sarah3961 (29) - allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
smooth for an IPA. Some floral hoppiness, bitter finish. Full mouth feel. A little off- not quite hoppy enough for me.
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice musty IPA with considerable hops. Very bitter finish and constrained malt character. I respect the people at Smuttynose and consider this IPA to be a success however nothing sets it apart. Consistent brew from a consistent brewery.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woo! Too bitter. I like more hop flavor and less hop bitterness, with some malt to boot. Smutty does malt so well that Iím surprised this beer is so one-dimensional. With less grapefruit.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
eyedrinkale sent this bottle my way. a lightly softened IPA, with a straightforward though balanced aroma of american (and english - fuggles/goldings?) hops and malt. lightly yeasty and sour elements of the aroma as well, which donít bode particularly well for the beer but donít particularly detract, either. flavor is more subdued than the aroma, especially the malt. lots of strong dusty hops in the finish, and it would be a very dry and non-existent finish if it werenít for the strong bitterness that lingers on my tongue. a little overdone for my taste, i think something not quite there. i think iíll need another bottle eventually.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Beer_Hawk for throwing this guy my way. Pours a deep, hazy yellow, some floaties, long lasting white head. Nice lacing. Nose is grapefruit with some pine. Flavor is grapefruit, but not a strong as the nose suggests. Everything is booted out by the overly bitter finish. Nice, but somewhat overrated.
radagast83 (7301) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy yellowish color, with a long lasting head, with lacing on the sides of the glass. Standard IPA, with flavors of citrus. Dry feeling, but pretty even all the way through.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Bottled Nov 05). Poured a golden yellow with a white head that produced some lacing. Aroma of citrus, grass, and pine. Flavors of citrus (orange and grapefruit) and pine. Medium body with a dry texture. Even carbonation. Good IPA bitterness throughout.
thornecb (5497) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Very active pour with large bubbly head into shaker. Head quickly dissipates. Citrus and pine notes with hazy, active appearance. Sweet then hoppy. Fizzy. Bitter lasting finish.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve had an unusually hard time finding a bottle of this relatively easy to find beer. Saw it in stores for years, always enjoyed it, and then couldnít find it since I got on RateBeer. I find the Big A IPA all the time. Enough meandering! Light, hazy orange, good head, great lacing. Very pleasant aroma of biscuit, and grapefruit and piney hops. Flavor is a dead on match to the nose. Full bodied, great hop kick, and a drying bitter finish. This is exceptionally well made.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
"Pours cloudy light brown color. Small head with lacing that lasted about half the beer. Has a hoppy citrus smell to it as well as taste. Am not a huge IPA fan but this one was okay."