Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by KYGunner:
3.44/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
The color is a light caramel, slightly dull with active carbonation in the body. The mounted bright white with a thick congealed top and banded lacing.
The nose is full of light citrus and caramel malt. The citrus tends to lemon and orange, maybe tangerines but a stiff caramel malt background.
The taste is floral, piney and lemony. Huge bitterness assaults the tongue as pine resin flavor finishes it off. The mid palate does detect the caramel malt but it's fleeting.
The feel is very full, almost no carbonated bite, with a hard bitterness and alcoholic finish. It really is a roller coaster as it starts with such a creamy feel but ends so harsh, bitter, astringent and full of alcohol warmth.
This is a bitter Beast of a beer that may have been too much for my particular palate.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 22:08:55 | More by KYGunner
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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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