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Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,420 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1420
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%


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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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazed orange amber with a caked on head that sticks very well. Pungent earthy and floral hop aroma, very English in a big way. Bit of malt sweetness in the nose. Fruity esters and a faint fusel alcohol show that the brew has some strength both in the aroma and taste. Solid medium body, creamy mouth feel. Hops thrash all over with a pungent bitterness and a sizeable earthy, herbal and floral flavour that does not let go. Malt sweetness lays underneath the hops with a raw honey and fruit flavour. Faint diacetyl and fusel alcohol are a draw toward complexity. Big hop oily flavour are almost a deluge upon the taste buds for a moment and even then seem to linger forever.

An interpretation of what an IPA used to be? Nice to see a big English style IPA with a truck load of hops on the palate. A great change up if you have been saturated with hops that have a citric tone to them but still want a brew with a huge hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2002 16:28:02 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 6 fl ozs. bomber bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy, murky, unfiltered orange / amber coloured beer with a magnificent off-white creamy, fluffy, frothy, sticky and lasting head.

Smell: Mega citrus, floral, sweet pale malt and fruity aromas.

Taste: A rather dry brew. Smooth, creamy, chewy, juicy mouthfeel that turns coarse with grain and a semi-astringent hop character, that then explodes into an aggressive raw leafy bitterness; rind, salt and a palate stinging character. Notes of wood line the one-dimensional malt character, which is fruity with faintly sweet. Alcohol is apparent. Finish is ruled by strong hop residual falvours.

Notes: As far as big IPA's go, this one is about average. Malt characters are a bit bland. A well-made IPA, but it's lacking balance and uniqueness. Still a good brew, but nothing I'd frequent.

Note: the "A" stands of "Ass" ... but they weren't allowed to put the word on the label.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2002 11:04:05 | More by Todd
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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,420 ratings.