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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Now known as Smuttynose Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale

Smuttynose is proud to introduce our eighteenth Short Batch Beer, "Durty," a brown IPA! There’s no denying that IPA is king of the craft beer world right now. The style is getting so popular that even the big brewers are attempting their own versions, while IPA sub-styles, like session IPA, double IPA, white IPA and black IPA, continue to be created and defined. Brown IPAs combine the caramel and nutty-biscuity flavors of a brown ale, with an American IPA-sized does of hops; it’s pretty straight-forward, but pretty delicious. On to the beer...Durty is a big beer (8.4% abv, 55 IBU) packed full of big hops. We’ve used Polaris, a new German high alpha variety for bittering, followed by American hop icon, Nugget, for the flavor additions and finally, a boatload of Simcoe post-fermentation for dry-hopping. The malt selection isn’t too different from Old Brown Dog, but it’s a bit heavier on the nutty character and dark cocoa notes.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (455) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
12 oz poured into a New Belgium chalice. Dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Good sized tan head that quickly dissipated. Nice nose of chocolate malt and grapefruit, complex. Taste is balanced, has that cola like feel. Medium bodied with a bit of a creamy texture, good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (800) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 25, 2015
Caoba oscuro, densa espuma marfil. Aromas de caramelo, toffee, y lúpulo afretado. Cuerpo y textura maltosa con sabor lupulado de mandarina y resinas.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2015
12oz bottle pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a thin tan head. The modest aroma offers up earthy tea, some chocolate, a bit of roasted malts and then faint somewhat vague hoppiness. The taste starts with chocolate malts and a sliver of fruity citrus and then it picks up earthy tea hops that quickly climb into resiny pine like hop bitterness. Roasted malts move forward toward the finish. This is working well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1684) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2015
Deep brown with garnet hues. Nose is light piney hops, brown sugar, molasses, toasted malt, cola, and faint roast. Flavor is light sweet pine, cocoa, mild brown sugar, and a dry, nutty roast finish. Lingering dry roast/coffee.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2087) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2015
This really didn’t do anything for me, like rather than mixing the best of both worlds they canceled each other out, leaving just a mishmash of flavors. I mean, it tastes good but I’d rather have a nut brown or an IPA. And I’m a huge fan of experimentation and mash-ups.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2015
12 oz bottle. Brown with a good sized beige head. Aroma is of cocoa, oranges, toast, toffee, pine, and tangerine. Taste is of chocolate, pine, bitter florals, toffee, and citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4307) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2015
Bottle. The look is clear, a beige head, reddish brown in color. The smell is hops, malt, alcohol, chocolate, balanced, pine, great. The taste is more of the same, bitterness, alcohol. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1656) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2015
Aroma: Actually reminds me a bit of a mint julep; nutty, caramel malts meet mint; woody notes and a bit of citrus. Appearance: Rich, hazy brown with a foamy tan head that fades into a mostly still skin. Flavor: Caramel and nuttiness up front meets with a more citrus-centric hop presence; bitter orange jam and chocolate loaf meet up at the finish. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Wouldn’t drink this everyday, but an interesting concept with able execution.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (767) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 9, 2015
Pours brown - in fact the brownest brown I’ve ever had. Very little of the typical reddish hue. Foamy off-white head that stays long. Moderate lacing. Nose is malty and sweet with notes of raisin, citrus, cocoa, and roasted nuts. Taste is quite bitter as one might expect for an IPA, but surprising if you’re expecting something like a typical brown. Thin to medium body. Mild carbonation. This is a pleasant, very drinkable brew. I’d take this over a Newcastle any day of the week and six times on Sunday.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 7, 2015
For a while there it seemed like everyone was making a Brown IPA or a really hoppy brown ale. Then everyone just seemed to stop. This is actually a pretty rare style these days and when done right it’s a nice treat. Such is the case with Smuttynose Durty – a “mud season hoppy brown ale” according to the label. Big and bold at 8.4% ABV and 97 IBUs; it definitely has a lot going for it.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best by date of 6/29/2015 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Odd reddish/brown tint (though more red in the light). Pours to a two-finger, ivory, frothy head that laces and retains very well.

Smell: Strong floral hop aroma; a hint of citrus. Sweet dark malt is noticeable as well.

Taste: The brown ale style is unique in that it has a darker malt character to it, though it’s not as overtly sweet or roasty or fruity like a stout or porter. Some can have confectionery syrup flavors, but this one is more about the dark malt (North American 2-Row, Munich 10L, Chocolate, C-60, and Brown Malt according the brewery’s website). Light sweetness with a touch of candy flavor throughout the first half. It turns on a dime into a hop bomb with intense dry/flowery bitterness thanks to the Nugget and Bravo hops. It reminds me more of an intense hoppy red ale or American Strong Ale (a la Stone Arrogant Bastard) but without the astringency. Milk chocolate emerges right as it finishes, but then the hops leave a bitter, starchy aftertaste.

Drinkability: There’s no question Smuttynose Durty is a big beer considering its stats: 8.4% ABV and 97 IBUs. Though it is lighter on its feet than you’d think. The mouthfeel is only medium in body with plenty of carbonation to keep it self-cleaning. No cloying or sticky sensation on the tongue, thankfully. The alcohol definitely imparts warmth which lingers in the throat. A bold palette like this would probably work best with a savory dinner. It’s not nearly sweet enough to work as a liquid dessert.


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