Big Nose IPA - Swamp Head Brewery

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Big Nose IPABig Nose IPA

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 36
Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Holland
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden with a solid head retention

smell: very bold and assertive hop presence. pine and citrus

taste: nicely balanced IPA

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full bodied IPA,

drinkability: I tried this at the kickbacks Swamphead dinner among many others. This brewery in new and going in the right direction. Solid beer from a solid brewery. I would love to have this again.

Photo of babaracas
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of kbrown
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First WOB Heathrow beer on 4/9/15.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews.

A – Poured out a slightly cloudy amber/orange. A finger of white foamy head was produced that settled fairly quickly. Good lacing left down the glass.

S – Nice aroma with citrus, hope and pine.

T – Started with an almost sweet taste of caramel and molasses but quickly makes its way to the citrus with grapefruit and orange. Pineapple as well. Bitter but not overly.

M – Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Touch drying but very smooth.

O – Very nice and drinkable brew. Goes down easy and is well balanced. Well worth a try.

Photo of cambabeer
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ Kickbacks
Appearance was golden copper with fluffy head and enduring lace.
Mild aromas of hop citrus and a hint of pine.
Tastes as it smells on a solid malt/caramel backbone. Citrus hop flavors are less than I expected, perhaps this is not the freshest batch?
Mouthfeel was medium-full for an IPA, appropraitte carbonation.
Drinkable IPA for sure, but I seemed to prefer the Stumpknocker APA much more. The Stumpknocker has a big huge citrus aroma and flavor that was lacking in this offering. I am willing to bet this IPA is just as awesome as the APA when it is fresh. Overall a great brew, just not the best offering in my experience to date.

Additional info;
I ttended a Swamphead Beer dinner at Kickbacks here in Jacksonville Florida 12/13/2010. The lineup overall impressed me, brews were appropriatte to style and well done across the board. I most notably enjoyed the Hoe Hoe Hoe Wit, Tupelo Cream Ale, Stumpknocker APA, and 10-10-10 Whiskey Barrel Aged as standouts for the evening. Overall a very talented brewery across the entire lineup. I had chance to meet Luke the owner who was a great guy, and Craig the brewer who was passionate and open to share his processes. Both were knowlegdable and I am very excited about this new Florida Brewery.

Here is are most of the Swamphead brews that were offered at the dinner;
Hoe Hoe Hoe Winter Seasonal - a Belgian style specialty ale with cranberries, ginger and orange blossom honey
Wild Night Tupelo Honey Cream Ale
Cottonmouth Belgian Style Wheatbier
Stumpknocker American Pale Ale
Big Nose IPA
Saison du Swamp - Florida Style Saison with rye
10-10-10 Imperial IPA
10-10-10 Imperial IPA aged in Palm Ridge Whiskey barrels
Midnight Oil Oatmeal Stout with locally roasted organic fair trade coffee
Alderwood Smoked Porter
Chipotle Smoked Porter
Stumpknocker infused with Chipotle peppers
Catherine's Inspiration - Russian Imperial Stout
Catherine's Passion - Russian Imperial Stout infused with organic cocoa nibs and Midnight Oil coffee

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.

Photo of Lerxst
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brewers Pizza

A-Pours a clear amber/copper with a sizable head that has good retention and left lace all the way down.

S-Not as prominent as I would like, especially since it is called Big Nose, but what I can pick up is pleasant enough. Citrus and pine hops with a slightly sweet maltiness. Pleasant, but understated.

T-Hops are more prominent here than in the nose. Citrus and pine hops bite the tongue and there is a nice balance here with the caramel malt coming in the middle rounding things out. Its good. Not outstanding, but good.

M-Medium body, slightly oily yet with a dry finish.

O-A nice beer from a young brewery. Shows promise.

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Big Nose IPA from Swamp Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.