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:
#4,089
Reviews:
1,856
Ratings:
5,359
pDev:
11.71%
 
 
Wants:
348
Gots:
1,228
Trade:
4
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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Warren2621
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zbelair
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Icka31
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As I just had a couple, I thought it was high time I rated one of my go-to IPAs. From the bottle to a Hermit Thrush tulip glass. You might call it an old-school IPA, but for me it's always a refreshing change from the NEIPAs that are all the rage. Fruity, hoppy, balanced.

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Photo of nsfenxer
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong bitterness up front. Somewhat of a dry aftertaste

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Photo of milklover
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cleeze
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DrBier
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nhdjinn
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

located only 15 miles away
always good beer
slightly hazy golden color with lingering 1/4" head
smell - hops
taste - citrus hops perfectly balance for 6.9% abv but malt also shines through
feel medium to medium heavy - mask abv well
a solid well balanced ipa

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Photo of Iski100
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BenMorse
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TomWight
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IckyT2012
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pro45
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with BB date of 5/18/18. Pours a dark gold with literally no head. Smell is malty, fruity, hoppy. Taste is very hoppy with a good malt backbone. Grapefruit pith, orange peel, tangerine. Bitter finish. Good carb. Medium mouthful. One of my favorite IPA's. An all time classic on the style.

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Photo of carlos
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

historically, one of my top 10 american craft breweries.
the brew: low key, maltier nose. slow, assertive hop bitterness. refective, spacious finish. musical.

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Photo of edcarrjr25
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Labo
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHawk99
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Smuttynose. This one had supreme hops. Peppery aftertaste.

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Photo of byronic
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-golden burnt dark orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a fairly decent pace. Slight foamy speckled lace looked great.
The aroma was filled with sharp piney sweet hops playing with a huge floral to zesty/semi-spicy hoppiness and flowing over a clean caramel/toffee malt bill (which seemed extremely faint).
The flavor achieved a well nuanced zesty/spicy hoppiness flowing over a breaking apart piney-ness (was sweet but became somewhat bitter as it warmed). Well balanced aftertaste between the malts and the zesty/spicy hops.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch towards the light side with a healthy carbonation. ABV felt on par. Nice spicy hoppiness and floral hoppiness in the finish.
Overall, before all of these "haze IPA bombs" that came out, this AIPA was being knocked back by many beer geeks. And honestly, I would say many are still are as well as me. Hoping my numbers reflect how I truly feel about this beer.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,359 ratings