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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
The Gnome was brewed in homage to the recent arrivals of hoppy Belgian beers that weíre starting to see here in the US. I was really shooting for that beautifully soft hopping thatís found in the Houblon Chouffe, however, the Gnome has developed its own unique characteristics and flavor profile. The base beer is a Belgian triple brewed with White Labs Chimay-style yeast. I really liked the fruit character from this yeast, but man, that stuff still hasnít dropped bright. The hopping was done with Vanguard, Sterling and East Kent Goldings. I think this beer has a lot of potential, though Iíd like another shot at brewing the style. There is a very limited amount of this beer, so if you happen to see it on tap, go ahead and share a pint with your gnomies!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Pour is golden yellow, relatively clear, ok head, ok lacing. Aroma is grassy and light fruits. Flavor is of grassy and bitter hops, a welcome approach, light fruits, not sure what else besides some yeast and spice. Mouthfeel moderate to light with an acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9089) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 22oz bottle, bottle-conditioned in 2011. Totally clear, golden/orange color. Hazy on the second pour. Minimal white head leaving spotty lace. Weird alcohol aroma, like a liquored champagne. Definitely hopped up, but thatís secondary. Taste is a decent, more dry bitterness, from the hops... Not entirely bad if you can get past the almost medicinal aroma. Nice, light carbonation, good, more dry texture, long finish. Big and unique, but a bit difficult to drink. Itís a shame, because I usually love Smuttynose. The commercial deScription does seem to imply that this brew missed the mark from what the brewmaster intended, so I guess it makes sense. Unfortunately, it doesnít get any better as it warms. 4 / 4 / 5 / 4 / 10 (2.7)

Re-rate, 9/19/2012: 22oz bottle, split 3 ways. 2011 vintage. Hazy orange yellow pour, little white head leaving good lace. Smooth lighter carbonation, creamier texture. Nice light soft hops, belgian yeast, light banana. Zesty estery spicy sweetness. Enjoyed this much more the second time around, but itís still of itís mark. Probably helped that I had 2 people to help me finish it off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Strong, malty, yeasty Belgian golden. Dry in places, with a fleeting note of menthol amidst the sweetness. Could be more dry and complex. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, overall kinda heavy feel. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (946) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Pours a dark golden/light orange color with a small white head that doesnít leave any lacing. Floral and fruity aromas of apricot and banana, along with some spices. Flavors of apricot, peach, banana, spices, yeast and butterscotch. Medium bodied with a slight bitterness. A pleasant beer. No hint of the 9% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (4271) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3584) - Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2011
22 oz bottle shared by csbosox. Pour is clear golden orangeish with a smallish off-white head. Aroma is sweet banana fruit, a bit over ripe, along with a clove yeastiness. Taste is the nose, sweetn grain malt, banana esthers and clove yeastiness. There is a decent hop brightness at the back of the taste, which jumps out a bit. Palate is medium bodied, grainy, lingering clove in the finish. A bit heavy handed on the yeast characteristics for my liking. Thanks for sharing Chris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
BottleÖ Clear light amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The nose presents floral hops, peaches, pear, clove and mild banana. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is floral and bitter, offering pear and boatloads of apricot and peach. Finishes moderately bitter, mildly spicy and grassy. Bottle courtesy of growler. Thanks, Scott!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate fruit, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (4993) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Bertís Better Beers. Used a snifter. Pours deep gold color with off-white head that left spotty lace. Over all l I really like Smuttynose as a whole however, this one just didnít do it for me. The nose and taste had a chemical like taste. Sort of like a household cleaner. A boozy, super-hopped up Belgian IPA just isnít for me. I almost feel bad leaving a low rating for it but either I had a bad bottle or this is just a sloppy mess. I damn near couldnít finish it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Pours a clear deep bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a sweet biscuity pale malty nose with some peppery clove spice and floral hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet light caramel maltiness with some banana esters and light citrus hoppiness before a drier biscuity bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style with good complexity.

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