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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

1,469 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 85
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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

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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light light orange amber with a small off white head. Small amount of lacing is left with tiny bits of carbonation noticeable.
Smell is of a nice mix of hops, including hops with some citrus and minty notes. Perhaps some Norther brewer hops are used in this batch but I could be wrong.
Taste is of the superb aroma along with a nice biscuity malt backbone and a slightly offset sugary feel.
Sugary brew with citrus with tons of bitters abound.
Drinkability is nice with some abv noticeble.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 02:33:02 | More by weeare138
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. Bomber from Trader Joe's.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a yellow or golden tint. Not much head at all, but leaves nice white lace. Slight retention on the sides of the glass. Not bad lace.
S: Smells VERY grapefuity with a ton of pine and slight lemon hops. Very piney hop smelling with an oilyness to it. I like how this is going so far!
T/M: Good pine and grapefruit hops up front with a huge bitter aftertaste. Love the bitterness on this guy--makes you want to scratch your tongue! Slick through the mouth with a crispness. Oily and resiny hop flavors sit on your tongue and finish with the perfect dry bitterness that lingers for a long time. Great tasting dipa. One of the better ones I've had.
D: What a wondrerful and perfect example of a local dipa. Smuttynose continues to pile on the phenomenal offerings. One of the best dipa's I've had. Can't go wrong with them! Grab this one when you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 00:01:46 | More by bjohnson
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oggg

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to OldSock for this 2005 22 oz bottle of bottle-conditioned hoppy goodness.

This brew seemed pretty light during the pour, but now I'd call it a nice orange hue. Head can be gathered on a strong pour but it recedes to a white ring around the glass. Aroma of juicy citrus hops hits me at first. Later I get more of the caramel. On the tongue the beer has a clear caramel, sweet component. Not a strong cloying sweetness. Actually quite nice. Resinous hops with lots of flavor. Bitterness is moderate but leads into a smooth bone dry finish. Bitterness is never harsh. Alcohol is very noticeable and reminds you to take it slow.

Overall: Lovely, mildly sweet double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 03:05:36 | More by oggg
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dirtylou

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, Thanks MuddyFeet

appearance: pretty pale orange pour, quite cloudy, substantial white head with impressive lacing

smell: daaaang, theres a huge stench of wet hops, super fruity...grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach

taste: wow...Its got the punch of a dipa but not at the sacrifice of drinkability like some others. Very juicy and oily hops...super fruit tastes like fresh grapefruit, squeezed lemon juice, tangerine, orange, peach...very light pine. This is a quality dipa

mouthfeel: oily hops, light bitterness in aftertaste but completely not abrasive

drinkability: all night long!

I really enjoyed this one...definately hoppy enough for my tastes

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 01:19:20 | More by dirtylou
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce brown bomber bottle poured into Duvel tulip.
My second time trying this, loved it the first time but I was at my friend's house and didn't take any notes so I'm finally getting around to trying it again.

A - Pours out a nice orange tinted golden color with a big, fluffy white head. Sticks to glass very nicely.

S - Strong, one where you can pick up the aroma directly on the pour, even when holding the beer away from youur nose. FLoral hops and a malty fruit sweetness in there. However one distinct smell I pick up is that of tea brewing. Kind of hard to explain but I remember that from my first experience with this beer and I'm getting it again here.

T - Big hops smack you from beginning to end. Has a bit of a piny taste, which I like a lot as well as a small hint of alcohol flavor. On the aftertaste I pick up tea leaves again. All in all a pleasant flavor combo.

M - Very smoot. A nice amount of carbonation but not fizzy by any means. Rolls around the tongue and feels nice all around. Slight warming at the end.

D - I like sitting down and putting a bomber of this down. A great drinkable double IPA from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 23:11:14 | More by EStreet20
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Zorro

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 Oz Bomber from Newbie BIF

Executive summary: A fine high quality hop wine.

Well rested and poured carefully so as to get none of the sediment in the bottom in the glass.

Pours a clear brilliant deep, deep golden colored brew with no head probably because of the alcohol level.

Smell is malt and honey, lemon and citrus hops. Noticeable alcohol vapor carries fruity and spicy scents to my nose. Scents of black pepper, pineapple, apple and pears.

Taste is a little sweet with an instant warming of the chest from the alcohol ending it a big hit of citrus hops. Lots of pine and citrus flavor from the hops that avoids harshness that so often pops up in the Double IPAs. Fairly strong acid on the tip of my tongue that is very lemony. Later on the tea and woody tannin flavors of the hops come out in the finish like a red wine.

Mouthfeel is syrup.

Got give this a very high score in the drinkability department. A very big IPA here that gives an excellent melody of hop flavors in all their strength without a trip to harshness land. Fine Hop Wine sums this beer up the best. Of the killer IPAs this is the best balanced one yet.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 02:59:45 | More by Zorro
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full and thick sounding pour. Hazey glowing tangerine color with a creamy juicy-looking white head. Very nice sheets of lace cling to my glass, everywhere. Smells citrusy, earthy, grainy and deep with malts. Thick double IPA body and chewy with waves of slightly syrupy citrus bitter hops. As it warms you get a distinct sweetness and bitterness at the same time. Extreme dry bitter hop finale makes your mouth drool for more.

A very bold and balanced IPA with a big Ass load of everything. This will definitely be in my glass again and again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 22:18:40 | More by tastybeer
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SwillBilly

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber.

Appearance: A transparent light amber in color, a lot lighter than other IIPA's. Small, but very creamy white head that dissipates slowly leaving rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine scent, grapefruit rind, herbal, the hops explode out of the glass on the pour.

Taste: A faintly sweet beginning, apricots come to mind, then the hops take charge. The middle tastes of grapefruit and again pine needles and finishes with a very nice, dry hop bitterness. 9% abv very well masked though does leave a nice warming effect.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and of medium body, not as thick as most IIPAs, oily and somewhat slick.

Overall and excellent IIPA. Smuttynose does it again. If it wasn't for the 9% abv I could drink this all night. Not too over the top and not as sweet as some IIPAs. A beer to sip and enjoy. Definitely a beer that I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 22:05:18 | More by SwillBilly
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Hagbard

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A huge mass of tiny carbonation bubbles congregate and push upwards to form a nice thick white head on top of this straw colored beer. The aroma is very strong, evidence that this will be a fairly intense tasting beer. A blast of malty sweetness greets your nose followed by a healthy dose of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Very hoppy. The taste is a complex interplay of intense malt and hop flavors. It starts off fairly sweet with the malts dominating. The hops quickly catch up with the the malt as a citrus fruit element takes over. The citrus fruits quickly fade to an intense bitterness that lasts through the aftertaste. The bitterness is joined by a fairly strong alcohol burn during the swallow, which warns you to take it easy. This is a tasty beer, but it's too intense to be something I'd crave on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 13:13:24 | More by Hagbard
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Purchased cold at my local Shaws supermarket for $3.25. This great combo of availability and low price has made it my favorite DIPA for the last couple of years.

Hazy orange/amber pour. Frothy sticky white head that sticks around much longer than other DIPAs I have had. Also leaves a bevy of beautiful lacing when it finally subsides.

Sharp, hoppy, piney nose. Nice!

Hoptastic blast to the taste buds. Once again, very sharp, piney hops with a sweet, moderately malted finish. Plenty of citrus going on, orange, grapefruit, lemon too maybe. I like this because it has all of the things that I like about West Coast IPAs, but doesn't seem like just a copy. I am no hop expert, but it tastes like they used a different hop blend from the usual WC brews. Less Cascades, more of ... something else.

Mouthfeel is acidic, almost too much. It threatens to strip the enamel from your teeth. I actually like this, but I can see where many would not.

Very drinkable. I have never had more than 2 bombers at a time, but they always went down tasty, quick and smooth.

As I said in my intro, this is my presently my favorite DIPA. There are others that I would prefer purely for flavor, but this is good, local and relatively inexpensive. Two thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 23:32:30 | More by ghostwalker
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deejaydan

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange-yellow hue, sticky lacing, moderate head retention.

Aroma-- Actually, kinda faint. Slight grassy chinook type aroma is hanging out.

Taste--- Just rip roaring hops and bitterness. Not the usual bitterness that I can enjoy in an IPA, but a raw, rough bitterness like that of the pith of a lemon or orange. Give me some maltiness to balance this.

Mouthfeel--- ?? I can't feel my mouth! I CAN'T FEEL MY MOUTH!

Drinkablity-- Well, I've had better IIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 21:56:41 | More by deejaydan
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy neutral orange-amber color. I'm disappointed with the head; I had to pour this violently and still had very little head. What was there did last and offer some sticky lace, though.

Some big oily alcohol aromas, nice hop smell too.

Nice balance for a "big" IPA. While the hop is predominant, there is a malty richness. I taste blackberries and strawberries upfront which quickly gives way to a strong bitter hop. Rich mouthfeel with excellent carbonation.

This is a case of appearances are deceiving. I wasn't impressed by the sight of the beer, but the taste was phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 21:27:49 | More by smcolw
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, easy drink. Light colour, good grapefruit and other fruity aroma. Small head. Grassy, piney. More oily than Juicy,well malted, carmel there. So not mouthpuckering. Engaging medium mouthfeel. Mellow overall but still Hophead fix. Dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 04:53:38 | More by Sammy
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whartontallboy

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Edition. It's been a while since I had a double IPA, and I forgot what a real hop bomb can be like.

Pours out a murky orange with a thick white head that sticks around pretty well and leaves huge sheets of sticky white lace. The second pour had just as nice a head as the first and left just as much lace.

Smell is, surprise!, piney hops. Very bitter and piney, I think, but still little grapefruit/citrus overtones. A biscuity malt base comes through in the nose as well.

Flavor is huge with the same piney hops. A very bitter, juicy hop flavor that slides slightly towards citric, but keeps the pine at the forefront. However, there is a big malt flavor there, too. It's not quite big enough to completely balance the hops (and I don't think it should be), but it's a nice biscuity flavor that exposes a bit of caramel underneath the big, bitter finish and aftertaste of this one. Mouthfeel is relatively chewy.

Overall: A nice DIPA that doesn't feel like drinking grapefruit juice. Sharp and just slightly out-of-control, but hiding its ABV very well. Another good one from smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 02:39:08 | More by whartontallboy
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2005 edition, 22oz. bomber.

Pours a hazy pale orange with a thin head that fades. There is some decent lacing on the glass.

Smells like a lot of citrusy hops.

Tastes like a hop implosion. Lots of upfront hops followed by a slight malty sweetness. A slight alcohol aftertaste with a nice warm sensation as it makes it's way to my belly. Fairly balanced.

Big fat body, as expected.

I can definitely enjoy this on a regular basis. It's a fine DIPA offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 23:55:02 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label art of a boxer throwing a punch is appropriate, because the hops smack you upside the head right away, and then a pretty potent alcohol punch follows to put out the lights. In true DIPA style, this is all about the hops - fresh and a bit raw and rough. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy, and it needs all the hops it can muster to battle the malty sweetness, which it manages to do by the third round. Sharp alcohol presence - at first obtrusive, but then settles in quite nicely. Once I became acclimated to the hops profile, the beer seemed to mellow and was surprisingly drinkable. Thanks to Far333.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 16:32:35 | More by Brent
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first from Smuttynose. Poured out to a cloudy golden yellow color with a nice 1/2 inch head and rings of lace around the glass. Medium high carbonation. Aromas of hops, pine and malt were detected. Taste was powerful and direct; flavors of hops and grapefruit dominate, with hints of grass and earth being trampled by the nearly overwhelming bitterness on the palate. Mouthfeel was slightly syrup like, and quite hearty, but went down rather smooth. Drinkability is only average, as if one were to consume more that a bottle of this at a sitting, they would likely be very ill shortly after. A worthy IPA. Thanks to rousee for the sample. I've got an additional bottle that I am going to age and see what happends...

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 01:37:05 | More by Frozensoul327
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GolgiIPAratus

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled: 9.13.05

Brew pours a translucent orange gold with little foam. Despite the small head, sticky lacing clings to the glass throughout the drinking experience.

The smell is bitter & barley. Hops overrule a malty objection. Nothing too complex; however, this could be misconstrued as a Barleywine had I not known what I poured.

The taste is different, though. Hops up front like a face-slap. A barely-esque malty middle with the fruitiness of the hops squeezing in after the bitterness subsides yielding a sweet orangey flavor. The hops coat the tongue in a bittersweet oil. The brew is low in carbonation and chewy. You really feel it around your tongue.

This is a sipper, but able to be sipped fast, so one should chill on it. Very delicious, another banger from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 17:25:33 | More by GolgiIPAratus
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watermelonman

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a fairly deep yellow and orange with a nice solid head and left good lace.

The smell has huge hops with much pine content. Taste is big as well, although not quite as prominent as the smell. Again, hops dominate. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for a beer this big. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 06:26:55 | More by watermelonman
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy gold with an excelent white head that has very good retention. the smell is of sweet floral grapefruit, strangely lacking the robust quality that his sort of smell usually has probably because it leans to to floral side. some light malts, not much else. sturdy bitterness dominates, with a good dose a caramel that has a light fruity spiced quality to it. a little alcohol at the back of the throat. medium bodied and not at all syrupy which is a bonus when drinking this type of beer. good drinnkability, but quite bitter, lacking some of the real nice hop flavors that would take over the top to be a real top notch dubPA

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 19:40:22 | More by kmo1030
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell: hops. First impression: hops. Aftertaste: hops. Did I mention hops? Okay, so this is a hop monster, but the beer isn't a one trick pony. It's actually fairly drinkable, even for a hops-intravenous infusion. There are some other flavors, like citrus (as you'd expect in an American Double IPA), and even a little malt.

So, this is a very nice beer, although the hops and alcohol smack you around enough that you might not find yourself drinking a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 03:47:35 | More by GnomeKing
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful thick yellow in color with a full, white head. It just screamed “quality” from head to toe and was one of the more inviting beers of the evening at the first annual Skyhand Bavarian Beer Fest.

Smell – The big pine aroma was actually matched fairly evenly by a huge, malty balance. This really is an even-handed mix of full, unabashed malts with a complex, resiny hop compliment.

Taste – This is definitely a DIPA. The malts are big and thick at the tongue but, again, are well-balanced with the complex hops.

Mouthfeel – This one is a big medium-bodied that somehow manages not to be overly bitter. It finishes with a sweet caramel taste that really rounds out the beer.

Drinkability – This terrific DIPA screamed quality from start to finish.

Comments – The first annual Bavarian Beer Festival at Casa de Kim was a huge success, and a big BA thanks emanates from all for busting out this beauty shop.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 01:29:08 | More by RoyalT
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz. brown bomber into a "tulip" pint glass the beer innitially was a golden yellow color that gave way to a more orange/gold color as the beer slightly warmed. About one-finger of white frothy head sat atop the beer and a good even coating of lace clung to the sides of the glass throughout the sample. Streams of carbonation bubbles ran up the side of the glass throughout the sample as well.

Smell was fruitty and very hoppy up front. Slightly citrus with grapefruit and orange coming thru rather strong in the nose.

The taste was a hop explosion as soon as the beer hit the palate. Despite this, not overly bitter. In fact I would venture to say less bitter than there Finest Kind IPA. However, like Finest Kind, definite grapefruit taste though slightly less pronounced. The 9% ABV is very well masked behind the hops. Faint to no malt apparent as hops are the dominant taste here as is expected. The bitterness evens out on the palate and the taste balances off nicely with a slightly oily texture and taste. The alcohol, although well hidden innitially, kicks in as the pint progresses.

Moderate mouthfeel with rather ample carbonation.

I found myself liking this more than there "non double" IPA. In fact, outrightly this one tasted like a pretty normal IPA. Definitely more well hopped, but overall I though a bit of a mellow, yet enjoyable taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 03:57:46 | More by Sycodrummer
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nickss

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 4 - Beautiful deep golden-orange hue with a thin white cap of head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: 5- Smell of huge hops, cloves, fruitiness, banana... very floral, very yummy.

Taste: 4 - Grassy, minty, floral... very well balanced with the perfect amount of hoppiness (though granted I'm not the hop-monster that some are on this site).

Mouthfeel: 4.5 - Crisp and tongue coating, allowing the aftertaste to linger long after the swallow.

Drinkability: 4.5 - I could drink quite a few of these... a very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 19:29:09 | More by nickss
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Knuckles

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was hand delivered to me at Bukowski's by one of the world's greatest BA's, BeerPanther. I understand that polskapanda's grandfather (or great-grandfather or some damn thing) was a bare-knuckled Polish pugilist of sorts back in the day, so I hoist this bigass Big A to you and yours, Amanda.

Appearance: Poured easily into the Firehouse Brewing Co. pint glass that I picked up late one night in Rapid City, SD. Nice, generous white head, and the beer itself is a perfect clove honey color. And by perfect, I mean that I've got that goddam bear honey deal sitting right next to the pint glass, and the motherfucker is a dead match. So you can be sure that, in the future, I'll be using the shit out of "clove honey colored". Just so's you know. Oddly, it's a bit lighter than I expected. I am accustomed to IIPAs having a much deeper amber, or burnt orange color to them. This one is a wee bit of a paleface.

Nose: So, yeah, um, it's hoppy. Like a lot. Just one citrusy, floral blast up my ample, ample nose. I've got sinuses the size of the Sea Lion Cave, and this bitch fills all of them. Tagging along behind and just under that floral nose. like an annoying kid brother, is just the faintest hint of malt.

Taste: Let's just say that this kid brother gets his ass beat on a regular basis. This sumbitch is all hop, all the time. Drink it cold, it is one brightass beer. Drink it warm... Well, expecting Big Brother hop to slow down and take a break is just way out of line. He's still kicking his little bro's ass. The malt is there, but it is fourth chair, second section trombone compared to the first chair, first section trumpet that is the hops (I suppose, for accuracy's sake I should make clear that the Warrior and Cascade hops are occupying sort of a joint first chair, the Horizon hops are second chair, the Sterling aroma hops are that annoying kid in the second row that keeps farting, and those dry hops are the kids waiting outside the bandroom to give you a wedgie and steal your milk money).

Mouthfeel: You know, it's a bit thicker than the muted malt presence would lead you to expect. It's got a nice, velvety texture to it, but the malt flavor just isn't there. It's kind of strange, really.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable, very drinkable even, but just a bit too bright for me. I could do a couple of these bombers, but the overpowering hop presence and lack of malt balance would make it difficult. I like this beer, but I'd really like to see Dave Yarrington bring up the malts to balance out the insane hop quality of the beer. Insane hop levels alone don't make great IIPAs, and right now that is the dominant characteristic. This needs a malt presence to balance out those hops. However, I'm no freaking GABF judge, so what the fuck do I know.

To sum this review up: Try this beer, it's a damn good one. And if you love hop bombs, this mofo will be just your cup of...beer.

(Music: Lee Fields, "Problems")

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 02:38:02 | More by Knuckles
Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,469 ratings.