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 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 BigCheese
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a brownie batter like near black color. Some lacing.

Smells is a mix of caramel, toffee, along with NW pine-cone hops.

Taste is much more hop based than the smell. I first get that malty sweetness with caramel and brown bread. This sweetness is immediately cut with the sharp citrusy hops. Its got a hoppy bitter finish with flavors of grapefruit, pine-cones, and fresh flowers.

If I didnt look at the label I would have thought the ABV were closer to 6.8~, very smooth.

Mouthfeel was perhaps a tad thinner than I would have expected, however it is a "brown ale" and not a stout.

I wonder if the malt bill is similar to brown dog. That might explain why its so good.

Really liked this, I'd consider it more of a Brown IPA with how hoppy it is, but who cares. One of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery.

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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 HopticalDeployment
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a ton of body, thick. Lovely grain backbone protrudes poetically through a drape of hops. Piney citric notes complimented by earthy grassy hop tones.

Truly a nice drink. At 8.5% it is a remarkable buy for the $10 per six range depending on where you buy.

A must try.

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

They call it a brown IPA, hey why not? It's not your typical brown ale and it turned out fantastic. Refreshing, yet deeper flavors then just hops or sugary malts. This one surprised me, worth having again.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown with red highlights, very clear. Tan head of about a quarter inch. Toasted and roasted malt aromas, with hints of chocolate and bright berry aromas and floral hops. Quite the estery nose. Initial sip is kind of sugary sweet, like milk chocolate. More toasted malt and floral and herbal hops to balance. Medium to medium-full body with a sweet finish

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours very dark brown color with a lot of sediment floating around for a nice muddy look that leads up to a foamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving craters and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of coffee beans, chocolate and fruity citrus hops like a mango up front, with toasted nuts, cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla, burnt malt, roasted notes and some fruity sweetness; the hops cut through all the nice brown ale aromas and add nice unexpected balance. Nose is pretty true to the name, a hoppy brown ale.

Tastes like it smells but in the reverse order with the citrus hops leading the way and a mix of orange juice, pineapple, lemon zest, piney hops, mango, coffee, fruit like pear or apple, chocolate, roasted almonds, cocoa powder, toffee, caramel, syrup, vanilla, burnt malt, charred wood and some earthy notes like peat moss and then a slightly bitter finish that has a citrus fruity sweetness that has peppery and whole grain cracker aspects. A really different beer that is more Black IPA than brown ale, but regardless of the misclassification I really enjoyed the flavor, balance and complexities.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium almost chewy body, a slick feel and average carbonation that goes down easy considering the slight bitterness. This hides the ABV completely and almost seems like there are hoppy spices in the lingering finish.

Overall this was much better than I expected and a beer I will seek out again if they keep this in regular production. A hoppy brown ale – they nailed it, so it gets a high score for a brown ale.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- A very dark brown in color that just barely lets a bit of light through around the edges. A thick tan head that lingers well after the pour, with moderate to heavy lacing.

S- Very subtle hints of grapefruit, caramel and bread.

T- Brown ale? This tastes like a stout to me! and a very good one at that. Roasted malts, caramel and a bit of the grapefruit the nose hinted at, finishing with a sugary sweetness.

M- Creamy, medium carbonation, medium in body.

O- This was a pretty enjoyable beer in my opinion. I would not mind having this one regularly.

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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 Sipchue
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into a 4 oz sample pilsner shaped glass. Rewarded with 6 seconds of cascading followed by a nice finger of light tan head. Not much of a nose on this one. Tasted of a nice round brown with chocolate and malt, followed by an immediate and intervening bitterness that drove away the roundness without adding much in the way of hop flavor. The alcohol taste wasn't really noticeable to me. Left on the tongue was an interesting sensation of being in two places at the same time.

When I reach the the bottom of the bottle, the word is chunky. Lots of goodies floating around in there, but it didn't change the flavor as far as I could tell.

Not a session beer. I give it a 3.75 on taste, not because it fit the style so much, but because it is interesting, and I appreciate that. This one is good to enjoy just one of, then switch to something different, perhaps friendlier. This case will last a while, but at over 8% and with the hop flavor such as it is, that'll probably be okay.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a new motor oil colored brown gold highlights. Beige head.

Smells woody and nutty. Not a lot of hops in the nose, some leafy orange if I look for it. Smells like a fine brown though.

Nutty chocolate up front. Huge, lasting menthol then woody bitter in back which I don’t like. Orange IPA hops in the middle. This is a mess, if Smuttynose intended to make a muddy beer than they succeeded. I usually love everything Smuttynose. Perhaps this is the start of Not Mott?

More like an Arrogant Bastard type ASA than a typical American brown or even a brown IPA. Not what I had in mind when I was shopping for a sessionable sunny Saturday grilling' & chillin' beer. Wish they had put the abc on the packaging somewhere (I don't see it on either the bottles or packaging, sorry if I missed it). I ended up dumping these in the communal cooler for more sturdier drinkers than myself.

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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 BMMillsy
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried at bottle share at today's Swamp Head release. Pours murky brownish orange with no head. Aroma of caramel, burnt toffee, bitter pine hops. Flavor follows similarly with notes of caramel and toffee, burnt sugar, earthy hops, with bitterness on the finish. More hoppy American barleywine than brown ale really. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. Overall a decent brew but maybe a bit harsh.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Date was on the very base of the bottle, but top half of it illegible.

Black, with some reddish hints, big 2 inch foamy tan head. decent carbonation. Lacing was pretty think. big drawback here was a TON of floaties, some quite large. A bit off putting, but I soldiered on.

Not much on the nose, just a faint malt aroma. Here goes....

Hey, this stuff tastes pretty good! Getting the hops and the malt, very nicely balanced indeed. Seemed to switch form one to the other, hop bite upfront, roasted malt finish. Kinda Black Ale-ish.

Mouth was between medium and full

Overall, enjoyed this one. The floaties eventually settled to the bottom and I supped the last quarter quite carefully. Would seek it out again, hopefully floatie-free.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Released today (may 2-2014) in Sweden and opened right away!
Clear, dark brown color with a beige, creamy, two finger head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Grass, chocolate, roasted malt and dark bread.

Taste: Hoppy taste! Grass, roasted malt, nuts, raisin, caramel, pine and grapefruit.

Medium body and soft carbonation.

I really want a large steak to this! I can imagine that would be just right.

Nice, creamy, enjoyable beer!

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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 MaineBrewing
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured an opaque mud brown, cloudy with some debris at the bottom. 1.5 finger frothy light tan head. Left a good amount of lacing. There is a lot of globules in suspension, I don't think this was bottle condition, should have poured it like it was though.

S - complex nose consisting if a fruity malt smell, notes of toffee, caramel, nougat, molasses, roasted barley... Cutting through the malt though is nice bright hop aroma of pine and citrus fruits mostly lemon.

T - taste I'd as expected, a hopped up brown ale. Hops come first with the taste, unlike the aroma that was more malt forward. The malt is balanced well with the hops which are prevalent from front to back providing ample resinous pine flavor and a ton of Bittering at the end. Malt has a complex and bountiful flavor of roasted barley, tofee, tootsie roll, and brown sugar.

M - I should say medium bodied, but a little heavy on the carbonation, makes it a little more of a watery vs creamy/velvety texture.

O - I like this style, brown ale is usually that once In a while but usually disappointed experience. Hoppy brown ales are ranking up there with some of my favorite beers, this is No exception. This very American twist on what I would usually consider a lackluster style is really enjoyable and seems fitting for the mud season up In maine, once the ground thaws at least.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single for about a $1.90 pretty stellar for over 8%. Into a pub glass.
A - Pour is a pretty deep shade of brown kind of hazy in color with a solid inch of head that sticks around for a while. Love the deep mocha hue on that head.
S - Rather robust roast on this, smell is rather hoppy and a ton of brown malt to this. Very deep smelling brown ale.
T - Ah yes very herbal and hoppy which happens to mend pretty well with the brown malts. Lingers on the palate long after each sip and makes me wonder how this would be with some age, since it doesn't come off very sweet or roasty. Simple and good.
M - Medium bodied herbal hops are kind of too much.

Overall this is a dry hopped beer with a pretty harsh bitterness that after a few sips I found it kind of too much. Wish it was a bit more balanced and aged might do it some good.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's Smuttynose day. I may not get to the others I bought today, but I'm glad I got to this one. It's s nice brown with lots going on.

It is a deep brown in the glass, with plenty of head. Nice and foamy. The aroma is sweet. The taste similarly is sweet and robust. The malt taste is roasty and also sticks with you. This is an exceptional brown. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. brown in color - clear around the edge with a cylinder of dark brown that cannot be seen through in the middle. Tan head of 1 finger lasts throughout the beer at 1/4 inch.

s. Yeast, nuts and earthy tones.

t. Wow - this almost has too much going on. Yeast or bread in the front, nutty in the middle and hoppy bitter in the finish that lingers. Realizing it is an 8+abv - the 2016 version has a bit more alcohol presence until it has a chance to warm. Would suggest to drink this around 48 - 52 degrees.

m. A bit gritty.

o. This beer is good, but not quite outstanding. Too much going on and the lingering bitter taste moves it out of the outstanding range. That being said, phase 1 (yeast) and phase 2 (nuttiness) are very, very good. I would revisit this beer with some pretzels present to buffer the bitter.

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Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown and opaque, thin frothy head of light brown foam recedes to a small cap. Low aroma of toasty malt and citrus hops.

Flavors of roasted malt, followed by restrained pine and tangerine. Roast bitters linger, with more strength than the hops.

Even mouthfeel, moderate fullness.

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Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep cloudy brown with a great big tan head. Seriously, well over two fingers. And this thing has great retention to boot. Worth noting are the wee floaters at the bottom. I wish brewers would tell me when their beers are bottle conditioned. The smell, though, is great. It has a rich nutty aroma with just a hint of the hops. The taste is similar, with a little more hops and some light bready notes, as well. There is a nice thickness to it and overall I find this to be a great melding of a traditional brown with American craft brewing styles.

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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 ChiChi
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Loved the thickness. Great carbonation.

So many flavors await your palate. I tasted Chocolate with some dirty earthy overtones. Almost stemmy. Nice sipping beer.

Enjoy with a beefy dish goes great with the heavier foods.

I prefer it super chilled.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost two fingers of tan foam crowns a dark mahogany brown. Almost opaque with cloudiness. Head retains excellently.

Big pine hop upfront with a pleasantly earthy toffee malt behind it. Notes of nutty chocolate, bocky dried fruit, and some fainter citrus. Great balanced aroma.

More pine hops with some citrus freshness, and at a massive level. Heaps over top of a roasty American brown ale, slashing at flavors of bitter chocolate, filberts, and burnt sugar. Quite hoppy and quite carbonated. Lots of opening bitterness. Finishes with fresh leafy hop electricity. The body is swishy, like a good IPA. The 8.4% is well-disguised; I can't believe this brew is packing this much punch. Kind of a palate masher with hop bitterness. Well done.

Good beer in a weak style. This is what every beer called a "Brown IPA" should taste like. Cheers!

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Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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