Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#2,154
Reviews:
1,850
Ratings:
5,339
pDev:
11.71%
Bros Score:
4.62
 
 
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344
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Next in my "as if this needs another review" series, Finest Kind IPA. With a best by date of 8/24 I expect this is still pretty fresh on 7/17 and should be near its best. That said, I was a little underwhelmed.

The appearance is about what it should be, a nice hazy unfiltered gold, with a touch of orange. Smell was where this started to go off the rails for me a little. It's not nearly as aromatic as some, and I can't detect much besides a general hop scent.
Flavor is hoppy and tasty and all, but not overwhelmingly great to me. It's missing some of the fruity/ juicy/ floral notes I like in my ipas. Very dry finish with a lot of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light and pretty hot from all of the carbonation.

I might be a little harsh. It's really a great beer, just not the best of an outstanding style.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,339 ratings