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Wild Ale
Ranked #15
Ranked #245
4.54 | pDev: 5.07%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Notes: 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.
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent funk/barnyard/horseblanket/tartness meets a very fleshy subtle fruit forward nectarine quality. Just excellent and something I could sip for hours on end.

Aug 05, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Foggy burnt gold with a fizzy off-white head settling to a thin chain in no time leaving a bubbling but clear surface.

Having this side by side with La Fosse, Smooth is less sour yet also less sweet. There's more oak and more funk here, both in a barnyard, hay and blue cheese direction, as well as a mineral and ditch water character, but not in a bad way. There is a mature white wine tartness via the crisp medium-light body. The finish is semi-dry, bringing out a little tart lemon and green apple.

Jul 26, 2019
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detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really wonderful. Nice golden pale orange in the glass, minimal head. Smells great, like a nectarine peach orchard, deeply savory, almost like bacon. Tastes so great, just beautifully bright and tart and like eating a nectarine, incredibly juicy, so rich and savory, feels amazing, I could drink this endlessly.

Jul 25, 2019
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soulgrowl from England

4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazed golden orange with big bubbles and an insubstantial head, but points earned for good flocculation – no yeasty chunks even though I poured this like an idiot. All the gunk stayed safely compacted at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is predominantly Band-Aid-ish phenols, some sweet, fresh nectarine, and a delightful apricot kernel/almond note with hints of creamy vanilla to round it out; overall it comes across as a farmyard funked-up peach melba. Tastes much the same, too, but more sour and less funky than anticipated. The 'whole fruit' flavour of the nectarines is amazing, almost like biting into the fresh fruit itself. Quite sour and quite fizzy; a smoother, softer mouthfeel would help carry the fleshy flavour of the fruit better, I think. But overall this is a remarkable fruit beer; the nectarine flavour keeps giving and giving.

Jul 10, 2019
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a share with a few friends as we continue our quest to try all of the top 250. It is really good no doubt. I personally think it is better than Fuzzy.

Jun 21, 2019
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RNbeerfan from New York

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Hazy light orange color with no head
Smell: Nectarines
Taste: Taste likes biting into a fresh nectarine with the skin on. A little bit of a tartness/acidy but mostly fresh fruit
Feel: Medium bodied with almost champagne like bubbles
Overall: This beer does not disappoint. Side Project rarely does. This has the right amount of funk but tastes of fresh fruit as well.

Jun 05, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
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

Apr 16, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 due to its infrequent release.

Mar 27, 2019
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Mar 18, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Jan 07, 2017
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markcp from Iowa

4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Aug 01, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Jul 12, 2016
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DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Jul 04, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

May 26, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

May 01, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Apr 23, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Apr 19, 2016
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Mar 10, 2016
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Mar 07, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Feb 17, 2016
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Feb 16, 2016
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macher0 from Kentucky

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Jan 30, 2016
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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Jan 29, 2016
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Quetzolcotl from Missouri

4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Jan 28, 2016
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