dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at O’Flaherty’s in Bristol, Pa. Nice floral aroma. Good hop bite. Finished on the dry side.
MarkBarnes (385) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Sampled 04/18/05 in a chilled 22 oz. "bomber." This brew is amber/cidery in color, and has a decent head with ample lacing. Raising the glass to the light reveals its particulates suspended and oddly inert, like stars in the heavens.
This is only my second experience with both an Imperial IPA (the other being Stone Ruination), and with an offering from this brewery (Smuttynose IPA being one of my favorite brews). My first thought is that they don’t call this a "big" beer for nothing (i.e., If you can only have "one," this wouldn’t be a bad one to have).
As a "session" man, I found it to be a challenging drink. (And, I feel as though the higher-alcohol % brews tend to be unduly favored in the ratings here.) My only negative thought was that the mouthfeel was a bit too "slick," but perhaps that’s a trait of the style?
I do, however, appreciate the "bigness" and quality of this brew; and I look forward to sampling more of the products of this New Hampshire brewery.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle: Hazed gold! with a beautiful fluffy, off white head. Sweet piney grapefruit aroma with strawberries and a tad bit of pepper. Thick lace coats the glass…strong sappy bitterness n the lightly grainy, but soft palate. Finish is strongly bitter with light alcohol and pine needles; a bit one dimensional, but tasty and great with this spicy Indian food.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really, really like this brewery. Everything they do, they do with lots of malt. Yet once again, I wonder what is the difference between this and Bigfoot? Highly hopped, nicely malty, 9% beers. Hmmm, oh well. This was probably not as hoppy as a true-hop head would like, but I found it very well balanced, with loads of fruit malt meshing with piney/citrus hops in the aroma. The mouthfeel was full without being sticky. Sloshing it around in your mouth, a lot of pure caramel goodness seeped out. Finish bitter with slight alcoholic aftertaste. Another winner from Smuttynose. Note: rate of 2004 version, which many have noted is better than the 2003
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Time to step up to the Big A!!! Light Amber colored, Hoppy, malty, sweet tea drinking Double IPA. Great Beer!!! Nothing more to say, big flavor, super drinkable. I really really like this one. By far the best Smuttynose beer I’ve had. Another beer that I would tell you that if you’re not trying to acquire I don’t know what could be better or comparable.
Arayaga2 (1843) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2006 Robust, speckled head , and dark cidery appearance with substantial sediment. Strong citrus rhindy taste perfectly complements its hoppiness. Perhaps a tad too bitter a finish, though
heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden, with nice fluffy head. Really nice citric grapefruit and orange rind aroma, intense. Big beefy hop flavor, more of the same really, but well balanced. Good bitterness, bags of hop flavor. This one’s a real winner
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
one of the most drinkable and pleasurable double ipa’s out there, and in my opinion a great one to get started on.
the guy on the front doesn’t look like much of a beer drinker, but perhaps it just means that this is a ’big’ beer, thus the ’big’ beer series.
more available and price friendly for it’s size and quality.
quite golden in color, think of hop wallop, but not as hugely aggressive and with a nicer malt sweetness.
Frank (3138) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Heemer77 for sharing. Pale soft orange, slightly hazy. Just a bit of white head. Caramel in hops in the nose--loaded with citrus and lemon. Fruity with a sort of ice tea character. Resiny almost soapy (in not such a bad way) bitterness in the finish.
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Thin white head with a very dark orange and copper coloring. The aroam is caramel and oranges. There is also some dark bread. The taste has grapefruit, dirt, tree bark and some nice tobacco. This finishes fairly dry. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Thanks ClarkVV for the trade.