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Big Nose IPA - Swamp Head Brewery

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Big Nose IPABig Nose IPA

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very good

40 Reviews
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 227
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 21.29%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: drabmuh on 12-23-2009

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 227
Photo of Jerone
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange and amber with a nice fairly creamy head, awesome lacing, gorgeous beer.

S - Smells of citrusey grapefruit and hops, smells great.

T - Very tasty, citrus grapefruit and a bitter hop bite. A taste of bitter hops and some citrus stick in your mouth. A small malt backbone is there to provide a touch of balance but this beer is about the hops and they are fantastic.

M - medium bodied, coats your mouth with delicious hoppy goodness, medium carbonation.

O - Great beer, exactly what I want out of this type of beer. If I ever see this on tap I get it.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Medium amber (12) draft pour from 32oz growler with off whit head. Lite hop presence in the now and on the tongue. So easy to drink. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of mullenite
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Counter pressure filled bottle from the brewery.

Glassware - Allagash Tulip

Appearance - Dark copper in color with initially a two-finger white head that falls down to a thin cap covering the entire beer. Nice lacing on the glass. A little dark for an IPA, closer to an amber/red ale in appearance. Still a fine looking beer.

Nose - Big fruity hop aroma in the nose. Lots of mango, pineapple and citrus (orange and tangerine). Smells a LOT like Hopslam.

Taste - Lots of hop flavor with light bitterness on the swallow. The flavor again is primarily fruity with a nice pine bittering note. Not a lot of malt character but very complex hop flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Nice resinous finish I expect from an IPA.

Overall - Very good, dangerously drinkable IPA. If it were a little lighter in color it would be near perfect. Great beer.

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Photo of Mr_Lumi
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I live in Gainesville and since they started canning this beer I've kept a six pack in my fridge at all times. This is the beer that got me into IPA's and is the one I recommend to all my friends that don't like the bitterness of IPA's. The malt sweetness gives this beer a great profile and openness to more casual beer drinkers.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark amber

S: Fruity floral hops, orange peel, grass

T: Almost perfect. A little on the sweet side. Malt backbone is very present. There is something so comforting about this IPA. It's sweet, fruity, and herbal - but none of these qualities are too pushy. After taste is dry, but still a bit of sweetness lingers, but nowhere near cloying.

F: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for an IPA. Reminds me Resin from sixpoint.

O: Almost perfect...As far as tradional East Coast IPA's go, it is perfect. Sweet 'n smooth. It's that IPA to give to friend who doesn't like IPA's and it's brewed less than 40 miles from my house. Will be seeking out again.

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Photo of mkomalley
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*We let the beer sit at room temperature for ~20 minutes before tasting*

Into the glass very little lacing, medium carbonation--may be due to the growler. Cloudy, gold/copper color. In the nose strong grapefruit and pine--very pronounced aroma. On the palate, bright grapefruit notes--strong hops with an appropriate malty backbone. A well balanced IPA.

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Photo of Triples
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long time coming but worth the wait. We got the first beer from the first keg at World of Beer in Viera, Fl.

Delightful citrusy hop aroma. Nicely balanced fresh hops with enough malt. Slightly astringent. Poor head retention - no lace. (new keg?)

Second one is even better - nice head and some lace. Very drinkable beer. Glad to see Swamphead get it's distribution going. New fav.

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Photo of jgagne
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from tap at tasty Buddha in Gainesville

A-Great appearance with a nice medium deep amber color and a nice prominent white head

S- The smell is a wonderful combination of citrus and hops. In my opinion how a IPA should smell like.

T-The taste is not your average IPA taste, this beer dosent attack like most IPAs. Instead it lulls you in with a wonderful citrusy taste and then effortlessly moves into hopes galore that should make any IPA fan happy

O-I first had this beer a couple months ago and just got to reviewing after my lunch at tasty buddha. This beer is possibly my favorite IPA so far and i will keep on enjoying it every time i can. Great Beer!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Deadheadbill
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an golden color with amber tint, nice strong white head with good lacing. Aromas of citrus and hops followed by the same flavors. This beer has a great balance to it with the malt playing off the hops very nicely. Medium bodied with a nice lingering finish. It is 7.3 abv, but very drinkable. A very good offering from Swamp Head.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an amber color and a creamy head that leaves a bunch of lace behind

Smell: Tropical fruit, grapefruit pith and toffee

Taste: Toffee and tropical fruit (mango and tangerine, primarily) up front, with a well-balanced finish that perfectly blends the sweeter malt elements with the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine IPA in, dare I call it, the Florida style (tropical fruit hop elements)

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Photo of babaracas
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From growler picked up today. Pours a cloudy copper with one finger of off-white head, settles to a thin cap, leaves some big chunks of lace behind. Smell: fruity... not-quite-ripe mango, rindy grapefruit, a little pineapple, resiny pine, background sweet caramel. Taste: sweetened pulpy grapefruit, mandarin orange, a note of sugared dried tropical fruit, and a little milk caramel in the back. Light-medium bodied, creamy feel. Tasty IPA, especially off a fresh keg at the brewery.

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Photo of aepb1
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler filled at the brewery. Pours a darker amber color with white head. Citrus, floral notes, grass, and some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with hop resin and just a hint of malt character.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a big head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - A strong aroma of fruity hops with some candied orange and mango. significant malt character with toasted notes and light toffee.

T - light, sweet caramel up front with a bit of toast. Fruity hop flavors appear in the middle and combine nicely with the sweet malt to produce some candied orange and mango notes. Finishes with more malt and hop flavor as well as moderate bitterness.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A nice Ipa, the aroma is the best quality. There is a nice balance of hop character and malt richness in the nose, but the flavor is full of much stronger, sweeter malt. The sugar works well with the fruity hop flavor, up to a point. However, it eventually becomes a bit too powerfull and seems like it is subduing the hop essence. This is a very nice ipa, though it seems like it could be better if it was a bit dryer.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.12/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Gemmell
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of grapefruit and citrus flavor. The name suits the scent. Very fruity. Not a whole lot of hops but packed with juicy fruit flavored and citrus. There seems to be a lot of malt sweetness on the back, but it fits the grapefruit well. Overall very decent and hope to drink again soon.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recieved this can in a trade as an extra. It was a pleasant surprise, as I had never heard of this brewery before. As a New Englander, it's hard for me to find an IPA that rivals the NE hops, but this one would be a wonderful treat when and if I'm ever in Florida. The taste is well balanced; it's not overly bitter, but it still packs a punch you'd expect from this style. Great citrus aromas. Overall, a good tasting brew.

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Photo of Holland
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a beautiful amber/orange/gold color with a 1 finger head and a layer that stays throughout the glass. Sticks to the sides, too.

S: piney hops, some sweet brown sugar notes, and malt.

T: bitter counterbalanced with some sweetness and a lot of malt. Pine flavors come through with a hint of fruity flavor.

M: medium body with medium but fine carbonation. It feels wonderful.

O: very good beer from Swamp head. It's on par with the best IPAs of the south (Hop Art, Jai Alai). Definitely something to try if you get a chance to grab a growler during your time in Gainesville.

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Photo of Portertime
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: this one was picked up at Tall Paul’s here in Gainesville. It was served chilled in an American pint glass. There is a nice burnt honey hue teeming with hundreds of flittering bubbles. This is a good presentation of a full flavored IPA. Unfortunately, with getting a beer on tap it is very hard to get an accurate head, which can add depth to the appearance of the beer. In this case, taste trumps appearance and a suitable head can be achieved at home with the proper pour and serving vessel.

Nose: there are strong grapefruit notes as well as mango, pine resin, and a hint of ripe pineapple. The aroma hops were probably Cascade here, which give off a Satsuma like scent and is good for people who want to explore the world of IPAs but do not want a bitter hop bomb.

Taste: there is great balance. The grapefruit hangs in the foreground with some caramel malts peeking through then fades into a Mandarin orange like finish. Big Nose is a nice tropical fruity IPA that is not overly hop oily and very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy golden amber with a large cream colored head, smells of pine citrus grapefruit with a slight malty sweetness, tastes of hoppy grapefruit with a fair malt backing with a candi or syrup like sweetness with a dry bitter grapefruit finish and slight hint of bubblegum, mouthfeel is moderate with slight carbonation.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Josh for shipping this one up. Sample bottle filled at brewery.

Pours a crystal clear dark Caramel 120L with visible carbonation, light lacing around the glass. Very Clean looking.

Smell of strong caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, pine

Taste of strong pineapple, sweet malt grain bill from caramel and pale malts. For a 7.5 IPA, if that number is correct, this IPA is dangerously drinkable and possibly bordering on IIPA territory, but no cause for alarm. Seems to be slightly subdued in the hop bill, perhaps just a slight adjustment on the aroma hops to sweeten it up, but it is delicious. There is no dry astringent bite at the end as some other American IPA's seem to gain as the hop bill goes up. Fair amount of carbonation for a counter pressure filled bottle, and the mouthfeel seems to be just right.

This is a highly drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Cabana Bar (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber to copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: A light aroma of caramel malt sweetness that is then dominated by intense citrus hop aromas - both orange and grapefruit.

T: This starts out with some sweet malt flavors, caramel and molasses but then the hop flavors take over. There is a lot of citrus hop flavor in this beer - orange and grapefruit are both big. There is alight underlying tropical hop flavor as well, almost pineapple but not quite. Light lingering bitterness but not as aggressive as one might have thought.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Best beer that I have had so far on this trip to FL. I found the beer to have a great smell and wonderful taste, it was easy to drink but might be a little strong to be sessionable in the heat down here. Definitely one to have again on this trip.

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Big Nose IPA from Swamp Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.