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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops. The much-anticipated debut edition of Smuttynose Wheat Wine, brewed and bottled early in 2005, was delayed for nearly a year due to problems stemming from the federal label approval process. The Tax and Trade Bureau (formerly ATF) rejected our original label approval application, claiming that use of the word wine in a beer name would confuse and mislead consumers and retailers. We didn’t agree (barleywine, anyone?) and appealed their rejection. Ours is the first, but definitely not the last, wheat wine application the federal government has seen, so they had to create new guidelines regarding the use of this name. We did prevail, at last, and the issue has been put to rest, and although there are several outstanding examples of this style offered at brewpubs, we are pleased to say that Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale was the first commercially bottled Wheat Wine on the market.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2005 Great American Beer Festival.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2010 Mondial de la Biere, Strasbourg, France
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2011 Great American Beer Festival

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2.9
ICEatALAMO (1353) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Draft at Flying Saucer. The pour is a vibrant ruby color with a lingering top. The aroma is mostly sweet toffee. The taste is a typical wheat wine upfront, but then you get a bite of bitterness and the aftertaste is a little boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"10.5% hybrid. sampled June 2011, unknown that we’d just bought a 2009 bottle off the shelf. ironically, it would have been passed on if we knew it was 2 years old, but damn, this thing aged to near perfection. the bitter finish still balanced out the sweetness from the 47% barley malt and 53% wheat, which also made it just fruity sweet enough without being overbearing. somewhat thick, but hid the alcohol well. great beer, and another notch in the belt for Smuttynose!"

3.2
zvikar (6444) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle sample at DSG’s 5555 tasting at Sar Hamashkahot Ramat Gan. Thanks kerenmk. Pours orange hazy with a beige head, aroma of marmalade, caramel and wheat, flavor is slightly bitter with marmalade, malt, alcohol and herbs, medium bodied.

2.8
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Flat pour with a minimal head. Aroma of candy and sweets. Taste is overwhelming sweet wheat. Close to a Belgian dark but not.

3.2
bubblehouse (1556) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Not my favorite. Nice strong aroma but the flavor was slightly off putting. Not the biggest barley wine fan anyways.

3.4
obxdude10 (2374) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Decent barleywine that poured a light amber color. The white head was quite modest but left some nice lacing behind. The nose was sweet with notes of wheat, alcohol, light whiskey and some floral hops. The body was big and strong, but well balanced. The flavors were on the semi-sweet side with notes of wheat, alcohol, orange, lemon, toffee and caramel. The finish was quite strong as well, with more notes of spicy hops and a bit more alcohol.

3.5
fiveacestx (974) - Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap, caramel color with a small head. It has a high ABV and it shows in the aroma and taste. Has a maple aroma and taste. Medium silky smooth mouthfeel. Watch out for this one!

3.3
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2014
On tap at Black Sheep..dark orange pour..thin white head..aroma of honey,bread,caramel..different is pretty much how I’d describe this one..just ok.

3
rayaron (1992) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle sample at American Strong Ale tasting at Beer&Beyond, Tel Aviv. Nice amber with low beige head. Sweet yeasty aroma, syrup, bready, date honey, woody. Very sweet flavor, syrup, light hoppy bitterness, spicy, notes of banana. Oily texture. Lots of sediments. Medium carbonation. Full body. Very alcoholic. Sweet-bitter aftertaste.

3.3
kerenmk (5168) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle shared at DSG’s 5555th rating tasting at Sar HaMashkaot Ramat Gan. Hazy amber-brown with beige head. Candy, malt, a little dried apricot and old hops aroma. Stale hops, slightly bitter, then chocolatey in the mouth. Full body, chocolate finish, low carbonation. Heavy, sweet, vinous but not wheaty.


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