Saturday, June 21, 2008

Smuttynose Big A IPA

Big thanks to my friend Brian for sending this beer to me. At 9.2% alcohol this Double IPA is a palate bruiser. Primarily what aromas and flavors that come through are pine (big time) and orange zest. The taste has more of a sweet orange to it backing up the abrasive resinous hop feeling that coats the mouth. The most amazing thing I think is that they got big flavor and made it a hefty 9.2% alcohol, yet kept the body a steady medium and not a thick gooey syrup like some Double IPA's. It's definitely not a beer you're going to be able to quaff at any respectable rate, it's a sipper for sure. 4.05/5

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