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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

1,471 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,471
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 85
Gots: 62 | 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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corey0212

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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey/golden color, with a big fluffy tan head, lots of clingy lacing on the glass. Smell is citrusy, grassy, with a good amount of malt in the nose. Wow! This is hopped up! Tons of pine and grapefruit flavor, but there's definitely enough of a sweet malt backbone to balance this one out. Nice mouthfeel with great lingering bitterness and spiciness. This is a big bad Imperial IPA! Glad I finally got my hands on a fresh bottle, and it won't be my last.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 21:57:32 | More by corey0212
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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.

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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.