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Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,485 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ever since Stash Wojciechowski, the “Killer Kielbasa,” created this Imperial IPA for our Big Beer Series, Big A IPA has gotten a lot of attention. Lauded by the New York Times and Men's Journal Magazine, it’s been one of the most talked-about beers around. Brewed in very small quantities, it has also been one of the hardest-to-find. Until now.

Big A IPA has everything you’d want in an India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt & more flavor. Na zdrowie!

120 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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bjoyce12

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The "A" in "Big A" must stand for "Amazing". That's a good summary of my first impression of this ale. Buttery. Can actually taste buttery notes, a very slight sweet afternote, and then a big hoppy kick. Smutty has done some of their best work on this beer. Appearance and aroma are good, but it's the taste and drinkability that will make me want to seek this out again. Now my favorite IPA, even better than Stoudt's and Flying Dog.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 18:55:06 | More by bjoyce12
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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.