Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

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 HorseheadsHopHead
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a clear, slightly bubbly gold color with a solid finger of tight white head. Head dies a bit after a minute, but retention is mostly excellent, as a ring of head stays for the duration of the drinking process and it leaves nice lacing along the glass.
The aroma reeks of Simcoe--wet cannabis, dankness, pine, a bit of the "cat pee" thing. A big dose of lemon peel. There's zesty orange and some sweet bready malts.
Up front, you get a bit hit of pine and dankness. In the middle, you get biscuit malt sweetness, but it is fairly unobtrusive. There is a big herbal character, like basil and kale. The finish is medium-plus bitter, dry, and citrusy. Grapefruit pith, lemon, orange peel. The aftertaste lingers of citrus peel.
The mouthfeel is medium, almost medium-plus. Almost creamy in its heavy-handed hop oiliness. Finishes dry and is very drinkable.

This is one of the best widely available IPAs of the Northeast. Highly recommended for any hophead in search of a bang for their buck.

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Photo of Ed_0101
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Six pack 12oz. Glass bottles.

L-hazy and golden.

S-hoppy,lots of pine, resiny. No alcohol.

T-hoppy, piney, citrus, very enjoyable citrus bitterness in the middle. Finishes very clean and crisp with nice slight hop bitterness at the end.

O- Great ipa. And a great beer overall. I am biased being a hophead but awesomely crisp, hoppy, enjoyable beer. Cant help being reminded of Pliny the Elder. Both by the amazing taste and also by the expertly executed balance of everthing involved.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I used to drink Smutty Finest Kind pretty steadily on-tap while playing trivia on Wednesday nights at Brendee's Irish Pub, but I fell out of that habit after moving to the other side of town & frankly, I never expected to see it in a CAN! Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Brewing fine beers in NH since 1994"; "Make mine a Smutty!"; "Please recycle and be nice to each other."

Man, these brimful craft CANs are really giving me fits today! Once more, the Crack! had no room for the tab to go & resulted in some light foaming through the vent as a result. A brief calming period was then followed by a gentle Glug and then by an in-glass swirl. This last raised a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was like welcoming back an old friend with the familiar blend of grapefruit citrus & pine menthol from the hops, underlain by a caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more lemony than grapefruit, and more biscuity than caramel, but the pine coolness was very evident. The Notes section mentions 75 IBUs, but it was well-hidden. That, or my self-described/self-avowed hophead self has become inured to high IBU beers. Uh oh. This was a very tasty, easy to drink AIPA that did not see fit to beat my poor, bruised tongue into submission. Finish was cool, dry, lightly citrusy and a real pleasure. I am very glad to see in come in a CAN!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can with expiration date of 4/30/16 poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 3F+ head, moderate retention with some lacing and a foamy cap. Beer is an attractive hazy amber.

S: Light citrus, moderate pine, and light malts. One senses a hop bomb.

T: Very hop-forward, lots of pine, a little citrus, and some bitterness, but not too much. Light malt.

F: Mediumish-bodied, light carbonation. Reasonably well-balanced, as bitterness present, but not overpowering. Light drying finish. Crisp. Not quite sessionable, but can seem that way.

O: Very good IPA. Love the Amarillo counterbalancing.

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Photo of Steelocation
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this is a 12 pack but have not drink it in over 1 month so I hope it didn't throw off my rating. These were in 12oz bottles with an expiration date of 4/6/2016 so I did not miss the cutoff. The bottle read: 50123B1622318. I poured it into a pint shaped glass that's only 12oz. The beer was refrigerated before hand (sorry, don't know the temperature).

Appearance: golden and cloudy that was lackluster in color

Smell: very sweet and toasty with a hint of floral

Taste: well balanced and hoppy. You can tell right away that this was an IPA

Mouth-feel: crisp but coarse. The appearance didn't seem carbonated but when you kept it in your mouth, the carbonation was prevalent

Overall: a nice IPA to drink regularly. Maybe I should not have written that since it is high in ABV. Still, having one or two for the day with this beer is fine. Great beer to bring to gatherings if no other IPAs are available.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When thinking of the most solid American IPA I've ever tasted, the aptly named Finest Kind will among the top 5 on the list. A great balance of citrus and hops. Smooth and not too filling.

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

2-27-16 - Poured from the bottle into a plastic pilsner "glass" at the rooftop bar of Printers restaurant in NYC. Nice sunny day with my bride as we watched the sun set over Wehawken, NJ. Light brown color with frothy head. Good IPA to start the evening.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

solid, IPA predating the crazy new england style of hazy hop bombs. balance of the citrus, floral aromas and flavors with the hop bitterness is incredible.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden colour, thumb of head, solid retention and sheeting lacing. Fruity mangos and hints of citrus and mandarin on the nose. Nice bitter citrus flavors dominate alongside a solid fruity backbone of mango and pineapple. Fantastic rendition of the style.

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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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