Smuttlabs Smuttwater 1.0 (Smuttynose Brewing Company and Stillwater Artisinal)

Style: American Mixed Fermentation Farmhouse Ale/ Farmhouse
IPA (Brettanomyces & Saccharomyces)

7.3% ABV

Brewery’s Note: “Smuttlabs Smuttwater: A 7.3%, 45ish
IBU golden, Belgian-influenced collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal Beer. It’s
hoppy (Citra, Motueka, Simcoe, Amarillo). It’s fermented with two yeasts
(saison and Brett Drei). It’s golden-colored and features collaborative art on
the label.”

The beer pours a pale, chalky yellow with a huge head of
eggshell white bubbles that leave a clinging string of sudsy lacing as it
recedes. In body, the beer is hazy, but clean and clear, with a torrent of
bubbles replenishing the girthy head. On the nose, the beer is bright and fresh
with bretty fruit. A little bit of pineapple juice, a little bit of passion fruit,
some mango and fresh cut grass, tart lemonade, some lime, and perhaps a kick of
spicy ginger. The nose is rich and fresh, beautifully blending hops and funk in
a scent that welcomes a drink. On the tongue, the beer tastes dry, yet fruity
and fresh, with just a ghost of bready on the finish. The hop bitters are fresh
and citric on the start and finish, and a bright citrus acidity pops throughout
the sip, freshening the separate tastes. In flavor, the beer follows the nose.
Fresh fruit juice blends with grassy, citric hops in a beautiful mélange. In
the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body, with a fresh
effervescent carb that tingle on the tongue. When the beer leaves, the mouth is
left skimmed and smacking with hoppy astringent resin. In case this review has
not over used the word yet, the beer feels fresh, crisp, and highly drinkable,
with just the faintest whisper of residual sugars to give it just a hint of
weight. Overall, this is a delicious hop-funk blend. This is a farmhouse IPA to
rival the best, yet is funky enough to fall under a simple American Farmhouse
Ale style (granted my style guidelines are completely arbitrary and based on
what I feel and nothing else…). This is a great little collaboration that
Smuttlabs and Stillwater have thrown together, and I’m really impressed with
the blend of funk and hops that they have built. This is a little bit different
of a creature than HF Dorothy, but I would hold it in the same caliber. This is
essentially another fresh take on that realm of hoppy farmhouse funk, and it’s
really nice.


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