Beer Review: SMUTTYNOSE BIG A IPA

Beer Review: SMUTTYNOSE BIG A IPA

Smuttynose Brewing presents the Big A IPA, a robust India Pale Ale that boasts an amplified profile with an abundance of hops, malt, and flavor. Now a year-round offering, this bold brew is positioned for enthusiasts seeking a generously flavorful beer experience at any time. Cheers to that!

Appearance:

The pour reveals a highly opaque amber gold hue, crowned by a thick and enduring off-white head, creating a visually compelling presentation in the imperial pint glass.

Aroma:

In the olfactory realm, the beer exudes a medley of citrus, sweet malt, and hints of pine, setting the stage for the flavor symphony that follows.

Taste:

With a pronounced bitterness from ample hops, the flavor profile unfolds with a dance of fruity sweetness and notes of candied grapefruit. The culmination is a spicy, sweet, and bitter finish that leaves a lasting impression on the palate.

Mouthfeel:

The beer’s texture is full-bodied, delivering a sticky sensation that combines with a prickly carbonation, providing a tactile experience that complements its robust flavor profile.

Overall:

In the realm of hoppiness, the Big A IPA stands out as a commendably bold contender. Its maltiness, though substantial, contributes to a well-balanced and enjoyable brew. Notably, its potency, hovering around 9.7% ABV, doesn’t dominate the drinking experience, thanks to the beer’s nuanced hop character. A very solid and enjoyable choice, particularly for those who appreciate a hop-forward profile without the overwhelming weight of its alcohol content.