Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by pezoids:
4/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 22 ounce bomber this poured out with a considerable amount of murk and chunk. A thin film of a head topped the beer off. Orange amber in color and full of floating particulates. Hmmm Is this supposed to be like this? It has been in the fridge for a few months. Am I talking to myself?
The aroma is very appealing. Sweet hoppy fruit notes, strawberry licorice, apricot nectar. Very nice. Taste is bold and bittersweet. Nice balance. Heavy malt is kept in check by the bitter hops, and prominently grapefruit rinds. Flavors up and becomes increasingly bitter as the beer warms. Overall, this is an enjoyable IPA. Nicely balanced, maybe a bit rough around the edges, but the overall flavor makes up for that.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2004 22:44:25 | More by pezoids
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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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