There hasn't been a beer of the month for some time, but it looks like I'm reviving that too. One reason there hasn't been a beer of the month is that my palate got all jaded, with one IPA tasting as good as another. Except for the Smuttynose Big A IPA, which is now available year round. Yowza.
It's got an unusually fruity flavor for an IPA. You get a big burst of citrus and hops ... and alcohol. I should have noticed that it was nearly 10 percent alcohol by volume. Taste the rainbow. Then enjoy the pleasantly bitter aftertaste.