Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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

Added by Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer just keeps flowing into our little state; in the past few months, Indiana has started receiving shipments of Pretty Things, Green Flash, and Clown Shoes, with DFH to come in the future. Can’t say I’m not excited. And now I’m able to walk into the bottle shop and grab a six-pack of Smuttynose IPA…looks like my beer wishes are coming true. Cheers!

Best-by date is 12/13/13, nearly five months after the date of this tasting.

A: The body pours a shining orange-gold, inundated with fizz as soon as the first drops hit the glass. As such, its head is extremely bubbly; looks like a dollop of off-white soap foam dropped right on top of the beer (especially because it consists mainly of a sizeable bump over the nucleation site). Frilly lace wraps all the way around.

S: A light, sweet nose, made up of wonderfully fruity hop aromas and a subtle-yet-complex malt backbone. Notes of mandarin orange, lemon-lime soda, and persimmon ring out in bright tones like fruity candy, juxtaposed against a backdrop of pumpernickel, fresh-cut lawn, and oatmeal. A witbier character takes hold near the end, dropping scents of clove and wheat to finish it out.

T: The palate is tight and controlled, thanks to the interplay between crisp malts and bright hops. Tastes of oats and honey, rye toast, lemongrass, and fruity wheat make a rustic, full-flavored grain bill that culminates in a satisfyingly dry swing up into hop territory. And as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to hop taste: feels peppery at first – a pine and lime rind character with leafy undertones – but soon tightens to full intensity. When you get the brunt of the lupulin, though, it just barely reaches a note of power. Believe me, it’s hoppy, but the bitterness is so well-balanced by a lasting honey effect from the malt that it hardly dries the mouth. Incredible. Ends on a dry herbal note, with clove flavors making a final, lasting impression.

M: Quality beer for the hop-loving masses needs to have a balanced texture, and that’s exactly what you get here. The body is right in the middle of heavy and light: the carbonation is smooth, but abundant; the body is full, but refreshing; the dryness is bold, but palatable.

O: Feeling IPA fatigue? Think hoppy beers are getting a little too one-dimensional? Then get your hands on (at least) a bottle of Finestkind. It’s not a barrage of hop flavors – though that can be nice sometimes – but rather a beer for which hops are a tool, a means to a drinkable, balanced end. Because of that, this is the perfect six-pack IPA; I could never see myself growing tired of this brew.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,337 ratings