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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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132 Reviews

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 842
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 25.38%
Wants: 35
Gots: 131 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 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
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of templar316
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate with a bright white head. The smell is a bit muddied with dark fruits and molasses hiding the candy orange notes. The bitter finish is where we really get down to it, it starts all candy smooth citrus and rolls into easy malt before waves of grapefruit bitterness crash in on the finish. My favorite from SmuttyNose!

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Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a beige thick head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Nice aroma of creamy and dark chocolate.
Incredible flavor with insistent and natural taste of high grade cocoa chocolate, licorice, non-sweet coffee, caramel and roasted malt, a bit of dark fruits, earthy hops, pine and some acidity and distant smokiness.
Dry and bitter aftertaste coming from both hops and roastness.
Medium to full body with low carbonation with the tiniest bubbles, and with a velvety sensation. Alcohol of 8.4% abv ran away from its boldness.
Beautiful hoppy brown ale, or should I say Brown IPA? I was caught in surprise by its potent flavors.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/8/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with some haze and sediment floating aronnd; fluffy light khaki head that sticks around and leaves great retention and very sticky lacing. It looks great like most Smuttynose beers. The aromas are full of cocoa and expresso. There's some caramel in the mix. Some malts. If you were to smell this blind, you might think it's a stout or a porter. The flavors are very earthy with a solid bitterness to it. Lots of fresh pine needles. Some grass. Subtle notes of citrus. I'm picking up alot of lemon zest. There's a little bit of orange too. There's not a ton of hop flavors, but the hop bitterness runs wild. More chocolate and coffee. Subtle soap notes. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. It's prety smooth and creamy. This makes a nice sipper.

This is a very solid brown ale. It's pretty unique for the style. It feels like a hybrid. Nice brew.

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Photo of cbutova
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Second bottle of a random grab six pack, don't do that often but I am happy I chose this beer.

A- Poured to a short tumbler with a dark mahogany brown body that light can only penetrate at the edges. A one finger head builds with a light tan hue and decent retention. The head leaves some nice pillows and a small ring. Lacing is spotty with some webs here and there.

S- Malt forward with some nice hops in the back end, more than most Browns I can think of. Malts are really toasted here with roast hints, brown sugar, nutty and caramel notes. Slight yeast fruits as well.

T- Comes alive wonderfully here. Malts and hops seem to trade off yet blend seamlessly on the taste buds. Malts are deep and rich with cocoa powder, toasted nutty, coffee, biscuit, toffee, brown sugar and caramel notes. Hops overlap with pine, citrus, floral and herbal tones. Slight raisiny apple yeast to round it all out.

MF- Fairly thick bodied with a creamy and slightly chewy texture. Carbonation comes in at a medium level and helps both the malts and delicate hop flavors shine. Finishes with a mix of roast cocoa and hop bitterness.

Really stoked on this beer right now. Probably my favorite brown ale in a long time and I will score it appropriately. The hops are big enough to make you notice but aren't over the top like most similar brews these days. This beer strikes a balance I don't find often and hopefully more people appreciate it like I do. Oh yea, insanely smooth for 8.4%. I really hope Smutty keeps this one around.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best By 06/30/14
L - tall, frothy beige head caps a ruddy brown ale, good head retention and a thick coat of lacing
S - room is filled with a waft of brown malt and piny hops. Citrus and chocolate present with a closer smell
T - bold flavors of chocolate, bread, brown sugar, caramel, pine, pungent citrus, finishes with both a kick of bitterness and a surprising nutty toasted grain sweetness
F - fuller body, creamy but a bit resinous, semi-dry finish
O - nice unique bigger ABV ale. Excellently crafted!

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet caramel malts and a grassy hop.

The taste offered toasted caramel malts with grassy and slightly citric hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop driven brown ale.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer with nice lacing from the reduced head. It is an amber/brown color with a little light coming through with bubbles seen coming up through the glass.super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Piney, caramel, bready, roasty, and chocolate.

Taste: The piney hops go real well with the roasted coffee, chocolate, and toasted malts. Mild tingly hops in the rear.

Mouthfeel: A bit smith, a little chewy, light to medium bodied, tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice hoppy brown ale. This style has evolved quite a bit over the years. This one is delicious.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Best by 06/18/14.

A- Deep garnet/brown, not much light getting through. Big light brown head that stays around seems a bit too carbonated.

S- Molasses a bit of cinnamon and some floral notes. Slight citrus.

T- Mostly bitter floral with some medium roast. A real lasting bitterness on the tongue that i don't think goes well with the style.

M- Nice medium-heavy but with a bit too much carbonation.

O- I don't really like the hop character in this one, I think it's a bit too much.

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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.