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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Photo of Boo-urns
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yanks017
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kyle424
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stotch
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 473ml can into a nonic. Can states best before July 2017. Not a fan of this trend, especially with IPAs I like to know the date it was canned.

L: Pours a cloudy, golden orange colour which looks good in the glass. I only got a tiny bit of head that disappeared in less than a minute but I probably should have poured it more aggressively.

S: Lots of sweet, juicy orange, almost like an orange candy. Really nice! Some floral hops as well as some malt.

T: You get that sweet orange from the nose as well as some tart lemon and grapefruit to balance it out. Piney hops in the finish but not as hoppy as I was expecting. There's a bready aftertaste I didn't care for at first but it definitely grew on me as I drank it.

F: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Really glad the LCBO decided to carry this one. At 75 IBU I was expecting a bit more hop bitterness but this is a great, well-put-together American IPA. I hope more IPAs like this one keep making their way north of the border!

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Photo of Timtac
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexManiacDrunkard
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Vetbidder
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking IPA. Liking the citrus hop scent of this beer with just a hint of malt blending into the edge of this beer, nice. The flavor is not sweet as I would like and a bit more bitter but decent none the less. Well hidden alcohol and nice carbonation. Good but not one of my top.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of parkwood
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RHF711
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Selinsgrove2015
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a mug. Purchased from the LCBO for $3.15 CDN. Best before July 2017.

Appearance - a hazy rich golden coloured beer with orange highlights. Rather juice looking. A fine finger of white is poured, had good staying power and a film of lacing wraps around the top of the mug.

Smell - some citrus, pine resin are stars. There's a freshness here to the aroma that is rather inviting. Possibly some orange.

Taste - plenty of hops, citrus with grapefruit and lemon very minimal sweetness. Somewhat earthy and with some more pine resin, a nice blend of flavours that give no doubt this is an IPA. Would love just a little more sweetness, but this is quite good. Tastes better the more you drink of it.

Mouthfeel - smooth and crisp, medium bodied, leaning towards the heavy end of things. Prickly carbonation and dry finish.

Overall - this one didn't quite live up to expectations, but still a very solid IPA. I certainly see why it is highly recommended.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tallboy from the LCBO; best before July 6 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy golden-amber hue, with just over a finger's width of foamy, frothy white head seated atop. It recedes evenly over the better part of five minutes, smothering the glass with a curtain of sticky lace as it does so, eventually leaving behind a generously-sized collar of creamy foam. The aroma is just one burst of hops after another, underlain with some bready, caramelized malt sweetness - there's citrusy grapefruit and orange, with loads of earthy pine resin as well as a mixture of dank, herbal, floral and earthy elements.

A delicious, flavourful IPA with a near-juicy feel at times from the fruity, citrusy aspects of its hop profile. Bready malts and some light caramel notes provide the scaffolding, but it's the flavours of orange and grapefruit which really leap out at me. Not to leave out the apricot, mango and pineapple, or the tsunami of bitterness that sweeps over your palate as you approach the latter half of the sip. Pine resin, dank herb and citrus pith, with lots of earthy bitterness, and it's all wrapped up nicely by some floral hops, which leave a dry feel on the palate. Medium-bodied, leaning toward the fuller side, with mild carbonation and a smooth, satisfying texture; a little slick/oily, feeling like it coats the tongue with each sip. As an unabashed hophead, I figured I was going to like this one, and it did not disappoint whatsoever.

Final Grade: 4.4, an excellent A grade. Finest Kind IPA is the sort of near-flawless, aggressively-hopped American IPA that brewers in Ontario have been attempting to emulate for years. Only a few of them have truly succeeded, however - because I really feel that Smuttynose's example here is better than 90% of the domestic stuff that I can find at the LCBO. This is only the 2nd Smuttynose beer I've had the chance to try, but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more in the future. In the mean time, I'll be buying these cans regularly while they remain stocked and fresh. A great way to celebrate my 1400th review - cheers!

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LukeGude
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Plough and Stars. Very nice

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very soft tasting IPA and frankly, too bready for my palette. Not liking it as much as Sip of Sunshine, The Calling or Ransack the Universe. In fact, it can't touch those.
Glad I have only bought one can. Won't try it again.

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Photo of Skipple
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikr
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xungmound98
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a halfway mix between juicy and clear. Kind of glassy, hazy, just nice. And of course golden. 2 finger head of just glorious proportions. Webs around the glass. '

An amazing nose. Just so fresh, clean, bright...full of pine, citrus, orange juice and pith, and some light but pleasant caramel notes.

Pretty piney, with citrus accents, some light toffee, then a dash of onion and dank. Becomes a little harsh after awhile. Still real drinkable.

Heavily carbonated with a resinous pith. Slight stickiness. Semi-dryness on the finish.

Overall, worth the hype but for sure it's a bit intense after a few sips. Recommended for hopheads.

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 5,274 ratings.
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