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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've waited to do this. It's been a long drive down the road to hop heaven. I've tasted IPA's, DIPA's, IIPA's by the dozens, and become time-honored intimate with twenty to thirty specific varieties, from all over the country. What makes this IPA sooo good is the slightly different profile that separates it from the over copied (albeit tasty) northwestern IPA's. The beauty of the unfiltered murk and the super sudsy, Victorian-lace producing head, all adds to the occasion, making this a quite attractive beer. Odors are pungent and floral. White grapefruit resides in a sap-like chewiness. And best of all??? This ale is dynamite when served both room temp and ice-cold. This beer is not only for hop lovers, but for artisans who really appreciate what goes into a perfect session. Top notch.

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