Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by yamar68:
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Big thanks to Hessian257 for this one! Long time want...
That's one raw looking IIPA. Hazy light orange body packed with beading that battles all the little bastards doggy paddling in the deep end. A creamy finger of off-white head recedes to a thin but consistent rocky cap. Lace is second to none.
Nose is big but a little muddy. Great blend of abstract citric hops and conifer. A fair amount of caramel malt keeps things interesting.
Juicy citrus with a prickly pine presence and an alcohol character that is less than well-integrated. Vaguely medicinal with a raw, tongue buckling bitterness.
Old school, big and bitter. I love it.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2013 03:48:14 | More by yamar68
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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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