Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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 Flashy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose takes a beer that feel has been far overdone and does it right. Pours dark with a bite of hops that does not quit from beginning to end. One of the few examples of this beer that I would rate superior. Chewy is the only way I can explain it. Not overly hopped, but with a hop character that stays with you well after your last sip. Reminds me of the Pale Ale that the High Point BC makes. The real McCoy.

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

Pours a cloudy orange tone with a creamy 1" head that retains nicely. Aroma is pine, fresh cut grass, and citrusy hop malt detected. Taste follows smell almost to a "T", pungent hop kick as soon as it crosses your lips, there is an ever-so-slight malt character on the edges, and a mild alcohol bite at the finish. Lingering hop aftertaste might be a bit strong, but not enough to take anything away from this beer. Mouthfeel is quite smooth considering the hop punch this beer provides, and drinkability is high if you are into the hops.

This is probably the most aggresively hopped beer I have had, hands down. Awesome beer, but not for the timid! Bottoms up!!!

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Photo of akorsak
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Finest Kind IPA served in a Troegenator seidel. The beer is cool.

Appearance: The beer is a light orange color that seems a little out of place (closer to a DIPA). There is a nice ring of lace all around the glass.

Smell: There are not a lot of aromas emerging from the glass. What does emerge paints the picture of a citrusy ale that has a strong hop profile.

Taste: The strong hops in the taste make up for the lack of smell. The hops are citrusy and bitter enough to take control of the beer. There is a low-key malt presence that provides just enough balance.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is refreshing on the palate.

Drinkability: The beer is limited a bit by the hops, they could easily overpower the tastebuds. Despite that, the ale is solid.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a fingers worth of off-white head. Leaves thin, streaky lacing. Aroma is of spicy citrus with some pine fighting for attention. The taste is of grapefruit and lemon peel. Medium body with active carbonation. A nice IPA but not my favorite IPA or Smuttynose brew.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap into a pint glass.

slightly hazy bright orange. half inch of white head leaves strings of lace.

wonderful aroma. mix of bright, citrusy, fresh hop aromas and a cookie-like malt sweetness.

nicely bitter but balanced. malty sweet presence comes on surprisingly strong and overwhelms some of the hop complexity. hops come off with some citrus rinds but overall is rather one-noted. still, a very drinkable, flavorful ipa.

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Photo of ridedammit
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A and I got a sixpack of this at our neighborhood beermart since we
were looking for an IPA but wanted something other than our usual Harpoon or
mojo. Appearance is a bit more cloudy than I would expect, but I just read the bottle and indeed it is unfiltered. A pleasant citrus hoppy aroma does not prepare you for the super dry hoppy flavor. I would have expected the nose to be bigger to go along with the flavor. Being a bit of a hophead I enjoy the dry mouthfeel.

Since this is brewed just up the road in Portsmouth I am sure this will become
a not uncommon feature in my fridge.

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

Got some choice cuts with this one on 5/29/2006. 16-oz. cask pour at Redbones, part of their new Monday night cask offerings. Dry hopped with Cascade and Amarillo.

Huge froth, more than an inch, which wasn't a surprise considering its serving style. Very little stick. Initially cloudy gold hue that clears out to be just a smudge on the glass; some quiet carbonation floating around. Citrus and pine crank on the nose in a sick-good way with some lemon zest traces. Lots of lemon rind and a biting pine essence on the mouth, but not disturbing. As it warms more, a great deal of the hop character reveals itself.

Good stuff. Have always liked the bottle version, but this was like Jimmy Walker, dy-no-mite.

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

12oz bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazey orangish golden in color. Decent sized head leaving lots of lacing. A careful pour is needed to not muddy up the beer with sediment.

Smell - Strong piney/spicy hop aroma.

Taste - Mostly hoppy in taste, I love how the smell carries directly into the taste. There's malt in here but they do not take away from the great hoppiness. As bitter as I like an IPA to be, which is good, many times I fear the aroma will not be matched by the bitterness, it is.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with enough carb crisp.

Drinkability - Not quite what I would call a session beer, but no need to stop at one or two.

Overall one of my favorites from the Smuttynose line up. The price is great and the quality is amazing.

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Photo of Cresant
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. dated best by 8/06. Poured into a Stone IPA glass getting 1 finger of off white, rocky head. Pale orange and cloudy with a chunky body (large flakes of yeast were suspended throughout).

Smell was of bright citrus with a mild sour note.

Taste was a big juicy citrus brew. Like chewing grapefruit rind and pine needles. Nice bittering hops out front but a nice interplay of sweetness, bitterness and citrus. Could be Dreadnaught's talented little brother.

Mouthfeel was filling and full.

Quite easy to drink.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-peach in color with a cream head that slowly recedes to a faint ring, slight haziness. Aroma is predominantly grassy hops, but also a fainter sweet citrus hop aroma. Taste shows some lemony flavors up front with a grassy bitterness in the finish. Bitterness is fairly big and is quite drying. Very enjoyable. Although I am not as impressed with the smell on this one as I usually am with my favorite ipas, the taste and drying bitterness make it highly enjoyable and very drinkable for me.

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Photo of yeastpuppet
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing medium amber color with about an inch of head . I smelled the hops immediatly . grapefruity and just a hint of malt . The hop flavor is out front , but it does"nt beat you up with every sip . very low key bitterness . I liked this beer . Its a tasty , drinkable I P A balanced more to the hoppy side of the tracks .

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Photo of jwc215
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured orangish-golden with a well-retained head.
The smell was citrusy - grapefruit, orange, lemon - robust and inviting smell.
This is a great example of the style. It tastes of grapefruit, and yet well-balanced with a touch of rounding sweetness.
If you are an IPA lover, I highly recommend this brew. It's smooth and citrusy.
A real winner from Smuttynose! Very drinkable!

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Photo of bort11
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle courtesy of sulldaddy. Best before marked Sep/06. What an awesome label! The two old-timers look like they are kicking back and having a good ole time in front of their RV. I love interesting beer labels, and this bottle with look great on the shelf.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass The color is a hazy golden orange. White foamy head about a finger thick. Good head retention, it maintained at least a 1/4 inch head for the duration of the beer. Left a nice lace that clung to the glass.

Smell is light and hoppy. Taste is very hoppy. Gives a nice puckery feeling to the edges of the tongue. As it warms in the mouth, a slight peachy sweetness is detected on the tip of the tongue. It finishes with a grapefruit snap towards the back of the mouth. Quite complex on the palate, it's doing a lot of things at the same time. very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA. Very crisp and refreshing. It leaves a solid hop after taste. I really want to get more of these. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of eph
2.71/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer came right off the tap from the Moan and Dove in Massachusetts. I have heard good things about it so I had high expectations. I have to say I was very disappointed by this brew. It was a golden/orange color with a slight white head. It had a very earthy/bitter aroma and an overly hoppy/bitter taste. No malt character, It was like grass in a blender if that makes sense. The aftertaste was much the same, and left more to be desired. Its light body and carbonation allow it to go down very easy but this taste was too off for my palate, I would stay away from this one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The slight hazy clouds the golden orange body with a yellowish-white head and some yeast chucks swirling in the beer. There was a nice slow carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of fresh green spicy hops had a faint pineapple note with a big grassy finish.

T- This beer has a faint caramel malt note that was overtaken by a big juicy hop flavor with notes of pineapple weed and a bold bitterness at the finish. There was a very faint alcohol taste the gave the bitterness a nice boost.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a chewy texture.

D- This beer has a nice big bitterness to the hops which balanced the flavor of the hops nicely. Many IPAs have just the flavor and aroma of hops and it is nice to see the bitterness in there also.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, golden bronze; Fluffy white head, good retention and wonderful lace. If it wasn't for the chill-haze, it'd be exceptional.

S: Fresh, grapefruity hops, with a touch of underlying biscuity pale malt.

T: In-your-face citrusy-grapefruit flavour. The bitterness is fairly mild, but there's a ton of hop flavour here. Very crisp, clean finish. The alcohol content is surprising... it doesn't come through in the flavour at all. There's a malty backbone, but it's subtle.

M: Moderate body is slighlty prickly and acidic. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Very good.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, great label. Bottle has some yeast residue at the bottom that I plan to pour right into the glass with the beer. Beer pours a gorgeous golden color. Clear but not pristine, there's a subtle haze in there. Little bubbles stuck all over the inside of the glass. Nice snow white head...pillowy, tight bubbles. As the head falls it leaves a devastating wake of brussels lace behind. So far so good. Halfway thru this beer and the head is still nice and frothy.

Good, solid aroma. Hoppy with a bit of citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is smooth especially once the carbonation settles down.

IPA's have come a long way now adays. Gone are the traditional cascade dominated beers of yesteryear. This is an easy drinking beer. First impression is grapefruit. Second impression is grapefruit as well. Aftertaste is pure grapfruit with a wash of bitterness from a huge pile of bittering hops. Slight alcohol waffs about halfway thru the swallow.

This is a straight forward, well crafted beer...something that any brewer would be proud of. Lacks a little bit of depth that I would prefer. I could certainly drink another one of these right now. The still going grapefruit aftertaste doesn't let you forget this beer easilly.

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Photo of markb40
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Smutty Tulip glass. The classic labels are on the bottle a little crooked, which I have learned from a tour of the brewery, is a result of a roughly 100 year old labeling machine doing the labeling. Pretty cool and gives the bottle some character (as if it needed more than the great picture on the front to give it that!).

An aggressive pour yields a beautiful off white head and a hazy, honey colored body. The head lasts for awhile and has some nice lacing clinging to the glass as it dissipates. The only thing keeping me from giving an excellent on the appearance is the fact that I like to see a little more amber color in an IPA, but maybe that is just a personal preference.

The aroma is probably my favorite part of this beer. I could sit and sniff it all day long! Fresh, floral hop aroma and a bit of citrus in there as well. I can't wait to drink this....

The taste is exactly what you would expect from the nose: Hops, hops, hops! Some might call it unbalanced, but this is an IPA for crying out loud! I think there is a sufficient malt backbone to make this beer work, but the hops are definitely playing the lead role. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is excellent and the drinkability is outstanding! On a hot summer's day, I could literally drink this beer over and over and over again...

An almost perfect example, in my mind, of the IPA style.

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Photo of phisig137
2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color, with a long lasting 1/2 finger head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is fresh and green, with pleasant aromas of both citrusy and flowery hops.

Flavor is a bit of a let down. No real malt body, and reltively faint hop flavor. Hoppy finish is incredibly bitter and astringent. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin... I'd like to see at least a little bit of a malty body. Drinkability is hindered a bit by the astringent bitterness.

I feel that this ber has potential, but lacks a bit of finess. There is simply too much bittering hops, and not enough flavor hops. In addition, I feel that the hops themselves do not blend well. The different varietals seem to clash in this beer. It's quite drinkable and refreshing, just not one of the better IPA's that I've had.

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Photo of WaffleSauce
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks go out to Px2Grafx for this little guy. A very fun 12ozer with a simply lovely cloud of yeast at the bottom. . .let's get that yeast cloud in to a pint glass, shall we?

Nose is kind of peachy. . .it's interesting. Not strong, but pleasant.

Pouring into my trusty Stone pint glass. Pours a very deep yellow with just a hint of amber/orange, pretty opaque. A beautiful cloud of yeast is fighting its way to the bottom of the glass. The half inch head faded quickly, not a lot of bubble action.

Very tart and piney up front, with just the right amount of the tropical hop taste I've been getting used to in these east coast IPAs lately. The piney hops are definitely predominate, though. Super easy to drink, yet there's loads of complexity here that are admittedly hard for me to decipher. I could definitely drink this every night.

Thanks again Px2!

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Photo of bignick
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at TPH in Brookline 5/1/06. Served in a pint glass.

In my opinion, this is one of the finest IPAs in the world. Unfortunately, all-too-often the bottles are not fresh. I did not realize how terrific this beer is until I had it on tap at Mug's in Brooklyn in mid-March. It just tastes much more lively on tap than it does out of the bottle.

Smutty IPA is the quintessential American IPA. It has a strong hop bitterness that hits the front, middle, and back of the toungue equally. While it is not for the faint-of-heart, it is slightly balanced by a clean sweetness. Overall, it is a great pleasure to drink, and should be sought out on tap, as opposed to the bottle.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured in pint glass carefully to avoid yeast spillage; efforts were successful.
gorgeous golden amber color with luscious foamy off-white cream head which stuck around. column of carbonation bubbles rising in a lively fashion from bottle-conditioning are true eye candy. straightfoward raw floral hop nose: tanginess, pleasant mustiness, and butter behind. delicious hop essence taste with some flowery elements and initial honey butteriness, lemon, and pine with a burst of bitterness upon the swallow, refusing to show mercy from the unadulterated purity of this brew's delightful hop ballad to the palate--manifests the finestkind's enticing smells. mouthfeel is creamy at first shot through with fine carbonation prickles in harmonious balance, while the finish coats the palate with a highly-textured palpable hop-film like a fond memory. yum.
this is a damn fine brew, does the ipa style right to the point of benchmark status, and representative of a heady brewery.

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Photo of crwills
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to base this review on the first of two bottles of this (drank it a few weeks ago), rather than the one I'm drinking at this moment, which seems to have lost some of its flavour and has a lot of floating yeast sediment in it (even though I think I poured it quite well). I'll do my best to remember my initial impressions (the current one isn't terrible, but I do remember it being better before).

Poured slightly on the yellowy side for an IPA, slighly cloudy, with a nice bubbly white head. Faded a little bit quickly. Very little smell compared with some other American IPAs -- mild bitter hops, some faint pine and soap.

This brew is very bitter, but again, not in the same way as some other American IPAs. The standard blast of citrus (especially grapefruit) is not there, and instead a solid piney/plantey bitterness hits quick and sticks around. Definitely better a little on the warm site. Dry bitter aftertaste, and relatively pleasant mouthfeel.

Not my favourite, despite the high rating it has here but, again, my second sample may be 'tainted' so I should review this again the next time I come across it.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Enjoyed right before heading to the old fieldhouse on campus for a free Common concert (which was amazing).

Pours an orange/amber with yeasty haze and a few fingers of khaki head leaving a nice coating of soapy lace. Nose is dominated by intense bitter hops with a hint of caramel/apricot fruitiness. Taste is genuinely bitter, not just piney or herbal, with a sweet malty and fruity backbone that brings some balance. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. A nice, assertive American IPA, wish I had more than a bottle

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Photo of longarm
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dingy, cloudy yellow pour. Solid carbonation with relatively large bubbles that drop quickly. Coloring reminds me of a wheat.

Aroma basks in citrusy american hops and layered upon a cotton candy-esque base. A mild combination of pine and something floral also noticed. Overall a very pleasant smelling beer.

Sharp bitter bite on the palate, but this doesn't burn and quickly washes the palate clean. Somewhat of a bitter hop bomb without enough balancing malt.

Some may like this and it's not necessarily out of style, but it's not my personal preference to have this much unbalanced hop bitterness.

Footnote: Drinking with a side of mild cheddar helps cut the bitterness a bit.

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