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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

414 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.37% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This hoppy, Belgian-style golden ale first appeared in early 2007 as the first edition of our Short Batch Series. At that time, we called it the Gnome, an homage to Brasserie d'Achouffe.

45 IBU

2011 - 9.9%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-11-2007)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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DoubleJ

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

More Smuttynose in Southern California? That means another beer from this New England brewery to try. From a 22 ounce bottle with weird sperm-like artwork on the label, on to the beer:

The color is toasted gold and topped with a finger's thickness of creamy head. Retention on top is good, and several spots of it cling to the glass. The aroma is a festival of different notes. It combines the aspects of an American IPA with a rustic Belgian blonde. I can smell candied orange, leather, sweet potato, and a squirt of tropical fruit juice.

Flavor goes more in the direction of an IPA. It helps that orange dusted with sugar makes the dominate flavor to the beer, with smaller notes to compliment. The hops are "juicy", sweet grapefruit make their marks, but not to be forgotten are grassy notes, a moderate bitterness, and tree sap. This is built on a canvas of a full body with a sparkle of carbonation and much of the alcohol hidden well.

Fine on its own, and better consumed with a steak dinner. I can't wait to see what else Smuttynose has sent to the region!

03-10-2014 06:01:38 | More by DoubleJ
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured into a large tulip glass a slight hazed medium golden with a nice blooming white crown that left globs of lace as it settled ever so slowly.Spiced phenols and overripe citrus fruit mainly in the nose,the phenols are the main component and that kinda turned me off a little.Medicenel and tropical citrus fruit hop flavors with spicy phenols in the background.while the phenolic flavors are held in check somewhat,the beer lacks a whole lot of complexity in my mind.

09-06-2011 18:27:11 | More by oberon
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npala86

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

10-23-2013 15:14:23 | More by npala86
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-07-2014 00:49:26 | More by GameOfBeers
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wrycon

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Appearance is slightly muddled, but overall clear. Gold in complexion. Short head is somewhat thin and dissipates quickly. Smells quite yeasty, with a hint of funk. Picking up some wheat and citrus. Hmmm... Tastes heavy and flat to start with a thick, almost banana flavor. Minor carbonation carries the middle through a sharp and yeasty blockade. Ends semi-sweet and hot with more of that thick banana flavor. Wondering if this would be better given more time.

Like it? It's OK

12-05-2011 00:07:56 | More by wrycon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

“The Gnome” has been reborn in this Big Beer Series. Golden in color with a touch of haze and large carbonation bub- bles that yield a creamy white head. Soft, powdery funk in the nose. Musty orchard, light phenols, gum, pepper, sweet herbal and spicy notes. Fairly light bodied. Prickly carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel, as the beer warms on the palate. Tamed alcohol heat and spice. Quite malty and sweet. Bready, candied fruit, banana, some lemon, white pepper and lingering bubblegum. A bit rough around the edges, but overall a very complex and solid offering that offers a lot to discerning palates and fans of Belgian-inspired ales.

12-15-2011 13:32:50 | More by BeerAdvocate
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-03-2014 00:11:44 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

In a tulip glass this beer was a bright golden color with a small white head.

It had a sweet malt aroma. Some fruit, mainly banana. Spice.

I really liked the taste. Yeasty bread. Banana, with a little citrus. Some clove. A nice hoppy finish.

A little on the crisp side. Refreshing. A very nice Belgian IPA.

07-31-2011 19:40:51 | More by lordofthewiens
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-30-2013 21:34:57 | More by JakerLou
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Sampled several of these and even took notes (!) at the Blind Tiger in NYC, p0ured kind of flat unfortunatly, cloudy dark apricot, leaving just a smidge of lacing, nose is Belgian yeastyness, and fruits and flavor notes were of more fruits, bananas, yeast and the expected crisp and spicy and resiny hops. Alot of interest here, respectable take on a style I love, looking foward to more of this from Smutty and hopefully lots of other American and Belgian brewers.

04-07-2007 17:16:37 | More by Billolick
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uratowel

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +30.2%

03-06-2012 03:37:22 | More by uratowel
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-26-2013 10:49:58 | More by jaminjohnson
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Homunculus opens with a nose that is exactly in line with the Belgian-style Golden Ale that it is: heavy on the banana and clove aromas, with touches of spicy black pepper resting just beneath, and tangible whiffs of pineapple, pear, cherry, and apple fruit esters rounding out the sugars. The nose is slightly more pineapple-based than I normally prefer, giving the brew a fruit cocktail-like overtone. Subtle wheat field notes do help ground the sugars.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a whang of banana and clove, but a split second later these are joined by pear, black pepper, white grape, and apple fruit esters, as well as a good spicy layer that helps further shape the overall effect. The pineapple is thankfully largely gone from the mouthful, replaced by a rind of grapefruit and lemon from the hops, which also contribute a nice buzz to the soft palate (45 IBUs). Toast crust and biscuit bring the beer back to earth. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, the hops lingering for far longer than do the sugars, and lasts for a good while, though at the end it does take on an unfortunate taste of dandelion-stem. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good Belgian fare, presenting many of the common flavors of the style, but ramped up in typical Smuttynose Big Beer style to not-normally-seen levels. Even with these larger flavors, the beer manages to be fairly well balanced on the tongue, with only a fairly strong alcoholic kick (the result of the 9.9% ABV) marring what are otherwise great flavors. Worth trying.

12-21-2011 18:26:13 | More by jondeelee
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-29-2013 11:30:45 | More by Janeinma
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-20-2013 22:50:47 | More by Mantooth
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-13-2013 21:16:42 | More by doremite
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-18-2014 07:01:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

ST: 22oz bomber poured into a wine glass. Bottle lists when the beer was conditioned, but it does not list an ABV.

A: It is a golden orange color and mostly clear, though there is a bit of haze. It has a thin white head (disappointing) which disappears quickly, but it does leave nice lacing with each swirl.

S: Rose, pine, banana, grapefruit, candy, and fruity esters.

T: Grapefruit, bubblegum, and piney hops dominate along with a strong alcohol burn and taste.

M: Heavy and dry.

O: Homunculus has lots of hop flavor, but it does not blend the alcohol well. The high presence of the alcohol in the flavor gets in the way of the better elements of this beer.

12-06-2011 20:54:27 | More by ianjsullivan
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

(Served in a tulip glass)
2011 on bottle
Almost pasted this up because I tend not to drink beers with sperm on the label. Glad I didn't

A- This beer pours a very slight hazy body with a murky caramel color on the second pour. There is a sticky white film of head that last and leaves register marks on the glass. There is a slow motion of microbubbles swirling to the surface.

S- The full aroma of pears and banana esters is more yeasty than fruity wit a nice finish of green herbal hops that balance the esters nicely.

T- The candy malt quality is not overly sweet with a nice circus peanut candy quality to follow and a dry green hop snap in the finish that has some dry estery fruit notes to it. There is a soft mineral water flavor that could be saison yeast in character but a is only in the background.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a velvety fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat making it hard to believe this is a 9.9 % ABV beer.

O- This beer has a great yeast character with a nice crisp hop finish that balances the flavor and aroma. The dry finish and slight sweetness upfront really makes this beer easy to drink.

09-12-2011 20:27:49 | More by rhoadsrage
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RBM

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-06-2012 22:08:35 | More by RBM
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

22 oz.

Golden amber color, spazzy bubbles, creamy, thick foam, moderate size head, dissipates quick with a nice ring of foam sticking around.

A nice citrus tang in the hops, spicey, tangy earth effect, honey-sweet malt with minty and green aroma's.

A fat complexity, thick and sweet malt, wild honey and caramel along with a major fruity and sharp bite. Earthy yeast and hops, all in pretty good balance, high heat, maybe too much heat even mixed in with the complexity of the other flavor's.

The feel is sharp and dry but crisp, hefty-medium feel, very substantial just like most Smutty's.

Very bold flavor's make this a big beer for sure, major complexity, maybe too big.

08-16-2011 21:25:09 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2011 00:40:21 | More by alamode
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +19.3%

I love big beers, I love Smuttynose, and I love their Big Beer Series. Despite the mildly disturbing label, I'm way excited to try this...

Pours a soupy copper-gold color, white a snow-white head that's creamy and not huge, but long-lasting...and a ton of wild lace shapes are left on the glass.

Been a while since I've smelled a new beer that kept my nose diving back in for whiff after whiff. The perfect melange of tropical and citrus fruits, tell-tale Belgian yeast earthiness, other funky/dirty traits, and a clean, friendly, sweet spiciness.

While the alcohol definitely plays a starring role in the taste of Homunculus, it's kept in check by the just-right earthy/funky/fruity yeast, the mango-like spiciness, the green American hops twang, and the clean hops-driven, light breeziness of the flavor and feel. Yeah, the feel is a wonderful, buoyant, light-but-substantial thing of perfect balance between carbonation and a texturally slick, banana-like ride. Speaking of banana, that also comes through in the subtly complex flavor profile. There's a milky/creamy vibe (taste and feel), with the alcohol coming in just enough to lift all these flavors up to the next level. I get new things each sip.

Oh my...I'm gonna need some alone-time with Homunculus. Chalk another one up to the usually AMAZING Big Beer Series. Go Smutty!

08-26-2011 22:36:49 | More by Metalmonk
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Recent bottle. A lot is going on in this. Pours unfiltered look, milky orange golden with a small retained head. Somewhat sweet slightly funky aroma. Easy mouthfeel, yeasty sweet with a hop bitter finish. A little orange juice. Brett aftertaste. Understated carbonation, aided drinkability.IBu 75 a little surprising.

01-03-2012 04:08:30 | More by Sammy
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-29-2013 23:42:14 | More by whatname
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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.