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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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 573
Photo of GeoJ
1.42/5  rDev -60%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Disclaimer: I absolutely LOVE Smuttynose. If I could get "Make Mine A Smutty!" tattooed across my back in the style of a biker's rocker, I would.

That being established, I'm sorry to say ... WTF WAS this!?

The only beer that literally made me choke, and spit out on the 2nd sip. There was no taste, because my gag reflex kicked in and made me reject it as soon as it hit the back of my throat.

I love you, Smuttynose, I really do. But, from the bottom of my heart - What in the blue fuck is going on with this?

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Dammit, who doesn't love bouncy houses? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild pine resin, light grapefruit rind, and sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the resin now dominantly bitter, musty, and dank, and some some soap ducking its head in far too often to maintain a friendly relationship. Wow, this tastes awkward. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer did not do anything good for me at all. I get the idea of a hoppy, more sessionable brew, but here the hops not only take too much control of the proceedings, but they come across as inept, overly-resinous, soapy, and basement-entrapped. Quite the disappointment from the usually above-keel Smuttynose.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Really light, without enough malt backbone to hold up the hop bitterness. Nose is freshing, almost soapy, but too much unbalanced bitterness for my tastes.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a GRAPEFRUITY beer....the scent is so grapefruit is almost skunk like. The taste is bitter with grapefruit. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bright golden color yields a lot of carbonation and a fleeting head. The nose is a balance of malt and grapefruity hops but very light. The flavor is very bitter with a piney turn. I catch an opening of lemon, apricot and malt but then it turns to a hoppy oily resin. Not a fan of this beer as it delivers a 4.3 pct ABV and nearly wrecked my palate for the night.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Slight hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose and flavor looking for the caramel malt to balance the grassy hops but not there. Bitterness throughout. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Portsmouth Brewing Company. Light orange color, ok head. Mild hop aroma, pretty boring. Flavor was weak, i just need a lot more from my beers and would definitely take finestkind every time over this.

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Photo of ExtraStout
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found everything about this beer to be average. This is one of those beers that you drink "ice cold" and to only quench your thirst. It is typical and would be a good beer for someone that was not expecting the explosion of flavor that you typically get from Smuttynose. This would be something that I would recommend to someone that typically does not drink microbrews and thus won't be left disappointed. Stick to Finest Kind.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes: Best By on by 12/09/14 (consumed 7/8/14). Poured into a nonic pint

A: Pours a slightly cloud apricot color. Produced a very large white head - about 3 fingers.

S: Fruity - apricot and some pine.

T: Very slight bitter up front then a hint of apricot on the finish.

M: Pretty dry feeling. Not too much carbonation.

O: I am sort of neutral. There is nothing offensive - but there is nothing to draw me in for another. This is a so-so beer.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a 4.2% ABV edition touted as a session IPA.

Medium yellow body, slight orange hue with decent head, poor retention. Grassy scents, sourness, and hops dominate the nose. Crisp and light and a very, very astringent feel. I get that it contributes to the sessionability, but you can find a good session beer with better flavor and feel in multiple other categories of ale and lager. Too astringent as it seemingly took the bitter from the hops, but left the good juice-the devil's cut-behind. In fact, the only positive notes I had when tasting is when I swirled the yeast sediments on the bottom, and poured it into the beer to finally achieve a semblance of balance. Too bitter for an APA, bitter enough for an IPA, but that's all it's preaching.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A dark orange color beer with a khaki one finger head, even when poured aggressively down the center of the glass.

The nose is pretty weak. Not much complexity to it but what little aroma there is is of orange and sweet caramel malt.

Not much going on taste wise either. It's not that the taste is bad, but it's not very exciting, I suppose for a 4.3% it's acceptable.

Kinda boring presentation of the flavors.
There's a mild but authentic grassy hop backbone. A little tropical orange. A touch of caramel flavor from the malt here and there. Very tame and with little complexity. A little watery, but it's a session ale so I'm not going to hold that against it.

Feel: Medium Body, low carbonation. Slightly dry.

Overall: You might really enjoy this if this is your first ever IPA, but if you're a hop head there's not much reason to come back to this or even try it initially. Smuttynose is an amazing brewery but this offering is underwhelming. There are much better session beers in the ballpark of 5%abv with much more satisfying tastes.

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Photo of LarryV
3/5  rDev -15.5%

I'm a huge fan of Smuttynose, but this one is really disappointing. Pours with a thin head that dissipates quickly to a ring of froth. Aroma is light, nondescript. Grapefruit like bitterness and a thin mouth feel with little malt backbone, leaves a strange apricot like flavor lingering on the palate. I get that they were trying to make a session brew, but I think it fails due to the taste - I couldn't put more than 1 or 2 of these down. I'd much rather have a Smutty Nose Finest Kind.

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Photo of Leeshka410
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours nicely with not a big head at all. Very drinkable and not too hoppy. Has a slight lingering taste on the palate, not an extremely crisp finish, but quite an easy-drinking IPA that is not too high in ABV. I would buy again.

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Photo of theIPAman
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin and foamy head. A faintly fruity nose with little hop presence. Pine and grapefruit are overpowered by big bitterness. This seems to be a signature trait of Smuttynose. The carbonation seems too high, and detracts from the mouthfeel. Another glass of bitterness from Smutty. Not a fan of this beer, or this brewery.

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Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A decent, predictable aroma of hops, citrus, and malt.

T: This one really comes off the rails with the flavor. It has some nice traces of fruit and malt, but the hops content is way out of whack. It's not masked well (or there's a disproportionate amount of them), and comes off as harsh and overly bitter.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a super bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not one of Smuttynose's better efforts. While some of the components are alright, the flavor just fails. Could have been better.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had no idea this was a session IPA. Pretty biased on the style being lackluster.

A - Very little head just a 1/4 inch that pulls back to some good lacing. Very dirty bright yellow orange tons of floaties meaning its either old or unfiltered.
S - Quite bland I smell no hops just mild herbal notes and mostly sweet biscuit malts. I sip.
T - Wow thats a level of unbalanced bitterness I hoped I could avoid. It's almost medicinal with the hops they used. Very little malt balance and watery man this is bad.
M - As I said it's light and it shows with just a hop assault and no malt backup.

Quite possibly the worst session IPA I ever tasted and I am shamed that Smuttynose would release this but I didn't like the hoppy brown ale either, so maybe the hop harvest is just heavy herbal hop taste/pine floor cleaner?

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Photo of Shaymus
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a hazy orange with a quickly disappearing head, smell was faint with a slight grassy/hoppy aroma. Taste had a some grapefruit and malt flavor also getting some bitterness that is not enjoyable. Mouth feel is a bit too watery that does not carry the flavor very far. Overall this is nothing special, the mouth feel is weak and I cant get past the bitterness which is the only thing that lingers. Its not the worst but with some really good "session IPA's" out there it doesn't add up.

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Photo of farrago
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Finger plus head of eggshell white, fairly loose foam with average retention, the lacing is more splotches than streaks but sticks decently. The liquid is a gauzy yellow with a slight orange tinge, like rusty pipe water, not that many bubbles but they are fat and active. Lean, piercing nose of rock salt, pretzel dough, sour white grapefruit pith and green, leafy hops, any fruit is biting pineapple and star fruit, few moments of softer juiciness, to its credit given the lack of breadth it is pungent and longlasting. Light-bodied, the carbonation is too strong for the body and it basically feels like drinking strongly carbonated mineral water. Bitter hops, cut grass, lemon and grapefruit citrus, quinine, even as it dries out the mouth it creates a tacky residue in its wake. Loses even that tropical fruit appeal, husks of apple, pineapple, nectarine, peach at best. Not malty, has moments of uncooked dough left to dry out. To be fair, it does have a certain refreshing quality and it is not so bitter as to be offputting. So, if you like the general flavor profile and mouth feel it is quaffable.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy and cloudy copper color with good head and decent lacing. Smell is really nice - dank and resinous, malts, piney.

The taste and feel is where this brew falls apart for me - bitter black tea up front and not balanced enough with the malt - dry bitter finish.

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Photo of slarrage
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a six pack - best by 11/06/14 - 4.3% abv

Light, golden appearance. Looks refreshing.

Smells real nice. Crisp/sharp citrus and pine.

Citrus comes through in taste but the bitterness overpowers and lingers long after a sip.

Lacks body/malt, nothing to balance out the bitterness.

Smells good but the bitterness really takes away from sessionability/refreshment factor.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a hazy orange with some slight yellowish highlights and a half a finger of foamy white head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell has some muted fruit aroma that takes some time to be detected. There are hints of tangerine and some flowery aromas that begin to be detected. Some flowery pollen-like aroma hides way back in the background and gives off hints if spring time.

The taste is malty at first with some slight bready flavor that tends to be slightly dry tasting and gives off sound hints of dry clay flavor. The bitterness builds from the outer edges of this beer and the taste seems to get sucked away by a bitter hop flavor that has hints of flower stem and sunflower seeds.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a slightly drinkable feel. At first this beer leaves a unfriendly aftertaste that seems too be but mellows after the first couple of sips. The pallets calms and a smooth aftertaste rolls in.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased a bottle in a mix 6 from a suburban Liquor Barn. This lemony beer failed my IPA flavor test, unfortunately. I have often liked Smuttynose beers, but not this one.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This poured hazy and yellow with light orange hues. A moderate creamy head of off white foam that lasted well and left a ring. Nose was really dank and skunky. What? Grassy and bitter herbs. A light cracker malt scent and some sappy pine. Weak grapefruit. Drank crisply but without much flavor. A noticeable hop bitter that was not too pronounced finished this one amidst muddled flavors like grapefruit and earthy pine. The mouthfeel was crisp but also a touch thin. The malt in the drink was a crisp cracker. A bit of resin on the finish and a lasting little bitter grass.

This was a bit bland and a bit bitter.

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Photo of Bone53
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Hazy golden orange color with a finger off white head

Smell: Slight pine and citrus

Taste: Grassy, pine, and bitter grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Light body, but extremely bitter with no sweetness or anything to balance it out.

Overall: As with Finest Kind and even more so here, its all bitter with no real hop presence to back it up. Put some citrus/tropical hop varieties into your hoppy beers Smuttynose! I will be sticking to their darker offerings from now on.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side.

The smell was pine cones, rotting oranges, and old hay.

The taste was grass, pine and not much citrus. It almost tasted like drinking a bitter grass with a malt presence.

Was not a fan. Too bitter for a pale ale and its still too hop forward for what Smuttynose was trying to accomplish with a sessionable, low alcohol pale ale.

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