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 Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as Finest Kind. Much more bitter and out of balance......................................................................................

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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 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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%

Best by 10/9/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light with its ABV, but it definitely packs a punch with the hops all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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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 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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacing on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the hop flavors seem to be somewhat more grassier compared to the smell. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice amount of crispness for a sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Texture-wise, the head is moderately bubbly, and retains itself acceptably. A nice ring of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Decently hoppy - primarily, I'm getting the bitter-ass grapefruit I love from Finest Kind, along with a bit of Mosaic-derived berry and onion. There's even a touch of crackery malts coming through. It does a decent imitation of a larger IPA (read: Finest Kind), and that's pretty much what I want.

Taste: Bitter, bitter, bitter. It starts off stabbing the palate with grapefruit rind and herbal notes. Bitterness continues towards the finish, albeit with an increased upsurge of some crackery malts and even some more flowery notes. I love how bitter this is without being generic, flavorless, or dishsoap-like - in many ways, it drinks just like a baby Finest Kind. Even better, it continues to unfurl the more I drink it.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied for 4.3%. While it's not the most chuggable light IPA out there, it has a substantiality to it others in the 'style' lack. If I wasn't paying attention, I'd swear this was around 6%...but there is a lightness to the malt that betrays its smaller strength.

Overall: One of the better "Session IPAs" I've sampled yet. While it pulls no punches in the flavor department, it also comes off bigger and even more complex (!) than anything 4.3% has any right to. Good work, Smuttynose.

3.75/5: Bitterness fanatics will cream their pants over this

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy brassy golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint medium yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a somewhat mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith with a light to moderate aroma of leafy/herbal over the top of a light to moderate aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel and pale malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal/leafy hops with just a touch of spicy hops which give a moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer is enjoyable but it is not really a sessionable brew in my opinion (even though the ABV is low enough) due to the very pithy bitterness.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness, but not overpowering. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, pine, slight caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, good aroma, and body.

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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 StJamesGate
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tarnished gold with a fast-fading loose taupe head.
More than a bit of toast, some grass, and faint tropical fruit salad with pure lemon juice as it opens.
Granola and baguette crust, big grassy (over-dry hopped) bite in the middle, and more faint fruit.
Slight mango and pink grapefruit finish and unrelenting lemon rind linger.
Thin, crisp, flinty.

BBD 28.Feb.15
Warrior, Calypso, El Dorado and Citra hops

Dead or poorly made, this is rough. Aggressive bitterness, but nothing like the aroma that those hops should give. Combine that with a watery, over-carbed body and no balancing malts of any kind, and this is close to drain pour. Maybe if it were ice cold...

If a session IPA should be easy-drinking, this is a total fail.

Smutty never quite live up to their rep for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, straw-gold coloring, with a ton of carbonation throughout, and a tall, fluffy, dense, white head. Nose of toasted grains, lemon grass, pepper spice, evergreen, and subtle resin. Flavors are very herbal forward, with a blast of basil, oregano, pepper, pine tassel, pine pitch, toasted grains, and tangy, tart lemon. This one is a bit unbalanced. Light, frothy, effervesced body, with a heavily spiced and tart aftertaste. The finish has a tangy and tart linger, and comes off slightly astringent.

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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 barczar
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed golden with lingering layer if ivory foam. Resin, toasted caramel malt, and hints of citrus form the aroma. Flavor is grassy, resiny, and bitter, with just enough crackery malt for support. Floral hops emerge in the finish. Too bitter dominant for my liking.

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Photo of delta490
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a very slightly clouded medium gold with a short-lasting fizzier white head. The aroma starts out pretty pleasant with some nice pine hops notes. The taste, though, is pretty middling. There is a light generic hops aspect and maybe a slight malt characteristic. It's not bad, but there isn't anything really interesting about it either. It has a nice body and a nice bite from the hops. All-in-all, this is just a middle of the road session-strength ale. There are better examples out there (21st Amendment's Bitter American and Stone's Go to IPA are good examples). Get one of those if you can.

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Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. Medium size bubbly white head. Good head retention and plenty of lacing.

Good aroma of piney hops...especially for a low abv beer.

Same for the taste. Robust enough. Piney hops, good amount of bitterness and some balancing bready malt. Nice package for a low abv. beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter and rich enough for a session beer.

Nicely done. A good session brew.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color. The head is quite tall beige white and fast fading.
Good carbonation. There seems to be an excess amount of sediment floating around in there.

Aroma, I get mint and tea.

The taste is thin and watery with considerable bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste.
There is a vague hop taste but is really basically nothing. lean malts.

Overall it's drinkable, but i would pass unless it was the last resort.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent and sessionable beer.

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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 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 mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 11/12/2014 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from Smuttynose Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a juicy orange colored body with lots of sediment twirling around the glass and about a finger of fluffy off-white head. Leaves behind some thin strands of lacing. Looks nice.

S - The smell is dry, bitter, herbal, and grassy. Piney, with some bready biscuit malt in the background.

T - The taste follows the nose - dry, herbal, grassy, bready, and malty. Some bitter grapefruit / stone fruits are present as well.

M - The feel is pretty dry and bitter, especially considering the low abv. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a simple IPA from Smuttynose. Not nearly as drinkable as I thought it would be, considering the low abv. Very dry and more full-bodied than I expected from such a low abv beer. Still, it is a nice flavor-packed session ale worth a try.

Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA ---3.5/5

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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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Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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