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Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Bouncy House IPASmuttynose Bouncy House IPA

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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 565
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 31.55%
Wants: 13
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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: 87 | Hads: 565
Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured golden into a pint glass with a one finger head
S - Citrus and orange peel
T - Grapefruit, a little bit of malt and the above nose.
M - Medium body and a crisp a bit of dry finish.
O - A refreshing and hoppy session ipa that has a bit of bitterness that is very drinkable.

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Photo of Omnium
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clouded yellow gold with a finger of foamy white head, medium lacing
S - Biscuit and cracker malt, grass, lemon zest, pine, orange.
T - Nearly the same thing as the aroma, just very generic.
M - Clean lighter body.
O - Par for this course, this could easily be a pale ale for some other breweries.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good session IPA. I think the page for this beer needs to be updated, looks like when it was set up it was a small batch release, but I believe this is being distributed more widely now by Smutty. Cool graphic on the bottle of a guy with some sick bounce house moves. Good amount of hoppiness, citrus, and I think I had a little spruce as well, more flavor than you get in some session beers. This will make a good fall beer for football watching on a Sunday afternoon if you're trying to find something to accompany a three game stretch. Nice stuff.

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Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smutty's new session IPA.

Fun label graphic of two women bouncing our way.

Best By 10/30/14. A six month estimated lifespan would suggest this was bottled at the end of April and is now two months old. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Nearly clear orange with an inch tall white head which receded quickly to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild citrus.

t: Considerable bitter orange/grapefruit up front over a light malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. The citrus notes are somewhat retained but turn more resiny later.

m: Light to medium. Good body. Moderate carbonation tingle.

o; One of the more hoppy of the new session IPAs everyone is coming out with. Refreshing. , although the overall bitterness does tend to grate a bit after awhile. Still this would rank as one of the top session IPAs out there.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
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;

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Photo of rlee1390
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Bone53
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of slarrage
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.