Smuttynose Big A IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA
BA SCORE
3.96/5
1,723 Ratings
Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
896
Ratings:
1,723
pDev:
10.86%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
164
Trade:
0
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willcumbie
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerTest
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
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...)

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of GFD400
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richj1970
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.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of clarknova
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of entenduintransit
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skones123
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daniellehto
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mtoogs
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pip_Count_167
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?

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,723 ratings
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