Friday, October 8, 2010

Smuttynose Big A IPA - Quadrupel Dry Hopped

Smuttynose's Big A Double IPA is widely regarded as a great beer. With great reviews on websites such as RateBeer and BeerAdvocate, as well as multiple awards including CAMRA's Michael Jackson Award it is apparent that the beer drinking masses enjoy this beer. After hosting a Smuttynose Beer Dinner at Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville, NY, I was fortunate to try a special quadrupel dry hopped cask version of the Big A.
This cask beer poured a cloudy, orange color with a paper thin, white head. The nose is a little sweet and packed with huge amounts of hops. The body has a thick malt base, smooth with medium depth and a little carbonation. It is sweet up front, with peach notes. The finish offers up a monster hop bitterness and a prolonged lingering dryness. Overall, this is a great beer. A sipping beer no doubt, it is pretty well balanced for such a big beer.

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