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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

1,505 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 87
Gots: 70 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-17-2014 14:03:49 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-16-2014 19:00:49 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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jamvt

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-12-2014 15:21:18 | More by jamvt
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-12-2014 15:10:58 | More by DrFunkenstein
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JLeet

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

06-11-2014 21:42:45 | More by JLeet
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-09-2014 21:24:05 | More by MattXT
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-08-2014 00:07:25 | More by Jspriest
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Dicers

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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Satan70

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Brasso

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Walshwi

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-01-2014 19:55:12 | More by Walshwi
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-31-2014 08:01:54 | More by zestar
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-26-2014 00:40:46 | More by williamjbauer
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-25-2014 17:41:34 | More by dmorgan310
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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jschott75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-21-2014 22:01:46 | More by jschott75
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Act25

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-16-2014 21:48:46 | More by Durandal_777
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DNICE555

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-11-2014 15:17:12 | More by DNICE555
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

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
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-08-2014 18:45:16 | More by StlHopHead77
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patrick802

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-05-2014 12:46:50 | More by patrick802
Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.