Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by avylover:
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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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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