Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

128 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 826
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 32
Gots: 124 | FT: 1
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Maxwell on 12-21-2012

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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! (1,095 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (945 characters)

Photo of Vonstein15
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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 (338 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (840 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Nose
Charcoal, caramel, and grapefruit.

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

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, bitter, and dry.

Overall
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. (520 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of smmeier819
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,923 characters)

Photo of templar316
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (339 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,518 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (506 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very dark for a brown ale, almost black.

Smells like a typical brown. For saying that it has a large amount of Hops in the label. I am not tasting any hops.

tastes like a typical brown, nothing special at all. Leaves a little bit of a bitter awful taste on my tongue that does not dissipate.

The head is off white, and stays throughout the entire glass as a slight film.

Overall this is a pretty decent brown, but I was really hoping for some hops that was advertised on the label. Would like to try it on draft, but I will not seek this out in bottles again. (604 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with sort of an odd label. Shows muscle cars with mud tires driving in a place they probably shouldn't be. But hey, it does go along with the 'Mud Season' hoppy brown ale style they are calling this. Yellow neck label and outlining make the label at least respectable :). Typical smutty style regardless. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - wow.. Forget the label or off the wall, odd artwork.. This thing is for real on the pour. Darkest of opaque brown color with large(and i mean large) floating funk everywhere. One usually can't see the sediment in dark ales, but this is so intense and just light enough that the entire universe inside this glass can be seen wandering around. Brilliant! Massive light tan colored head just explodes leaving a ridiculously large yet pillowy fluff character. It never really settles rather than continues to display brilliance with a thick ring of fluffy lacing leaving absurd stick to the walls of my nonic.

S - definitely big ipa character and inspiration. Big, bitter pine like notes that just dominate up front. Fresh and green hops. But then there is this back layering that just adds wondeful balance. Caramel and biscuity brown roasted malts with a slight touch of nuts.

T - much like the nose except better simply because you're tasting this gem. Blitzing with pine flavored hops and spice. A lovely hop filled bitterness but never too much given the 'brown ale' character that follows along like a perfect couple destined to be together. A touch of caramel and biscuit malts lay down a perfection of balance. The brown characters and rich nuts add just that piece of much needed complexity to keep you coming back wondering just what the heck this awesome tasting ale is. There is the whole traditional brown ale roast that keeps popping up keeping the hop bitterness in check. Is it a brown ale??? Yes, I say it is! This is everything you'd expect to taste from a hopped up brown ale yet never seem to get. It may be the perfect example of a hopped up brown. Just wholesome and flavorful.

M - the upper section of medium bodied and a lovely coating texture. Nice thickness and wonderful balance yet complex enough to shine throughout the experience. It really does carry the best of both the brown ale and ipa worlds.

O - okay so this is a combination of greatness. It has the smuttynose factor. The big brown ale factor. The ipa factor. Then blend it all together and you have an ale that may indeed have a sort of cheesy label, but an ale packed with so much class within its almost worth calling everyone you know just to tell them just how damn good Durty really is. Or you could keep it to yourself and drink them all up. Smuttynose need to add this to the yearly release list bc it sure is an instant classic packed plum full of flavor and brilliance. Geez is this thing good or what? (2,871 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with decent opacity. The head is about three fingers high, and mocha in shade. Retention is good, leaving behind plenty of sticky lace on the glass.

S: At first, this brings a strong note of citrusy, pineapple-y hops - maybe a bit of pine, as well. Once it opens up, while it never loses the hop profile, it becomes very chocolaty. Let it open up even further, and the pine takes over. Hoppy browns don't always do it for me, but when they do, I'd want them to smell like this. Nice work.

T: The hop profile hits the palate first. There's a ton of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel to start and a more piny bitterness to end it. I'm also getting a gentle roasted quality on its finish, too: this helps to balance out the chocolaty middle and hop bitterness some. It's balanced quite well, in the sense that the hops and malts are very well intertwined within each other. Ultimately though - subverting the classical definition of 'balance' - the hops win out, but not unpleasantly by any means.

M: Very light for 8.4%. That, and the sweetness doesn't linger excessively - what does linger are some hop resins. Even without intense carbonation, this goes down really easy.

O: Yum. Hoppy browns/porters can be pretty hit-or-miss, but this one works very effectively. It's all about the integration of flavors - nothing here really clashes. That, and it's superbly easy to drink. Let's just say I'm pretty glad I bought a six pack of this stuff. (1,512 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (626 characters)

Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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