Review: Bouncy House, Smuttynose

Bouncy House
Smuttynose Brewing Co. — Portsmouth, NH

  • Style:  Hoppy American Ale
  • Bitterness:  40 IBU
  • ABV:  4.9%
  • Malts:  North American 2-Row, Crisp Pale Ale, Aromatic, C-60
  • Hops: 
    • Bittering: Warrior
    • Flavor: Calypso
    • Dry Hop: El Dorado and Citra
  • Sampled:  22 oz bottle (provided by brewery)

Description:  We've gotten a bit of a reputation for brewing strong beers. Nearly all of our Big Beer Series releases are close to 10% and our two best sellers, Finestkind IPA and Old Brown Dog are over 6.5%. Now, we love drinking our beers, but we can't always drink big and that's where Bouncy House comes in. It's a low-strength, hoppy American Ale, that's conducive to a second or third beer — Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Random thoughts: Bouncy House is a Short Batch experimental release from Smuttynose. In a unique experiment, they brewery is seeking customer input for potential changes to this beer. Use the #bouncyhouse hashtag to share your thoughts on Twitter, or leave feedback on the Smuttynose Facebook page.  

The tasting:  Golden in color, hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates very slowly. Aroma is full of grapefruit and pine. At the first sip, a rush of intense grapefruit and grassy hop bitterness emerges and dominates the flavor. It has some light bready and biscuit malt flavors in the middle, but they’re overshadowed by bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor, and hop bitterness is very strong throughout. Bouncy House is light boded, moderately carbonated, and finishes with a bitter long lingering grapefruit aftertaste.

3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Since Smuttynose is actively seeking input, I’m happy to share mine. For a hoppy session beer, I’d prefer less hop bitterness and more bright hop flavor. I expect they could accomplish this by dialing back the bittering hops and by increasing the late addition flavor and aroma hops. I was surprised to see this beer rated at only 40 IBUs, as it seemed much more bitter to me.

But what really matters is what YOU think. Give Bouncy House a taste and share your feedback with Smuttynose.  #bouncyhouse 

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