1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown AleSmuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

766 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 766
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 30
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Maxwell on 12-21-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 766 | Reviews: 133
Photo of Noahtrumble
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A weird hop to an ale but not bad

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, brown like color with a thick white head.
Smells nutty, a bit bready, a little hoppy.
Tastes similar to how it smells along with some hoppy bitterness.
Medium carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel.
Overall, the uniquness of this beer was worth the try. The combination of earthy notes with hops made it fairly interesting.

Photo of mpmcguire11
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer for night out by the fire in spring. Taste and smell has a "woodsy" note. Smuttynose never disappoints.

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As described - a hoppy brown.

Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty and strong with plenty of hops. Chocolate in the smell and taste.

Photo of mntlover
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown like a brown ale should nice big two finger tan head that falls slowly and laces very well.

Aroma is nice nice malty notes, good chocolate note, earthy goodness and light nuttiness. All that malt goodness along with some pine needles and herbal hop notes. Nose is nice.

Taste is good nice earthy malts , caramel lingering coco and nuttiness mingled in. Hops show up and aided by a boost of CO2 add some good earthy herbal bitterness and light pine.

Mouthfeel is medium but seems to lighten in the finish due to a boost of carbonation.

Overall enjoying this one very much maybe I am just in the mood for a hoppy brown ale. Or maybe its just plain tasty.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/23/15.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, earth, char, and spicy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with burnt toast, caramel, cocoa powder, char, earth, and spicy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of toast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice mix of traditional brown ale qualities along with fairly intense hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger head of khaki colored soapy bubbles.

S - Powerful aroma of caramel malts and piney hops. Hints of earth and old sweatsocks as well.

T - Strong hop presence; pine, dirt, tea leaf, tobacco, pistachio, caramel. Slight lactic acid sour tinge and citrus tang somewhat off-putting. Flavors don't blend well or have layers of depth; everything sort of smacks you in the face at once.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very grainy and sharp. ABV comes through and smacks the tongue.

O - I wanted to like it, but just too many "off" characteristics to be good. A misfire.

Photo of MaximalC
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt bronze color with a bountiful head of heterogeneous khaki froth. The aroma is a poignant blend of bittersweet chocolate and grapefruit.

Citric and piney hops present up front, followed by a nutty, chocolate malt sweetness. Notes of toasted bread bridge the gap between bitter and sweet. Perky carbonation and medium body create a vigorous, mildly creamy mouthfeel that accentuates the hops. It may even be a little too intense for my tastes.

While not especially complex, this remains a lively, flavorful brown ale with a little something for everyone. Another intriguing dark offering from Smuttynose.

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost too many flavors hit the tongue at once. Like alot of Smuttynose beers, like brown ales and hoppy beers, just not together. Very filling.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was so looking fwd to this one, sadly not my flavor.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Dark brown colored brew with a white soapy head. Lace left down the glass indicates aggressive hops.

SMELL: Brown ale aromas of caramelized malts and certainly hop notes of herb, flower and citrus.

TASTE: Nutty and piney at the same time. Bitterness and sweetness pretty much cancel out. Little alcohol flavor, nice and drinkable for the strength. Kind of like a brown ale on steroids.

FEEL: Full bodied with a crisp carbonation and lingering malt and hop flavor. This is a strong ale.

OVERALL: A crushing, delicious hoppy brown ale. Good stuff.

Photo of Dad
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dad loves this beer. Dad says this is actually an underrated black IPA. Blast of hops on the nose, blast of hops on the palate. Juicy and delicious! Mmmmm good! Dad highly recommends this, and also says that anyone who doesn't like it probably could use a spanking.

Photo of hail_seitan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - True to name, pours an unrefined, cloudy brown. The head is voluminous and foamy. Ample lacing is present on the side of the glass. The bubbles on top of the beer have a hop oil sheen.

S - Super sappy. Pure pine resin mingles with earthy, spicy notes. Hints of grapefruit and milk chocolate, too.

T - At first, the taste is fairly unassuming, with graham cracker and mild chocolate. The comes a wallop if resin hops akin to distilled Chinook and Nugget. Pine, earthy spice, and grapefruit rind are in full force. Some more tangerine warn citrus flavors sneak in, too. Once the hops subside, the graham cracker and chocolate notes, this time a with a bit more roasty, coffee notes. The finish has a slightly boozy taste with lingering bitterness.

M - A creamy medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A slight stickiness from the hops.

O - Like the dirt bikes and mud racers on the bottle art, this may not be the most manicured, pretty ale. However, as a hop, booze, and chocolate malt monster, it succeeds wildly. The flavors are intense and ever-evolving, making for a engaging tasting. And at $14 for a 12-pack, an awesome deal for an imperial brew - beer type be damned!

Photo of doucmehu
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy is an understatement. Usually when that word is added to a style not normally known for it, it's mild. This has a big, bold, in your face west coast style hop presence. High on the bitterness, wonderful mouthfeel is sticky, prickly and full. Smell isn't amazing, a little subdued.

Without the (sweet) label, I would have pegged this for a Stone Bastard/variant. Not a bad thing in the least. Will definitely be drinking this one again!

Photo of PGRADY
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium bodied brown ale. Very smooth

Photo of Bone53
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown with a mahogony tent when put up to the light, and a rather large tan head

Smell: Awesome balance of citrus hop notes and caramel, toffee and molasses.

Taste: Caramel and burnt brown sugar/molasses (the malts seem slightly roasted) with a citrus finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body, and certainly heavy for the style. Goes down oily smooth with a slight bitter finish

Overall: As someone who is not usually into brown ales, i enjoyed this quite a bit. It seems to fit the description well; A hoppy brown ale, with a nice balance of hops and caramel malts. Id put this behind Dogifish's Indian Brown Ale as my second favorite brown ale to date. Smuttynose makes some of the best beers for the price in my area, at $9.99 a six pack and around $30 for a case. This particular one is 8.4% abv. Huge bang for your buck!

Photo of Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a light-tan head on top. When backlit it appears more amber/mahogany on the edges. Leaves nice rings of lace.

S: Pleasant mix of malt and hops - some caramel malt and a lemony hop bitterness.

T: Caramel malt and brown sugary malt foundation. Touch of cocoa powder. Juicy citrusy hops thereafter, with a touch of pine. Finishes with a drying lemony bitterness that at times leaves a woody impression. Nice lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. The high ABV (over 8%) is not noted on the palate, but warmth is felt in the belly.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest but feels appropriate for the style.

O: I like this beer. Reminds me of a cross between a black IPA and a Strong Ale, like a Stone Arrogant Bastard. It is not at all like a typical Brown Ale - it's too hoppy and too strong for that style - but whatever you call it, it's good.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- Mud season hoppy brown ale in a shaker pint.

A: Coffee brown pour appears a burgundy when back-lighted. Soft peanut shell toned head is thin, whispy, with a short attention passing to a washy covering. Weak lacing.

S: Sweetened grapefruit, and sweet chocolate roast. Hint of fruity apple and sweet apricot lie beneath.

T: Darken hearty roast backing, earthy bitterness with a background of fruitiness. Lightly burnt wheat and barley, dry citrus, chalky finish.

M: Good carbonation, light chalkiness with a medium full maltiness,.

O: Bold flavor, dry, lightly chalky with a dry woodys citrus hopping.

Photo of MikeP64
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So hoppy it's like a Brown IPA!! Awesome and BIG!

Photo of HamdenHector
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: medium dark brown with mahogany clearly evident around the edges; 1 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: an interesting combination of citrus, toffee, caramel, and a hint of coffee;

T: citrus is evident until mid-palate, then gets overrun by toffee, caramel, a bit of molasses, and coffee; the coffee is predominant at the end; light to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry, sticky finish; hides the ABV well;

O: complex aromas and flavor; very nicely done;

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Delivers as advertised, a hoppy brown ale. I prefer brown ales to be less hoppy.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best By: 06/30/15.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark reddish-brown body with a finger of beige-tinted foam. Good lacing on the descent.

Smell: Durty Mud leans forward with floral, citrusy, juicy hop notes atop the toasty (and additionally lightly roasty) maltiness with its hints of caramel and stale coffee grinds.

Taste: Toasty, roasty malts with touches of coffee and cocoa powder. Modestly sweet with a low, light hint of caramel. Slightly citric, fruity hops tasting of grapefruit and tangerine rind. Also a bit floral, a bit resiny. Moderate bitterness. A dry maltiness on the finish with lingering citric qualities and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It does a mighty fine job at being a hopped up brown.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown, with lasting tan foam. Decent lacing. Aroma is dominated by heavy pine, very nice. Taste is initially wonderful - nice hop/malt balance, but finish is a bit dry and tart.

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.46/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had this almost dirt like flavor. I've had many hopped up Browns before and this is easily one of the worst I've had. I love hops but had almost no characteristic of a brown ale.

to view more.
Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.