Smuttynose Summer Releases

This spring, Smuttynose Brewing Co. moved into their new Towle Farm brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire. They installed a new German made four-vessel automated brewhouse that can crank out up to 8 brews per day. It's being put to good use! The brewery sent me samples of three recently released beers that are perfect for summer:

Bouncy House IPA:  This new session IPA joins Finestkind IPA in the Smuttynose year-round lineup. Bouncy House was somewhat of a crowd-sourced beer. It was originally brewed as part of their Short Batch Series and the brewery actively solicited customer feedback as part of the release. They sent me a bottle last year, and you can see my thoughts here. The latest version of Bouncy House is a bit lower in alcohol (4.3% ABV), is light bodied, and had plenty of piney and grapefruit hop bitterness.

Vunderbar!:  Launched two years ago as a limited release summer seasonal, this German-style lager returns as a new addition to the year-round lineup. It uses Saaz hops for bittering, flavoring, and dry hopping. At 4.9% ABV, it's very sessionable. You can see my full Vunderbar! review here. I've been told it tastes best when wearing lederhosen.

Farmhouse Ale:  Released annually in the Big Beer Series, the herbs are tweaked each year. This year, Pineapple Sage, a variety from Mexico and Guatemala, was thrown into the mix (the brew kettle, really) to add a tropical flavor. The saison yeast and Saaz hops add spicy and herbal notes. If you want to see detailed tasting notes, here’s my full 2012 Farmhouse IPA review

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