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Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,420 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1420
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ever since Stash Wojciechowski, the “Killer Kielbasa,” created this Imperial IPA for our Big Beer Series, Big A IPA has gotten a lot of attention. Lauded by the New York Times and Men's Journal Magazine, it’s been one of the most talked-about beers around. Brewed in very small quantities, it has also been one of the hardest-to-find. Until now.

Big A IPA has everything you’d want in an India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt & more flavor. Na zdrowie!

120 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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gueuzegeek

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As I poured this, I noted the nice full head that lingered quite a while, and left some lovely belgian lace as it went down. This beer was a really nice hazy orangy gold color, so my anticipation was high. There were some floral hop aromas but not nearly as much as other IPAs I have sampled. There were some yeasty undertones to the aroma as well.

The body was okay, but nothing earth shaking. The taste presented some decent bittering from the hops and the yeastiness was somewhat present as well. I let it sit for a little while (10-15 minutes)and went back to it after I had eaten a little pizza and the alcohol taste was very obvious and it even smelled like it to me too! So, I decided to see what affect another food item might have so I tried peanuts and that characteristic abated, then, just to push it, I moved on to cheese nips and there it was, back again!! I then had a small lindt chocolate and once again it subsided. This just goes to show, if you taste something off about a beer, give it a try without food and then with various foods.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 18:59:51 | More by gueuzegeek
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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,420 ratings.