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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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! Thereís 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; itís 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. Weíve 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 isnít too different from Old Brown Dog, but itís a bit heavier on the nutty character and dark cocoa notes.

auerbrau's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2013
On tap at Prime 16 - New Haven, CT. Aroma is a green, bristly raw hop resin on the catty side. The palate is a clash of the titans, dark brown malts against a rough, coarse hoppiness. Iím not digging the hop profile and the malt profile gets buried by it. Dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (1865) - New York, USA - APR 20, 2014
Tap at stags head. Pours a murky brown with decent head. Nose is piney hops. Tastes of earthy bitterness, resin, pine, toast, and some grapefruit. Bitter palate a touch harsh bit still pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2102) - Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2014
Appearance is a bit of a mystery because I had this on draft at the darkest vampire bar Ive ever been to. Aroma is herbal and grassy hops with some chocolate and toffee. Taste is lightly sweet and very hoppy with a bit of a harsh bitterness at the end but not too bad. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3564) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2014
Location: 12 oz bottle from Shop Rite, 4/18/14, as Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale

Aroma: The aroma is nutty malts, some roasted notes, chocolate, pine, and booze
Appearance: It pours a murky brown color with a small tan head and drippy lace
Flavor: The flavor is roasted/burnt malts and nuts, earthy hops, pine, and a hint of booze
Palate: Medium-full bodied, it has an average-plus carbonation, a bit of heat, and a long, dry finish
Overall Impression: I thought this beer was only okay overall. Thereís no major flaw among the various components, but they just donít meld together all that well. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3603) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 17, 2014
Very nice and drinkable. Some thick features and quite creamy too. VEry enjoyable in all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4688) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body under a one finger frothy beige head that had pretty nice retention. The nose is pretty nice, plenty of nutty maltiness with a bit of chocolate and some nice bright hoppiness. The flavor isnít the best for me, the malt is a bit too dusty and husky up front, just a little sweetness, and a light coffee flavor towards the back end. Plenty of citrus hops in here, but it doesnít really work all that well in a Brown Ale for me. The nutty notes donít really blend too well with the fairly aggressive bitterness. Light to medium bodied with fizzy soft carbonation. Meh, this one just doesnít do it for me, I think Iíll take my Brown Ales and IPAs in separate glasses please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drpimento (2103) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2014
Not a huge fan of aba to begin with. Looks great tho. Different choice of hops might go a long way in keeping the mellow aspect of the more traditional version. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3219) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 9, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Under Durty Mud Season label. Copper pour with a thick tan head. Light and mild hop and nutty malt aroma. Very subtle though. Slightly hoppy at the start of the flavor with a malty, cocoa and nutty combination in the middle. Hops linger on for a bit and leave a slightly dry aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a moderate brown color (go figure) with a big off white head. Aroma is of grassy/citrus/lightly floral hops, caramel and some nutty notes. Taste is a solid does of pine/citrus and floral hops, light caramel, toast and some grassy notes get in there with some mild milk chocolate, nuts and mild sweetness before finishing rather bitter. Decent brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, cookie and nutty malt with earthy and spicy hops, light citrus notes and dates. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with supporting cookie malt and dates with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3555) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2014
Aroma is malts, spices and light citrus/pine. The flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, hop resin, malts and a long and very bitter finish. Getting the impression if you want a strongly bitter IPA/IPA variant, Smuttynose is among the best.

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