phikus (80) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 Finest kind is not really an understatement. I love this hop combination and the malt is just right. My go to IPA in the summer.
gunnar (5684) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beermerchants. Pours almost clear dark golden with a huge frothy white head. Aroma of malts, honey and flowery hops.Taste is light sweet malty, soon overpowered by crisp hops, flowery and grapefruity, rather short lived taste. Dry and fruity mouthfeel
mkel07 (3739) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from grocery store in New York City September 2013. Poured golden honey colour with lots of fresh hop aromas. Smooth, easy drinking IPA.
terefere (237) - Durham, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, "Finestkind Ipa". Pours golden, nice frothy head. Aroma of mango, bisquit, hint of pomelo. Taste: mango, pomelo, lychee, citrus zest, hint of pine.
bartlebier (1981) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2014 As "Finestkind IPA". 12oz bottle purchased at 5e Mondial de la BiŤre, bb04/2015. Explosive exotics in the nose: fresh orange, pineapple peel, some mango and passionfruit sweetness. Taste transports very easy lemonade citrus, mainly dried grapefruit, with some pithy bitterness and enough zest, as well as a whispy, near-chewy biscuit malt base laying down a confident mid base before the citrus rind and dried lemongrass finish. Leaves a slightly powdery bitter sensation of hop particle dust or dry yeast on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. Overall a wonderfully balanced, fresh IPA that makes the 75 IBU a pleasure to stomache. Every beer by Smuttynose so far has been a far over par interpretation of the style. Please start exporting from the East Coast to the EUís West Coast.
badpuppy69 (266) - orange, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper color With a big creamy head. Aroma is citrucy hops and some malts and a touch of grapefruit. Taste follows the aroma. Medium mouth feel. Pretty standard but good.
Ctplt777 (189) - - OCT 3, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
Eh itís okay. I saw such hype reviews about this beer and I found myself some and was super excited to try it. Itís okay. Itís grassy. Itís honestly not that great. Iím not sure what kind of IPA they wanted to go for but if it was a grassy middle of a field weird maize bomb yeah nice job. Not much to speak of. At least in my opinion. I let this warm up, tried multiple bottles, it just didnít do it for me. Maybe others have had better luck but for me this one missed the mark, and to say "FINESTKIND IPA" on your bottle, you need to be able to back that up. Not great just average.
IPAgutten79 (605) - Skui, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gylden farge, medium skum. Aromaen er sitrus, furu og malt. Smaken er sitrus, furu og malt. God. Medium konsistens. Ettersmaken er bitter.
degbert (1201) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a deep gold with a high, large-grained, off-white lacy head. Nose is shaded much more towards orange and tangerine than your average IPA; thereís also a smoky caramel element to it thatís unusual. A little odd on the front of the tongue; saccharine notes moving into some hops bitterness with an underlying chemical or medicinal note. Not much malt to balance it, despite the color. Medicinal note stays present on the finish, which is very dry. Weird beer.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
ended up falling a little flat. i am admittedly a west coast fan, but this drank more like a pale ale than any ipa. subtle hops on the nose, and more malt. some fruit and a back end slightly bitter, pretty good pale, somewhat boring ipa. disappointing wish list cross off."