Durty Mud Season
Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #62
Ranked #8,850
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Bebum from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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farrago from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Tone from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, mahogany color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, floral hops, hint of pine, hint of roasted malt, hint of spice, and a hint of yeast. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong roasted malt, sweet malt, slight pine, hint of hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, the balance is pro-malt, good body and appearance, but the aroma is average at best.

Mar 14, 2016
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BrokenEdge from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an example of a time where I had an expectation for a beer and I had to let it go and review it as it was. I expected this to be like a more piney Old Brown Dog, but I got...I'm not sure what. Very dark brown with a reddish tint, thin and bubbly head like soda, hardly any lacing to speak of. Smells like deeply roasted malt, burnt toast, and just generally musty and earthy. Taste is strange to me. Burnt and charred flavors are prominent with hints of chocolate, some hoppy bitterness mostly on the finish. No overt alcohol taste but a slight warming feel, I actually had no idea the ABV was this high until I was almost finished with it. Feel is excellent, very smooth and creamy, with lingering burnt/bitter flavors after the finish. Between the feel of the beer and the flavors, this could almost pass as a milk stout. Overall it isn't what I was hoping it would be, but it's still a solid beer and certainly not like anything I've had before.

Feb 25, 2016
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a decent head and lacing all the way down. Smells like hops, dark spicy and piney notes. Taste is definitely hop-forward, but not too bitter. Keeps a lot of the nice brown caramel maltiness to go along with a hop-resin feel. Very smooth and slightly syrupy, maybe due to the alcohol content.

Hoppy brown ales are one of my favorite uncommon styles, and I do like this one! Very tasty and different from the typical malt-focused brown ale style, but without letting the hop bitterness overpower and turn it into a "brown IPA".

Feb 22, 2016
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AC-Mivsek from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours dark brown, ruby hints, big pillow off white head
S-Equal parts hops and dark malts
T-Assertive hop flavor throughout although heavily backed up by sweet dark malt
M-Full body, medium carbonation,hops stick around with a slightly resinous quality
O-This beer is as unique ad it is complex. Big hops and so very malty. Another quality offering from Smuttynose. I've never had a bad beer from them.

Feb 20, 2016
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slusk from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a dense tan head.

S: Malt forward Chocolate, coffee, toffee, graham cracker, brown bread. Nice hop balance of piney hops.

T: Bigger coffee flavor up front with a chocolate toffee balance. Nice piney hop flavor balances the malt.

F: medium to medium full body with low carbonation.

O: Very nice roasty flavor with a pronounced balanced coffee and mild pine hop flavor. A pleasure to drink and not quite as rich as a porter or stout making it more sessionable. Very nicely done.

Feb 15, 2016
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Wiffler27 from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a reddish/brown with a thick head.

smell is great, some aspects of IPA/brown ale/porter/stout. deep malt and sweet hops.

taste leads with chocolate notes and finishes bitter. nice take on a brown ale, clearly a hopped up brown ale. nice big bold brown ale. i still prefer DFH Indian Brown Ale but this is a bigger beer than that. still a damn good beer. a lively brown ale, drinks MUCH easier than 8.4%. a hoppy brown ale, and i like it a lot.

Feb 13, 2016
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m3rkury from New York

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks brownie/black with a nice light head.

Smell is chocolate roast with floral notes from the hops.

Taste is chocolate with tobacco enveloped by hop resin but well balanced in terms of bitterness.

An adventurous take on brown ale but one worth taking.

Feb 05, 2016
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz. bottle, best by 06/16/16 which, I guess, means it was bottled a couple of weeks ago.

Pours a deep, dark chestnut-brown-almost-black, with warm, caramel highlights and a vast sloppy head of loose, creamy foam that never really entirely fades away completely.

Smells yeasty, like bread rising, orange zest, warm, clean, and spicy-sweet.

The taste is a subtle, bitter-sweet balance between lightly toasted, sweet malt, brown sugar and dried fruit upfront with dark, earthy chocolate, bitter coffee and spicy hops lingering on the palate. The 8.4% abv is well hidden and only really manifests in a nice, faint hoppy vapor after the swallow.

Feels light and crisp, amply carbonated, mouth-coating but not at all overbearing.

A very-most tasty beverage! I bought this as part of a mixed sixer at my local Hannafords - what happy times we live in when a man can just stroll into his local supermarket and purchase an excellent beer such as this along with his kleenex and chicken thighs!

Jan 31, 2016
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much of the brown ale comes through. The hops are rather present, mainly earthy, dirt and pine. The beer tastes more of a black IPA than a brown ale. A tad, very slightly watery though.

Jan 27, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] Dark brown, almost coffee colored beer. Has nise red hues when held up to the light. The beer has a finger of tan head that is comprised of mostly smaller bubbles so it looks creamy. The bottle ist imprinted with the ABV (8.4%) and a best by date (05/16/16).

S: [3.50] Cocoa, hazelnuts, brown sugar.

T: [3.75] Bitter chocolate, hazelnut, sweetness from the malts that swaps right into a nice hoppy finish.

M: [4.00] The beer is smooth and creamy feeling. It has i like the richness of the brown ale transitioning into a hoppy conclusion. It all plays well on the palate.

O: [3.75] This is a nice combination of Brown Ale with some hop character to back it up. I really like Dogfish head India Brown Ale. This was not quite at the same level as that beer but it is still really enjoyable. It has a nice mouthfeel and goes down easily. The nose is a little lacking on oomph but overall this is worth getting again.

Jan 27, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date has smeared and chipped away, as with the printed abv. A new one to me from Smuttynose, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale"

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a deep dark ruddy caramel body, nearly opaque in the glass. Thick & murky appearance. Less than a finger of frothy off-white / ecru head that leaves okay spotty lacing. Looks good, all things considered.

S - A woodsy, musty aroma. Dry earthy grassy hops, caramel malts, notes of roast / burnt / char. Strange and musty, and not entirely characteristic of a good hoppy brown ale. Notes of barrel, must, band-aid, and alcohol fumes come through. Not awful, but not great.

T - Taste follows the nose: a harsh roasty bitterness / burnt flavor, brought on by the malts here. Notes of caramel, chocolate, & tea leaves. The hops are dry, earthy, & piney, but noticeable overpowered by the burnt flavors of the malts. Burnt aftertaste. A sort of dark fruit sweetness begins to creep forth as the beer warms.

M - Feel is smooth & fluid. Bitter & burnt finish.

Overall, not awful, but definitely not good. Works for me as a warming beer on a cold winter night. Not something I would seek out or try again.

Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale -----3/5.

Jan 24, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with large head and some lace patches. Mostly a grassy, dry hop aroma with some roasted malts that border on toasted w/ burnt chocolate. A strong beer, the booze seeps through a little, balances dryness from the roasted malts and bitter, citric hops along with hints of sweetness (caramel and chocolate). Decent beer and worth trying if you like brown ales and want to try one that is stronger/hoppier.

Jan 23, 2016
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DoubleMalt from New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression - another great, slightly sweet nut brown ale. But then a little bitter hoppiness starts to play in the back of your mouth. Very drinkable considering the 8.4ABV.
An enjoyable brew. Considering the location of the brewery and the quality of this beer, I am putting this on my bucket list of breweries to visit.

Jan 14, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We could probably call this a Black IPA. There's a bready chocolate flavor and aroma up front, then juicy citrus hops roll in. It's sort of like a dark fruit cake with orange peel. Good balance between the malts and hops, which is always tricky. And I like the weight for the 8.4% strength. I could have a second if I was inclined, check it out.

Jan 07, 2016
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Saviour from Russian Federation

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - hazelnut brown;
S - hazelnuts, hops and caramel;
T - the same as smell, but with notes of raisins and almods;
F - pretty nutty and caramel flavour, rather pleasant;
O - not common but nice and very strong brown ale.

Dec 16, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated "Best By 08-11-15" and here it is October. (Note to self: check the date BEFORE you buy it.) Pours a cloudy brown with a thin tan head. Initial impression is burnt malt, quickly followed by earthy hops bitterness. A little malt sweetness in there, but the hops dominate. Medium mouthfeel; dry, bitter finish. Kind of like a Porter with a bite.

Oct 14, 2015
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ommegangpbr from New York

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This almost enters into black IPA territory. It's a big, hoppy, flavorful brown ale. People who don't like hops probably won't like this beer because the hop character here is pretty prevalent. The bitterness is upfront and lingers in the finish. The brown ale sweet stuff does a good job of balancing out that bitterness ; both bitterness and sweetness linger in the finish that make the overall drinking experience a pleasant one.

Aug 03, 2015
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