Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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88
very good

586 Ratings
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 24
Gots: 49 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Maxwell on 12-21-2012)
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Aleks_P
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From the bottle I expected this to be a lighter/translucent brown but once I poured it into my pint glass it was really dark. Surprising. Cream colored frothy head, about an inch.

Smell: Interesting combination of hints of chocolate and then the hops/pine. Not a very strong aroma at all, had to smell it several times to come up with something to write here. Wonder if the scent would be stronger if the beer was warmer.

Taste: First thing I notice is a bit of chocolate and coffee, not overly sweet and I think the roasted coffee notes are the dominant flavor. I really like how the hops compliments the coffee bitterness, works well together.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a smooth beer, not particularly dry. Light carbonation works well with the beer.

Overall: This is a very good beer, all of the flavors work well together and are strong, but the beer drinks lightly. In re-reading my review I'm not sure I really expressed how good this beer is, might be my new favorite for the style. I decided to give Smuttynose a chance in my mix-n-match six pack, looking forward to trying the others.

Photo of Bierman9
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am down to the last 2 bottles of a 6-pack I bought last week at the Brewery ($9.00) so I reckon I should put my thoughts into bytes or bits, or whatever...

I had never tried this in its original, small-batch formulation, but I had a few samples vom Faß at Smutty last week and I really dug it.... Hence the 6-pack purchase. Poured into a nonic pint, it is a deep, clear, dark chestnut color. It's quite opaque, so much so that I can't tell how much carbo is swirling about. Despite the denseness of the color, there is no haze, and no sediment whatsoever in the bottle. The head is thin and fine, a mocha-hued layer of foam with some decent lacing. Aroma has a nice balance of some choco malt in addition to a good heap of rindy hops. It is quite smooth going down, and the body is a tad above medium.

Flavor-wise, it has a lovely base of lightly sweet choco. It leans a bit towards some mocha action here, too, before getting all hoppy on you. The hops are somewhat citrusy, with some pine and rind action going on. I really like the balance here, too, between the choco and the citrus; both aspects linger nicely. I foresee a few more 6-packs of this in my fridge in the future!! Well done, Smutty!! Prosit!!

4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a whole lot of floaty specs suspended throughout. Smell is sweet, flowery citrus candy hops, caramel malty bottom, some unexpected vanilla. Interesting piney licorice with a little bit of smoke. Flavor is increasingly interesting as well. Very piney, chocolatey, bitter....a bit disjointed overall. Not sure how I feel about this beer. I don't hate it but want to like it more. Mouthfeel is very nice. Full creamy body.

Photo of wedge
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I now know why this is called "Durty"...murky brown with lots of suspended sediment. Nice, thick, frothy yellowish head though, making it a lot more attractive. Roasted, dry aromas of brown malts, earthy/peppery notes, dark pine resin, and faint grapefruit. Flavor is a blend of hops and malt, as expected. The malts trend towards dark-roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, spicy pine, nuts, floral hops, and some grapefruit. Fairly aggressive all around, not as polished as say Sublimely Self Righteous - rough around the edges I suppose. Medium bodied, dry, a little creamy, and oily in the finish. Meh I don't know...sort of disjointed and harsh for my tastes.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Dark brown with a one finger head

S: Sweet malty pine.

T: Balanced, quite sweet. Malty and citrusy.

M: Prickly but still quite smooth just with tiny bubbles.

O: A good showing and a great beer. It was like a brown IPA.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the brewery June 2013 (64 / 960)

Pour is dark brown, brown tootsie pop-ish. Minimal tannish lacing. It has a interesting, almost tropical fruit smell like mango, with just a touch of floral from the hops.

Nice alcohol note in the background with delicate hop bitterness. Not a lot of flavor contributed from the hops but you know they are their lurking in the background. Good maltly sweetnes up front that dissipates quickly. Pleasently warming. Very light mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

A very nice surprise from a great brewer. They are moving to a new facility soon down the road. I hope they stay true to their roots.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottle conditioned in June 2013, bottle 61 of 960. Obtained at the brewery.

A: Deep brown color, clarity looks to be good. Two fingers of off-white head hang around forever and produce plenty of sticky lacing.

S: A bouquet of citrusy American hops meets the nose first. Ruby red grapefruit with sugar, lots of tangerine and clementine, pine needles, passion fruit. Berry underneath. Malt backbone of brown molasses, toasted crust, and brown cocoa powder. A very appealing nose.

T: While the hops seemed to get the better of the nose, it's actually nicely balanced in taste. A playful tropical hop melange of tangerine, star fruit, and both ruby red and white grapefruit entertain the palate initially. Earthy notes of pine and leaves too. Robust notes of toasted crust, brown molasses, nuts, and plenty of cocoa muscle in for a while. Perhaps a kiss of smoke. Spike of alcohol and fruity esters. Drying finish of cocoa, crust, and lingering citrusy hop bitterness.

M: Medium thick body with a delightful creamy texture that is accented slightly by the hop oils. Stiff, prickling carbonation.

O: Durty is just a great beer all around. With all the rage surrounding black IPAs right now it's a wonder that nobody has much cared to explore this "Brown IPA" category. I think these tend to work a little better without the dueling bitterness and astringency of hops and roasted malts. It makes for a much smoother, easier drinking experience and you still get some of the more robust malt flavors. From what I've been told, Smuttynose intends to 6 pack this and roll it into their seasonal lineup. I think that'll prove to be a good decision.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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