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


Bright white, frothy 1" head. Very solid retention and sticky lacing throughout. Golden-orange haze; very brigh promising appearance.

Hops virtually jumping out of the glass. Strong hops and exotic fruit aroma (possibly pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon blends). The nose hints at a very juicy flavor.

Very juicy, bold flavor! Again a nice fruit blend at the start finishing with an abundance of hop/grainy bitterness.

A hop lover's dream! Well balanced flavor considering the intensity of the hops and well present bitterness. A perfectly well-crafted juicy version of the style.

Where is the 6.6% abv? I could spend a night drinking these with how well the hops mask the abv. An absolute treat to drink if you're a hophead.

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Photo of winomark
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium, slightly cloudy gold with a nice, frothy off-white head. Good hoppy tones; mildly skunky. Smells like the people I sat next to at the KISS concert earlier this week; Very Herbaceous! Hoppy, slightly hempy palate. Dry and tart finish, with little or no malt showing up. Mild mouthfeel, and quite dry and light. A nice IPA from the East Coast. Really glad to get to try this one. Thanks to UncleJimbo.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 into me pilsner appears a golden orange and apricot colored cloudy pour. I had to be careful not to get any chunkies and scrod into my glass. Lots of lace strips. A bit of scant bubbles over me brew.

Smells of mixed citrous lemon and orange fruits. Best aspect of this aromatic blend is the balance of kick booty malts and hops.

Lemon peel is the first flavor that I detect. Plenty of blended citrous notes.

Quite a bit of acidic sizzle in the feel.

These could go back easily anytime. Totally sippable.

Last Swigs: This might have been a bottle from a sixer that was sitting for a while because there were huge chunky scrod pieces floating in me bottle. The first pour kept the bits in the bottom. SMUTTYNOSE IPA is a better than average IPA. Good citrousy lemony tastes. A bit of STONE IPA big time. Quite a decent IPA overall.

*** UPDATE *** This is a bottle conditioned me thinks even though they don't tell ya. It's damn good. I up'ed the flavor to 4.5.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of andyo
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked some up in Red Bank, New Jersey. For some reason I can't find it around Virginia Beach.

Pours a hazy orange/gold. Lots of nice lacing on the glass. Smell is faint and piney. Taste is of intense grapefruit, bitter hops (extremely bittler) and somewhat salty. This beer has a real nice mouthfeel; lots of carbonation. Taste lingers in the back of the tongue for a nice, long, bitter finish. A very intersting and powerful IPA! Very nice.

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

I should start out with a preface that the first time I sampled this beer was at the 2004 NERAX in Somerville, MA and it blew me away. It was without doubt one of the best beers I sampled that day.

I bought a six pack of the Smuttynose IPA and was incredibly impressed. This is an amazing American IPA. The beer is full of tasty and complex hops. There is a very evident citrus flavor bursting through with every sip that beautifully balances the bitterness of the hops. This has become one of my favorite IPA's. Great beer.

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Photo of wyllder
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a slight haziness that takes a minute to settle down and clear. Just a small head that fades to leave a delicate white lacing.

Citrusy hops on the nose with perhaps of hint of malty sweetness coming through.

Fairly well balanced on the palate. Heavy hit of hops with a sweet malty character behind them to balance it out, though in the end the malt fades a bit too quickly and the hops come out a smidge too strong. Malt fades out on the back of the palate to leave a lingering floral hop taste in the mouth.

Feels nice and light in the mouth, making it very easy to drink.

A truly first class IPA. In my books it's up there with the likes of Hopdevil and Stone IPA. In the end, it's a matter of preference and moment. I'm sure if I'd had a pint of Double Bastard just before this I wouldn't have even been able to taste it! ;)


addendum: after a couple slices of pizza, the grapefruit flavor in this IPA really came out strong. Too bad I don't like grapefruit! ;)

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

Creamy cloud of dark gold, smooth inch tall yellowed ivory cap sits well, breaks down slowly to a murky skim always present and the lacing sticks in thick patches and leveled rings.

Aroma has a pleasantly fine dry pineyness with a dull citrus backing, bits of floral hop cones and resin oils too. Once you get use to the hop profile a little toasty biscuit malt floats through from around the corners. A nice preview for whats to come.

Oh yeah, the flavors work well and build strongly as it goes. Full frontal soft and toasty malt start, bread yeast and fruits midway, hops then start the fun with piney covered citruses and yeilding juicy hop oils. Wowza, the finish is spectacular with a favorable bittering edge of dry pine and fading off notes of nectarine, grapefruit, and flowery grass. Seemingly complex in character but yet has a simple attitude and welcoming hop taste.

Nice feel to it too as it works its way across the palate; fluffy, lightly pulpy texture, great unfiltered, nearly full body, smooth, and biting with a great hop finish that can be a little cumbersome, but oh so good.

A nice showcase of hop flavors with a balancing front and prominent edge of hops in the finish. Reminds me alot of Bell's Two-Hearted with just a bit more hop finish, therefore, just a tad less on the drinkability. But very good non-the-less. Big thanks to Jason for the supply of this stuff!

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Photo of Jason
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date. Bright sunrise orange hue with some chill haze from the hops. The head retention is amazing, lots of stickage with many rings of lace left on the glass. Perfumy aroma of pine and grapefruit juice, a hint of grain and alcohol in the back.

Clean and stabbing bitterness from start to finish, a heavy hand of hop flavor; grapefruit juice, mild pine, tobacco and faint grassiness. Some alcohol sneaks in with a clean fruity ester, the pale maltiness holds the beer together quite well. The pungency level is pretty high and puckers the mouth as the crispness of the carbonation produces a thirst quenching feeling in the mouth. This is like Shoal's Pale Ale on hop steroids!

Hands down my favorite NE IPA, next time I am buying a case or two.

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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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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,351 ratings