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%

Photo of bornridiculous
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer was poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams style pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a medium haze copper with a long lasting 3/4 inch head that stuck around and left a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is citrus with a slight floral hint.

The taste hits in waves, you get huge citrus hop flavor up front, with a citrus nose, slight hints of spice, and the finish is a slight maltyness, with a large amount of resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The beer had medium carbonation level appropriate for style. It had nice body, I would say medium to heavy, but not too heavy.

Final thoughts: This beer is an incredibly good IPA, and one that will be joining my regular rotation. My only critique is there should be more of a hop aroma with this bad boy.

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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a big white head and plenty of lacing.

Smells really powerful its got a lot of citrus aromas, in particular grapefruit and lemon.

The taste is citrus, a little malt ,very tasty.

A very smooth consistency, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A pretty average ipa, just very bitter without much actuall flavour.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of blackcompg
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured just over 2 fingers of lite golden eggshell head, color of the beer is a cloudy golden orange amber, really a beautiful beer. Thick sudsy lacing, very nice.

Smell - Lite citrus and pine with bready malts.

Taste - This is defrinitely a hop forward beer, but not overly strong. A fairly complex beer - starts out bitter citrus, bready malts, grassy green and floral hops. Slightest sweetness at the center, but not sugary or carmelly at all, like the sweetness you would get from fresh baked wheat bread. The finish has a very slight spice anise flavor, with dried grapefruit zests and pine, almost enough dryness and bitterness to pucker the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium mouthfeel, ample but very smooth foaming carb. Very drinkable.

Overall - The bitterness gets pretty intense long into the finish on this one. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a very hop-forward ale, with lots of floral, grassy and piney hop profiles. Citrus is there too, along with some dry bready malt characters. I personally would like a little more sweetness, but for those who don't like sweetness but do like strong hop flavors will love this.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle to work on reviewing the top 100 beers of fame.

I am a big fan of the IPA's as a hophead, and it is nice to take in another high quality hoppy beer.

This beer is bottle conditioned, which yields a hazy orange. There wasn't much foam from my pour into a snifter.

The smell is all pine with some floral notes. There is a very refreshing bouquet from this bottle.

The flavor is kind of raw. You get a ton of hop flavor, but there is a pretty decent dose of bitterness as well. It doesn't quite work out for balance. Still, it was a very good IPA. I enjoyed this glass, and I plan to pick up a six pack in the future.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,268 ratings.
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