Big Nose IPA - Swamp Head Brewery
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3.81/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
03-20-2013 22:19:36 | More by chinchill
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-05-2011 04:32:52 | More by cjgator3
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
11-07-2011 03:04:21 | More by Alieniloquium
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
09-20-2010 04:05:51 | More by aepb1
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
04-20-2011 01:50:10 | More by mikesgroove
4.04/5 rDev -0.2%
Straight pour from a 32oz twist-off growler CO2-purged, filled, and plastic-wrap-sealed at the brewery this past Sunday afternoon, now two days ago. Poured into a teku.
Appearance (4.25): A solid three fingers of beautiful, cappuccino-colored foam that’s tight around the edges with fat and crackly bubbles near the middle comes off of the pour, capping a rich, burnt orange-amber body with just a chill haze. The head dies down at a moderate pace, leaving a few wisps of lace here and there, plus a few thick half-collars and arcs, etc. Retention is average but the lacing is surprisingly really, really solid.
Smell (4.0): Spicy resin tones, fresh orange peels and orange oil with a strongly acidic component, toasted country bread, some caramelized sugar, some fresh grass, and something green and “herbal” hanging out in back. It’s a nice, well-rounded nose, and I like the orange peel thing going on.
Taste (4.0): Follows the nose in a lot of ways, though the resin takes a backseat to the oily orange peel aspect, which bridges hop flavor and bitterness smoothly, with good, acidic orange flavor blurred with bitter citrus oil, which in turn meshes well with the toasted character of the malt body: moderately-toasted whole wheat bread and some caramelized sugar, like on an old-school cinnamon bun (not the sticky kind). The hops leave a nice aftertaste, with the hop oiliness leaving a resinous finish that feels gaseous. This IPA isn’t screaming with novel, trendy hop character, but it’s just a well-crafted, citrusy, classic American IPA. If there’s any booze, it’s woven into that oily finish and masked well.
Mouthfeel (4.25): Soft, easily-foaming carbonation tingles lightly and evenly all over, matching a medium-weight body with a nice, chewy midsection and a solidly dry finish. Drinks exactly like a well-hopped IPA at 7+% ABV should.
Overall (4.0): Super well-rounded and generally very well-crafted, as the style goes. Even if it isn’t the most insanely dry-hopped IPA and doesn’t utilize any particularly trendy varieties, it’s just a really solid, solid example of the style, and in the end that counts for a lot. A 4.0 is pretty much a dead-on score for this beer, overall. I dig Swamp Head.
11-27-2013 00:48:10 | More by fmccormi
Big Nose IPA from Swamp Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.