Smooth | Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smooth is our Missouri Wild Ale that was fermented in and aged in a French Oak foedre with Missouri microflora for 2 years. Once mature, it was racked on to Missouri Nectarines from the same farm in which we get White Peaches for Fuzzy. Big stone fruit aromatics, subtle Brett complexities and a more refined acidity.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 135
Photo of jheimbigner
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - beautiful cloudy peach colored
S - wow, wow, wow. Straight sweet nectarine and stone fruit. Oak, and wild yeast.
T - follows the nose nectarine, stone fruit, mild oak and slightly sour. Luckily not over powering
F - effervescent light, dances on the tounge
O - incredible Nectarine and stone fruit flavor. It lives up to the description. I would easily put this as one of the better fruited wilds I have had

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

blend 2 poured from a 375mL bottle into perennial wine glass. pours a cloudy light orange. white head that disappears quickly and leaves nice lacing. smell is fruit forward along with some oak and a bit of that side project sour / funk smell. taste is exquisite. not at all over-the-top sour like la fosse or fuzzy. full mouthfeel, a little dry. overall, a wonderful entry in the side project fruited 375 series that’s alluded me do to its infrequent release.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B1 bottle
L: Clear/transluncent apricot and hay hues with a thin white foamy head
S: Tons of nectarines on the nose with a faint funk
T: Balanced and juicy stone fruits replete with peaches, nectarines, and apricots; very clean profile with muted acidity and a very mild funk - incredibly even profile
F: Moderate carb and healthy mouthfeel for a 3 year-old bottle
O: Phenomenal fruited sour from one of the best in the game; this held up incredibly well and with time the flavors really dialed in; hope to have the opportunity to revisit batch 2

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a pale straw color with a small fizzy white head that lasts a while before disappearing

S- juicy nectarine, barnyard funk, lemon peel

T- slightly tart, with juicy gushy nectarine, lemon peel, dried hay, finishes tart

M- med body, low carb, slightly foamy mouthfeel , tart dry finish

O- delicious stone fruit showcase

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Photo of markcp
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, golden, minimal head, just looks gorgeous in a glass. Funk, acidity, nectarine, oak come through on the nose and the palate. Perfectly balanced and carbed, and perhaps a little more sour than average for SP.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn this is ridiculously good. It was bursting with stone fruit and the as usual the carb was perfect. I will say after having it side by side with fuzzy, that the stone fruit doesn't pop like the peaches in Fuzzy, but still amazing.

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a light hazy golden color

S: Very acidic you can smell the nectarines that are packed into this bottle.

T: Very juicy but very sour. Big Nectarine and citrus notes

F: Very light, very crisp with a dry finish

O: This is a solid fruited sour. Love the look and the smell but just a bit to sour for me.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

poured into Side Project "sour flute".

Appearance: opaque orange body with tall white head composed of fine tiny packed bubbles. Bone white head that wisps away fairly quickly, but a thin cap of head remains on the beer during the entire drink. Leaves a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The nose is bursting with juicy nectarines. This is also oaky, some earthy brett, and light SP funk; but the nose predominantly consists of juicy and authentic fruit. This really does not smell like it is going to be very sour.

Taste: This is way more sour than the nose would lead you to believe; 7.5 out of 10. Lemon / citrus acidity is huge on the front end of this beer. Light funk, dry oak, and a hint of stone fruit. The fruit does not have the juicy quality that is present in the nose and does not have the intensity as the aroma possesses. The lemony / citrus funk lingers during the entire drink and even on into the finish. Sourness is more intense than the fruit for sure.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Bright, citrusy, and dry. A pucker factor big enough that it requires sipping on this beer. Carbonation has a creamy feel to it despite the dry effect that this beer imparts.

Overall: This sour is hitting on all cylinders. A visually appealing sour. The nose is the best part of this beer because there is so much authentic fruit aroma. A very flavorful sour with an outstanding mouthfeel. I think that the sourness overpowers the fruit a lot in the flavor of the beer and I could use a little bit more nectarine flavor. Not much else need to be improved on here it is just an outstanding fruited american wild ale.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, blend 1. Served in a stemmed glass 4/30/2016.

Pours a medium yellow-orange body, somewhat hazy with a one finger white head. Smells of rich underripe stone fruit, with mild cereal grainy sweetness, oak, and a fair bit of lactic acid. The stonefruit seems to tame down the lactic acid nicely. Flavour is a great balance of stone fruit and lactic acid, which is a bit more restrained than past fruited 375's that have come and gone. Touch of oak, mild funk, cereal grain, peach skin. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, light and dry on the palate with underripe fruit skin on the finish. A very nice one indeed- remarkably heavy on the fruit, which is a good thing in my book.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

White head. Hazy yellow color.

Tons of nectarines. Very fruity. Peachy. Lemon acidity. Light vinegar. Some funk. Mostly sour.

Light bodied. Nice carbonation.

So much fruit. Very awesome sour. Well done.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Hazy orange without much of a head. Nice nectarine aroma. It smells of very distinct peach/nectarine/stone fruit. The taste is immensely sour up front. Oak. Strong stone fruit. Very juicy. After the sourness dies down, it has a little bit of nectarine sweetness. Standard absurd Side Project sourness. Makes it difficult to drink. Low carbonation. Very flavorful, but overly sour.

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Photo of rjp217
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge upfront acidity while cold with a nice sweet juicy feel as it gets closer to room temperature. I wouldn't exactly call this a fruit or a tart bomb but runs a nice balance of both.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from a recent bottle share.

Per my notes, "fruity as hell on the nose." The nectarines are crazy juicy and strong with some light tartness and a decent dose of dry oak on the back end of the scent. The pour is your basic Side Project fruited sour pour, light a fizzy with little to no lacing or head. This one is a beautiful, full golden to moderately light orange in color. On the tongue this one stings with a strong sour right up front. The tartness is quickly subdued a bit with the emergence of great nectarine fruit flavor. The stone fruit is still tart, but juicy as hell to go along with it. The back end mirrors the back of the scent with a very drying, oak tartness. The fruit lingers on the tongue well after the drink has ended. Just like the scent being typical Side Project, the mouthfeel is as well. It is highly carbonated and sticky with the fruit on the palate.

Overall, this is probably my favorite of Cory's fruited sour small bottle series. It is sour of course, but not so bracingly sour as to outshine the fruit addition. If you like any peach/apricot/orange sour beers, this beer if definitely for you.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like a slightly underripe nectarine. Impressive fruit flavor and quality. Bright. Acidic. Dryness on the finish. Clean midpalate that isn't malty/juicy. Fairly tart but the fruit and base beer are still presented well.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks flat but color is translucent golden orange. Smell is nectarine and mango. Taste is tart juicy nectarine mixed with oaky white wine. Mouthfeel is smooth but slightly undercarbed. My favorite Side Project small format fruit to date. Doesn't suffer from the yogurty lacto and sometimes extreme acidity of some of the previous offerings. Nectarine nectar!

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Photo of macher0
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at the SP cellar. Nice treat for a tourist.

A. Hazy golden color - similar to the base Foedre. Moderate but gentle carbonation that slowly dissipates to a coarse head.

S. Sour MO bugs on the front. Major notes of neutral oak, nectarines, and lacto.

T. Moderate to high level of sourness - similar to the base. Sour bugs are dominate but give way to a nice balance with the nectarines. Mild oak. Not extremely complex which serves it well.

M. Super smooth, tart, light body, moderate carbonation.

O. Very impressive fruited sour. Nice balance. Great flavors. Nice sour kick - Highly recommended. It is fairly simple which certainly works in this situation. Nice structure from the base combined with a balanced addition from the fruit.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A real stand out at our tasting. So much flavor packed into this little beer. Intense fruit from the nectarines that comes off as a real juicy quality. Acidic and tart, but not overpowering. Very fresh and clean. Much preferred this to Fuzzy.

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Photo of Quetzolcotl
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is the best beer that I've had from Side Project. This one is named Smooth since nectarines don't have peach fuzz, and it is smooth drinking. No chunks of fruit in this beer and it had nice clarity. Well carbonated and new CO2 always kicked up when swirled in the glass. Tons of fruit and musty farmhousey goodness in the nose. Almost like moldy or old fruit in the smell but in the best way possible - the farmhouse was distinct from the fruit. The taste is sour goodness, farmhouse animal jamboree, and fruit. It is weird but you can actually taste that it is nectarines instead of peaches. This is not as in your face sour like most of SP beers which I really liked. Would be easy to drink a few bottles by yourself.

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Smooth from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 135 ratings