Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)
BA SCORE
3.84/5
475 Ratings
Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.37%

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%

Added by Bierman9 on 02-11-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,074
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
475
pDev:
12.5%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
47
Trade:
1
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-hazy bronzed orange color with a slim little white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing runs about lightly in a semi-filmy nice looking way. The smell had a sweet grassy to citrusy burst running into some light floral hops. A light breadiness shows with some Belgian sugars to balance out the aroma. The taste was moderately sweet with the Belgian sugars, grassiness, floral qualities and citrusy hops to run slightly into the flavor. The aftertaste is semi-floral with sweet grassiness and Belgian sugars. The finish is dry and semi-sweet. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. There’s a nice dryness along my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a nice Belgian Strong ale that I would have again.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h4ger
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LostHighway
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffdr123
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This honey colored beer has a complex flavor that includes sweet, and pepper and herbs and hops. They take turns dominating. The abv makes it a good late night sipper. Makes sense that it's part of a Big Beer series.

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Photo of glinnebur
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It is orange with a white head.

Smell: It has a high level of citrus aromas that include peach. There are also background aromas of pine and floral hops. There is a good malt backbone that features a bready aroma.

Taste: It has a high hop flavor that features citrus and pine flavors, along with a peach element. The bready malt backbone is well into the background as a complimentary flavor.

Feel: It has a moderate heavy feel to it. It has a bittersweet hop finish with alcohol warming.

Overall: This is a strong, hoppy beer that produce several hop elements and slight malt with a quality alcohol warmth to it.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a room temp tulip.

A: Pours a hazy apricot gold with an off-white head that settles down quickly but maintains well.

S: Yeasty pepper notes, dried fruit and light hops are out front. Very pleasant.

T: Balanced almost to the malt, with notes of sweet dried fruits, dates, raisins and lemon zest with a touch of candy sugar.

M: Medium body that's slim in all the right places, with an almost textbook carbonation for a Belgian beer.

O: A nicely made Belgian IPA. I haven't too many of these that I absolutely loved, but I'd drink this again. A good beer for most occasions.

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Photo of arizcards
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop in late December for $5.99. "Bottled in 2015".

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head initially.

Nose is belgian fruity esters forward.

Taste is very nice, hoppy citrus with some apple balanced nicely by the large but light malt base. Lemon-pepper finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and exceedingly smooth.

Overall this was a total surprise at the quality of this brew! It is pretty darn close to being the best North American Belgian brew that i have. And the price is quite nice - definitely try it if you are a Belgian strong golden ale fan!

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of That_Turtle
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrdilone
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpmorrissey
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hop_junkie
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in brewery. Tasty Belgian ale, thicker mouthfeel than visible viscosity, the hops are subdued, a sweet balanced taste dominates. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of uccle81
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quirky. This pours like a triple, smells has banana and marshmallow notes, but tastes like a different beast. I'd like to taste a no/low hop version of the same beer. Mostly out of curiosity.

The hops hit your tongue early, and quickly give way to nice, rounded and sweet malt. And the aftertaste fades back to bitter but pleasant hops.

In my opinion, this is a particularly fun beer because of the contrast of the sweet smell and hoppy taste.

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Photo of harryhops
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TBoneJones
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy and rich copper-golden body; decent head leaves lines of sticky lacing.
Smells slightly of farmhouse funk, like a saison might have, but there's juicy-smelling ripe melon/ green apples and a hint of tropical citrus in here. Very nice.
Taste follows the nose. Some sour notes with the fruit. Belgian bubblegum characteristics are in here as well, and there's hop bitterness. Fairly dry beer. Peppery earthiness to the juicy taste, some spice and that bubblegum as mentioned. Pretty complex.
Feels medium-full and nicely carbonated, smooth sipping.
Well-made. A flavorful alternative to reaching for a DIPA.

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 475 ratings
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