Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by MaineBeerMan:
4.55/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This beer pours a nice peach flesh shade of orange with plenty of long lasting white foam that leaves clumps of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is super deep, full of fruity, piney earthy hops, with subtle hints of malt sweetness around the edges. I must have spent a full minute inhaling the awome aroma of this brew before I ever brought it to my lips for a taste! One of the best smelling brews I have had.
The first thing I can say about the flavor is juicy, almost like a big dose of grapeftuit was tossed into the brew. Oily hop resins with an array of flavors dominate the taste of this beer, citrusy fruits and a great floral quality are most notable. The hops are almost, but not quite balanced out by the nice malt presence, but the malt remains in the background. Make no mistake, this is an IPA that is all about the hops. Lasting hop flavor is all over the finish on every sip of this beer.
This brew has a really slick, smooth mouthfeel, with a thinner than expected mouthfeel that I would rate as a medium body. This contributes heavily to making it a very quaffable beer that begs for another sip immediately after you swallow the last one.
Overall a very tasty brew, I could drink these all day and night although at 7% abv I would probably have a rather short night.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2003 02:35:49 | More by MaineBeerMan
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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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