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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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3.9
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Bright crimson hued. It is lacking aroma, unfortunately and I wonder why. Light hints of fruit and coconut, but it’s very subtle overall. Flavor is very rich and enjoyable, with coconut flavors so authentic, it makes you think it was aged in some barrel. White pepper, butter toffee and cream flavor, with a soft, succulent smooth texture. Wish the aroma was better, but this is still a very nice, enjoyable beer.

3.6
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Tiny head, light copper color. Candied aroma. Taste is pretty sweet, highlighted by more candi sweetness. Medium alcohol burn. Nice mild malty sweetness. Finish is clean. Very barleywine like, with little wheat beer characteristics, still good.

3.8
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2005
I love the big beers and this was big. Nice even flavor and good striong finish .

3.6
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2005
brown in color, no head at all. has a light hoppy aroma. Starts off decent, but over time the taste will start wearing on you.

3.2
ClarkVV (6758) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 Really need to rate this one, as I’ve now had it about six or seven times from the bottle. Wish you could give points based on the label, as this one has an outstanding Romantic depiction of a Ceres/Demeter-like figure. Very unique label. I’ll probably hold on to a couple bottles just for the label. Ok let’s see what else I can say that’s not about the beer itself. . .nope, that’s about it.
Batch 1 2005 bomber
Pours a copper-goldenrod, nice and dark, with only a chill haze. Little to no sediment on the bottom, though it is bottle conditioned. Head is very large, but recedes quickly to a cover, with light lacing left behind. Head is off-white colored. Aroma of sharp, dry wheat, lots of fruitiness (apples, pears, oranges, unripened peaches), with soft, sweaty, only lightly bitter hops. A touch of dry caramel and toasted grains lingers in the background, while you can definitely sense a bit of strong, perfumey alcohol esters. Flavor is very bold immediately, with a sharp, acidic wheat twang and alcohol heat. Moderately sweet caramel comes in to the mix, with ripe red berries and more drying yellow fruits on the end. Alcohol is definitely present, but not in an obnoxious way, just rather warming. Expansive mouthfeel with a lightly creamy texture at times. Wheat wines are just too acidic/sharp for my tastes. Wheat already adds enough dryness without having to then up the alcohol. I think that’s why I enjoyed triticus so much more, the dark malts really helped balance the wheat and alcohol. A well-made beer for what it’s trying to do, just not my cup of tea. Sticky caramel, lightly bitter, leafy hops and a bit of raisins and candied oranges linger on.

3.9
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle: Pale caramel color, orangish hued, fairly viscous pour, thin white head, spotty lacing, moderate carbonation.   Sweet hop nose, caramel, touch of alcohol.   Smells fairly tasty.   Sweet citrusy zing, loads of caramel, subtle hop presense.   Not terribly big, but fairly smooth and tasty.   Not as big or full in the mouthfeel as suggested by the pour.   Lingering candied citrus peel and caramel on the exit.   Lighter than expected, but still sweet and malty enough to make me happy.   More like a Barley Wine light.   Thanks Jeff!


3.8
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Pours a fiery clear dark amber with a quickly fading white head. Aroma of honey, white wine, floral hops and a bouquet of flowers. Flavor has notes of wheat, caramel, zesty floral grapefruity-hops, pine, toasted malt, cherry, wood, white grapes and a touch of bath soap (but not in a bad way). Pleasantly sweet with ample, yet smooth hop bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth texture and moderate carbonation - it could have been a little more thick and lush. Overall a very good beer, pretty original IMO.

3
mephisto (1288) - TAIWAN - NOV 4, 2005
another hoppy big wheat beer after stone’s 9th anniversary. a new trend? not much wheat flavor, dominated by hops. grapefruit aroma, bitter.

3.5
MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 The Lure:
Hot alcohol movement within the candyish caramel pavement. Cinnamon-y spiciness emanates from the malt’s sweetness, to attempt blending in with the citrusy hops. Wooden hop resins bulk up the aroma, but all these components remain polite in the end.

The Festivities:
Round maltiness gives plenty of candied berries around the diplomatic alcohol warmth. Hop resins develop from flavor to bitterness, accompanying the oranges and caramel sweetness. Citrus fruit and their tart splash might be evoked from the union of wheat malt and fruity hops. This one is maybe a little too young for now, but as it stands it’s a worthy wheat wine.

Transcendence:
A philosopher’s beard in its early stage.

3.8
jimhilt (2611) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours a one-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Slight malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Starts sweet but complex flavor, the high ABV is not really noticeable, slight hop finish. Good beer to savor. $3.29 for a 22oz bottle from RSVP Liquors, Portland, Me.


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