Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.35/5 rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a bomber.
Orange hazy appearance.
Thin head, that quickly disappears.
Strong Belgian yeast aroma.
Can taste the La Chouffe influence.
Not very hoppy, may have dissipated considering it is a 2013 bottle.
Overall, a decent beer. Not a huge fan of Smuttynose Big Beer Series, but they certainly captured the essence of Belgian Strong Golden Ale.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 19:33:16 | More by Eamonn-Cummings3
2.86/5 rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
I know I've had some good Smuttynose beers in the past, but I have to say that after this one and especially after the Gravitation beer, Smuttynose and I are going to take a break, at least as far as their "Big Beer" series.
This pours a cloudy very light copper color with a medium head and average retention. Lacing is pretty good. The smell is unfortunately overpowered by alcohol, although when straining to see past the alcohol I find some nice fruit, including cherry and berry, and malt tastes, and it's clear there's some yeast being used here. The taste suffers from a lack of balance, with the alcohol flavor out of control. The yeast seems to offer some nice flavors, but the label on the beer says that it is "Impregnated with loads of hop character", and yet I find very, very little hop character here at all. By the way, don't drink this beer when pregnant or when looking for a balanced and flavorful beer. Anyway, it's OK--it's not well thought out, like the Gravitation beer, and I wish I hadn't bought such a large bottle of it. The mouthfeel is drying but spot on as far as thickness, but overall it's a beer I would try again as it needs to be reconstructed.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 00:39:37 | More by DeFaz
Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.