Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Lucid13
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Still working through the extras of a trade with johnnie about a month ago!

Pours a yellow-orange with no head. I gave an aggressive pour, and got very little.

Smells is full of nice Belgian yeast. Hints of alpha acids, citrus fruits, and slight bittering hops. Belgian IPA?

Taste isn't very big. Slick citrus feeling accompanies a subdued Belgian yeast. I guess there's some hops in there somewhere, I feel them make an attempt at balancing things out, but they fail.

Becomes insanely boozy, in a bad way. feels like im exhaling after shooting Wild Turkey.

I guess I was expecting something big from their Big Beer Series. There's just an overall lack of everything. Yeast and hops are there, but um not really.

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Photo of beagle75
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Very clear, brassy golden color with less than one finger of loose and diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild fermented grain and peppery phenolics represent the activity of Belgian yeast. Bright fruit is less developed, and a thread of refined ethanol is also detected. More bready aromatic malt is revealed as the beer warms, suggesting holiday baked goods. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dynamic fruit that is bright and energetic on the palate. Moderate acidity complements the fruit qualities well. Nectarine and apricot are joined by more pronounced, yet refined, pale malt. The finish is herbaceous and almond-like, spirituous and mildly bitter. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth on the palate if slightly syrupy, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer is well-rounded and successful in its representation of a Belgian-style strong golden ale. Those who find the strong pales brewed in Belgium a bit understated in flavor will appreciate the heavy layers of fruit and transformed malt. It is nearly on the level of an abbey tripel, although its restraint (or lack thereof) is purely American.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick cream-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma has a fruity core of banana and apple with malty and butterscotch tones. Strong flavor is mainly fruity, again apple and banana, with a malty note, a hint of butterscotch, and a bitter metallic tang that gives it quite a punch. This beer is not for the faint of heart! Above average body has a lively, sassy, fizzy texture that leaves a fruity, tangy, ragged and somewhat metallic finish.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a tulip glass from 22oz bottle.

Appearance: Golden orange color. The beer is really clear and transparent. I can clearly see my fingers on the other side of the glass. There is a decent presence of lacing that is left over from the small white head that disappeared almost immediately.

Smell: The overall aroma is a combination of citrusy hops and yeast. I expect this since it's a Belgian IPA. The hops overpower the yeast.

Taste: It has a very bitter hop taste. The bitterness during the finish is really overwhelming, which prevents me from enjoying this beer to the fullest extent.

Mouthfeel: It is a very thin beer. Almost watery. It's really easy to drink. I like the mouthfeel because in addition to "drinkability," it has a sufficient amount of carbonation that is pleasant.

Overall: It's not my favorite beer but for the style that it is suppose to be, I find it a bit sub-par. It's decent, good maybe, but it leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pretty deep amber with a small white head

S - Floral and yeasty notes

T - Very fresh tasting, with a deep yeasty taste. Ends with a hoppy note. Pretty simple.

M - Lightly carbonated, a little thin.

D - Way too high for 9.9%!

It's a well rounded belgian; tasty, but not a lot too it.

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Photo of MaxSpang
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.


The beer looks like apple juice in the glass. It's very clear, and is a golden-orange color. There wasn't much head to speak of, and what was there disappeared in a hurry. The little sliver of head that was left, however, had pretty decent lacing.


The alcohol is pretty present, but not overwhelming. There's also a good amount of Belgian spiciness. There's a little citrus aroma, as well as some sweet apple. There's some spicy hop aroma and fruitiness, but after awhile it's hard to get past the alcohol.


This has a distinct, unusual taste - but it's pleasant. That apple flavor is present, but not in a sour way. It's more of a sweet red apple flavor. The bitterness isn't too overpowering, and only shows up at the end. There's a bit of some citrus and spiciness from the hops. After it warms up, the alcohol becomes present.


This beer has a surprising body. It's not huge, but it definitely ha some residual sugars. That being said, it's pretty easy-drinking. The alcohol makes you hesitate a little, but it's not hot at all.


One of the better Belgian IPAs that I have had. It doesn't have a huge "Belgian" flavor, nor a huge IPA flavor. But it is quite tasty for what it is. The label has a couple of, uhh, "dudes" swimming towards a big egg. I'm not sure what this means, or what exactly is being fertilized, but this imagry does not reflect the flavor of the contents of the bottle. I'll leave it at that.


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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Light golden color, still not quite transparent. A nice finger and half of head that held nicely.
A muted aroma of yeast, bread, banana, and other ripe fruit.
It tastes fruity, mildly bitter in the middle and a sweet ending. Fairly standard for the style.
The texture is sublime. Soft, so soft. Like drinking velvet. Low carbonation and medium body.
The taste was the runner up here. It felt amazing and looked and smelled good. The taste just was not up to the same standard. Well worth trying for the texture alone.

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Photo of OutFox
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Golden orange in color with a white head good retention and lacing. I could see a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottle of the glass. Good carbonation.

S - Spicy sort of citrus to the nose with a noticeable yeast characteristic.

T - Good spice sort of yeasty flavor I cant place at the moment that sort of fades into this sweet hop flavor. Really good flavors here. I like the spice sort of bitter hop taste upfront.

M - Light and refreshing.

O - Good beer. Lots of flavor layers here. Good offering from Smutty with the big beer series. Ill be looking out for more from the big beer series.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a straw golden golden color with good carbonation and a medium white cap

S: Belgian yeast, citrus

T: Belgian yeast, light candy, floral hops also presenting some citrus notes

M: A heavier body than I expected, medium body

O: Good for the style

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear deep golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left lacing on the surface and a very thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of herbs and spices in the nose along with hints of citrus from the hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of sweetness throughout. There is a moderate amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is dryness in the finish.
O: Although the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste, this beer definitely tastes like it packs some punch and is one that needs to be slowly sipped.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance gets an extra half-point for the label. Poured a clear gold with a finger of fluffy white head. Peppery, floral aroma with a light caramel/banana sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Malty caramel and banana up front followed by peppery spice and a fairly boozy finish with some nice floral/fruity hop notes.

If I hadn't known this was a Belgian IPA I would have thought it was just a fairly hoppy tripel; the sweetness definitely outweighs the hop character. Still very nice, though.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle that was bottled in 05/2011. Thank you very much for this one! Poured into a DFH signature glass...

*Reviewing this according to the merit of the brew and the description/style on the bottle ("A Belgian Style Golden Ale") and not the listed style of "Belgian IPA"*

Pours a hazy golden orange color with about two centimeters of fluffy, frothy, perfectly white head. The head has some good retention and leaves a great number of lace-like strands on the walls of the glass.

The aroma is of honey, some spicy hops, caramel malt, faint yeast, some straw, and more honey. Some faint citrus notes (grapefruit, lemon, orange) round it out.

It tastes of honey, caramel, lemon, orange, straw, and some earthen hops. A very well balanced flavor profile that gives a cohesive, delicious experience.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, but the alcohol really burns through on the finish (especially as is warms). There is also a bit of a sticky, sweet finish which is less than ideal but not a deal-breaker.

Overall, a delicious brew that I would love to have more of; it feels like the perfect Spring-time brew, when the weather is naught but chilly rain and the glorious smell that comes with.

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

On-tap 10/2/11 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is contains Belgian yeast, floral hops, light caramelized malts and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness. Then some flavors of Belgian yeast, bananas, spices and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a healthy 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Moderate lace.

Smell: loads of floral components with a nice fruity backdrop.

Taste: caramel, golden apples, pears, grapefruit, lemom zest, black pepper, floral flavors, along with a strong hop bitterness. Spicy yeast arrives late. Alcohol is mildly noticable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some mild dryness late. Long lasting sweet fruity aftertaste.

Overall: a very enjoyable slow sipping beer. The sweetness and fruitiness is bold and creates an interesting beer.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Wine/goblet glass. Clear honey orange. Looks crisp. Shitload of lacing. Clinging onto the glass for its life. Funky belgian yeast, sweet malts, piney spicy earthy hops. You taste delicious you belgian inspired son bitch! I like you alot, I may even purchase your services again. Candy sweet, hop punch in the back. Malty slightly chewy mouth, full body for an IPA (7/10). Smooth, bittered just right, funky, hoppy, sweet. Cheers to Belgian IPA's!

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

A - Pours a clear golden orange color with a very thin head that actually didn't die down much.

A - Pears, herbs, yeasty, some floral character, and citrus dank.

T - Mimics the nose - Pears, somewhat bready (not much), some musty citrus dank, somewhat fruity, slight alcohol warming on the way down. Lots of fruity esters in this one.

M - Light medium body, gentle carbonation on the tongue, and finishes semi-dry and leaves the mouth coated with slight alcohol and a citrus bitterness mixed in with a slight sour funk.

O - This is a very interesting beer and worth a try. I guess this has been around for a few years but yet it's the first time I've seen it on the shelves. I wish I would have purchased more than one bottle!

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

22 oz bottle with a bunch of jizz on the label. Classy. $6 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Clear golden orange. White head with decent retention, but a little subpar for a Belgian. Decent lacing.

Smell: Bright fruity esters and spicy yeast notes. Pears, apples, apricot, candy orange. Herbal and floral hops.

Taste: Sweet and fruity (fruits as above) with some yeasty, phenolic spice and a pronounced hoppy bite. In addition to the hops bitterness, there is a bit of bitter alcohol heat, especially on the end. Very yeasty and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Soft and sticky at first, then a little drying due to the alcohol heat and bitterness.

Overall: This beer is not at all a Belgian IPA, but I don't think it was intended to be by the brewer. It tastes more like a hoppy tripel than a Belgian pale ale. Its pretty good.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden marigold hue with a big-bubbly two finger head on an intense pour. reminiscent of a crumpet up top. retention isn't bad, but the lace is impressive.

aroma potent. grapefruit oil, caramels, with some interesting intensely floral notes. elderflower, jasmine, and a bit of that funky iris blossom that borders on putrid. hints of coriander, anise, and other spices keep it interesting.

taste is surprisingly strong, although considering it's a smuttynose big beer, i guess I shouldn't be that surprised. grapefruit and caramel with a potent herbal hop bitterness. spice bitterness, and a heavy clubbing of cloves and pepper.

mouth is great, with a strong but not overwhelming carbonation that cuts beautifully through the moderate body that has hints of slickness and stickyness but just enough to make it enjoyable.

This IS a Big Beer. impressive. It's interesting, and quite tasty, on the whole. I had no idea that it was as strong as it was, which is an impressive feat. tasty, interesting, easy drinking, and all in all, pretty good!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, translucent peach fuzz orange with canary yellow edges. Lacy coral reef left by a thin crescent head. Lots of sperm reference in both bottle art and beer description - not what I want when I'm about to ingest something.

Aroma is citrus must? Musty citrus? It's nice whatever it is.

Taste is more musty orange and unbittered grapefruit juice citrus with a big gooey malt presence. Not sneaky strong BSPA like a Duvel but a very load and bawdy. Some breadiness emerges from the malt goo as it warms.

The sweet malt goo became a bit much for me to latch onto. Arguably my least favorite Smutty big bottle.

Bottle says "share some responsibly with your gnomies." So I did.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
2011 on bottle
Almost pasted this up because I tend not to drink beers with sperm on the label. Glad I didn't

A- This beer pours a very slight hazy body with a murky caramel color on the second pour. There is a sticky white film of head that last and leaves register marks on the glass. There is a slow motion of microbubbles swirling to the surface.

S- The full aroma of pears and banana esters is more yeasty than fruity wit a nice finish of green herbal hops that balance the esters nicely.

T- The candy malt quality is not overly sweet with a nice circus peanut candy quality to follow and a dry green hop snap in the finish that has some dry estery fruit notes to it. There is a soft mineral water flavor that could be saison yeast in character but a is only in the background.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a velvety fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat making it hard to believe this is a 9.9 % ABV beer.

O- This beer has a great yeast character with a nice crisp hop finish that balances the flavor and aroma. The dry finish and slight sweetness upfront really makes this beer easy to drink.

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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 475 ratings