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Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,420 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1420
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ever since Stash Wojciechowski, the “Killer Kielbasa,” created this Imperial IPA for our Big Beer Series, Big A IPA has gotten a lot of attention. Lauded by the New York Times and Men's Journal Magazine, it’s been one of the most talked-about beers around. Brewed in very small quantities, it has also been one of the hardest-to-find. Until now.

Big A IPA has everything you’d want in an India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt & more flavor. Na zdrowie!

120 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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Fahz

New York

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler from Craft Beer Exchange in Albany, NY $16.99 More expensive than I had hoped but I was into giving it a try. Poured into a pint glass same day as purchase 1/18/13.

A golden yellow with an orange hue. Held up to light the appearance is cloudy with an aggressive pour the head was more than I expected. A couple fingers reduces pretty quick some lacing on the glass. The growler appears more orange with the pint glass more yellow.

It has the smell of an IPA slighty fruity having trouble getting anything specific as a smell.

Taste at first is good refreshing makes my mouth water but then the bite a bitter taste hits. Some sweetness maybe an orange taste then a bitter grapefruit taste followed by some lemon & acidic pine.

Generally I associate the grapefruit as good in an IPA this reminds me more of a unsweetened white grapefruit a more bitter piney taste with an an oily feel. Definitely an alcohol burn at the end.

DIPAs are stronger, this is, but something just isn't right. Was interested in trying but probably will not be a repeat purchase. The more I drink the more I wish I had of picked up something else, too bad.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2013 00:50:36 | More by Fahz
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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,420 ratings.