Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by swhitt:
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22oz bomber with a funny picture of a boxing man on the front. Didn't even notice this one until it was pointed out a couple of weeks ago. I've had two bottles since and it is really really tasty.
Glassware is my large snifter, where it poured nice and golden yellow with a white to almost white, persistent head. Looks very appealing and just wants to be sipped for hours on end. I get this from a lot of double IPAs so it was nothing out of the ordinary.
The smell of this brew just pours out of the snifter after I pour it. Fresh and floral, citrusy and fruity. The first sip is very bitter and almost overwhelming - man is this hoppy. A very dry, earthy and herbal feel to it. The finish is a strong hop flavor. This isn't unbalanced but it is decidedly hoppy. The alcohol is surprisingly very well hidden, although if you're thinking about it as you taste, it is there.
I love this brew, and I'm going to continue buying it as long as I can. It's good as an after-work drink when I'm not planning on having more than one or two. However, it's definitely not a sessionable beer (which is to be expected with this style.).
Smuttynose definitely does it right with this one.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2006 23:06:58 | More by swhitt
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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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