Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,299
Reviews:
1,857
Ratings:
5,364
pDev:
11.71%
 
 
Wants:
348
Gots:
1,228
Trade:
4
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Photo of mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheOakKing
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of usernamenotinuse
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kuvja
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KMcGrath
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jguzman718
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Unclevince
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillT916
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnDon
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmb11091
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jay25mac
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of notchucknorris
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amendm
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mromagna
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heftklammer
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Photo of Curt3
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samlover55
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BallsDeep
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jprudhomme7
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,364 ratings