Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by JWU:
4.06/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter
A- a hazy golden/orange, massive hop haze. Finger of white head that dissipates in 2-3 minutes but leaves nice lacing.
S- Big smack of citric grapefruit, some pine, and pale malt. Pretty straightforward.
T- Some pale malt sweetness right up front, but is quickly overrun by a blitzkrieg of hops. Grapefruit, and a big resinous pine. Massively bitter, and doesn't even think about letting the malt back through. Some earthy tobacco notes from the hops as well. Bitterness lingers for several minutes after the sip.
M- Decent amount of body for a DIPA. Carbonation is light side of medium. For as bitter as this thing is, it's dry, but not over the top dry.
O- IBU's are certainly 120. Certainly one of the most bitter DIPA's I've had. Enjoyable for one, but no more. A big, bad, brutal heap of hops.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2013 20:48:51 | More by JWU
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3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
$2.89 for a 12oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with North American 2-Row, Crisp Pale Ale malts. Hopped with Bravo and Cascade (bittering), Bravo and CTZ (Flavoring), and Glacier, Nugget and CTZ for dry hops.
Pours out to a murky burnt orange, lots of little particulate bits floating about, forming a modest light yellow head with good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is ripe with mango, grapefruit, apricot and tangerine. Not skunky, pissy, slightly piney. Mouthfeel is tart with hop acidity and is full bodied and moderately syrupy. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Lots of grapefruit here, sitting on top of a big malt base with some residual sweetness to balance out the rather firm hop bitterness. Pith, pith, pith. Quite bitter overall, a bit much for me. Astringent puckering finish. Did I mention the paint peeling bitterness? Cleanly fermented, no off flavors or aromas.
This is not the kind of DIPA that I enjoy, but if you like your IPA's bitter, try it.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 05:41:01 | More by Mitchster
Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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