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
Reviews:
1,832
Ratings:
5,258
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.74%
 
 
Wants:
335
Gots:
1,181
For Trade:
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Photo of haines710
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at local supermarket. My first Smuttynose. Classic IPA. Nice head from pour into pint glass. Nice fruity smell and easy to drink. For me this is so smooth. Nice hoppiness and flavor. I could drink a lot more of these and will definitely seek out this brewery. Glad to see it make its way close to Delaware.

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Photo of JustinReinhardt
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Fluffy white head - hazy orange-ish color, this looks like a beer that I would want to drink - The lacing is awesome!
Taste: Started off piney - stayed piney but ultimately finished with a touch of sweetness.
Overall: This turned out to be a beer that i wanted to drink, a near perfect IPA. Smutty nose did it again.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice frothy off-white tall head; fades moderately slowly for an IPA, leaves significant lacing. Aroma of grassy citrus. Taste is nice citrus/grassy/floral hops, followed with well balanced smooth malty light breadiness while the hops linger and a hit of light pine towards the finish. The bitterness which lingers in the aftertaste is something which finer IPAs hide in my opinion but this is still a very nice IPA.

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Photo of thebeers
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank it from the bottle. Dank, piney hops and lightly sweet malt in the nose and taste. Perfectly balanced. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Effing delicious, old-school IPA.

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Photo of akdo
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer from a can into a Cervoise glass. Before the consumption, the can was chilled.

Look: The beer has a dark golden body and produces a one-finger white head. Unlike Driftwood Brewery's Fat Tug IPA, this IPA loses its head quickly. Besides, the beer's body is opaque.

Smell: The malts are not dominant, but one can smell notes of oranges on the nose. Other than that, the nose is mostly notes of bread and pine woods.

Taste: The beer has a moderate taste of orange and orange zests. It has very few residual sweetness. It quickly shifts towards notes of toasted bread and pine woods.

Feel: The beer's taste lingers into your mouth. It has an unctuous texture. Despite its clean and dry finish, it goes down smoothly into your mouth. Moreover, it has a moderate alcoholic warmth.

Overall: I would buy the beer again, because I love its rustic look, feel and taste. They remind me of a rustic IPA brewed by À l'abri de la tempête, a microbrewery on Quebec's Magdalene Islands. However, the only reservation I have is the lack of resilience from the beer's head.

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Photo of Rako
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange, not much head. Has very citrus smell to it, specifically oranges. Going into my mouth comes off very sweet as first with a orange taste to begin but it finishes hard with a piney bitter to it and kind of lingers in your mouth. Goes down smooth. Would buy again/

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Photo of stotch
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 473ml can into a nonic. Can states best before July 2017. Not a fan of this trend, especially with IPAs I like to know the date it was canned.

L: Pours a cloudy, golden orange colour which looks good in the glass. I only got a tiny bit of head that disappeared in less than a minute but I probably should have poured it more aggressively.

S: Lots of sweet, juicy orange, almost like an orange candy. Really nice! Some floral hops as well as some malt.

T: You get that sweet orange from the nose as well as some tart lemon and grapefruit to balance it out. Piney hops in the finish but not as hoppy as I was expecting. There's a bready aftertaste I didn't care for at first but it definitely grew on me as I drank it.

F: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Really glad the LCBO decided to carry this one. At 75 IBU I was expecting a bit more hop bitterness but this is a great, well-put-together American IPA. I hope more IPAs like this one keep making their way north of the border!

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking IPA. Liking the citrus hop scent of this beer with just a hint of malt blending into the edge of this beer, nice. The flavor is not sweet as I would like and a bit more bitter but decent none the less. Well hidden alcohol and nice carbonation. Good but not one of my top.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a mug. Purchased from the LCBO for $3.15 CDN. Best before July 2017.

Appearance - a hazy rich golden coloured beer with orange highlights. Rather juice looking. A fine finger of white is poured, had good staying power and a film of lacing wraps around the top of the mug.

Smell - some citrus, pine resin are stars. There's a freshness here to the aroma that is rather inviting. Possibly some orange.

Taste - plenty of hops, citrus with grapefruit and lemon very minimal sweetness. Somewhat earthy and with some more pine resin, a nice blend of flavours that give no doubt this is an IPA. Would love just a little more sweetness, but this is quite good. Tastes better the more you drink of it.

Mouthfeel - smooth and crisp, medium bodied, leaning towards the heavy end of things. Prickly carbonation and dry finish.

Overall - this one didn't quite live up to expectations, but still a very solid IPA. I certainly see why it is highly recommended.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tallboy from the LCBO; best before July 6 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy golden-amber hue, with just over a finger's width of foamy, frothy white head seated atop. It recedes evenly over the better part of five minutes, smothering the glass with a curtain of sticky lace as it does so, eventually leaving behind a generously-sized collar of creamy foam. The aroma is just one burst of hops after another, underlain with some bready, caramelized malt sweetness - there's citrusy grapefruit and orange, with loads of earthy pine resin as well as a mixture of dank, herbal, floral and earthy elements.

A delicious, flavourful IPA with a near-juicy feel at times from the fruity, citrusy aspects of its hop profile. Bready malts and some light caramel notes provide the scaffolding, but it's the flavours of orange and grapefruit which really leap out at me. Not to leave out the apricot, mango and pineapple, or the tsunami of bitterness that sweeps over your palate as you approach the latter half of the sip. Pine resin, dank herb and citrus pith, with lots of earthy bitterness, and it's all wrapped up nicely by some floral hops, which leave a dry feel on the palate. Medium-bodied, leaning toward the fuller side, with mild carbonation and a smooth, satisfying texture; a little slick/oily, feeling like it coats the tongue with each sip. As an unabashed hophead, I figured I was going to like this one, and it did not disappoint whatsoever.

Final Grade: 4.4, an excellent A grade. Finest Kind IPA is the sort of near-flawless, aggressively-hopped American IPA that brewers in Ontario have been attempting to emulate for years. Only a few of them have truly succeeded, however - because I really feel that Smuttynose's example here is better than 90% of the domestic stuff that I can find at the LCBO. This is only the 2nd Smuttynose beer I've had the chance to try, but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more in the future. In the mean time, I'll be buying these cans regularly while they remain stocked and fresh. A great way to celebrate my 1400th review - cheers!

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very soft tasting IPA and frankly, too bready for my palette. Not liking it as much as Sip of Sunshine, The Calling or Ransack the Universe. In fact, it can't touch those.
Glad I have only bought one can. Won't try it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a halfway mix between juicy and clear. Kind of glassy, hazy, just nice. And of course golden. 2 finger head of just glorious proportions. Webs around the glass. '

An amazing nose. Just so fresh, clean, bright...full of pine, citrus, orange juice and pith, and some light but pleasant caramel notes.

Pretty piney, with citrus accents, some light toffee, then a dash of onion and dank. Becomes a little harsh after awhile. Still real drinkable.

Heavily carbonated with a resinous pith. Slight stickiness. Semi-dryness on the finish.

Overall, worth the hype but for sure it's a bit intense after a few sips. Recommended for hopheads.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy brass with a choppy shortlived head. Ridges of lace coat the glass on the way down. Tangerine, grapefruit, honey and cracker-like pale malts in the nose. Huge wall of citrusy hops in the first sip gives way to tropical fruit and floral hop flavors. Eucalyptus bitterness is prominent throughout. A very solid - but never distracting - bready malt profile provides just enough balance. Full bodied with high carbonation. Mouthcoating bitterness and more citrusy, tropical notes in the very long finish.

This is a fantastic, benchmark IPA. Jam packed with juicy hops and loads of bitterness, but still balanced and approachable. A must try.

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Photo of Holderness
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -- pale amber with a moderately laced white head
S -- citrus, pear
T -- smoke, citric hops, burnt sugar, chamomile. Not too bitter
F -- well balanced
O -- an excellent northeast ipa

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull golden appearance, yellow, almost 1.5" of white head, good retention. Looks the part. Aroma was not giving up any of the Amarillo goodness. Disappointed I am son.

Taste was a ton of bitterness, the Simcoe is definitely representing. Santiam, can never taste those so I dunno. Alcohol too pronounced. Lots of bitterness, but they do it without drenching the beer in crystal malt, so that's nice at least. I don't get the love for this one. Good, not great.

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Photo of chuckakhan
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice golden and cloudy look with the a nice hoppy smell to it (like I'm sticking my nose in a container of hops). The taste has a hint of malt with a somewhat carbonated taste and feel, though. Overall, a pretty respectable IPA.

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Photo of hman43
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with a slightly moderate off white head. It has some lacing and a bit of haze.

Smell: It has aromas of toast, light caramel, low floral and a bit of grass.

Taste: It has flavors of floral, toast, light caramel, and floral.

Feel: It has a moderate body and has a moderately bitter finish.

Overall this is a very favorable and easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of moodenba
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA bottle purchased 7/1/16 (expires October 2016)

50 deg bottle poured into a highball glass. Uneven head gave up a bit of lacing. Pale amber color. Beery aroma with the hint of hops. Flavor is basic American IPA, hop emphasis with a slight perfumy edge that put me off.

Finest Kind is good, but I should have liked this beer more. The Brothers loved it, and the geezer on the label has several characteristics in common with me (not the suspenders). New Label: the guy on the left apparently expired to make room for larger type.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange amber with a beige ring that leaves sporadic lace.

Smell is pine, grapefruit candy, and melon.

Taste changes over to melon candy, and piney hops, but is not too bitter.

Soft and froth. A favorite of the old lady's, especially with that label.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a Smuttynose mixed 12-pack at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. The bottling code is dated best by 10/27/16, or about four months from now. Poured right from the fridge into a chalice.

L: Pours a warm honey amber with about a half-inch of eggshell head that sticks around for a while and settles on a film and ring that leave moderate lacing on the glass. Somewhat hazy, with profuse visible carbonation present.

S: Very inviting bouquet on this one: fruit-forward hop notes are front and center, with the most pronounced notes being grapefruit, ripe stone fruit, and more reserved tropical fruit. There is a bit of floral hop presence, as well. Underneath all of this are the bready and cracker malts, with perhaps a touch of caramel malt coming through.

T: Hop astringency registers first on the palate--bright citrus and floral notes--and this overshadows almost all of the malt bill right off the bat. There is a bit of the cracker malt coming through. As the flavor moves to the middle, the floral hop flavor asserts itself further--it's a similar flavor profile to that of Bell's Two Hearted. The grapefruit flavor also intensifies, and some of the other fruit flavor begins to shine through, including the stone fruit (apricot, predominantly) and tropical fruit (mostly pineapple). There's cracked pepper and a bit of saltiness in the mix, as well. The back end continues to ride the hop train, though the overall taste seems to gain some sweetness. The grapefruit takes on more of a bitter grapefruit rind flavor, and there's a suggestion of resinous pine in there, too.

F: Nice body, overall, as it displays some of the heft of a medium-bodied brew with the effervescence of a lighter ale. This one is bright, creamy, and bitter in turns. Excellent carbonation on this one really helps the flavors to pop on the palate.

O: I had tried this one a couple years back, and I don't remember enjoying it this much. Granted, this was a very fresh pack I picked up, so that certainly helps. I like the complexity of this IPA: the nose and initial taste suggest something of a fruit bomb, and then the great floral notes and bitter kick in. Unlike a lot of IPAs that get it wrong by throwing in tons of hops yet allowing the flavors to muddle, this one allows all the different notes their chance to shine. I highly recommend giving this one a go.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly clear, slightly hazy golden amber with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like sweet honey malt, zesty fresh lemony orange and grapefruit citrus, some tropical notes, mild caramel, with earthy floral grass and pine. Tastes like biscuity honey malt, very dank floral earthy herbal hops, woody grassy pine, very herbaceous, with a touch of caramel cracker and zesty tropical citrus. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a real nice earthy herbaceous IPA.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy orange/copper appearance with a white foamy head. Fresh citrus and pine on the nose. The taste is where things really come together. Nice punch of bitter citrus flavor with a decent malt background. I get more of an oily mouthfeel than with some other recent IPAs I've had. This has really become a go to IPA for me. I can always seem to find it fresh and its a couple bucks cheaper than some of the higher end IPAs on the market. Really nice IPA.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick head that dissipates moderately slowly. Considering being an IPA it is quite light on the tongue. Lots of refreshing citrus hops mixed with a bitterness that isn't aggressive. Although not a session IPA I could down a couple of these without thinking. Perfect summer weather beer!

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Photo of TrueGrit91
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A rich, deep golden (borderline brown) that you can see through, albeit hazily. When I poured into a pint glass from the bottle, it had a nice quarter-inch head that formed and stayed for a little while

Smell: Light citrus in the first whiff, on next smell rich hoppiness. My wife smelled apricot (she has a much more sensitive than mine.)

Taste: It may be my still-developing palette, but I really just caught hops on this. I was looking forward to some fruity or citrus overtones based on the smell, but I really didn't get anything but a mouthful of hops. Delicious hops and an excellent IPA, just not as complex I as was hoping for. While strong and the only real flavor I got, the hops were not ridiculous, as in some IPAs which seem to exist solely to punish you for drinking them.

Feel: Very light on the tongue. The high carbonation of this beer mixed with the strong hops mixes very well for a tongue-tingling sensation

Overall: Would definitely drink again! A good first introduction to Smuttynose brewery, and I am looking to trying more of their portfolio.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Its nearly summertime, which means time for a favorite IPA of mine.
L: Golden, slightly hazy, excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Toasted malts, lemon zest, grapefruit, pine, and tangerine.
T: Malts provide a nice backbone to the bitterness. Really doesn't drink all that bitter, really well balanced. Hops are floral and citrusy, and lend a slight bite but its so well rounded.
F: My favorite aspect of the beer. Drinks super light and refreshing, yet has a strong body. Very frothy and creamy almost. Hops lend a dryness but its really kept in check by the carbonation level/fluffy mouthfeel
O: One of my go to summer beers, its good year round but really is something else on a hot summer day.

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