Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #162
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,826
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
1,864
Ratings:
5,407
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Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
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Year-round
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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
Notes: 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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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A misty, dark yellow; the color of a sunflower’s iris. Proffers up a big, soapy, head of white that skips town before the party starts. Leaves no trace of lace.

Bouquet:
A hushed duet of semi-sweet hops and tiny speckles of pineapple. Fresh citrus cuts in front of these quiet performers, playing a lurid yet catchy jazz solo which nearly tunes them out.

Feel:
A slick, medium body with a nearly impalpable booze finish that has the gentle warmth of a springtime sunrise. The carbonation plays a subtle yet imperative, supporting role.

Taste:
A drizzle of pineapple syrup over a fistful of tangy, citrus hops. Any potential acidic bitterness is bumped out of the picture by a biscuity, malt backbone.

Photo of Craig-er
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local brewery very high on my list. Lovely dark yellow look, smell is pleasant but not overpowering, taste is dry and citrusy.
Overall a superb brew.

Craig-er from New Hampshire, Apr 10, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent copper with two fingers of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is sticky, resiny, floral, citrusy hops with a hearty biscuity, bready malt backbone. 'Oldschool' IPA vibes, but in the best of ways. Balance is clean. Flavor profile is resiny, floral, citrusy hops in a sticky mash-up. Biscuity and bready malts offer up some support and relief to the hop bite. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a fuzzy texture. Overall, a balanced old school, 'West Coast' IPA with a little bit of hop bite with a net balance.

Draft. Reviewed from notes.

Harrison8 from Missouri, Feb 07, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent golden/hay color with a fast receding off white head. Smell is reminiscent of citrus and peaches,fresh cut grass. Taste is very fruity and citrus forward. Some malt comes into play and almost balances the bite with sweetness(not quite) Feels very carbonated,(bonus) medium body ,finishes juicy. This is a very nice drinkable IPA. Overall a keeper.

Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Jan 18, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in Nov 2019. There is a drink before date of 12/2019 on the bottle.

Appearance: Light gold color with 2 finger white head. It is very hazy, like other New England IPAs. Head is thick and there is nice lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of hops, pine, and citrus, as well as some sweetness like pineapple. Overall the citrus aroma dominates the other aromas.

Taste: There is a strong hops flavor with some citrus, pine, and a little sweetness as well. This is a little more bitter than most other IPAs, which I like. Has a nice after taste. Overall a nice balance and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium alcohol which matches the 6.9% listed.

This is a very good and interesting IPA. It has a nice mix of citrus, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. I like the overall balance, and that the citrus flavors are pronounced but do not dominate the flavor. This has a good hop bite and my favorite of the Smuttynose Pale Ales. It is very drinkable and I would buy this again.

JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania, Nov 28, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i don't have a sophisticated palate like so many reviewers here. but i know what i like, and i *really* like this one. honey colored, and a well-balanced fruity, haze, hop, malt, and body, but not dialed up to 11. i put it in the new england class of ipa, but lofted to a perfect height. i can't give the particulars better reviewers can, but i can tell you this is regularly in my refrigerator.

nosho from Massachusetts, Nov 10, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - golden yellow color, mostly clear, thick foam head and lots of glass lacing
Smell - very sweet mineral quality. Sweet fruits and grass.
Taste - It's a nice drinkable beer, something that can not be said for every IPA. Only a medium body and medium-light carbonation. Bitterness is more so in the finish but initially on the palate, it's very sweet, slightly tropical flavor. Some dank earthy mineral qualities.

Overall, very good beer. It doesn't really pop with specific fruit flavors that you get in other IPA's like grapefruit or pineapple. It's just well balanced sweetness up front and lingering chewy hops. Grade is an A-

PMakowski from New Hampshire, Jul 16, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Golden-orange color and faint haze in appearance, with white head.
Smells sweet malty, lemony, grainy, a little soapy.
Tastes equal parts lemon-orange, malt (somewhere between biscuit and caramel), and grain, with a fairly hard-stop bitter and grain finish.
Medium body. Crisp.
Overall, a wonderfully rounded, crisp IPA that has a bit of everything (citrus, malt, grain, bitterness) melded into every sip - a complexity that is not overwhelming. I think this is not the original recipe (which I miss)? - I remember the original smuttynose 'finest kind' as being more floral in the nose and pine in flavor.

usernamenotinuse from Massachusetts, Dec 21, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed golden pour with thick foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Toasted malts with pine/citrus hops.

T/F: Sweet toasted grains up front. A bit of caramel... modest hop bitterness. Pine forward with some lighter citrus and floral notes. Medium to light bodied... sticky on the tongue.

O: A decent enough west coast style IPA. Nothing too exciting but an everyday kinda beer.

EMV from Pennsylvania, Nov 02, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a 16-oz. mug.
A moderate pour produced a finger sized frothy white head, long lived with lots of lace.
Slightly hazy pineapple-orange juice color, looks golden-yellow in front of light.
Hops dominate the smell, floral and citrusy with faint malt in the background.
Taste has floral/piney hops at first as semi-sweet malt takes over the middle with some pineapple-O.J. flavor. Bitter hops fill in the end as it becomes semi-dry with a clean finish.
Medium bodied with extra carbonation that moves the feel along with a slight peppery bite from alcohol and hops.
A happy revisit, easy drinker, smooth despite the abundant hops. I remember this beer being not as hazy and juicy the last time I tried it three years ago, I think it has improved.

Amendm from Rhode Island, Sep 11, 2018
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3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

08/05/18
Blind comparison of 6 IPA's

1. Deschites Fresh Squeezed IPA
2. Cigar City Jai-Alai IPA
3. Southern Tier 2XIPA
4. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
5. Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA
6. Avery The Majaraja IPA

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LOOK; light straw yellow color, creamy head, good retention
AROMA: Citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit
TASTE: lime, baking soda
FEEL: a little watery. carbonation weak.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Aug 06, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
BB 11/21/18
Bright clear golden color with big fluffy white head
Grapefruit, pine needles, caramel as it warms
That caramel again, followes by citrus but mainly grapefruit, with a piney finish
Medium to light bodied, as it starts off somewhat full, but has a watery finish
Overall I'm all for an old school IPA, but this is a bit too malt forward for me

Samlover55 from New York, Jul 26, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a single 12 oz bottle marked "best by 7-23-2018" as this was a beer I've wanted to try for some time and with Smuttynose going under I figured this was as good a chance as any. I was hoping this was a 3-month dating window, not 6 months but I'm inclined to guess the latter as the flavor and aroma were not all that impressive. Some pine, grapefruit, and pithy bitterness. Meh.

Lucular from Maryland, May 07, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As I just had a couple, I thought it was high time I rated one of my go-to IPAs. From the bottle to a Hermit Thrush tulip glass. You might call it an old-school IPA, but for me it's always a refreshing change from the NEIPAs that are all the rage. Fruity, hoppy, balanced.

hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts, Feb 14, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

located only 15 miles away
always good beer
slightly hazy golden color with lingering 1/4" head
smell - hops
taste - citrus hops perfectly balance for 6.9% abv but malt also shines through
feel medium to medium heavy - mask abv well
a solid well balanced ipa

nhdjinn from New Hampshire, Jan 17, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with BB date of 5/18/18. Pours a dark gold with literally no head. Smell is malty, fruity, hoppy. Taste is very hoppy with a good malt backbone. Grapefruit pith, orange peel, tangerine. Bitter finish. Good carb. Medium mouthful. One of my favorite IPA's. An all time classic on the style.

pro45 from New York, Dec 30, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

historically, one of my top 10 american craft breweries.
the brew: low key, maltier nose. slow, assertive hop bitterness. refective, spacious finish. musical.

carlos from Pennsylvania, Dec 26, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-golden burnt dark orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a fairly decent pace. Slight foamy speckled lace looked great.
The aroma was filled with sharp piney sweet hops playing with a huge floral to zesty/semi-spicy hoppiness and flowing over a clean caramel/toffee malt bill (which seemed extremely faint).
The flavor achieved a well nuanced zesty/spicy hoppiness flowing over a breaking apart piney-ness (was sweet but became somewhat bitter as it warmed). Well balanced aftertaste between the malts and the zesty/spicy hops.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch towards the light side with a healthy carbonation. ABV felt on par. Nice spicy hoppiness and floral hoppiness in the finish.
Overall, before all of these "haze IPA bombs" that came out, this AIPA was being knocked back by many beer geeks. And honestly, I would say many are still are as well as me. Hoping my numbers reflect how I truly feel about this beer.

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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Pours honey gold. Good head that lasted an Ok amount of time. Citrus nose, just not as complex as I prefer. This is light in hops so if you prefer a strong, typical IPA this won’t suffice. However, if you are new to IPAs this is a god entry model. Quirky can art. And come on, can you really say Smuttynose without a giggle?

Mysticmage from Ontario (Canada), Oct 22, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh bottle, very fresh into a Sam glass. Not a lot of head with a vigorous pour, nor a lot of carbonation. Lacing only so so. Decent hoppy flavor that has all the right citrusy notes. A very god, maybe not great, IPA. But will try more of this brewery, too. It's a quality beer, worth buying.

ThePold from Virginia, Aug 30, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can = pours a lightly hazed gold with a 1 finger white cap that reduces but lasts - aroma is grapefruit-floral-piney with a decent sweet malt underpinning flavor follows aroma - clean finish, not overly hoppy but a session IP decent but not distinct.

pootz from Ontario (Canada), Aug 17, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Gold-orange color with a thick foamy head. Aroma of fresh pine needles and cedar. Tastes like yellow grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light and easy. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and feel this would be great for summertime imbibing.

JustCamIt from Virginia, Jul 21, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look -- Straw yellow colored
Smell -- Slight citrus and grapefruit
Taste -- hit of citrus upfront and bitterness on back end due to hops
Feel -- Thin feel
Overall -- Good IPA, it leans more toward the bitter side

incognito369 from District of Columbia, Jul 18, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this at a redsox game. Good overall IPA, hit the spot on this especially hot day. Has a nice round feeling and overall good balance. Would recommend.

LIODIYA from Massachusetts, Jun 14, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz can
Fresh
Aroma of dank hops
Clear amber pour with frothy white head
Dank bitter piney hop flavor
After warming, nice caramel malted flavor
Warming alcohol
Overall fantastic ipa

gcasher from Pennsylvania, May 29, 2017
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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