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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

1,469 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 85
Gots: 61 | 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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TXHops

Texas

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 way—the 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 Shoal’s 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 can’t 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 goes—the 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 I’ve had in the last few years, yet somehow, the hoppiness isn’t overlooked. It’s almost as if Smutty brewed an ESB/IPA. The result is truly a fabulous beer. It might not be as assertively hoppy as most BA’s are looking for, but it’s a tremendous example of brewmaster’s skill—so 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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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.

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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,469 ratings.