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Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,598 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 884
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 90
Gots: 98 | 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: 1,598 | Reviews: 884 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
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
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
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
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J_Dub
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of alostplot
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevotex
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FFCaldwell
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of J_Daytona
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
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
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Resuin
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/20/15. 9.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly assertive citrus and pine forward hop mix, especially in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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

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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.