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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

418 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Axnjxn, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

dar482, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of swierczt
4/5  rDev +4.2%

swierczt, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of somelikehops
4/5  rDev +4.2%

somelikehops, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rekrule, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Ajlvt, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Tatuchris
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Tatuchris, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Wrigfen
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Wrigfen, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +4.2%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Madubz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Madubz, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

hopley, May 27, 2013
Photo of Squidly
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Squidly, May 26, 2013
Photo of BrianJohnson
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

BrianJohnson, May 11, 2013
Photo of AnnArborJoe
4/5  rDev +4.2%

AnnArborJoe, May 10, 2013
Photo of blknikon
4/5  rDev +4.2%

blknikon, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of jmilo64
3/5  rDev -21.9%

jmilo64, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Zachtheporter, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of jderosia603
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jderosia603, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chose for a very stressful day. I have a hefty interview this evening. I needed to unwind in between, poured off 8oz from a bomber to keep me sane. i'll finish the rest later. Golden spice. I can taste candy and toffee. What a nice bubbly mouthfeel as well. Certainly packs a punch at 9.37% but even at room temperature right out of the conditioning closet, only on the last part of the finish does the warming quality of the booze mellow into the mix.

smallbatchbrewer, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Willytee3
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Willytee3, Mar 18, 2013
Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.