Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by edb7:
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This one let me down, having had other good beers from Smuttynose. Here goes;
The pour had me excited- it is a glowing orange color with particulate matter in suspension. The head wasn't too significant, although a small portion endured and the rest left typical lacing.
The smell was the first sign of a letdown; I detected more of an alcohol aroma than hops. When I drink IPA's, I want brewers to bring on the hops!
The taste continued that letdown. It isn't a strong a alcohol taste, but the flavor of alcohol is at the front when I sip this one. I realize that the alcohol % is rather high, but I still like to taste and smell the hops on the nose in a DIPA. The finish is smooth, but not hops. A lot of grapefruit to it, maybe some orange. After drinking it a for a bit, it did grow on me a little- the hop bitterness shows mid-taste, but is not there at the front or end.
Bottom line: For the price ($11 for a 4 pack), there are much better choices. It was just an OK beer for me.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2012 22:04:00 | More by edb7
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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