Sunday, January 10, 2010

Smuttynose 2009 Wheat Wine Ale

Web Stuff: 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.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%

Smuttynose?  Smuttynose is an island off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire.  Often, the truth is stranger than fiction.  In this case, the truth is boring.
How does it taste?  It's really good.  It's kind of caramelly with a hoppy bite at the end.  It's got a shit load of alcohol in it making it a great beer to share with friends.  Yet, here I am, drinking it by myself, watching Saturday Night Live online because the fucking Cowboys game ran late and it didn't record on my DVR. 

Cost: $5.99 for 16 oz
Grade: A
Cost Adjusted Grade: A

Why did the game run late and screw up my DVR?  Jerry wanted some revenge.

Up yours Lizard face!
I told you that this beer is strong.

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