Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by TripelJ:
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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A big thanks to dpend for suprising the hell outta me with this one!
Pours a cloudy copper/gold with an extremely dense white head. The head recedes quickly, but leaves a nice quarter-inch layer that stays throughout the beer adding a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel. The aroma is sweet and citrusy, suprisingly mellow for an "imperial IPA". The taste is juicy-citrus hops riding on a mellow malt backbone, with a nice turn for the bitter in the tail end with yet another prominent dose of hops. I know there was a recipie change (as per the brewer's notes on Smuttynose's website) for 2003, but I couldn't tell from the bottle which recipie I was tasting. They say the new one has less of an English and more of a West Coast U.S. feel. This IPA has both English and American IPA characteristics, with neither being dominant, but rather working together harmoniously. My first experience with Smuttynose and overall, I am very impressed.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2004 01:35:55 | More by TripelJ
More User Reviews:
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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