Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
5,309 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: 5,309 |  Reviews: 1,843
Photo of greybeardloon
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before October 17, 2012

A: Head that retains forever, chunky lacing, and beautiful floaties.

S: Dusty yeast, dough and citrus hops. The hops are less prominent than I would have expected

T: Sweet caramel malt, something fruity, prominent grapefruit hops, significant bitterness.

M: Medium, fine.

O: There's almost no point in reviewing this beer--it's different every time. Oddly, it's much tastier when I really focus on it than when I just drink it.

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of BabyBastard
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden amber color, slightly hazy with minimal head, though this does exhibit some very nice lacing. Smell seems to be pretty balanced, malt scent seems to meld with a floral bouquet of the hops. Very pleasing.
Taste has a nice, bitter hop bite, followed up by a great malt backbone. Feel is very good, has a good, slick and oily feel about it. This, in my opinion, is one of the best east coast IPAs that I've had the pleasure to sample. Great stuff.

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Photo of MooseBoose
2.5/5  rDev -39%

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

Hazy deep blonde colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is quite hoppy, heavy n the citrus fruit, grapefruit, orange, pineapple all present, a light malt note follows and is present throughout. Taste again has lots of citrus as well as pine flavours, orange and grapefruit, very bitter throughout and finishes quite dry. Light-med carbonation, quite oily, medium body. This is a great east coast IPA, very enjoyable and something I could drink a whole bunch of.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 12/20/12

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of bubbly head

S: Fresh, fruity hops are pretty much all that is in the nose. Not much malt or alcohol presence

T: Hops are pretty much all that you get yet again, with more of a grassiness than fruity/citrus note. Grapefruit peel is also in there. Malts are very light, which makes this seem all the more bitter than it is. It's already 75 IBU's, but it seems higher. Bitterness strikes about half way through the sip, and lingers until the next one. The alcohol remains hidden as well

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The bitterness gives it a fairly dry feel

O: Definitely an IPA for those who enjoy bitter beers. This is about as easy to drink as you're going to get with the abv approaching 7% and having 75 IBU's. Definitely worthy of a try

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of socon67
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Orange\amber pour that is cloudy. Sticky lacing on the glass. Foam retention is nice.

S - Initially had a musty smell. Later there was a scent of dry hops, and pine.

T - A very impressive balance of citrus, earthy spice, and fresh hop resin. One of the smoothest IPA's I can recall that hit all the notes.

M - Perfect balance and feel, and is extremely sessionable.

O - This is as good as it gets with a great domestic IPA. Unless you are going for a robust DIPA, this is a great example of how the east coast can make balanced IPA's.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served with half a finger of a white foamy head. Hazy pale straw colored head. A bit of lacing and some retention.

Smells of floral, sweet citrus and some Piney hops.

Bready pilsner like malts, Carmel sweetness, piney and dank hops, citrus and a bit fruity. Lingering piney oily finish.

Medium thin bodied. Medium carbonation. A firm bitterness and a powdery dryness remains well after the sip.

Overall a tasty ipa. Firmly bittered, good hop aroma and a simple malt bill keeps it very hop forward. A bit too much linging dry piney, citrusy bitterness.

$6.25 a pint

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,309 ratings
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