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Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,483 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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Poured into pint glass, 2 finger lasting head, dark orange, lots of sediment, head becomes lumpy after a minute or so, leaving spots of lacing. Good balance of malt and hop in the aroma definitely sweet clementine notes. Taste is full, lots of sweet malt supporting a spicy hop note that lingers. The burpback is malty sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 22:41:21 | More by J23hc
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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.