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Big Beer Series - Big A IPA by Smuttynose Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
9.20 % ABV

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Review by Dr. Rockzo on 12/01/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 4 9 2009
I'm feeling lazy today so no formal review (I should have one already, fucking banning...), but I will say thanks much to Kyle for a couple fresh bombers of these in a recent box. My first revisiting since I had it over a year ago as one of my first DIPAs.

Pours a beautiful semi-hazed golden/peachy-orange with a touch of a pumpkin glow to it when held to a light. A light and soapy/airy off-white 2+ finger head builds quickly and has really great retention and lacing.

Aroma is dominated by dank/skunky(not skunked) and citrus pith hoppiness with a pale and honey-like malt sweetness backing it up which is reminiscent of hopslam, only not as tropical and pungent in the hop department.

Taste is much the same as the smell, with a honey-ish, pale malt sweetness balancing a fairly large dose of skunky-dank and citrus (mainly grapefrui) pith hoppiness that's accompanied by a very respectable level of bitterness that never gets too strong (good for some, I could prefer even more).

Mouthfeel is really nice for an EC DIPA (yea, I make a distinction in general). It's fuller-medium bodied with a softer level of moderate carbonation. The consistency starts quickly sticky-sweet but quickly turns nicely dry and bitter on the finish. It goes down way too easy for a 9.2% DIPA and there's just about no alcohol heat present.

I don't know exactly how much this beer costs, but I know it's under 6 a bomber most everywhere it's available...and for that price and widespread accesibility, it's goddamn killer and better than similarly priced lagunitas offerings. So damn drinkable too for being such a strong and flavorful beer.

Get your "a" kicked by Big A if you haven't yet, it's real good chit mayn, But seriously, it's really a very good DIPA for a great price - try it, already!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 09/09/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2009
Hazey straw golden honey color with a big white cap of bubbly, crunchy froth. Nice lacing in sheets and keeps a solid skim on top the whole way through.

Aroma is clean and nicely hoppy with a moderate showing of lemony citrus, pine, honey, and floral nuances.

Taste is eagerly fulfilling with an easy going hop tone and semi sweet balance of caramel malt and honey. Hops are citrusy with a sweet candyish lemon-sided tilt, a smidgeon of well rounded orange, some pineyness, leafy, fresh, cleanly bittered, and long lasting in bite. Nicely balanced, clean, and perfectly bittered in piney sweet citrus.

Feel is just above medium with a fluffyish, bold, hoppy carbonation that maintains a charged, ever-forward smoothness, cleannness, and well rounded bitterness in pine and citrus. Nice touches of floral hops and even a dash of mint and herbs make their way in as it begins to warm and unfold. A nice finisher and a fine drinker. But at 9% this isn't as sessionable as I would like it to be. It catches up to ya pretty quickly as it empties. Still, goes down with amazing ease and a finely laced hop tone and sweet balance. Good stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 16 5 9 0
Originally reviewed 08/17/06

Poured from bomber that was bottle conditioned in 2006 into standard pint.

A - Light orange with a thick pillowy head that leaves superb lacing. Color is unusually light for a DIPA.

S - Super floral hops. Citrus of all sorts. Grapefruit, pineapple.

T - Highly fruity, citrusy hops. Not a whole lot of balance, but this is ok by this hophead. Pineapple aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, maybe even full. Oily hops with good carbonation considering this didn't produce much of a head.

D - This is super easy to drink. Fruity hops just slide down sip after sip with no problem, disguising the 9.2abv.

Served In: Pint Glass

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