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
Reviews:
1,830
Ratings:
5,248
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.74%
 
 
Wants:
335
Gots:
1,172
For Trade:
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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle I brought to OH from CT. The appearance was awesome and, unfortunately, the best attribute of this beer. Deep orange color, hazy with yeasties floating around, with thick foamy top.

The smell was slightly hoppy, among the weakest IPA aromas I've tried. The taste was signifigantly more bitter than the hop flavor leads you to expect. Maybe high alpha acid hops... Also 1-dimensional in that there was no malty counter-balance to the hops.

Not worth the effort to get.

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Photo of granger10
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky orange color with some kind of chunks in it. Yeast or hops? Looks kind of nasty but I kind of like it. Aroma is interesting. A touch sweet but hops. Like sweet pine smell and then grapefruit. Complex, really, but I can't pin it down. Taste is hopped the crap out. But there's not the intensity I was expecting, making this quite drinkable but not quite the palate destroying experience I thought it might be. Good and bad. Lower carbonation and smooth really with a fruitiness that seems to dominate. Drier on the palate than nostrils however. Balanced but hoppy. Finish has more bitterness and alcohol replaces the fruity malts. I drank this one fairly easily and quickly, but its not my favorite.

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Photo of
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Crystal clear gold with orange tones. Large, rocky off-white head. Aroma was grapefruit hops, very little malt, what was there came through as honey. Flavor was reflective of aroma, with hops as grapefruit, a nice balance of malt (honey was very faint), and almost no aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light, with medium to high carbonation, and moderate drying. A very nice beer, the younger brother to Big-A IPA. I prefer the Big-A version, but this is incredibly drinkable.

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

Another one brought to me by a friend on a cross-country run, straight from the Foodery in Philly. Thanks again!

Nice pour, nice looking carbonation, looks like it'll lace up nice. Lots of chunks in this one, big thick ones that take forever to sink.

Smells good too. High alpha hops and some "east coast" malt smell, a la 60 Minute IPA.

Tastes really good. Big bitter punch up front, fruity/grapefruity/piney thing for a second or two, then back to bitter aftertaste. Like many of my favorite IPA's it tastes like chewing on hops, which I love. Plenty of fresh flower bite.

Mouthfeel is good, too, with a light malt backbone that lets the hops blast through. Refreshing!

It's great to see the east coast really step it up with this one; too many east coast IPA's have a huge malt body, which slows me way down. It's got plenty of punch and it's nice and light for easy sessioning. A++

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

Poured a light golden yellow. Kickass head! Big, white, frothy, with big frothy chunks and some decent retention. Intricate lacings through the last sip.

Standard stock IPA aroma. Floral hops with a bit of orange.

Nice, smooth taste. This is an IPA that you can jump into without being initiated into the halls of hopdom. A lightly sweet, citrus taste is quickly overtaken by a well-balanced, potent hop flavor. The aftertaste is grapefruit. It's not too dry or bitter, making this a very smooth, balanced and highly drinkable beer.

Light to medium body with high carbonation and again, very drinkable.

This is an IPA I could drink after mowing the lawn without a problem and yet it is still a nicely flavored and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/28/2005 $6.99 6 pack 6.60% Bottled February 2005.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy shade of orange brown with a thin white head on top.

Aroma:

I'm slightly congested, but some orange/citrus notes shine through. I'm not detecting much else, but that's due to post-nasal drip.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Starts off very bitter, with a touch of orange. By midsip the bitterness has quelled a little, to allow some mild malt presence to arise, but the bitterness rears its ugly head at the end. I've gotta say that I'm not overly impressed with this one. It could by my illness, but there are much better IPA's out there.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy, pale gold with a thin, white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The robust smell contains hops, sweet citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced between the hops bitterness and the citrus malt sweetness. The two flavors counteract each other so evenly that there’s no after-taste and you simply crave the next sip. Once the beer warms a bit, it leaves a pleasantly bitter hops after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: It’s tasty, not-too-filing, and it’s the kind if beer that you can just keep on drinking. Smuttynose Brewing Co. continues to impress me. I think this is an excellent beer and a great representation of the style.

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Photo of JayQue
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really good IPA, close to Celebration Ale and as good as Hop 'Otten. Pours a cloudy light orange/dull gold color with a medium size white head. The head fades quickly to 1/4 inch but then hangs in there throughout. Good heavy lacing. Fairly good hops aroma. Taste is great. Bitter hops with some grapefruit. The flavors are nicely balanced and the grapefruit is not overpowering. The taste/mouthfeel are rich and smooth (for a hop head). THe ABV is a bit high for a session beer, but if I was going to be sitting on my butt with friends for a long while I would consider slowly putting down 3 of these beauties. An outstanding beer, looks like it is available all year long. A greeat find for a guy down to his last 3 2006 Celebration Ales.

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

Pours lighter than I expected, more of a dark gold than an amber/orange. Good head and lace. Aroma is all hops, specifically very grapefruity. The flavor is very much along the same lines. I wouldn't be too surprised if someone told me grapefruit juice actually went into this beer. Bitter, citrus hop notes dominate throughout. Mouthfeel is good, drinkability is high. Worth coming back to again and again.

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

Appearance: Golden apple-juicy amber with a smooth, fluffy, white head and fair retention. Thin flecks of hops are visible in slowly swirling suspension. You can tell this one's gonna be hoppy.

Smell: Gorgeous, foresty hops, very resinous, evergreen-ish, floral, and bursting with a peppery clover aroma. Sweet, lush, caramel malts hold things together nicely.

Taste: Blunt hops are the alpha and the omega here, with a quick flash of caramel malts in the middle. Finish is dry and somewhat flat and dull, a poor finale for an otherwise exciting beer. Overall, it's kind of a one-note samba, but still good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sticky and a little too syrupy.

Drinkability: Pretty potent and invigoratingly hoppy, a good beer to have towards the end of a session.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a decent white head, retains nicely and laced my glass. Very hoppy in aroma, Cascades, citrus fruit and pine, Sweet malt aroma unlocked wit a little swirl of the glass. Medium bodied. Sweet at first with a tingle of carbonation, Tangy citrus middle like grapefruit. Pine bitter finish that dries the back of the throat somethin' fierce. Well balanced, delicious IPA!

Cheers!

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

Hazy amber...big foamy head..laces and drops to a film.
Smells great ! Big floral aroma... The way my kitchen smells when I'm brewing.
Citrus rind bite...grapefruit hop with a slightly sweet malt background....the hops definitely win this round. Finish is grapefruit rind dry. Very good.
Mouthfeel is medium , as is the carbonation.
A good IPA...pretty hoppy...not a lot of malt , but enough.
Like everything else Smuttynose makes...quality stuff.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, sunny, orange color with light cloudiness and few chunks of sediment. The head is creamy and light with amazing retention. Loads of streaming carbonation visible. The aroma is tangy with strong piney and floral hop presence. Very grapefruit like in character, and also very "fresh" to the nose. The taste is also dominated by grapefruit hops, the malt flavor is a bit subdued but has a nice toastiness that holds up well to balance it out. Bitterness is solid and makes it very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is fairly light in thickness and the carbonation is not overpowering. This brew has excellent drinkability due to its nice balance and crisp hoppiness. Nothing over-complex, but made just right... Thanks to ghostwalker for this brew...

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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 notes....no 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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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,248 ratings.
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