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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

1,485 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 64 | 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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websherpa

Montana

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer looks a lot like the Smuttynose Finest kind IPA. That is to say it look a lot like a light honey with an ample 2 finger head. This does have a little more sediment and larger pieces of sediment than the Finest Kind.

Smell: DIPA so the hops are up front. Pineapple is the main star with a pleasant sweetness in there.

Taste: I wouldn't call this big flavor but it is good. The pineapple comes through nicely and just enough sweetness to make it smooth. There is just the slightest bitterness, way on the back of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Enjoyable light and not overly peppery with carbonation. I was a little concerned this was going to be gritty with unfiltered bits, but I didn't even really notice them at all.

Drinkability: This is a good beer and is quite enjoyable. However, I think there are IPA's that deliver without the added alcohol that I would be more likely to session. There are also bigger tasting DIPA's with similar ABV that I would prefer. Even with these short comings I find this beer much more interesting than the more highly regarded "Finest Kind".

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 20:49:12 | More by websherpa
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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.