Big Nose IPA - Swamp Head Brewery
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4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
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)
11-16-2010 01:23:11 | More by brentk56
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
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
A: single finger head, clear amber golden color
S: light grapefruit, pine. I definitely was thinking the name alluded to a strong aroma but that was not the case.
T: more piney than sweet, nice mildly complex hop character and caramel notes.
M: full bodied, peppery and moderate carbonation.
Overall: a solid IPA. Pretty drinkable. Not too bad.
07-31-2011 03:41:17 | More by kylehay2004
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-24-2010 02:24:00 | More by nickfl
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
Beer served on draft. Beer is hazy and dark amber / almost dark orange. Forms a thin white head that is broken and made up of tiny bubbles and a few really large soapy bubbles. Carbonation is moderate, leaves almost no lacing on the glass.
The beer is called "Big Nose" so I'm expecting a lot from the aroma. There is a strong citrusy hop aroma to the beer. I am also picking up on some malt in there. Kind of oversold the aroma a bit. With a name like "Big Nose" I should be able to smell it from across the table.
Beer has a lot of great hop flavor and nice back of the mouth bitterness but there is a lot of malt in there. The malt character is a little too high for my tastes in an IPA. Beer has a medium body, drinkability high and good. Its a pretty good American IPA.
12-23-2009 21:06:55 | More by drabmuh
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
06-03-2012 11:45:17 | More by dbrauneis
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
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
4.03/5 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
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
On tap at Cigar City.
A: Pours an amberish shade of brown with a nice solid white head. Nice retention and some lace.
S: Aromas of caramel malt, light citrus, and a big blast of herbal hops.
T: Nice sweet caramel and hints of bread. Mild citrus rind, and a bitter herbal grassy hoppy finish.
M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty.
D: Good, a steal at $3 a pint.
03-21-2010 16:46:19 | More by tpd975
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
02-10-2012 01:45:10 | More by Holland
3.99/5 rDev -1.5%
I have had this a number of times as I live down the street from Swamp Head. Pours a light golden copper color with a creamy one finger white head. Aroma of tropical fruits and grapefruit, some light caramel aroma from the malts. Flavor is rather balanced, with a nice light caramel malt sweetness in the background of some nice tropical notes. Very pleasant and smooth drinking with a clean finish. Slick, with medium body and medium carbonation. A very drinkable IPA and glad they are canning this one now.
06-13-2012 19:51:04 | More by BMMillsy
4/5 rDev -1.2%
A - Copper-amber hue, with a good frothy white head.
S - The smell is herbal and piney at first, but it seems to then meld with the sweetness of the malt to elicit a fruit punch impression. Really. I was thinking Tahitian Treat or perhaps Hawaiian Punch. The suggestion was subtle, but it was more than enough to pique my interest.
T - The flavor diverges from the aroma, especially in terms of the fruit punch fruitiness. But that is probably a good thing. It is more of a straightforward IPA, well-balanced, with a rich malt offset by significant amounts of bitter hops. A suggestion of pineapple is apparent on the finish. Very enjoyable beer, impressive.
M - Fairly full-bodied, well-carbonated, substantial.
D - I am impressed. A lot of IPAs are made these days; this one is really interesting and good.
03-27-2010 07:28:12 | More by ktrillionaire
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from quart-sized growler into a Westbrook pint glass.
A: Deep gold, nearly bronze; mildly hazy. Forms more than a finger's worth of white head atop medium visible carbonation.
S: Pine resin, grassy, and floral hops over a noticeable bready malt backbone.
T: Juicy citrus/orange, pine resin, grass and floral hops up front, then the bready malts come through. Only moderately bitter, and a short hop bitter hang.
M: Low carbonation sensation, medium body but almost creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol presence is well-hidden.
O: I'm disappointed. Not that it was awful or anything, but I've had this at festivals before and rather enjoyed it. It just doesn't shine here - it seems like it suffered from the growler fill, but I personally watched the guy fill the growler at the brewery less than six hours ago. Not sure what happened here. I'm sure I'll try it again and update the review if needed.
07-08-2013 14:38:31 | More by macrosmatic
Big Nose IPA from Swamp Head Brewery
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