Smuttynose Big A IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +3%
Smutty Nose has never disappointed so far, always in the top quartile in any give style.
This is their flagship DIPA. As DIPAs go, this is a great one.
A: Cloudy medium amber body with lots of lacing and a lasting head.
S: Excellent aromas of pine and round hops (rather than sharp grapefruit ones), tending to an old world, English style - very good. Very sappy, oily, piney, woody. A marine like acetone from the alcohol, but pleasant.
T: Lots of English Malty sweetness, caramel & Honey. Hops take over and drive a long, bitter finish with pine, grasses, herbs, hay, and a bit of orange rind. Dry finish.
MF: One of the best. Creamy, medium to full body, serious, satifying and begging for another. Definitely let this one warm to cellar temperature and drink from a tulip.
Plays well on the palate. Up there in the top tier of DIPAs.
05-19-2014 01:25:01 | More by Act25
3.98/5 rDev 0%
APPEARANCE: There is a lot of foam on this beer, about two fingers’ worth with a very easy-going pour. Eggshell in color, the head slowly recedes until it is only about a quarter-inch thick and then it remains locked into place for quite some time. The beer underneath is pretty typical for a DIPA – bright orange and a little hazy with a lot of bubbles slowly moving towards the surface. The lacing can be seen before the first sip is even taken as the head falls and it only gets better from there. Thick layers cover most of the back of the glass.
SMELL: This is a very interesting nose for a DIPA. All the usual suspect are present except the most common; citrus. There is a ton of mango, a little pineapple, some apricot and some greener smells like pine and grass. Underneath the green and fruit lies a touch of vanilla and maybe, just maybe a hint of grapefruit.
TASTE: The flavor profile is very similar to the aroma. There is a ton of mango and apricot along with hints of pineapple. The grass and pine are subdued, but they do make an appearance right before the finish which is when the citrus elements of this beer finally make themselves known by dropping a grapefruit, lemon and grass bomb on the palate. All of these hop flavors, however, are set against a big, backdrop of caramel malt and again, like the nose, there seems to be a hint of vanilla in the flavor as well.
MOUTHFEEL: The Big A IPA is creamy and smooth. The body is quite big for any IPA and while it is sweet up front, the finish dries out a little as it bitters.
OVERALL: While I love west coast IPAs this is a nice change of pace. It is a little less bitter and slightly sweeter than I usually prefer, but it turns out to be a very well put together beer that delivers a big malty, fruity punch.
05-09-2014 06:59:30 | More by StoneTSR
Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,500 ratings.