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

Added by Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose Brewing Company - Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"

Look - Pours copperish amber almost clear (slightly hazy but not what I would call unfiltered) with a good soapy head. Good lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Malty and bready with faint citrus hoppy overtones. Not aromatic like I wanted or expected but can't win them all.

Taste - Quite a pucker bitter hopt and malt blast, has some bite. East coast style for sure. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, malty, and rests quite comfortable with citrus hops standing. Not boozy. Mouthfeel is like a DIPA.

Overall - Interesting, from pale ale to IPA to DIPA in one sitting. I found it to be a little overrated in regards to the ratings on here, but I would still recommend this brew and I think it is great.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden-amber, with a lush and extravagant head of white suds. Lace is thick and extensive.

Nose is citrus and floral/herbal hops.

Flavor is bitter on the acidic citrus/grapefruit hops, with a nice dose of sweet and sticky malts to balance it out a bit. Finestkind isn't a hop-bomb by any means, but it is a solid American IPA.

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

A- Unfiltered, cloudy. Golden orange color with haze - dusk. Original.

S- Smells citrus cross of orange and grapefruit, not over done. inviting. laid back. seaside.

T- Taste LEAPS! Big Wow. Lovely sides of tongue bitterness. Sweet and bitter at once, creamy citrus. A bit of tropical fruit & apricot. Malt is balancing but in background. Lovely stinging, salty, swimming kind of beach sunset IPA. A top East Coast IPA.

M- Great mouth feel & finish. Weighty. Oily. Resinous. Imperial IPA mouthfeel, but not alcoholic.

Food - went great with salty tomato pasta with ham and mushrooms. Would be great with seafood. I got this in the sampler and want to upgrade to get all their IPAs. A great food beer, a great find.

SOUNDS LIKE... you gotta get this one fresh. Check the date as the reviews are great when fresh.

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3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well this beer poors a perfect hazy peach color with lots of floaters....

S- Grapefruit, maybe just a small amount of just about everything else, really blends well.

T- Is Perfect a flavor? Well no but grapefuit, citrus and pine are and they are all represented well.

M- Just enough body to keep ya goin. Dry enough to keep you wanting more, but wet enough to make you refreshed

O- If you are a IPA fan and have this in your area drink this instead of whatever IPA you are drinkin right now, Torpedo used to be my #1 but that is no more...

Edit, April 013...

Man I did not want to do this... But I am sick of repicking this beer up... I used to love it... There were floaties then, seems to be semi filtered now, no floaties, just hazy. Had it at different freshnesses over the last couple years and it has just not been consistant...

Smell is malt ya I said it MALT at first, minor citrus in the back

Taste is bitter hops, bitter grapefruit, and muddy malt.. Odd aftertaste...

Mouthfeel is average for the style

Well I have purchased this for the last few years... It seems to have changed a lot in the last couple, I guess it is time to stop buying it. I know they changes something, it used to have floaties fresh and now it does not at 3 months...

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes, pours a dark golden color with a small amount of white head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a solid citrus and grapefruit hoppiness soon followed by an emerging pine hops presence. As it warms I get some herbal/floral hops with some lesser sweet pale maltiness and toasted white bread.

The tastes follow the nose with a brief blanket of malt sweetnes soon oversome by a big resinous pine and astringent citrus, grapefuit punch. Floral bitterness flavors in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is quite heavy towards the bitter, dry end; more resinous than I expected.

Overall this is a good IPA but just not the flavor profile I look for in my IPAs nowadays. These intense grapefruit and pine flavors were fine when they were novel, but now I would much rather prefer a more aroma forward or balanced offering.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle poured into a pint had a golden coloring. Nice fluffy head held on for some time.

Light lemon essence in the nose there was a thin maltiness. Hints of grapefruit and floral hops end the scent but all in all entirely too weak.

Touches of piney resin mixed with brewed tea, malt and earth tones. Hints of citrus balance out the flavor but don't come to the forefront.

Overall not a bad IPA, easy to drink, hints of diversity and a telling smoothness.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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