Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Bouncy House IPASmuttynose Bouncy House IPA

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JayT on 11-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mntlover
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly cloudy burnt yellow color with a small white head that falls to ring.

Aroma is nice citrus /floral notes leaning towards lemon grass some what. Nice inviting smell riding on lightly bready malt base.

Taste is nice big hop flavors tropical fruits, lemon grass notes or maybe leaning little toward lime at least in the finish. Light crisp sessionable brew, must say for me the best of these new light ABV IPA's that I have tried.

Mouthfeel is light crisp easy drinking brew. Goes down smooth and favorable.

Overall very nice for this style. Not sure if these would be sessionable for me as they go down twice as fast as a higher ABV IPA, so might be getting more alcohol in the system this way. I believe this is my new go to lawnmower beer.

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Photo of jageraholic
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually buy the smutty short batch series due to price (except for durty because its incredible) but this guy surprised me for 2.99. Poured into a pint glass and Here we go.

A: half inch or so of head faded down to a nice thick line floating on the beer. Looks like it will leave some lacing as this gets drank. Very golden color. Looks like a macro beer which appearance quality wise is damn good. Very clear, very golden and a lotta microbubbles constantly rising.

S: smells great. Bright tropical notes hit the nose, mango, kiwi, as the shit beer geeks video says, "can really smell the citra in this." followed by some breadiness. Cant wait to try it.

T: some malt forward followed by great tropical fruits. Second sip starts a wave a bitterness in the end that feels like it will be here to stay throughout the beer. A bready sweet finish mixes with the bitterness to almost balance it out. Some different tropical fruit in this. Maybe some melon and honeydew. Something thats a sweeter citrus than grapefruit.

M: medium bodied. Coats the mouth nice and the carbonation feels just right for the style. A slightly dry finish. Doesn't have the watery feel i've gotten in other "session" ipas like all day.

O: looks great, smells great, tastes great, and good body. Not too many flaws in this beer. I could drink a lot of them and enjoy doing it. Maybe tone down the lingering bitterness just a notch to really be able to drink these all night but an overall above quality beer at a great price. This quenches my thirst for a great IPA without being high in alcohol. Wish i bought more of these. Six packs in the summer i hope.

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Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant herbal hop and light grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a full herbal hop spice with a touch of pine. There was a light thin graininess that was easily overshadowed by the lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty herbal hop driven session IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is becoming a Smuttynose afternoon here in Chez Woody's kitchen as the World Cup rages on! I picked this up at The Fridge a few weeks ago in honor of my former colleague, Spike, who wants to operate a Bouncy House as a sideline gig. I keep wondering, to her and others, would Beyonce play House Music while doing the bouncy-bouncy in a Bouncy House? Spike could not answer that one, but I fear that her business idea may have dried up and blown away in the interim. What? Enough?!? Onward!

From the bottle: I think that there must be multiple labels. Mine depicts a thin-faced blonde in the foreground , holding hands with a tattooed, curly-haired redhead. "Brewing fine beers in NH since 1994."; "Make mine a Smutty!"; "All-Occasion American Ale"; "Come visit our brewery and restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton, New Hampshire. And check us out online at for events, releases and great Smerchandise in our e-store. As always, thanks for saying: Make mine a Smutty!"

It has been quite an afternoon and since I have the USA and Belgium, two beer-notable countries, on the telly, I went with a heavy-handed pour to celebrate. Nice pseudo-cascading action resulted in just under three fingers of dense, bone-white head that looked like marshmallow Fluf. Hee. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled of lemon zest, fresh grapefruit, tangy papaya or mango and boy, was my mouth watering in anticipation. Warming, I also got a sweet coconut smell and man, I was ready to get Bouncy! Mouthfeel was medium and the tropical favors just seemed to pop on my tongue. I keep thinking of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers from when I was a kid and we would stuff our cheeks with one of each flavor. Finish was dry, but not gaspingly so. It managed to evince just enough sweetness to keep it just right and eminently drinkable. Beyonce would be proud to bounce with one of these!

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Photo of ordybill
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a nice citrus and hop mixed aroma. Appearance- This is a great looking beer, a cool orange color. Taste- Has a bitter citrus flavor mixed with some grass and maybe grain. Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation, has a bitter finish. Overall- A really stupid name for a beer but pretty tasty. I wonder how many have passed on this because of the stupid name or silly label?

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a Smutty pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with one finger fluffy white head. A good bit of lacing remains.

Smell- Citrus and pine hops up front with a very light malt backbone remaining. Reminds me of Gold Claw or Edward or perhaps even Zombie Dust. Very hop forward and earthy.

Taste- Earthy and piney hops are the star of this one. Light orange flavors linger around the end, but finishes very bitter. Not much malt body in this. Quite bitter. Nice, but could use some rounding out with some malts.

Mouthfeel- Super light and refreshing. Very carbonated and easy to drink. Low abv as well.

Overall- Another solid short batch from smutty, but in the realm of their sessionable short batch's, I think Paradox killed it. The smell was real nice on this one, and I wanted the taste to match it. Good beer though, and maybe if the bottle was fresher, it might have been a little better.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow with a sticky white head.

Familiar kitchen spice aroma I can’t place. Szechuan pepper? That, grass and grapefruit.

Tongue grabbing Szechaun pepper grass hops. Tart grapefruit pith. Dry, cracker malt.

While I like it a lot Bouncy House could never take that special place in my heart reserved for Finest Kind.

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Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured golden into a pint glass with a one finger head
S - Citrus and orange peel
T - Grapefruit, a little bit of malt and the above nose.
M - Medium body and a crisp a bit of dry finish.
O - A refreshing and hoppy session ipa that has a bit of bitterness that is very drinkable.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased 11/15/13 at the brewery (chilled) for just $3 (sweet price point). From what the brewery staff explained, this is the pilot batch of what Smuttynose plans to make a year-round offering in 6-packs. Pilot batch was bottled specifically to obtain feedback from consumers. Cool approach, in my opinion.

Described as a hoppy American ale, dry hopped with El Dorado and Citra. Poured into a balloon glass, it had a nice yellow-orange color with good head and lacing. Good carbonation. The nose is excellent with lots of pineapple, mango, and citrus notes, a little grass and biscuit too.

The first few sips were superb, reminding me of several fruit-forward IPAs and pale ales that don't have all the pine resin bitterness of many west coast IPAs. The problem with this beer was that those big flavors fell off very quickly. Not sure if this is simply a side-effect of the hops that were used, but the latter half of the bottle was a tad boring and had a bland aftertaste to it. I still enjoyed drinking the entire bottle, but the excitement of the first few sips simply didn't hold.

I like that a lot of breweries are getting into the low-ABV, fruit-hop-forward IPA/pale ale game. This beer may not be any where near the ranks of Zombie Dust or Lagunitas Sucks, but it reminds me a lot of Maine Beer Co. MO and Rising Tide Island Trail Ale. Smuttynose should be applauded for their careful approach to this beer, and I wonder if the brewers will adjust the recipe before increased production. Looking forward to when this hits the broad market. Cheers!

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden amber color, soft focus look. White head, 1F, fat rings of lacing.

S- Citrus and malt aromas. Dry biscuit and bread.

T- Lots of grapefruit, dry rind. Bready malt.

M- Tart, some bitterness. Good body for a light ipa.

O-Nice take on a light ipa.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear dirty golden color with a smallish white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Aromas of minty, pine, citrus and a hint of stone and tropical fruits with a barely perceptible bready malt base. The flavor showcases more of the bready crackery malt. Hints of pepper underneath pine, lemon, and citrusy hop flavor. Moderate level of hop bitterness. Light to medium light body with an ample amount of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Great session able ale, for my taste could use just a hint more malt, but I'm happy to drink as is. And thank you for not raping me with an insane price point Smutty.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a large foamy white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: spicy fruity hops, peppery, grapefruit

T: bitter grapefruit peel, citrus, lemon, grapefruit

M: thinner with high carbonation

O: one of the better "session" IPAs

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light yellow with a white head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell was full of hops with bright citrus scents coming through with some malt on the finish. The taste is exactly what I love about session IPA's, with no alcohol burn and bright citrus and pine with an exceptionally clean finish. If you're a fan of the style I would highly recommend.

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Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Full on sticky frothing, mildly dull golden hue. Citrus pith and wild flowers with some biscuity malt make for a very aromatic nose. Snappy crispness in a fluffy body. Assertive hoppiness start to finish, bitterness is pretty sharp but lets the malt make camp. Underlying breadiness. Lots of citrus rind with a yeasty earthiness.

Super hoppy session beer, fun to knock back if you are into intensely hoppy beers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small but sticking head; holds up well to time. Amber color with a light haze. Leaves some streaky lace.

Balanced aroma of grapefruit and soft, pale malts. Leans to the bitter.

The flavor is harsh from the predominance of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Neutral body and mildly elevated carbonation. A good "session" IPA.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer rather light overall, consisting mostly of a citrus grapefruit smell as well as a bit of a more orange aroma. A hint of grass and a very light pine are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather crisp and clean cracker flavor mixed with a bit of a grainy flavor. Upfront there is a little bit of an orange sweetness mixed with a whole bunch of grapefruit hop. As the taste advances the graininess increases along with the grapefruit growing even stronger in flavor. The orange fades from the tongue with a bit of a pine and even more grapefruit taking its place. In the end one is left with a bitter grapefruit and drier flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side, but, for a 4.3 % brew it is average with a carbonation level that is rather average overall as well. Both the medium body and the medium carbonation are quite appropriate for the style, making for a rather crisp and refreshing IPA overall.

Overall – This session IPA is quite a nice one. I think this one competes with lagunitas’s daytime IPA, but in a very different way. Tons of citrus hop flavor but with a rather thicker base and a very low 4.3 % abv. Quite tasty.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Lightly hazy and pale golden color. Average white head with small bubbles.

S: Sweet tropical citrus (kiwi, mangos, grapefruit mostly) smells great. Really appealing smell.

T: Sweet tropical taste alot of kiwi. The malt back bone plays the biggest role however with some toasted bread notes. The breadiness has a light chalkiness to it. The back end falls a bit flat and dry.

M: Medium bodied. Dry crispness to it, not alot of residual sugar.Really like the mouth feel.

O: looks great, smells great, tastes great, and good body. Not too many flaws in this beer. I could drink a lot of them and enjoy doing it. Maybe tone down the lingering bitterness just a notch to really be able to drink these all night but an overall above quality beer at a great price. This quenches my thirst for a great IPA without being high in alcohol. Wish i bought more of these. Six packs in the summer i hope.

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with suspended sediment and covered with some nice, thick frothiness. Light, zesty citrus, apricot, and floral hop aromas mix with some tea and wort. Fresh, light, hoppy flavor. Floral, citrus peel bitterness, “greenness”, and light grain. Light and dry, perhaps a bit under-carbonated, but pleasant, easy drinking here.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good session IPA. I think the page for this beer needs to be updated, looks like when it was set up it was a small batch release, but I believe this is being distributed more widely now by Smutty. Cool graphic on the bottle of a guy with some sick bounce house moves. Good amount of hoppiness, citrus, and I think I had a little spruce as well, more flavor than you get in some session beers. This will make a good fall beer for football watching on a Sunday afternoon if you're trying to find something to accompany a three game stretch. Nice stuff.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Super-fresh 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass with a semi-hazy golden body. The head forms to one finger tall with a creamy texture. Head retention is subpar and a frothy ring leaves webs and spots of lace.

S- Hops come on strong, perhaps medium strength compared to similar modern brews. Dank, grassy and herbal with citrus in there as well as slight fruits. Light yeast and grainy hints.

T- Citrus and a resinous bitterness really open up here as well as a bit more stone fruit and tropical fruit hops. The dank, herbal and grassy hops are still the main players. Light grains and yeast fruits.

MF- Medium bodied for this style with a substantial creaminess building up on the palate. Carbonation is moderately high and a bitter bite clings on the taste buds in the finish.

Stands out a bit from other recent session brews with a thicker, creamier body and resinous dank, herbal hops making up a large portion of the flavor.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass, best by 10/08/15.

A - Semi cloudy golden orange with yellow accents. One finger head that moves to a thin creamy lace.

S - Grapefruit, biscuits, some faint tropical fruit/mango notes.

T - More bready and malt forward than the nose. Slightly grassy. Getting some peppery notes mid to late swig.

M - Carbonation is medium low, heft is right in the middle of the spectrum.

O - Don't see this that often down here, so I picked up a single to give it a try. For the level of ABV and being session-able, it's a good option. It's well made and refreshing. Ultimately, the only downside is that the taste seems to be missing something, so it's a trade off. Give it a go.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fairly quickly fades down to a bubbly cap

S: Some nice citrusy hops stand out amongst bready malts and light graininess. Slightly grassy and floral as well

T: Starts off with some grassy and citrusy hops that get balanced with a bit of maltiness and some grainy/husk notes. A bit astringent. Bitter in the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Starts off nice but gets quite bitter and astringent towards the back end. A solid "session" IPA aside from that, though

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, citrus, grassy, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, pale, toasted malts, and mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, bitterness, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice hoppy pale or session IPA. I'll revisit this again sometime soon.

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Photo of SABERG
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Puored into an imperial pint glass, served cold.

A - Really clear, short head with strong lacing. Apperance close to a pilsner, color is a rich gold.

S - Noble hops? No big direction, pine, fruit etc. The nose is right down the moddle with some citrus, spice and a touch of winter.

T - Initially sharp across the palate, mid mouth feel is dry, and a lingering finish that has a kiss of rein.

M - Initial snap provides nice contrast to the lingering finish. Not so sharp to offend, well done.

O - A fine "Hoppy Ale" from Smuttynose, a short series I hope has a long future.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/7/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering Earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth pounding down for a long time.

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