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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very good

426 Ratings

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy deep orange, two finger light and fluffy head, tries to leave some lacing.

S-Grass, lemon, coriander, orange, slight hops.

T-Starts with malt, lemon, orange and citrus. Grass coriander, mild bitterness. Balance is a tad off because of the alcohol heat.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, tad thick, alcohol heat.

O-The only big knock on the beer is that is doesn't need all the alcohol. Toning it down and letting some more hop character through would improve it greatly.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft at bottle revolution in raleigh.

pours a hazy golden beeswax color with a slight head. smell is hoppy and yeasty. taste is big on the hops but also on some sweet malts. this is a very sweet IPA. a bit thicker than most. good flavor profile, a lot going on here.

overall not your normal IPA, but that's ok. its good all the same. one is enough though.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours out in a very cloudy amber orange color with a big white head.

The aroma is quite huge of citrus, tropical fruits, with lots of bready malts. It has that Belgian yeast fruity ester than lots of spice notes. You definitely get the sense that this is similar to the La Chouffe yeast strain because of the fruity pop.

The flavor follows with a big malty body of cracker or biscuit malt. There's then some lemon, grapefruit, apple, and apricot. The end hits then with some spicy notes. There is also a hint of alcohol in the back of this beer.

This is an interesting complex beer that is actually quite big for the style. A really big La Chouffe or Houblon if that helps describe this beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice golden color but with less head than I expected from a Belgian-style brew because these brews (Dubbels, Tripels, etc.) generally have a very thick head. No matter. Smelled like a Belgian beer - with a very fruity, sweet aroma. Tasted exactly like I expected. Really a very good beer. I was very impressed with this one. If I didn't know it came from Smuttynose, I would have guessed that some order of trappist monks had brewed it somewhere in Europe.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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