Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kinsman:
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Excited to try a new (well sort-of new) addition to the Big Beer Series. Pours a bright glowing orange with a slight bit of haze to it and a solid inch of frothy white head.
Aroma starts off with some bready and grainy malt backbone before the yeast notes start to come in. Lots of fruity esters and just a bit of clove and white pepper spice. Hops add just a touch of grass and floralness but not as much as expected.
Sweet, fruity, malty, hoppy... these are all words that could describe the variety of flavors coming across the palate. Toasted grain sets up the malt backbone on which the yeast and hops battle for flavor supremacy. Hops add some herbal and slightly citrusy character and yeast add some green apple and berry like fruitiness. Definitely a bit of spice coming from the yeast as well but not as strong as some Belgian style ales. Finishes with a good kick of hoppy bitterness and warming bite from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, much more so than expected but I think it suits this beer well. Overall, I have a tough time with Beligan IPAs. I like hops and I like Belgian yeast character but I'm not so sure I like them together. That being said, for what it is, Homonculus is a fine example of what a Belgian IPA should be. Hoppy and yeasty with just enough malt to keep it all in line.
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2011 15:46:36 | More by Kinsman
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3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This certainly live up to the big beer name. My sample has 2012 marked as the bottle conditioning date. I guess it's ready.
It's a pretty golden color with nice natural foaminess. The aroma isn't huge, but it is big and sweet and gives a warning. The taste follows through with a malty hugeness, offset by yeasty and hoppy hugeness. It's properly balanced, but huge on all taste fronts. Perhaps the thing out of balance is liquid - this could be diluted significantly and still be flavorful.
The aftertaste lingers bitter on the tongue. Overall this is a appropriately big brew that works. I was hoping for a more delicate take on the style but this is brutal.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 16:23:36 | More by schoolboy
Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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