Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
5,310 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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Ratings: 5,310 |  Reviews: 1,844
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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of nUgZ
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1 finger head, nice lacing, and sediment in suspension.

S: Citrus and Pine hops along with some grain and mild malts.

T: Citrus hops up front nicely balanced with sweet biscuity malts.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a solid IPA. Nice balance and good flavors. I'm used to hop bombs, but this is a good option for people who like a less bitter option.

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Photo of Proclarush
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this to be more of an american pale ale than an ipa, but its real good nonetheless. pours a really clear light golden color, surprising for an unfiltered ale, smallish white head on top but excellen lacing is left behind. the nose is a little bland, no czech pils malts mixed in among the high test hops, which smell better and pretty fresh. the flavor is bitter tall the way through, nice hop varietals here, some citrus and some grassy hayfield type stuff, but all with bitter leanings. indeed there is a czech or german pilsner malt in here, providing a light crackery profile, which is unique in an ipa these days. good carbonation and a really light body for the style, plenty drinkable, would never guess the abv is pushing 7%. it feels good, it drinks good, its a litle strange, its a nice beer all up.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden amber with a white, finger width head. Average retention. Leaves behind a fair amount of lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Balanced aroma, with caramel and citrus at the forefront. Underlying grass and bread character, and a faint bit of earth.

Taste - Mellow to start. Bread and caramel round out the malt forwardness of the beer, along with a bit of juicy sweetness, but by mid-taste a hint of earthiness, then a sharp citrus bitterness begins to creep in. Orange and grapefruit pith. Bitterness skyrockets toward the finish, leaving an aggressive, bitter attack which lasts an exceptional amount of time. Ever bite into a grapefruit peel?

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with fair carbonation. Somewhat juicy, maybe caused by salivating.

Overall - A great example of an American IPA. Starts with nice balance, but ends strong and bitter. It doesn't kill me that this isn't readily available on the West Coast, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't want it to be.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden orange with a moderate white head and some lacing left behind.

S: Not much of an aroma: a faint hint of citrus/pine hops and a slightly stronger malt sweetness.

T/M: Much more powerful on the palette than the nose. A quick touch of caramel malt as it touches the tongue, swiftly followed by a wave of bitter hops. Pine and citrus flavors dominate, and it leaves behind a lingering and quite nice hop bitterness. It's not a hop bomb, it's actually quite well-balanced but has a good amount of hoppy flavor.

O: A fine, standard IPA, nothing mind-blowing but a really drinkable and tasty brew. Too bad the aroma doesn't match the taste.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Peach colored hazy brew with a small crisp white head and lots of really nice lace.

S - Big grapefruit and pine notes over a caramel tinged biscuity malt base.

T - Follows the nose. BIg malt backbone overlaid with tons of grapefruit and pine. Tastes like the prototypical IPA.

M - Medium bodied and chewy with a nice dry finish.

This is a totally balanced and tasty IPA. I would buy this again for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 2/20/13

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow with plenty of sediment floating around. Big, pillowy, frothy, white head. Leaves behind a ton of lace but little retention.

S: Light, fruity hops, bready malt. Inviting.

T: Big, fresh, American hops at the front being balanced by toasted malt at the back. Citrus, pine, all the hop flavors an IPA should have.

M: Fruity, flavorful, balanced, smooth. What more could you ask for?

O: An extremely consistent, well-crafted IPA. Can't beat it. Certainly an "east coast" IPA that has more malt and balance with a very different hop profile. Not a hop heads ideal choice but an easy and well drinking beer nonetheless. Great for when you want hops but not a hop smack. Key to this beer...drink fresh!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,310 ratings
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