Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

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

142 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 142
Hads: 871
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 24.62%
Wants: 40
Gots: 145 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 142 | Hads: 871
Photo of Wiffler27
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a reddish/brown with a thick head.

smell is great, some aspects of IPA/brown ale/porter/stout. deep malt and sweet hops.

taste leads with chocolate notes and finishes bitter. nice take on a brown ale, clearly a hopped up brown ale. nice big bold brown ale. i still prefer DFH Indian Brown Ale but this is a bigger beer than that.

 337 characters

Photo of m3rkury
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks brownie/black with a nice light head.

Smell is chocolate roast with floral notes from the hops.

Taste is chocolate with tobacco enveloped by hop resin but well balanced in terms of bitterness.

An adventurous take on brown ale but one worth taking.

 256 characters

Photo of kculrich
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz. bottle, best by 06/16/16 which, I guess, means it was bottled a couple of weeks ago.

Pours a deep, dark chestnut-brown-almost-black, with warm, caramel highlights and a vast sloppy head of loose, creamy foam that never really entirely fades away completely.

Smells yeasty, like bread rising, orange zest, warm, clean, and spicy-sweet.

The taste is a subtle, bitter-sweet balance between lightly toasted, sweet malt, brown sugar and dried fruit upfront with dark, earthy chocolate, bitter coffee and spicy hops lingering on the palate. The 8.4% abv is well hidden and only really manifests in a nice, faint hoppy vapor after the swallow.

Feels light and crisp, amply carbonated, mouth-coating but not at all overbearing.

A very-most tasty beverage! I bought this as part of a mixed sixer at my local Hannafords - what happy times we live in when a man can just stroll into his local supermarket and purchase an excellent beer such as this along with his kleenex and chicken thighs!

 1,002 characters

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much of the brown ale comes through. The hops are rather present, mainly earthy, dirt and pine. The beer tastes more of a black IPA than a brown ale. A tad, very slightly watery though.

 190 characters

Photo of fscottkey
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] Dark brown, almost coffee colored beer. Has nise red hues when held up to the light. The beer has a finger of tan head that is comprised of mostly smaller bubbles so it looks creamy. The bottle ist imprinted with the ABV (8.4%) and a best by date (05/16/16).

S: [3.50] Cocoa, hazelnuts, brown sugar.

T: [3.75] Bitter chocolate, hazelnut, sweetness from the malts that swaps right into a nice hoppy finish.

M: [4.00] The beer is smooth and creamy feeling. It has i like the richness of the brown ale transitioning into a hoppy conclusion. It all plays well on the palate.

O: [3.75] This is a nice combination of Brown Ale with some hop character to back it up. I really like Dogfish head India Brown Ale. This was not quite at the same level as that beer but it is still really enjoyable. It has a nice mouthfeel and goes down easily. The nose is a little lacking on oomph but overall this is worth getting again.

 934 characters

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date has smeared and chipped away, as with the printed abv. A new one to me from Smuttynose, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale"

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a deep dark ruddy caramel body, nearly opaque in the glass. Thick & murky appearance. Less than a finger of frothy off-white / ecru head that leaves okay spotty lacing. Looks good, all things considered.

S - A woodsy, musty aroma. Dry earthy grassy hops, caramel malts, notes of roast / burnt / char. Strange and musty, and not entirely characteristic of a good hoppy brown ale. Notes of barrel, must, band-aid, and alcohol fumes come through. Not awful, but not great.

T - Taste follows the nose: a harsh roasty bitterness / burnt flavor, brought on by the malts here. Notes of caramel, chocolate, & tea leaves. The hops are dry, earthy, & piney, but noticeable overpowered by the burnt flavors of the malts. Burnt aftertaste. A sort of dark fruit sweetness begins to creep forth as the beer warms.

M - Feel is smooth & fluid. Bitter & burnt finish.

Overall, not awful, but definitely not good. Works for me as a warming beer on a cold winter night. Not something I would seek out or try again.

Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale -----3/5.

 1,330 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with large head and some lace patches. Mostly a grassy, dry hop aroma with some roasted malts that border on toasted w/ burnt chocolate. A strong beer, the booze seeps through a little, balances dryness from the roasted malts and bitter, citric hops along with hints of sweetness (caramel and chocolate). Decent beer and worth trying if you like brown ales and want to try one that is stronger/hoppier.

 425 characters

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression - another great, slightly sweet nut brown ale. But then a little bitter hoppiness starts to play in the back of your mouth. Very drinkable considering the 8.4ABV.
An enjoyable brew. Considering the location of the brewery and the quality of this beer, I am putting this on my bucket list of breweries to visit.

 330 characters

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

We could probably call this a Black IPA. There's a bready chocolate flavor and aroma up front, then juicy citrus hops roll in. It's sort of like a dark fruit cake with orange peel. Good balance between the malts and hops, which is always tricky. And I like the weight for the 8.4% strength. I could have a second if I was inclined, check it out.

 345 characters

Photo of Saviour
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - hazelnut brown;
S - hazelnuts, hops and caramel;
T - the same as smell, but with notes of raisins and almods;
F - pretty nutty and caramel flavour, rather pleasant;
O - not common but nice and very strong brown ale.

 221 characters

Photo of dbl_delta
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated "Best By 08-11-15" and here it is October. (Note to self: check the date BEFORE you buy it.) Pours a cloudy brown with a thin tan head. Initial impression is burnt malt, quickly followed by earthy hops bitterness. A little malt sweetness in there, but the hops dominate. Medium mouthfeel; dry, bitter finish. Kind of like a Porter with a bite.

 362 characters

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This almost enters into black IPA territory. It's a big, hoppy, flavorful brown ale. People who don't like hops probably won't like this beer because the hop character here is pretty prevalent. The bitterness is upfront and lingers in the finish. The brown ale sweet stuff does a good job of balancing out that bitterness ; both bitterness and sweetness linger in the finish that make the overall drinking experience a pleasant one.

 432 characters

Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color with off-white head. Caramel malt, some pine, and roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with malt and hop notes, a little brown sugar sweetness too.

 198 characters

Photo of justinp444
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a inch thick off white slight beige head. Smell of citrus, grapefruit, honey, biscuit-y malt, clementines, and caramel. Taste of caramel, grapefruit citrus, lemon, honey, little bit of chemical, alcohol, and biscuit-y malt. It has a moderate mouth feel and body.

 286 characters

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the freshest so the hoppy flavor was kinda lost to me, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it as a nice roasty Brown with some woody accents to it. Well done.

 153 characters

Photo of ordybill
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
This is not my favorite Smuttynose offering. I was impressed with the "durty" brown murky color but I thought the flavor was overpowering.

 184 characters

Photo of Odysseyalien
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I've never smelled a beer that smelled "dead on" like Tide laundry detergent. No kidding. If I was blind folded and asked to identify which was the beer and which was the laundry detergent by smell, it would be a toss up.

Smuttynose makes some of my favorite beers, this just isn't one of them. Probably some of you out there will enjoy this. Just my opinion.

 360 characters

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

 560 characters

Photo of arizcards
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at TW Arrowhead in early April for $1.79. Best by 7-8-15.

Beer poured cola brown with a beautiful off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a nice medley of toasted malts and citrus.

Taste is toasted almost roasted malts with some chocolate with a citrus piney finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a smackable beer that is reasonably priced that I would buy again.

 435 characters

Photo of HipCzech
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured (marked "best before 07/24/15 ABV 8.4%") into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown color with attractive, thick, billowing khaki foam. Limited lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malt, earthy hops and slight citrus.

Taste: Full and malty, plenty of toasted grains, caramel and nuttiness. Balanced by equally full hop character: herbal, earthy, slight citrus and moderated bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium full body, creamy smooth feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Flavorful and enjoyable, brings the best qualities of a brown ale with solid hops of an IPA.

 596 characters

Photo of importedfromdet
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting photo label on a 12oz, poured into a glass.Pours smooth with a nice think & foamy head of about 1/4 inch. Carbonation visible upon pouring and in foam. A very dark brown with lots of bubbling.

Upon pouring smell fills the air. Notes of citrus and hops fill the scent. You'd think this was an IPA based on the smell.

Upon sipping, a very complex set of flavors follow through. Firstly, a strong bit of hops make you think that you are drinking a pale ale. It lasts for a long part of the way down, you think it is over, but it suddenly darkens into a nutty taste that runs into a dark coffee taste that ends with the coffee taste with notes of chocolate resting on the tongue all with hop overtones. Alcohol taste is very small, masked well.

Great mouthfeel, strong on the hops with lots of carbonation. Very sippable and not very syrupy as one might expect.

Quite a punch at 8.4% but you can not really taste it. Very easy to slam a few of these. Complex beer. Definitely a "Hoppy brown" that does a great job.

 1,029 characters

Photo of SaltofOH
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1-30-2015. Threshold pint. Best by 6-30-15

Appearance: Pours a hazy, opaque dark brown with "floaties." 2 fingers of tan, rocky head. Some retention. Very good/excellent lacing.

Aroma: Strong hop presence with a firm malt backbone. Citrusy/tropical. Hoppy smell is incongruous with color.

Taste: Like an IPA. Citrusy/hoppy arrival. Hoppy/resiny mid palate. Flash of sweet and then a big, juicy, bitter burst at the end. Bitterness lingers. Resinous hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Slightly slick.

Overall: Reminds me of Seventh Son American Strong Ale and Lagunitas Brown Shugga (although that is lighter). A "Brown IPA" judged as an IPA; I do like it but I'd get Columbus Brewing Co. IPA sooner. Clearly intended to be a maltier, "East Coast" style IPA. With this much hops, the roast doesn't come through, but the maltiness does. I'd buy it again, and this style is growing on me.

 921 characters

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.

 188 characters

Photo of JackieTH
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not unexpectedly this is a dirty tea-cola brown beer topped by a billowing tawny foam head. Smells of roasted malt, earth, caramel, chocolate, faint sweetness. Nice. Taste is chocolate, oats, earth, biscuit, caramel, lightly sweet but not at all cloying. There is an earthy piny hop presence whose bitterness keeps this heap of malty flavors dry. Body is medium together with correct carbonation, gives a creamy feel. Perfect for the taste. Altogether this is an excellent brown ale, very tasty, and withthe hop which works perfectly here and keeps it clean and dry.

 570 characters

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.

 341 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.