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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown AleSmuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

132 Reviews

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 842
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 25.38%
Wants: 35
Gots: 131 | 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.
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Reviews: 132 | Hads: 842
Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
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4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with sort of an odd label. Shows muscle cars with mud tires driving in a place they probably shouldn't be. But hey, it does go along with the 'Mud Season' hoppy brown ale style they are calling this. Yellow neck label and outlining make the label at least respectable :). Typical smutty style regardless. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - wow.. Forget the label or off the wall, odd artwork.. This thing is for real on the pour. Darkest of opaque brown color with large(and i mean large) floating funk everywhere. One usually can't see the sediment in dark ales, but this is so intense and just light enough that the entire universe inside this glass can be seen wandering around. Brilliant! Massive light tan colored head just explodes leaving a ridiculously large yet pillowy fluff character. It never really settles rather than continues to display brilliance with a thick ring of fluffy lacing leaving absurd stick to the walls of my nonic.

S - definitely big ipa character and inspiration. Big, bitter pine like notes that just dominate up front. Fresh and green hops. But then there is this back layering that just adds wondeful balance. Caramel and biscuity brown roasted malts with a slight touch of nuts.

T - much like the nose except better simply because you're tasting this gem. Blitzing with pine flavored hops and spice. A lovely hop filled bitterness but never too much given the 'brown ale' character that follows along like a perfect couple destined to be together. A touch of caramel and biscuit malts lay down a perfection of balance. The brown characters and rich nuts add just that piece of much needed complexity to keep you coming back wondering just what the heck this awesome tasting ale is. There is the whole traditional brown ale roast that keeps popping up keeping the hop bitterness in check. Is it a brown ale??? Yes, I say it is! This is everything you'd expect to taste from a hopped up brown ale yet never seem to get. It may be the perfect example of a hopped up brown. Just wholesome and flavorful.

M - the upper section of medium bodied and a lovely coating texture. Nice thickness and wonderful balance yet complex enough to shine throughout the experience. It really does carry the best of both the brown ale and ipa worlds.

O - okay so this is a combination of greatness. It has the smuttynose factor. The big brown ale factor. The ipa factor. Then blend it all together and you have an ale that may indeed have a sort of cheesy label, but an ale packed with so much class within its almost worth calling everyone you know just to tell them just how damn good Durty really is. Or you could keep it to yourself and drink them all up. Smuttynose need to add this to the yearly release list bc it sure is an instant classic packed plum full of flavor and brilliance. Geez is this thing good or what?

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More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Big, Toasty, Juicy, Hoppy

A big, brawny, hopped-up Brown Ale? Yeah, we’re game. Toasty malt character in both the nose and palate. Warming esters show its actual size ... very warming. The hoppiness slaps our palates around a bit, ample bitterness with a clean pungent oily hop resin, and suggestions of orange pith and tobacco. Mild raisin and orange pulp tone within. Long toasty and warming finish. Not for the faint of palate—give it a whirl.

STYLE: American Brown Ale | ABV: 8.4% | AVAILABILITY: Seasonal

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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!

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 6/13/14.Pours into a nonic a deep chesnut brown with some ruby red highlights a great looking creamy full one finger head that settles into a creamy mass.Aromas are on the lighter side with some roasted nuts,cocoa powder,and herbal hops showing thru.A great creamy feel,like a brown should be in my mind,very rich feeling.Flavors have some booze to them along with some sweetish cookie dough and molasses,the hops partially cut thru the sweetness providing earthiness and leafy/piney notes.This is a cool brown ale,the hops are big but so is the sweetness,it even gets a bit sticky after awhile.

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Photo of AllHoppedUp87
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MadScientist
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Tiernan
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a ton of body, thick. Lovely grain backbone protrudes poetically through a drape of hops. Piney citric notes complimented by earthy grassy hop tones.

Truly a nice drink. At 8.5% it is a remarkable buy for the $10 per six range depending on where you buy.

A must try.

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

In a bottle the beer was a very dark brown color with a thick tan head. There was a good deal of lace.

Sweet caramel aroma. Some fruit. A lot of earthy hops.

The earthy hops predominated. Caramel and toffee taste. A bit of fruit.

A nice hoppy brown ale. That sounds contradictory, but it worked very well. Would drink this anytime.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before( 6-18-14) dating.

Pours a nice looking rich, darker shade of almond amber, medium sized and lasting mocha head, leaving a thicker collar, tiny bubble film and fine low sheeting/spotted lacing.

Bold nose loaded with maple malts along with a whiff of piney hops.

Full throttle brown ale, rich, tasty and malted up with a healthy hop presence adding the intrigue and complexity.

Super smooth over the tongue and ends with a lingering malt/hopped up finish. Nice stuff. Go get some

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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