Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by flagmantho:
4/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: light orange hue with plenty of haze and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Nice.
Smell: aroma of earthy and floral hops which, combined with a relatively light, sweet malt aroma, leads to a bit of a soapy character. I actually find the floral qualities quite nice -- it almost says "Belgian" to me.
Taste: big, earthy, funky hops sit atop a relatively neutral, if strong, malt character. Bitterness is gargantuan -- despite its 9.6% octane, there is absolutely no balance here. I feel like I've been punched in the face by a 19th century pugilist in boxing briefs.
Mouthfeel: medium body; this beer is more attenuated than similar beers of the style. Carbonation is moderate but the body is relatively creamy nonetheless. It works.
Overall: this is a very solid strong IPA. If it were available here in the Pacific Northwest more readily, I would surely buy it pretty frequently.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2011 06:26:19 | More by flagmantho
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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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