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Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,485 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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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jameswaldo

New York

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a Best Before 10/10/12 bottle into pint glass high enough to bring head to rim.
A: head is gelatinous, creamy white and persistent. Leaves very stubborn lacing and a fine scummy layer of fizz on top that doesn't leave at all. Brew is turbid hazy Creamsicle orange; near SRM 8, but neon in a weird way.
S: smells only slightly hoppy; ethanol and yeast are equally predominant. No floral, pine, or grass, so I'm expecting some big bittering.
T: delicious! The bitter bites very gently, but goes all the way down, leaving excellent persistent hoppy aftertastes that make saliva glands under the tongue drool like crazy. Hops hang on so long I have to go find a beer pretzel and some St Aubrey cheese to go with it. Ethanol fumes come back up through the nose.
M: unctuous, creamy, juicy, perfectly carbonated, lets you luxuriate holding a mouthful for quite a while, not sure if you want to swallow. Swallowing is good, too, though!
O: the big alcohol makes me leery of opening a second bottle right away. Otherwise I would go for a refill. This is Big Beer. I usually like more aromatic hops in the nose, but this goes down so well I don't miss them. I don't think I could drink this rascal without some kind of food to help defend myself. The stinky high-fat cheese and pretzel go with it real nicely. So would a pizza, I imagine.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 21:21:40 | More by jameswaldo
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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.