Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice two finger head if poured aggressively. Dark golden hazy color. Good head retention and decent lacing. Looks like an ipa.

Smell is not overwhelming. Slightly hoppy with malt undertones.

Taste is really good and balanced. The hops don't knock you over at first but they are certainly there. Nice balance to start, a hoppy blast in the middle, followed by a lingering hop/malt finish. Great hop malt balance.

Mouthfeel is really good. Just the right amount of carbonation. Crisp with a fairly smooth finish.

Overall a really good ipa. No slap in the face but very balanced.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle to a pint glass.

A- Textbook IPA look. Golden haze sits with hints of orange and pale ambers. Small but thick head with substantial lacing swirling throughout the glass.

S-Very balanced, for an IPA, much more malt than to be expected. Earthy malts with a touch of caramel, followed by a nice influx of hops and maybe a bit of melon? Definitely some sort of mild sweet fruit that is nice. Not overpowering though.

M-Great mix of viscosity and carbonation. Able to stay crisp and refreshing while still coating the mouth well enough to give a nice lasting flavor.

T-A perfect example of a great East Coast IPA. Starkly different than most California products (especially stone) as the hops are not the forefront of this beer. In fact it does not have a technical forefront as the hops malts and citrusy flavors blend quite well with one another.

O-Smutty shows that the North East is no slouch when it comes to hop-head brews. Very very nice I will certainly have again

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 17 October 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, fluffy, white head with very good retention. Hazy gamboge orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin wisp which sticks around until the end of the glass and leaves some decent lacing down the sides. Good looking IPA.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel malts as well, melon notes and some light piney hops. All the ingredients are there, but just a little mild to really be impressive.

TASTE: Pale and caramel malts again, with some floral and piney hop flavors at the swallow. Bolder and lingering aftertaste of bitter, piney hops, floral notes and some sweet honeydew melon notes as balance. Lots of piney bitterness lingers on the palate. Pretty good, though the bitterness is a touch too dominant perhaps.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes relatively dry. A good dose of bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: A good beer, but the bitterness is just a little too forward and seems to wash out some of the other flavors. A little more malty sweet flavor after the swallow would help this one a bit. That said, this is a good beer and many hopheads will be glad to drink it in mass quantities.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,274 ratings.
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