Smuttynose Oak Aged Big A IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by glid02 on 12-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of hozersr
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light orange in color. Only a little bit of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose as well as oak from the barrel aging process.
T: Oak flavors really stand out in the overall taste, which also has bitter flavors from the hops and notes of caramel malts and hints of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the finish is slightly dry.
D: This beer is definitely a sipper given its strength.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Lion's Pride, part of their Hop Fest line-up.

Pours a golden color with hues of orange, white fluffy head that fades at a decent rate and leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell isn't as citrusy and hoppy as it's non-oak aged brother since the woody oak presence seems to mask it, but without any comparison, the oak really complements the hop profile (I'm just not sure which I prefer at the moment).

Taste has quite the punch between the alcohol, the oak and the hops, you can definitely tell it's strong and have to take your time with it, the oak and hops meld quite well together with neither upstaging the other, of course the oak does does mute the citrusy/grapefruit aspect of the hops a bit to make room for itself.

A good oak aged version of an excellent beer, Smuttynose does it right when they age things.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Poured as part of the Lion's Pride's hop fest. The beer has an opaque appearance with a tarnish yellow color. The head is made of white foam. It leaves good lacing. The aroma is a little sweet, with some fruity hops noticeable. I can also make out some of the oak notes. The beer has some crunchy, bready malts to it. On top of those are some very bitter hops. There is some oil presence from the hops. There is a little burn at the finish. The beer is quite filling and enjoyable. It has a level of carbonation that is just above medium. The coating you can really feel after each swallow. It's a bit sweet, but not bad. It's a very drinkable beer. It's pretty bitter, but too much so. It's right on course for the style. I like this beer. It's a good compliment to the non-oaked version. Order it if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap from the Lion's Pride's Hop Fest today. This is taken from notes.

Have had this from the bottle before never by tap this was just the icing on the cake.

A - Straw colored gold with a nice head about one finger in a chalice.

S - Strong grapfruit smell, citruis very nice.

T - This is really the only place you will pick up the difference of the oak in this from the regular its not a big differnce but the subtly is really nice.

M - Leaves a nice tangy feel while drinking.

D - While strong it is drinkable and will search out to have more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Handed over a clear, orange-amber body with a full finger of white foam which soon settles into an inner-glass encircling ring.

Smell: Vanilla and spicy, zesty oakiness on the nose jumps out first followed by a hoppy mixture of oily citrus fruits, resinous pine, and fresh florals. The malts, with a touch of caramel candy and even lighter touch of toastiness bring up the rear.

Taste: Quick, accelerated burst of sugar-coated, caramel-glazed grins with just the faintest touch of toastiness to it. Then, hoppy tastes of citrus pith, pine blossoms, and a few drops of both tangerine and grapefruit essential oils enter the picture with a staunch, keen bitterness. For the most part, it blocks the oaky, vanilla accents, but not entirely. Faintest hint of simple, common table sugar prior to the dry, bitter, but still just a tad oaky finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Adequately smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm not entirely sure if this is destined for bottling or simply a one-off release, but I'd be curious to see how this progresses in the next 6-8 months, as a slight mellowing of the hops would allow the oak character to shine through just a bit more. It's still quite good, though, and, as glid says, worth a shot!

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store. I'm not sure how the oak plays into things but it certainly seems to be just oak and not an oak barrel previously used for anything else.

Pours a mildly hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright pine hops with good amounts of citrus all backed by light amounts of pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by loads of pine hops with smaller amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops mellow out a bit and carry through to a strongly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a solid thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the abrasive side.

Drinkability is also OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure I want another.

Overall I think the oak served to make this beer more bitter and mellow it out just a tad - it certainly didn't seem to have spent too long on oak as the hops were still going strong. Worth a shot if you see it around.

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Smuttynose Oak Aged Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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