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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

1,601 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,601
Reviews: 885
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 91
Gots: 101 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

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
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Ratings: 1,601 | Reviews: 885 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of beerforpresident
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; golden colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: restrained; what's there is pineapple;

T: slightly bitter pineapple that increases to the finish; long moderately bitter finish with pineapple in the background;

M: medium bodied; a touch syrupy; moderate carbonation;

O: very nice, but a little one note; bitter for a DIPA, which I like;

Photo of dfecteau
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WOSean
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says Best By 4/20/15.

A- Pours an orangeish amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Good balance between earthy hops and somewhat sweet malt. Stiff alcohol presence.

T- Pretty heavy on the bitterness scale with the malt edging in to balance. Very barleywine-esque with a substantial alcohol flavor. The hop characteristic is decidedly earthy.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A solid DIPA/barleywine that packs a big punch (pun intended) while remaining very drinkable.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PeteTheBird
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Underrated in my book. Big grapefruit, balanced bitter finish.

Photo of brewqueno
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was not impressed with this one....

Photo of TBoneJones
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chalice glass pour: this is a hazy, nice golden-orange color, with a slim white head and some sticky lacing.
Smells like sweet yellow cake and some citrus (pineapple/ grapefruit/ lemon).
Taste follows suit, and it's a sweet citrusy burst of malts, and the hops come around to finish this one with puckering astringency.
Smooth and medium mouthfeel.
Overall, strong citrus and sweet malts with a dry finish, an unmemorable flavor profile, not balanced as I'd have liked, but worth the try. I probably won't seek it again, and I definitely wouldn't recommend this to someone you're introducing to the style. A great brewery nonetheless.

Photo of n2pux
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JasW
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J_Dub
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of alostplot
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevotex
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FFCaldwell
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of flavor, but not one I'd probably buy again.

Photo of Jame515
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allengarvin
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: 3.75 - Light amber with a small, fading head.
S: 4.5 - Big hop aroma! Wonderfully floral with a nice citrusy edge. I can smell it even though it's sitting on my desk a foot away as I type.
T: 4.25 - Hops, of course! But at least it's not the overwhelmingly piney hops that seem to infect IPAs and IPAs in recent years. It's, to my taste, very floral, flowery, a tad grassy. Malt adds some pleasant sweetness, with a fairly clean yeast profile.
M: 4.0 - Big bodied but not heavy.
O: 4.25 - Very good DIPA! Will buy again, as it's sufficiently unique.

Photo of ChrisBanks
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of J_Daytona
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good flavor but not much body. *enjoyed by draft

Photo of luvbier
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dduquette
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBender
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,601 ratings.