Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by goatgoat:
3.28/5 rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz. Bottled 2006. Thanks to patsliqour for the opportunity.
Clear sunflower gold with hints of orange. Pours with little to no head but with plenty of little rising bubbles.
Aroma is earthy, a little must. Sweet malts, honey. A little citrus/pine. Not much.
Taste is smooth honey. Very subdued citrus hop. A gradual bitterness builds and takes over the finish. It's a bit harsh and has a sharp alcoholic astringency. A sort of perfume like alcohol/floral presence to the finish, solvent-like.
It has an almost creamy feel before it's cut by the bitterness.
I've never had an aged DIPA and through a trade got one that I've never had fresh. Pretty interesting. I can see why some people age DIPAs, but I don't think I'm a fan. Now I'm on a quest for a fresh bottle to compare!
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2009 03:06:11 | More by goatgoat
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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