Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at 5 Napkins NYC on 5/24/14

A-Orange in color with hints of haze. Generous foam head.

S-Bitter nose is of grapefruit, pine and citrus zest.

T-Taste is moderately bitter, with many of the same notes as the aroma. Resinous finish, with moderate amount of biscuit malts.

M-Medium body with light carbonation well balanced

O-Overall a great IPA to pick up.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Draft at the Portsmouth Brewery

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold with over a finger of frothy white head. Great retention and insane lacing. Just beautiful.

S - Floral, piney, and bitter hops with a bit of a sweet malt backbone.

T- So delicious. Instantly a favorite of mine. Introduction of bitter, floral, and pine hops leading to a slight caramel malt backbone. Finish has a dry grainy quality to it.

M - Medium body, average carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

O - Suddenly I have a new IPA on my short list of favorites! Just wonderful. Easy to drink, refreshing, complex, hugely flavorful, and delicious. One of the best of the East Coast.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SanFranJake
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed yesterday from bottle to glass, obtained via trade (yet another awesome extra) from @totalbangover.
The last few months I've been on a big double an triple IPA kick and as such, haven't been buying many single IPAs and once I cracked and poured this fine beer, I was a happy camper.
If you were to take a picture of what a great IPA were to look like in a glass, this would be it: perfect golden/orangish hue with a finger+ of nice creamy white foam.
If you were to try to describe what a highly rated single IPA were to taste like...ding ding ding. Hops, some fruit and lots of goodness. The nose too was fantastic.
Yet another beer that I can't get in my area, hell, my state, that I wish I could. Nothing that people create threads about but one that, as the label illustrates, I could see sitting on the porch or deck with a buddy enjoying a sixer of and mug like the company, enjoying every last minute of.
VERY SOLID IPA. A fridge staple.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmcadamis
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Peach colored hazy brew with a small crisp white head and lots of really nice lace.

S - Big grapefruit and pine notes over a caramel tinged biscuity malt base.

T - Follows the nose. BIg malt backbone overlaid with tons of grapefruit and pine. Tastes like the prototypical IPA.

M - Medium bodied and chewy with a nice dry finish.

This is a totally balanced and tasty IPA. I would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, goblet, 'Best before: July 10' notched on the label to the credit of Smuttynose. Thanks for hooking me up with some Smuttynose farrago!

What I wouldn't give to be enjoying a care free Sunday with the two jolly gents on the label. This is a lovely hazed sunset, wheat orange with a small but sticky white head. There is a fair amount of floating matter, and like I said, the haze is significant.

Sweet dried mango, papaya, caramel malt, honey, and citrus rind.

Citrus (orange, grapefruit) rind bitterness makes this not as decidedly sweet as the nose implies. Some vodka and orange juice, pineapple, grapefruit, and mango.

Just about perfect mouthfeel for an IPA. Moderate carbonation with a dry but not empty body.

Since this is sub-7% abv and a solid IPA, I would love to have it around. Unfortunately it isn't. So far I think Smuttynose is an excellent brewery.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy blonde hue with a creamy stark white head. Yeast from this bottle-conditioned ale is suspended throughout. Nose is full of spicy hops, ale yeast, and a touch of mellow malt. Palate is again full of assertive hops, very floral and fresh, well-balanced by light malt. Body is rich and creamy, yet not syrupy like some stronger IPAs tend to get. God, I wish I had bought more than one bottle on my trip up north.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Cloudy deep golden hue with a two finger frothy head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind solid lacing. The yeast is suspended in the beer in a way that it looks like bubbles frozen into ice. Strong rings of lacing along the glass.

The malts provide a sweet honey-biscuit aroma that mixes perfectly with the sharp citrus aromas from the hops.

The malts are light in the background only making a grainy base. The hops aren't overpowering either, but they do provide a good bitter kick with a little bit of spice. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering bitterness from the hops.

This is an IPA that someone can find refreshing on a hot day. It's not to chewy but still gives a good amount of hops for those who want them. Recommended.

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Photo of Shanty76
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange with lots of floaties, one finger head.

S-Hops, citrus and grapefruit and some grass.

T-Earthy notes and lots of citrus. Ends bitter, lots of balance. A great IPA.

M-Medium bodied some carbonation.

O-A wonderful East Coast IPA. One of the best readily available ones, behind Flower Power.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deepish amber with a orange hue and an inch of nice foam. Pretty nice IPA.

S - Mostly of pine with little citrus. Malt really seems to take over a bit since the age.

T - Starts off dry and hoppy. Just the way I like it so age really made no difference in the hop profile except I got piratically no citrus just straight up pine. Finishes dry and wet.

M - Medium bodied and a refreshing ipa.

D - Pretty nice to sample. Will have to check the dates more frequently since this one was best before April 2010. Way past it's prime but still drinking great. Can get a sixer for 9.99 so affordable as well. Nice!

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Photo of madmanjf
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this cask-conditioned, gravity keg pour

(A) Orange appearance and cloudy. Initial head good, retention low due to natural carbonation. Initial appearance is intriguing with the orange glow

(S) Very floral hop aroma. The sweet inviting kind, not bitter. I was there when the wood pin broke the seal and this aroma was evident long before the first pour.

(T) Not overly bitter, but definately has the hop bitterness one would expect from an IPA. The natural carbonation isn't too intense so the bitterness is gentle

(M) For myself, there was an odd lingering aftertaste that was somewhat dry and blank.

(D) Very drinkable except for the lingering aftertaste. It wasn't a huge issue though. I had 3 20oz imperial pints.

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Photo of BWH3
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange to amber brew with slight haze. Pours only a fair head that is reabsorbed into the beer rather quickly. The poor head keeps this brew from exceptional.

S: The stench of the bittering hops lingers beneath the surface. On top the hop bouquet is more floral than citrusy and almost no pine or mineral notes. Malt aroma only balances the bitterness.

T: The base malts serve as a platform for sampling the flavors of the hops selected for this IPA. The initial sips again are very floral followed by a long lingering mineral like bitterness that never overpowers the tongue or is off putting. The complexity is not quite high enough to deserve exceptional status.

M: Very good. Thicker than a pale ale. Not enough head retention.

D: The best IPA I have had thus far from the East Coast. Very true to the Midwest and West Coast ideal of bitterness in an IPA. Very well done.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams Imperial Series snifter glass.

A- Very cloudy, sudsy, non transparent golden orange. A head that latches on to the sides of the glass and little floaties dancing in the very low carbonated beer.

S- The smell is so good i got carried away and accidentally got some up my nose, which wasn't so bad. Very citrusy, hoppy and flowerly. Exactly what you want to smell from an IPA.

T- Extremely bold and bitter citrus and hop characters. Very delicious.

M- Tart and bitter. Leaves the mouth thirsty for another sip.

D- High drinkability, one of the finest beers of its style that I've had.

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Photo of jhutt
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden color with a sticky bubbly white head. Retention and lace a excellent. Foam never settles shorter than 1/4" and there's a well defined ring for each sip.

S- pungent grapefruit orange and pine aroma with a nice sweet glazed donut malt back. The more I sniff the more tropical it gets. Tangerine, pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, mango. Amarillo? Tart puckery and citrus. Very nice.

T- insanely bitter first thing in the morning. Definitely the most numbingly bitter ipa I've had in quite some time. Grassy and tea like, somewhat earthy and woodsy with the citrus flavors on a back burner. Lime pith and grapefruit peel slowly emerge with some pine and the subtle flavor of Greek food. And I'm definitely going with oregano and kalamata olives. Interesting. Small amount of malt sweetness gets blasted away by hop bitterness in the finish.

MF- astringent and resiny. Dry and puckering. Bitterness takes over the mouth feel and tires the palate. There's a pillow of malty cushion there when I need it, but the hops are relentless. Rolling and soft at times, seems like a combination of oily hop feel and malty viscosity. Tight prickly carbonation may be just a tick too aggressive.

D- not my preferred ipa formula- I jones for a certain balance that I call marshmallow... But I am definitely down for a good hop ass kickin and the finest kind left me concussed. And I'm only half-way through the pint. Seems milder from a bottle but on tap it generated a more thought provoking review. Perhaps the keg is fresher because the hops seem so much more intense. A good drinker at nearly 7% abv, but get ready for some shivering, and have some hot wings handy.

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Photo of maddogruss
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Currently on cask at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, golden body with a thick, silky white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: A nice, balanced, smooth, malt and hop smell that seemed pretty balanced.

T: A nice, bitter hop taste that seemed to be a combination of Cascade and Fogles hops with a pretty good, malt backbone to balance. The Cascade hops were quite evident in the aftertaste.

M: A pretty full-bodied and smooth mouthfeel that was complimentary to the taste.

D: A good taste for an IPA and an amazing mouthfeel. Definitely a very drinkable beer overall.

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Photo of phantomwyse
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer that's championed me through many a Red Sox game, why has it taken me so long to get to you?

A: Cloudy coppery honey color with loads of particles floating around. Solid one and half finger head of classic white. Honors class representation on the lacing.

S: Balanced from the outset -- an intermingling of piney, citrusy, and very grapefruit-like hops intertwined with brown sugar, biscuit, and cracker malts.

T: Possibly the most balanced IPA I have encountered -- lots of pine and grapefruit but with plenty of sweet malt backbone to support the hops.

M: Full medium bodied with a nice half-slickness.

D: If any American IPA, particularly one that employs West Coast hops, strives to attain balance, this is the benchmark. A Fantastic IPA for anywhere, anytime, anyway.

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Photo of Vogey77
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Delaney's Tap Room on a recent trip to New Haven
A- Pours a clear light orange hue, off-white head dissipates to a ring, big lacing all over
S- Big grass and fresh green hops, touches of citrus and grapefruit, subtle malts, quite delicious smelling
T- Initial taste is green earthy hops, very bitter with some chalkiness, malts are subtle at best, finishes dry and bitter with floral highlights
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue, amped up carbonation
D- The hops are big and bold here, this is a very bitter single IPA, wish there was a little more malt balance, but overall solid and easy drinking

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a good half inch of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled strongly of hops and some malt, though there was a mild fruit element too.

T: Flavor of dry hops and citrus, along with malt. Had a surprising amount of malt for an IPA. Still tasty, though.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation. Had a slightly oily finish I didn't care for, but who cares. Full-bodied.

D: This is another good example of an IPA. It's pretty well-balanced and has a solid taste to it. Nicely done.

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Photo of engagechad
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Single - best by july of 2011 - poured into a dfh snifter

This beer poured Yellow amber, like the color of honey. Not the color I usually look for in an IPA but I guess that is a result of lack of crystal malts..? Great head with good lacing.
Smells amazingly good, not so much the grapefruit or pine, but this beer is all lemon zest for me. It was a pleasure to stick my nose in.
Tasted great as well, very light in body while still smooth. This beer was incredibly drinkable yet I found the mouthfeel to suffer slightly with a grassy after bite.

Overall - great IPA - I would buy it again

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Photo of ccryder
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,301 ratings.
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