Smuttynose Big A IPA

This is actually another beer that I drank on Thursday night, while I was dripping sweat from no air conditioning. Tonight, I’m actually out with a buddy for his birthday at one of my favorite places. I’ll probably have another review for the night from this bar, but in case I don’t, this is a brew that I had a four-pack of and really enjoyed. I saved one of the them to review.

ABV: 9.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ever since Stash Wojciechowski, the ‘Killer Kielbasa,’ created this Imperial IPA for our Big Beer Series, Big A IPA has gotten a lot of attention. Lauded by the New York Times and Men’s Journal Magazine, it’s been one of the most talked-about beers around. Brewed in very small quantities, it has also been one of the hardest-to-find. Until now. Big A IPA has everything you’d want in an India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt & more flavor. Now it’s available year-round, so you can enjoy this big, flavorful beer any time you want. Na zdrowie!”

Random: Right about now, I should be partaking in a beer tower. I seriously cannot wait.

I love any excuse that I can find to break out a tulip glass. This is no exception. I’ve been craving a good Imperial IPA and hopefully this hits the spot (okay, this is kind of cheating, because I killed 3 of these in the four pack before and really enjoyed it). The brew poured with a three finger fluffy egg white head that left crazy lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy bright orange. It took awhile to dissipate as well. The nose of the beer smells like happiness, at least for a hop head like me. I got mostly resin-ey, piney hops with a hint of citrus. There was also a bit of sweetness on it. I was hoping that it was some malt to balance this bad boy out. The taste is much of what I expected: lots of piney hops, some heat from the booze (although nothing crazy) with some sweetness from the malt in the middle to balance it out. For a brew that almost hit the 10% ABV mark, it’s pretty smooth, although I have a feeling this is going to knock me on my ass. The carbonation was medium, and really goes well with this brew. The finish was a bit oily with lots of pine. Honestly, after what seems like weeks of mediocre beers, this really hits the spot. There was nothing that I could complain about, except for the fact I only had one. If you can get your hands on this brew, definitely do so.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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