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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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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -8.8%
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 9/19/2012.

A - Golden amber slightly hazy body with a thick off-white head. Some floating yeast and sediment.

S - Lots of grapefruit and lemons. Somewhat grassy and herbal.

T - Grapefruit and grass. A touch of caramel malt. Very bitter finish. Somewhat creamy with a medium mouth feel.

O - I've never been blown away bu this beer, even when its super fresh. It is a great beer to turn to. A very bitter and grapefruit heavy IPA that can be found in every grocery store in New England.

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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,317 ratings
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