What the hell is wrong with me? I have had the Smuttynose “Finestkind” IPA on numerous occasions and have yet to write a review! I’m not exactly sure when I first had this beer, but I know that it was at least two years ago.
The Smuttynose “Finestkind” IPA is available year round in both bottle and draught form. Our friends from Portsmouth, NH describe this beer as follows:
“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 65 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.”
Let’s find out if Smuttynose has indeed pleased me…
- Appearance: Fluffy, slowly dissipating head. Slightly cloudy, reddish-orange color. Rapidly rising bubbles. Lots of sediment floating throughout which eventually settles on the bottom. Plenty of lacing left on the glass as you drink it down.
- Aroma: Orange and lemon zest. Yeast. Pine.
- Taste: Medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy texture. Slightly sweet and citrusy at first. Very pleasant, slightly bitter hop finish.
- ABV: 6.9%
The Smuttynose “Finestkind” IPA is one of the first IPAs that I ever tasted, and even after 2+ years of trying many different IPAs, it is still one of my favorites. Crisp, smooth, well balanced, and extremely session worthy (it hides it’s relatively high alcohol content very well). This is a beer I can drink all year round. To say that I am pleased with this beer would be an understatement. Well done Smuttynose!