Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

very good
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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown AleSmuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Maxwell on 12-21-2012

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Photo of SawDog505
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany, with a two inch dark tan head that leaves loads of webby lacing. Smell is citrus hops, pine, carmel, and a little bread. Taste just burst with big citrus hops, with everything else in a supporting role, with a hint of roasted chocolate malts in the finish. Body is medium large, with lots of life,not dry, and easy drinking. This is excellent, reminds me of a big, brown version of Zoe Ale. Please make this again, because it is a treat.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a turbid, durty brown. Head is quite full and light brown. Head retains quite well. It leaves plenty of lacing.

S-Awesome aromatics. An appetizing mix of tropically fruited hops and deep brown malts. Floral hoppiness too. Very good mixture of the aromas. They really go well together.

T-Just as awesome. At its base it is a malty Brown Ale. However the plentiful hop flavors make this an awesome hybrid. Chocolatey and malty along with a giant dosage of beautiful hops. The flavors mesh incredibly well. So pleased with the expression of the hops here.

M-Mediumm bodied and creamy. Soft carbonation. Bitter. Very drinkable.

O/D-Delicious. I hope they brew this again. Probably my favorite Smutty brew. Unique and incredibly tasty.

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Photo of m3rkury
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours the lightest brown, or ruby in the right light. Creamy one finger off white head. Aroma is of pungent hops with a caramel sweetness as a backbone. Taste is an intense hoppy bomb, but not overly bitter and very well balanced. Plenty of piney, floral, and citrusy hops contending to be noticed here. Everything comes together to create an exceptional ipa. The brown ale elements of the beer provide a great malt backbone to balance the hops without becoming overly sweet. Creamy, creamy mouthfeel. Reminded me a ton of Surly Furious...which is a good thing!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Aleks_P
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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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!

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Photo of JackieTH
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not unexpectedly this is a dirty tea-cola brown beer topped by a billowing tawny foam head. Smells of roasted malt, earth, caramel, chocolate, faint sweetness. Nice. Taste is chocolate, oats, earth, biscuit, caramel, lightly sweet but not at all cloying. There is an earthy piny hop presence whose bitterness keeps this heap of malty flavors dry. Body is medium together with correct carbonation, gives a creamy feel. Perfect for the taste. Altogether this is an excellent brown ale, very tasty, and withthe hop which works perfectly here and keeps it clean and dry.

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Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By 6/18/14.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a; Clear copper with a huge three inch head requiring additional pours to empty the bottle without overflowing the glass. The head dissipated slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t; Intense piney hops up front over a medium caramel malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue with DIPA intensity. High ABV beautifully covered.

m; Medium, good body and smooth.

o; A hoppy brown as advertised. A really exceptional quality brew. Remains very tasty to the end. One of the best values in all of craft beer (8.4 ABV and 97 IBU's for about $1 a bottle [when a twelvepack is on sale]? Gidowdahere!)

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: medium dark brown with mahogany clearly evident around the edges; 1 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: an interesting combination of citrus, toffee, caramel, and a hint of coffee;

T: citrus is evident until mid-palate, then gets overrun by toffee, caramel, a bit of molasses, and coffee; the coffee is predominant at the end; light to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry, sticky finish; hides the ABV well;

O: complex aromas and flavor; very nicely done;

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Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cordovan, a bit of light passes through the mirk, with a long lasting tan head that crowns this baby the king.

Citrus hops, neutral and caramel sweet, nice bit of pine resin behind it, some fruity notes too, like melons. Intoxicating bouquet.

Wonderful taste, a marvel ot pine and citrus hops competing in it, nice orange peel and grapefruit, Somehow it stays sweet in there as pine controls the end of sip, and leaves you dry as Sahara in summer. This is a red/brown ale you say.?

Mouthfeel is perfect to showcase these strong flavors. Low carb. despite its look, nicely viscous and clinging, yet also refreshing, interesting finish that never grows rooty/herbal.

One of Smutty's homeruns if you ask me. Delicious treat for the hop craver looking for a winner in a different style than fill the shelves. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice. This one pours a dark cola brown with about an inch of light khaki head. Nice retention with some gobs of sticky lace.

The aroma has hintsof nuts and cocoa with some grassy hops in the background. The pallet has a nice nutty flavor with some grassy and citrus hops rounding it out. Hints of cocoa on the finish.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Leaves a bit of a filmy taste on the finish. Overall this one is great. Really hope this gets brewed again in some form or incarnation.

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Photo of Bone53
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown with a mahogony tent when put up to the light, and a rather large tan head

Smell: Awesome balance of citrus hop notes and caramel, toffee and molasses.

Taste: Caramel and burnt brown sugar/molasses (the malts seem slightly roasted) with a citrus finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body, and certainly heavy for the style. Goes down oily smooth with a slight bitter finish

Overall: As someone who is not usually into brown ales, i enjoyed this quite a bit. It seems to fit the description well; A hoppy brown ale, with a nice balance of hops and caramel malts. Id put this behind Dogifish's Indian Brown Ale as my second favorite brown ale to date. Smuttynose makes some of the best beers for the price in my area, at $9.99 a six pack and around $30 for a case. This particular one is 8.4% abv. Huge bang for your buck!

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Photo of russwaddell
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good head poured aggressively out of the bottle. Plenty of tight foamy lacing. Lots and lots of suspended solids and color is a murky reddish brown .

Smells roasty like a porter or imperial stout with maybe a hint of florals and a tiny bit of fruitiness. Some caramel and toffee. Chocolate notes for sure but overall very balanced.

Taste is sort of a boozy, stronger flavored black and tan. Alcohol is very noticeable and up front. The "hoppy" is more dominant than the "brown," and the flavor really doesn't seem all that similar to other brown ales. Much closer to imperial stout. Heavy dose of hops bitterness, florals, and fruit as well. Really complex flavor but still balanced. As the strong alcohol flavor fades, the hops come in and linger for a long and complex finish. There's just a lot to take in here, which was a pleasant surprise.

For the amount of booziness and cloudiness, it's very drinkable. When I see mud racing on the bottle I'm thinking I'll be throwing back a six pack redneck style, but this is really better as a slow sipper.

Would drink again for sure, but don't expect a run of the mill simple basic brown ale.

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Photo of porter_collie
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - True to name, pours an unrefined, cloudy brown. The head is voluminous and foamy. Ample lacing is present on the side of the glass. The bubbles on top of the beer have a hop oil sheen.

S - Super sappy. Pure pine resin mingles with earthy, spicy notes. Hints of grapefruit and milk chocolate, too.

T - At first, the taste is fairly unassuming, with graham cracker and mild chocolate. The comes a wallop if resin hops akin to distilled Chinook and Nugget. Pine, earthy spice, and grapefruit rind are in full force. Some more tangerine warn citrus flavors sneak in, too. Once the hops subside, the graham cracker and chocolate notes, this time a with a bit more roasty, coffee notes. The finish has a slightly boozy taste with lingering bitterness.

M - A creamy medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A slight stickiness from the hops.

O - Like the dirt bikes and mud racers on the bottle art, this may not be the most manicured, pretty ale. However, as a hop, booze, and chocolate malt monster, it succeeds wildly. The flavors are intense and ever-evolving, making for a engaging tasting. And at $14 for a 12-pack, an awesome deal for an imperial brew - beer type be damned!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
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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Photo of Vonstein15
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights when held to light and a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever before sticking lace to the sides of the glass. I could smell the pine and earthy hops as soon as I popped the cap of the bottle. Pine, earth, resin, and a hint of garlic and citrus make up the bulk of the nose on this one. There's supposed to be some malt here, but my nose can't find it. The flavor holds a bit of toffee and caramel up front but there's enough pine and resin to make that a bit hard to find. This finish actually has a long lingering caramel or toffee, and a chocolate and ash flavor to it. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous almost sweet mouthfeel to it. This is a great brew, I'm glad I was lucky enough to find a bottle of this. Now to find some on tap!

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Photo of mntlover
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown like a brown ale should nice big two finger tan head that falls slowly and laces very well.

Aroma is nice nice malty notes, good chocolate note, earthy goodness and light nuttiness. All that malt goodness along with some pine needles and herbal hop notes. Nose is nice.

Taste is good nice earthy malts , caramel lingering coco and nuttiness mingled in. Hops show up and aided by a boost of CO2 add some good earthy herbal bitterness and light pine.

Mouthfeel is medium but seems to lighten in the finish due to a boost of carbonation.

Overall enjoying this one very much maybe I am just in the mood for a hoppy brown ale. Or maybe its just plain tasty.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Hence the name the liquid comes out a dirty/muddy brown color that gets a little darker as it rises in the glass. When you hold it up to the light you can clearly see the slightest bit of particle sediment floating around in the red glowing highlights. Nice tan colored head with mostly small bubbles, there's a lot of lacing and glass retention, looks like a road map, it's awesome.

Smell is really good. Everything is pretty well blended, but the initial aroma to me that stands out is coco. Nice strong bready aromas, toasted bread crust or browned sweet biscuit crust. There's a very dry hop characteristic too. It's a little earthy and citrusy, grassy and dried citrus peels mostly orange with a couple lemon, pretty nice.

Taste is really good. Lots of toasty brown biscuity bread characteristics. Big malt backbone here. Sort of a flavor of a blend caramel and butterscotch that was melted, had walnuts added then charred. A nice earthy hoppy presence that adds some nice balance to the situation. Dry, green grass, and citrusy, very nice all together.

Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied with a nice lingering flavor complemented by a moderate carbonation level. A little gritty and "Durty" feeling but somewhat masked by the initial sweetness that leads to a earthy nice dry finish. Crazy drinkable, this has an ABV of 8.4% and it's way more drinkable than a beer of that caliber. Nice job Smuttynose, lets face it, they know how to do brown ales!

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smutty pint. Freshhh.

Appearance- It looks like dirty water. Very murky brown with one finger of off-white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Chocolate, coffee, big piney hops, solid malt backbone. Smells of a very roasty and hoppy brown.

Taste- Much like the smell. Coffee and chocolate with big piney and citrusy hops balancing the malts out. No hint of the 8.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Medium body with medium carbonation. No booze heat.

Overall- I loved this as a short batch and I love it as a six pack. Thanks Smuttynose for making this seasonal.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/18/2014. Pours murky very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, toast, biscuit, cocoa, caramel, light char, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of bright hops with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, cocoa, caramel, toast, biscuit, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, cocoa, caramel, toast, biscuit, light char, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops with moderate dark/roasted malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy brown ale. Great flavor balance and complexity of bright hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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