Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev -1%
A: The beer is very hazy dark reddish brown in color—it's too hazy to see through and determine if any carbonation is visible. It poured with a finger high dense light tan colored head that took a long time to die down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with strong notes of roast.
T: The taste is rather bitter and has moderately strong flavors of roasted malts—so much that you would think this was a Black IPA if you were blindfolded—with subtle hints of nutty malts towards the finish. The bitterness and roast linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The balance of this beer seemed to be somewhat off and has too much bitterness and not enough malty flavors. I wish that it had more nutty flavors so it would have tasted like an Imperial Brown Ale, if there was such a style.
04-18-2014 01:50:55 | More by metter98
3.79/5 rDev -4.1%
In a world where creative marketing is getting pretty scarce, sometimes the obvious names are right in front of you. This beer is simply "Durty"- ...but in the most beautiful of ways.
The brown ale starts out... well, brown. Its haze gives the beer a cocoa appearance, equipped with suspended cocoa appearances. Its frothy tannish head caps the beer with the confidence of high-hopped IPA and out lasts the session with ease. Speckled lace left behind on the glass continues to give the ale a formidable look.
Common to most Brown Ale, its aromas are chocked full of toasty, nutty, chocolaty and coffee driven scents. Perhaps these are of the more robust and drier tones, and that sense is propelled by the hop character that trails. Dried citrus peels, particularly of white grapefruit gives the ale a bright tone while unexpected peppercorn spice tingles the nose as the first drink looms.
And its Brown Ale tendencies also kick off the beers taste, but this time in more vivid display: charred toast, roasted walnuts, bittersweet chocolate, kona coffee are all on the darker and heavily tosted side but without becoming roasted. Its backbone of over-cooked caramel supports the other malt tastes but never becomes the focus. As the ale shows very little of its hoppy side during the early palate and the bulk of the middle before its citrus acidity rises near the finish for a decidedly bitter finish with a pang of grass, fresh-cracked peppercorn and burnt pine needles. This, along with its drier malt finish, gives the beer its unmistakable "American" taste.
Medium bodied, the beer's drier tone keeps the beer somewhat lightened despite its near-imperial-type strength. Its slightly elevated carbonation draws the toasty malts off the palate with ease and ushers in a spicier, drier and slightly resinous finish. Its warmth is beautifully woven into the dry toast and peppery flavors to finish.
Not messing around, this Brown Ale is down and durty- showing influences of traditional northern British browns but with a distinct American twist. I just needed the hop influence to trend earlier, giving me more bright citrus aromas and a more hop-balanced middle palate. But the ale finishes confident.
01-28-2014 18:00:44 | More by BEERchitect
3.84/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
12-30-2013 21:46:52 | More by oberon
3.99/5 rDev +1%
Kind of a fogged brown on this one. This is a rich brown ale that wasn't as hopped as I was anticipating. I suppose the bold claim of "hoppy" on the name of the beer boosted my expectations. Good earth tone. Nice spiced edges. This is an appropriate use of hops on a beer that people would think shouldn't be using it too much. I like it.
03-04-2014 02:54:53 | More by RblWthACoz
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
On-tap 1/7/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains roasted malts, maple, caramel and a good amount of hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, chocolate and caramel. Then a strong hops presence for the style comes in along with a hearty roasted malt character creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sticky.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid hoppy brown ale to drink for a long time.
01-08-2014 00:49:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
Enjoyable Durty beer, deep mahogany brown body with a big tan head forming thick...as 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.
03-02-2014 15:45:46 | More by WVbeergeek
4.06/5 rDev +2.8%
I picked this up at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in goblet from the 12oz brown bottle.
The color is murky medium brown with tan head and average sized bead w/ thick spotty lace. The smell is very malty with woody hop aroma nad light yeast fruitiness with dried plum-like odor. The mouthfeel has some bitter roasted grain and moderate tangy and toasted complimentary flavors with malt sweetness in the feel balanced by some hop bitterness in the finish which is mostly dry.
The flavors of dark fruit and roasted grain presence wtih mild grapefruit from the hops is fresh and brings a bit of yeast with which has a dark cherry-like tinge. Light coffee flavor with some ruby red type grapefruit with sweet toasted malt as it finishes. Overall this is a very tasty Imperial Brown, very drinkable considering the abv. The malt is balanced well with lots of hop flavor.
02-27-2014 01:39:19 | More by Slatetank
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
Well it's not really mud season, that's spring as everything defrosts and gets soggy, but what the hell. Even has a date, best by 6/04/14
Pours a half fingered off-white slight fizzy head that fades fairly slowly, some decent lacing, very dark molasses brown color with very little light sneaking through.
Nose is a nice brown ale, toasty brown malts, caramel, brown sugar, caramelized sugar, little nutty, hint of mocha and cocoa, touch of earthy hops.
Taste starts with lots of sweet dark malts and toasty brown malts, not too sweet but enough, with a mild chocolate and mocha, milk chocolate like, and into caramel, caramelized slight syrupy sugars, mild nutty notes, etc. A bit of warming booze comes through too, and turns tingly as it goes. in the middle the hops tromp out, with a big spicy hop flavor, little earthy and hint of pine, and quite bitter. A bit creamy as some oats I think come through, bringing a nice fluffy feel. Finish is dry and very bitter, even astringent bitter, more spicy hops almost like chewing on a hop pellet, hint of caramel and toasty brown malts, but very little malt left.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit creamy, nice fluffy carb, and some warming slightly tingly booze.
Overall pretty good, one of the better beers that has come from Smuttynose in recent years, nice brown malts, nice sweet characters, nice balance between malts and booze, and lots of nice hops that do get a little overbearing through.
01-30-2014 02:15:47 | More by jlindros
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
Deep brown where light does pass on the edge. Excellent light beige head that leaves a blanket of lace after each sip.
Interesting start to the smell, it seemed soapy, which could be a residual from my glass. Soon, though, a pleasant fresh hop pellet (an oxymoron?) aroma takes over. Surprisingly, I detect no darker malt aromas.
The flavor has a definitive toasted malt flavor up front. The hop bitterness is muted but still very present. In all, a good balance. The body is typical as is the carbonation level. Some alcohol warmth. Overall, a balanced, easy-to-drink brown ale, albeit a more bitter Americanized version.
02-09-2014 20:37:17 | More by smcolw
Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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