Smuttynose Finestkind IPA
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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.View all products by Smuttynose
First brewed in 2004, Smuttynose Finestkind IPA is the brewery's flagship beer coming in at 6.9% ABV. The hops in Finestkind include Magnum, Simcoe, Centennial, Santiam, Cascade, Amarillo, and Centennial. This unfiltered IPA pours in a medium gold color. The citrus hop flavor comes from the Simcoe and Santiam that is balanced by the bitterness and even more orangey citrus of Amarillo. The hops are added continuously during the last 30 minutes of boiling the wort. The C-60 crystal malt gives this beer a sweet malt background for the palate to attach onto the hop complexity in Finestkind.
Smuttynose Brewing Company from Hampton, New Hampshire was founded in 1994 by Peter and Janet Egelston, brother and sister. Having already opened classic brewpubs, Northampton Brewery and Portmouth Brewery, in 1993, Peter purchased a bankrupt brewery, which soon become the beginnings of Smuttynose. With their growth, Smuttynose is now available in 25 states and 11 countries.
Smuttynose Finestkind IPA is a classic “East Coast IPA." While the regional IPA distinctions can be blurry at times, East Coast IPAs tend to have more malt sweetness to balance a gentle hop bitterness with influence from nuanced British IPAs. On the other hand, West Coast IPAs skew the balance towards hops with more citrus, tropical, and pine driven aromatics as well as more assertive bitterness.