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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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
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