Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Bouncy House IPASmuttynose Bouncy House IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

82 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 533
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 10
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JayT on 11-19-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%

Best by 10/9/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light with its ABV, but it definitely packs a punch with the hops all around.

Serving type: bottle. (601 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacing on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the hop flavors seem to be somewhat more grassier compared to the smell. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice amount of crispness for a sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle (760 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Dammit, who doesn't love bouncy houses? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild pine resin, light grapefruit rind, and sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the resin now dominantly bitter, musty, and dank, and some some soap ducking its head in far too often to maintain a friendly relationship. Wow, this tastes awkward. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer did not do anything good for me at all. I get the idea of a hoppy, more sessionable brew, but here the hops not only take too much control of the proceedings, but they come across as inept, overly-resinous, soapy, and basement-entrapped. Quite the disappointment from the usually above-keel Smuttynose. (860 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/7/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering Earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth pounding down for a long time. (751 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Some of these can be pretty interesting, but usually IPAs from them lately have been meh, so hopefully this is good.

Pours a decent fizzy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair pace, a little foamy lacing but not a lot, super hazy orange peach colored beer.

Nose is actually pretty nice, fresh hops, citrus, mild tropical fruit notes, plenty of grapefruit, touch of tangerine and orange flesh, pithy as well, and a mild floral hop character, which turns to a hint spicy and a leafy like almost marijuana note. Little sweet candy malt underneath, with touch of candied orange zest, and more grapefruit pith.

Taste brings a lot of bitter rind and pith, grapefruit pith that's very mouth smashing bitter, rind that is really like I just bit into the rind of an orange and grapefruit mixed together. A mild fluffy malt, no sweetness whatsoever, NOt really juicy or tropical, just orange peel, pith, and some bitter underripe grapefruit. Hops are also very spicy and chewy, little leafy, quite herbaceous. Finish is very dry, and amazingly bitter again, astringent bitterness, again tons of rind and spicy chewy hops, like biting into hop pellets rubbed in grapefruit rind.

Mouth is med bod, a little fluffy, very dry, nice carb.

Overall mixed, they call it an all-occasion beer, but this is so rindy and bitter I wouldn't want to drink more than a few sips as the astringent bitterness just smashes everything it touches. I even think I see my glass whimpering. (1,468 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Brass rail, enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is golden & hazed wtih pale shade and 3 fingers of frothy white head lace sticks in a wispy pattern. The smell is tangy with grapefruit and tropical hop accents with floral odor and mild pine scent. The feel is tangy, juicy and moderately astringent texture with medium carbonation and low sweetness with bitter dry finish.

The taste has a tangy almost lemony and grassy taste with light acidity with an astringent taste and slight tannic element with lemongrass and peppery type hop flavor with almost no malt or alcohol in the taste. Overall not a bad beer per se -very hoppy but just okay as far as drinkability goes for me (705 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a wad of jumbled flavor here. Mildly salty. Everything that's there seems to be mixed up together with nothing showing more so than anything else. A decent beer that seems a bit too thick as if it's just a bit too unfiltered (or maybe it's too much so). Either wat; decent. But not really memorable. (307 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Full on sticky frothing, mildly dull golden hue. Citrus pith and wild flowers with some biscuity malt make for a very aromatic nose. Snappy crispness in a fluffy body. Assertive hoppiness start to finish, bitterness is pretty sharp but lets the malt make camp. Underlying breadiness. Lots of citrus rind with a yeasty earthiness.

Super hoppy session beer, fun to knock back if you are into intensely hoppy beers. (457 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small but sticking head; holds up well to time. Amber color with a light haze. Leaves some streaky lace.

Balanced aroma of grapefruit and soft, pale malts. Leans to the bitter.

The flavor is harsh from the predominance of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Neutral body and mildly elevated carbonation. A good "session" IPA. (354 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy brassy golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint medium yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a somewhat mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith with a light to moderate aroma of leafy/herbal over the top of a light to moderate aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel and pale malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal/leafy hops with just a touch of spicy hops which give a moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer is enjoyable but it is not really a sessionable brew in my opinion (even though the ABV is low enough) due to the very pithy bitterness. (1,147 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is becoming a Smuttynose afternoon here in Chez Woody's kitchen as the World Cup rages on! I picked this up at The Fridge a few weeks ago in honor of my former colleague, Spike, who wants to operate a Bouncy House as a sideline gig. I keep wondering, to her and others, would Beyonce play House Music while doing the bouncy-bouncy in a Bouncy House? Spike could not answer that one, but I fear that her business idea may have dried up and blown away in the interim. What? Enough?!? Onward!

From the bottle: I think that there must be multiple labels. Mine depicts a thin-faced blonde in the foreground , holding hands with a tattooed, curly-haired redhead. "Brewing fine beers in NH since 1994."; "Make mine a Smutty!"; "All-Occasion American Ale"; "Come visit our brewery and restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton, New Hampshire. And check us out online at smuttynose.com for events, releases and great Smerchandise in our e-store. As always, thanks for saying: Make mine a Smutty!"

It has been quite an afternoon and since I have the USA and Belgium, two beer-notable countries, on the telly, I went with a heavy-handed pour to celebrate. Nice pseudo-cascading action resulted in just under three fingers of dense, bone-white head that looked like marshmallow Fluf. Hee. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled of lemon zest, fresh grapefruit, tangy papaya or mango and boy, was my mouth watering in anticipation. Warming, I also got a sweet coconut smell and man, I was ready to get Bouncy! Mouthfeel was medium and the tropical favors just seemed to pop on my tongue. I keep thinking of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers from when I was a kid and we would stuff our cheeks with one of each flavor. Finish was dry, but not gaspingly so. It managed to evince just enough sweetness to keep it just right and eminently drinkable. Beyonce would be proud to bounce with one of these! (1,931 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a big fluffy 3" head. Spotty lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: light earthy and citrus aroma.

Taste: bready malt presence with mild grapefruit, mango, a bit of orange, and an earthy and woody hop presence.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the end. Refreshing.

Overall: an easy drinking pale ale that is low in ABV. Clearly a session ale that several pints can be enjoyed. (471 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at Cannibal in Kips Bay. Love me a lower ABV pale. I'd believe you if you said it's a session IPA, but it's not quite burying with hops like Stone Go To or Founders All-Day, however. The aroma is a bit subdued, it's lacking a big pop of hops, but does have a pleasant mix of bready malt and citrus. The flavor picks up the hops with a cutting grapefruit bitterness and light grassy and pine notes. It's a simpler profile, but clean and tasty. The body is also on the lighter side for the style, in the neighborhood of a great session beer. (550 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear dirty golden color with a smallish white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Aromas of minty, pine, citrus and a hint of stone and tropical fruits with a barely perceptible bready malt base. The flavor showcases more of the bready crackery malt. Hints of pepper underneath pine, lemon, and citrusy hop flavor. Moderate level of hop bitterness. Light to medium light body with an ample amount of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Great session able ale, for my taste could use just a hint more malt, but I'm happy to drink as is. And thank you for not raping me with an insane price point Smutty. (643 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, straw-gold coloring, with a ton of carbonation throughout, and a tall, fluffy, dense, white head. Nose of toasted grains, lemon grass, pepper spice, evergreen, and subtle resin. Flavors are very herbal forward, with a blast of basil, oregano, pepper, pine tassel, pine pitch, toasted grains, and tangy, tart lemon. This one is a bit unbalanced. Light, frothy, effervesced body, with a heavily spiced and tart aftertaste. The finish has a tangy and tart linger, and comes off slightly astringent. (556 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Slight hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose and flavor looking for the caramel malt to balance the grassy hops but not there. Bitterness throughout. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (317 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant herbal hop and light grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a full herbal hop spice with a touch of pine. There was a light thin graininess that was easily overshadowed by the lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty herbal hop driven session IPA. (459 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a GRAPEFRUITY beer....the scent is so grapefruit is almost skunk like. The taste is bitter with grapefruit. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. I would not buy this again. (204 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

(3.40) A: Healthy 2 inch capping that was coarse, foamy with a dairy color showing a respectable amount of retention. Pale pumpkin orange coloring with a slight protein haze. Medium rate of macro-carbonation bubbles. Lasting coverage with big, spongy spots on the vessel for lacing.

(3.35) S: Aroma was freshly squeezed lemon, nice level of awareness, perfumy, smooth, with some lightly dry whole barley grains.

(3.40) T: Flavor was dry grains, dry pale lemon with a mid-range of semi-dry bitterness. Some orange, dry wheat with a slight increased bitterness of pine and dry grapefruit upon the swallow.

(3.25) M: Light bodied, quiet carbonation, nothing that would really contribute to the overall enjoyment.

(3.40) O: fairly basic in complexity, and basically a filler session style ipa that pales in comparison to the likes of stone's go to and founders all day. (874 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness, but not overpowering. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, pine, slight caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, good aroma, and body. (475 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent and sessionable beer. (257 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle dated Jan 2014. Sampled on March 16, 2014 so reasonably fresh.

The pour is a cloudy golden amber color with a quick white head that becomes a ring for the remainder of the session.

The aroma has a short burst of toasted biscuit malts but then the four hops that are used to brew this really kick in and emit a floral, grassy scent.

Light body mostly but also smooth.

Like the taste, the flavor evolves from a quick introduction of caramel and biscuit malts to an explosion of citrus and biter hops that linger quite some time at the finish. Smuttynose says they do not want to call this a session beer but in the end that's what it is. (664 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold with a huge head into my glass. Let's see how this stacks up against other "session" IPAs.

Grassy and full of citrus notes in the nose.

Clean, crisp and tasty. Pine dominates in the middle.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Very bitter with a lot of pine tar.

While it's not the best example I've had, it's a respectable IPA that will stoke your taste buds. (374 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had no idea this was a session IPA. Pretty biased on the style being lackluster.

A - Very little head just a 1/4 inch that pulls back to some good lacing. Very dirty bright yellow orange tons of floaties meaning its either old or unfiltered.
S - Quite bland I smell no hops just mild herbal notes and mostly sweet biscuit malts. I sip.
T - Wow thats a level of unbalanced bitterness I hoped I could avoid. It's almost medicinal with the hops they used. Very little malt balance and watery man this is bad.
M - As I said it's light and it shows with just a hop assault and no malt backup.

Quite possibly the worst session IPA I ever tasted and I am shamed that Smuttynose would release this but I didn't like the hoppy brown ale either, so maybe the hop harvest is just heavy herbal hop taste/pine floor cleaner? (814 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A decent, predictable aroma of hops, citrus, and malt.

T: This one really comes off the rails with the flavor. It has some nice traces of fruit and malt, but the hops content is way out of whack. It's not masked well (or there's a disproportionate amount of them), and comes off as harsh and overly bitter.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a super bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not one of Smuttynose's better efforts. While some of the components are alright, the flavor just fails. Could have been better. (675 characters)

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