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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

1,815 Reviews
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,815 | Ratings: 5,160
Photo of FirstMan
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer so many times now, that I'm kind of surprised that I haven't reviewed it yet. Oh well, here goes:

The picture on the bottle makes this one of the best beer labels in America, if you ask me. It's a damn shame that one of the happy old-timers pictured died earlier this year. If we was drinking this beer regularly, you can be pretty sure he died happy.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden orangeish color with a nice fluffy head. More clear than hazy, though - not cloudy like some heftier IPAs. Eventually the head settles down into little islands of bubbles across the top. Very very nice. The only thing you have to watch out for is that there is often a lot of sediment at the bottom of these bottles. I don't like floaters in my beer, so I generally leave about a half inch at the bottom of the bottle after a very careful pour.

Nose is hop love. Clear, crisp, warm hop flower. Spicy citris. There's a slight back of breadish sweetness, but the hops take the cake.

Just a really well balanced taste, with big, bold hop flavor tempered by a dry, but clear sweet grain flavor. Citris notes linger on for a long time.

Mouthfeel is slightly more carbinated and less creamy than I like in an IPA, but not so much as to put me off. Overall better than average.

This is a quality beer. Much consumed in the FirstMan household.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy blonde hue with a creamy stark white head. Yeast from this bottle-conditioned ale is suspended throughout. Nose is full of spicy hops, ale yeast, and a touch of mellow malt. Palate is again full of assertive hops, very floral and fresh, well-balanced by light malt. Body is rich and creamy, yet not syrupy like some stronger IPAs tend to get. God, I wish I had bought more than one bottle on my trip up north.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown glass bottle poured into my HopDevil nonic pint glass.

A - A golden color, a little lighter than most IPAs but still near opaque. A nice tight white head rests on top.

S - I pick up the nice floral hops smell on the initial sniff. A bit piny and a nic einviting smell that clues you in on the bitterness of this one.

T - A nice bitter hoppy taste from start to finish. A good flavor overall as a bit of maltiness balances out the hop punch very nicely.

M - Feels great on the tongue. Nice and smooth.

D - Pretty easy to drink, the bitterness may get to a new IPA drinker but I;ve always been a hop fan.

Notes: I did enjoy this beer but I was expecting a little more since I loved the Big A IPA from smuttynose. Oh well, no shame in being my second favorite IPA from such a great brewer.A great IPA overall.

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Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light amber color with good lacing with little head. The nose is hoppy but sweet. I noticed a lot of sediment that would not settle, it just kind of floated around in the beer. If anyone else has noticed or if i just got an unusual bottle of this would you let me know.
Flavorwise there is that hoppy flavor but also a subtle sweetness, the finish definatley has that hoppy tang typical of an IPA. Its smooth, medium bodied, i could drink a few of these and not get sick of them. I dig IPAs and this is a pleasant one.
*Its worth it to purchase a bottle just for the picture of the two awesome old dudes on the front, I hope to live to that age so i can be that awesomly senile.

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Photo of pikemark
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from the foodery in Philly, funny that I never did find it in Boston but finally get it back home.

This to me seems like one of those special IPAs from the sheer look. Not as transparent as most IPAs and smelled just as strong as the Stone IPA if not stronger. The stuff was a murky grain color, bodering on amber.

The smell definitely has a touch of phenols but is pleasantly more fruitful than medicinal.

Not as sweet as I would have suspected, in a way it was almost too harsh going down. It has a deeper flavor than most IPAs Ive had trying to balance out the acidity.

For me the bite is too strong in this one, not as balanced as I would like although a worthwhile stop on the IPA route.

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Photo of jaluria
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color with white foam that has a distinct texture and great lacing. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, and sweet tropical fruits. Interesting, but a bit overpowering, as far as I'm concerned. The taste is incredible with a dry, hoppy flavor upfront leading to a blast of bitterness that melts effortlessly into a sweet citrus flavor. The aftertaste is typical for this style, but not too powerful. I very enjoyable beer that can be had numerous times.

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

Six pack of bottles. Yeast is clearly visible on bottom of bottle (which is normal for this unfiltered beer).

Poured into a cold mug (Boston Bruins Mug!)
Pours a nice hazy rose gold color with a minimal but creamy head.

Tastes like a deep fruit almost like grapefuit. faint tast of hops. Leaves a strong acidic aftertast wich is mostly the grapefuit taste. Taste lingers on the Back sides of the tongue.

Feels nice in the mouth however but the after taste puckers the back of the cheeks a little.

I can find myself deffinately drinking these all night long. They sneak up on u quick, watch out!

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Photo of jermar
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise -- on tap at Toad in Cambridge. I had no idea they were making such a flavorful, west-coast style IPA up there in New Hampshire. Very strong citrusy hop flavor and aroma, but with enough malt backbone to support it. Tasted exceptionally fresh.

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

Bottled July, Sampled October 2005
Pours a hazy copper color and it topped by a frothy two finger thick pale tan head. The aroma is certainly hoppy with an initial sharp herbal note that succumbs to a candied orange peel scent. The aroma is a good mix of floral nectar like qualities and a solid citrusy note. The palate of this beer is fairly light; makes for easy drinking. It is full flavored though with a solid hop contribution throughout. The beer starts out with a tingling hop note that tickles the tongue in combination with the carbonation. It finishes with a solid bitter hop bite that just begs for you to take another sip. In the middle is a mix of flavors running from orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, a certain spicy basil quality, and pine needles. The hops create a really sharp, yet clean biting bitterness that runs from beginning to end; really quite nice.

This is one of those easy quaffing beers that you wish came in a 22oz bottle, 12oz just does not seem like enough. There is nothing out of this world about this beer, but it seems like a solid go to beer that I would happy to drink a lot of if I did not live in AZ.

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

Pours a hazy peach color with a small creamy head - good retention - semi-sticky lacing. Smells of pungent hops, lightly citrus...mmm. Tastes of some citrus hops and a strong pine resin flavor, crisp and fresh. Straight-up hop flavors that linger yet are not overly bitter. They roll off the tongue with a light dry finish.

Definately an IPA for hop-lovers. Nearly perfect..."finest kind" indeed.

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

Craving some hops, been on more of a malty beer kick lately. Poured a hazy gold in color with a spongey head. Stringy lace that slides back into the glass. Aroma is floral bouquet of hoppiness. Which is immediately confirmed with the first sip. This beer is hops; small explosions of oily bitterness all over the tongue. But then those hop bites recede into a slightly sweet malty finish. Oiliness kind of sticks around a bit. Felt like I was squeezing lemon rinds right onto mouth tongue. Served quite cold and was very crisp and refreshing, Way too easy to drink.

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

Hazy golden amber with nice cream colored lacing. Smells very refreshing with a lot of fresh grapefuit citrus. Its like a grapefruit farm that lies on the border of a pine forest, that as a orchard near by. A little bit of earthiness underneath. Tastes very grapefruity evened out by the grassy pine grains. Full of taste with waves of bitteress that break through the grapefruit peel finish.

Nice IPA. Well rounded + good grapefruit hops a lot.

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

Pours nicely into my glass, with a british golden syrup hue (although certainly not the texture). Big gunky, chunky floaters of hop and yeast make this fully colloidal. Sure, they look nasty, but that's the good stuff -- you want it in there. Looks like pure, unfiltered hop juice. A healthy head floats on top of everything.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy, lacking any astringent notes, and full of ripe peach, nectarine, lime and grapefruit zest. No piney notes here. All juice.

Taste develops with passionfruit, fall honey, fresh, vital candied citrus, big, beautiful hops. Unbelievably fresh. The only hop profile I've found this fresh came from wet-hopped beers, or my own homebrew, only a week or two after brewing. Bitterness is here as balance, but never puckers the cheeks or obliterates the other important elements. Delicioso.

Mouthfeel is nice and even, smooth enough to be dangerously drinkable, but still jumpy enough to create a good hop burp here and there.

Drinkability, as noted above, is fantastic. I hold myself to one or two though -- I'd hate to spoil how much I enjoy each bottle of this brew.

All in all, a fantastic beer. Really quite excellent. One of the only IPAs that I'd consider buying a whole case of (because I brew so much IPA myself). Another winner from Smutty's "little" beers, and worlds better than the Big A. Highly recommended.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard so much about this IPA, and now thanks to Vintage Cellar I now have the opportunity to try it. It totally lives up to the hype.

The beer pours to a hazy golden color with a nice inch-high frothy head. Appears to be a decent carbonation. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smells quite hoppy. Very bubblegummy and citric. Smells like amarillo with perhaps another hop variety mixed. A very nice combo, whatever it is. A bit of a caramel malt aroma backs up the hops.

The taste is one of the best IPA's I've had. Excellent blend of malt and hops flavors. Not overly bitter, not too sweet, but still containing a very pronounced flavor from all of the above.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with a bit of a thick body. A small and pleasant lingering bitterness tempts the drinker for another sip. Too bad my bottle is almost empty. I would love to have this beer available in my neck of the woods. Quite possibly the best and most balanced IPA I've had to date, though I sure would love to try Stone's again.

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Photo of eveninghawk
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is dated June.

Pours a golden-orange hue, cloudy, and there's lots of suspension going on here, even after settling for a few minutes. There's nice lacing, the beer sticks to the sides of the glass and the mouth, giving a good feel. There's a steady stream of small bubbles (hard to see through the suspendeds).

Grapefruity, with a hint of rind-like bitter. There's a pretty flowery aroma. On each taste, the grapefruit sour is backed by a light malty sweetness before the hoppy bitterness kicks in. This is definitely a beer that smacks the palate around a bit. A beer that wants to be boss, but doesn't run the show as much as a true winning IPA in my book.

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Photo of OldSock
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance and Presentation – 12 oz’er bottled in June poured into my pint glass. It is Slightly hazy, golden orange with a 2-finger white head. Retention is good, with decent lacing.

Smell – Grapefruit hops with a floral backing. Nice and hoppy, with a subtle malt undertone. Not a hint of skunk despite sitting around at room temp in my well-lit local supermarket for awhile.

Taste – Delicious liquid hops without the overbearing bitterness. Grapefruit hops with a solid malt backbone. Well balanced for an IPA, it’s bitter, but the bitterness doesn’t linger. Probably my favorite bottled IPA, a spot on treat.

Mouthfeel – Full body for an IPA with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – What an IPA should be, but what few IPA’s are, drinkable, really hoppy and refreshing. As good with food as it is by itself, a true New England classic. Something I always come back too, and what I measure all other IPA’s against.

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Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. This beer is almost peach in color with a nice head, and good lacing. Alot of sediment. The smell is grapefruit and fine but not overwhelming. Taste is awesome. Buttered bread malts and grapefruit. Lots and lots of grapefruit and not very much pine in this one. This is a more fruity/buttery version of the style than most. That I believe is a good thing. Definitely tasty as hell. Hops are awesome, not too strong, but leave you wanting more. Drinkability is off the charts; alcohol taste is nowhere to be found. My new favorite IPA.

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Photo of Naes
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown and orange in color, with a tall frothy white head. The smell is of grapefruit and is supper hopy. The flavor is of grapefruit, pine and a bit grassy. The finish is a wonderful hop bitterness. It’s mildly carbonated and is a bit oily, though not thick by any means. This one goes down quick and easy, and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that this is probably my favorite IPA. Served from a 12 oz bottle, it pours a slightly hazy light amber. The initial aroma is of grapefruit rind, hops fill the nose. Wow, the initial taste is of citrus fruit rind and pine, that finishes with a very nice hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, not too thin or thick, carbonation is fairly light. This is one drinkable IPA. Very smooth beginning that finishes with a great hop bitterness that leaves me wanting more. Its hard for me to just sip this beer its so good. Definitely a beer to seek and enjoy if you haven't had the chance. A beer that is always in my beer fridge.

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

I first tried this brew when it was introduced and fell immediately in love. This is a great example of the category. Fresh, clean with plenty of hops and malty undertones to carry you through. Light enough for summery drinking, but put together for year round enjoyment. It pours golden, with a decent head. Smells of fresh hops and flowers. The finish goes on and on with this serious beer with a rich, easy malt finish. Enjoy!

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

You won't have any problem getting your hop fix from this guy. There's some malt presence as a supporting player but this is mostly carbonated hop juice. Definately not for the brainwashed macro pansies... should only be explored by true hop heads.
Very well made. Deep, aggressive flavors. It seems to me that this could easily withstand more alcohol if it wanted.
Solid stuff.

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Photo of BikerPA
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer has a slight chill haze. A bit lighter in color than I am used to, but it has nice character. Good nose, but not overpowering. I'm surprised the ABV at 6.6 is so high, for this alcohol is very well hidden by the taste. This beer is definitely worth trying. However, the alcohol could sneak up on you, so be careful.


Yours in good cheer,

Biker PA

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Photo of scooter231
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours an orangeish color with poofy white head and pretty lacing. Extremely clear beer- can see right through the glass. Smell is hoppy, sweet and floral hops, a slight sour tang in the background. Sweet malt scents also come through here. Light, earthy, intriguing.

Taste is, as you would expect, hoppy. Sweet but tangy, a bit bitter near the end of the sip, a good bite. Alcohol is very well hidden here. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation, maybe slightly watery, but overall nice. This beer is quite drinkable- tasty, not too overpowering, and sneakily six and a half percent.

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Photo of Celt44
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - golden hue with a medium head and lacing that remainjs throughtout. Cloudier than any other IPA that I've had.
Smell - Strong smell of Apricots. Grapefruit also comes to mind. Very smooth and inviting.
Taste - Here's where the grapefruit takes over. Hops flavor jumps out from start to finish. A hophead's dream.
Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is noticeable.
Drinkability - Definitely an exceptional IPA. It's going down easy on this 90 degree+ day in upstate NY.

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

This beer won our blind taste test from among 11 other New England and Mid-Atlantic IPA's. In fact, it was everyone's unanimus choice as the best beer. We tried this beer at the 2002 Vermont Brew Festival, and jokes about it as "the Butter Beer", because of a somewhat buttery aftertaste.

But we are not joking about it anymore. It pours a good head, has good lacing and an excellent hop aroma. It has everything that us West Coast hopheads enjoy in a beer. In even smelling the empty bottle, we longed for more of the fine citrus flavor from the blend of hops and malt. The aroma and taste were great. This beer had everything.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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