Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
921 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
Ratings:
921
Reviews:
154
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
163
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 921 |  Reviews: 154
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky dark brown color with a foamy and sudsy two-finger light-tan head that retains long after the pour

S- the aroma is very similar to a black IPA; floral/fruity and piney hops, toasted malt with a hint of toffee

T- sweet-yet-toasty malt notes add some nutty flavors, with sweet caramel and a hint of chocolate. Sharp piney and floral hops kick in mid-palate and continue on through to the finish. More toasted notes meshes with a hoppy linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a big chewy and foamy mouthfeel, finishing very smooth. I had no idea that this was over 8%, it's hidden very well.

O- this combination worked well for me. I was afraid that the hops would overpower, they are certainly noticeable, but so is the sweet malty notes of the brown ale. A nice change of pace from an often bland category of beer

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Deep brown with 2 fingers of tan head with good retention. Some yeast sediment floats around the glass.

Nose
Charcoal, caramel, and grapefruit.

Taste
Charcoal, scorched baker's chocolate, and caramel. Tons of grapefruit from the hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, bitter, and dry.

Overall
I really wasn't digging this one. The malt bill is too roasted and scorched. Bitter grapefruit is all that jumps out for the hops. However, the alcohol is very well hidden.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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 thick...as 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First and foremost, hoppy brown ale is sort of a misnomer. None of the vital statistics of this beer make it a brown ale. Abv way high, srm way way high, and ibu...fugeddaboutit. That being said, a lot of people have called this a Black IPA. While it's hoppiness definitely rivals even most double IPAs, the strong roast flavor and body of this beer scream American Stout. Now that I have gone on about style, I will review this beer as what I perceive it to be and not what it is labeled as.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz snifter. Dense khaki head initially 2" thick, slowly dissipating. Dark translucent brown color, lacing of the glass. I poured the beer pretty hard and for a brief moment she kinda danced like a beer served on nitro, which on a tangent does anyone know if this beer has been served on nitro tap?

The nose on this beer is again screaming stout. Tons of roasted coffee notes, low hop aroma. I don't know what they dry hopped this sucker with, but the hop aroma seems more piney than citrus.

The flavor is chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla...you name it, all the favors a good strong stout should have. Backed up by a significant bitterness from early hop additions, hop flavor from later additions seems almost muted by the strong contributions from the grain.

The feel of this beer on the tongue is second to none. Full bodied, thick, and velvety smooth despite a generous dose of carbonation. Some astringency but that is to be expected. The dry feeling in my mouth 10 minutes after taking my last sip frankly makes me want to crack another one open, but at 8.4% I got to play it smart...think I will wait for another day.

Honestly, this beer is delicious. I had to get over the fact that it's not a brown ale, or even a black ipa to fully enjoy what this beer is and what is should have been intended to be. A whole hearted, true blooded, perfect example of an American stout.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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