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Smuttynose Big A IPA Reviewed

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Tasting an American craft beer from another part of the country gives me an above average level of satisfaction as I know there is a good chance that I will not have a chance to taste the beer again. Big A IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company was the perfect beer to fit into this category: it is an imperial ipa, comes from a brewery that I have heard good things about, and even though it is from the east coast, it has some west coast style.

smuttynose brewing company big a ipa

The bottle has an old school boxer in sepia tone with a red/pink hue background. I popped the cap, and as I always do with ipas, inhaled deeply to take in the fresh ephemeral hops. air yeezy 2 femmes Very pleasant and I didn’t hesitate to pour to take in more. Citrus and hops dominate at the beginning of the nose with mild caramel notes to balance. Unfortunately, a strong alcohol aroma took over form there and almost dominated (the only minus to the beer). The taste is a balancing act between a caramel sweet malt and floral, citrus, and pine hops. The bitterness leaves a congenial after taste that isn’t over powering nor lingering. A touch viscous and creamy forming a medium body with a bigger carbonation seem to round this beer off nicely. If not for the aforementioned huge alcohol on the nose I would rate this higher, nonetheless this is a really good beer. 8/10

The good news from all of this: I have another four bottles left to continue my taste testing and possibly improve my review. Enjoy!

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