Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by cvstrickland:
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A brisk pour from the 22-ounce bomber bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip yields a sparkling tangerine-tinted golden brew with a finger-thick cap of glossy, fine-grained white foam augmented with milky bubbles atop. The head fades rather quickly and a thin web of large-celled lacing marks the passing drink.
The aroma is laden with a citrusy twang and snipped culinary herbs, with a vague backnote of sticky green tobacco. A spritz of orange juice dry-hopped with hemp buds stimulates my imagination.
The taste is toasted caramel-sweet with a fine edge of resinous bitterness. Notes of dilute orange rind oil, pink grapefruit wedges, freshly-mown grass, and crushed lime leaves work hard to counteract the malty sweetness, leaving the finish relatively dry with a lingering oily bitterness.
The drink is on the fullish side of medium-bodied and the carbonation is on the flattish side of sedate. Drinkability is pretty high considering the sizable 9.2% ABV.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2009 21:46:27 | More by cvstrickland
More User Reviews:
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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