Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#2,080
Reviews:
1,849
Ratings:
5,335
pDev:
11.71%
Bros Score:
4.62
 
 
Wants:
344
Gots:
1,222
Trade:
4
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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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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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of WMEugene
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet honey malt, some biscuit, mixing with grapefruit, pine and Simcoe hop-like character along with other subtle floral characteristics.

Taste is bready cracker mixed with grapefruit, pine, lighter fruit that goes into a slightly bitter middle a floral and pine finish. There are stone fruit notes here, not so much tropical fruit. Really great flavor. It balances an interesting malt and hop profile while still being extremely drinkable.

Lighter to medium body with medium to higher carbonation works really well.

Fantastic and unique IPA that has a bready/cracker sweet malt body with a huge pine, grapefruit, stone fruit hop character.

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5/5  rDev +22%

Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,335 ratings