Big A Double IPA

New Hampshire
United States
Smuttynose Beer Big A Double IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Smuttynose's Double IPA debuted to rave reviews from beer drinkers and the New York Times in 2004. In the intervening years, Big A has evolved and continues to win awards and recognition such as Men's Journal's Top 25 Beers of 2006, and CAMRA's 2010 Michael Jackson Award at the GBBF.

Profile

ABV: 
8.2%
IBUs: 
99
Served at: 
50 - 55˚ F
Hops: 
Magnum. Bravo, Zeus, Saphir, Bravo, Falconer's Flight, Citra
Malts: 
Two-Row, English Pale Ale, Acidulated
Judges Review 
James Link's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This pale, orange-colored ale was slightly cloudy and supported a medium-white head that held up nicely. Lots of fresh hop aromas are manifest here. Most prevalent are the citrus fruit and pine resin fragrances, which are accompanied by a Caramel malt sweetness.

The hop flavor was assertive – as is typical for the style. The complexity of clean hops suggests an impressive hop blend, which produced a citrus rind, piney and floral character. A slight acidity was incorporated into the mix along with a sweet malt presence, which added to its singular hop complexity. The body was smooth and well-conditioned with alcoholic warmth evident yet not overwhelming.

This is a fine example of a Double IPA and should be considered in the top tier of beers brewed in this style.