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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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141 Reviews

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 867
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 24.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 143 | 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 BMMillsy
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried at bottle share at today's Swamp Head release. Pours murky brownish orange with no head. Aroma of caramel, burnt toffee, bitter pine hops. Flavor follows similarly with notes of caramel and toffee, burnt sugar, earthy hops, with bitterness on the finish. More hoppy American barleywine than brown ale really. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. Overall a decent brew but maybe a bit harsh.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Date was on the very base of the bottle, but top half of it illegible.

Black, with some reddish hints, big 2 inch foamy tan head. decent carbonation. Lacing was pretty think. big drawback here was a TON of floaties, some quite large. A bit off putting, but I soldiered on.

Not much on the nose, just a faint malt aroma. Here goes....

Hey, this stuff tastes pretty good! Getting the hops and the malt, very nicely balanced indeed. Seemed to switch form one to the other, hop bite upfront, roasted malt finish. Kinda Black Ale-ish.

Mouth was between medium and full

Overall, enjoyed this one. The floaties eventually settled to the bottom and I supped the last quarter quite carefully. Would seek it out again, hopefully floatie-free.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Released today (may 2-2014) in Sweden and opened right away!
Clear, dark brown color with a beige, creamy, two finger head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Grass, chocolate, roasted malt and dark bread.

Taste: Hoppy taste! Grass, roasted malt, nuts, raisin, caramel, pine and grapefruit.

Medium body and soft carbonation.

I really want a large steak to this! I can imagine that would be just right.

Nice, creamy, enjoyable beer!

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured an opaque mud brown, cloudy with some debris at the bottom. 1.5 finger frothy light tan head. Left a good amount of lacing. There is a lot of globules in suspension, I don't think this was bottle condition, should have poured it like it was though.

S - complex nose consisting if a fruity malt smell, notes of toffee, caramel, nougat, molasses, roasted barley... Cutting through the malt though is nice bright hop aroma of pine and citrus fruits mostly lemon.

T - taste I'd as expected, a hopped up brown ale. Hops come first with the taste, unlike the aroma that was more malt forward. The malt is balanced well with the hops which are prevalent from front to back providing ample resinous pine flavor and a ton of Bittering at the end. Malt has a complex and bountiful flavor of roasted barley, tofee, tootsie roll, and brown sugar.

M - I should say medium bodied, but a little heavy on the carbonation, makes it a little more of a watery vs creamy/velvety texture.

O - I like this style, brown ale is usually that once In a while but usually disappointed experience. Hoppy brown ales are ranking up there with some of my favorite beers, this is No exception. This very American twist on what I would usually consider a lackluster style is really enjoyable and seems fitting for the mud season up In maine, once the ground thaws at least.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single for about a $1.90 pretty stellar for over 8%. Into a pub glass.
A - Pour is a pretty deep shade of brown kind of hazy in color with a solid inch of head that sticks around for a while. Love the deep mocha hue on that head.
S - Rather robust roast on this, smell is rather hoppy and a ton of brown malt to this. Very deep smelling brown ale.
T - Ah yes very herbal and hoppy which happens to mend pretty well with the brown malts. Lingers on the palate long after each sip and makes me wonder how this would be with some age, since it doesn't come off very sweet or roasty. Simple and good.
M - Medium bodied herbal hops are kind of too much.

Overall this is a dry hopped beer with a pretty harsh bitterness that after a few sips I found it kind of too much. Wish it was a bit more balanced and aged might do it some good.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's Smuttynose day. I may not get to the others I bought today, but I'm glad I got to this one. It's s nice brown with lots going on.

It is a deep brown in the glass, with plenty of head. Nice and foamy. The aroma is sweet. The taste similarly is sweet and robust. The malt taste is roasty and also sticks with you. This is an exceptional brown. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. brown in color - clear around the edge with a cylinder of dark brown that cannot be seen through in the middle. Tan head of 1 finger lasts throughout the beer at 1/4 inch.

s. Yeast, nuts and earthy tones.

t. Wow - this almost has too much going on. Yeast or bread in the front, nutty in the middle and hoppy bitter in the finish that lingers. Realizing it is an 8+abv - the 2016 version has a bit more alcohol presence until it has a chance to warm. Would suggest to drink this around 48 - 52 degrees.

m. A bit gritty.

o. This beer is good, but not quite outstanding. Too much going on and the lingering bitter taste moves it out of the outstanding range. That being said, phase 1 (yeast) and phase 2 (nuttiness) are very, very good. I would revisit this beer with some pretzels present to buffer the bitter.

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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.

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Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep cloudy brown with a great big tan head. Seriously, well over two fingers. And this thing has great retention to boot. Worth noting are the wee floaters at the bottom. I wish brewers would tell me when their beers are bottle conditioned. The smell, though, is great. It has a rich nutty aroma with just a hint of the hops. The taste is similar, with a little more hops and some light bready notes, as well. There is a nice thickness to it and overall I find this to be a great melding of a traditional brown with American craft brewing styles.

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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.

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

Loved the thickness. Great carbonation.

So many flavors await your palate. I tasted Chocolate with some dirty earthy overtones. Almost stemmy. Nice sipping beer.

Enjoy with a beefy dish goes great with the heavier foods.

I prefer it super chilled.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost two fingers of tan foam crowns a dark mahogany brown. Almost opaque with cloudiness. Head retains excellently.

Big pine hop upfront with a pleasantly earthy toffee malt behind it. Notes of nutty chocolate, bocky dried fruit, and some fainter citrus. Great balanced aroma.

More pine hops with some citrus freshness, and at a massive level. Heaps over top of a roasty American brown ale, slashing at flavors of bitter chocolate, filberts, and burnt sugar. Quite hoppy and quite carbonated. Lots of opening bitterness. Finishes with fresh leafy hop electricity. The body is swishy, like a good IPA. The 8.4% is well-disguised; I can't believe this brew is packing this much punch. Kind of a palate masher with hop bitterness. Well done.

Good beer in a weak style. This is what every beer called a "Brown IPA" should taste like. Cheers!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a nice foamy 12 inch head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, Hops, brown sugar. molasses, Chocolate, nuts, mild coffee. A little caramel and toffee along with some vanilla, and earthy hops.

Taste - Starts out with a really nice mix of roasty, smoked malts, coffee, cocoa, chocolate and a nice bitter hoppy flavor. Very smooth with nice bold flavors. The sweetness is a dark chocolate, bold flavor, which works amazing with the malts adding a thick and smooth, velvet like taste. A little vanilla and brown sugars give some nice sweetness that works well with the malts. The hops work to add a bitter note along with some minor sweet fruits to balance.

Mouthfeel - Malts, chocolate and coffee nial the tongue and add bold flavors. Palate gets the hops along with some sugars. Aftertaste is malty, a little hop bitter and coffee infused.

Overall - I really enjoy this beer. Balanced, easy to drink and has simple, yet tasty flavors that work well together. The alcohol is masked way to well, drinks like a 5% beer so be careful!

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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.

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Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark brown, black color with a fluffy light brown head.

The aroma is absolutely scrumptious. Dark brown sugar, caramel, toffee, crème brulee and burnt sugar, light vanilla, cocoa, lightly roasted coffee, hazelnut along with some of those earthy and herbal hops.

The flavor follows with bitterness throughout of American hops, slightly grapefruit with lots of earthy, woody, and herbal qualities. The beer has caramel and toffee sweetness, lightly roasted coffee, towards chocolate roasted malt. There iare roasted nuts, heavily sweet toasted bread and a wonderful sweetness around.

The beer is just a big mean beast of a brown ale. A definite exception in the style. It is so deliciously complex and big.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

My beer guru brought this one over to share. Very good looking beer that had a good smell. Taste is not what I would want, bitter and smokey overwhelms the beer. However, it had an outstanding texture that I would say was perfect. ABV gives bonus points overall.

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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

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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

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown with a creamy, thick khaki head.

S: Aromas of pine, herbs, lemon, lime, kumquats, brown sugar, chocolate, and cedar are present on the nose.

T: Notes of vanilla bean, toasted almonds, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, pine, cedar, herbs, lemon, lime, kumquat, bitter orange, and juniper berry coat the palate. The finish is bitter, intense, and resinous with robust lemon, lime, cedar, and juniper flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body, slick, and smooth, though it turns a bit resinous on the finish. Carbonation is active, airy, and gentle. Alcohol is more or less undetectable, although it can sneak up on you fairly quickly.

O: A great hoppy brown ale, and for me, that is really saying something since I normally dislike hoppier brown ales. Durty is really easy to drink despite its complexity and strength. I definitely recommend it highly.

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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

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

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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep brown with 2 fingers of tan head with good retention. Some yeast sediment floats around the glass.

Charcoal, caramel, and grapefruit.

Charcoal, scorched baker's chocolate, and caramel. Tons of grapefruit from the hops.

Medium bodied, crisp, bitter, and dry.

I really wasn't digging this one. The malt bill is too roasted and scorched. Bitter grapefruit is all that jumps out for the hops. However, the alcohol is very well hidden.

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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 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.

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Photo of smmeier819
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First and foremost, hoppy brown ale is sort of a misnomer. None of the vital statistics of this beer make it a brown ale. Abv way high, srm way way high, and ibu...fugeddaboutit. That being said, a lot of people have called this a Black IPA. While it's hoppiness definitely rivals even most double IPAs, the strong roast flavor and body of this beer scream American Stout. Now that I have gone on about style, I will review this beer as what I perceive it to be and not what it is labeled as.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz snifter. Dense khaki head initially 2" thick, slowly dissipating. Dark translucent brown color, lacing of the glass. I poured the beer pretty hard and for a brief moment she kinda danced like a beer served on nitro, which on a tangent does anyone know if this beer has been served on nitro tap?

The nose on this beer is again screaming stout. Tons of roasted coffee notes, low hop aroma. I don't know what they dry hopped this sucker with, but the hop aroma seems more piney than citrus.

The flavor is chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla...you name it, all the favors a good strong stout should have. Backed up by a significant bitterness from early hop additions, hop flavor from later additions seems almost muted by the strong contributions from the grain.

The feel of this beer on the tongue is second to none. Full bodied, thick, and velvety smooth despite a generous dose of carbonation. Some astringency but that is to be expected. The dry feeling in my mouth 10 minutes after taking my last sip frankly makes me want to crack another one open, but at 8.4% I got to play it smart...think I will wait for another day.

Honestly, this beer is delicious. I had to get over the fact that it's not a brown ale, or even a black ipa to fully enjoy what this beer is and what is should have been intended to be. A whole hearted, true blooded, perfect example of an American stout.

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