1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Big Nose IPA - Swamp Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Big Nose IPABig Nose IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

166 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 166
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 12-23-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Lovely85:
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Lovely85, Jul 21, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of cambabeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an absolutely fantastic IPA. It's everything you want in an IPA, bordering on Imperial IPA. Lots of hops in the taste and nose. Super fruity and citrusy, nutmeg and chives, a little spicy and herbal in the finish. I have a swamp head growler and this is what I usually fill it with. Just great beer.

cambabeer, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Callmejfunk
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a really nice beer. It's not too florally hoppy and not to heavy. This is the kind of IPA you can have many of and not feel too full. I just had it in a twelve beer sampler at Engine 15 in Jacksonville Beach and I think it came in second only to a giant of IPAs from Green Flash. BTdubs - the other Swamphead beers were also good representations of their type and quite tasty. I'll be taking a trip to Gainesville at some point...

Callmejfunk, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Cynic-ale, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of wo87810
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

wo87810, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
The pour was clear and dark amber, with a very durable off-white head that left a moderate amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The nose features piney and, to a lesser extent, citrus hop notes. Given this, the flavor is less harsh than expected, with a solid if subtle malt base. Relatively full bodied for an IPA, with near medium carbonation. ABV partially hidden.

chinchill, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Beer21, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -1.2%

johnyb, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse. Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is a lot of citrusy hops and some malty notes as well. The taste like the aroma is dominated by the hoppy bitterness in the finish but has a nice amount of malt as well. Overall, Big Nose is a solid IPA that I will definitely purchase again.

cjgator3, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a pint glass. Thanks to nmbr0ne for this growler!

Appearance - Amber bodied with a small white head. Not great retention, but lots of sticky lacing down the sides.

Smell - Pine hops predominantly, but there's a good deal of malt to the nose as well. It is aromatic, but not in the best way. I suppose there's an equal blend of citrus and pine to the nose, but it isn't as inviting as other IPAs.

Taste - Similar hop profile. Citrus and pine. Strong malt backbone, but it's secondary to the hops, which I enjoy. It's just enough to combat an intensely bitter finish, which is slight pervasive.

Mouthfeel - That bitter finish is overwhelming. Not uncharacteristic, but strong. Low carbonation makes it feel very smooth, almost like a cask IPA. I've had this in other forms and it was similar in consistency, so I don't think it's the growler that does it.

Overall - Solid, but unremarkable. I'd drink this regularly partially to support local breweries and partially because it's pretty tasty.

Alieniloquium, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of wilfonzo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

wilfonzo, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of aepb1
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber brown with a frothy white head and nice lacing

S- Some piney/floral hops up front and a nice malty body

T- A nice caramel malt up front creating a good body and finishing with a hoppy bite

M- Medium bodied, almost cream. Smooth with good carbonation

D- Very impressed with this, a nice complex IPA and local!

I've had this before and was certainly not as impressed. This time it was very fresh as the keg was tapped two days ago.

aepb1, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Shawnxa3
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Shawnxa3, Friday at 09:20 AM
Photo of GoGators
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

GoGators, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of mobrockman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mobrockman, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Freddy239
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Freddy239, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of user785335
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

user785335, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during my long weekend in Tampa. I had the chance to meet some great people and try some new and some amazing new things. Had a lot of fun, but glad to be home. Enjoyed on 4/11/2011.

Another guest tap at CCB, this was the first time I had gotten a chance to try an offering from them. Nice amber color with a light haze to it that seemed to settle out nicely as you went on. A decent head then formed, two inches at the most before coming down into a broken pillow of white that cratered out and left rocky lacing along the glass. Nice orange and tangerine aroma is well represented and produced a much needed light IPA that night. Each sip was clean, refreshing and dry, offering me some very nice touches of citrus hops and balanced bready malts. Finishing with a smooth and light aftertaste, I get hints of pineapple and soft orange on the final notes off the palate.

Overall very solid and very drinkable. I would have no problem at all with having this one again. Great choice to have on.

mikesgroove, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of SirFreakOn
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

SirFreakOn, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

st9647v3, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of K_Diggity
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

K_Diggity, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ninaturner, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jerefreakinmiah, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Willowdunn
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Willowdunn, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of genogirl
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

genogirl, Sep 28, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Big Nose IPA from Swamp Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.