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Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,420 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1420
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ever since Stash Wojciechowski, the “Killer Kielbasa,” created this Imperial IPA for our Big Beer Series, Big A IPA has gotten a lot of attention. Lauded by the New York Times and Men's Journal Magazine, it’s been one of the most talked-about beers around. Brewed in very small quantities, it has also been one of the hardest-to-find. Until now.

Big A IPA has everything you’d want in an India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt & more flavor. Na zdrowie!

120 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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salvo

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Big Ass IPA is an extreme beer; no two ways about it. So I'm writing this extreme review: after taking notes on a freshly poured cold 12oz bottle, drinking a third when cold, then letting it warm slowly over an hour, tasting and note-taking every 10 minutes or so. The beer changes dramatically, and I wanted to try out a review like this. The review compresses time, but I think you get the idea.

Pours murky yellow-orange with lots of debris filling the glass under a two inch head. At fifteen minutes, there is still a finger of foamy head. 30 minutes and the surface remains covered in foam. The glass is etched and oily, and I can see how much was taken at each interval. At 30 minutes, most of the sediment is at the bottom. At an hour, the beer is nearly clear.

At first, the nose is all earthy, grassy hops with very little malt. Slowly, malt creeps into the nose: honey at 10 minutes, biscuit at 20, and hints of bread at half an hour. At an hour, I'm only smelling malt. Perhaps my palate is hopped out after all this time, but now the malts are really strong in the nose. There's a little BO in the background, too.

The taste starts really sharp and astringent with the cold beer. At 10 minutes, some sweetness emerges (honey) but still sharply astringent. 20: malts really begin asserting themselves with biscuit the dominant sweetness. At half an hour: the beer is really nicely balanced, just shy of room temperature and palpably cool but not cold. After an hour, the head is gone and the carbonation is just about dissipated which impacts the mouthfeel. Throughout, the astringency of the hops is almost mouth-numbing, and the finish of each sip is long and slow, with many different hops profiles emerging and falling away over time. Astringent, grassy, earthy, tea; sharp and pungent.

I enjoyed the beer, and enjoyed playing with the review. Let me know if it was worth reading.

0 minutes: ice cold
10 minutes: still cold
20 minutes: glass is cool to the touch
30 minutes: glass is warm, beer still cool
45 minutes: less than room temperature
1 hour: pretty much at room temp

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 00:08:55 | More by salvo
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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,420 ratings.