Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by hustlesworth:
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- crazy murky opaque orangish tan. The head is thick and cream colored and incredibly sticky. Wowsers. Lace comes off in chunks. The foam doesn't have the usual wrinkly shrivel as it settles. Still looks great, nice change of pace.
S- huge piney grapefruit and orange sweetness. There's a solid amount of malt behind the hops with a toffee marshmallow type character.
T- though it's insanely bitter, there's a nice balance to it as well. Hops completely dominate but somehow a fair amount of malt sweetness beams through. Grapefruit, mandarin, pine, mango, and rocket fuel. Finishes with a Lingering puckering hoppiness.
MF- full and squishy. I can feel the murkiness. Ample carbonation cuts through and keeps it from feeling too mich like mud puddle. But I still kinda does, and it's good. Dry and resinous on the cheeks.
D- alcohol is well hidden behind the hops. Very well hidden. This is a big nasty unfiltered brew. It looks like mud and that's awesome. It's harsh and pungent and everything hoppy. Nicely done.
Serving type: on-tap
01-29-2012 23:04:06 | More by hustlesworth
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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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