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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