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Smuttlabs Hugs 'N Rainbows - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DiscLizard on 05-20-2014)
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Appearance - Deep red. Small off white head. Settles quickly. Thin collar and nothing else.

Smell - Fruity acidity. Vanilla and oak. A little whiskey pushes through. Caramel malt.

Taste - Sour cherries and a little bit vinous. Caramel malt. Vanilla and oak in the back end, again with just a hint of bourbon. Woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Moderate sourness. Medium body, but it drops out in the back. Medium carbonation.

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A: Pours a hazy orange with just faint carbonation which is extremely thin and white at the rim and leaves only a few spots of lace.

N: Lemony citrus, tart, fruity, tannic.

T: Mild funk, citrusy acidity, oak tannins, earthy, faint dark cherries/stone fruit.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Finishes tart, funky and fruity.

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The beer pours a hazy, fiery orange, and sits in the glass as a candied maroon. A smaller head of creamy, yellowing bubbles forms above the glass with slight retention. When splashed against the glass, the beer leaves a thin, drizzly lacing. In body, the beer is a dark and hazy murk with total opacity. I detect no particles floating in this glass. On the nose, the beer is a beautiful funk. Think: caramelly whiskey, tart cherry pie, barnyard funk, pineapple, and oak. There’s a smooth toffee and vanilla note running underneath the other scents. Cherry funk and caramel sweet whiskey are the two big players, though the whiskey has no booziness at all in the scent. This beer has got a killer nose, reminiscent of Cerise Cassee from Cambridge Brewing Company, only less boozy. As it opens up in the glass I start to get leather notes and more barnyard funk. Subtle horse blanket even tickles the nostrils, but is instantly mellowed by the sweet tail end of this beer’s scent. On the tongue, the beer doesn’t quite deliver the promises of the nose. It begins oddly muted in flavor before opening into more expected flavors. As it warms, the beer loses that muted note. It tastes smoothly tart, moving into a fruity sweetness and a tannic bitter at the finish. Soft earthiness from the barrel is dying to come out to play, but is kept soft by the sweetness of the beer. In flavor, the beer begins as tart cherries, moving into cherry pie surrounded by tannic oak with a soft roast to it. Soft pineapple sneaks in, as well as a touch of salinity, but sweet cherry seems to be the big flavor here. On the finish there is just the ghost of the succulent toffee and vanilla that was in the smell. The finish also carries the strongest blast of barnyard funk and barrel character. The aftertaste is of earthy oak and soft cherry. In body, the beer is on the light side of medium with a decided thinness to the beginning. The end of the sip carries some oomf but the beginning seems a little thin too me. Carbonation is middling with a small snap on the palate. Mouthfeel is slightly gelling, but also a little lifeless. After the beer leaves, the cheeks are coated with saliva while the tongue is left sticky and tannic. Overall, the beer is quite tasty, but it lacks the supreme complexity that the nose offered. I actually think a late dose of lacto would help to spice things up a little. This beer has some wonderful flavors and complexity, though, and should age in the bottle supremely. It opens into a more coherent sip as it sits in the glass and is a great picture of the things to come from Smuttlabs. Good tartness for a brett only fermentation, too. Nice balance, though it could use a little drier of an overall character. Age will probably do just that.

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Smuttlabs Hugs 'N Rainbows from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.