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Review: Smuttynose Homunculus

Posted by Steve Greenlee  August 25, 2011 10:09 AM

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homunculus.jpgThe fourth release in the Big Beer Series from New Hampshire's Smuttynose Brewing Co., Homunculus is labeled a Belgian-style golden ale. It's really more like a Belgian IPA. In fact, Homunculus -- Latin for "little human" -- was modeled after Houblon Chouffe (whose mascot is a gnome -- hence the homunculus), which some of us consider to be the greatest of all Belgian IPAs.

So Homunculus has a lot to live up to.

And live up it does. Bright golden-orange with a small head that quickly dissipates into a thin sheen, Homunculus boasts a hoppy, bready aroma that shows off its Belgian yeast and array of hops. Notes of bananas and tangerines burst forth in a taste that is more aggressive the Belgian IPAs brewed in Belgium. At the same time, the alcohol content -- 9.9 percent by volume -- is well hidden.

And, yes, that's what you think it is on the label. (Little human, indeed.) You can't accuse the folks at Smuttynose of taking themselves too seriously.

Gary Dzen

About 99 Bottles

Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.

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