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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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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