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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

382 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 382
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%


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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-17-2013 17:39:01 | More by mrfrancis
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luvbier

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-18-2014 17:02:28 | More by luvbier
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schoolboy

Ohio

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
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Mattias

Sweden

3/5  rDev -22.1%

04-11-2014 20:15:23 | More by Mattias
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pfhanlon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-07-2014 12:45:31 | More by pfhanlon
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-04-2014 05:59:40 | More by VeganUndead
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-31-2014 03:58:32 | More by thatoneguymike
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Irishterrier74

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

03-28-2014 23:51:53 | More by Irishterrier74
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edglodek

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-28-2014 00:12:31 | More by edglodek
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Bstrickler

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +29.9%

03-21-2014 02:53:54 | More by Bstrickler
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Homunculus has a thin, off-white head, a brilliant, very bubbly, gold-orange appearance, and a bit of splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of full, sweet, yeasty, spicy, bready malt, and the flavor is of all that, with distinct pepper and floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Smuttynose Homunculus finishes semi-dry, mellow, hefty, rich, and delicious. Overall, this is outstanding!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 17:47:28 | More by RonaldTheriot
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-16-2014 00:11:11 | More by Loco_Joe
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DoubleJ

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 06:01:38 | More by DoubleJ
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-09-2014 21:20:40 | More by sanitarium16
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Skillz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-09-2014 02:52:46 | More by Skillz
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Joecaddie

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-28-2014 02:23:35 | More by Joecaddie
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-25-2014 01:42:48 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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dwagner003

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-22-2014 23:48:18 | More by dwagner003
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SlainteAlbanyNY

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-22-2014 00:17:32 | More by SlainteAlbanyNY
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-19-2014 02:35:49 | More by PorterLambic
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dknight75

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-15-2014 21:31:42 | More by dknight75
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Josbor11

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-13-2014 21:59:09 | More by Josbor11
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-10-2014 01:12:52 | More by 2dogbrew
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-09-2014 18:42:08 | More by TastyAdventure
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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.