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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Photo of bbeer3000
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very good IPA - one of the better widely available (at least in the northeast) - limited mainly by a slight skunk to the taste.

this has a similar balance to stone ipa, and a slightly more floral nose, dulled just a bit by a maltiness that again can come off skunky. still very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bnes09
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow, orange color. Good clarity with floating yeast flakes. Descent head recedes to a white foam with some soapy lacing.

Brilliant citric and pine cone aroma. Very spicy.

Big hop flavor upfront with lemon, grapefruit and soapy character. Smooth rye bread malt flavor. Finish is dry and spicy from the hops. Good balance with a hop forward profile.

Medium bodied and drying. Satisfying crisp feel.

I've had a lot of IPA's and this one is among the best.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Troville1990
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sunhunters
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle poured into standard pint.

Appearance (5.0): Beautiful pale orange straight on, but crisp, light gold at a steep angle. Beer is light, but slightly hazy, foreshadowing the creamy texture. Small flakes of yeast rise and fall lazily in the effervescent liquid. Willing two-finger head bubbled up smartly, and lounged about happily for a minute or so before collapsing down to about a quarter inch of slightly off-white foam. Thick, bubbly residue tenaciously laces the glass. Really gorgeous beer. I don't see how the appearance could be improved upon.

Smell (3.5): Retiring, yeasty, warm. A shy aroma of sourdough, raw sunflower or hemp seed hits the nose first, with a lingering roast-y, nutty finish that is at the same time vaguely floral and crisp - almost a faint peanut butter and cider. Reminds me a bit of the buckwheat from Rouge's Morimoto Soba. A very different sort of smell for an American IPA, pity that it's a bit underpowered.

Taste (5.0) More of the roast-y, hemp/sunflower/buckwheat notes open up on the palate right out of the gate. Once again, somewhat reminiscent of the Soba. There is a balanced sweetness, sort of a barely-ripe pear. Next, a very tame, but noticeable dandelion-like astringency that matures into a fairly sour bitterness as the flavor evolves on the tongue. Just a hint of white peppercorn and pleasant minerality. Like the aroma, a very different taste than a lot of its American IPA contemporaries.

Mouthfeel (5.0) Perfect. Creamy, effervescent, yet at the same time pleasantly crisp and clean. Medium-full body. Mild dryness saps a bit of moisture from the cheek. Lingering texture coats the tongue and hangs on for what seems like forever. Sublimely pleasant.

Overall (4.5) This really is an IPA of the finestkind, standing out from its pine & citrus hop monster contemporaries. Smuttynose IPA sets the standard in paying homage to the British origins of the style, while still adding a distinctly American spin. As far as the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel go, I honestly can't imagine how they could be improved upon at all. My only complaints are the understated aroma and the fact they don't distribute to California. Overall, it is the definitive example of its class: British IPA by way of American IPA.

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Photo of Bucktron18
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with plenty of thick white head and floating chunks of sediment. Lacing sticks all the way down the glass. Smells of grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, and a touch of grain. Taste of sharp bitterness, intense hop flavor and grapefruit rind. Dry crisp mouthfeel with lingering grapefruit and hop bitterness. No question this is my favorite Smuttynose brew and one of my favorite IPAs.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with a foamy head. Aroma has that bright grapefruit aspect that is very promising. Resinous hop aroma detected as well. The flavor and mouthfeel had me a little disappointed, being very dry and more on the 'piney' side. Different kind of bitterness than I expected. It was by no means 'bad,' but I think perhaps that this bottle was not as fresh as it could be.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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