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: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JayT on 11-19-2013

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 533
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)

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 HamdenHector
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although this is categorized as an APA, my bottle is labeled IPA;

A: cloudy; honey colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, got a 1 finger white head that receded but was still somewhat there at the end; moderate lacing;

S: pine, lemon, pineapple;

T: bitterness is moderate from the start all the way thru the finish; a hint of lemon upfront; pine in mid-palate; some lemon rind in the finish; bitterness is predominant throughout;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I enjoyed everything about this except the lemon rind in the finish; it added an astringency that was a little off putting for me; (609 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Cloudy yellow some carbonation and a one finger head.

S-Some malt, well mainly malt. Tad bit of dirt and grass.

T-Ehh. All over the place and not good. Malty, some poor grassy dirt flavors as well. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, not much in the way of hop resins.

O-Not sure who thought it was a good idea to release this beer. It isn't very good and when there is Finestkind available you'd be crazy to get this instead. (452 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Smuttynose and consider them to be highly underrated. That said, I didn't much care for this one. Falls into the watered down dandelion flavored spectrum of session ipa's. (178 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 Bone53
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Hazy golden orange color with a finger off white head

Smell: Slight pine and citrus

Taste: Grassy, pine, and bitter grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Light body, but extremely bitter with no sweetness or anything to balance it out.

Overall: As with Finest Kind and even more so here, its all bitter with no real hop presence to back it up. Put some citrus/tropical hop varieties into your hoppy beers Smuttynose! I will be sticking to their darker offerings from now on. (548 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, citrus, grassy, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, pale, toasted malts, and mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, bitterness, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice hoppy pale or session IPA. I'll revisit this again sometime soon. (576 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Super-fresh 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass with a semi-hazy golden body. The head forms to one finger tall with a creamy texture. Head retention is subpar and a frothy ring leaves webs and spots of lace.

S- Hops come on strong, perhaps medium strength compared to similar modern brews. Dank, grassy and herbal with citrus in there as well as slight fruits. Light yeast and grainy hints.

T- Citrus and a resinous bitterness really open up here as well as a bit more stone fruit and tropical fruit hops. The dank, herbal and grassy hops are still the main players. Light grains and yeast fruits.

MF- Medium bodied for this style with a substantial creaminess building up on the palate. Carbonation is moderately high and a bitter bite clings on the taste buds in the finish.

Stands out a bit from other recent session brews with a thicker, creamier body and resinous dank, herbal hops making up a large portion of the flavor. (936 characters)

Photo of slarrage
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a six pack - best by 11/06/14 - 4.3% abv

Light, golden appearance. Looks refreshing.

Smells real nice. Crisp/sharp citrus and pine.

Citrus comes through in taste but the bitterness overpowers and lingers long after a sip.

Lacks body/malt, nothing to balance out the bitterness.

Smells good but the bitterness really takes away from sessionability/refreshment factor. (381 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours very cloudy orange gold color with a ton of bubbles racing up and lively carbonation zipping up to a 2 finger thick foamy white head that faded very slowly and left good lacing. Smells of malt, flowers, piney hops, tangerine, light grapefruit, biscuit and some earthy spices; almost has a nose that’s a cross between and IPA and a Belgian Pale Ale and it smells good. Tastes like it smells, with orange peel, sweet malt, floral hops or flowers, piney hops, dry grass, tangerine, grapefruit, biscuit, wheat or hay, and some earthy spices like pepper and coriander; a lot more bitter and citrusy then the last time I had this and this bottle was more flavorful than I expected. Smooth mouthfeel, average body, mild carbonation and a zesty citrus bitterness that somehow makes for a tasty session IPA. It may be too bitter for some people but I liked this the second time around much better and would have it again for sure now after a second try. (952 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin and foamy head. A faintly fruity nose with little hop presence. Pine and grapefruit are overpowered by big bitterness. This seems to be a signature trait of Smuttynose. The carbonation seems too high, and detracts from the mouthfeel. Another glass of bitterness from Smutty. Not a fan of this beer, or this brewery. (320 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a 4.2% ABV edition touted as a session IPA.

Medium yellow body, slight orange hue with decent head, poor retention. Grassy scents, sourness, and hops dominate the nose. Crisp and light and a very, very astringent feel. I get that it contributes to the sessionability, but you can find a good session beer with better flavor and feel in multiple other categories of ale and lager. Too astringent as it seemingly took the bitter from the hops, but left the good juice-the devil's cut-behind. In fact, the only positive notes I had when tasting is when I swirled the yeast sediments on the bottom, and poured it into the beer to finally achieve a semblance of balance. Too bitter for an APA, bitter enough for an IPA, but that's all it's preaching. (750 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with suspended sediment and covered with some nice, thick frothiness. Light, zesty citrus, apricot, and floral hop aromas mix with some tea and wort. Fresh, light, hoppy flavor. Floral, citrus peel bitterness, “greenness”, and light grain. Light and dry, perhaps a bit under-carbonated, but pleasant, easy drinking here. (337 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side.

The smell was pine cones, rotting oranges, and old hay.

The taste was grass, pine and not much citrus. It almost tasted like drinking a bitter grass with a malt presence.

Was not a fan. Too bitter for a pale ale and its still too hop forward for what Smuttynose was trying to accomplish with a sessionable, low alcohol pale ale. (390 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma has citrus, pine, and a big grassy and malt character.

The flavor follows in the front of grapefruit and lots of grass and pine. There's a light bready malt, along with some hints of yeasty qualities coming through. The beer is decently malt driven and a good session pale ale without pushing too much onto the IPA category. (335 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 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 BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fairly quickly fades down to a bubbly cap

S: Some nice citrusy hops stand out amongst bready malts and light graininess. Slightly grassy and floral as well

T: Starts off with some grassy and citrusy hops that get balanced with a bit of maltiness and some grainy/husk notes. A bit astringent. Bitter in the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Starts off nice but gets quite bitter and astringent towards the back end. A solid "session" IPA aside from that, though (554 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale light copper with plenty of sediment. There is a half finger of head that dissipates very quickly. The nose has some hoppiness to it. The body and flavor profile are light while the hop bitterness on the finish is downright stinging. The hoppiness becomes slightly unpleasant with no malt backbone to counter the astringency.

I have pretty much given up on “session” IPAs as a sub-style, but I really wanted to try this one because Finest Kind is one of my favorite IPAs. (497 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glassy this has been newly released as a year round beer in the 6 and 12pk format. The recipe was tweaked slightly from the pervious short batch release.

A: Hazy golden pour with tawny hues. Creamy off-white head settles quickly. Thin broken rings of lacing.

S: Toasted hemp seed and pine resin are forward on the nose. Lighter notes of vague citrus, passion fruit, and honeydew melon underneath. Dry crackery malt base.

T: Very earthy. Pine resin, toasted hemp seed, dry leaves. Clamping bitterness. Ruby red grapefruit fights through the toasted edge. Some more playful melon and passion fruit notes are buried deeply. Imprisoned is a better way to describe it, as they are stifled by all the biting bitterness and earthy flavors. Toasty and crackery malt. Dry toasty and resins finish provides no respite from the clamping bitterness; it lingers long after.

M: Light body has a nice creamy feel before the floor drops out from under it and it evaporates right off of the tongue. Prickling carbonation. Hop astringencies are out of control.

O: There is no semblance of balance here whatsoever. Like most session IPAs, it sacrifices body and abv but still let's the hops run rampant. It is unpleasantly bitter and astringent. I know many out there crave that strong, rip your tongue out hop grit and flavor, but this is taking it too far. The best IPAs out there have a malt body that really anchors the hop onslaught and keeps it in line just enough. Most session IPAs coming on to the market do not. So I guess if I'm rating to style, it's roughly upper middle of the pack. No part of me really wants to go back for more of this though. I would not recommend this for a neophyte either. There's too much at play here that will turn off a noob. (1,783 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 koutkid41
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Lightly hazy and pale golden color. Average white head with small bubbles.

S: Sweet tropical citrus (kiwi, mangos, grapefruit mostly) smells great. Really appealing smell.

T: Sweet tropical taste alot of kiwi. The malt back bone plays the biggest role however with some toasted bread notes. The breadiness has a light chalkiness to it. The back end falls a bit flat and dry.

M: Medium bodied. Dry crispness to it, not alot of residual sugar.Really like the mouth feel.

O: looks great, smells great, tastes great, and good body. Not too many flaws in this beer. I could drink a lot of them and enjoy doing it. Maybe tone down the lingering bitterness just a notch to really be able to drink these all night but an overall above quality beer at a great price. This quenches my thirst for a great IPA without being high in alcohol. Wish i bought more of these. Six packs in the summer i hope. (897 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 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)

Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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