Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
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
Ratings:
475
Reviews:
181
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Plenty of foam in the Brewery Vivant tulip with a light orange amber color. Aroma of hot fruit and vodka. Fairly thin body. Tingly carbonation.

Very sweet and powerfully flavored. I wondered, "What is this?" after the first sip. Malty, hot, and alcoholic, plus a tangy sensation. The Belgian yeast adds some bitterness and just a little drying effect on the lips, but it stays pretty sweet to the end. I'd call it hot, sweet, and tart.

An interesting brew that will wake up the taste buds while it puts the tongue to sleep. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in North Park. Smuttynose has suddenly started showing up in San Diego.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Tieman's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and citrus-like hop aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an oversized wine glass

Pours a beautiful hazy orange. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass from a bubbly off-white head. Mildly carbonated

Smells clean with a touch of Belgian yeast. Big orchard fruit esters, specifically orange and some sweet red apple and even a touch of banana. Some candi sugar and caramel. Hop presence is hidden by the sweetness but floral notes can be detected

Taste is big, juicy, and sweet. Tropical fruit kicks things off. Lots of orange, grapefruit, apples, bananas, even some pineapple. Caramel malts and some fresh bread. Acidity and bitterness are mild. Belgian yeast and sweet malts dominate. Hops come in on the back and are floral and maybe a little grassy. Aftertaste lingers for a while but is very pleasant

Feels medium bodied and very carbonated. Sweet and juicy

Overall a really great beer. Definitely true to Belgian IPA-style. Complex and highly drinkable. Lots of sweet fruit flavor with just the right amount of hops to prevent this from getting too fruity. Very nicely done

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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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