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

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Added by drabmuh on 12-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
282
Reviews:
51
Avg:
4
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
19
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57
For Trade:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head, clear amber golden color

S: light grapefruit, pine. I definitely was thinking the name alluded to a strong aroma but that was not the case.

T: more piney than sweet, nice mildly complex hop character and caramel notes.

M: full bodied, peppery and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a solid IPA. Pretty drinkable. Not too bad.

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Photo of spycow
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an amber color and a creamy head that leaves a bunch of lace behind

Smell: Tropical fruit, grapefruit pith and toffee

Taste: Toffee and tropical fruit (mango and tangerine, primarily) up front, with a well-balanced finish that perfectly blends the sweeter malt elements with the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine IPA in, dare I call it, the Florida style (tropical fruit hop elements)

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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 nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a big head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - A strong aroma of fruity hops with some candied orange and mango. significant malt character with toasted notes and light toffee.

T - light, sweet caramel up front with a bit of toast. Fruity hop flavors appear in the middle and combine nicely with the sweet malt to produce some candied orange and mango notes. Finishes with more malt and hop flavor as well as moderate bitterness.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A nice Ipa, the aroma is the best quality. There is a nice balance of hop character and malt richness in the nose, but the flavor is full of much stronger, sweeter malt. The sugar works well with the fruity hop flavor, up to a point. However, it eventually becomes a bit too powerfull and seems like it is subduing the hop essence. This is a very nice ipa, though it seems like it could be better if it was a bit dryer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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 millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during my long weekend in Tampa. I had the chance to meet some great people and try some new and some amazing new things. Had a lot of fun, but glad to be home. Enjoyed on 4/11/2011.

Another guest tap at CCB, this was the first time I had gotten a chance to try an offering from them. Nice amber color with a light haze to it that seemed to settle out nicely as you went on. A decent head then formed, two inches at the most before coming down into a broken pillow of white that cratered out and left rocky lacing along the glass. Nice orange and tangerine aroma is well represented and produced a much needed light IPA that night. Each sip was clean, refreshing and dry, offering me some very nice touches of citrus hops and balanced bready malts. Finishing with a smooth and light aftertaste, I get hints of pineapple and soft orange on the final notes off the palate.

Overall very solid and very drinkable. I would have no problem at all with having this one again. Great choice to have on.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a pint glass. Thanks to nmbr0ne for this growler!

Appearance - Amber bodied with a small white head. Not great retention, but lots of sticky lacing down the sides.

Smell - Pine hops predominantly, but there's a good deal of malt to the nose as well. It is aromatic, but not in the best way. I suppose there's an equal blend of citrus and pine to the nose, but it isn't as inviting as other IPAs.

Taste - Similar hop profile. Citrus and pine. Strong malt backbone, but it's secondary to the hops, which I enjoy. It's just enough to combat an intensely bitter finish, which is slight pervasive.

Mouthfeel - That bitter finish is overwhelming. Not uncharacteristic, but strong. Low carbonation makes it feel very smooth, almost like a cask IPA. I've had this in other forms and it was similar in consistency, so I don't think it's the growler that does it.

Overall - Solid, but unremarkable. I'd drink this regularly partially to support local breweries and partially because it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft. Beer is hazy and dark amber / almost dark orange. Forms a thin white head that is broken and made up of tiny bubbles and a few really large soapy bubbles. Carbonation is moderate, leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

The beer is called "Big Nose" so I'm expecting a lot from the aroma. There is a strong citrusy hop aroma to the beer. I am also picking up on some malt in there. Kind of oversold the aroma a bit. With a name like "Big Nose" I should be able to smell it from across the table.

Beer has a lot of great hop flavor and nice back of the mouth bitterness but there is a lot of malt in there. The malt character is a little too high for my tastes in an IPA. Beer has a medium body, drinkability high and good. Its a pretty good American IPA.

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Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CharlesK
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse. Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is a lot of citrusy hops and some malty notes as well. The taste like the aroma is dominated by the hoppy bitterness in the finish but has a nice amount of malt as well. Overall, Big Nose is a solid IPA that I will definitely purchase again.

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Big Nose IPA from Swamp Head Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 282 ratings.
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