Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of my better selections from the Boston trip, retrospectively. This Smutty big beer series IPA begins life as a hazy, light burnt orange offering with an average head of standard, off-white bubbles. A big, fruity/bready/hoppy aroma oozes from the glass, slowly permeating my olfactory senses with a growing sense of aromatic delight. If I stop to think about what I just smelled, then I realize that this is a wonderfully complex, lovely beer, by the nose alone. The citric hoppiness is showcased, but not in a West Coast waythe beer maintains a lovely balance between the sweet citrus fruit and the doughy backbone. The house Smutty yeast is evident here, and took me instantly back to the Shoals Pale Ale, Old Brown Dog and Robust Porter that I tried years ago as part of the beer of the month club that I canceled sometime around early 2001 Now that I think about it, this beer also tastes like the Portsmouth lager, so the house yeast cant be the only common thread running through these beers The same honeyed, tropical fruit aroma and subflavor are just as obvious in this one-off IPA as they were in the lager. Is it the maltster Smutty buys from? Is it the process? Is it a specific, unique, signature grain? Interesting
The beer picks up flavor as it goesthe sweetness grows, reaching honey bun intensity, while the hoppiness takes a comfortable position in front of and behind the maltiness. Again, this IPA is way more about balance than any IPA Ive had in the last few years, yet somehow, the hoppiness isnt overlooked. Its almost as if Smutty brewed an ESB/IPA. The result is truly a fabulous beer. It might not be as assertively hoppy as most BAs are looking for, but its a tremendous example of brewmasters skillso big, yet supple; so sweet, yet so mitigatingly hoppy; so hoppy yet so complexly malty. Wonderful beer. The hops for hops sake beers could take a lesson
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2003 20:42:49 | More by TXHops
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4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a creamy, lingering white head.
S: Faint aromas of lemon, lime, pine, spruce, herbs, grass, kumquats, and bitter orange grow stronger once the beer warms and settles in the glass, joined by faint scents of biscuits, crackers, and caramel.
T: Strong flavors of grass, lemon, lime, fresh herbs, kumquats, bitter orange, grapefruit, spruce, and pine are balanced by notes of caramel, crackers, biscuits, and white bread. The finish provides a punchy, prickly hit of alcohol in order to separate the lingering notes of biscuits, crackers, herbs, and bitter citrus.
M: Medium-bodied and initially sticky, but it dries out a bit. Carbonation is firm, but not overly intense. Alcohol is quite pronounced, but never all that distracting.
O: A really nice DIPA. Kind of an old favorite of mine.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 03:13:44 | More by mrfrancis
Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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