Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

5,301 Ratings
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of Brutus627
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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

Photo of BigSmooth12
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pburland23
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a case in Portsmouth on my way to Maine for the 4th of July weekend. Super fresh with a bottling date listed on the case as June 29th.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours an almost clear burnt orange with thick, lustrous slightly off white head with created some thick rings of sticky lacing.

The smell is fantastic. The citrus hops notes jump out of the bottle and glass. A deeper inhale reveals an avalanche of grapefruit flavor with just a hint of bitterness.

The taste is equally amazing. It's pungent and citrusy, the grapefruit is again the star. There's enough biscuity malts to keep this beer balanced front to back. Unbelievably delicious.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. It's resinous and sticky. The body is full with a nice thorough level of carbonation.

Overall, a ridiculously tasty IPA. Fruity, funky and resinous. Delicious.

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Photo of SenorHops
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of kilobees
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.3/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I guess it's all what you are used too. Smuttynose is a great brewery and like all great brewer(ier)s the difference is well...the difference between this and that. If you know what I mean.

This beer is definitely a departure from other IPA's I've had. Heavy pine and citrus, so much so I really cannot detect anything else. This is defiantly a craft beer and it shows, but this is not my style at all. I am trying to be constructive in this analysis, but quite frankly, this beer is annoying me.

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

this was from cask. Poured a nice medium orange color with a good foamy head.

very good complexity on the nose with a lot of hops, loads of citrus', and fresh picked oranges. Good depth with good hops to the aromas as well

fuller bodied with a real smooth feel and lots of hop and citrus tones.

I really liked this more from cask than from what I've had in the past. The aromas were really good and the feel was very good. This was a real quality IPA

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Photo of Bouder32
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Delaney's Tap Room on a recent trip to New Haven
A- Pours a clear light orange hue, off-white head dissipates to a ring, big lacing all over
S- Big grass and fresh green hops, touches of citrus and grapefruit, subtle malts, quite delicious smelling
T- Initial taste is green earthy hops, very bitter with some chalkiness, malts are subtle at best, finishes dry and bitter with floral highlights
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue, amped up carbonation
D- The hops are big and bold here, this is a very bitter single IPA, wish there was a little more malt balance, but overall solid and easy drinking

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Photo of JWU
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass

A- hazy orange/gold with some stuff floating in it. Yup, definately unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Head is initially very fluffy white, but dissipates fairly quickly, and leaves some nice clinging down the glass.

S- I can usually say "this IPA smells like Citrus/Grapefruit" or "this IPA smells like Pine". This one is pretty dead in the middle. Pine needles on one sniff, grapefruit rind on the next. Not fully in your face on the smell

T- a nice sweet malty beginning which quickly gives way to a citrusy hop which transitions to a long bitter piney hop finish which dries the mouth. A tad sour on the finish as well. I like my IPA's to really TASTE like hops and not crush me with bitterness, and this one plays that line very nicely

M- medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation that really dances on the tongue after you swallow. This one has that creaminess that I really, really like in an IPA. Stellar.

D- I can really only have one at a time, but it's pretty much par for the course with this IPA

It's a good change-up, especially after having a bunch of west coast IPA's lately (Stone, Sierra Celebration, Racer 5, Green Flash)

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Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CMOrak
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BrooklynPanch
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

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

Very solid IPA that I would happily seek out a second time. A mind bender? Wake the kids and phone the neighbors? No. But very good.

On a second tasting (in March of 2016) I give this much higher acclaim and have adjusted my scoring accordingly. Must've been in a surely mood at my last review.

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Photo of iceball585
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow color, semi-cloudy, half finger fluffy white head that lowered to a thin cover, some sediment floating throughout

S- Light citrus hops, earthy, slightly sweet, mild malty smell

T- Bitter hops, citrus hops, grassy, grapefruit, pale malts, hint of pine

M- Medium weight, medium carbonation, crisp, very dry w/ oily residue left on the palate

D- Worth trying

If you're a hop head, then you'll love this beer. Although I feel that this beer is way over hopped with not much complexity.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is so good, it deserves an "on-tap" review, because the bottle just doesn't do it justice.

A: Beautiful golden amber, a fog creeps through the glass which makes the fluffy white head on top look even more glorious. With each sip, rings of lacing heavily coat the glass.

S: An intense aroma of grapefruit and herbs. Smells almost like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, the hops are just that amazing.

T: Following the nose, the grapefruit hops are incredible. A very hop forward beer. From here, the taste goes into an herbal spiciness, going toe to toe with the hoppy goodness. In the background is a faint, but candied fruit maltiness going on. It's mainly hop dominant, and I'm not complaining.

M: A solid, medium bodied brew. The hops and citrus qualities are so intense, you can feel the enamel peel off your teeth. The beer also has a certain "hot" quality to it, possibly caused by the great deal of the hops.

O: It's great from the bottle, but phenomenal on tap. If you see it, you cannot pass it up. It's the closest substitute to eating an actual grapefruit I have come across. One of the best IPAs out there.

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Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rootdog316
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber/orange appearance wih an average size white head and very good lacing. Aroma evolved from fruity sweet to fruity citrus along with some resin. Similiar hops dominate the taste and are off set by earthy, lightly toasted malts. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel; dry, bitter, durable finish. Well constructed and consistently good.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer forms an small off white head which hangs around for a few minutes before leaving a little lace with a beautiful orange/amber liquid. I also noticed a few floaties but they don't bother me as the incredible hoppy ipa somehows bests the wonderful pine and fruity aroma.

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Photo of sacfly
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have been meaning to review this for a long time…
Pours a hazy yellow/orange. Don’t worry. The sediment at the bottom IMO make the beer look chunky and strange, but taste just great. Nice white head, that lasts and lasts. The smell is in your face pine and grapefruit. The taste is unmistakably grapefruit. This beer has over taken DFH 60 for me in terms of my house stock IPA. Crisp, clean, light body, and most importantly- delicious. The best of the Smuttynose offerings and one of the best IPA’s I have ever laid taste buds on. They set the bar high for others that wish to follow…

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Appearance 4.0: Pours out a lovely, hazy gold. Opaque. Decent head (1/4") and OK lacing.

Smell 4.0: Excellent bouquet. Big, piney, resins and deep, malty scents. So promising.

Taste 3.5: Front is dry and almost tasteless. Middle is just that: "middle." All the flavor centers in the middle of the palate. Dry here, also with mid-level hop bitterness. No really discernible hop taste at this level other than alkaline bitterness. Finish is very pleasant and features a delicious floral hop taste along with light malt. Still dry at this level. Aftertaste is short and...dry.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Just an OK level of mouthfeel. Conditioning is good for the style, but this brew is a bit watery in the mouth.

Overall 3.5: A good IPA. I honestly became bored with the dryness present in this beer. All throughout the flavor profile...dry, dry, dry. I think it speaks volumes that the brewers at Smuttynose previously released several versions flavored with lemon. There is just not that much going on with this beer, IMHO.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,301 ratings.
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