Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,485 | Reviews: 872 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
89 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.