Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
The beer pours a surprisingly clean mahogany brown, with a nice finger width head that lasts awhile, and gives a sand-dune white color. Lacing is long and medium in size, sticking nicely to the sides of my glass. The beer sits in the glass rather dark, almost black, with nice carbonation moving through it. On the nose, this beer smells like heaven. Big fat juicy hops, mango, passion fruit, ruby red grapefruit, and a light caramel sitting below everything, and hinting at the malts in this beer. This is a superb smell for anything with hops, though as it warms the alcohol becomes more present and spicy in the smell. On the taste there is some big grapefruit and alcohol with light caramel and nuts dancing on the sides of the flavor. The beer opens with bitter grapefruit which builds into spicy alcohol and grapefruit. As it moves towards the finish, light roast, caramel, and very light nuttiness come through in the taste. The aftertaste is bitter and pithy grapefruit with a light caramel tingle. On the mouth, this beer feels light and fluffy, and slightly chewy, sitting at the upper end of a light body and lower end of medium, and leaving the mouth with a light sticky layer of bitters and caramel. Overall, this beer is tasty. I would love to knock back a six –pack of this on a late summer night or fall night. The smell is definitely the most heavenly part of this beer, hinting far more at a double IPA, and actually reminding me of Wookey Jack by Firestone Walker. This is a great beer that really shouldn’t be around for long (due to its small batch), but if you see it snatch it up. Also, if Smuttynose is reading this review, please throw this in 6-packs and put it alongside Finest Kind at the grocery store so I can by sixers of it regularly. Yes I realize its 8+% but, its tasty, and if you have to then lower the percentage, and still put it in a six-pack, thanks. Drink this stuff.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2012 18:27:11 | More by Maxwell
More User Reviews:
3.24/5 rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
I had scored this over at The Fridge at he beginning of Mud Season here in Lancaster County, PA and set it aside, awaiting the right moment. I just finished reviewing a bottle of Brooklyn Brown Ale, so this must be the right time. No time like the present, right? The label seems to indicate that in New Hampshire, Mud Season involves vintage muscle cars, but for us, it is the Amish and Mennonites going to Mud Sales (auctions). Come for a visit!
My pour quickly resulted in just under two fingers of dense, light-brown head with decent retention. Nice, sticky lacing appeared fairly quickly as it fell. Color was a deep-brown with cola highlights (SRM = > 22, < 27) and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a prevalent malt sweetness, despite the label calling it a "hoppy brown ale". I got notes of milk chocolate, light smoke, and some mild grassiness. Mouthfeel was rather full and creamy. The taste was much more bitter than the nose had led me to expect. It had an over-kilned roastiness to it that seemed to bring its bitterness to the forefront. I do not know how I feel about this as I like my coffee hot, black and bitter, like some of my women. In my beer, though, I feel like there is such a thing as too much bitterness and this was pressing that limit. Finish continued to have an unbalanced, burnt, bitterness that was just more than I could get behind. Frankly, it reminded me a LOT of Black/Cascadian IPA and I do not like them for the same, burnt, smoky reason. Hmm. What shall I review next? ...
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 17:55:31 | More by woodychandler
3.48/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured aggressively into a 4 oz sample pilsner shaped glass. Rewarded with 6 seconds of cascading followed by a nice finger of light tan head. Not much of a nose on this one. Tasted of a nice round brown with chocolate and malt, followed by an immediate and intervening bitterness that drove away the roundness without adding much in the way of hop flavor. The alcohol taste wasn't really noticeable to me. Left on the tongue was an interesting sensation of being in two places at the same time.
When I reach the the bottom of the bottle, the word is chunky. Lots of goodies floating around in there, but it didn't change the flavor as far as I could tell.
Not a session beer. I give it a 3.75 on taste, not because it fit the style so much, but because it is interesting, and I appreciate that. This one is good to enjoy just one of, then switch to something different, perhaps friendlier. This case will last a while, but at over 8% and with the hop flavor such as it is, that'll probably be okay.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 08:55:01 | More by Sipchue
3.25/5 rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Dark brown with a new motor oil colored brown gold highlights. Beige head.
Smells woody and nutty. Not a lot of hops in the nose, some leafy orange if I look for it. Smells like a fine brown though.
Nutty chocolate up front. Huge, lasting menthol then woody bitter in back which I don’t like. Orange IPA hops in the middle. This is a mess, if Smuttynose intended to make a muddy beer than they succeeded. I usually love everything Smuttynose. Perhaps this is the start of Not Mott?
More like an Arrogant Bastard type ASA than a typical American brown or even a brown IPA. Not what I had in mind when I was shopping for a sessionable sunny Saturday grilling' & chillin' beer. Wish they had put the abc on the packaging somewhere (I don't see it on either the bottles or packaging, sorry if I missed it). I ended up dumping these in the communal cooler for more sturdier drinkers than myself.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 13:33:32 | More by donkeyrunner
Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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