Dear Mr. Smuttynose and Finest Kind,

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by geneseohawk, Jan 12, 2013.

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  1. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    Your ipa is absolutely wonderful. You may be the best budget ipa that I have been introduced to in the last 2 weeks. Your complex and not one dimensional. You have layers of different hop flavors and malt that make you an enjoyable drinking experience. I love all kinds of ipa's from heavy citrus to heavy pine but you my friend have depth of all and a unique malt profile I have not had in a long time. I can see why the Bro's have rated you a 100. What a wonderful day where I can drink you and your crazy off cousin Mr. Zombie Dust in the same day.
  2. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    Last two weeks? Is that really that big a compliment.....or do u drinknew beers at an exceptional rate?! In all seriousness though, yes this is a great ipa for $10 a sixer!!!!
  3. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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  4. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Sep 17, 2005 Maine
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    Yeah, I don't know what to make of the last two weeks remark. It is a very enjoyable IPA.
  5. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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  6. mrhartounian

    mrhartounian Nov 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    The brothers rated it 100 in 2004. I wonder what they would rate it now, if trying it for the first time.
  7. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    I've tried a lot of new ipa's in the past two weeks and this and by far was the best....
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  8. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    You work fast sir!!
  9. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    Lots of stores with mix and match around here...... spoiled.
  10. gatornation

    gatornation Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Torpedo is the best budget IPA,IMO
  11. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Even better when it's $10/12-pack in NH.
  12. jamvt

    jamvt Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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    It's even better at market basket for $11.99 12pks
  13. xxbillay

    xxbillay May 31, 2012 New Jersey

    Can't beat hop devil for $9/sixer.
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  14. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire
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    I rate it 100 every day of the week and get it for $140 for 15.5 gallons up here in Nottingham, NH.
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  15. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Wait, what? Your argument is that it's better when it's $2 more per 12-pack?
  16. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Probably the funniest post I've ever read on here. I've yet to have Earth Eagle, but I know that the brewer isn't a hophead, so I can't imagine his IPA is all that good. And Throwback's IPA is an embarrassing malt bomb of an amber ale masquerading as an IPA, and much more expensive than Smuttynose.
  17. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Nov 22, 2007 Washington

  18. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Nothing from Throwback has thrilled me, which is a shame, since it's always nice to see another brewery in the area. I love Smuttynose.
  19. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Bought this beer 5 times and three of the 12ers were infected/bad/whatever. Not sure why that is but I refuse to take that chance. Otherwise, I find it quite damn great
  20. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I passed by this beer for years due to the label, I mean how could something with such an awful label be good? Then I tried of the top 20 IPAs I've ever had easily.
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  21. Kadonny

    Kadonny Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Finest Kind is one of the top 3 east coast IPAs IMO. Fantastic, especially uber fresh.
  22. Longstaff

    Longstaff May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Haven't had a good one in years.

    Even when it was good, it was inconsistent.
  23. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Jul 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Throwback beers all lack body and flavor. They're not good, and they're way too expensive.
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  24. John

    John Sep 17, 2001 New York

    When this beer is in good condition it's pretty good. I usually steer clear though since I often pick up diacetyl and that's off putting for me.
  25. smutty33

    smutty33 Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut

    AMEN !!!!!

  26. Flashy

    Flashy Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    And no tax!
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  27. geocool

    geocool Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    I think it would be better if there were a way for me to buy some in MA less than two months after the bottling date. Seriously, Boston is 56 miles away it shouldn't take two months to go from packaging to shelf.
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  28. smutty33

    smutty33 Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut

    You sure your distributor isn't sitting on super fresh finestkind in the warehouse,while waiting for the last shipment to run out?Never have an issue w/ getting finestkind no more than a month old,(often less than a month) @ the most, here in my parts.

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  29. seplo

    seplo Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    Smuttynose IPA is my go to here in New Haven CT, one of my favorites,its usually fresh down here...CHEERS
  30. SenorHops

    SenorHops Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    I find it to be incredibly average.
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  31. theCoder

    theCoder Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota
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    Smuttynose's Ry(e)an Ale blew my friggin mind. If I ever have another op to get a bottle I will jump on it.
  32. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Completely off topic, but agreed. To me, it's up there with Berkshire's bourbon barrel scotch ale as the best barrel aged beer I've ever had.
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  33. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I'll take it further. This is my single favorite year-round beer on the market. FinestKind is the Finest Kind.
  34. Svendozen

    Svendozen Dec 3, 2012 New Hampshire

    I LOVE Old Brown Dog Ale. About to split a sixer of Finest Kind with a buddy for the first time. And...I like the label too. Being from New Hampshire...these guys could easily be my neighbors. I can hear them now complaining about politics and the recent influx of flatlanders.
  35. geocool

    geocool Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    I really don't know (nor did I claim to know) where it is languishing, but I'm sure it hasn't been reaching the retailer in MA until two months after packaging. I love this beer, but I'm not going to drive to CT or NH to buy it fresh.
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  36. rpstevens

    rpstevens Dec 31, 2008 New Hampshire

    The New England Gangsta at Earth Eagle is actually quite good, and their Shepherd's Crook wheat pale ale was awesome. Recently they brewed a pale ale with locally sourced hops and malt, and I didn't like that one as much as Shepherds Crook, but a fellow hophead liked it even more. You should check them out, they have been cranking out new quality offerings every week.
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  37. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Jun 8, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I love this beer under a month old. After that it is just ok and gets a little malty for my taste.
  38. Kinsman

    Kinsman Aug 26, 2009 California

    I've been whooping in up with Cy and Paul for a few years now. That label is actually one of the things that first got me interested in the beer. Two old guys sitting out in front of their trailer having a good time... it's real New Hampshire for damn sure.
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  39. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Dec 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    If you like a hop bomb then try their Big A IPA. Great 4-pack!
    mackeyse, smutty33, BigCheese and 2 others like this.
  40. Svendozen

    Svendozen Dec 3, 2012 New Hampshire

    Yuuup. That picture is as New England as a Nor'Easta
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