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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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ambered gold, much like dehydrated piss. Nice light white head that dissipates on the quicker side, but leaves some nice loopy lacings on the side of the glass. Light amounts of carbonation are present.

Smell: The smell is very floral with hops and some slight citrusy notes. Nothing really stands out in the smell, and while it is definitely hop heavy, it seems almost weak for an IPA smell. Slight bready notes are also present in the light undercurrents of the smell.

Taste: A great intial burst of almost bready malts are collapsed into the bitter kick of the hops, which scorch out any trace of the malt and leave a nice slightly grapefruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is thin and smooth and slightly silky on the tongue as it goes down, with a good harsh bitter lingering that marks it clearly as an IPA.

Overall: This a great example of an IPA, good amount of bitters, and nice malt at the beginning which is not always found in an IPA.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden and orange. Looks a bit different than many other IPA's I've had on tap. Nothing special in it's looks.

S - A lighter version of the norm with some citrus notes. Not unimpressive, but nothing that stands out.

T - This is where it shines. The hops are nice and strong without overpowering. Citrus, specifically grapefruit comes through after the initial bitterness. The bitterness makes a return after the grapefruit reminding the drinker it's an IPA.

M - Light and a little dry.

O - I ended up being a lot more impressed than I thought I would be (as I purchased this on a discounted New England craft night). It's a very nice IPA which I plan on drinking again in the near future.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out really clear light yellow amber with lots of effervescent bubbles coming up through the brew. One finger of white foam.
Smell is sweet malt and grapefruit rind. Just a tad of lemon pledge and some alcohol.
Taste is very bitter at first. Goes to a nothing lull for a bit then ends up slightly sugar and grapefruit rind.
Mouthfeel is very clean and washes away very quickly. Very little pine here. Alcohol is hidden very well.
Overall this is a pretty nice IPA. Would drink it again for sure.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very hazy slightly dark golden color with a nice, thick head and ok lacing. Is that some floating yeast?

S - Nice mix of citrus and pine hops, solid malt backbone. Nothing too strong or surprising.

T - Great IPA taste. Notes of bitter citrus and piney hops. Slightly sweet and biscuity backbone of malts. I picked up grapefruit and other fruit flavors. One of the best IPAs out there in taste.

M - Extremely smooth and drinkable for an IPA. There's a tinge of bitterness, but it doesn't linger too long in the finish. Great carbonation.

O - Finestkind is definitely one of the finest of its kind. A great East Coast IPA that is one to keep on the regular rotation of IPAs. Enjoy!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a surprising amount of yeast floaties in the body. The look is more Belgian tripel than anything. The head is a two finger light cream color with fairly large bubbles and a sudsy texture. It leaves spiderweb-esque lacing on the glass, as well, sticking to the sides with aplomb.

S: Pretty typical. The combination of grapefruit peel, pine, and herbal notes with biscuity malt is well done, but nothing particularly different.

T: Quite bitter, but everything is nicely kept in check. At first, the tongue is immediately assaulted with grassy, piny, herbal hops, but mango and grapefruit notes begin appearing after some of the hop resin is left on the palate. There's a underlying malt backbone, but this is otherwise dominated by hops. It's imbalanced, but somehow isn't at the same time. This beer is exactly what happens when an east coast IPA decides it wants to be a west coast IPA, and the end result is fan-freakin-tastic.

M: Despite the resiny texture and lingering bitterness, it doesn't finish as dryly as one would expect. Moderately carbonated with a fairly light texture, giving this excellent drinkability.

O: Oh yeah, I really enjoy this one - in the right time and place, I could enjoy 3-4 of these in a sitting. Who says there are no good east coast IPAs on the market?!

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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Brindle Room in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow leaning towards orange in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces by just a small amount. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a mild aroma for an IPA, light notes of malty sweetness along with some grapefruit hops.

T: A slightly aggressive hop bitterness but not over the top - I really enjoyed the contribution to the overall flavor. There are grapefruit/citrus hops along with the slightest hint of pine/resin.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky/resiny.

O: Really good with a nice amount of complexity and balance in the flavors. The hops flavors are slightly too intense for this to be a sessionable beer but it is definitely one that I will be having again. Very refreshing.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,343 ratings