Blog : Don't Call it a Comeback! Smuttynose's Big A Double IPA Joins Full-Time Line Up

By Craig | Sep 11, 2015 | in

Smuttynose Brewing Co. in Hampton has long been known locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for producing award-winning craft beers. Many of there favorite selections are part of a limited release series. But now the Big A Double IPA, one of those limited releases, joins the ranks of Smuttynose's full-time line up as a 4-pack.

After a year long hiatus from production, Big A Double IPA will join Smutty's Big Beer Series graduates, Baltic Porter and Really Old Brown Dog. It will also be available in kegs. This time around, Big A is a little bit different than before. The brew is now lower in alcohol, by about 1.25 percent to a target of about 8.5 percent. This will make the beer more drinkable for some. There have also been changes to the dry hopping schedule and hop blend, which is now a blend of Falconer’s Flight, Bravo, Saphir and Citra (a popular variety amongst brewers and drinkers).

Big A debuted in 2002 and was quickly recognized in a New York Times IPA tasting as one of the best IPAs in the country. It has since been recognized by Men’s Journal magazine and by the judges at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival where it won the Michael Jackson Award for “Best American Beer.”

Year-round Big A goes on sale at the brewery on October 1, with shipments to distributors beginning shortly after that. Big A will be produced in limited amounts to begin to ensure stores, bars and restaurants receive the freshest supply.

Green Alliance members receive 10% off their bill at Smuttynose's sister company The Portsmouth Brewery and Hayseed Restaurant when they show their Green Alliance member card. Not a member? Join here!