Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by jameswaldo:
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
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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