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:
#2,044
Reviews:
1,848
Ratings:
5,326
pDev:
11.71%
Bros Score:
4.62
 
 
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Photo of ThePold
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of emeyer
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patriot76
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Copper, orange color with a great 1 inch thick head. Sediment floats around a mildly cloudy brew. Great lacing.

S- Floral hops and malt. Also some apricot and grapefruit. Very nice.

T- Stong hop bitterness but not overwhelming. The taste immediately goes to the back of the palate. You have a nice pairing of hops and malt going on here. Very well balanced with a full mouth experience. A grapefruit like finish.

M- The back of the palate is the main player in this game. From start to finish the taste rests there. During the initial face there is smoothness, then sharp bittness takes over; nice transition.

D- Overall this is a very nice IPA to drink. It initially is tasty and well balanced. That being said the lingering grapefruit bitterness was unreal. It was as if I slugged down a whole gallon of grapefruit juice, it just wouldn't stop. After a while the lingering bitterness took on the role of an aftertaste. If the lingering bitterness were a bit more subdued I would have given it about as high a rating as possible.

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Photo of Soste87
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of codysjb
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH Signature glass (quickly becoming the best thing in glassware since the invention of blow glass).
A: A nice orange color with little head but some decent retention and lacing. Clear as can be, somewhat generic for an IPA but as always a nice sight.
S: Pine and hops, not a lot going on here.
T: Hops, finishes with some more hops flavor and feels very full. Leaves a distinct bitterness in the mouth.
M:Hopes, some citrus and a lot of flavor that’s packed into the beer.
O: Generic for an IPA, but holds its ground. Nothing out of the ordinary and I think I prefer 60min, but this is good. B+

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before 11/14/12.

A: Pours a hazy bright golden orange with a 1.5 finger thick white head. A huge film of lacing as the head dissipates and as I drink. Lots of tiny bubbles are visible.

S: Real nice pure hop smell, earthy with a hint of citrus. Can see why its called the finest kind. I can see how others members say there is some crackerish bread aroma as well.

T: Well rounded IPA that wont wreck your taste buds. Still quite a bitter ale but has a smooth malt backing that keeps it drinkable.

M: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Has a crisp finish with a slight lingering hop stickiness. More sessionable that most IPAs on the market.

Overall I am surprised at how good this IPA is. I feel like it holds true to the IPA roots without trying to overwhelm your taste buds.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Enjoyed right before heading to the old fieldhouse on campus for a free Common concert (which was amazing).

Pours an orange/amber with yeasty haze and a few fingers of khaki head leaving a nice coating of soapy lace. Nose is dominated by intense bitter hops with a hint of caramel/apricot fruitiness. Taste is genuinely bitter, not just piney or herbal, with a sweet malty and fruity backbone that brings some balance. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. A nice, assertive American IPA, wish I had more than a bottle

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright honey color, clear and minimal head. Slight patches on the sides of the glass making decent lacing.

S- Pleasantly hoppy; citrusy and floral. The malts are well blended throwing honey like aromas into the mix. However, there is an off-putting smell that I cannot get past in there. It is almost like burnt rubber or something. I need to try another bottle and see if it smells like this one day.

T- Very well balanced IPA. The malts are mild but sweet and mix well with the earthy, spicy hops.

M- Medium thickness in the mouth with moderately high carbonation.

D- I think I could session this one nicely. Hopefully they are coming to GA soon, as expected.

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Photo of Amb3do
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect glass. Perhaps my fave IPA. I always come back and buy more even though there are so many IPAs out there to try. The appearance is quite good: copper colored, a creamy head that lasts leaving loads of lacing; I particularly love all the unfiltered sediment. There's nothing ugly about an unfiltered beer, in my opinion.

Smells of piney and citrusy hops with biscuity-sweet undertones. The taste is of bitter hops that will leave you puckered with a semi-sweet aftertaste that again fades to bitterness. Yum! I really like this beer. It tastes far more bitter than the IBUs suggest.

The mouthfeel is medium and it never, ever tastes the slightest bit watery or weak. You feel like you've had something substantial to drink but leaves you craving another. Repeat as necessary. Finest Kind is the standard to which I compare all IPAs.

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Photo of SMontminy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from G311, thanks Vince! Review from notes. Pours with a nice and stiff white head, long lasting and leaves lace. Nice looking brew.

Nose has some earthy caramel malts and a nice edge of hops that provides a multitude of hoppy aromas...grassy, grapefruit and herb.

Taste strikes a nice balance with some toasted toffee and hefty hop bitterness. Hop flavor is clean and not as notable as the bitterness. Nicest part about this beer might be the mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy. Delicious and pretty much flies under the radar when great IPAs are mentioned. Underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours straw bodied with two fingers of pure whit head and nice lacing.

S: Hops are present, but muted. Cane sugar sweetness melds with the juicy citrus hops.

T: Follows the nose. The hops are there: orange, pineapple, grapefruit...but the bitterness is little. Sweetness is always right alongside the hops, providing balance.

D: Mouthfeel is creamy and fuller than most IPAs. This one drinks easy and finishing a sixer would be no problem at all.

Overall: Probably my favorite East Coast IPA after Flower Power. It won't satisfy maniacal hopheads, but it provides for a fruity, juicy, more balanced IPA than the norm.

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Photo of andyo
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked some up in Red Bank, New Jersey. For some reason I can't find it around Virginia Beach.

Pours a hazy orange/gold. Lots of nice lacing on the glass. Smell is faint and piney. Taste is of intense grapefruit, bitter hops (extremely bittler) and somewhat salty. This beer has a real nice mouthfeel; lots of carbonation. Taste lingers in the back of the tongue for a nice, long, bitter finish. A very intersting and powerful IPA! Very nice.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. A finger of dense beige head tops my beer. It shrinks down to almost half a finger, and there it remains throughout the entire beer. Great head retention, nice bit of lacing. Body looks like murky apple cider. I notice particles suspended throughout most of the body.

S. Citrus and floral aromas dominate. Also smell a hint of pine and a bit of yeast and malt.

T. I note a hint of sweet malt in the split second before the bitter hops explode onto the scene in this brew. Grapefruit dominates the hop palette, but there are hints of pine in there as well. The bitter sticks with you, even into the bread flavor at the end, which brings with it a little sweetness to tame the bitter as best it can...but the bitter holds out until the end.

M. Smooth, medium bodied, this beer is slightly creamy, and definitely very good. Dries at the end, this only makes you want it more.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA arrived a dark hazy orange with a short crown, disapating quickly to a short glass ring and thin island lace.
Appears to be particles floating throughout this brew.
Carbonation is light.
Strong sence of citrus on the taste buds lingering to end.
Limited grassy aroma.
The body is a medium at best.
Very nice product.

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Photo of dickieb
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors slightly hazy with a finger or head. Smells of allot of bitter hops, hard to pick up much else. Taste starts bitter with some nice piny hops working in and finishes with an almost lemon bitterness, with some malt flavor also coming in at the end as well. A good mouthfeel, quite drinkable, a solid example of an AIPA

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best Before: 08/08 labeled on the bottle. Purchased 01/05/09 at local consumers beverage center.

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. tumbler. Pours a very nice hazy golden amber with sediment following. I love the fact of the natural in the bottle party action.. visual stimulating.

Gulp. Perfect combination of hops and flora aroma that can please the most stubborn individual. Head settled in a timely manner, lacing nice. Flavors of tangerine a definite, mouthful a plenty. 1st round TKO for the hop lover, you're not going to know what hit you.

Recommend: Yes. Overlooked until now, this is a superb example of the American IPA.

Bottled label visuals are something else, that should be some extra points for creativity. Humility? Honor? Justice?...

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Photo of berley31
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, white head... still resulting in some fairly nice lacing throughout drinking. Body is a nice orange color, and hazy. Cloudy with small particles floating around.

S: The aroma is actually kind of weak... I can detect some citrus and resin there, maybe even a hint of celery or something peppery with the hops. Very slightly funky, though... not sure what's going on here.

T: The taste, however, didn't pull any punches, which surprised me after that weaker aroma. Lightly sweet with citrus undertones, and then a moderately-strong bitter finish... more bitter than the aroma would let on. Really enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: I was a little disappointed with the aroma of this beer, but it scored very well with everything else, and it's a great IPA that packs a pretty good punch.

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Photo of meb3476
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csheridan
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very smoothly balanced American IPA, lovely orange color with a very citrus nose. Very nice bitter hops taste, without overpowering. Bitterness is very reminiscent of what you might get with a good sour/bitter grapefruit, from first taste to aftertaste, with a nice smooth sweet flavor in the middle.

Definitely up there with the Bell's Two-Hearted & Stone IPA for me, & I've become a big fan of the style in the last year. This one's definitely a keeper!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by October 2011 notched on the label. What an amazing and welcomed concept.

Slightly chill hazed medium orange with a nice layer of retention and a fair amount of sticky cling.

Smells of grainy bitter citric rind and crushed baby aspirin.

Taste follows suit. Heavy handed bitterness pounds at the start and hammers throughout. Tingling orange in the middle is battered around the mouth by the sheer chaos of the baby aspirin laden honey kissed chalky wave. Finish is semi harsh, grainy, and lingers with a mildly metallic punch.

Overall, this is a lush, juicy and very bitter IPA. I appreciate how the malts play a distant second fiddle here, but the star of show could chill a bit on her bitter visage.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Hazy gold color with a hefty white head.

Smell- Nice, even, grassy hop aroma with a malt smell to balance it out. My mouth watered after I smelled it.

Taste- Citrus and grassy hops are first in the taste. The malt come in at the end to mute the bitterness a little. The alcohol is also a presence.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is a little heavier than I normally like for an IPA.

Drinkability- I would easily have two of these in a row if they were easily accessible to me. Probably not many more than that. But of course they are bomber size.

I really wish that Smuttynose was a local brewery here. I have always enjoyed their beers. This one is no exception.

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Photo of mooselvlt
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has best by date of October 2011

A - Pours a semi-clear, hazy, light orange with a good fingers worth off off white foam. Very good retention on it with nice lacing present throughout

S - Get the malts up front with a bit of citrus hops at the back. Its subtle though.

T - Very very good. Get the smooth malts then finishes with a very strong mix of citrus and pine hops that really lingers after the swallow.

M - Medium bodied. Smooth with a nice bit of carbonation present. Very drinkable.

O - Very solid IPA here and I could see drinking a few of these in a sitting. Nice flavor, very smooth, and doesn't go overboard in any regard. A subtle drinker in every way. Well done!

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper orange color.
Unique flavor for an IPA.
Nicely balanced. Carmel malt sweetness is prominent.
Plenty of hoppy bitterness, but the hops are smooth, not biting.
Not as fruity as some, but some subtle citus notes.
Perfect carbonation and nice body.
Enjoyable brew with unique combination of attributes in this style of beer

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,326 ratings
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