroma that I can smell from a distance. At first I got ruby red grapefruit, but up close, it becomes more tropical, with huge dank notes starting to dominate. I wouldn't have pegged Amarillo specifically (as opposed to, say, Citra), but its presence is definitely the dominant factor in the aroma. Slightly sweet pale malt backbone.

Flavor follows, with quite a bit more grainy malt on the palate, especially up front, than you would guess based on the aroma. There's a slightly tart juiciness on the tip of the tongue, and the back half is all dank hops: earthy and herbal, with a hint of pineapple. Citrus peel on the long aftertaste.

Lively, bitter, with an effervescent finish.

Despite the significant hop presence, especially on the aroma, I can't help but think that this brew is a little stale in the way the malts are represented on the palate.

Edit: had it on draft recently, and I had the same impression of staleness. I chose to give up on it after three sips and got a beer I knew I'd enjoy more. It's possible it was an old keg, and it's possible that it's related to the dank hop profile. Nonetheless, despite the sky-high ratings for this brew, I've now had two experiences with it where it showed promise, but ultimately came across as stale and unpleasant.

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Photo of ELS
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer smells very enticing with citrus, pine, and floral. I was surprised by the floral smell so I kept smelling it and it was definitely there. The taste had a quick bite of clean citrus and pine bitterness which was great but the big let down was that the beer just lingers. I was waiting for a satisfying finish but it just wasn't happening. By the end of the beer I felt one was enough. Maybe I'll try it again in a couple months. Maybe my palette was off?

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Photo of Phillip13
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This IPA has the perfect name as it is the Finest beer brewed by Smuttynose Brewing. A very hoppy beer with a nice bitter aftertaste and a great bite at te finish. If you like your hops this is a beer for you.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light hazy, yellow beer with a three finger high, white head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Orange, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, grapefruit and grass.
Taste: Pine, grapefruit, citrus, caramel malt, biscuit and orange.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Refreshing, dry ending. Great bitterness. Sweet malty feeling.

Great refreshing, original, IPA! I definitely want more of this!

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Photo of frozyn
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white head that turns into a thin white ring that clings to the glass.

S -- Citrus, namely grapefruit, at first with a malt backbone. An earthy something is in there as well.

T -- Puckering bitterness straight up, grapefruit and down-to-earth pine. There was a flavor I couldn't figure out until I read one of the Brothers' reviews: salt. The malt comes through biscuity and delicious.

F -- Dry, crisp carbonation, and very refreshing.

O -- Really great IPA. The intense hoppiness work well the bready malt and the feel makes it one helluva refreshing brew. Despite the ABV, I think this is a very sessionable beer, which makes it delightfully dangerous. It's a definite keeper

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent berry-like fruit characteristics and sweetness. Drinks exceptionally easily. A great go-to IPA as far as the combination of flavor and easy-drinking, throwback-a-dozen refreshing qualities. Great stuff.

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Photo of Dylanfabish
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super solid. Under the radar beer at least here in the Pittsburgh area. Haven't had it in years but glad I picked up a sixer today. Satisfying on every front.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definition of a go to... Never disappointing. You will not get a better ipa for the price. And extremely happy to see it in cans now. Hats off again to Smuttynose

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: golden orange with a creamy, sticky head
Smell: grapefruit rind, orange peel, pine sap
Taste: grapefruit, oranges, peach, pine tree, honey and biscuits
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a slightly chewy mouthfeel
Overall: a great balanced ipa

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” cream colored persistent, clingy foam collar.
S: Big bready nose with some citrus and spice.
T: Light biscuit to graham cracker, melon then an assertive, clean bitter finish like a Peychaud’s bitter. Citrus flavors increase as it warms.
F: Very creamy yet also has a bright crispness, refreshing, medium body, medium high carbonation.
O: A very flavorful, refreshing drink all night IPA.

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

This is a really good one, a great old-school East Coast IPA styled beer. We just recently starting seeing Smuttynose available in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've been wanted to try this one for awhile and was not disappointed.

Very pleasant flora aroma with medium carbonation. Very good sweet flavors with medium bitterness. Easy drinking beer. This a great one.

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good summer beer.

It pours out light amber with a lot of foam that disspates quickly.

It is very citrusy with a nice bitter finish. It's not my favorite IPA, but definitely pleasant and refreshing - perfect for summer.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Of course a San Diego native is going to come into this beer with some bias. But I did my best to be open minded. And it paid off. 12oz (2 to be sure) into a tulip. Deep golden color with a nice white head. Aroma of tropical with no real hint of malt in the nose, which was interesting since the take on NE brews is "balance." The flavor pretty well let go of the tropical in favor of some juicy citrus. Beautiful grapefruit that was present and tasty but not overpowering. Nice little biscuity malt across the palate with a sharp little blast of dry bitterness in the finish. Pretty light bodies which can make for a dangerous easy drinker. Top shelf IPA for sure.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Feels like a double IPA! Orange notes, lots of malt balancing hop profile. Would buy again but I only found singles out here californi- way. Guess I'll buy the singles

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Photo of FFreak
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 'best by 10/18/15', purchased a single from the Dam Store, poured into a tall tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden-apricot with a half-finger of creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves a ton of lace. Aroma is citrus and melon combined with just a tinge of herbs. The taste is also mostly citrus and melon with a really nice balance of malty sweetness and soft bitterness. The mouth feel was exceptional, with a delicious creaminess on top of a medium body and somewhat low carbonation. Overall, I'm very pleasantly surprised by this IPA. I may have to add it to my everyday IPA list.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A disappointment from a brewer I enjoy. Shoals is one of my favorite all-time, so had lofty expectations for this one. Looks pretty good - slight orange/amber. Aroma is okay, with some good pine and citrus on top of a slight malt. Flavor starts with a punch of bitter pine/chemical, and fades to a biting dryness in the back of the throat. No malt balance. I'll revisit this on tap some time to confirm it's not good.

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Photo of soccrgump
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am anything but a hop head, but I found this beer to be very enjoyable. Appearance: poured a dark straw color; mine had a small head, but it lingered. Smell: intense pineapple, grapefruit. Taste: started with the mild hop upfront but ended with a bitter punch. Lots of pineapple flavor, perhaps a little apple. Mouth feel: medium body, coats the tongue with lots of hop bitterness which lingers well after the swallow. Overall: any IPA that I can tolerate, is great in my book!

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of 09/25/2015. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a pale copper with a faint haze and 1 finger of head

Smell: Earthy hop aromas with citrus zest undertones

Taste: Bitterness is up front with pine and some bread malt in the end

Mouthfeel: Fully body and slight stickiness in the finish

Overall: A great IPA with a flavor profile that I think modern IPAs are going away from. This is for the hop heads craving bitterness. I appreciate how "clean" the bitterness without too many different flavors clouding it up. Reminds me of why I got into IPAs to begin with.

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Photo of ordybill
4.96/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Hops, Malt & Citrus; need I say more
Appearance- A very inviting clean gold color with a small white head
Taste- Big citrus flavor well meshed with hops, excellent.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation
Overall- An outstanding IPA

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Photo of MacQ67
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden and clear. Pours with a finger of light foamy head. Crisp, clean, forward flavor with an intense piny/grapefruit pithiness from the hops. Lingering finish.

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Photo of Fuori_fuoco
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orange pale colour. Pours a very thick foam. Smells citrusy and piney hops. Tastes like paradise, hoppy but balanced it feels crispy and smooth. Can have more and more of it. My go to IPA on the east coast.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle drink by date 6-2-2015.
Poured into snifter.
A: Wow, body is super clear liquid gold, +1 finger white foam head, carbonation
S: citrus fruits, pineapple, malt, boozy as it warms
M: medium body, wet finish as it coats the tongue
T: grapefruit rind, citrus, pine resin, cracker, earthy hop bitterness towards the finish
O:hop heads will enjoy, very nice balance of super hop and mild malt, great buy

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by: 10.14.15. Drank 5.24.15. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a mason jar

A: Pours a murky orange pineapple color with a finger of thick white foam. A few floating particulates, next to zero visible carbonation. Looks very much the part of a flavorful east coast IPA.

S: Pine, Malt, Grapefruit, Pineapple. Relatively straightforward, and that is not a slight.

T: Floral hops with a piney tacky bitterness that last from beginning to end. A little bit of caramel malt and citrus tart shining halfway through each sip.

M: Medium body, crisp, refreshing, and with a subtle drying effect.

O: Possibly one of the best perpetually available, at reasonable cost, east coast IPAs out there. For whatever reason, I shied away from Smuttynose for my first few years in NY, and now I am wondering where the hell that came from. Some hop snobs might think they are above this beer, but pay to mind to them, this is a quality everymans IPA.

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

Twelve ounce can poured into a pint glass. Big head. Looks great and aromas of light citrus with a touch of malt. Taste is lemon, grapefruit, hops, some pine and malt. Finishes with a yearning for another immediate sip. Good beer.

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

Ours a brownish orange with a one finger frothy white head. The nose is kind of weak. Pine, lemon, hard candy, mild malt sweetness. The flavor is mostly pine from the hops and apricot from the malt. Kind of mediocre.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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