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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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

141 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 869
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 24.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 144 | 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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/23/15.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, earth, char, and spicy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with burnt toast, caramel, cocoa powder, char, earth, and spicy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of toast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice mix of traditional brown ale qualities along with fairly intense hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger head of khaki colored soapy bubbles.

S - Powerful aroma of caramel malts and piney hops. Hints of earth and old sweatsocks as well.

T - Strong hop presence; pine, dirt, tea leaf, tobacco, pistachio, caramel. Slight lactic acid sour tinge and citrus tang somewhat off-putting. Flavors don't blend well or have layers of depth; everything sort of smacks you in the face at once.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very grainy and sharp. ABV comes through and smacks the tongue.

O - I wanted to like it, but just too many "off" characteristics to be good. A misfire.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt bronze color with a bountiful head of heterogeneous khaki froth. The aroma is a poignant blend of bittersweet chocolate and grapefruit.

Citric and piney hops present up front, followed by a nutty, chocolate malt sweetness. Notes of toasted bread bridge the gap between bitter and sweet. Perky carbonation and medium body create a vigorous, mildly creamy mouthfeel that accentuates the hops. It may even be a little too intense for my tastes.

While not especially complex, this remains a lively, flavorful brown ale with a little something for everyone. Another intriguing dark offering from Smuttynose.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Dark brown colored brew with a white soapy head. Lace left down the glass indicates aggressive hops.

SMELL: Brown ale aromas of caramelized malts and certainly hop notes of herb, flower and citrus.

TASTE: Nutty and piney at the same time. Bitterness and sweetness pretty much cancel out. Little alcohol flavor, nice and drinkable for the strength. Kind of like a brown ale on steroids.

FEEL: Full bodied with a crisp carbonation and lingering malt and hop flavor. This is a strong ale.

OVERALL: A crushing, delicious hoppy brown ale. Good stuff.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - True to name, pours an unrefined, cloudy brown. The head is voluminous and foamy. Ample lacing is present on the side of the glass. The bubbles on top of the beer have a hop oil sheen.

S - Super sappy. Pure pine resin mingles with earthy, spicy notes. Hints of grapefruit and milk chocolate, too.

T - At first, the taste is fairly unassuming, with graham cracker and mild chocolate. The comes a wallop if resin hops akin to distilled Chinook and Nugget. Pine, earthy spice, and grapefruit rind are in full force. Some more tangerine warn citrus flavors sneak in, too. Once the hops subside, the graham cracker and chocolate notes, this time a with a bit more roasty, coffee notes. The finish has a slightly boozy taste with lingering bitterness.

M - A creamy medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A slight stickiness from the hops.

O - Like the dirt bikes and mud racers on the bottle art, this may not be the most manicured, pretty ale. However, as a hop, booze, and chocolate malt monster, it succeeds wildly. The flavors are intense and ever-evolving, making for a engaging tasting. And at $14 for a 12-pack, an awesome deal for an imperial brew - beer type be damned!

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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 Bone53
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown with a mahogony tent when put up to the light, and a rather large tan head

Smell: Awesome balance of citrus hop notes and caramel, toffee and molasses.

Taste: Caramel and burnt brown sugar/molasses (the malts seem slightly roasted) with a citrus finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body, and certainly heavy for the style. Goes down oily smooth with a slight bitter finish

Overall: As someone who is not usually into brown ales, i enjoyed this quite a bit. It seems to fit the description well; A hoppy brown ale, with a nice balance of hops and caramel malts. Id put this behind Dogifish's Indian Brown Ale as my second favorite brown ale to date. Smuttynose makes some of the best beers for the price in my area, at $9.99 a six pack and around $30 for a case. This particular one is 8.4% abv. Huge bang for your buck!

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a light-tan head on top. When backlit it appears more amber/mahogany on the edges. Leaves nice rings of lace.

S: Pleasant mix of malt and hops - some caramel malt and a lemony hop bitterness.

T: Caramel malt and brown sugary malt foundation. Touch of cocoa powder. Juicy citrusy hops thereafter, with a touch of pine. Finishes with a drying lemony bitterness that at times leaves a woody impression. Nice lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. The high ABV (over 8%) is not noted on the palate, but warmth is felt in the belly.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest but feels appropriate for the style.

O: I like this beer. Reminds me of a cross between a black IPA and a Strong Ale, like a Stone Arrogant Bastard. It is not at all like a typical Brown Ale - it's too hoppy and too strong for that style - but whatever you call it, it's good.

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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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: medium dark brown with mahogany clearly evident around the edges; 1 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: an interesting combination of citrus, toffee, caramel, and a hint of coffee;

T: citrus is evident until mid-palate, then gets overrun by toffee, caramel, a bit of molasses, and coffee; the coffee is predominant at the end; light to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry, sticky finish; hides the ABV well;

O: complex aromas and flavor; very nicely done;

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best By: 06/30/15.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark reddish-brown body with a finger of beige-tinted foam. Good lacing on the descent.

Smell: Durty Mud leans forward with floral, citrusy, juicy hop notes atop the toasty (and additionally lightly roasty) maltiness with its hints of caramel and stale coffee grinds.

Taste: Toasty, roasty malts with touches of coffee and cocoa powder. Modestly sweet with a low, light hint of caramel. Slightly citric, fruity hops tasting of grapefruit and tangerine rind. Also a bit floral, a bit resiny. Moderate bitterness. A dry maltiness on the finish with lingering citric qualities and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It does a mighty fine job at being a hopped up brown.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown, with lasting tan foam. Decent lacing. Aroma is dominated by heavy pine, very nice. Taste is initially wonderful - nice hop/malt balance, but finish is a bit dry and tart.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.46/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had this almost dirt like flavor. I've had many hopped up Browns before and this is easily one of the worst I've had. I love hops but had almost no characteristic of a brown ale.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium to dark cola brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and roasted malts with a lighter aroma of caramel malts, leafy herbal hops, and just a hint of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with lighter flavors of toasted and caramel malts + just a hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of herbal leafy hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while. Hints of nuttiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Enjoyable with a decent amount of complexity though rather than a hoppy brown ale it seems more like a hybrid of a brown ale and a black IPA. Slightly hoppier and bittern than I might have preferred but still a decent one worth trying.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice bubble show produces a thick tan head layered above the clear tea colored liquid; not as much lacing as I would have expected

Smell: Caramel, leafy hops and some roasty tones

Taste: The leafy hop and caramel flavors are interlayered with the bitterness eventually dominating the flavor profile; nutty and slightly roasty in the finish, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slight warmth

Overall: A bit harsh on the bitterness front but, overall, an enjoyable beer that has brings complexity to the palate

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

Pours out a brownie batter like near black color. Some lacing.

Smells is a mix of caramel, toffee, along with NW pine-cone hops.

Taste is much more hop based than the smell. I first get that malty sweetness with caramel and brown bread. This sweetness is immediately cut with the sharp citrusy hops. Its got a hoppy bitter finish with flavors of grapefruit, pine-cones, and fresh flowers.

If I didnt look at the label I would have thought the ABV were closer to 6.8~, very smooth.

Mouthfeel was perhaps a tad thinner than I would have expected, however it is a "brown ale" and not a stout.

I wonder if the malt bill is similar to brown dog. That might explain why its so good.

Really liked this, I'd consider it more of a Brown IPA with how hoppy it is, but who cares. One of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nose faint roast, caramel, & floral, pine,ABV. Taste malt, pine, light caramel, herbal, & pepper, strong bitter finish. More of a Black IPA than a Brown ale!

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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 KevChiTown
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They call it a brown IPA, hey why not? It's not your typical brown ale and it turned out fantastic. Refreshing, yet deeper flavors then just hops or sugary malts. This one surprised me, worth having again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours very dark brown color with a lot of sediment floating around for a nice muddy look that leads up to a foamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving craters and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of coffee beans, chocolate and fruity citrus hops like a mango up front, with toasted nuts, cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla, burnt malt, roasted notes and some fruity sweetness; the hops cut through all the nice brown ale aromas and add nice unexpected balance. Nose is pretty true to the name, a hoppy brown ale.

Tastes like it smells but in the reverse order with the citrus hops leading the way and a mix of orange juice, pineapple, lemon zest, piney hops, mango, coffee, fruit like pear or apple, chocolate, roasted almonds, cocoa powder, toffee, caramel, syrup, vanilla, burnt malt, charred wood and some earthy notes like peat moss and then a slightly bitter finish that has a citrus fruity sweetness that has peppery and whole grain cracker aspects. A really different beer that is more Black IPA than brown ale, but regardless of the misclassification I really enjoyed the flavor, balance and complexities.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium almost chewy body, a slick feel and average carbonation that goes down easy considering the slight bitterness. This hides the ABV completely and almost seems like there are hoppy spices in the lingering finish.

Overall this was much better than I expected and a beer I will seek out again if they keep this in regular production. A hoppy brown ale – they nailed it, so it gets a high score for a brown ale.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- A very dark brown in color that just barely lets a bit of light through around the edges. A thick tan head that lingers well after the pour, with moderate to heavy lacing.

S- Very subtle hints of grapefruit, caramel and bread.

T- Brown ale? This tastes like a stout to me! and a very good one at that. Roasted malts, caramel and a bit of the grapefruit the nose hinted at, finishing with a sugary sweetness.

M- Creamy, medium carbonation, medium in body.

O- This was a pretty enjoyable beer in my opinion. I would not mind having this one regularly.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -17%
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? ...

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Photo of Sipchue
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of russwaddell
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good head poured aggressively out of the bottle. Plenty of tight foamy lacing. Lots and lots of suspended solids and color is a murky reddish brown .

Smells roasty like a porter or imperial stout with maybe a hint of florals and a tiny bit of fruitiness. Some caramel and toffee. Chocolate notes for sure but overall very balanced.

Taste is sort of a boozy, stronger flavored black and tan. Alcohol is very noticeable and up front. The "hoppy" is more dominant than the "brown," and the flavor really doesn't seem all that similar to other brown ales. Much closer to imperial stout. Heavy dose of hops bitterness, florals, and fruit as well. Really complex flavor but still balanced. As the strong alcohol flavor fades, the hops come in and linger for a long and complex finish. There's just a lot to take in here, which was a pleasant surprise.

For the amount of booziness and cloudiness, it's very drinkable. When I see mud racing on the bottle I'm thinking I'll be throwing back a six pack redneck style, but this is really better as a slow sipper.

Would drink again for sure, but don't expect a run of the mill simple basic brown ale.

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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.