Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.29/5 rDev +11.1%
A - An extremely thin head sits atop a light amber body. THe head practically disappears in a pint at rest. Thin and light.
S - Very sharp aroma, reminds me of apples. It's almost sour... like a cider. The aroma doesn't throw itself at you, not pungent but sharp nonetheless.
T - Here's where any hint of a cider flies out the window. The very light body inhibits any lingering... but what you're left with is a very clean taste. A nice balance of spice and sage with a medium carbonation. Very tasty.
M - Starts off light, but finishes medium. Extremely clean finish to this one... almost no lingering aftertaste whatsoever.
O - Very pleasantly surprised with this farmhouse ale. It's my second of the Big Series Beers by Smuttynose, and so far they're two for two.
08-05-2014 02:41:17 | More by alexbutler
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
Brilliantly clear deep golden with no head. Aroma is toasted, nutty, slightly farmhouse, with a definite tart, acetic character. Flavor is more earthy, with a touch of fecal character, and a nice tartness. It's lactic and acetic, I believe. Malt sweetness is a bit high, but a nice starter/gateway sour, probably.
07-24-2014 21:42:19 | More by barczar
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
The beer pours a pale, copperish orange with hints of gold. The beer forms a thin head of eggshell-white bubbles that leave a thin, yet solid sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is oddly crystal clear. It has a decided transparency and cleanness of body that is odd for the style. On the nose, however, this beer screams farmhouse ale. Rustic toast meets dried hay, meets corn flake, and then meets spicy hops. When you really shove your nose in it, banana and clove enter the nose to add a slight hefe twist. When I dig further, I start to get some overripe pineapple and very faint peach. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity, and slightly tart acidity, with a soft balancing bitterness that leads into a very dry finish. This bad boy was dried out to a near full attenuation that nicely pops the more rustic aspects. In flavor, the beer begins as peach and pineapple, mixing in with corn flakes and wheat bread crust. Things take a slight twist towards near-lemon fruit tartness in the middle and briefly with the finish, while spicy hops and peppery esters linger into the aftertaste from nearly the beginning of the sip. As it warms, some slightly unpleasant flavors do establish themselves with the finish, jumping from banana to mustier funk that could turn ugly if this aged. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with lighter carbonation that still keeps the beer crisp on the tongue. In mouthfeel, the beer feels crisp, yet slightly oily with a decidedly dry/sticky finish. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left dry, but with plenty of saliva pouring from the edges. Overall, this is a rustic, funky saison, and my favorite of Smutty’s Farmhouse iterations. It’s got some really nice yeast character, though some things might hint at rougher musty flavors to come. I do wish the hops were a little more prevalent, but that is my personal taste in saison/farmhouse ales. As is, she’s a nice summer drink with plenty of complexity to interest the tongue.
07-10-2014 22:19:56 | More by Maxwell
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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