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Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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583 Ratings

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
15 IBU

2008 - 7.0%
2009 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.3%
2013 - 7.0%
2014 - 7.2% brewed with Pineapple Sage

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-12-2006)
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Photo of srandycarter


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Glowing honey, lots of near white head, tons of clumpy lace.

S - Funky farm. Pleasant malt here.

T -Pretty. More malty than sour/funk, the latter is there in nice proportion.

M - Medium body, great coating fair carb, good balance.

D - Very easy to drink for sure!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 04:15:01 | More by srandycarter
Photo of kingcrowing


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a light wheaty gold with a big fluffy white head. Nose is funky and sweet.

Taste is super funky and a bit sour but so nice and creamy. Very smooth with some awesome carbonation makes for a great mouthfeel. One of the best beers I've had from smutty in a while!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 01:26:02 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a bunch, but it's been a while since I bought one. Here we go, 22oz into standard pint (My snifter broke today! NOOO!!!)

A- A faint, subdued straw yellow with a voluminous head that goes on for days. Bubbles are like a sno-cone or ice shavings.... really interesting. Like lemon sorbet ontop of my beer. Very inviting, high points awarded. Incredible lacing.

S- Floral, mildly funky, sweet, faint caramelized sugar... Hmm. I stick my nose into the beer and the grassy, wet-blanket funk is there, although reserved all things considered. Very nice, if subdued.

T- This beer is a winner. Sweet, a faint amount of tartness, funky funk is here in full effect. A citric acidity comes to bring up the rear. I can't say I can name all the flavors working in this one... but I like 'em!

M- Crisp, multi-faceted, a faint amount of the ABV is noted although does not detract. Very nice.

D- One of my favorites... prob. the first Farmhouse I ever had and after sampling a bunch, I still find qualities in this one that will keep me coming back again and again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 00:18:17 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden body with a slightly patchy smaller beige head.

S - Smells like citrus and sweet malty alcohol.

T - Taste is clean with citrus, spices, warm alcohol and some sweet maltiness.

M - Very smooth and crisp. Moderately carbonated with a very nice sweet clean finish.

D - The alcohol is masked well in this brew and is very smooth. The physical drinkability of this one is great.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:55:34 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold with streams of bubbles. Obnoxiously large bubbly white head. Foamy Pangea mound retention leaves clinging lace drifts.

Aroma is yeast, spice, apricot: alluring and farmy enough for me.

Tastes crisp yet smooth with a sugared apricots and cantaloupe balanced by dry funk. Sweet takes over as the funk fades. Apropriately dry.

Smuttynose can do anything.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 19:50:18 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of prattmeister14

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Big Beer Bottle served in a Unibroue tulip glass

A. I poured aggressively, forgetting the review I read that the head is generous and fluffy, thus I had to wait to finish pouring. However when I was done the head was indistinguishable from Belgian brews I've had before - a testament to the Belgian yeast. A cloudy maize color, what I expected. Too tasty looking to not drink.

S. Aromatic, belgian-y. Fruit and light sugar smell. Alcohol underlying

T. Hey now-- this is a big beer! There is a sweet taste up front and a bitter, hoppy taste in the back. It kind of lures you in with the sweet. After a few sips the sugary characteristic disappears somewhat, but is still present.

M. Nice mouthfeel, not too heavy and not too light. The ABV doesn't overpower the mouthfeel and the carbonation doesn't take away from the taste like some Belgians do.

D. I could sip this all night, but this wouldn't be a beer that my college comrades could "pound" (Why pound a great beer like this?) A beer that can be enjoyed all night.

Overall: This is my first Saison/Farmhouse ale and I'm not disappointed. Smutty rarely does so. If my review is a bit off kilter, attribute it to the fact that I have no prior experience in the Farmhouse category. To put it blunty: I'd get this beer again, and again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:15:13 | More by prattmeister14
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok so, this brew pours a golden color with three fingers of think white head and little carbonation. The smell is notably creamy, with the spices taking a backseat while still making their presence known. A slight funk pervades the smell and I don't detect any boozy kind of smell.

Glug glug glug

Ok up front is smooth, sweet and creamy before rushing into the spice flavor, a slight bitter underlies the whole profile and the end and aftertaste contain more of the funk then before. I have to commend this brew for hiding the booze flavor while still retaining some of the heat. Overall this isn't bad but it seems to be lacking in complexity and also any kind sour apple taste I usually expect with this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 22:05:26 | More by Thur123


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was stunned when I poured this big bottle brew into a wine glass and bore witness to the holy vortex of carbonation that ensued. I've never seen anything like it--too pristene to sip at.

This was a very good release by Smuttynose--proves their versatility. Without being too extravagant, this brew contained a nice mellow Belgian malt with a warm, spicy finish.

One of the beautiful things about the Saison genre is that you don't know exactly what you're getting with each brewery's rendition.

Certainly worth a try...but not the same as a true Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 22:04:42 | More by JTWILDOATS
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Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, early morning sunshine with bursting, beaming rays that jump out the glass even despite the misty haze that blankets the beer. Its head was initially quite voluptuous but it has lightened considerably. White is painted everywhere but nowhere is it thicker than along the outskirts. The glass is plastered in a shotgun spray of lace.

Yes. This is the smell of a Saison. It is flawless. Fresh-cracked peppercorns, budding orchards of pear and apple fruit, a countryside of flowers, a squirt of citrusy vinegar and the contents of grandma's herbs garden combine for a bouquet that is every bit floral, fruity, perfumy, earthy and zesty as any one could ask for. I don't even need to drink it...

But I will. Because it tastes amazing too. All that I loved about the aroma is repeated in flavour form: fields of wild flowers, (dandelions and rose water), grain husks and wheat flour, slightly over-ripened orchard fruits (pear, apple, apricot), spices (white pepper, coriander), herbs (thyme, savory), citrus zest shavings and a teaspoon of wild honey.

Delicious. But it's not worth much without the right fitting mouthfeel. Saisons demand a lot of carbonation to keep all those zestful flavours alive on the tongue - I'd say this is adequately carbonated enough to give the palate a good old scrub. The alcohol interferes none, thankfully, and its slight dryness is flattered by a mild tartness. Not bad.

No, not bad at all. American brewers often have trouble replicating the beers that their Belgian counterparts seem just inherently gifted at brewing. Smuttynose has succeeded where many others have failed - crafting a convincingly Belgian-esque ale that can stand toe-to-toe with the real things. This has to now be one of my favourite Saisons.

I found this beer to be tremendous. It's the middle of October - possibly my favourite month and time of the year - but just one look and smell and taste of this beer made me yearn again for summer. When a beer can provoke feelings and memories then you know it was made well and that it evinces all that makes that particular style unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 16:55:33 | More by biegaman
Photo of gfreed


1.9/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Off to a great start: even an easy pour resulted in a generous head that took a very long time to fade. Had to wait several minutes before there was enough space to add more beer to the glass. The beer itself is a sort of matte peach color; topped by the giant white head it was nearly as attractive as a good Hefeweizen. A decent fistful of grapefruit in the aroma was tempered by malt that smelled a bit like cocoa. But that's where the good part ends. One taste of this deflated every anticipation of a good glass of beer. A one-word summation: booze. The overpowering taste of alcohol buried every single flavor. There's no subtlety, no gentle warmth from the alcohol; only ham-handed booze. Boozeboozebooze! This would best be enjoyed from a paper bag.

Smuttynose ought to abandon this Big Beer crap and stick with more moderate brews, which is what they do best. Definitely avoid.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 02:25:25 | More by gfreed
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber - $5.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Bottle-conditioned in: 2009. A nice "pssst!" upon opening, as if it had a deep, dark secret to tell. Go on, Farmhouse Ale, unburden yourself and spill those beans for me.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange-golden body with a large, meringue-like, off-white head despite a relatively gentle pour. Continuous streams of effervescence throughout.

Smell: It's a bold, busy aroma where everything is vying for your attention -- everything from malted barley and wheat, non-frosted cake, fresh-picked orchard fruits, Curaçao liqueur, and plenty of spices.

Taste: Tastes like a sweetish mixture of crisp pils and soft wheat malts smoothed over with a touch of candi sugar. Small hint of fresh pound cake in there as well. Initial fruit tastes of apples and tart pears, but soon an orange citrus character joins the fray and eventually overtakes the other fruit flavors. The yeast provides a particularly bold spiciness to the beer, giving an impression of finely-ground cloves and pepper. The hops provide an additional rustic spiciness and a fair amount of sweetness-countering bitterness. The finish provides a taste of cake soaked in spices and fruit liqueurs with some warming, soothing alcohol lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated providing for a rather zippy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bold, warming, bubbly affair, for sure, and, while good, I feel I'd sooner reach for a standard Saison Dupont. Still though, it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 02:31:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of hoegaardenhero


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottled in 2009
a: frothy cloudy white foam w/ great retention that leaves a pretty decent spotty foam coating the side of the glass; lots of movement in the clear bronze body; looks great

s: first and foremost it is spicy; nice warm spices; honey; oranges; coriander; sweet sugar; in the middle is some nice yeasty grains;

t: a little disappointing since the smell and look were both really good; you can definitely taste an almost whiskey like abv here that is a little strong bc the flavors are a little watery; light bitter tinge of hops at the finish; some mild spiciness;

m: a little aggressive and watery for my tastes

d: a decent offering but in the realm of saisons there are many better

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 02:47:01 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of david18

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to a get this beer because it's winter and I've been looking at this beer for weeks. It's actually very good in a style I don't drink very much. I had a Hennepin, which I liked better, but I decided to try this as it gets cold. Great high carbonation, intense aroma and good flavor. In general I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 21:40:22 | More by david18
Photo of nanertak


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz to tulip glass

Appearance: Golden. Bright and bubbly, 1 finger head, lot of carbonation.

Nose: Oranges, bananas, hint of grassyness. Belgian yeast.

Taste: Strong and sweet malts, fading into cloying alcohol. Mild spicy middle, lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick. The carbonation gives a mild spice (a bit too mild) to the backbone, which quickly fades (a bit too quickly). Very round. A bit too round for a saison, in my opinion.

Drinkability: It's not bad. Reasonably good beefed up farmhouse/saison. A bit too round for summer drinking, so I'm not sure where or when I'd drink another.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 23:08:59 | More by nanertak
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and good (but not great) lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, fruit, malt and esters.

T: Tasted of apples, citrus, pears, malt, yeast and some esters (this is particularly present early on). Very complex and flavorful.

M: A big, biting amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is one of the most drinkable American versions of a saison out there. Well-made and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 12:47:42 | More by avalon07
Photo of parkeak0

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at the brewery while on vacation in New Hampshire last month. Tasted on draft at the brewery and was very impressed... been excited to open this one up for a while!

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange. Big three-finger head that quickly dissipates into a billowy, fluffy head, then into a more moderate but very aesthetically pleasing lace. What a looker!

S - A decent amount of that yeasty Belgian funk that really isn't found in many beers that aren't actually made in Belgium. Hay, tart apple, mild but noticeable alcohol.

T - Sweet maltiness (though not overwhelming), fruity tartness (again, lots of tart apple), a suggestion of pepper. Finishes dry and well-balanced with a wonderful tart/bitter twang. Mild hops, but definitely providing for some depth and balance. A very well balanced beer.

M - Creamy in a way that most saisons aren't. Low carbonation, but this lends itself well to the beer. Finish is dry, but isn't astringent or puckering.

D - Good, as most saisons are. A bit high in alcohol to session. Frankly, I'd rather savor a bomber of this over the course of an hour or an hour and a half than session this beer. Just too complex to quaff.

Wow! I'm not a terribly well-seasoned saison drinker, but this stands out as one of the best I've had to date. If you see this, pick one (or more) up. If you even remotely like saisons, you will enjoy this immensely.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 05:04:30 | More by parkeak0
Photo of augustgarage


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from ShogoKawada (many thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubadour tulip glass. "Bottle conditioned in 2007."

Liquid pours a deep glowing gamboge with golden yellow highlights topped by a nice stand of mousse-like orange-cream foam. Good retention and lacing, minimal legs.

Aroma at first seems slightly malty, floral, and clean (like laundry fresh from the dryer). A bit of candy sweetness is revealed as the beverage warms up a bit.

Cointreau, grassy hops, a bit of yeast funk on the palate. A little citrus-like and lactic tartness intermingle with a nice lightly sweet malt foundation. Finish is perfectly balanced between all of the components of the flavor profile and hints at lavender and alfalfa as well.

Soft, almost medium-bodied, with good carbonation (though effervescence could be a touch higher) and billowy overall with a mild warming from the alcohol.

Simple, but beautifully crafted ale - quite drinkable. I'd return to this often if I had it available. One of the better domestic saisons.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 22:33:17 | More by augustgarage
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a pint glass a slightly hazy light orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of spices and sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts with a nice spice backbone. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is one of the best on-tap Farmhouse ales I've had yet.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 23:46:28 | More by atsprings
Photo of bonsreeb85


4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy golden, very hazy w/ a velvety foam off white dome

S - plenty of fruity like sweetness aromas come pouring off of this one. peaches, apple skin, apricot and some honey joins in the fun too, damn! also some spicy clove and pepper notes. light earthy and floral hop bouquette round things out.

T - 1st sip: wow! this is a fruity-ass saison. lots of orchard fruits w/ some banana and even tangerine. nice yeasty flavor to boot. I really gotta say -I prefer this "sweeter" style of saison vs. the "tart/sour" versions. The sweetness is kept in check by a good hop drying finish, but the flavor lingers on. this is one flavor-packed beer exceptional!

MF - very smooth and creamy w/ a low level of carbonation especially for the style. i find this pleasurable, as most saison's co2 levels are remniscent of spritzers or champagne.

D - while this may be too sweet for some, I found the balance to be near perfection.

Overall: very refreshing and packed full of flavor(have I mentioned that yet??) excellent American take on the style thanks to SMason for the chance to sample this work of art.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 01:32:50 | More by bonsreeb85
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge off-white head. The head literally filled my glass after the first pour, however it finally settles into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light to medium fruits - pears and green apples - with a good deal of sweetness and a small amount of spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sugar-coated pear flavors up front segue into darker green apple flavors before allowing a small amount of spiciness to come out before the ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I feel as though this beer didn't really have much of an identity. The level and intensity of the fruit flavors was right on par but there wasn't a whole lot else going on. Still, a good effort and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 20:43:11 | More by glid02
Photo of brewcrew76


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright gold with tight bubbles and a thin off white head that quickly retreats to a ring of foam.

S - Fruity nose, slightly grassy and earthy, hints of lemon, clove, crackers and wheat bread.

T - Fruity with lemon and orange, some malty sweetness, clove, perfumey hops, some bread and crackers and some yeast.

M - On the light side of medium with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Enjoyable. Tends to get a little sweet and perfumey as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 18:39:55 | More by brewcrew76
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice Saison style beer. Sturdy amber/gold appearance. A hint of spice, but not overpowering. Good citrus with a clear, slightly bitter finish. Satisfying and drinkable. Big but not heavy. Overall, a very good, solid beer. Not as complex as some Saison beers, but that's part of its appeal.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 03:14:16 | More by DoreenAndDave
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz Smutty Big Beer series bomber into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange, with 2 hands thick creamy white foam that is everlasting. Mounds of lacing down the side. Patience is a virtue after the pour.

Fruity citrus smell - reminds me of orange slices and peels from kids soccer sidelines. Spices buried in the back.

Loads of Belgain-esque malty goodness, big fruity mouthfeel with a very mild hop in the background. Hints of raisins/licorice. Good carbonation, very full and tasty in the mouthfeel.

I've found the Big Beer series to be hit or miss, but this one is a hit. Easy to double up here, if not for the 7.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 20:25:12 | More by KTCamm
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This was a 2008 bottle - opened and tasted 8/2009. Had been in the cellar / fridge for last 6 months.

A - Beautiful Golden hue, mostly clear. Small white head that dissipated over 3 minutes.

S - Yeasty and Fruity esters. Very small amount of funk. Then a smell of caramel and maybe sugar...

M - Clean mouthfeel, but just enough body to let you know this is a solid beer. Carbonation is significant but works well for the style.

T - Slightly sweet taste (golden tasting...) Classic yeasty esters for the style, but not too much. No real Funk taste. Mild hop backend. Not really spicy. No real taste of alcohol. Very slight sour aftertaste. Mostly a bready kinda Strong Golden ale with a bit more complexity going on.

D: Nice Drinking Beer. Balance is nice, but better in the latter part of the evening (a bit heavy to start off with IMHO). Great to share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 06:02:09 | More by digr
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a delirium tremens glass.

A hazy golden bodied beer below a white two finger head that sticks around a good while leaving plenty of lacing as well. Aromas are brilliantly fruity and lightly hoped. Sweet and spice in the nose. Fresh baked bread and apricots as well. The flavor is wonderful. Loads of sweet malt with a spice kick that resembled spiced pears. Slight alcohol warmth shows as well. I am loving this fresh, but with some age it might show more spice and less alcohol. A lush mouthfeel with decent carbonation add to the experience. The finish is slightly earthly and floral hops that keep the sweetness in check and beg for another sip. I love saisons and I might actually prefer this over Hennepin. The mouthfeel is just a bit fuller than Hennepin and slightly less effervescent from what I can remember.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 19:05:43 | More by rtratzlaff
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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