Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
88
very good
153 Reviews
Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown AleSmuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Maxwell on 12-21-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
916
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
24.62%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
162
For Trade:
1
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 153 | Ratings: 916
Reviews by dexterk1:
Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Big, Toasty, Juicy, Hoppy

A big, brawny, hopped-up Brown Ale? Yeah, we’re game. Toasty malt character in both the nose and palate. Warming esters show its actual size ... very warming. The hoppiness slaps our palates around a bit, ample bitterness with a clean pungent oily hop resin, and suggestions of orange pith and tobacco. Mild raisin and orange pulp tone within. Long toasty and warming finish. Not for the faint of palate—give it a whirl.

STYLE: American Brown Ale | ABV: 8.4% | AVAILABILITY: Seasonal

 560 characters

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy dark reddish brown in color—it's too hazy to see through and determine if any carbonation is visible. It poured with a finger high dense light tan colored head that took a long time to die down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with strong notes of roast.
T: The taste is rather bitter and has moderately strong flavors of roasted malts—so much that you would think this was a Black IPA if you were blindfolded—with subtle hints of nutty malts towards the finish. The bitterness and roast linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The balance of this beer seemed to be somewhat off and has too much bitterness and not enough malty flavors. I wish that it had more nutty flavors so it would have tasted like an Imperial Brown Ale, if there was such a style.

 1,035 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well it's not really mud season, that's spring as everything defrosts and gets soggy, but what the hell. Even has a date, best by 6/04/14

Pours a half fingered off-white slight fizzy head that fades fairly slowly, some decent lacing, very dark molasses brown color with very little light sneaking through.

Nose is a nice brown ale, toasty brown malts, caramel, brown sugar, caramelized sugar, little nutty, hint of mocha and cocoa, touch of earthy hops.

Taste starts with lots of sweet dark malts and toasty brown malts, not too sweet but enough, with a mild chocolate and mocha, milk chocolate like, and into caramel, caramelized slight syrupy sugars, mild nutty notes, etc. A bit of warming booze comes through too, and turns tingly as it goes. in the middle the hops tromp out, with a big spicy hop flavor, little earthy and hint of pine, and quite bitter. A bit creamy as some oats I think come through, bringing a nice fluffy feel. Finish is dry and very bitter, even astringent bitter, more spicy hops almost like chewing on a hop pellet, hint of caramel and toasty brown malts, but very little malt left.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit creamy, nice fluffy carb, and some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall pretty good, one of the better beers that has come from Smuttynose in recent years, nice brown malts, nice sweet characters, nice balance between malts and booze, and lots of nice hops that do get a little overbearing through.

 1,449 characters

Photo of doucmehu
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy is an understatement. Usually when that word is added to a style not normally known for it, it's mild. This has a big, bold, in your face west coast style hop presence. High on the bitterness, wonderful mouthfeel is sticky, prickly and full. Smell isn't amazing, a little subdued.

Without the (sweet) label, I would have pegged this for a Stone Bastard/variant. Not a bad thing in the least. Will definitely be drinking this one again!

 443 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In a world where creative marketing is getting pretty scarce, sometimes the obvious names are right in front of you. This beer is simply "Durty"- ...but in the most beautiful of ways.

The brown ale starts out... well, brown. Its haze gives the beer a cocoa appearance, equipped with suspended cocoa appearances. Its frothy tannish head caps the beer with the confidence of high-hopped IPA and out lasts the session with ease. Speckled lace left behind on the glass continues to give the ale a formidable look.

Common to most Brown Ale, its aromas are chocked full of toasty, nutty, chocolaty and coffee driven scents. Perhaps these are of the more robust and drier tones, and that sense is propelled by the hop character that trails. Dried citrus peels, particularly of white grapefruit gives the ale a bright tone while unexpected peppercorn spice tingles the nose as the first drink looms.

And its Brown Ale tendencies also kick off the beers taste, but this time in more vivid display: charred toast, roasted walnuts, bittersweet chocolate, kona coffee are all on the darker and heavily tosted side but without becoming roasted. Its backbone of over-cooked caramel supports the other malt tastes but never becomes the focus. As the ale shows very little of its hoppy side during the early palate and the bulk of the middle before its citrus acidity rises near the finish for a decidedly bitter finish with a pang of grass, fresh-cracked peppercorn and burnt pine needles. This, along with its drier malt finish, gives the beer its unmistakable "American" taste.

Medium bodied, the beer's drier tone keeps the beer somewhat lightened despite its near-imperial-type strength. Its slightly elevated carbonation draws the toasty malts off the palate with ease and ushers in a spicier, drier and slightly resinous finish. Its warmth is beautifully woven into the dry toast and peppery flavors to finish.

Not messing around, this Brown Ale is down and durty- showing influences of traditional northern British browns but with a distinct American twist. I just needed the hop influence to trend earlier, giving me more bright citrus aromas and a more hop-balanced middle palate. But the ale finishes confident.

 2,211 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/23/15.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, earth, char, and spicy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with burnt toast, caramel, cocoa powder, char, earth, and spicy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of toast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice mix of traditional brown ale qualities along with fairly intense hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

 677 characters

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.

 603 characters

Photo of AllHoppedUp87
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MadScientist
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Tiernan
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of sicilian
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a ton of body, thick. Lovely grain backbone protrudes poetically through a drape of hops. Piney citric notes complimented by earthy grassy hop tones.

Truly a nice drink. At 8.5% it is a remarkable buy for the $10 per six range depending on where you buy.

A must try.

 285 characters

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.

 334 characters

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Doomcifer
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before( 6-18-14) dating.

Pours a nice looking rich, darker shade of almond amber, medium sized and lasting mocha head, leaving a thicker collar, tiny bubble film and fine low sheeting/spotted lacing.

Bold nose loaded with maple malts along with a whiff of piney hops.

Full throttle brown ale, rich, tasty and malted up with a healthy hop presence adding the intrigue and complexity.

Super smooth over the tongue and ends with a lingering malt/hopped up finish. Nice stuff. Go get some

 511 characters

Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe