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Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 5,316 |  Reviews: 1,845
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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Photo of RocketWidget
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, makes me happy! I love the picture on the bottle, two old guys in front of a trailer in lawn chairs laughing and enjoying their beer.

Pours a solid gold color, with hints of orange. Head is good and lacy, but not especially long lasting or carbonated. You can really smell the hops when you take a whiff of this sucker! Taste is bitter and delicious, not much subtle in the flavor but much that is bold and hoppy. Quite enjoyable and refreshing.

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

A bright, but dusky, titian colored beer with a clingy, creamy foam head. Pungent grapefruit, citric must, sappy pine and floral aromatics in the nose. Flavor is quite sharp upfront with a striking grapefruit juice/rind character, pine, archaic herbs and hints of sea salt that binds to the palate like a tenacious resin. Malt character is a bit juicy, at first, with a light honey sweetness, mild peary/peachy flavor and a malt biscuitiness that gently underlines the aggressive hop profile. Metallic/mineral water edge. Bone dry, with a linger chalkiness, floral sweetness and pear skin flavors.

Imagine getting hit upside the head with a bag of grapefruits, then, when you finally become conscious again, you awake to find you've got a grapefruit as a gag and you're being held hostage buy Smuttynose IPA.

This is one hell of a palate smacking IPA! A top-notch brew!

Seek it. Buy it. Enjoy it.

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Photo of sublimesipping
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer promises much and delivers almost as much. A scent of pine and vanilla bean. A definite prescence of hop flavor mellowed by malt; an amber/orange hue and good glass lacing make this an exceptional session beer. Reminded me very much of Wild Goose IPA though separated by distance maybe kindred in spirit. A definite above average IPA though a long way to go from the "hop-devil" in me or my friends floyd A.; Floyd P; and Floyd R. Prost!

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

This came in my Easter gift basket from my mother-in-law today and it was a definant treat,pours a nice golden color with some orange tint with light but pretty sticky head.Nice balanced aroma I picked up a big hoppy grassy aroma right off the bat but a real nice lingering biscuity aroma came thru as the beer settled.An IPA with a malt backbone what a concept!A big zesty herbal flavor hit right away but settles nicely with a slightly sweet malt attack in the finish.One of the better IPA's I have had in quite some time.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A shiny yellow-gold body, topped by three fingers of white rocky froth. Lumps rise above the glass. Good lacing is instantly apparent.

The aroma hits you as soon as the cap pops. A giant grapefruit grove, planted in a pine forest, with a little lemon and orange on the side. You have to stop and smell the hops.

A Mack truck of malt crashes onto your tongue, paving the way for the payload of hops it is hauling. The hops roll around your mouth, coating the sides and tickling the roof, then slide on down the throat, leaving a wonderful hoppy/fruity aftertaste, but not the "hop burn" of a big super-bitter Imperial IPA. That aftertaste justs leaves you wanting more. The taste is incredibly balanced, the malt getting to shine along side the hops. The hops are surprising multi-dimensional, considering the aroma. There is more here than just "turning the mouth inside out with grapefruit" of many IPAs.This is much more fruity.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road not too watery, not too thick for a hot summer day.

Drinkability? Two before dinner, two with dinner, and the other two would have not survived the night if I hadn't fallen asleep early. And now, for the first time I've used two 12 ozers for a review. Just can't keep the stuff in my glass.

Hey, are those the guys from the old Bartyles & James ads on the label? "Thank you for your support."

Exceeded my expectations.This will be a prime contender for "Beer of the Summer of '04" in my house.

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Photo of taez555
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap the day they tapped the keg.

This beer poured a bright orange, slightly hazy body, with a decent sized white head.

The nose was pure, and I mean pure, grapefruit. People talk about cascade hops and how they smell citrusy, but damn… this beer smells like pure grapefruit. It’s really quite amazing. Like holding a bunch of cascade or equivalent hop leaves in your hand and taking a big whiff.

The taste was a little more subdued. Nice smooth medium bodied beer with a firm malt taste. It’s complimented perfectly by a smooth slightly assertive bitterness. The hops are not as in your face as the smell., but are definitely there reminding you every taste that this is an IPA. It ends smooth with a lingering bitterness.

Overall I was really impressed with this beer. Much more complex than I expected when I ordered it. A great beer I’ll be trying again.

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

This IPA has a hazy light orange with a darker hue topped off by a nice solid foam head that takes its time to settle. Shows plenty of lace throwing thin flaky tendrils around my imperial pint. A bit hazy but a fair looking ale.

Ah, what a scent of orange and peach marmalade, often with a soft and sweet sense like whipped cream. Nice biscuit background but opens to plenty and plenty of floral hop scents shaded lightly by the more evanascent citric notes. A very nice beer to smell, but lacks the big punch and liveliness needed to score higher.

Tastes of bitter orange peel, fresh grapefruit in the morning, and plenty of chewy floral hop flavor. Shoots out some lemon zings here and there, but the beer tries hard to balance the citric and floral flavors - the florals win out in the finish by more than a little, occasionally attended by the saltiness of high-alpha hops. As you could imagine high and dry bitterness abounds, almost to the point of overtaking any of the hop flavors. Once it settles there is the peach marmalade flavor, similar to the smell, and a malt body lighter than most IPAs. Juicy and dripping with flavor.

Quite a bit of lupulin in this one but not as abundantly fresh tasting as some of its competition. A more than fair IPA that I'm glad to have snagged. Great price at $7 a sixer, I use it to wake my palate before dinner. Very funny label design, too.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Cambridge Commons for its Massachusetts premiere with the gang from Smutty. Poured an orangey/golden color, with a touch of haze within. Head was creamy and white, lasting quite well in the glass and sticking-up the sides in a very "purty" fashion. A whiff of the IPA gets you a noseful of citrussy hopes...hell yeah! The body gets into the medium range, but it's not a solid medium, nor does it have the "chewiness" and bigness of the Big-A IPA. Still, it traverses the tongue rather smoothly. Heavens-to-Betsy! A sip gives you a mouthfull of lupulins!! A smidge of biscuity malt is noted at first, but soon overcome by a big whack of citrus. It's not an over-the-top puckery style, though it does seem to have more than the approximate 65 IBUs mentioned by Dave Yarrington, the brewer. The Amarillo dry-hopping is superb! Checking in between 6-7%abv, this is an eminently drinkable IPA, and one I envision having on hand regularly at home in bottles. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 5


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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dating system just shows a notch in the label for March. Not much help. Pours light golden, cloudy. Off white puffy head, which stayed around for a long time. Nice lace observed after a few swigs. Nose is of hops. Taste is of MEGA dry hops. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, resin etc. Were talking alot of hop flavor. Nice American style IPA, nothing shy about this one. All Hop heads will enjoy Smutty's IPA.

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Photo of krberg
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep bronze with a huge rocky white head. Lots of CO2 streaming from the bottom.

Smells like iced tea with tons of fresh hops. It actually smells like I just cut open a vacu-pack of whole hops. I'm dying in anticipation.

Bitter. Tons of flavor hops. It almost goes into too bitter and hoppy, but a last second mellowing of malt comes through. It also tastes a bit like iced tea. There is some sweetness but it has taken a few swigs for me to detect it. Finishes somewhat bitter, but otherwise clean. Very refreshing. Pure American IPA.

Standard mouthfeel. Not too thin, not too creamy. Its about what you'd expect.

Give me a summer day and a stoop and I could drink these all day.

At $7 a 6, I can't think of a nicer IPA. Not for the malt lover, but if you crave hops, dive right in.

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