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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Best before:6/5/12

A: Pours a hazy amber orange with 1 fingers width of sea foam white colored head, which dissipates down fairly quickly to a thin film.  There is a bunch of chunky sedimentation seen floating in the glass.  Leaves a very small amount of patchy lacing.

S: A nice citrus hop aroma with notes of lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit. There is an appreciable alcohol character and a sweet bready malt aroma as well.  

T: Bready malts, some orange and lemon zest, piney bitterness on the backend, some malt sweetness comes out as it warms, as does a grapefruit character.  Piney bitterness lingers in the aftertaste after each sip. Hop presence becomes even more pronounced as it warms, but mostly of the piney bitter variety as opposed to citrusy characters.  

M/D: Pretty smooth, medium to full bodied, finishes incredibly dry inviting you to take the next sip.  Surprisingly good drinkability considering the big hop presence.  A little heavily carbonated for my personal preference, but otherwise great mouthfeel.

O: Overall, this is a good IPA that I find myself coming back to fairly often.  Lacks the complexities and citrus punch of my favorite IPAs, but certainly a well above average offering of one of my favorite styles.  

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, dark-straw color; kind of cloudy; decent head
S: Light lemony, citrus aroma
T: Flavorful, definite upfront bitterness with a fruity sweetness towards the end; kind of a light, pleasant flavor throughout reminding me of oranges and other citrus fruits
M: Very drinkable, not too thick or resiny
O: Tasty and easy going IPA, not too heavy or bitter, great straightforward representation of the style

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light coppery/golden golor with little head that leaves a bit of lingering lacing as it recedes. Quite inviting.

S: Not extremely strong, but what is there is very pleasant. A little bit of hops mixed with fruits such as pears, lemons, and grapefruit. Citrusy scents.

T: Strong bitterness that lingers in the mouth for a while. Hopheads will enjoy this. Wow, very good citrusy flavors that the smell hinted of become evident. Grapefruits and lemons.

M: Very good, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O: This is a great IPA. The hoppy bitterness and citrusy flavors come together to create a wonderful tasting beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a quarter of an inch of soft, white head that has decent retention. There are white flakes that visibly float around in the beer; unfiltered as this beer is. The nose is big and bready with a good deal of sweet, barley malt; there is very little hop aroma. The flavor is similar to the nose; big and bready up front, sweet and malty. The finish is a little more hoppy with a smooth bitterness and a light citrusy note. The mouthfeel is smooth, moderately carbonated, and medium bodied.

This is a decent IPA. All the right elements are in place. The malt character is big, bready and forward. The hop presence is balanced, bitter, and delicious. This is a nice beer that I will definitely have again.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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

BBD: 3/3/12

Murky orange yellow with a ton of suspended sediment. Creamy white foam settles to the top, forming drippy concentric rings of lacing in the glass. Retention is good, but appearance is marred by the pondwater chunks.

Aroma is herbal with dried vegetation, grassy sweet and floral.

Flavor has a slight pale malt sweetness at first, quickly segueing in dominant bitter hops, enamel stripping alpha acids and bitter herbaceousness. A light biscuity breadiness flashes by in the middle, with a deeply resiny and bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with medium carb levels, easy to drink. Definitely an amped up bitterness to this, one for the hopheads out there.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,301 ratings.
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