Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice bubble show produces a thick tan head layered above the clear tea colored liquid; not as much lacing as I would have expected

Smell: Caramel, leafy hops and some roasty tones

Taste: The leafy hop and caramel flavors are interlayered with the bitterness eventually dominating the flavor profile; nutty and slightly roasty in the finish, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slight warmth

Overall: A bit harsh on the bitterness front but, overall, an enjoyable beer that has brings complexity to the palate

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nose faint roast, caramel, & floral, pine,ABV. Taste malt, pine, light caramel, herbal, & pepper, strong bitter finish. More of a Black IPA than a Brown ale!

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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.

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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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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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Engine 15 in JAX

Excellent clarity; very dark brown but not opaque. This came with a durable tan head that left excellent lacing.

Strong flavored for style; perhaps a tad more bitter than optimal.

Very smooth, some heat from the alcohol. Near medium body.

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

On-tap 1/7/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, maple, caramel and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, chocolate and caramel. Then a strong hops presence for the style comes in along with a hearty roasted malt character creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sticky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid hoppy brown ale to drink for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium to dark cola brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and roasted malts with a lighter aroma of caramel malts, leafy herbal hops, and just a hint of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with lighter flavors of toasted and caramel malts + just a hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of herbal leafy hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while. Hints of nuttiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Enjoyable with a decent amount of complexity though rather than a hoppy brown ale it seems more like a hybrid of a brown ale and a black IPA. Slightly hoppier and bittern than I might have preferred but still a decent one worth trying.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best By: 06/30/15.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark reddish-brown body with a finger of beige-tinted foam. Good lacing on the descent.

Smell: Durty Mud leans forward with floral, citrusy, juicy hop notes atop the toasty (and additionally lightly roasty) maltiness with its hints of caramel and stale coffee grinds.

Taste: Toasty, roasty malts with touches of coffee and cocoa powder. Modestly sweet with a low, light hint of caramel. Slightly citric, fruity hops tasting of grapefruit and tangerine rind. Also a bit floral, a bit resiny. Moderate bitterness. A dry maltiness on the finish with lingering citric qualities and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It does a mighty fine job at being a hopped up brown.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in goblet from the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is murky medium brown with tan head and average sized bead w/ thick spotty lace. The smell is very malty with woody hop aroma nad light yeast fruitiness with dried plum-like odor. The mouthfeel has some bitter roasted grain and moderate tangy and toasted complimentary flavors with malt sweetness in the feel balanced by some hop bitterness in the finish which is mostly dry.

The flavors of dark fruit and roasted grain presence wtih mild grapefruit from the hops is fresh and brings a bit of yeast with which has a dark cherry-like tinge. Light coffee flavor with some ruby red type grapefruit with sweet toasted malt as it finishes. Overall this is a very tasty Imperial Brown, very drinkable considering the abv. The malt is balanced well with lots of hop flavor.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown where light does pass on the edge. Excellent light beige head that leaves a blanket of lace after each sip.

Interesting start to the smell, it seemed soapy, which could be a residual from my glass. Soon, though, a pleasant fresh hop pellet (an oxymoron?) aroma takes over. Surprisingly, I detect no darker malt aromas.

The flavor has a definitive toasted malt flavor up front. The hop bitterness is muted but still very present. In all, a good balance. The body is typical as is the carbonation level. Some alcohol warmth. Overall, a balanced, easy-to-drink brown ale, albeit a more bitter Americanized version.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had scored this over at The Fridge at he beginning of Mud Season here in Lancaster County, PA and set it aside, awaiting the right moment. I just finished reviewing a bottle of Brooklyn Brown Ale, so this must be the right time. No time like the present, right? The label seems to indicate that in New Hampshire, Mud Season involves vintage muscle cars, but for us, it is the Amish and Mennonites going to Mud Sales (auctions). Come for a visit!

My pour quickly resulted in just under two fingers of dense, light-brown head with decent retention. Nice, sticky lacing appeared fairly quickly as it fell. Color was a deep-brown with cola highlights (SRM = > 22, < 27) and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a prevalent malt sweetness, despite the label calling it a "hoppy brown ale". I got notes of milk chocolate, light smoke, and some mild grassiness. Mouthfeel was rather full and creamy. The taste was much more bitter than the nose had led me to expect. It had an over-kilned roastiness to it that seemed to bring its bitterness to the forefront. I do not know how I feel about this as I like my coffee hot, black and bitter, like some of my women. In my beer, though, I feel like there is such a thing as too much bitterness and this was pressing that limit. Finish continued to have an unbalanced, burnt, bitterness that was just more than I could get behind. Frankly, it reminded me a LOT of Black/Cascadian IPA and I do not like them for the same, burnt, smoky reason. Hmm. What shall I review next? ...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable Durty beer, deep mahogany brown body with a big tan head forming herbaceous and hoppy as some Black IPAs. Fine speckled lacing left behind, the nose gives off a semi sweet roasted malt character with hints of herbaceous hops, citrus pith with the dark roasted malt character. Rustic brown ale heavy hops dank bitterness on the palate rush of herbaceous bitterness with a begrudging kick of alcohol on the palate in the backend I had no clue it was as high in alcohol as it is. Hop particles are floating in the bottom of my glass visually it's appealing and it must add a good bit of flavor. Textures are dark resinous, slightly stick with a healthy amount of hops and natural carbonation flowing forth so smoothly. Overall, I'm happy to be impressed by Smuttynose, recent finest kind IPAs have been slacking with this beer it's really easy to enjoy Smuttynose again.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a fogged brown on this one. This is a rich brown ale that wasn't as hopped as I was anticipating. I suppose the bold claim of "hoppy" on the name of the beer boosted my expectations. Good earth tone. Nice spiced edges. This is an appropriate use of hops on a beer that people would think shouldn't be using it too much. I like it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice light tan four finger head that will not go away at all. Body color provides a deep dark mahogany brown, with cherry wood and red edges. Real nice looker of a brown, with some sediment in the bottom.

Very nice simple chocolate malts, hints of milk chocolate. Pretty straight forward and one note but it's very solid.

Interesting palate. Hop forward with hints of pine and citrus bitterness. More chocolate hints but with a very zest grapefruit finish. There's a slick chocolate and syrup quality to this almost like instant Hershey's syrup to milk. Hop forward a bit in bitterness but without possessing the aromatics to bring them out. There's some banana like ester quality to this also it seems.

It's a nice fun take on a brown, but I'd probably like to have some malt with this, in a way it seems a bit of a clash and not as complimentary, but still a very good beer all around

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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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle (831 of 960) at the Smuttynose brewery. Poured in a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, dark, ruby-tinged brown coloring with a tall, frothy, clingy, light tan head that starts a solid inch and a half and slowly settles into a quarter inch with very good retention. The film clings all over the glass. Aromas are very hop forward, with a pine resin richness, and a rich backbone that blends caramel and nut sweetness. Flavors are roasty and sweet on the forward tongue, with a robust blend of nut and toffee. Tangy and resiny bitter hops presence quickly follows, with peppery spices and a touch of smoke. Great lacing all over the glass as you drink, and the beer remains light and smooth in mouth. The aftertaste is rich, roasty, and slightly bitter. The beer is a pretty decent blend of an American Brown and an IPA, which comes off very interesting and very drinkable, despite the slightly elevated ABV. Slick, light, slightly dry finish with a subtle sweet linger. Tasty brew.

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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 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 GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased from AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY. Poor labeling job here- the label looks pretty cool, but the adhesive is not working and the label is falling off and peeling. No matter, though if the beer tastes good!

Pours a hazy brown into a snifter. A 1 inch tan head forms, minimal lacing.

Smells like pine, lemon, grapefruit, and caramel.

The taste is bracingly bitter. Pine and black pepper are the strong flavors here, searing the tongue with hop bitterness. As the beer warms up, the brown ale malt flavors shine a little bit more. Some muted tones of caramel, brown sugar, hazelnut, and toffee. If the bitterness was toned down, this would be an excellent hoppy brown, but at this point, it doesn't taste much like a brown ale to this guy.

Medium bodied, and well carbonated. Crisp.

A good effort, but falls short a little bit. Too bitter.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Dark brown colored brew with a white soapy head. Lace left down the glass indicates aggressive hops.

SMELL: Brown ale aromas of caramelized malts and certainly hop notes of herb, flower and citrus.

TASTE: Nutty and piney at the same time. Bitterness and sweetness pretty much cancel out. Little alcohol flavor, nice and drinkable for the strength. Kind of like a brown ale on steroids.

FEEL: Full bodied with a crisp carbonation and lingering malt and hop flavor. This is a strong ale.

OVERALL: A crushing, delicious hoppy brown ale. Good stuff.

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