Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
5,309 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Best before date of 6/4/13

Color is strawish pale. A lot of haze and suspension. Too much yeast and hops floating around giving it a dirty look. One finger thick white head with decent retention. Excellent lacing on the sides. Heavily translucent.

Aroma is low to moderate in strength. Very disappointing for an exceptional IPA. Weed like notes, very slight grapefruit and raw mango. Some grass if i may say. A good amount of malt with some spices added in. Everything faint as hell and asking you to sniff it out.

Taste is better. The hop profile is complex and a mix of lot of different type of hops i would assume. Some weed like flavors, very slight citrus and some earthiness. Malts do take a back seat but support the hops really well. Bitterness is mild yet is felt.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. No warmth and no astringency. Smooth and drinks really well. Just a very decent IPA nothing exceptional about it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Unfliltered; very cloudy. Burnt orange color when held up to a light.

S- Smells like an orange with a bit of cinnamon sprinkled over it. Spicy, but a bright spice. Not one of the best smelling IPAs, but it's not off-putting in any way. Still, not it's strongest category.

T- What it lacks in smell, this beer makes up for in taste. Wow. Big back of the tounge bitterness. Sugar coated grapefruit; a bit of tangerine. Over ripened apricot. Malt flavor is detectable but is used for backbone and not for taste, just the way I like it.

M- Oily. Resinous. Thick. Double IPA mouthfeel.

O- I gotta admit I used to hate on Smuttynose IPA, but now I'm thinking it's because had older bottles. The bottle I'm drinking now is extremely fresh and I think it really makes a difference; this is definitely an IPA that must be drank fresh. It's damn good folks. If you love the grapefruit forward IPAs look no further. When I say I can drink this all day I really mean it. An IPA worth rambling over!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time tasting this beer. Poured a golden honey color in a pint glass.
Two finger head. Floral character to nose with light grapefruit.

Very carbonated.

The balance in the taste is wonderful: slight bitterness, grapefruit-citrus, malt, and a floral character combine for an excellent finish. The nose and taste continue and become more pronounced with warming. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a murky amber-orange, with a 1 inch head, and lots of good lacing down the glass.

The aroma is of grapefruit, pine, and some honey-malt.

This is a pure and utter grapefruit bomb, and I honestly can't handle it. I love IPAs, but this is too much. So much bitterness coming from the grapefruit and the pine, it tastes like I'm sucking on pine needles that have been brining in grapefruit juice for weeks. Just way too unbalanced. No malt noticeable.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, not drinkable due to overemphasis on bitterness.

I'll have to revisit this one again sometime, because it's so highly regarded, but I really didn't like this one.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,309 ratings
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