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

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very good

820 Ratings

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 121 | FT: 1
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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

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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!

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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

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.

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.

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

Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown and opaque, thin frothy head of light brown foam recedes to a small cap. Low aroma of toasty malt and citrus hops.

Flavors of roasted malt, followed by restrained pine and tangerine. Roast bitters linger, with more strength than the hops.

Even mouthfeel, moderate fullness.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable Durty beer, deep mahogany brown body with a big tan head forming herbaceous and hoppy as some Black IPAs. Fine speckled lacing left behind, the nose gives off a semi sweet roasted malt character with hints of herbaceous hops, citrus pith with the dark roasted malt character. Rustic brown ale heavy hops dank bitterness on the palate rush of herbaceous bitterness with a begrudging kick of alcohol on the palate in the backend I had no clue it was as high in alcohol as it is. Hop particles are floating in the bottom of my glass visually it's appealing and it must add a good bit of flavor. Textures are dark resinous, slightly stick with a healthy amount of hops and natural carbonation flowing forth so smoothly. Overall, I'm happy to be impressed by Smuttynose, recent finest kind IPAs have been slacking with this beer it's really easy to enjoy Smuttynose again.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Engine 15 in JAX

Excellent clarity; very dark brown but not opaque. This came with a durable tan head that left excellent lacing.

Strong flavored for style; perhaps a tad more bitter than optimal.

Very smooth, some heat from the alcohol. Near medium body.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 06/18/14.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing almost black in the glass. An off white head sits on top of this brew and leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates.

S: Enticing aroma here. Chocolate malts blend with an ample dosage of hop. A bold roasted malt brings up the rear

T: Now this is a serious brown ale. Loads of roasted malts blend with a bittering hop backing. Notes of chocolate and dark fruits from the malts.

M: Medium body with a good dose of carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the mouth this one is an easy drinker considering its ABV.

Overall I'm really enjoying this beer. Satisfies my craving for hops and gives me the roastiness I like in malts. Will be getting this one again.

Photo of joeseppy
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is--shall we say, Durty. Thick mahogany foam to dig through.

Aroma hoppy leading with scents of pine. Some chocolate and coffee roast.

Whoa boy is this thang hoppy and gritty like the floor of a pine forest. Sit back and relax--you will get malt chocolate. A burntness finalizes in a delicious way.

Great carbonation and has a creamy feel to it. Abv is balanced well into these layered flavours.

What a treat to find this on tap. Big on flavours and delivers pure class.

Photo of tastybeer
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a whole lot of floaty specs suspended throughout. Smell is sweet, flowery citrus candy hops, caramel malty bottom, some unexpected vanilla. Interesting piney licorice with a little bit of smoke. Flavor is increasingly interesting as well. Very piney, chocolatey, bitter....a bit disjointed overall. Not sure how I feel about this beer. I don't hate it but want to like it more. Mouthfeel is very nice. Full creamy body.

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 KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/9...pours dark brown with high sticky foam. Thin layer stays on top. Nutty bready nose. Light sweet caramel malt taste with a burst of hoppy bitter. Tasty combo of sweet and pine bitter.

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky dark brown color with a foamy and sudsy two-finger light-tan head that retains long after the pour

S- the aroma is very similar to a black IPA; floral/fruity and piney hops, toasted malt with a hint of toffee

T- sweet-yet-toasty malt notes add some nutty flavors, with sweet caramel and a hint of chocolate. Sharp piney and floral hops kick in mid-palate and continue on through to the finish. More toasted notes meshes with a hoppy linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a big chewy and foamy mouthfeel, finishing very smooth. I had no idea that this was over 8%, it's hidden very well.

O- this combination worked well for me. I was afraid that the hops would overpower, they are certainly noticeable, but so is the sweet malty notes of the brown ale. A nice change of pace from an often bland category of beer

Photo of KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Richly colored chocolate brown coloring with a murky haze of yeasty sediment poured into a pint, despite the relative freshness of it. The head was frothy and thick with very good retention.

The nose is chocolatey with an underlining malt. The hop aroma is subtle but appears to blended very well with the chocolate. Kind of a chocolate covered lemon or other citrus fruit.

The chocolate is full and thick on the tongue with some roasted coffee and caramel malt. The mid palate perceives the hops as a little herbal and piney but never overpowering. It ends roasted and bitter, two great taste that taste great together.

The feel is very full and thick with some alcohol warmth. This thickness fights off any astringency an makes it very smooth.

Maybe it's the fact that my expectation was very low, as the combination of high hoppiness and a brown ale does not work for me but this is really really good.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Dark brown with a one finger head

S: Sweet malty pine.

T: Balanced, quite sweet. Malty and citrusy.

M: Prickly but still quite smooth just with tiny bubbles.

O: A good showing and a great beer. It was like a brown IPA.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 23, 2014.

The pour is mostly brown with reddish hues when held up to a light. Otherwise brown. Full off-white head.

The aroma has a variety of characteristics including a nutty sweetness and malt character at first with an earthy hop note in there on the backside.

Medium to full body in the texture.

The taste has this quick sweetness at the start but it takes about a second for it to be overtaken by the earthy hop character that is lingering out back. The grass is more noticeable in the taste than in the scent. But it still has the nutty characters.

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 TWStandley
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Appeared a dark brown color that was transparent when held to the light. A tan colored two-finger head was produced but dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell was quite unique. Bready/malty and chocolate from the brown ale accompanied by some grapefruit/piney hop scents.

Taste is quite good. Typical brown ale taste up front that finishes with a nice bitter hop punch. The complexity of the brown ale flavors mixed with hops is nice.

Mouth-fell was lively with bubbles but still had a silky smooth feeling to it.

Overall the first "hoppy brown" I have had and it won't be the last. Love the combo!

Photo of Vonstein15
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw this initiatially in BA magazine and their review was spot on.Great aroma without a hint of the abv of 8.4%.Cloudy brown aoorearance with a nice toffee smell.mouthfeel was again spot on,very much in the comfort beer style.Meaning a great beer to relax with and i think it drinks very close to a more complex stout.Will buy more.Cheers

Photo of fank2788
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Deep, dark murky (muddy) brown in the glass. The head is quite thick and frothy to start, light khaki in color with a ton of stuff sticking to the inside of the glass. The smell is very roasty, chocolaty and pretty typical for a darker brown ale. Along with the solid malt profile there is also a good deal of piney and earthy hop. The taste is actually led by the hops in this one with a both bitterness and hop flavor hitting out front. After the hops the malts are there, again mainly roasted and black which give coffee and chocolate notes while there are perhaps less of the caramels and other lighter malts that are more typical for a brown ale. The body is heavy and somewhat chewy this is combined with an incredibly bitter, dry finish that really coats the mouth. Overall this is a pleasing offering, a novel blend of a brown ale and IPA which happens to take the best characteristics of both.

Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours the lightest brown, or ruby in the right light. Creamy one finger off white head. Aroma is of pungent hops with a caramel sweetness as a backbone. Taste is an intense hoppy bomb, but not overly bitter and very well balanced. Plenty of piney, floral, and citrusy hops contending to be noticed here. Everything comes together to create an exceptional ipa. The brown ale elements of the beer provide a great malt backbone to balance the hops without becoming overly sweet. Creamy, creamy mouthfeel. Reminded me a ton of Surly Furious...which is a good thing!

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice light tan four finger head that will not go away at all. Body color provides a deep dark mahogany brown, with cherry wood and red edges. Real nice looker of a brown, with some sediment in the bottom.

Very nice simple chocolate malts, hints of milk chocolate. Pretty straight forward and one note but it's very solid.

Interesting palate. Hop forward with hints of pine and citrus bitterness. More chocolate hints but with a very zest grapefruit finish. There's a slick chocolate and syrup quality to this almost like instant Hershey's syrup to milk. Hop forward a bit in bitterness but without possessing the aromatics to bring them out. There's some banana like ester quality to this also it seems.

It's a nice fun take on a brown, but I'd probably like to have some malt with this, in a way it seems a bit of a clash and not as complimentary, but still a very good beer all around

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased from AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY. Poor labeling job here- the label looks pretty cool, but the adhesive is not working and the label is falling off and peeling. No matter, though if the beer tastes good!

Pours a hazy brown into a snifter. A 1 inch tan head forms, minimal lacing.

Smells like pine, lemon, grapefruit, and caramel.

The taste is bracingly bitter. Pine and black pepper are the strong flavors here, searing the tongue with hop bitterness. As the beer warms up, the brown ale malt flavors shine a little bit more. Some muted tones of caramel, brown sugar, hazelnut, and toffee. If the bitterness was toned down, this would be an excellent hoppy brown, but at this point, it doesn't taste much like a brown ale to this guy.

Medium bodied, and well carbonated. Crisp.

A good effort, but falls short a little bit. Too bitter.

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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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