Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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

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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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Photo of mst934
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Underrated IPA for sure. When fresh, this is an obvious choice of a sixer to grab. An IPA that has stood the test of time, IMHO. A perfect blend of citrus and tropical, but maintaining a balance of malt and bitterness. This beer is just fantastic.

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Photo of awayne56
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely superior IPA! Pours a hazy yellow-orange making my clear pint glass look frosted, evidencing hop action. Foamy off white head that leaves webs of lacing as it slowly recedes. Hops and carbonation, my mouth waters. The smell is citrusy with some pine. The taste is a wonderful hop explosion of orange and lemon with a pine/grassy finish. The malt base is just right, just enough to provide a slight sweetness and keep the hops from leaving a bitter taste on the finish. Bright and bubbly in the mouth, dry finish. I highly recommend this to those of you who love IPAs; if you dislike IPAs/hoppy beers, you will not like this one.World-class example of the American IPA,east-coast style. From the can with a best by date of 4/30/16. I would love to try a fresher sample.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange body murky with colloidal suspensions, rocky soapy white head, fine carbonation. Nose packs a big punch of citrus, resin, and bitterness with a strong grainy backbone. The flavor is much the same, with bitter orange juice and peel, mild pine flavors, and hearty barley. Great balance between the hops and the malt; it is bitter and refreshing, but tempered, and the grain is actually enjoyable for its own part, not just as part of the landscape. Medium body, slightly syrupy, refreshing and crisp.
Great IPA, enough hops to satisfy while remaining a balanced beer. Get that debris out of here and we'll be all set.

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Photo of imstimpy
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Based upon the description and review, what I got from the can wasn't their finest offering. It was sharp, bitter, and without citrus; it had the pine and hop though. I'll have to revisit again.

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

Comes in a clear, slightly bubbly gold color with a solid finger of tight white head. Head dies a bit after a minute, but retention is mostly excellent, as a ring of head stays for the duration of the drinking process and it leaves nice lacing along the glass.
The aroma reeks of Simcoe--wet cannabis, dankness, pine, a bit of the "cat pee" thing. A big dose of lemon peel. There's zesty orange and some sweet bready malts.
Up front, you get a bit hit of pine and dankness. In the middle, you get biscuit malt sweetness, but it is fairly unobtrusive. There is a big herbal character, like basil and kale. The finish is medium-plus bitter, dry, and citrusy. Grapefruit pith, lemon, orange peel. The aftertaste lingers of citrus peel.
The mouthfeel is medium, almost medium-plus. Almost creamy in its heavy-handed hop oiliness. Finishes dry and is very drinkable.

This is one of the best widely available IPAs of the Northeast. Highly recommended for any hophead in search of a bang for their buck.

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Photo of Ed_0101
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Six pack 12oz. Glass bottles.

L-hazy and golden.

S-hoppy,lots of pine, resiny. No alcohol.

T-hoppy, piney, citrus, very enjoyable citrus bitterness in the middle. Finishes very clean and crisp with nice slight hop bitterness at the end.

O- Great ipa. And a great beer overall. I am biased being a hophead but awesomely crisp, hoppy, enjoyable beer. Cant help being reminded of Pliny the Elder. Both by the amazing taste and also by the expertly executed balance of everthing involved.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I used to drink Smutty Finest Kind pretty steadily on-tap while playing trivia on Wednesday nights at Brendee's Irish Pub, but I fell out of that habit after moving to the other side of town & frankly, I never expected to see it in a CAN! Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Brewing fine beers in NH since 1994"; "Make mine a Smutty!"; "Please recycle and be nice to each other."

Man, these brimful craft CANs are really giving me fits today! Once more, the Crack! had no room for the tab to go & resulted in some light foaming through the vent as a result. A brief calming period was then followed by a gentle Glug and then by an in-glass swirl. This last raised a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was like welcoming back an old friend with the familiar blend of grapefruit citrus & pine menthol from the hops, underlain by a caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more lemony than grapefruit, and more biscuity than caramel, but the pine coolness was very evident. The Notes section mentions 75 IBUs, but it was well-hidden. That, or my self-described/self-avowed hophead self has become inured to high IBU beers. Uh oh. This was a very tasty, easy to drink AIPA that did not see fit to beat my poor, bruised tongue into submission. Finish was cool, dry, lightly citrusy and a real pleasure. I am very glad to see in come in a CAN!

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

Can with expiration date of 4/30/16 poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 3F+ head, moderate retention with some lacing and a foamy cap. Beer is an attractive hazy amber.

S: Light citrus, moderate pine, and light malts. One senses a hop bomb.

T: Very hop-forward, lots of pine, a little citrus, and some bitterness, but not too much. Light malt.

F: Mediumish-bodied, light carbonation. Reasonably well-balanced, as bitterness present, but not overpowering. Light drying finish. Crisp. Not quite sessionable, but can seem that way.

O: Very good IPA. Love the Amarillo counterbalancing.

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Photo of Steelocation
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this is a 12 pack but have not drink it in over 1 month so I hope it didn't throw off my rating. These were in 12oz bottles with an expiration date of 4/6/2016 so I did not miss the cutoff. The bottle read: 50123B1622318. I poured it into a pint shaped glass that's only 12oz. The beer was refrigerated before hand (sorry, don't know the temperature).

Appearance: golden and cloudy that was lackluster in color

Smell: very sweet and toasty with a hint of floral

Taste: well balanced and hoppy. You can tell right away that this was an IPA

Mouth-feel: crisp but coarse. The appearance didn't seem carbonated but when you kept it in your mouth, the carbonation was prevalent

Overall: a nice IPA to drink regularly. Maybe I should not have written that since it is high in ABV. Still, having one or two for the day with this beer is fine. Great beer to bring to gatherings if no other IPAs are available.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When thinking of the most solid American IPA I've ever tasted, the aptly named Finest Kind will among the top 5 on the list. A great balance of citrus and hops. Smooth and not too filling.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2-27-16 - Poured from the bottle into a plastic pilsner "glass" at the rooftop bar of Printers restaurant in NYC. Nice sunny day with my bride as we watched the sun set over Wehawken, NJ. Light brown color with frothy head. Good IPA to start the evening.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

solid, IPA predating the crazy new england style of hazy hop bombs. balance of the citrus, floral aromas and flavors with the hop bitterness is incredible.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden colour, thumb of head, solid retention and sheeting lacing. Fruity mangos and hints of citrus and mandarin on the nose. Nice bitter citrus flavors dominate alongside a solid fruity backbone of mango and pineapple. Fantastic rendition of the style.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’M BACK!!! With a bang too - Smuttynose Finestkind IPA! Well as it turns out my fitness regime is doing well and I’m permitting myself 1 beer to review per week, which allows the Doc beer reviewing goodness to continue unabated! [Villagers: “Yay!”]. So Smuttynose is one of those legendary American IPAs that people whisper about in some sort of garbled incoherent copiously hop-driven breath on various beer sites around the world (aka ‘Merica!). It has long been a target on my BIG beer hit list, and now like the ale equivalent of Ramón Mercader I am about to plunge my ice pick (i.e. my tastebuds) into its ear (i.e. my beer glass).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a cloudy/turbid sunburst orange with a 2 cm white/cream head that won’t quit. Plenty of carbonation action inside the glass but we know better than to judge against that (even though this is an IPA not a Lager dammit). Man that head is still there even after my whole preamble, impressive head. 9/10.

S: Sweet orange blossom citrus notes mingle with a hint of dirty, earthy hops and yep - you guessed it: Bold piney characters. This is hops all the way baby! The defining feature of this brew IMO is how floral it comes on in the aroma - almost touching on a Fraoch (or Heather Ale) with its flowery scent, bravo. 9/10.

T: Assertive yet restrained hop bitterness really lays down the gauntlet to more dry than sweet malt characters. From beginning to end this is a hop-driven IPA and it is unabashed about it. Flavours range the gamut from: Piney, citric, grapefruit through to dirty, earthy and floral notes. The finish is bitter but not overly so compared to most American IPAs. This is then a superlative effort from the smuttiest of noses. 9/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied with a light, almost flat carbonation. If there is any negative to be had with this brew it would be with the body, a touch light, but I am nit-picking now. 8/10.

D: Best beer I’ve had from New Hampshire... [erm, the only beer I’ve had from New Hampshire, but the point still stands!]. The 2 biggest pluses to this brew, the takeaway points if you will, are 1: The floral aroma, and 2: The even-handed but assertive bitterness throughout. In fact it’s only after sipping my next brew did I realise I could still taste bitterness from the Smuttynose and that was a week later! [Lies, damnable lies!]. 9/10.

Food match: Make it Asian cuisine with some spice - you’re gonna need it.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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