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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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:
917
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
24.62%
 
 
Wants:
37
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164
For Trade:
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Photo of Damian
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Bebum
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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".

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of slusk
4.06/5  rDev +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.

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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 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 kculrich
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Saviour
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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 TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color with off-white head. Caramel malt, some pine, and roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with malt and hop notes, a little brown sugar sweetness too.

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Photo of justinp444
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a inch thick off white slight beige head. Smell of citrus, grapefruit, honey, biscuit-y malt, clementines, and caramel. Taste of caramel, grapefruit citrus, lemon, honey, little bit of chemical, alcohol, and biscuit-y malt. It has a moderate mouth feel and body.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the freshest so the hoppy flavor was kinda lost to me, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it as a nice roasty Brown with some woody accents to it. Well done.

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Photo of ordybill
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
This is not my favorite Smuttynose offering. I was impressed with the "durty" brown murky color but I thought the flavor was overpowering.

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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.
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