Big Nose IPA
Swamp Head Brewery

Big Nose IPABig Nose IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #786
Ranked #6,626
4.02 | pDev: 8.46%
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States
Big Nose IPABig Nose IPA
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a fan of the name of this IPA, but damn, is this good...

From the moment I poured this out - golden colored liquid, ocher really. The smell is deep and fruity, the mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit creamy, with a taste that is fully, bold, and definitely hop-forward. What a great iPA, truly, a great IPA from a craft brewer. I have to hand it to Swamp Works, in my own home state of F-L-A...

Jul 06, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Ocalafox for this can!

A - Dark orange copper color with dense cream colored lacing, low carbonation

S - Orange and citrus dominate the nose.

T - Orange, citrus, and tea leaf sweetness up front before ending strong with a piney bitter bite that lingers for a long time after the sip and some citrus residue in the back of the mouth. Slightly chalky on the finish.

M - Thick on the palate with subtle thinness around the edges.

O - This thing goes from 0-60 in a few seconds and what I mean is from sweet to bitter. This is an easy drinker.

Jul 03, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is an orangey amber beer with a decently fluffy head. The beer is somewhat hazy. On the nose, the beer is sweet and citrusy with bits of piney hop notes as well. The beer is has a good malt characteristic reminiscent of a dense bread. The hops are orange like with piney after notes. The feel is full with good carbonation. Overall, this is a nice and orangey beer.

Jan 25, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. Roasted malt aroma with pine and citrus. Malty taste with lots of toffee and caramel. Piney bitterness.

Oct 27, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big old school hoppy aroma with some new school thrown in. Pine and grapefruit meet mild dankness, melon, and mango.

Palate more favors the tropical tones, in particular melon, along with mango, very mild dankness, and sticky resin. Very little citrus, and the malt is present in a vague smooth sweetness. Moderate bitterness.

Clean and lively, a little too slick, but at 7.5% this is approaching DIPA territory, so overall not bad.

Easily one of the better Florida IPAs.

Mar 08, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy copper color with a frothy creamy head; The hops are evident in the smell, not as strongly hoppy as I had expected from reading the label, but there is something else there too, something sweet; Very flavorful, again not as hoppy or malty as I had expected. There is an unusual distinctive flavor, zesty, a little sweet, but I can't identify it. It may be the 'mystical nectar' referred to on the label. Mouthfeel is smooth and tangy with mild to moderate carbonation. I don't think this will ever be a favorite, but I sure wouldn't turn it down.

Jul 23, 2018
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Gavage from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: mild malt aroma.

Taste: caramel, bread, grapefruit, orange, some pineapple, and an earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer . Light crispness throughout.

Overall: a solid IPA that goes down easy.

May 12, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick off-white head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with notes of resin, caramel, grapefruit and pine.
Flavor with notes of white pepper, ginger, resin, pine, grapefruit, toasted malts and orange marmalade. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long finish.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.3%l is well disguised.
Very good American IPA with bold spicy and resiny notes. Although it has a somewhat traditional recipe, it has an original flavor with different intensities for key notes of the style. This is more of a big mouth rather than big nose (ps. hard to tell when it was canned given the lack of respect to client for not providing a date).

Mar 25, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

usually when an ipa pours an amber color my initial thought is to be turned off. i am over the old school over balanced sweet malty hoppy beers, these richer grains always seems out of proportion to me, and its really something i generally do not prefer in the style. thats why this one was such a surprise when i got into it, it sure is copper colored, but the hops here are amazing, and this particular grain base seems to support them really well, its a great match, and its not sweet at all somehow, clean and minerally. i get piney oily west coast hops in both nose and taste, slightly candied or crystalline or something, fresh though too, and bold, above the big grain, spruce and juniper and even pineapple, a cool, albeit simple and familiar profile. it being so low alcohol is great too, i could blast a bunch of these and would be more than happy too, its delicious. its dry for its color too, which is surprising and i think makes the hoppy finish really good. i really enjoyed the beers i had from swamp head on my recent trip to florida, and this was one of the better florida ipas i came across.

Mar 01, 2018
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from Modica Market Seaside Fl Sept 2017

Old school IPA right here. Hop bitterness (and subsequent flavor) gets over-ridden by sweet biscuity malt. Not my favorite take on the style, but still quaffable.

Nose has hints of pineapple and passion fruit. Pretty refreshing nonetheless..

Doubt this would be the favorite of hardcore hop heads. A weaker, fruitier Jai Alai, possibly (?)

Oct 01, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent, but hazed amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Big-time breadyness, orange peel, fading once warm

T: Follows the nose, woody hops & dryness as well up front. Dryness, woody hops, restrained bready sweetness once this beer warms. Finishes with orange peel, woody bitterness & dryness

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, skews a little bitter

Drinks easy, this beer sadly is is 4 months old, will seek out a newer itteration when given the chance

Aug 03, 2017
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Feb 27, 2017
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Reef from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

Jan 15, 2017
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Chasegator from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Jan 06, 2017
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breardon1776 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Dec 28, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Dec 03, 2016
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descobar from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Dec 01, 2016
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DrBill1962 from Florida

4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Oct 22, 2016
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Graham19840 from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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!!

Sep 16, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

May 15, 2016
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Billolick from New York

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Apr 06, 2016
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Gemmell from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Oct 18, 2015
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Dolphinsmarlins1 from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Aug 28, 2015
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ZBowden from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Aug 18, 2015
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StevenMilligan from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Jul 22, 2015
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