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:
#2,153
Reviews:
1,850
Ratings:
5,339
pDev:
11.71%
Bros Score:
4.62
 
 
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344
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Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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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%

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4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
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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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,339 ratings