Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
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
Ratings:
5,268
Reviews:
1,836
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.74%
 
 
Wants:
338
Gots:
1,184
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 5,268 |  Reviews: 1,836
Photo of yalyssa
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bone53
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange golden color

Smell: iv been describing a lot of IPAs like this recently, but i pick up an orange marmalade type aroma with a floral hop undertone

Taste: I get that orange marmelade taste upfront, which is balanced by a floral/perfumey quality midpalate and throughout the finish. Theres also an undertone of bready malts from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, goes down crisp with a dry and substantially bitter finish

Overall: This is another classic American IPA. It was probably top notch ten years ago, but the new age IPAs have far surpassed it. There's a nice balance between orange marmalade/floral hops and bready malts, but for me to rate an IPA world class these days it basically has to be tropical forward or grapefruit dominant for the most part. Considering the affordable price, i can see how this is a go to for some. If you like orange, citrus pith, floral ipas, this one is for you

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice peach color with about a two-fingers width head, which stays intact about halfway through the glass. Plenty of lacing down the sides. Quite attractive.

The scent was nice - typical IPA scents of pear, mango, and a hint of grapefruit - but it seemed a bit weak to me compared to some other IPAs I've had lately.

Some grapefruit rind is notable in the taste, but a piney flavor comes through in the finish and aftertaste. It's not overpowering though, and not as mouth-puckering bitter as some other IPAs. Personally, I'd like to taste the citrus a little more and the pine a little less. A slight breadiness from the malts is barely noticeable in the background. Nice mouthfeel. Overall, a very good IPA.

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Photo of Johnny_Duck
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cantal
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mbratt93
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UnderStageMan
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveMi
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden and orange. Looks a bit different than many other IPA's I've had on tap. Nothing special in it's looks.

S - A lighter version of the norm with some citrus notes. Not unimpressive, but nothing that stands out.

T - This is where it shines. The hops are nice and strong without overpowering. Citrus, specifically grapefruit comes through after the initial bitterness. The bitterness makes a return after the grapefruit reminding the drinker it's an IPA.

M - Light and a little dry.

O - I ended up being a lot more impressed than I thought I would be (as I purchased this on a discounted New England craft night). It's a very nice IPA which I plan on drinking again in the near future.

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Photo of avylover
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out golden with a slight haze and a large frothy head. Nice citrousy apricot aroma that stands out from the pack. I can smell a peach in here. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma, but more subtle. Flavors are less pronouced, but the combination of citrous and floral type hops makes for a good taste, almost masking the bitterness in the finish, which this beer needs more of. I like my IPA's with bite, and this falls a bit short in that department. Nonetheless this is not your average IPA and is very flavorful, even though there is not a whole lot of malt character - the hops provide ample flavor here. Mouthfeel is dull, kind of subdued, but I could drink plenty of this stuff. A good IPA, and surely some would consider it great. I just need a little more backlash from my IPAs

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Photo of TLove
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer, through and through. Hoppy, strong, and unequivocally well-balanced.

Appearance is a nice, clean light amber color with full head.

Smell rolls into taste. Uniquely east coast IPA. Smoked maple and dark citrus.

Sharp and bitter, but hops are well-structured and render a sharp, fluid body. Alcohol is present, but fills the mouth in conjunction with the flavor.

Carbonation follows through. Very drinkable.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of off white head. It is is orange in color and has some yeast floating around in it. It smells sweet and citrusy, orange , lemon, grapefruit. The taste, however, is all grapefruit. I prefer a grapefruit taste to a pine taste, which is odd considering I like gin. It's a nice IPA, but the grapefruit taste is a little too much for my liking.

Cheers!

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Photo of jkal13
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbles hit front of tongue right away. Pears. Not too hoppy. Bitter finish.

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Photo of 510a
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlabs
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DeezelBawse
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kurvalek
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of livewire78
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stormking47 for this delicious treat.

Poured a lazy hazy amber color. Not much head and minimal lacing.

Smelled of a nice balance between hops at the forefront with a little malt thrown in for good measure.

Taste was really impressive. Very pronounced malt backbone which carried the intense hop presence on its back. The longer it was in the mouth the more intense the hops became. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was just average. Slick and a bit thin. Not oily or syrupy.

I could drink these all day. The hops would lose its personality after a few but the malt would still taste just fine. Too bad I have to trade to get it or it would be a regular in my rotation.

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Photo of cfalls
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my go-to 10 years ago. Tried it again after many years, from the new can. Still great.

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Photo of Nunya
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teraflx
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bronze color with a one finger head and some nice foam retention. Standard bubbling and lots of sediment, not a bad thing of course.

The aroma is a clean hop, on the sharper side of the orange peel spectrum. A little grass clippings spinkled on there for good hoppy measure. The malts just add a little dry barley powder to off-set some of the hops.

The taste has nice rounded edge sharpness of a little lemon and lime juice blended with the toasted orange peel. The malt has a dry bread crust and a little caramel.

The palate is bitter, dry, astringent, and really sets a nice standard for all AIPAs to follow or strive for. Bitterness, palate cleansing and full of refreshing flavor.

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Photo of direwolf00
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdog
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, chunks of yeast, ok head. Maybe a little old bottle?

Smell: Sweet orange and grapefruit, very nice.

Taste: A little bit of sweetness before a bitterness assault. Dry pithy grapefruit comes on strong.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light for an IPA.

Drinkability: The lightness in feel balances out the dry bitterness for a drinkable beer.

Picked up one of these in Wiscoland. A tasty IPA that I'd have plenty of if it was a local beer.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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