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:
#2,040
Reviews:
1,848
Ratings:
5,326
pDev:
11.71%
Bros Score:
4.62
 
 
Wants:
343
Gots:
1,217
Trade:
4
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Loved the label, the two old pals smiling with beer bottles in their home wheel backyard.
Amber color with a thin head with low retention.
Malty aroma with sweet flowers and a bit of vanilla.
Very floral taste with a bitterness that grows over time with an earthy base. Dry and quite bitter aftertaste, by the end of the bottle it would not go away.
Medium body with a good carbonation.
Very interesting that this starts more like a British IPA that keeps climbing its bittering hops till American standards. A plane from UK to US. Great for the comrades that like bitter aftertastes and floral hops on a malty beer. At a later stage, made me sneeze a few times, this is my thermometer for bitterness.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Best By date is 10/8/13. I’m not sure how long that means the beer has been on the shelf.

The beer pours with a large white head in a gently hazy peachy orange.

The aroma has tons of sweet bready malt, a good amount of citrus. There’s some floral sweet notes. Definitely more East Coast because of the sweetness, but it surely has that huge hoppiness with the sweetness too.

The beer has sweetness floral and citrus in the front. And then there’s a bready malt in the middle that jumps up for a second. But then there’s a wonderful herbal, pine, tea bitterness that really creeps up on you and then leaves your tongue quite dry.

The ending bitterness really does linger. The mouthfeel is light to medium.

This stands out for me being a really strongly bitter IPA. There’s some balance with the caramel sweetness, but the bitterness is one of the biggest I’ve had for an IPA. I prefer a more West Coast style, but interesting enough. I recommend it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright coppery yellow with orange hues. Tall pillowy white head which quickly fades to a thin cap which provides nice lacing.

Smell is not like your run of the mill IPA. Subtle bready malts, orange zest, grassy. Very pleasant.

Taste starts with a brief flash of malty sweetness quickly followed up by a crisp piney hop bite. A touch of citrus and then a bitter herbal finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and not as sticky as some IPAs, but it's perfect for an everyday drinking beer.

Greay beer. Ill definitely be buying this somewhat regularly.

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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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