Smuttlabs Brett & I - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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89
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Mikeypnh on 07-20-2014

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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 4
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Photo of tastybeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Nice color. Tangerine orange, slightly peachy beer with a white head. Aroma includes dusty wood, wine-like cork musk, tart cherry, sweet apple, dandelions in the sun, and pale malt extract, all cleanly arranged. Flavors are light malt, touch of lemon and apple, pleasantly tart, funky and woody. It does remind me of red wine muskiness and shares a similar kind of woody dryness... Very smacky dry in texture between the smooth slickness. Nicely done again Smuttynose!

Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Beautiful orange color covered with a small white head that sticks well. Definite Brett smell upfront bringing some funky barnyard, tart, and floral aromas that mix with a bit of citrus and a pleasant cookie dough pale malt sweetness. A red wine barrel presence is noticeable as well. Flavor has a more moderate Brett character, but still contributes some nicely tart, dusty funk that marries the wooden red wine tannins nicely which carry through the finish. Earthy lemon and apple acidity. Dry, fluffy medium body, with a lingering woody wine tannins and slight tartness. Interesting wild ale, especially with the noticeable red wine barrel characteristics.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was served on tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, New York. It arrived in a house snifter showing a shimmering shade of apple juice. It held a one finger head of tight off-white foam, showing respectable retention. This was quite easily reproducible on a swirl around the glass. Lacing was patterned, globular, and wet. Clarity was crystal clear, without sediment. Carbonation appeared to be high, akin to sparkling wine or juice. The aroma gave warmed apple cider, soured and biting bretty yeastiness, tinny metallics, vinyl plastics, tart lemon flesh, soapy hoppiness, freshly pressed cotton, light tobacco smokiness, bourbon and rum woodiness, pale and pilsner malts, Smarties candy sweetness, green bell peppers, fizzy peach soda, and cranberry acidity. The mouth met a blend of raw honey, white wine vinegar, confectioner’s sugar, lemon and lime rind, hearty and savory lacto and Brettanomyces, tin, pale and light caramel malts, oaky woodiness, sour cherries, rosé wine, Concord grape juice, starchy breadiness, distant oat and raw wheat, hairspray, celery root, mineral, mustard seed, and arugula. Each sip afforded little cream of froth, but had nice finishing slurp, smack, and pop to the lips and high palate. The body was light, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was dried and puckered, leaving you with lemonade throat. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back decently.

Overall, this is what we would like to call a nice “starter sour”. For those of you either new to sours/wilds, or for those that may not be quite frothing at the mouth for the style like most of us here on BeerAdvocate, this beer may serve as an easy transition or introduction for you. There is no question as to what style this is, or to the yeasts used to ferment it, but there is a mild and sweet quality to it that makes it softer, gentler, and generally less biting by nature than many others. For veterans, you’ll sour sensors will certainly be satisfied here, but don’t expect to be floored. To our immediate knowledge we can’t think of another time we’ve had anything like this from Smuttynose, so from that perspective we applaud them on their branching out as well.

Photo of Maxwell
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a gorgeous sun burst orange with golden yellow highlights. The beer pours with a nice small head of eggshell white color that settles into a fat ring around the glass. In body, the beer is a clean haze, that nearly strikes the eye as opaque, but some shadows do work through the beer and glass. When splashed on the glass, the beer does leave slippery, thin lacing that does leave some tendrils on the glass. The beer also leaves a quick set of legs that then evaporate off of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of beautiful citrus brett with great barrel accents. Clean lemon, tangerine, and orange juice wash across the nose with pineapple accents and hints of spicy barnyard scents. As it warms, I get tart pear juice scents and the barrel character becomes more dominant. Lovely aroma on this beer; delicate, subtle, fruity, and complex. On the tongue, the beer tastes of sweet, fruity funk on the front of the sip, transferring quickly into rich acidity that gives a softly tart character alongside the sweet funk. With the finish, the beer dries out and gives a unique spicy character with a touch of tannic oak. The spice might be booze, but is not harsh, which leads me to thick it is coming off of a cool ester or phenol or something... In flavor, the beer tastes of pineapple juice, slight tangerine citrus, sweet lemonade, peach, apricot, and then pear juice with a touch of dry cider. These flavors meld into lovely slight oak tannin and doughy bread that takes a nuance of sour dough. The finish has spicy pepper, like a nice farmhouse ale, but this mellows as the beer warms, inviting more tart/yeasty lemonade flavors to enter and further add to the complexity of the sip. In the mouth, the beer is medium bodied, with a nice medium attenuation. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly crisp, and with a lighter, soft carb that gets balanced out by a snap of tartness from the beer. As the beer leaves, the mouth is left lightly damp with slight saliva in the cheeks, and a nice neutral/slightly damp feeling in the mouth as well as a subtle astringency from the oak tannin. Overall, this is a damn fine brett ale with slight tart character (I believe from a sour mash…), and lovely balance, allowing for true nuance to be achieved. The beer is refreshing and complex, and would go nice with a light salad or delicate seafood. This is probably my favorite beer from Smuttlabs so far, and I am very excited for future releases, as they are putting out some nice experiments. Great beer.

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Smuttlabs Brett & I from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.