Smuttynose Big A IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA
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Smuttynose Big A IPASmuttynose Big A IPA

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well carbonated. Pours a three-finger head that slowly dissipates. Attractive hazy amber color.

Nice citrusy smell.

The taste is explosive and the hops pummel the tongue with bitterness. Almost medicinal, it tells me this one packs a punch. Very earthy notes too.

Mouthfeel is chewy as it coats and lingers. My tongue is almost numb from the hops assault.

Overall this is a big bad a** IPA that is one heckuva tasty beer. Well named, sirs. If you like your IPAs hoppy and assertive, you'll like this one. Good work, Smuttynose. Me gusta mucho.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clearish copper/orange with nice 1 finger, egg shell white head.

S - This actually reminds me a bit of an old ale, some dark fruits, still some citrus of course, but actually a decent amount of raisin, fruit, and resiny pine hops.

T - Good amount of pine and fruit present, but a lot of malty backbone as well. Again, a bit of that dark fruit seems to bring up the back.

M - A bit sticky, but the alcohol is hidden pretty well in this one. It sort of sneaks up.

Overall - I admired the balance, it wasn't the most fantastic DIPA I've ever had, but certainly one of the more balanced ones. Certainly does the trick.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber color and extremely hazy, as others have noted. Kind of unusual looking, but I like it.

Huge piney hop aroma that hits you. Grapefruit and caramel malt are also clearly there. I love the big, layered smell this has. A little unusual too.

The taste is of course similarly big. A lot of sweetness upfront, both from the caramel malt and the citrus hop flavor. Pretty strongly bitter in the finish, but in a great, balanced way. A lot of grapefruit in the finish.

Pretty hefty, oily mouthfeel. Overall, a unique and very enjoyable IIPA.

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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange and caramel. Completly fogged through. Small head that quickly dissapates. Almost looks like cider

Smell:Hops. Hops. Hops. Some clean pine notes with some background citrus

Taste: An orange hop bomb. The hops start fast with notes of pine, grass and even a little hay or tea. The finish is quite strongly alcohol. It almost tastes like it's approaching a barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and quite carbonated.

Overall: Unfortunatly, I think this beer is a little past it's prime. Still, the hop notes are phenomenal. There is quite a bit of alcohol at the rear that adds some balance but might be a little too much.

Serving: Bottle into snifter

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4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, 2 finger lasting head, dark orange, lots of sediment, head becomes lumpy after a minute or so, leaving spots of lacing. Good balance of malt and hop in the aroma definitely sweet clementine notes. Taste is full, lots of sweet malt supporting a spicy hop note that lingers. The burpback is malty sweet.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Smuttynose Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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