Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Imperial IPA
3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Apr 12, 2019
Jun 16, 2002
Very Good
Notes: Ever since Stash Wojciechowski, the “Killer Kielbasa,” created this Imperial IPA for our Big Beer Series, Big A IPA has gotten a lot of attention. Lauded by the New York Times and Men's Journal Magazine, it’s been one of the most talked-about beers around. Brewed in very small quantities, it has also been one of the hardest-to-find. Until now.

Big A IPA has everything you’d want in an India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt & more flavor. Na zdrowie!

120 IBU
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Rated: 4.35 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jul 13, 2017
Rated: 3.36 by willcumbie from Virginia

May 10, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by BeerTest from Florida

May 04, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by Timtac from New Jersey

Jan 29, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
From Miguel. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Sword 5. Superb mixing of tropical fruits sweetness with high bitterness and very well hidden ABV (in taste/nose, but you stand up...)
Nov 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Bottle says 8.2% ABV. Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma is quite malty but I also get oranges, sweet orange peel, overripe tangerines and also some booze. Taste is quite balanced. Malty but not sweet, earthy, citrusy, piney hops, medium to harsh bitterness on the finish and lingers on the aftertaste with grapefruit flavor. Medium body and carbonation, feels quite smooth. Overall it's a classic double IPA with a solid malt backbone and a good amount of bitterness.
Sep 27, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by GFD400 from New York

Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by VonZipper from New York

Aug 09, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by Jodio from Texas

Aug 01, 2016
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Reviewed by richj1970 from Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 6/22/2016.

A: Clear sunshine yellow with one finger dense white head with lasting retention and leaving some moderate lacing.

S: Fresh pine, grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple combined with lightly sweet pale malts.

T: Tropical citrus with grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and peaches offset with just the right amount of pale cracker malt.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Slightly creamy but crisp at the same time. Alcohol is extremely well hidden here.

O: Very nice DIPA with a nice range of aromas and flavors. Definitely something I would revisit anytime I can find fresh.
Jul 17, 2016
Rated: 4.32 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jul 10, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by mcthfg from Korea (South)

Jul 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Yellow with a medium, soft white head.

Primarily limey hops takeover the nose.

Taste is spicey pine, lime, and fresh hops.

Soft but thin and refreshing.
Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by clarknova from Germany

Jun 21, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by skones123

May 30, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a small head, which lasts a while and leaves a bit of lacing. Nose detects citrus and some malt. Mouth revels in the malty hoppiness. Enjoyable but dangerous.
May 16, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 3.03 by Daniellehto from Sweden

Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by Mtoogs from New York

Mar 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Pip_Count_167 from Maine

2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
I'm spoiled on IPAs and DIPAs that I absolutely love, and this one did not deliver. It's maltier than many IPAs I've had, and I did not enjoy that flavor combination; it muddies the bright hop flavor I want in an IPA. More towards the bitter west coast IPA spectrum than the citrusy Maine IPA spectrum. It didn't help that I tried this in between days that I was drinking Swish... everything's relative, right?
Mar 18, 2016
Rated: 4.54 by milwaukee512 from Wisconsin

Mar 15, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Mar 12, 2016
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Picked up a single at TW Arrowhead in early January for $3.49. Best by 3/14/16.

Beer poured golden with a soap bubble head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is tropical and citrus forward.

Taste is citrus, pine, with a hint of hop flowers.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Very satisfying.

Overall this is a very nice brew. Would love to try one fresher as i suspect the best by date is 6 months.
Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by red94tt from Michigan

Mar 01, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Feb 25, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by lochef81 from Michigan

Feb 09, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by joberlander from Massachusetts

Feb 08, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Feb 08, 2016
Rated: 3.51 by jebrew from Maine

Feb 07, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by dandaugherty1221 from New York

Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 4 by billbeers from Pennsylvania

Feb 01, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by ermannoc from Florida

Jan 27, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by reptile3141 from Georgia

Jan 13, 2016
Rated: 4.59 by sahlc

Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by 2ellas from New Hampshire

Jan 04, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by mrob22278 from Maine

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by rogacks from Massachusetts

Dec 29, 2015
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