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Dear Mr. Smuttynose and Finest Kind,

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by geneseohawk, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Savant (360) Illinois Nov 4, 2008

    Your ipa is absolutely wonderful. You may be the best budget ipa that I have been introduced to in the last 2 weeks. Your complex and not one dimensional. You have layers of different hop flavors and malt that make you an enjoyable drinking experience. I love all kinds of ipa's from heavy citrus to heavy pine but you my friend have depth of all and a unique malt profile I have not had in a long time. I can see why the Bro's have rated you a 100. What a wonderful day where I can drink you and your crazy off cousin Mr. Zombie Dust in the same day.
  2. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Savant (340) Connecticut Oct 21, 2009

    Last two weeks? Is that really that big a compliment.....or do u drinknew beers at an exceptional rate?! In all seriousness though, yes this is a great ipa for $10 a sixer!!!!
  3. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Champion (950) Maine Sep 17, 2005

    Yeah, I don't know what to make of the last two weeks remark. It is a very enjoyable IPA.
  4. fredmugs

    fredmugs Champion (830) Indiana Aug 11, 2012

    yuuup
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  5. The brothers rated it 100 in 2004. I wonder what they would rate it now, if trying it for the first time.
  6. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Savant (360) Illinois Nov 4, 2008

    I've tried a lot of new ipa's in the past two weeks and this and by far was the best....
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  7. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Savant (340) Connecticut Oct 21, 2009

    You work fast sir!!
  8. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Savant (360) Illinois Nov 4, 2008

    Lots of stores with mix and match around here...... spoiled.
  9. Torpedo is the best budget IPA,IMO
  10. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Savant (480) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007

    Even better when it's $10/12-pack in NH.
  11. jamvt

    jamvt Savant (490) Massachusetts Aug 5, 2005

    It's even better at market basket for $11.99 12pks
  12. Can't beat hop devil for $9/sixer.
    jglowe77 and klaybie like this.
  13. I rate it 100 every day of the week and get it for $140 for 15.5 gallons up here in Nottingham, NH.
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  14. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Savant (480) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007

    Wait, what? Your argument is that it's better when it's $2 more per 12-pack?
  15. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Savant (480) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007

    Probably the funniest post I've ever read on here. I've yet to have Earth Eagle, but I know that the brewer isn't a hophead, so I can't imagine his IPA is all that good. And Throwback's IPA is an embarrassing malt bomb of an amber ale masquerading as an IPA, and much more expensive than Smuttynose.
  16. Widmer...meh
  17. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Savant (290) New Hampshire Nov 12, 2012

    Nothing from Throwback has thrilled me, which is a shame, since it's always nice to see another brewery in the area. I love Smuttynose.
  18. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Bought this beer 5 times and three of the 12ers were infected/bad/whatever. Not sure why that is but I refuse to take that chance. Otherwise, I find it quite damn great
  19. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (955) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    I passed by this beer for years due to the label, I mean how could something with such an awful label be good? Then I tried it....one of the top 20 IPAs I've ever had easily.
    FlakyBiscuit and jhartley like this.
  20. Finest Kind is one of the top 3 east coast IPAs IMO. Fantastic, especially uber fresh.
  21. Haven't had a good one in years.

    Even when it was good, it was inconsistent.
  22. Throwback beers all lack body and flavor. They're not good, and they're way too expensive.
    Rochefort10nh likes this.
  23. John

    John Advocate (715) New York Sep 17, 2001

    When this beer is in good condition it's pretty good. I usually steer clear though since I often pick up diacetyl and that's off putting for me.
  24. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (650) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    AMEN !!!!!

    Cheers
  25. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (525) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    And no tax!
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  26. I think it would be better if there were a way for me to buy some in MA less than two months after the bottling date. Seriously, Boston is 56 miles away it shouldn't take two months to go from packaging to shelf.
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  27. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (650) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    You sure your distributor isn't sitting on super fresh finestkind in the warehouse,while waiting for the last shipment to run out?Never have an issue w/ getting finestkind no more than a month old,(often less than a month) @ the most, here in my parts.

    Cheers
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  28. seplo

    seplo Savant (445) Connecticut Sep 8, 2009

    Smuttynose IPA is my go to here in New Haven CT, one of my favorites,its usually fresh down here...CHEERS
  29. SenorHops

    SenorHops Savant (385) Rhode Island Aug 10, 2010

    I find it to be incredibly average.
    MrOH, rjknyy, WeymouthMike and 3 others like this.
  30. theCoder

    theCoder Savant (330) Minnesota Oct 24, 2011

    Smuttynose's Ry(e)an Ale blew my friggin mind. If I ever have another op to get a bottle I will jump on it.
  31. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Savant (480) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007

    Completely off topic, but agreed. To me, it's up there with Berkshire's bourbon barrel scotch ale as the best barrel aged beer I've ever had.
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  32. I'll take it further. This is my single favorite year-round beer on the market. FinestKind is the Finest Kind.
  33. I LOVE Old Brown Dog Ale. About to split a sixer of Finest Kind with a buddy for the first time. And...I like the label too. Being from New Hampshire...these guys could easily be my neighbors. I can hear them now complaining about politics and the recent influx of flatlanders.
  34. I really don't know (nor did I claim to know) where it is languishing, but I'm sure it hasn't been reaching the retailer in MA until two months after packaging. I love this beer, but I'm not going to drive to CT or NH to buy it fresh.
    Horbar likes this.
  35. The New England Gangsta at Earth Eagle is actually quite good, and their Shepherd's Crook wheat pale ale was awesome. Recently they brewed a pale ale with locally sourced hops and malt, and I didn't like that one as much as Shepherds Crook, but a fellow hophead liked it even more. You should check them out, they have been cranking out new quality offerings every week.
    straffordmilitia likes this.
  36. I love this beer under a month old. After that it is just ok and gets a little malty for my taste.
  37. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (575) California Aug 26, 2009

    I've been whooping in up with Cy and Paul for a few years now. That label is actually one of the things that first got me interested in the beer. Two old guys sitting out in front of their trailer having a good time... it's real New Hampshire for damn sure.
    Maxwell, smutty33, BigCheese and 2 others like this.
  38. If you like a hop bomb then try their Big A IPA. Great 4-pack!
    mackeyse, smutty33, BigCheese and 2 others like this.
  39. Yuuup. That picture is as New England as a Nor'Easta
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