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

Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Poured a hazy dark golden color, two fingers of dense white head, great retention, lacing all over the glass.
Aroma - Pineapple, grapefruit, faint honey, marmalade.
Taste - Dry bitterness up front, quick hint of pine, fresh pineapple, grassy and leafy hop bitterness, grapefruit rind. Malt is thick and lush. Biscuity, white bread sweetness and a very faint hint of honey. Finish has lingering hop oils and a drying yeasty aftertaste.
Feel - Medium bodied, very creamy, fine carbonation, velvety, refreshing.

Overall - This is how I think all IPA's should taste like. It's hop forward but still has a big malt presence and it's complex enough to make me want to come back for more. Well done, Smuttynose.

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Photo of hrtl
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of littlestevie14
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wekoontz
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Smuttyguy
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Still a decent NE IPA, but used to be a top notch NE beer (probably the best) when it was unfiltered. Seems to me that when the new brewery was built, the recipe changed. Maybe it's being outsourced? Used to pour a glass and be amazed at the "debris" floating within. That's what added the flavor I believe

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Photo of ER527
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours an almost clear yellow-orange color with a thin white head. Smells of citrus and floral notes. Tastes of pine hops and a little bit of sweet malt. Fairly well balanced, finishes in good time, a little bit of bitterness but not overpowering.

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of neil2me
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 let8it8grow
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PWestLA
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid all around

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

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 DMc8ride
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaksurf
2.91/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 JonathanED
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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