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

Extra'd by ehammond1, thanks.

Best Before 8/27/12, consumed 5/1/2012

Pours a hazy orange/gold with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that lasts as a thick layer on the top of the brew.

I get lots of sticky pine resin, reminiscent of walking through a dense pine forest, some earthy and vegetal scents mixed in. Very East Coast style IPA witha deep caramel malt presence. I also get just a whiff of a clove like hefe yeast from the top of the head.

The beer is assertively and strongly bitter but it does not overpower the other flavors that come from the aroma.

The mouthfeel is where this beer shines. It is full bodied, without being sweet. The dryness lends itself to drinkability.

Overall, this is a really solid East Coast style IPA, I probably won't seek it out in a trade but might pick some up when I am in the Northeast later this month.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Pale amber color with a 4-finger dense, bubbly, white head. Great retention, terrific lacing. The only thing holding this back from a 5 is that there’s a lot of suspended yeast or hop residue reminiscent of Heady Topper.

S - Lots of bready and caramel malt with a somewhat subdued hop bouquet with earthy, grassy, and floral notes. Maybe the slightest hint of citrus.

T - Starts with the sweet flavors of caramel malt and citrus and very quickly builds into an impressive bitterness with grapefruit, grassy, and earthy flavors. Again, impressively bitter.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and an impressively bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit bitterness and sweetness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O - After a pretty underwhelming aroma, both the taste and feel save this beer. I have no idea where the almost 7% ABV went; I can’t pick it up anywhere. If you’re looking for a very drinkable and bitter beer, this is it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am new to evaluating beer and may not know what I am speaking about.
12 ounce bottle
Pint glass
Temp 50-55
nice golden color
5/8-3/4" head
Taste-Slightly bitter, very pleasant, noticeable Hops
feel- smooth
Enjoyable will continue to purchase

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3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a nonic ( also had in a pint glass, nothing changed)

A: hazy golden colored body with a small one finger head. It left some slightly foamy lacing with some small rings. The carbonation was lightly rising.

S: floral and had some light earthy tones to it in the background. The hops were mostly balanced.

T: floral up front and had some pine which was ever so faint in the background. Once again, the hops were balanced.

M: light and it left a dry aftertaste and finish. The carbonation was light in the mouth. It was mostly drinkable.

O: this is a decent selection for an IPA. I would have this again.

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

A: This is an amazing looking beer. Poured into a SweetWater pint glass. A gorgeous golden color is what first caught my attention. Half a thumb of suddy head. Soapy lacing.

S: Floral and earthy.

T: A light IPA. A great entry level IPA.

M: Light carbonation. It went well with the earthy taste of the IPA. Dry and light.

O: A great beginner IPA for anyone. Has much more bite than an apa bit still very manageable.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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