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 NJpadreFan
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose IPA- on tap at Andy's corner bar (Bogata)

Appearance- a dark copper with a thick frothy head.
Smell- very strong on hops and citrus.
Taste- citrus/floral hops!!! a sharp bitterness!

Overall- a very good IPA, not as good as the Big IPA from what I recall. Worth trying but the bitterness can be a bit too much!

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has nice malty scent covered with an intense citrous hop aroma. It smells just like a fresh grapefruit. The taste is great. It has a solid malt base; mostly pale and light crystal malts. It also has an enormous hop flavor that is quite citrousy and bitter on the aftertaste. It goes down easy and refreshes on the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good IPA. It has tremendous flavor and awesome aroma; a good sessions beer.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance: Poured a light amber, nice head that coated the sides of the glass all the way down.
smell: hoppy and citrusy
taste: E-e-w-w, bitter face!, I'm sorry, but I'm not a big fan of very hoppy beers,and this one falls in that category, very dry, the aftertaste is rather pleasant, but the initial, is like a punch in the face.
mouthfeel: chewy, dry, medium carbonation.
drinkability: for me low, as I am not a fan of this genre, but a hop nut, would probably love it!

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Photo of edchicma
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whoa..dry..dry...dry. I love it. Unbelievably, there is a smooth quality in the mouthfeel that lasts until the finishing hops slam you...great! Appearance is fine with a nice head and lacing, but the chunky yeast is still not my favorite. Smell, like the mouthfeel is a rounded bouquet of citrus and fruits. Taste is very citrus, having a drying effect on the overall experience...nice. Very drinkable for the time, I'll get a sixer. Up there with Hop Devil IMHO.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky and tantalizing. Small groups of soldiers sink to the bottom of their creation. Clinging to everything it touches, trying to escape its captor, the froth is alive. Floral bouquets with cornicopias of citrus fruit provide temptation. Sticky honey provides a dirty sweetness to trap you in. Then the bitter launches its assault.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange appearance with a two finger tall creamy rich head is dead on for an IPA. The head is constantly replenished by lively carbonation in the beer, and leaves a ton of lace around the sides of the glass. The aroma is mostly hops, and is brimming with a citric and piney bouquet. There is also an undertone of maltyness on the nose. The taste is very crisp with the grapefruit like and peppery hops complimented very well by toasty pale and caramel malt. The mouthfeel is medium thick and juicy with a dry finish. A great representation of the IPA style, and a welcome surprise as a part of the BIF 7.0 shipment from Foxman.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ouce brown bottle. Month of bottling notched on label.

Bright orangey sunset, with a bit of chill haze. Some small floating particles bob throughout. Creamy looking beige head left plenty of lace.

Bright inviting hop aromas (amarillo??) citrusy with soft pine accents.

Damn - thats a fine IPA! Some caramel & biscuity malt followed by an onslaught of fruit, orange, pine, & slight floral notes. Medium bodied, relaxed carbonation. Reminds me a lot of Shoals Pale Ale, except on steroids.

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Photo of LarryV
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured a nice hazy orange-amber color with a lovely head that lasts a while. The aroma is citrusy, fruity, very pleasant and enticing. This is a finely balanced IPA with none of the over-the-top hopping that characterizes so many American IPA's. Though the hops are the predominating attraction, there's enough of a malt backbone to balance the whole affair very nicely. Left a nice laciness down the side of the glass due to it's medium body. Thoroughly enjoyable and a nice session brew.

10/20/2016 - Here it is, 12 years after I posted this review and Finest Kind is still my go to beer. I think it's the most satisfying, balanced IPA and it's still priced reasonably. For me it never fails to satisfy. Great mouthfeel - almost chewy, and the balance of the malt and hops is spot on.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a light golden amber and then chunky and hazy as the yeast let go the bottom of the bottle and decided to become a part of the glass. The head was everlasting off-white and would coat the glass, a wall, or anything you desired if you asked it to.

The aroma was citrusy hops and lots of them. Also strong grassy notes were present. In the back was a malty presence that wished it could get out but the hops beat it back till it screamed mercy.

The flavor was bitter, but restrained. The hop bitterness and flavor while present are blended and not overpowering in the beer. There is a spicy hop flavor, but nothing over the top about the flavor. The malt is present enough to balance the grassy hop flavors.

The finish was just slightly bitter and leaves you with a pleasant hop flavor and malt impression in the aftertaste. The body was medium.

Nice beer, very complex and well executed. Wish I could have had a less chuncky version and could have boosted the appearance score, the head was near perfection and without the chunky hazy nature would have hit a perfect 5.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled in March.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very fine India Pale Ale. Pours a nice amber color. A descent head forms and stays. The smell is pleasant, with hints of hops and slightly fruity. The taste is refreshingly delightful. Nice bittering blended with malty sweetness. Almost a hint of peach at some points. Go out and buy this fine beer. Don't get a six pack, get a case, as this is a highly drinkable beer and you won't want to run short.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a finger width white head on top that didn't sustain itself for too long. Turned into a ring around the glass and lace sticking to the side. Smell was strongly scented with syrupy hops juices and just a little malty sweetness. The taste was supremely hoppy with the more juiciness up front with the hops changing to a more bitter piney resin flavor in the finish. There was a bit of charred malt flavor but it was much more focused on the hops. The mouthfeel was crisp and just slightly syrupy. All in all this could be THE summer IPA. Definitely takes the cake over the 60 minute merely for cost sake. Seek this out!

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Photo of MediocreatBest
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden orange with hints of brown. Smells like concentrated pine needles and raw hop leaf. the head is slightly orange with sticky with hop oi making a wonderful lace as you sip. taste is heavenly pine like a wonderful maine (or NH for that matter) fall day. It is like chewing on pine needles and full hop bubble gum, leaving a thick sticky raw hop feel in your mouth. Easily drinkable, specially on a warm day after a hard days work of serving clam chowder, really clears the the grease and seafood taste out of my nostrils and mouth after working in a seafood resteraunt all day. Good stuff filled with those wonderful hop burps that burn enough to let you know you drank a hop headed beer.

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Photo of Foxman
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy coppery gold. A dense off-white four fingers of sculpted head sweels impetuously and settles slowly to a molded cone of froth. Delicate lacing runs rampant about the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a boisterous pine and grapefruit duet, dryly spiced and perfumed. A malt swemi-sweetness lurks but stays in the background. A slight tartness and bitter hops draft along at the close. Simply, a wonderful olfactory massage.

As in the aroma, in the flavor hops lay claim to the foreground with dry grapefruit citrus dancing spryly with a resinous pine perfume. The malt is nominally more assertive, giving an inkling of grain character, but the sweetness exerts itself more in the middle, pairing with a rounded doughy note. The grain thins again toward the before a bright hops bitterness lingers long on the palate. Overall, the malt flexes just enough to kindly mitigate a truly poignant and crisp hops assault.

A touch shy of medium bodied, the oily hops and credible malt presence coast capably and linger long, leaving a lively glow at the finish.

My goodness, look what New Hampshire has wrought! It's about the hops, but the grain has just enough muscle to balance and accent the hoppy highlights. Simply, there's a lot here to like a lot. The biting refreshing character goes a long way toward making it very, very drinkable, and in my eyes, that's true craftsmanship at work. After reading about it, I was excitied to see it on the shelves. After drinking it, I'm even more excited about taking the next one out of my fridge.

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Photo of mschofield
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange-amber topped with a three finger rocky light tan head. Leaves full rings of lace, with sparse webs connecting the rings.
Lemon, citrus aroma, resinous pine/spruce.
Citrus, grass, caramel, orange, woody, well balanced taste, good caramel and dark bread malt backbone for all of the hops.
Medium, crisp body, fruity bitterness builds towards the bottom of the drink. Cuts right through spicy food and makes a good pairing. I also liked it poured harder than normal.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden ale, Smuttynose IPA pours with a thick creamy head that remains through the entire glass. A beautiful beer. The nose is full of piney, spicy, grapefruity hops - and lots of them! Taste is hoppy, with a firm malt backbone and a bitter, sharp aftertaste. This beer is all about hops - it's how I remember my first IPA tasting - but it has the body to back it up. An excellent, very drinkable IPA - perfect for hopheads who want something that is a little less strong than some of the more trendy imperial IPAs.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky, orange-tinged, peachy amber with plenty of yeasties/hop particles going for a swim. The head is large in size, rich cream in color, looks impressively sticky and will no doubt be a lace monster. The cap is refusing to fall lower than a one finger mesa of rich, creamy foam and leaves chunks of lace all over the inside of the pint glass. This is absolutely gorgeous beer.

The aroma is gloriously hopfruity: candied pineapple, passionfruit, mango and pink grapefruit especially. Goodgawdalmighty, this smells wonderful! The flavor is equally stupendous. Smutty IPA is one of the juiciest, tropical fruitiest IPAs that I've ever tasted. Because I love at least two of the hop varieties that make up the hop bill (Simcoe, Santiam, Amarillo), I love this beer!

If some people shy away from intensely hoppy beer because of the bitterness, then they haven't had a well-crafted IPA such as this one. It's intensely, pungently hoppy, but isn't bitter in the least. I could drink this stuff by the case-load. The body is medium-full for the style and the mouthfeel is impressively creamy with very little noticeable carbonation.

Simply superb. It's as if the brewers at Smuttynose took a reading directly from my brain regarding 'BuckeyeNation's IPA wish list' and then proceeded to brew a perfect match. I've had a lot of amazing beer in a very short period of time and this IPA is one of the best of the best. Highly recommended (in case you hadn't already figured that out).

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Photo of 99bottles
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured at a local bar, this beer is deep golden with a small fizzy head of white lace. Much lighter than other IPAs, very similar to Bell's Two Hearted.

Smell: Full and flavorful nose that oozes hops. Quite prickly and lively.

Taste: Absolutely incredible. This beer is so big and nasty with a restrained air about it. The hops are huge, and the inital taste is lively pine and sharp grapefruit. Aftertaste is sweeter and juicy with apricot and tangerine like citrus filling in the grapefruit void. The malt is very subtle and dry, and I again find myself reminded of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. This may be THE beer for hopheads everywhere, or at least for those not scared by bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, with active carbonation and enough sustenance to weigh on the palate. Alcohol is hidden by the extreme punch of hops. I'm left with a slick coating of hop oil on the tongue also.

Drinkability: Good, only I think that after a few of these your tastebuds would be shot for the evening. Numbing in its extremity, this is still an awesome IPA that could be enjoyed in mass quantity. Very happy to have found it on tap in PA.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool label with two old dudes sitting in lawn chairs in front of an old mobile home. A garden gnome sits in the grass, on the label's left edge. Pours a golden amber body with an ivory head that is two fingers tall, and retains well. Frothy patches of lace are left all over the glass. Lots of suspended sediment is evident, with hundreds of "floaties" in the body from top to bottom.

Aroma is powerful, with pine cone and grapefruit rind in the driver's seat.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body and features a moderate peppery hops bite on the tongue.

Tatse has a bitter pine and lemonrind beginning. A pale, or crystal, malt presence emerges midway and smooths this out delightfully. Near room temperature, the "floaties" have settled to the bottom, and more complex flavors emerge. Apple and pear flavors jump into the picture for a few moments, but this IPA is all about the hops, and the pine and grapefruit reassert toward the finish. Aftertaste is a dry, bitter, lemonrind.

A very enjoyable IPA that disguises the 6.6% abv very well. Complex and well balanced, and with some very nice hops.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange colour with a thick white head that quickly dissapates. The aroma was fruity with citrus undertones. The taste was a strong floral taste. Roses mixed well with lemon. Very hoppy. Very nice. Lots of great hop bitterness. A great beer by Smuttynose once again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange in color with a huge fluffy 2"+ head. Thick lacing developed on the glass during the session. The aroma is tempting as strong floral and citrus components are easily identifiable. The flavor is a hop lovers dream, as a strong bitterness is well balanced with the sweet malt. Citrus tones are all over this one, and then more hops arrive. This is truly a hopfest.

The mouthfeel is mildly crisp with a biting finish where the bitterness seems to be glued to your tongue. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. Nicely drinkable if you are a hophead, but beware if you are not...

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a semi-vigerous pour produced a decent sized, fluffy but chunky tan head on top of a cloudy copper colour with floating bits everywhere. the head leaves a nice sticky residue on the glass. the smell here is quite nice, with hops coming at you off the bat, with some earth, bark, biscuit, fruit and pinecone notes apparent. the flavour is nice and balanced like the nose, but earth notes overshadow the sweetness a bit here. this one starts out sweet and remains so in the middle and then the hops hit you full on at the finish (mixed in still with a dirty earth flavour), but even then it's not a hop blast, a la many west coast ipa's, but it's a nice kick in the taste buds, nonetheless. the mouthfeel is wickedly smooth and thus makes for a nice quenching year round brew. a nice new offering from the folks at smutty.

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Photo of Stimack
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About a month ago I was able to have this brew on tap while at Mahar’s, on a return trip yesterday I was able to experience bottled. I think I actually like it more from the bottle and I really loved in on tap! This brew poured to a cloudy/hazy orange color with a nice fluffy white head the left chunky rings down the whole brew. The aroma is hops and a lot of it very floral with a very strong citrus smell. Man, this beer smells incredible. The taste is great, slicing citrus (grapefruit) hop right from the start with a nice bitterness throughout. I can sense other flavors in the background but it is hard to pinpoint them, but they all seem to balance out as well as you can with a hoppy monster like this! I know I had it on tap and was impressed but wow, not sure if it is because the weather has gotten hotter or what but this brew blew me away! This is probably the best IPA that I have had to date with Berkshires Lost Sailor a close second! This made my evening!

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Photo of pheurton
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

sampled less than 1 month of bottling: hazy pumpkin colored orange with a dense layer of ivory foam that has just unbelievable left thick rings down the glass. awesome. big fat bubbles of struggling carbonation. sweet aroma of over-ripened grapefruit and cookie dough. sturdy medium body, even carbonation renders a full but refreshing mouthfeel. dollop of juicy grapfruit and sugar coated pine cone flavor. bitterness is there but tempered by juicy sweetness of the hops. malt holds up well but remains in the background. delicously drinkable, goes down almost too fast. the quaffability factor is out of this world.

i'll take this one fresh out of the bottle over the tap any day. bright, sweet, and exploding with flavor. i think i've found a new favorite session ipa. awesome stuff.

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Photo of Darkale
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Who would have thought that a bottle showing two elderly gents chuckling would contain such a blast of juicy hops? Maybe that's why they are laughing!

Excellent and long-lasting head, good lace retention, and a marvelous aroma of hops. Juicy, juicy hops taste with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. And then more hops. And all balanced with a lingering malty sweetness. One of my new favorite IPAs, very much in a league with 60 Minute and other hops blasters -- but, again, nicely balanced with malt.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy apricot color into the pint glass with a decent finger and a half head, which leaves some nice patchy foam at the rim of the glass. Recedes into a thin layer slowly. Smell: Theres a distinct wheat aroma to this beer, which is equaled by a fruity hop aroma, with the underlying pine, alcohol and yeast hues. Taste is grapefruit, grapefruit, and citruis, with a subtle hint of grapefruit. This huge hoppiness is really in your face at first, but as the pint progresses, and you get used to it, it reveals its more subtle flavors. There is a small burnt flavor to this, with a very hidden syrupy sweetness. Aftertaste is the same bitter citruis as before. Mouthfeel is wonderful, with a medium (yet somewhat dry tasting body), just the right amount of carbonation and the perfect sense of how much alcohol you are in fact drinking to it. A great IPA to say the least

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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,343 ratings