Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind"
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,288
Reviews:
1,841
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.74%
 
 
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341
Gots:
1,197
For Trade:
5
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber. Grayish off-white head, some lacing.

S- Not much to smell. Some bready malts, a bit of spicy hop, but I’m being generous. Basically smells like a Coors Light.

T- Bitter moreso than truly hoppy. Very little malt to back up the bite. The aftertaste is so sour it’s patently offensive. Tastes skunked. Not sure if that’s the alcohol I’m tasting, but I hope so.

MF- Medium carbonation. Fairly robust body coats the mouth, which unfortunately lets the flavor linger.

D- Not drinkable. It’s not too heavy, it just tastes like failure. While I wouldn't necessarily call myself a "hop head," I've had and enjoyed hoppier beers than this. This is my review after trying two of these. I realize my review differs greatly from others. Hoping I just got bad six pack.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Imprinted date/code 0512 2035

A-Cloudy unfiltered chunky body. Thick soapy white 1 finger head.

S-Grapefruit, citrus aromas. Light amount of pine. Dank smells.

T-Pine, grapefruit, citrus. Mellow malts in the back.

M-Tart up front, nice sweet malt finish.

O-I've had this one quite a few times and have yet to get tired of it. Unfiltered and tasty. One of the best IPAs out there. Coats the tongue in malts and finishes with a nice maltiness.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing the IPA tour today.

Pour is a nice orange hue, nice fluffy white head. nice looking carbonation.

Smells like grapefruit. Loads and loads of grapefruit. How exactly they got strictly grapefruit, I have no idea, but god bless em.

The taste is just bitter, bitter grapefruit. Theres somewhat of a sweet malt backbone buried under there, but still the same ol sticky grapefruit.

I still stand by my statement that this is the most bitter IPA ive had.

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

The beer pours a super cloudy honey color, lots of sediment floating around in the beer as stated on the label, with big hues of orange peel and copper. The head is about a finger high, nice off white color, pretty solid retention but the beer leaves behind some incredible lacing. The aroma is pleasant, floral hops with some mild citrus undertones, a bit of earthy peppercorn and a big cereal malt backing. The aroma is pretty tame but easily approachable. The flavors follow nicely, light floral hops with a bit of lemon zest and grapefruit, a bit more bitter than the strength of the flavors. The malt backing is much bigger than the nose leads on, a lot of cereal grains and some hay like flavors, very dry malty finish. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 7% IPA and having some less than pungent flavors. The body is nice, medium carbonation, sticky and full, really helps this beer along.

Verdict: This is solid stuff from Smuttynose, nothing pretentious here, just a good, easy to drink IPA. It’s a bit malt heavy for my liking, but this makes for a great beer for someone easily put off by very hoppy beers, and a great beer to crack open after a day’s work.

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3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pilsenerhaus in Hoboken, NJ. Lightly hazed amber color with a decent cap of slowly settling white foam. Exceptionally clingy and creamy looking lace. Nose is mostly floral hops with lesser citrus notes and a bit of malty sweetness propping things up a bit. A bit perfumy. Not exactly bursting with hop fragrance however; pretty average aroma for an AIPA.

Very much an “east coast” IPA; balanced flavor that doesn’t go over the top in terms of bitterness or smack you in the face with hops; well-balanced, with substantial but not overbearing malt backbone. Caramel sweetness is thankfully fairly reserved, but there is some breadiness to the malt. Again the hops are mostly floral in nature, lightly perfumy, with citrus and pine notes coming in behind.

Medium bodied with solid carbonation and a dry finish. Crisp and clean with a small dose of lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. A solid IPA but nothing to get too excited about in my book. Not particularly distinguished in a crowded field but will appeal to those looking for a more balanced, less bitter IPA. No hop bomb, this.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: dull golden bodied beer with white floaties all over in this beer. 2 fingers of white head.

Smell: Pine, mango, oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple. They are also floral and grassy notes from the hops. The hops smell quite fresh, juicy, and bright. Not smelling much malts here; to faint to figure out what the malts smell like.

Taste: This IPA is a bruiser. Its really hoppy and bitter. Got to be on the high end of moderate bitterness. Almost too hoppy for my liking. Big pine and grapefruit notes. Some tropical fruits and citrus, but they are easily overtaken by the pine and grapefruit. Beer finishes moderately bitter. Not much malt backbone to help balance this beer out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The bitterness gives the almost a thick feel. The carbonation is done fairly well.

Overall: Its on the edge of being an IPA palate wrecker. Smells way better than it tastes; the nose was the high point of this beer. It was enjoyable and a nice price point on this beer as well. Great offering from the east coast!

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,288 ratings.
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