Finestkind IPA
Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #453
Ranked #6,029
4.1 | pDev: 11.71%
Apr 04, 2022
Mar 12, 2004
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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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4.25 by tonystanhope from Florida on Apr 04, 2022
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 05, 2022
4.21 by FishyBeer3 from Massachusetts on Feb 20, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jbolger from Connecticut

A long time favorite. Ranks behind Bells 2 Hearted & Torpedo. Crisp, clean, balanced. Pine. Pleasant bitterness. Purchased at Total Milford.

Aug 27, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BigWheelz from New York

Very nice IPA with a nice maltiness and a nice hops bite without being bitter. I highly advise IPA lovers to check this one out.

Aug 23, 2021
4.07 by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska on Jun 20, 2021
4 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
3.25 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 24, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Apr 03, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, as Smuttynose Finestkind IPA, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Nice hoppy aroma, notes of oranges. Pleasant hoppy flavour throughout, notes of orange peel and pine, well balanced.

Mar 20, 2021
4.15 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Mar 20, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Ocalafox from Florida

So glad Smutty was bought and workers retained a few years back. This is one of our staples when visiting family in Bristol NH. Great taste and always reliable

Mar 19, 2021
4.39 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Lightly hazed golden appearance with a large off white head and very good lacing. First up in the aroma is citrus followed by a bit of spice and spruce. Hop focused taste, resinous and citrusy. Still, enough malt to keep things relatively balanced. Bitter but not numbing. Actually, quite pleasant.

Feb 24, 2021
3.93 by RT-Kris from New York on Feb 20, 2021
3.98 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Feb 04, 2021
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4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Finestkind IPA has a medium, white head, a translucent gold appearance, with splotchy lacing, and lazy bubbles. The aroma is of piney hop resin, white bread, and a touch of fruit. The flavor is similar, with robust bitterness. Finestkind has a medium body and a mostly-dry finish.


Feb 04, 2021
3.89 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Dec 22, 2020
5 by Gubblecote from New York on Nov 09, 2020
3.94 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Nov 08, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by 1009 from Massachusetts

You’ve been in class all day; tissues, pathways, mechanisms ring through your head with no sign of slowing soon. Its 7:30pm, and the sun has already near set across the Somerville sky. Brain exhausted and eyes strained, you close out your last Zoom call, shut your laptop and make your way to the balcony outside for some fresh air. To your immediate surprise, instead of the typical metro humidity and busyness, you’re met with a cool, crisp, natural breeze. Fall is here. The North is calling. You immediately know what to do ; you traipse back inside to their fridge and crack a Smutty. The Finest Kind. Notes of pine and grass complete the symphony; the briskness of arriving autumn tapered by the flowing IPA approaching your extremities... warmth. You don’t just feel home, you ARE home. That is what Smuttynose’s Finest Kinda does for you, and for that reason it has earned a spot in my fridge. Cheers.

Oct 12, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by Jeez from Massachusetts

Pours... well I don't know. I had 3 of them within their own cans. The aroma is hop-forward with a hint of citrus, maybe pineapple? The taste can be described as 'woodsy' with an emphasis on floral hops with a resinous finish. One of the strengths of this beer is its smoothness. Although it is 6.9%, it could pass for 5% or lower.

Sep 19, 2020
3.92 by teamgalt from Massachusetts on Sep 14, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head, which dissipates. Light lacing.

Aroma is pine, grapefruit, grass.

Taste follows nose: Pine, grapefruit, grass. Resinous.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Another good one from Smutty.

Sep 05, 2020
3.9 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Aug 29, 2020
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 27, 2020
3.34 by eppie82 from Illinois on Jul 14, 2020
4 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
4.1 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jun 02, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PathofChaos from Maryland

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jun 01, 2020
3.81 by Branlott42 from Missouri on May 24, 2020
4.03 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Apr 19, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Craig-er from New Hampshire

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.

Apr 10, 2020
4.24 by LXMRTN from New Hampshire on Mar 23, 2020
3.88 by Gerred from Missouri on Mar 22, 2020
4.16 by MikePacheco12 from New Jersey on Mar 20, 2020
5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 04, 2020
4.41 by Wizzman from Massachusetts on Feb 19, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Feb 07, 2020
4.14 by AndrewTobias from Pennsylvania on Jan 21, 2020
Finestkind IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 5445 ratings