Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Thur123:
4.18/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
This brew pours a moderate orange color with one and a half finger of white thick slow to fade head. Somewhat hazy with a slow steady carbonation. The smell is juicy hops, lots of Simcoe grapefruit and an herbal bitterness. Oranges, lemon, pine resin, maybe even a fruity bubblegum and a sweetbread like malt. The smell is awesome. Very complex without being overwhelming.
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The flavor is complex with the bitterness taking over after the initial contact. Fruit rind and a strong herbalness ride together and a flavor like something in between cat pee and basement is present towards the end, not in a disgusting way, but rather as a nuance. The mouth feel is what I like from an IPA, not thin but not thick or syrupy at all. Drinkability is good aside from the prominent flavor. Will try again.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2010 08:22:52 | More by Thur123
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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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