Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Fahz:
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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4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a creamy, lingering white head.
S: Faint aromas of lemon, lime, pine, spruce, herbs, grass, kumquats, and bitter orange grow stronger once the beer warms and settles in the glass, joined by faint scents of biscuits, crackers, and caramel.
T: Strong flavors of grass, lemon, lime, fresh herbs, kumquats, bitter orange, grapefruit, spruce, and pine are balanced by notes of caramel, crackers, biscuits, and white bread. The finish provides a punchy, prickly hit of alcohol in order to separate the lingering notes of biscuits, crackers, herbs, and bitter citrus.
M: Medium-bodied and initially sticky, but it dries out a bit. Carbonation is firm, but not overly intense. Alcohol is quite pronounced, but never all that distracting.
O: A really nice DIPA. Kind of an old favorite of mine.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 03:13:44 | More by mrfrancis
Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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