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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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: 5,316 |  Reviews: 1,845
Photo of pmcadamis
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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Photo of Boilerfood
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Gatch
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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Photo of jgreenward
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of wde83
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of CoryK86
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of kirbmeist
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Keyportnick
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 11/14/12 so I'm just on the cusp. Poured into a tulip

A- pours golden pale with a touch of haze from being an unfiltered beer. The head was a one finger very slight off white that didn't stick around but hangs on the side of the glass

S- Strong lemon citrus with sharp grass, mild sweet malt

T- follows the same as the smell, a little more bitter than expected

M- medium body, fades quick over the tongue with a assertive carbonation

O- I feel this bottle might be a little past its date.. I would like to get my hands on a freshy to try her out again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cackalacky
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was going to 'had' this and give it a quick rating; it immediately demands more.

Bottle into a pint glass. Bottle marked last June; five months of age and it's still fantastic!

Appearance and smell are biased by the beer's age. Thick orange-gold, low luminosity but somehow shining none-the-less.

Taste is incredible. Sharp, aggressive, and spot on. We're supposed to give a five to "cannot be better." Well, if I got this beer every time I wanted an IPA, I'd be happy every time.

Flavor covers the whole mouth and lingers long past the swallow. I'm very much enjoying this beer, and hadn't realize what a gem I'd open for a nightcap. My next trip East will demand as much extra room in the luggage as possible; thoughts of this will haunt me until I get this one fresh!

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Photo of jkdhoo
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a dismal head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Faint citrus, caramel, and bready notes. I hope this beer tastes better than it smells.

Taste: This beer tastes better than it smells. Citrusy with lingering bitterness. Some sweetness and chewy notes too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, crisp, medium carbonation, lingering bitterness, and easy to drink.

Overall: I have had this before plenty of times on draft. I find that draft is a lot better than bottle. Beer is best before 3/18/13, so I am not sure where the flavor profile went. Will drink it on draft from now on.

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Bottle into my Harry Potter Butterbeer mug. Go ahead, laugh.

A. Nice golden straw color, cloudy. Some particulate floating around.
S. Clean and citrusy. Some grapefruit.
T. There is a brief moment of clean and then the sticky hop hits. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and lemon, a little pIne and grassiness with some floral notes. Nice balance. I am not getting much malt.
M. Nice medium body, good carbonation. A little alcohol burn at the end.
O. A solid East Coast IPA. Very well balanced and a good example of the style. A good go-to IPA.

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Photo of kdawg978
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! Served from a bottle into a mug.

A - Copper color and cloudy, unfiltered.

S - Clean citrus smell, notes of orange

T - Not overly hoppy citrus in the front with malty bitter finish with slight alcohol.

M - Smooth creamy feel

O - I love this beer. perfect balance, not too hoppy but delicious.

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Photo of darcange
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,316 ratings
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