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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

403 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 403
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | 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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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a semi-hazy golden-orange color with a two finger white rocky foam head lasting for about four minutes, leaving behind wonderful sheets of lacing on the glass. Higher side of medium carbonation levels and body thickness. Texture can get just a bit oily and sticky in the mouth.

Smells of oranges (both peel and juice), plenty of Belgian yeasty phenolic funk and pineapple, some pears and green apples at medium levels, and smaller amounts of boozey alcohol, pepper, and clove spicing with some faint ghostly banana in the background. The flavor follows suit with the few subtle differences being a higher level of rising alcoholic hotness to the finish and some more floral and earthy tones sprinkled around in the midsip. Kudos for actually presenting a challenging level of Brett funk in conjunction with a strong enough honeyed / pilsner malt and hopping to stand up properly to its' boldness.

This one really seems like a candidate to cellar for a few months to maybe half a year in order to smooth down the rough alcoholic edges. Alas, I only had one bottle which I consumed fresh, as I have never had it before. I will certainly be on the lookout for it again next release for experimental cellaring purposes.
Fresh- 4.5 4 4 3.5
Aged- ? ? ? ?

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 21:18:37 | More by WastingFreetime
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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.