Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by deBeers:
3.25/5 rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
This was a bomber bottle conditioned in 2005. Golden in color with lots of small bubbles/carbonatoin and a nice creamy off-white head that wouldn't dissipate. I loved that aspect of the beer.
Otherwise, it was a little too much for me. Hops were just too big, floral, and a sweetness present. Sharp, bitter, tart, citrusy, and teaming with hops on the first sip. It was better with some triscuits and when my palate finally adjusted.
On my second pour into a pint glass, I added all the yeast. Why not, it tasted better to me and it's good for you. Smelled strongly of floral hops. A bit over the top still. Interesting bottle and I'm guessing there's an interesting story about the brewer too. Seek out if you like a hop bomb that will overwhelm your palate. Well crafted, just not my bag baby!
Beers and cheers.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2005 04:39:53 | More by deBeers
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3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
$2.89 for a 12oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with North American 2-Row, Crisp Pale Ale malts. Hopped with Bravo and Cascade (bittering), Bravo and CTZ (Flavoring), and Glacier, Nugget and CTZ for dry hops.
Pours out to a murky burnt orange, lots of little particulate bits floating about, forming a modest light yellow head with good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is ripe with mango, grapefruit, apricot and tangerine. Not skunky, pissy, slightly piney. Mouthfeel is tart with hop acidity and is full bodied and moderately syrupy. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Lots of grapefruit here, sitting on top of a big malt base with some residual sweetness to balance out the rather firm hop bitterness. Pith, pith, pith. Quite bitter overall, a bit much for me. Astringent puckering finish. Did I mention the paint peeling bitterness? Cleanly fermented, no off flavors or aromas.
This is not the kind of DIPA that I enjoy, but if you like your IPA's bitter, try it.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 05:41:01 | More by Mitchster
Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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