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Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,470 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,470
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 85
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice hazy darker golden yellow color with suspended yeast sediment. On the smell I get huge citrus and sweet grapefruit notes with some pine in the background. This beer is so incredibly smooth and rich as soon as it hits your tongue its this sweet citrus and sweeter malt flavor and then ending with that citric grapefruit and yes piney bitterness. The smell matches the nose but even more bitter and dry then you'd imagine from what you get from the smell. This beer kind of reminds me of Stone's Ruintation but maybe a touch less bitter thats all. The coolest thing about this beer besides its pure rich hoppy goodness is that I seriously cannot detect the alcohol in the smell or taste at all.

I'm pretty blown away by this actually because its almost 10 percent alcohol and it drinks like a 6 or 7 percent IPA. It's actually a refreshing crisp bitterness and I think I like this one better than their original Smuttynose Finest Kind. This has a sweeter taste to it and even though it has more bitterness then Finest Kind (which I would think would be a total bitter bomb because Finest Kind sure is) it definitely balances it out with the sweetness from the malts. Excellent beer and my all time favorite so far from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:05:06 | More by thebrood1987
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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.

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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,470 ratings.