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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3.94/5
Very Good
922 Ratings
Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown AleSmuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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
Ranking:
#5,589
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
922
pDev:
9.9%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
162
Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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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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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3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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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