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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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very good

415 Ratings

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 14
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dwagner003, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

dknight75, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

2dogbrew, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

TastyAdventure, Feb 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Falcone, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottling

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with just an OK head that leaves some clumps of lace

Smell: Fruity (Juicy Fruit gum and pear nectar) and sweet with fusel alcohol tones

Taste: Fusel alcohol and spicy phenols jut forward to mask the fruit (the Juicy Fruit and pear tones detected in the aroma) and whatever hops that used to be detectable when the beer was fresh; very sweet, after the swallow, with a golden syrup flavor that becomes cloying, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Perhaps this beer was better when fresh as the hops could have balanced out the other flavors; at this point, however, it is unbalanced and cloying; true Belgians (even hoppy ones) typically have more staying power

brentk56, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Eamonn-Cummings3, Jan 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
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rrski198, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

pjkelley82, Jan 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

JKV96, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

brokentee, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

KimenTshom, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

baltimorebeerman, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Beerbuddy21, Dec 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

jlivings757, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

WallyHop, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jman005, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

AndyEich, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Satchboogie, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of DeFaz
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

DeFaz, Nov 17, 2013
Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.