Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
Liked This Beer
4.1 w/ 5,306 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

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,306 |  Reviews: 1,843
Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; freshness date of April 22, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“BEST BEFORE 04/22/13”); going by Smuttynose’s four-month freshness period, this was bottled on December 22, 2012, making this bottle 12 days old on the date of consumption. Ah, freshness.

Appearance (4.75): A solid two fingers of bone-white head composed of fine, dense foam that bubbles away very slowly caps an orange-amber body that’s perfectly hazy: not cloudy, but much more than a chill haze. This has some very, very lovely lacing and good rentention: very intricate, tight-knit webs of lace cover all sides of the glass, accompanied by periodic collars of thin foam, marking individual sips. Holy nutballs, this lacing is great.

Smell (4.0): The hops are very, very fresh and fragrant in the nose, a great mix of fresh grapefruit flesh and some dank, resinous tones most prominent here. Some pale, lightly toasted, biscuity, white bread kinda malt character sneaks in under the hops, but they are unquestionably front and center here: weedy, passionfruit, and red grapefruit fill it out well.

Taste (4.5): The hops come charging in from the nose, with a somewhat different character: pungent citrus peel bitterness (grapefruit pith) blends almost seamlessly with a resinous, herbal, weedy flavor. And they’re just barely supported by a pale, bready malt body that brings to mind wheat toast. But there’s almost no sweetness to speak of, just a very dry, bready body to help prop up the very, very pronounced hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This has a wonderful feel: the carbonation is smooth and almost velvety, foaming very nicely without ever prickling. The body is dry as a bone, thanks to the pale malt character and a good dose of astringent hop oils. This bastard drinks like a champ.

Overall (4.25): This is a very drinkable, very bitter American IPA that is really an absurd value, when fresh. (Finestkind usually goes for $8-9/ sixer in my area, so that’s pretty damn good.) Sometimes when people talk about East Coast IPAs being too sweet and malt-forward, I think they’re just talking about some old bottle of 90 Minute they had. If those same folks had a fresh bottle of Finestkind, I’m pretty sure they’d be singing a different tune.

 2,344 characters

Photo of Buttermilk
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of csheridan
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very smoothly balanced American IPA, lovely orange color with a very citrus nose. Very nice bitter hops taste, without overpowering. Bitterness is very reminiscent of what you might get with a good sour/bitter grapefruit, from first taste to aftertaste, with a nice smooth sweet flavor in the middle.

Definitely up there with the Bell's Two-Hearted & Stone IPA for me, & I've become a big fan of the style in the last year. This one's definitely a keeper!

 456 characters

Photo of bbrown12
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of hunkler
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JLG193
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of FishFrank
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jacothom
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Peter
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of myboypat
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beersvh23
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Sipchue
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of frankb34
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of matt82gill
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of reagbr8
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of DMB
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Headgoober
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of avgjoseph
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cutout
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of HerbMeowing
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of VTWicked
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.3% out of 100 with 5,306 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.