Big Nose IPA | Swamp Head Brewery

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Big Nose IPABig Nose IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States
swamphead.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drabmuh on 12-23-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
276
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.98%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
53
For Trade:
1
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-gold body flecked with a large amount of suspended particles. Fullish, off-white head. Minor lacing.

Smell: Bready malts with a sweet toffee edge about it, tangerine and red grapefruits as well as some tropical bits of mango. Thin, thin hint of butter. Lightly floral, lightly piney.

Taste: Bready malts, gently toasted grains. Caramel, toffee sweetness in the fore. Ultra light buttery hint. Citrusy, as well as some tropical tones and floral accents with just a sliver of resiny pine. Medium bitterness. Bittersweet finish with some lingering fruitiness and just a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A little on the sweet side and may be exhibiting a touch of diacetyl, but, there's some nice hop flavors there.

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Photo of Reef
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a six pack purchased in Gainesville, so should have been reasonably fresh. Pours a copper-orange with a two inch head. Curtains of lacing as you drink. Aroma is faint piney-citrus. Taste is a nicely balanced citrus with pine notes but no bitterness. Very smooth, an enjoyable experience. Looking forward to trying this on draft when I get back to Florida.

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Photo of Chasegator
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- Golden to dark golden with minimal head
Smell- Minimal. Citrus, hops and floral hints
Taste- strong taste of citrus and hops. Hints of floral similar to the nose
Feel- medium bodied
Overall- Good IPA. Nose does not portray the strong taste the beer has. Good taste with citrus, hops and floral hints.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drinking at steamers in Cedar key. Amber color with orange hue. Fluffy beige head that disapates quickly. Aroma is earthy and pine. Good mellow pine/hoppy taste. Drinks crisp and smooth. Overall a slow girly netter than average IPA

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Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat coppery golden with a thin layer light foam.

Pungent sweet caramel malt notes, a bit of citrusy tangerine and grapefruit notes, and a fair amount of grassy/herbal notes.

Herbal and citrusy hops lend notes of tangerine, grapefruit pith, pine, and fresh cut grass while the sturdy malt backbone lends sweet notes of caramel and fresh baked bread.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, starts sticky sweet and caramelly while resinous and bitter citrus leaves the palate dry.

Overall, while this falls off a bit in the mouthfeel with a little too prevalent of a dry bitter finish, this is highly drinkable and a tasty and delicious beverage.

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Photo of descobar
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: deep gold with thick off-white head with good retention. just a shade of hazyness and decent lacing present. Smell: all citrusy, spicey hops with hints of mandarin and grapefruit Taste: bready/caramely malt flavors attempt to balance (not all successfully) the strong bitterness and citrusy, resiny hop flavors as mentioned above. Feel: astringency on the strong side, its medium bodied with resiny texture and lively carbonation. Overall: balance is a difficult word to use with IIPAs (this one is borderline) or even IPAs... but I like the flavors I taste. Not my favorite IPA by any means, but I like it.

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Photo of DrBill1962
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Paisanos in Gainesville. Piney, citrus with a very clean crisp taste. Not over the top hoppy but excellent IPA. Wish I could find it near home in Clearwater,FL

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Photo of Graham19840
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Golden Orange with good clarity
S- Strong citrus aroma
T- Balanced bitterness
F- Medium bodied with medium carbonation

A classic West Coast IPA example!!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper with a creamy beige head. Spongey uneven walls of lacing.

Aromas of caramel malt, butter, and piney, candied grapefruit.

Flavors of toffee and nuts, with a sting of mildly bitter hops, grapefruit rind, and dandelion.

At first seems like a wet finish, but it dries up quite a bit in no time.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with both best before and canned on dating...nice n fresh and thanks for the information.

Pours a warm shade of near ruby Amber, about medium hazed...frothy light khaki cap, leaving loads of all the way to the top of the glass sheeting, and a coating blotchy film ....nice looking beer.

Soft/faint herbal hop nose

Enjoyable if non descript IPA, softly hoppy, not assertive, perhaps approachable is the operative word here....decent if not overly exciting

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Photo of Gemmell
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of grapefruit and citrus flavor. The name suits the scent. Very fruity. Not a whole lot of hops but packed with juicy fruit flavored and citrus. There seems to be a lot of malt sweetness on the back, but it fits the grapefruit well. Overall very decent and hope to drink again soon.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recieved this can in a trade as an extra. It was a pleasant surprise, as I had never heard of this brewery before. As a New Englander, it's hard for me to find an IPA that rivals the NE hops, but this one would be a wonderful treat when and if I'm ever in Florida. The taste is well balanced; it's not overly bitter, but it still packs a punch you'd expect from this style. Great citrus aromas. Overall, a good tasting brew.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy golden amber with a large cream colored head, smells of pine citrus grapefruit with a slight malty sweetness, tastes of hoppy grapefruit with a fair malt backing with a candi or syrup like sweetness with a dry bitter grapefruit finish and slight hint of bubblegum, mouthfeel is moderate with slight carbonation.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark amber

S: Fruity floral hops, orange peel, grass

T: Almost perfect. A little on the sweet side. Malt backbone is very present. There is something so comforting about this IPA. It's sweet, fruity, and herbal - but none of these qualities are too pushy. After taste is dry, but still a bit of sweetness lingers, but nowhere near cloying.

F: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for an IPA. Reminds me Resin from sixpoint.

O: Almost perfect...As far as tradional East Coast IPA's go, it is perfect. Sweet 'n smooth. It's that IPA to give to friend who doesn't like IPA's and it's brewed less than 40 miles from my house. Will be seeking out again.

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Photo of Mr_Lumi
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I live in Gainesville and since they started canning this beer I've kept a six pack in my fridge at all times. This is the beer that got me into IPA's and is the one I recommend to all my friends that don't like the bitterness of IPA's. The malt sweetness gives this beer a great profile and openness to more casual beer drinkers.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Medium amber (12) draft pour from 32oz growler with off whit head. Lite hop presence in the now and on the tongue. So easy to drink. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Callmejfunk
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a really nice beer. It's not too florally hoppy and not to heavy. This is the kind of IPA you can have many of and not feel too full. I just had it in a twelve beer sampler at Engine 15 in Jacksonville Beach and I think it came in second only to a giant of IPAs from Green Flash. BTdubs - the other Swamphead beers were also good representations of their type and quite tasty. I'll be taking a trip to Gainesville at some point...

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Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful deep golden with a ring of foam.

Aroma: A slight malt can be detected. The hops contribute a piney, citrus component.

Taste: Hoppy without being over-the-top. Maltiness comes through and has a toasty component. There is an astringent grapefruit aftertaste. 

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is low to moderate with fine bubbles. This beer has a fairly light body.

Overall: As one who prefers malty beers, I enjoyed this IPA as it had an interesting and not overpowering hops profile that let the maltiness come through. I'll look for this beer again while we're in Florida.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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