Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Perfect Beer For Mud Season: DURTY!!!

Get Durty with Smuttynose this Mud Season!! 

A big, hoppy, brown ale is just what you need to make it through the meteorological ups and downs of spring.

Durty, one of our most talked about Short Batch releases, graduates to fill a long-vacant spring slot in Smuttynose’s seasonal beer rotation. 

Each bottle and pint features a delicious balance of carmelly brown ale malt flavors and the hop profile of a double IPA. Durty has enough oomph to get you through the frosty mornings and chilly nights, while the light body and hop flavor will awaken your tongue and senses for the coming
warm weather. 

We’re also excited about Durty’s packaging.  It’s our first beer with two distinct images.  There’s no telling what the label mix will be in a six pack or twelve pack, but both images are featured on the six pack and twelve pack containers.  

Durty will be shipping out throughout the month of January, but you can try it and buy it at our Holiday Open House on December 21.  Stop by between 11am and 4pm at 225 Heritage Avenue in Portsmouth, our current and original home.

Durty Vital Stats                         
8.4% abv  97 IBU
Malts: North American 2-Row, Munich 10L, Chocolate, C-60, Brown Malt
Hops: Bittering-Magnum, Flavor- Nugget, Dry Hop- CTZ and Chinook
Yeast: White Labs WLP-001 American Ale

Available in six packs, twelve packs and cases of 12 ounce bottles as well as 5.2 gallon and 15.5 gallon kegs. Durty will be hitting markets throughout the month of January.


Anonymous said...

Very excited about the six pack release of durty. I noticed in this batch you are you CTZ and Chinook for dry hop rather than simcoe. Are you noticing any flavor differences due to the change?

David Yarrington said...

Great question, thanks for asking.

Dry hopping is always a bit of a dynamic decision depending on time of year and hop availability. However, we purposely wanted to add a more assertive hop character into Durty for this release. Simcoe is a great hop but the citrus character got somewhat lost in the malt profile. Both CTZ and Chinook are able to cut through in a way that we're really excited about. Let us know what you think.



Anonymous said...

Really enjoying this beer. Missed the short batch version, so never had it with Simcoe dry hop, but the current beer seems to be just right. Not a lot of hop aroma, but with the darker grains it's not surprising. I am not a fan of Black IPAs, and this big brown seems to hit the mark more for me. American hops seem to fight the roast in black IPA to my tastes. Really enjoying Durty though. Bitterness is there, and I wouldn't have guessed it to be over 8%! A bit surprised you guys don't list the ABV on the bottles (unless I just missed it).

JT said...

Thank you for the feedback, Jimlin. We think you've got it spot on as far as just the right balance of hops and malt. And, as for drinkability, it's a bit scary, though we do print the abv on the shoulder of the bottle with the date code. It's in yellow print.

We hope you keep enjoying Durty for the rest of the season!

Tony M said...

So I got to pick up a 12 pack a few weeks ago. The seasonal release definitely has some differences than the small batch, but both are very enjoyable. The hop profile is definitely different with it having more of a fresh citrus hop profile in the small batch and the seasonal is more balanced with the malt profile. The seasonal release seems to have more body and a creaminess to it. What did you guys do differently to change the body up? I homebrewed a clone of it based on the small batch malts, hops and yeast used and it came out really well but has more of the body of the small batch.

David Yarrington said...

Tony M,

The biggest difference between the Short Batch and the seasonal release is in the method of dry hopping. Because we brewed so much more of this beer we can't quite spend as much time during the dry hopping process. Unfortunately our current facility is at capacity and and there are real constraints placed upon the resources there. Luckily we're very close to opening our Towle Farm brewery which will not only add capacity, but utilize new equipment including a fancy centrifuge. This will allow us to upgrade our dry hopping technique, which should become evident across all of our beers. Hopefully you'll notice the difference very soon.