Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
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
Ratings:
5,268
Reviews:
1,836
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.74%
 
 
Wants:
338
Gots:
1,184
For Trade:
6
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Mojo
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

This beer pours up a medium gold with a one finger white head, not much retention, and bits of lacing. The smell is a fresh citrus, pine, oak, and resin. Taste is very sweet with notes of pineapple followed by grapefruit and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is nice, about the right amount of carbonation and neither too thin nor two thin. This is a solid offering.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant golden copper with a frothy inch and a half cream head that clings to the glass in sheets of lacing.

Fresh cut grass, resin, and pine dominate the initial aroma. Doughy malt and catty notes are more subtle, with floral hops and citrus surfacing at the end.

Flavor is far more citrusy, with complex tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango A underlying the profile, accompanied by grapefruit and tangerine. The finish is decidedly bitter and resiny, with a touch of pepper. Caramel malt ties the hop character together, but is not prominent. Floral and piney hops are evident in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch watery, with carbonation on the high side and light alcohol warmth.

Very hoppy ipa, in both flavor and bittering. Fairly complex, but it's a little bitter for my palate.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - So hazy that it almost looks like a Belgian white but just a little too golden. Very active carbonation.
S - Faint on the hops not expecting a hop bomb.
T - Definitely not a hop bomb but has the crisp hop taste Almost an IPA "Lite".
M - Very drinkable, not overly carbonated. Most of the hops as an aftertaste.
O - I find it very drinkable and a nice "session" IPA as it is not overpowering in taste. But I really don't see why it gets exceptional or world class ratings. I really almost felt it was an IPA cut with water.

I just read the bottle and it states "dry hopped and unfiltered" explains a lot of the appearance and taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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

Bottle dated best by 12-14-15 into pint glass. Pours a hazy pale gold color with a thin, eggshell-white head. Initial impression is citrus and floral hops, followed by bready malt, with a slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation - just about perfect for the style. Alcohol is well disguised. Citrus becomes a little more dominant as the beer warms. Very tasty and refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,268 ratings.
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