Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
1,849
Ratings:
5,335
pDev:
11.71%
Bros Score:
4.62
 
 
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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 retention...it 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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Photo of dannyvee
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

April bottled-on date, moderately chilled, poured into a Harpoon IPA glass.

Pours a hazy, cloudy rust-orange with a large pillowy head. Plenty of sticky lacing left behind as the brew goes down.

Aromas of grapefruit, grass and a little pine jumping out of the glass. The body is medium and the carbonation light and pleasant.

Taste is everything it has been building up to. Hoppy bite upfront quickly balanced by a touch of caramel maltiness. Is this a perfect IPA?

This is my first straight 5's review and given the fact that I have drank little else in the past month I'm confident with that. I think a good analogy could be made by comparing this brew to a CD; Smuttynose IPA is that new album that you just can't take out of the CD player and when you do try to listen to something else you're just waiting to pop the Smutty back in. This will definately be in heavy rotation for the rest of the summer, at least.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this hazy golden brew formed and retained pleasant head. The grapefruit and generic citrus aromas were inviting. It's a very transparent brew, with some interesting flavors. The hops are crisp and clear, with grapefruit and citrus notes as dominant - but not obnoxious flavors. There's an understated, but noticeable malt background to balance the flavors. I was impressed by the body of the beer, and will enjoy it again.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy straw/orange with a very cerebral cortex looking head. Lots of gyri and sulci.

Smells quite estery with a bit of the hop trying to bite my inner nares. Lots of grassy vapors.

Starts off slightly sweet with a nice orange introduction. Turns a bit grainy and toasty for the briefest of pauses. Then the hops crash down. Big biting waves of grasses, grapefruit, pine, resin, and lemon.

Very nice in the mouth. Lots of texture to wrap your tounge around. Chewy for an IPA

Perhaps the best Smuttynose offering to date? Will be a staple in my fridge for summer.

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

Finally, an IPA with a strong hop flavor that isn't too bitter. This beer pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color. An off white fluffy head sits on top and slowly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface. Lots of lace clings to the sides of the glass in clumps and spots as the beer empties. The aroma is a beautiful bouquet of grapefruit citrus, grass, pine and a hint of toasted malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and delicious. The citrusy hoppy flavor dominates, but it is well balanced with a nice toasted malt flavor. It finishes midly bitter leaving a mild sting on the tongue.

If you like hoppy beers Smuttynose IPA should be on your list. It's packed full of flavor and you can't have just one.

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Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear apricot colored with a foamy beige head that settles quickly, but leaves a fine cap of bubbles across the top. Aroma is bright floral hoppy with hints of sweet citrus, and some pine. Flavor is a burst of hops, big and bitter, sweet and citrusy. Finishes with a bitter orange peel flourish, and lingers with a piney bite. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium carbonation. Nice oily webbing around the inside of the glass.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The two old guys in their lawn chairs on the label beckoned me to try this IPA, even though it is 45 degrees out (and raining). The smuttynose pours of slightly cloudy apricot color with a medium-thick fluffy off-white head. The aroma is of hops and citrus, predominantly grapefruit, with some underlying pine and floral smells. Not much malt residuals. The taste is wonderful; it is a delightfully intricate balance of the citrus (less pervasive here than in the Dogfish Head 60), some fresh breadiness, and finely textured hops. I savored every moment. The finish is appropriately bitter, and the mouthfeel is right on--medium bodied with just the perfect touch of carbonation. A real winner!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally, an IPA that isn't hopped to hell. Smutty has done it again with this little number. good gold color, great carbonation and awesome hops. They don't overwhelm you like some of today's over hopped beers, but they don't let you forget they are there. Yum.

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

Holy cow! What a find at one of my favorite local haunts, JP O'Malley's. The beer poured out of the bottle a brilliant golden colour, with a bubbly and sticky-looking head. The aroma was amazing, with good ol' fashioned hops, citrus fruit and some rich pine essence. The flavor is crisp, clean and very palate cleansing, with an awesome IPA snap at the end. Hands down, one of if not the best straight-up IPA I have ever had, IMHO.

Zum wohl!

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Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5,335 ratings