Smuttynose Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)
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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #23
Ranked #8,717
4.01 | pDev: 6.98%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
Smuttynose Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)
Notes: Malt – Pilsner Malt, Aromatic Malt, Caramel 60, CaraRed

Hops – Magnum, Zeus, Centennial, Falconer’s Flight

65 IBU(estimated)
Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 154 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Treated as an American strong ale, this was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a semi-thick dark orange to red color with a sheet of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace, somewhat stringy.
The aroma had a stable smooth blend of sweet caramel/toffee malts, light earthiness, some grassiness, light tobacco, and ended with a little brown sugar.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the prior mentioned aromas stabilizing the aftertaste in the same way.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a slight sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Really nice smooth grassy to earthy and malty finish.
Overall, nice as an American Strong ale but too high an ABV for the American red/amber ale style. Still, I'd have again.

Oct 17, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep copper red, with a good clear and translucent body appearance. Faint rising carbonation, matching to a three finger, but very soapy retention head. Quite bubbly top, as it settles with small pill sized lacing, and a big swiss cheese collar.

Soft grains and caramel notes, almost a faint honey sweetness. Slightly mellow hop and juiced but a bit indistinct. Perhaps a bit leafy green but also slightly citrus.

Palate brings good caramel and amber warmth. Big hints of light brown sugar matching with a soft bodied hop and tea like flavor in the mid palate. Finishes with soft and chewy malts with a bit of hop astringency that cuts through nicely. Slight orange and pekoe tea like flavors in the aftertaste with soft malt chewy depth. Digging this really nice mouthfeel.

Not a hop heads beer, but adds a good contrast to the large malt backbone with lighter sweetness. Excellent big amber.

Sep 17, 2016
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured murky red in the pint glass, and formed a good looking, two finger thick head. The aroma of the beer was on the hoppy end of the spectrum, with spicy bite to the nose, followed by a sweet smell that was like a fruit punch made with brown sugar. The taste followed the nose for the most part, but started off sweet instead of finishing that way, and then morphed into a drying hop finish. The body of the beer seemed a little on thin side at first, but started to feel more substantial further into the session. The finish ended with a smooth, boozy, and caramelized flavor, that reminded me of a dark rum. The beer was well put together, and I wouldn't mind picking another bomber one day.

Jul 31, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Tempe Bevmo in early April for $6.49. Best by 9/3/16. I think it is 8.2% abv but it's smudged.

Beer poured reddish brown with a beautiful white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is fresh citrus, very nice.

Taste is well balanced between the caramel malts and the citrus hops. A slight vegy finish knocks it down a quarter point.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall this is another solid beer from New Hampshire's finest brewer. i have enjoyed every brew i have tried from these guys. Their consistency is excellent!

Jul 24, 2016
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz poured into a tulip. Appears to be best by 8/31/16 date, but it's half rubbed off.

Dark red with pink and brown highlights. A one finger head that moves to a tan lace very quickly. The aroma is interesting, almost barleywine-esque, with nougat, dark fruit, citrus, and bread touches. Taste follows the nose, with some back end earthiness and grass. Carbonation is medium low, the feeling is dense and coating, with a lingering finish.

Overall, this is big beer, and has some interesting qualities. Worth giving it ago if you like the imperial red space.

Jul 02, 2016
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StringsAreWings from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: What a beautiful beer. a semi-translucent amber that pours with a tall, dense head that takes quite a while to recede. After 5 minutes there is still a finger of foam there.

S: Malt, black grapes, maybe a touch of cinnamon.Almost smells like a muted wine.

T: Wow what a complex taste. I can taste currants and the bitter hops are now front and center. Orange and grapefruit stand out on the dry finish which is also dominated by bold hop bitterness. This is a very unique beer.

F: Aggressive carbonation but I think it fits well here. Dry finish.

Overall this is a hard one to categorize. It's really good, you can just taste the freshness, but it's bold in it's forward bitterness and really unique in it's flavor profile. As a result I couldn't see this as a regular choice but it would be a great choice for a treat and something out of the ordinary every now and then.

May 18, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear rich copper/bronze with a sticky almost full one finger off white head atop.Big caramel and biscuit malts in the nose with the hops giving off mainly pine notes but there is a slight grapefruit note underneath.Caramel and brown sugar flavors upfront with a bit of toast,a dryer earthy and piney finish that lingers.Pretty much no frills,I liked it but maybe was expecting a little more from this one.

Apr 14, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass: color is dark copper/amber, head is light tan with mainly fine bubbles; head lingers well and leaves nice lacing.

Smell is pleasant blend of caramel malt and sweeter bitter hops

Taste is similar to the aroma, with moderate caramel flavor, some biscuit, light toast; hops are earthy, bitter, maybe some spice.

Mouthfeel is very good for a beer of this strength and tendency towards sweetness, no cloying flavors or biting bitterness.

Overall, a very good beer, that has great flavor and good presence with great drinkability.

Apr 13, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9/3/16.
In a snifter the beer was a cherry amber color. There was a small tan head that dissipated quickly.
Piney hop and caramel aroma.
Caramel/toffee taste. Pine resin.
In looks and taste I was reminded of a barleywine.
Very nice beer.

Mar 21, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since I had a Smuttynose big beer. Just $7.25 for the bottle just as affordable as I remember.

A - As expected the deepest dark shade of amber brown hazy with a 1/4 inch of head that slowly settles to a ring.
S - Hoppy at first but in the glass malty like a DIPA that has been aged a tad. Candied caramel and hoppy combo.
T - Bitter lingering taste at first then a bready sort of spruce like pine taste. Alcohol is sort of well masked not in the taste but in the finish.
M - Medium body and as easy to finish as said off DIPA

Overall its a semi sweet spruce like drink with some bready malts that kind of taste like a DIPA that has been sitting on the shelf for over 6 months. Still it wasn't bad at all!

Oct 15, 2015
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Bottle conditioned March 2015. 5 months old.

a: Clear light ruby with a finger plus thick offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s: Sweet ripe fruit, mainly pear with a citrus tinge.

t: Considerable peppery and piney bitterness up front over a medium bread to caramel malt base. Bitterness lingers in the mouth over a dry finish.

m: Medium, smooth with good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o; The age on this may have changed the hop flavor to mainly heavy bitterness. Malt sweetness helps provide balance in this case but the bitterness lingers throughout. I was never the fan of Finest Kind that many others are, and I can see why this may please them even less, but I do enjoy the overall substance of it even as the bitterness approaches cloying. Again though I'll allow that the age on this, which led to it being offered at a reduced price at a local store, may have muted what might have been more enjoyable flavor a few months ago.

Sep 02, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle conditioned 3/15. Pours a slightly cloudy lovely garnet. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of pine and spruce (spicy) over caramel with a touch of citrus rind. As it warms, a herbal quality is also present.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Superb carbonation with a nice burst of effervescence in the middle a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The quite good flavor profile is intense, a bit complex but lacks balance due to alcohol astringency. It begins with a blended flavor that is fruit like but competes with the alcohol. The middle brings a solid bitterness that is pine and spicy spruce. As the bitterness fades, caramel is evident and yields a slight sweetness that is quickly overcome by the alcohol. Just before the finish, a nice herbal hop flavor is noted. The finish is somewhat dry and astringent. Alcohol astringency lingers.

Aug 25, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer itself pours a nice amber to a light red-brown, maybe just lightly hazy, but hard to tell if it is that or the color that obscures sight through the beer. Head grows nicely on the pour, and does stick around.

The nose is typical for the style as I know it, and for me that isn't a good thing. However, I can't take off for it, as it is what I expected for the style. A bitter tea with perhaps a drop of lemon to add a sour note to it. There are also notes of an earthy, herbal hop.

The taste opens with a sweeter-than-the-nose tea. The astringency is overcome or replaced by this light sweetness. Bittering comes in pretty soon, with a green herbal, grassy to maybe light juniper-like notes. In the end, a light metallic taste exists, which reminds me a bit of an English bitter. Feel is actually quite nice, medium light body, nice carbonation, a just on the dry side feel.

Overall, not a beer for me, moreso because of the style. I think if you enjoy an American-hopped amber ale, you should give this a try.

Aug 09, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fruity specialty malt and floral hops dominate the initial aroma. Muted citrus provides contrast to the sweetness.

Flavor is similar, with fruity malt notes complemented nicely by muddled citrus pith, finishing moderately bitter. It's a well blended ale, balanced nicely between malt and hops. Would like more of a flavoring hop punch. The bitterness is more than I'd prefer.

Aug 07, 2015
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soupyman10 from District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this one. Excellent big amber; nice finger of white head, great, spicy mix of hops-malt in the nose. Flavor is similar, a lot of that hoppy spiciness, a touch of dried fruit, caramel malt, with that hop backbone again. Whew, very nice overall.

Jul 20, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A: Breathtaking! Pours a clear true-amber with 1" of foamy white head that takes it's sweet time sitting down. Retention is THE BEST I'VE EVER SEEN, PERIOD! Lacing is beautiful.

S: Huge crackery malt & traces of piney hops. There's some pitted fruit & hints of berry in there as well.

T: Comes on very malty, slightly off-sweet cracker notes. It's borderline medicinal through the mid palate & it totally works. Traces of overripe raspberry & black cherry are tucked in there. Finishes with a lingering hop-bitterness that really brings it all home.

M: Moderate carb & a soapy, semi-slick body. This is a big beer & it drinks like one.

O: I'm in love.

Jul 17, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/5 bottle...pours reddish amber, light foam, laces. High pine nose, burnt toffee nose. Toasted is a roasted caramel toffee, firm bitter, oily residue. Juxtaposition of sweet and bitter. Solid.

Jul 07, 2015
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly to a ring, leaving some lace. Light hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor follows nose with grapefruit hops, hints of caramel malt, higher ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market basket Concord, NH.

Jun 29, 2015
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful red amber color, excellent clarity, and a baseball of off white loose fluffy bubbles. Drippy lace.

Big sweet malt aroma. Oranges. Hint of lemon.

Thick rich semi-sweet malt foundation. Fruity middle. Big bitter bite at the swallow that lingers with the sweetness into the afterglow.

Big smooth medium plus mouthfeel.

I'm a big fan of imperial reds, both hop and malt forward. This is malt forward, and a good one.

Jun 24, 2015
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Homers_Beer_Odyssey from New York

4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - 2FH, opaque, red, lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Malts, fruit, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine, nutty, coffee.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Warming, bubbly, frothy.


OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Really tasty, quaffable.

Jun 23, 2015
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do_ob from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a pint glass. Pours a clear, yet dark, amber with a 2 finger head of eggshell-colored, sticky foam. Smells great, almost like an IPA; tropical fruit and sweet malt, with pineapple and green apples being the most prominent. Medium-light weight, and quite crisp and refreshing. There's a sweet bitterness up front on the taste that brings to life green apples, pineapple, cranberries, and sweet malt. As the taste settles in, I get a bit of a pine resin kick, and lots of hoppy bitterness on the finish. This beer is great until the aftertaste, which brings a kind of sour funk, but not in a good way. Stale bitter pine resin and over-ripe fruit. Not entire unpleasant, but could be better.

Overall, quite enjoyable. This beer was awesome up until the aftertaste set in, then it went downhill a little. Still good, but I would have preferred a sweeter, less pungent aftertaste. Still a good beer, and still undrrated, in my opinion.

Jun 14, 2015
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Red Ale from Smuttynose with 9% ABV. I’m really excited to try this!

The beer pours hazy, copper/orange colored with a one finger beige head. Retension on the glass.

A beatiful nose of plum, dried fruit, apple, caramel malt, fudge, cream, red berries, buttercake and pine.
Taste: Dried fruit, plum, brown sugar, toffee, grapefruit, pine, orange peel, caramel malt and grass.
Body: Medium to full body with complex structure. Medium/soft carbonation. A perfect bitterness that sits in the back, waiting...

I’m in love! This is soo good! I order one more bottle now!

Jun 12, 2015
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Deep ruby red color. Good clarity. Cream-colored head stays at 3/4 of an inch. Spotty lacing.

S: Big candy sweetness. Cherry hard candy and cherry jello. Orange gummy candies with sugar on top. Prunes and booze soaked red fruits. Hints of toast, crust, and cocoa underneath. Perhaps a fleeting whiff of bubblegum and tropical esters. Hops bring freshly peeled mandarin orange, cannabis, and grassy and lightly peppery/herbal aromas.

T: Caramel, candy apple shell, cherry jello. Toasty and nutty malt aspects fold into all this too. This is a big malt bomb. Prunes and red berries. Hops ride up with a lot of earthy, grassy, cannabis, and oily/herbal flavors. Bitterness builds from the mid palate on and peaks late, just before the finish. Juicy mandarin orange. Spike of alcohol toward the back. Hops get the better of the finish with a lot of oily and herbal flavor, though some waning caramel and toast malt tastes ride underneath.

M: Big and hefty body. Syrupy, coating, and very chewy. Lot of residuals here. Low prickling carbonation.

O: A big ol' malt bomb. The hops do enough to keep it from going overboard, but this is still a big rib-sticking sort of beer. Pretty decent drinking, especially when you consider that the price will be about a fair $8.

Jun 09, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2015. Pours slightly hazy ruby red/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial red ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jun 06, 2015
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark red with a two-finger off-white creamy head. The dissapates to a thin ring leaving tons of soapy lacing.

S - Afoma is caramel malts, citrus, and floral hops.

T - The taste starts off sweet with lots of caramel malts and citrus. The sweetness fades midpalate with a wash of piney hops. The finish has even more piney hops and some grapefruit rind.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

O - This is a nice beer with a nice balance of sweet and hoppy.

May 31, 2015
Smuttynose Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 154 ratings