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

Added by Bierman9 on 03-12-2004

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finest Kind on-tap. Golden-orange to light amber in color. The look of rising bubble streams and a beaten egg white consistency to a tight inch of head. Fully laces the lip of the glass. 5.0

Pleasant mix of herbal/grassy and floral hops. Light citric notes. Meager bread crumb-like malt presence. 3.5

Floral and a little pine-y. Juniper berry, pithy citrus, green tea, and light orange. Salty cracker malts are more in balance with the hops in the taste. Diligent bitterness. 4.0

Medium body, on the thin side. Carb balances well. Very drinkable. 4.0

Great IPA. Tasty and comforting. 4.0

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of lnashsig
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#BOTG 66! Bottle dated "Best before 10-19-12"- assuming pretty fresh, don't know the dating standards for Smutty.

Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip, pours a nice darker orange color- good head, nice retention. Pretty cloudy. Sweet bready malts, orange peel, but really not much more here. Taste- deep bitterness on the tip of the tongue and back of my mouth, Balanced somewhat by a nice sweet orange/citrus malt backbone. This is pretty hoppy/bitter, and the hops win in the balance here bigtime. Pretty tight carbonation, this stays pretty airy and drinkable. I like the mouthfeel- pretty medium bodied. This is a nice IPA, but not sure I would give it an A+ as others (incl the bros) did. I like it, but don't see that its hype worthy. Solid B+ IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served as a lightly hazy golden orange color. There is a one finger head upon serving, which fades over an average amount of time to give a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is of a nice bready aroma with lighter notes of orange as well as a good hop smell. The hop aromas are mostly of grapefruit but also contain aromas of lemon citrus and some pine as well.

Taste – The taste starts out a mix of biscuit and a grapefruit hop flavor, with an ever so light orange flavor. Toward the middle of the taste, some bitter lemon hop flavor with a pine hop flavor aggressively and rapidly mix with the grapefruit hop flavor. At this time the somewhat “sweeter” orange flavor is lost, but the bready base remains. In the end a hoppy malt flavor, heaviest in grapefruit, is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is a bit above average with a slightly above average carbonation level. The body suits the bitter hop flavors very well allowing them to be experienced in full, while the carbonation is good for exciting the tongue alongside the hop spice.

Overall – A nice IPA that is quite easy to drink. It has a good flavor with the only thing taking away from the taste being a lack of good transition and variety. Overall however it is very nice.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -45%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of aranheaney
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breaking from my traditional review format, this was purchased on June 9th, 2012, it was poured into a blue solo cup and was quite delicious. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing what a legitimate IPA is all about. Good night and good luck.


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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours out a hazy apricot color with a thin head. On the nose I'm getting lemon, grapefruit, and some pine.

Now THIS is an IPA! Flavor is medium-bodied with a nice firm mouthfeel (not too oily). I get some marmalade flavors up front. These are quickly accompanied by a nice assertive grapefruit-like hoppy bitterness. It's really well put together. There's enough hoppiness so that you know you are drinking an IPA, but not so much that it detracts from the drinkability of the beer.

Fans of the style should have no reservations about trying this beer. It would make a great go-to IPA and I may like it a little better than SN Torpedo. It has a nice kick of hops, yet is still very drinkable and refreshing and doesn't wreck your palate. Well done!

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a mostly translucent, dull golden yellow tone with an off-white finger of head... great retention and lacing.

nose is a nice potpourri of citric and floral hoppiness with a muted malt presence, maybe a touch of pine in the background. not a blow-your-hair back aroma but very respectable. flavor follows the nose, with the hops beginning to fade a bit (owing the beer pushing the "enjoy by" date - no fault of the brewery). still, a good hoppy melange while delivering the relative balance i look for in my IPAs. strong bitterness persits through the finish.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. a tasty, highly drinkable beer; in the battle among IPAs i'd probably stop short of calling it a *true* upper eschelon offering but it's definitely one of the better ones.

originally reviewed: 03-08-2011

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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gorgeous light amber comes to the glass. Easy orange hues are slightly cloudy and mildly "thick" looking. Honestly, I wish it was slightlyu clearer. A soapy 3 finger head is strong and consistent.

Of course hops are up front! Pine, orange, pineapple and lime are the most prevalent flavors on top. The malt is strong on the background and it contributes to a "sweetness" that's present here. Really delicious.

The flavors up top are all pine, grapefruit and straightforward bittering hops. The malt bill is wonderful though and supports the hops quite well. A slight breadiness backed by yeast. It's brilliant.

It's rich in the mouth and the carbonation carries it amazingly. I love the way the thickness here carries the hops.

Finest kind indeed. I'd never had thought that a bottle with two old men in folding chairs on it could be damn near world class. Smuttynose IPA really makes a solid case for a simply American IPA and is definitely worth the drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe. Best before 10/17/12...should be pretty fresh.

A: Two finger white head from a slow pour...seems pretty carbonated for an IPA. Body is a beautiful copper color. Head provided a nice cap throughout and pretty impressive lacing.

S: Quite a bit of citrus and a little bit of malt. Pleasing, but nothing too eye-opening.

T: Nice, crisp and full-flavored. The citrus (grapefruit) is most certainly there but there is more pine in the flavor than I got from the nose.

M: Quite drinkable for such a big hop profile. I could drink this outdoors on a hot day. Body is medium, texture starts somewhat watery but transitions to dry and astringent. Carbonation is soft and complementary.

O: Probably the freshest bottle of this particular beer that I’ve managed to get and it made a noticeable difference. It’s signature is the intense hop flavor but, to be honest, this beer does little to set itself apart from other top-notch IPAs. A beer that I’d be happy to be handed at a party, but wouldn’t go out of my way to obtain.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,301 ratings.
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