Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by kwakwhore:
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
As a big fan of the Smuttynose IPA I was anxious to try this out and to see how it measured up in comparison.
A Looks like unfiltered apple juice, white head which subsides into a collar and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.
S Complex mixture of apricot, peach, and citrus scents.
T Bitter grapefruit hops mixed with some sweet malts and a shot of alcohol which detracts from the flavor.
M and D are both negatively influenced by the heat of the alcohol presence. Way too hot.
This is a good beer, but with a little tweaking it could be a great beer. Given a choice of Smuttynose products I'd probably reach for the IPA before I'd drink this one again.
Later updates on this beer:
Whatever I said, Smuttynose must have been listening. Ever since they have reissued this beer in 4 packs of 12 oz. bottles, all of the problems have disappeared. It's become a really fine DIPA with plenty of hoppy goodness but a fine malt balance. The alcohol is no longer a distraction. This is now my favorite Smuttynose beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2009 02:41:27 | More by kwakwhore
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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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