Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)
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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Ratings: 475 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite nice.

Smell: sweet malt with a little bit of pear and a fair amount of green apple. There's also a little bit of funk around the edges, which is quite nice. I like it.

Taste: malty sweetness up front, along with a hit of funk which is notably stronger than in the aroma. This then morphs into a string bitterness at the end, which is interestingly well-rounded in that it seems to hit everywhere on my tongue at once. A bit of an unusual experience, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body plus a big carbonation mean this beer has great creaminess. Very satisfying.

Overall: I like this take on a Belgian-style IPA. Bitterness is stronger and more omnipresent than other examples of the style, which adds a nice dimension to the whole experience. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Maseitz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sailorastro
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip
no born on date but label from the beer store says 8/6/12

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with just over 1 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down, leaves decent amounts of patchy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A big estery belgium yeast banana. Some clove and white peppery spices. A little bit of funk and a touch of alcohol.

T: Initially there is tons of spice upfront, big clove notes. White and black pepper. I also get sweet malts, a little bit of hop bitterness, a hint or orange, some banana and bubblegum on the backend.

M/D: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy, pretty heavy carbonation. Great job of masking the ABV. Drinkability is fair.

O: Overall, pretty nice, I enjoyed this beer. From start to finish the hop profile is pretty weak, and this comes off more as a Tripel or maybe Belgium Strong Pale than a Belgium IPA. Of course at this point this beer is months old, so it probably had a stronger hop profile early on. Im not complaining though, I really dig a spicy Tripel-esque beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow with 2 fingers or white fizzy head that quickly goes away to a ring at the edge of the glass. (the second pour into the glass is not a s clear as the first)

S- Spicy Belgian yeast up front. Slight earthiness. Lots of fruity hops, mango and papaya come to mind.

T- Follows nose well. Belgian yeast is the a dominate flavor followed by maltiness sweetness with an earthy, fruity hop kick.

M- On the low side of full bodied with a moderately high amount of carbonation.

O- Not a home run of a beer, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of seplo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2012 vintage 22 oz. bottle into a Smuttynose Big Beer Series branded snifter

Pours a hazy gold with deep amber accents. Two and a half finger fluffy bright white head Belgian yeast, spices, some mild funk, and herbal and grassy hops on the nose. Fruit notes, grassy, herbal hops, phenol alcohol, bready yeasty esters, white pepper and spice. Finishes fairly dry with yeasty, mild alcohol and spice. Fairly creamy mouthfeel with lively carbonation, light bodied. A very well done beer that will please anyone who appreciates Belgian-style beers.

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Photo of stunna
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of puboflyons
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz. bottle marked Bottle conditioned in 2012. Sampled on October 22, 2012.

The pour is a cloudy golden yellow with a whole lot of foamy, milk shake-like head and a whirlwind of carbonation.

The nose is tickled with plenty of Belgian yeast, sweet malts, and a nice dose of citrus with an emphasis on grapefruit esters.

The body is about medium with a kind of astringent acidic character.

The taste compliments the aroma with its citrus zing, light pale malt character, yeasty note, clove, and a semi-lingering finish that in many respects reminds me of a Tripel. Easier to drink than I expected.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of phishfoolme
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of NarrowG8
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a Allagash tulip -

Wow, I found this very enjoyable.

A - Okay, looks like a typical belgian, nothing special, very hazy w/good head though.

S - smells like a typical belgian as well w/ notes of creaminess & clove

T - one of the best parts is the taste - Crisp, creamy, clove, I think some taste of dates

M - amazingly foamy

O - I would definitely have this again and think it is worth purchasing especially at it's price for a belgian style and thought it was a bit above average and the 9.37 ABV is not noticeable in taste but only within the good vibes, Cheers!

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Photo of anewlanguage
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of RBM
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden sunrise yellow color with 2 fingers worth of bubbly head

S: Belgian yeast imparts some nice fruitiness, including apple, pear, and other light fruits. Also get a nice breadiness from the malts and some light hops

T: A little bit of a let down from the nose, as the hops take control of the yeast and make it a bit more bitter, earthy, and toned-down than fruity. The yeast and malt characters are still there, but the hops are in the driver's seat, making this one hoppy Belgian golden

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: I think this should be categorized as a hoppy BSPA rather than a Belgian IPA, but that might be a bit subjective. A good brew no less, but I would like to see the fruitiness shine a bit more and maybe just tone the hops down a bit (but not a lot). That being said, I'm pretty sure this is only the 3rd time Smutty has brewed this, so hats off to them

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Photo of onestoploser
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the 2012 version for 5 bucks (bargain!) at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Damn nice hazy bright yellow and even though it's only a 1/4 inch of head the very sticky and vibrant.

S - Very hoppy with a nice hit of Belgium yeast and some sugary goodness. Also a tad vegital but hopefully not too much in the taste.

T - Hoppy and fruity with a sour vegital taste that isn't too cloying or skunky. Works pretty well actually.

M - Medium bodied I am actually quite surprised its well over 9%

Overall kind of fruity, kind of vegital (lager like taste), yet 100% hoppy this beer is good and quite unique. Worth trying if paying 5 bucks a bomber.

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Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.2% out of 100 with 475 ratings
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