Pig's Ear Brown Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery
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Reviews by BuckSpin:
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 4/08) in a Shaker pint
BAside: I love BBQ, so this label is now one of my favorites...awesome!
Poured with some life & crackle. Initially its kinda woodsy on the nose, like sawdust from old lumber. As it warms the caramel appears, growing sweeter, a little spice in there. Its really starting to open up now as the caramelized malts grow a little richer, even sweeter with a faint dried fruit quality. Some earthy aspects are even present.
A noisy, snappin', loose pinky's worth of dull parchment hued foam faded rather quickly and with noticeable sound to a thin sheen of a floater with a thick edge ring that doesn't lace. Color is striking - a crystal clear, radiant cherry mahogany, almost tea-like, just vibrant.
Light, crisply semi-dry, kinda thin but not watery, balanced but just barely favoring the bitter side of bittersweet. I can tell immediately this would be a nice session ale. Malts have a faint burnt caramel quality as well as a lite nuttiness that together deliver a mild toasted quality. This is very easy to drink & going down smooth & quick. Its not very complex but so what? Where's my cheeseburger with cheddar and sweet onion and a side of fresh cut fries when I need them?
It grows a little drier on the palate with a slightly sharper crunch, the edges round off, still very balanced & even in that its quite level by now. It finishes soft & bittersweet and very clean, leaving the aforementioned as an aftertaste that is nice.
What can I say? Its a nice, easy to drink beer. This is a very nice "beer to have when you just want a beer" beer, and as mentioned previously would be a great session beer or with any standard pub fare, as well as enjoying around the grill. The world needs beers like this. I'd definitely drink this again and wouldn't hesitate to grab a 6 pack to enjoy with friends. This Pig's Ear, while not a silk purse, is definitely no doggie chewie. Give it a shot - definitely recommended for those times you just want some beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2007 02:32:40 | More by BuckSpin
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Dark amber body with three fingers of off-white head. Retention isn't the best but leaves nice foamy lacing.
S - Nutty, caramel, cherry and spices.
T - Tangier than I expected. The aroma was much darker than the flavors. Slight citrus hop, followed by strong astringent fruitiness.
M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Somewhat thin and bordering on soda-like.
O - I really enjoyed this. It is a bit lighter than I tend to prefer but it's very drinkable. Definitely a good barbecue beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 02:33:52 | More by JAFoley
3.71/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a mug. The beer pours a clear brown hue with a little bit of mahogany color on the edges when held up to the light.
There is a tightly packed fizzy beige head of 1.5 cm that foams up and fades very slowly to a wispy surface layer that remains through the sampling.
Caramel and toffee malt with a little sweet chocolate mixed in on the nose. A little brown sugar too, no hops to be found anywhere.
First sip reveals an average body with average carbonation that tingles on my palate on each sip.
Flavor is what the nose advertises with a heavy malt profile with chocolate and brown sugar dominant and just a little earthy hop presence on the finish. This leaves just a bit of a bitterness on the end of each swallow.
A little dryness on my palate that encourages me to take another sip.
This is a nice easy clean drinkable brown ale, very easy to drink and interesting flavor, the lower alcohol makes this a very nice session beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 04:21:08 | More by sulldaddy
Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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