1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

428 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 428
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-11-2007

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: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 428 | Reviews: 169
Photo of Rothobinide
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msquared36
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Beer had big flavors but they were not balanced. Sweet fruit taste clashed rather than enhance. Also, somehow even with the big flavor, the alcohol was noticeable. This one was bottled in 2011, so maybe the age detracted.

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle conditioned in 2013.

Toffee sweetness, confectioners sugar, pear, green apple, and clove dominate the aroma. Great ester profile. There's a hint of must. Flavor reveals tart crabapple at the base, with notes of peach leading into a slightly sweet, toasted malt backbone. The finish is peppery and a touch bitter. Perfumey esters add complexity. Alcohol surfaces in the aftertaste. That tart character dominates a bit more than I'd prefer, and adding in the booze makes it almost have an acetone quality.

Photo of kplooki
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ARico77
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Alexomalley
1.08/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dad got me this one while in the States a while back. Thanks for the brews pop!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2013

APPEARANCE: Pours a large, three finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Cloudy gamboge orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a full foamy cap and coats the glass with lacing. Half wisp with sheets of lacing down the glass. Good looking brew for sure.

SMELL: Pale malts, green fruits, apples, spicy cloves and yeasty spices on the nose. Medium strength and plenty Belgian in style.

TASTE: Pale malts, spicy cloves and green fruit sweetness up front. Medium but lingering finish of spicy yeast, cloves, caramel sweetness, green fruit and apples, as well as some bitter floral hops for balance. Flavorful and plenty spicy as well.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Full and creamy for sure. Good feel.

OVERALL: A very good beer. Lots of good aromas and flavors, and definitely showcases the spicy nature of Belgian yeast, which is a hallmark of this style. I would have liked to see more hop flavor perhaps as opposed to the hops simply providing bitterness, but the spicy and estery qualities of the yeast made this an enjoyable drink. Though the fuller feel is definitely not Belgian in character, I’m a fan and appreciated the creamy fullness here. Definitely a quality brew that’s well worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again dad!

Photo of paulys55
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beerfootfreak
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WMBGALE
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of akang
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of polopaul20
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of stephy1771
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ambiguousfigures
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bleedblue9150
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.