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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Added by Maxwell on 12-21-2012

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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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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I've never smelled a beer that smelled "dead on" like Tide laundry detergent. No kidding. If I was blind folded and asked to identify which was the beer and which was the laundry detergent by smell, it would be a toss up.

Smuttynose makes some of my favorite beers, this just isn't one of them. Probably some of you out there will enjoy this. Just my opinion.

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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

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Photo of arizcards
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at TW Arrowhead in early April for $1.79. Best by 7-8-15.

Beer poured cola brown with a beautiful off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a nice medley of toasted malts and citrus.

Taste is toasted almost roasted malts with some chocolate with a citrus piney finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a smackable beer that is reasonably priced that I would buy again.

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

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured (marked "best before 07/24/15 ABV 8.4%") into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown color with attractive, thick, billowing khaki foam. Limited lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malt, earthy hops and slight citrus.

Taste: Full and malty, plenty of toasted grains, caramel and nuttiness. Balanced by equally full hop character: herbal, earthy, slight citrus and moderated bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium full body, creamy smooth feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Flavorful and enjoyable, brings the best qualities of a brown ale with solid hops of an IPA.

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Photo of importedfromdet
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting photo label on a 12oz, poured into a glass.Pours smooth with a nice think & foamy head of about 1/4 inch. Carbonation visible upon pouring and in foam. A very dark brown with lots of bubbling.

Upon pouring smell fills the air. Notes of citrus and hops fill the scent. You'd think this was an IPA based on the smell.

Upon sipping, a very complex set of flavors follow through. Firstly, a strong bit of hops make you think that you are drinking a pale ale. It lasts for a long part of the way down, you think it is over, but it suddenly darkens into a nutty taste that runs into a dark coffee taste that ends with the coffee taste with notes of chocolate resting on the tongue all with hop overtones. Alcohol taste is very small, masked well.

Great mouthfeel, strong on the hops with lots of carbonation. Very sippable and not very syrupy as one might expect.

Quite a punch at 8.4% but you can not really taste it. Very easy to slam a few of these. Complex beer. Definitely a "Hoppy brown" that does a great job.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1-30-2015. Threshold pint. Best by 6-30-15

Appearance: Pours a hazy, opaque dark brown with "floaties." 2 fingers of tan, rocky head. Some retention. Very good/excellent lacing.

Aroma: Strong hop presence with a firm malt backbone. Citrusy/tropical. Hoppy smell is incongruous with color.

Taste: Like an IPA. Citrusy/hoppy arrival. Hoppy/resiny mid palate. Flash of sweet and then a big, juicy, bitter burst at the end. Bitterness lingers. Resinous hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Slightly slick.

Overall: Reminds me of Seventh Son American Strong Ale and Lagunitas Brown Shugga (although that is lighter). A "Brown IPA" judged as an IPA; I do like it but I'd get Columbus Brewing Co. IPA sooner. Clearly intended to be a maltier, "East Coast" style IPA. With this much hops, the roast doesn't come through, but the maltiness does. I'd buy it again, and this style is growing on me.

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

4/9...pours dark brown with high sticky foam. Thin layer stays on top. Nutty bready nose. Light sweet caramel malt taste with a burst of hoppy bitter. Tasty combo of sweet and pine bitter.

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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 CoffeePorter
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, brown like color with a thick white head.
Smells nutty, a bit bready, a little hoppy.
Tastes similar to how it smells along with some hoppy bitterness.
Medium carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel.
Overall, the uniquness of this beer was worth the try. The combination of earthy notes with hops made it fairly interesting.

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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 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 TempeBeerMan
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger head of khaki colored soapy bubbles.

S - Powerful aroma of caramel malts and piney hops. Hints of earth and old sweatsocks as well.

T - Strong hop presence; pine, dirt, tea leaf, tobacco, pistachio, caramel. Slight lactic acid sour tinge and citrus tang somewhat off-putting. Flavors don't blend well or have layers of depth; everything sort of smacks you in the face at once.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very grainy and sharp. ABV comes through and smacks the tongue.

O - I wanted to like it, but just too many "off" characteristics to be good. A misfire.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt bronze color with a bountiful head of heterogeneous khaki froth. The aroma is a poignant blend of bittersweet chocolate and grapefruit.

Citric and piney hops present up front, followed by a nutty, chocolate malt sweetness. Notes of toasted bread bridge the gap between bitter and sweet. Perky carbonation and medium body create a vigorous, mildly creamy mouthfeel that accentuates the hops. It may even be a little too intense for my tastes.

While not especially complex, this remains a lively, flavorful brown ale with a little something for everyone. Another intriguing dark offering from Smuttynose.

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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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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 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 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 Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a light-tan head on top. When backlit it appears more amber/mahogany on the edges. Leaves nice rings of lace.

S: Pleasant mix of malt and hops - some caramel malt and a lemony hop bitterness.

T: Caramel malt and brown sugary malt foundation. Touch of cocoa powder. Juicy citrusy hops thereafter, with a touch of pine. Finishes with a drying lemony bitterness that at times leaves a woody impression. Nice lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. The high ABV (over 8%) is not noted on the palate, but warmth is felt in the belly.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest but feels appropriate for the style.

O: I like this beer. Reminds me of a cross between a black IPA and a Strong Ale, like a Stone Arrogant Bastard. It is not at all like a typical Brown Ale - it's too hoppy and too strong for that style - but whatever you call it, it's good.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- Mud season hoppy brown ale in a shaker pint.

A: Coffee brown pour appears a burgundy when back-lighted. Soft peanut shell toned head is thin, whispy, with a short attention passing to a washy covering. Weak lacing.

S: Sweetened grapefruit, and sweet chocolate roast. Hint of fruity apple and sweet apricot lie beneath.

T: Darken hearty roast backing, earthy bitterness with a background of fruitiness. Lightly burnt wheat and barley, dry citrus, chalky finish.

M: Good carbonation, light chalkiness with a medium full maltiness,.

O: Bold flavor, dry, lightly chalky with a dry woodys citrus hopping.

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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 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 tekstr1der
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown, with lasting tan foam. Decent lacing. Aroma is dominated by heavy pine, very nice. Taste is initially wonderful - nice hop/malt balance, but finish is a bit dry and tart.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.46/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had this almost dirt like flavor. I've had many hopped up Browns before and this is easily one of the worst I've had. I love hops but had almost no characteristic of a brown ale.

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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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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 921 ratings.
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