Durty Mud Season
Smuttynose Brewing Company

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From:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
Style:
Brown Ale - American
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.15%
Ratings:
925
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 27, 2020
Added:
Dec 21, 2012
Wants:
  40
Gots:
  160
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: None
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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Exploring the Lost 40 in the back of the fridge & this bottle came to light. Bottled in June…the rest of the date I smudged with my big fat thumb I guess. Split with the wife to begin the evening.

The pour is brownish crimson if there exists such a thing, with a nose that veers from malty to piney. Interesting.

Durty is from a variety of brew I wish there were more of – I recall fondly the hoppy brown ale (or ales, if there was more than one) of my youth. This one doesn’t reach for the heavens, but kicks up dust on the average. Little pine, little malt, not much of anything impressive or offensive, like a standard Disney movie.

Not much here for me. Decent enough.

Dec 27, 2020
Photo of GuyFawkes
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Best by 6/30/14; drank 2/3/14.

Brown, murky color.

Tan head; strong lace.

Nuts, coffee & faint citrus nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Roasted nuts, coffee & orange citrus up front; a boozy, bitter finish which is frankly unpleasant.

Barely drinkable.

Mar 09, 2019
Photo of q33jeff
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

**
01/11/15

On tap at Blend.

Aroma is smoke, veggie, brandy.
Appearance: Dark dark brown, white head, lasting.
Taste: veggie, rum, barley, bread

Really Tasty Brown Ale.
**

Jan 11, 2018
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with an off white foamy sort of head. The head dissipates to small lump valleys here and there. The smell had a soft sweet to bitter blend of citrus to pine overcoating a rich nutty blend of roasty to sweet coffee and caramel. The taste combined nicely the bitter citrus and piney hops to the sweet and roasty flavors. There’s a rich nutty to bitter piney aftertaste leading to a dry sweet and roasty smooth finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed appropriately styled for me. A nice lingering bitter roastiness rolls over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Brown Ale that I would have again.

Jun 18, 2017
 
3.76 by Timtac from New Jersey on Jan 29, 2017
Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Deep brown in color with very little penetration to light. There's a quarter inch of creamy brown head on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is a blend of chocolate, caramel, and piney hops. I'm tasting plenty of chocolate, piney hops, and caramel. The mouth is a bit thick, creamy, and lightly chalky. I'd say this beer is exactly as advertised on the bottle.

Jan 08, 2017
 
4.2 by fx20736 from New York on Dec 04, 2016
 
4 by Chizzlethespeez from Indiana on Nov 10, 2016
 
4.45 by JustinAbs from Virginia on Jul 30, 2016
Photo of Damian
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Damian from Massachusetts

Drank from a 12 fl oz/355ml bottle
Best by 06/16/16
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my father-in-law Neil for bringing a six-pack of this to our pizza party.

Deep, dark mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a billowing, three-finger tall, super tight and creamy, khaki colored crown that slowly dropped to a think, lasting film. Streaky, spotty lacing trickled along the glass.

The aroma consisted of an interesting mix of punchy hops and sweet malts. Crisp, piney, West Coast-style hops were well matched by robust, dark malt notes. Bready and somewhat chocolatey. There was a strong nutty quality as well. Hint of molasses. Rich and complex. As the beer warmed, the sweet malts intensified.

The flavor was similar to the aroma except that it was perhaps a bit rougher around the edges. While the malts kept the hops in check in the nose, the pithy, leafy hops were a bit overwhelming on the palate. Rich malty notes made a brief appearance up front before the hops kicked in. Bitter, piney, rind-like, West Coast-style hops. Malty notes again appeared in the middle. Bready, chocolatey and moderately sweet. Just when I thought the hops were done, they came back again big time in the finish. Loads of pine sap and grapefruit rind. Fairly sharp and bitter. Pithy, bitter notes lingered long after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was solid. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that turned frothy and smooth on the palate.

Even though I typically do not like hoppy dark beers, I will admit that Smuttynose did a solid job on this one. Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale is a punchy, hop-forward brown ale that kept my interest from start to finish. Also, at 8.4% ABV, this was surprisingly drinkable.

Jul 06, 2016
 
4.6 by sicilian from Florida on Jun 20, 2016
 
3.46 by Waveoff from Pennsylvania on Jun 15, 2016
 
4.62 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jun 10, 2016
 
4.24 by NotoriousBAC from Massachusetts on Jun 07, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

From the potsdam ny iga for $3

Jun 07, 2016
 
5 by JavierGC from Spain on May 30, 2016
 
3.4 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on May 28, 2016
 
3.8 by JoeyG from New York on May 26, 2016
 
4.49 by AuntBea from Illinois on May 22, 2016
 
4 by Davit from California on May 20, 2016
 
3.94 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2016
 
3.73 by DOCRW from Washington on May 07, 2016
 
4.23 by LeftHanded666 from New York on May 04, 2016
 
3.97 by dental from Massachusetts on May 03, 2016
 
4.11 by sanitarium16 from New Jersey on May 02, 2016
 
3.98 by Exeggutor from New Hampshire on May 01, 2016
 
3.52 by Rtm05002 from Massachusetts on Apr 29, 2016
 
4 by Jotora from Canada (ON) on Apr 26, 2016
 
3.75 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2016
 
4.21 by dee4maine from Maine on Apr 21, 2016
 
4.18 by mtnwesdew from New York on Apr 21, 2016
 
2.5 by edificio5 from New York on Apr 20, 2016
Photo of Bebum
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bebum from Massachusetts

Cloudy copper, fine mousse, tight covering lace.
Full body, intense and dense flavor, hot mouthfeel, lingering palate with delicious finish.
Moderately high bittersweet, perfect acidity.
Roasty, malty, yeasty and hoppy.
Delicious, grows on you.

Apr 15, 2016
 
3.94 by thisXwar from New York on Apr 10, 2016
 
3.74 by Roberto11232 from New York on Apr 05, 2016
 
4.06 by priceisalright from Ohio on Apr 05, 2016
 
3.75 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire on Apr 03, 2016
Photo of bnes09
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by bnes09 from Illinois

Really hoppy. Dank, soap like hops. Too hoppy in fact for my taste. Lacks the classic smooth dark qualities of a well crafted brown ale. Still good for what it is.

Mar 30, 2016
Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by farrago from New Jersey

Two fingers of light brown foam lift upwards into an even surface, good density helps retention, likewise it displays noticeably thick and long lacing. The liquid is opaque and a deep brown, can’t say it’s cloudy per se but it also isn’t clear, a few scattered tiny bubbles can be seen within. At first the nose is like someone smushed a chocolate cake in your face, lots of roast and charred coffee too, over time you normalize into pine sap, orange zest and wet leafy matter, any fruit comes off as muddled, a mix of cherry, apricot or apple fruit, overall has broad pungency. Medium to full-bodied with a creamy mouth feel, all that chocolaty and caramelly goodness meets with even bigger pine and citrus here, a real nice mano-a-mano event. The coffee aspect evokes an acidic nature and naturally segues into earthiness. Hoppy sting at the finish. Here the slight cola, licorice character tilts the fruit towards darker cherry, berry. Sweet and bitter tango really well and makes for a very smooth drinking experience. Has some alcoholic kick but not so as to detract from flavor intensity or focus.

Mar 30, 2016
Photo of Johnsfolly
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Johnsfolly from Michigan

Nicely balanced for an over-hopped brown. Go USA!

Mar 29, 2016
Durty Mud Season from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 925 ratings