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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

1,485 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 64 | 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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Knuckles

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was hand delivered to me at Bukowski's by one of the world's greatest BA's, BeerPanther. I understand that polskapanda's grandfather (or great-grandfather or some damn thing) was a bare-knuckled Polish pugilist of sorts back in the day, so I hoist this bigass Big A to you and yours, Amanda.

Appearance: Poured easily into the Firehouse Brewing Co. pint glass that I picked up late one night in Rapid City, SD. Nice, generous white head, and the beer itself is a perfect clove honey color. And by perfect, I mean that I've got that goddam bear honey deal sitting right next to the pint glass, and the motherfucker is a dead match. So you can be sure that, in the future, I'll be using the shit out of "clove honey colored". Just so's you know. Oddly, it's a bit lighter than I expected. I am accustomed to IIPAs having a much deeper amber, or burnt orange color to them. This one is a wee bit of a paleface.

Nose: So, yeah, um, it's hoppy. Like a lot. Just one citrusy, floral blast up my ample, ample nose. I've got sinuses the size of the Sea Lion Cave, and this bitch fills all of them. Tagging along behind and just under that floral nose. like an annoying kid brother, is just the faintest hint of malt.

Taste: Let's just say that this kid brother gets his ass beat on a regular basis. This sumbitch is all hop, all the time. Drink it cold, it is one brightass beer. Drink it warm... Well, expecting Big Brother hop to slow down and take a break is just way out of line. He's still kicking his little bro's ass. The malt is there, but it is fourth chair, second section trombone compared to the first chair, first section trumpet that is the hops (I suppose, for accuracy's sake I should make clear that the Warrior and Cascade hops are occupying sort of a joint first chair, the Horizon hops are second chair, the Sterling aroma hops are that annoying kid in the second row that keeps farting, and those dry hops are the kids waiting outside the bandroom to give you a wedgie and steal your milk money).

Mouthfeel: You know, it's a bit thicker than the muted malt presence would lead you to expect. It's got a nice, velvety texture to it, but the malt flavor just isn't there. It's kind of strange, really.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable, very drinkable even, but just a bit too bright for me. I could do a couple of these bombers, but the overpowering hop presence and lack of malt balance would make it difficult. I like this beer, but I'd really like to see Dave Yarrington bring up the malts to balance out the insane hop quality of the beer. Insane hop levels alone don't make great IIPAs, and right now that is the dominant characteristic. This needs a malt presence to balance out those hops. However, I'm no freaking GABF judge, so what the fuck do I know.

To sum this review up: Try this beer, it's a damn good one. And if you love hop bombs, this mofo will be just your cup of...beer.

(Music: Lee Fields, "Problems")

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08-26-2005 02:38:02 | More by Knuckles
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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.