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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

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Photo of doktorhops
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’M BACK!!! With a bang too - Smuttynose Finestkind IPA! Well as it turns out my fitness regime is doing well and I’m permitting myself 1 beer to review per week, which allows the Doc beer reviewing goodness to continue unabated! [Villagers: “Yay!”]. So Smuttynose is one of those legendary American IPAs that people whisper about in some sort of garbled incoherent copiously hop-driven breath on various beer sites around the world (aka ‘Merica!). It has long been a target on my BIG beer hit list, and now like the ale equivalent of Ramón Mercader I am about to plunge my ice pick (i.e. my tastebuds) into its ear (i.e. my beer glass).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a cloudy/turbid sunburst orange with a 2 cm white/cream head that won’t quit. Plenty of carbonation action inside the glass but we know better than to judge against that (even though this is an IPA not a Lager dammit). Man that head is still there even after my whole preamble, impressive head. 9/10.

S: Sweet orange blossom citrus notes mingle with a hint of dirty, earthy hops and yep - you guessed it: Bold piney characters. This is hops all the way baby! The defining feature of this brew IMO is how floral it comes on in the aroma - almost touching on a Fraoch (or Heather Ale) with its flowery scent, bravo. 9/10.

T: Assertive yet restrained hop bitterness really lays down the gauntlet to more dry than sweet malt characters. From beginning to end this is a hop-driven IPA and it is unabashed about it. Flavours range the gamut from: Piney, citric, grapefruit through to dirty, earthy and floral notes. The finish is bitter but not overly so compared to most American IPAs. This is then a superlative effort from the smuttiest of noses. 9/10.

M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied with a light, almost flat carbonation. If there is any negative to be had with this brew it would be with the body, a touch light, but I am nit-picking now. 8/10.

D: Best beer I’ve had from New Hampshire... [erm, the only beer I’ve had from New Hampshire, but the point still stands!]. The 2 biggest pluses to this brew, the takeaway points if you will, are 1: The floral aroma, and 2: The even-handed but assertive bitterness throughout. In fact it’s only after sipping my next brew did I realise I could still taste bitterness from the Smuttynose and that was a week later! [Lies, damnable lies!]. 9/10.

Food match: Make it Asian cuisine with some spice - you’re gonna need it.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very attractive scent of grapefruit/citrus with a balanced taste of bitter hops. The carbonation is solid, but by no means filling. It's a tasty beer, with a good scent and not filling.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours dark orange-brown, cloudy, one finger head. Smell is not very present. Taste is bitter, hoppy, with a long finish. very smooth, creamy feel in mouth. Overall a nice, hoppy IPA.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this 100 World Class Beer by the Bros is worthy of that assessment. It has 75 IBUs and a cool 6.9% ABV. I bought some kumquats alongside the beer and something interesting happened (see below). The hops are—Bittering Hops: Magnum. Flavoring: Simcoe, Centennial, Santiam, Cascade. Dry hops: Amarillo, Centennial

Look-It pours a clear golden copper with some orange hues. The head is khaki-off white and the lacing is medium and fluffy.

Smell-It smells of citrus not unlike the kumquats I bought. I made sure there was no cross-contamination of smells and I assure you that this beer has an excellent citrus hop aroma and a delicate malt backbone and some pine and grassiness, too.

Taste-The citrus explodes first with grapefruit rind, kumquat, pine, floral notes, and some grassy hops. Then the malts shine through in a delicate orange-blossom honey and juicy peachy flavors come with it. There is a sticky lingering on the palate that comes from the hop oils and the mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp; solid medium-body to it as well.

Overall-This is an excellent beer and I urge you to pour it into a worthy glass or, if possible, get it in a growler for added freshness!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can with "best by 3/20/16" on the bottom. Pours a hazy, opaque gold with a very bright and bubbly head. The initial scents from the mouth of the can and pour had me excited, very clean, but the scent became muted to where it was hardly noticeable fairly quickly. As I drink, the beer retains a thin head and a little bit of bubbly goodness.

The initial taste was a little hops heavy, I did not expect going in to such a bright looking beer. I almost was a little disappointed, but as always with complex beers (for me at least) the beer opened up very nicely as I continued drinking, revealing the true character. What at first was a very malty, bitter pine slowly morphed into a citrus-laden hops standard. The mouth feel is the star player here, wetting the mouth and keeping you coming back again and again - no unpleasant tones left behind. Reminds me of a couple similar beers in the style - nothing too unique, but what it does, it does very well. Happy I grabbed a sixer. Gets me buzzed well to, considering the alcohol content; I've not even finished my drink yet!

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Photo of GraniteState101
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy, bitter, and delicious. Perhaps the best New England IPA that you can grab void of checking for release times and waiting in lines! A very solid and reliable choice.

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

355ml bottle into nonic pint glass. "best by 05/30/16", consumed jan 11 2016

a: ultra transparent pale orange, apricot-y colour, with a thin finger of off-white head

s: tangerine, grapefruit, dank pine resin, floral aromas. a bit of mango and pineapple. good caramel backing. pineapple

t: follows the nose. fruity-piney-floral hop front, ample malt mid-palate, lingering piney hop finish. no alcohol detected

m: on the lighter side, but still offers a kind of creaminess. medium-minus-ish carbonation. strong drying bitterness on the finish

o: though the bitterness may be a bit too much for some, this is a fantastic ipa with excellent hop-malt flavour balance

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Photo of Steve1993
2.44/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not great. Smell is of grapefruit and tropical fruit. Taste is bitter, note the high IBU. It is a beer you would return to if the choice is really limited. Not overly impressed with any of the Smuttynose offerings I've tasted thus far.

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Photo of stephens101
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear orange. Timid hop aroma upon assiduous inspection. Has a sweet and fruity middle with citrus rind covering and little else. Underwhelming in this drinkers opinion, but I guess there's no accounting for taste.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: dark side of golden...approaching amber. Nice lacing; little head.
S: Piney, resinous...slightly sour
T: Resin and lemon, very malt forward. A slight almost brett character in the middle of the beer.
M: Coating, tongue scrapey...goes down easy but still coaty.
O: Started easy and ended heavy; gets maltier the warmer it gets. Plenty of hops to balance. Very good beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything as claimed in the description. A strong, sharp bitterness bites the tongue from the first sip. Some sticky lacing on the glass, thin head on hazy golden body. A sipper for sure...

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper orange color.
Unique flavor for an IPA.
Nicely balanced. Carmel malt sweetness is prominent.
Plenty of hoppy bitterness, but the hops are smooth, not biting.
Not as fruity as some, but some subtle citus notes.
Perfect carbonation and nice body.
Enjoyable brew with unique combination of attributes in this style of beer

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Photo of Veejuh
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one is 2.5 weeks old, noticeably less fantastic than within a week, but a great go to nonetheless. For the price at costco ($29 bucks a case) it can't be beat. This is my go to ipa and a deserving one it is indeed.

box says bottled on 10/24/15, bottle says best by 04/24/15 so theres a reference point of how old the beer is based off the best by date on the bottles.

Although it says it's got a lot of life left in it, and it is still a fine beer, this one is truly remarkable with a week or under of freshness. Amazing crisp, bitter flower freshness taste with some citrus undertones, mild grass; and the nose is much better.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a spieglau ipa glass. Pours a golden copper, a little bit hazy, a big puffy 2 finger off white head, good lacing. Great nose of big and deep piney and citrus hops, and caramel and bready malts. Taste follows the nose...but there's also some grapefruit rind, and it's also got a little soapiness at the end. Dries out decently at the end, medium carbonation, middling body. Kind of an old school micro ipa...great parts, but, for me, it doesn't add up and harmonize as well as it should.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from a 6-pack. Best by 03/09/16.

Nice golden pale ale colour. Slightly hazy. A half-inch or so of head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

This is one of the best-smelling IPAs I've encountered. There's just a ton of beautiful, ripe fruitiness from the hops going on here. Strawberry? Lychee?

Fruity. A bit of caramel. Not a whole lot of sweetness from the malt.


This is a really good and distinctive American IPA.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy body of dark gold, with plenty of bubbles and a strong, foamy, off-white head. The hoppy aroma is enticing in part due to its complexity--fresh citrus, resin, herbal, and floral notes combine with a strong toasted malt base to create a diverse, yet well-balanced menagerie. The hops are powerful in the taste as well, in terms of both flavor and bitterness. The hop varieties echo those found on the nose, and continue to be balanced by the use of just the right amount of grainy malt. A medium-light mouthfeel and high level of carbonation create a crisp, refreshing character which makes this hoptastic beer more drinkable than it would otherwise be, especially considering its nearly 7% APV. Not the most fascinating of IPAs on the market, but a solid choice for hop heads, to be sure.

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Photo of MVotter
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Ample one inch, cream colored head, beer is light gold.

S - Citrus, apple, alcohol

T - Sweetish hops and some dry bitterness in the end, hint of diacetyls.

F - A little sticky, very effervescent, medium/heavy body.

O - Incredibly flavorful hopilcious brew.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip, pours a hazy light orange with 2 fingers white head recedes leaving a nice lacing. might I also add that I love the label lol.

Aroma - this feels pretty standard american IPA, it just doesnt stand out. you get some Cut grass up front followed by a strong pine some caramel and some orange and lemon. I dont get any grapefruit from this one. note: as it warms up the caramel in the nose comes out to play :) This caused me to change my rating mid review from a 3.75 to a 4.

Taste - Pine and fresh cut grass followed by lemon and orange peel and finished off with some caramel malts. some of the bitterness from the pine sits in the back of your mouth long after you finish the sip.

Feel - This beer has a light body, very smooth and easy drinking.very light tingling on the tongue from carbonation.

Overall - I find this to be a very good IPA, is it the best I've had? no, but it is definitely worth a glass.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a solid hazy pale burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Lacing seemed to slide right on into the body.
The smell had a light grassy-like spice over some pine and citrusy hops. Light caramel malts sit in the background but play into the aroma as it warms.
The taste was moderately sweet through the hops with that touch of spice settling into the background and then the malty sweetness is even further in the background. There's a light little bit of spice in the aftertaste and leading into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely.
Overall, as an AIPA it works. I like it for me and think it fits the style as well. I'd come back to.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fine example of an American IPA! Citrus notes are strong with this one. Both aroma and taste are spot-on for a beautiful citrus/floral blend. And the ABV is high enough to give you a nice buzz without much effort...but that certainly doesn't mean I would stop after one glass!

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Photo of captainsdaughter
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: This beer pours a bright filtered orange with little to no head on an aggressive pour.
S: Smells really good, notes of citrus and pine with a strong hop profile.
T: Very average considering how good this beer smells. Starts off with a strong hop bitterness that does not have any real consistency throughout and just abruptly ends on my palate. The citrus that was so strong on the nose is gone and there is really no balance to this beer at all, my palate felt dry and sour at the end of each sip.
F: This beer has no body to it and feels like seltzer in your mouth.
O: Very disappointed considering how the Bro's rated this beer 100 and the users 91, this beer isn't even in my top 25 and honestly feels like the brewer forgot to add something to complete it. Drank this beer about 4 months before the drink by date, not sure if freshness played any role but definitely would not buy again.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Beer pours out a nice bronze color. There is a really small white head that is gone instantly. The bottle lists the ABV (6.9%) and there is a very clear best by date 12/23/15.

S: [3.50] Mellon, some pineapple and a bit of pine. For an IPA these are all kind of subdued.

T: [3.00] The front is quite bitter. Not to the point of undrinkable - but heading in that direction. The flavors are pine and bitter grapefruit.

M: [4.00] The beer has a nice weight and feels sticky and significant on the palate. Dispite the hard hitting bitter up front it finishes pretty clean without a bitter aftertaste.

O: [3.50] This beer seems out of balance. I am looking for more of a malt backbone to balance out the hops. I am not finding it. The mouthfeel is really nice and the nose isn't bad (a tad weak) but the beer itself is tilted too far in the bitter direction without anything to counterplay it.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As fresh as I can get, fresh in at Warner's.
Hazy pour, and looks good, light Amber gold.
Modest aromas, and taste is mainly lychee and smooth hops.
Ok but has it travelled well?

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Photo of Urk1127
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Deep orange
-strawberry, a bit of pine, sweetness
-Like strawberries and cream, small amount of rind, pine
-creamy, moderate carbonation, higher bitterness than others in the style

-top tier ipa for me. One of my favorites

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Photo of dwlemen
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good traditional ipa. Not sweet/grapefruity like the citra ones now. Good bitterness. Definitely an ipa but not a hop bomb. Some floral hop character. Probably a 42-43.

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