Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.15/5 rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Pours a golden honey color. Off white tiny head with large bubbles. The beer itself appears to have very little carbonation. Smell is of pine & grapefruit hoppiness and I detect alot of malt in there too. No alcohol detected in the aroma. This might be an IPA for a non-hop-head to try. Tons of citriousy hop flavors are there...Grapefruit, apricot, and some slightly floral hints [EDIT 2004 saltiness masks all this], but there is no real bitter bite, or at least not what was expected from the aroma. Some might consider this a huge accomplishment. I'd call it a slight letdown. This really is a tasty beer [EDIT - currently too salty], but I prefer more bite in my hops. There is a decent maltiness in the background, but it seems to be overpowered by the hop flavors, and never really gets a chance to poke it's head out. Alcohol is very well masked. Very smooth mouthfeel, almost silky. Really good considering there is next to no carbonation. Pretty drinkable too. A really good beer, but I miss my hop bite.
Edit 2004 edition: INCREDIBLY SALTY!! Last year seemed much better. I have a feeling they had a hard time deciding whether or not to bottle this year's version. Overwhelmingly salty.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2003 17:26:08 | More by avylover
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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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