Pig's Ear Brown Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Pig's Ear Brown AlePig's Ear Brown Ale

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-02-2002

Medium bodied with a balance of roasted and crystal malts creating a hearty nutty flavor. Medium bitterness with a slightly sweet finish.

25 IBU
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Reviews by WanderingFool:
Photo of WanderingFool
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whenever I'm up in the White Mountains I always try to find a six pack of Pig's Ear to bring home with me. This stuff is very flavorful and highly drinkable.

The beer is a dark brown color with red hues. A medium bodied tan head quickly disppears after the glass is filled. The aroma is very malty with notes of coffee, roasted malt and nuts. Each sip of this medium bodied beer begins malty. Coffee and nutty flavors move in and it ends with a mild bitterness. It leaves a slighty bitter nutty flavor behind.

This beer is very drinkable and packed with flavor. I was a bit disappointed that the head dissolved so quickly and there was no lace to be found. Also, the bottle said it was brewed by Smuttynose in Portsmouth. That is o.k. with me since they make some fine brews on their own.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JMD71
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Deep plum to brown color with thin head when poured. Not much carbonation evident after original pour.

Ar: Sweet biscuity malt with plenty of caramel. Candied fruits, raisins. Slightly sour, tangy aroma.

Ta: Solid nutty, caramel malt profile. Hazlenut flavor very noticeable. Slight hop profile which balances the sweet malts. Not at all bitter.

Mo: Thin to medium. Not cloying at all & leaves the palette clean after each sip.

Dr: Highly drinkable as a session style beer. Good with a steak or BBQ dinner.

Comments: I liked this Brown Ale, but it was slightly thin in the body for the style. I prefer a bit more fullness to the body for English Brown Ales, such as Sam Smith's. That being said, the flavor was good & it was easy drinking.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer I had at The Woodstock Inn. Also the one I enjoyed the most. A medium brown color with a thick head. Some nice lacing. It had a caramel aroma with a tiny bit of nuttiness. The nuttiness came out more in the taste, but still had that nice caramel taste too. Some sweetness gave it a good mouthfeel. I could (and did) drink a few of these.

Photo of sponberg
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown with a cream colored head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Exceptionally appetizing aroma - nutty maltiness abounds. Starts with a round, slightly sweet, nutty malt-biased flavor, with a hop presence coming in halfway through. Finished with a slight roasty-bitter (citrusy? Hard to say) hop edge, balanced with some malt fruitiness and a very crisp, clean finish. Slightly thin body, but I can forgive that because it's such a great all-day-long drinkable brew.

2005 update: Nothing has changed. Still an excellent session brew whose flavor still makes me smile... unless the growler's empty.

Photo of Guden
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown/ruby in the light with a small quickly fading off white head.

S- A light toastiness and caramel with a hint of light beer like aroma which seems out of place.

T- Light. Hints of toastiness but not much else. Nothing bad, but I'm stretching to taste much. For a beer as dark as this I would have expected more chocolate or coffee notes, but none are found here.

M- Feels just right for the style, medium-high in body with moderate carbonation.

D- Nothing too bad but nothing too exciting. Could certainly have a few more but with better beers in this world why bother.

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a sixer on the recent Vermont trip. Has "Best enjoyed before" dating notched on the side of the label. Pours a typical brown ale hue, darker mocha head, that stays for a spell then drops to near nothing, just a thin collar over a near still. dull looking brawl. Bready nose, brash chocolaty flavor notes mixed in with a faint jammy note. Eh, not the greatest brown ale out there. On the unrefined side and a wee bit thin mouth feel wise. Will work fine as part of a marinade for chicken or pork, as I've found just about any brown ale will.

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, chestnut brown, no head, minmal carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, sugar, nut

Taste: toasted malt, nut, and some hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, light, sweet, medium body

Drinkability: This is just an OK English Brown. I had this on draft with a 22ounce pour and cannot say I desired another one afterwards. This one almost drinks like a bock.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin beige head.

Smell: Almost no smell to it. Very faint nutty notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Nutty taste, with a hint of hops.

Overall: OK beer. Not my first pick, but credit is due for thosr that might be more into the browns than me.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Very nutty aroma with some carmel and chocolate also some notes of dark fruit. A good,clean aroma that's a bit on the faint side.

Bittersweet,tart tastes,the maltiness in the nose seemed to disappear in the taste. Fruity tastes,sour with a very slight burnt carmell taste. No doubt made in the english style, just lacking in the taste department.

A light mouthfeel,grainy texture,slightly watery. Goes down easy had a bit too much roughness to be real drinkable the sourness was also a bit much.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appears a ruby brown mahogany tone with a large light cream head leaves specks of uneven lacing not too impressive but the head has decent retention overall looks like a nice brown. Aromatics a bit like cider with tart fruit notes coming through the moderately roasted malt additions that also bring mild chocolate and a woody tree bark barrage mild herbal hop additions noted mild and tame for sure. Flavors really clash the acidity of the tart character overrides the roasted malt and mild sweetness it should offer I’m never big on this style but I think this one’s poorly made. Pretty astringent yet it seems it hasn’t turned it’s just how the flavors came together after production, which is weird. Mouthfeel is medium bodied really coats the palate and it sticks around sadly I might have to go brush my teeth but the carbonation was moderate and flowed well just the lactic character that sticks to your palate ruins it. Drinkability not so much as Borat would say I’m going to stick other beers from this style when reaching for a brown ale pass on Pig’s Ear from New Hampshire.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber/Brown, light tan color head that doesn't stick around very long. Suprised by the bubbly carbonation of this Brown. Aroma is malty, oaty with a hint of smoke.

Taste is a pleasant Smokey, nuttyness that is crisp and clean on tha palate even after a while. This one was a pleasant suprise.

I eventually mixed this one with a Harpoon unfiltered IPA which was one of the best combo's i've ever tried. Dubbed "Pigtrail Brown-IPA...LOL!

Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogony with a giant foamy tan head. The head really is big and leaves great lacing. The smell is just average with some malty scents along with roasted coffee and cocoa. The taste is very flavorful with roasted malt,coffee,cola,and cocoa. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. Not my favorite type of beer,but this is really a good brown ale.

Photo of kenito799
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Tasted this already on tap, which is usually too cold. At home from the bottle this malty dark brown brew recalled Belgian dubbels in the slightly sweet malt and a touch of smokiness that was really quite excellent. Very nice session beer, gets better as you drink more.

Photo of edchicma
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance a nice, mellow dark, brown-gold. Smell is well-rounded like smoky coffee. Based upon smell, I was expecting a stout-like mouthfeel, which was there, but with a lighter, easier to drink character. Mouthfeel was smooth with a very slight malty, smoky aftertaste. Had one with Italian food and it was an excellent complementt. Very drinkable. Got this six pack at market in town where it is brewed....next time will try on tap at the pub.

Photo of wikk3d
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown with a foamy brown head that settles into a very thin layer. Very dark, but still see through.

Aroma - Malty with a hint of sweetness, very underlying chocolate. Doesn't give really a presence of a strong alcohol content, which this beer doesn't have. Nothing out of the ordinary for a Brown Ale.

Taste - Sweet full bodied taste, definite hint of dark chocolate. Really the only place where there's any bitterness. Creamy feel. Doesn't leave a lot to the imagination. Very solid beer that's extremely smooth. Very little aftertaste.

Mouth - Extremely creamy beer that leaves little to no strong overpowering aftertaste.

Drinkability - Can pound down a few of these in a single sitting. It's a full bodied beer that is not too filling. Had a few of these samples at the ACBF, one of my favorite Brown Ales.

Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl.oz. bottle. Sampled on February 28, 2012. The pour is mahogany brown with a conspicuous amount of foamy, long lasting head. The aroma is subtle but it has a nutty malted quality as well as sweet. The body is smooth. The taste is higher on the bitterness than in the aroma with a sharp lingering hop note. This is one of those beers that I drink a lot and I am surprised that it took so long for me to review it.

Photo of Carlton1964
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Think syrupy body with a slight nutty hint. NO dry effects on pallet. Color was a nice medium brown. No a lot of head though. Very pleasant and had me wanting a second helping. Anxious to try more from the folks at Woodstock Inn. I'm kind od a bock guy and I really enjoyed this. Worth a try. Bet it's better on tap too!

Photo of SickGnar
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby brown & garnet when backlit. Clear with a light tan okay size cap of foam. Okay for retention & lacing.

S: Nutty malts, a bit of caramelly sweetness, some fruit esters, & faint diacetyl. Hints of dark dark fruits. Not relly any hops. Diacetyl grows as warms. Reasonable strength overall and quite a bit going on.

T: Mare darkly sweet than nose – dark fruits, molasses, malt sweetness, and a balancing roast. The nutty malt backbone is rounded out by caramel & buttery dark toffee, fruit esters, background toasted grain, and a hint of chocolate. Drying roast increases at the end and into the finish. Herbal & slightly astringent hops in the end and finish as well.

M: Medium body with CO2 just the barest bit under average. Mostly sweet with a fair bit of chew for a smaller beer. Starts sweet but goes quite roasty and drying while the sweetness continues to fight and stick around.

D: A sweeter and darker brown. Nice, fairly character malt base with plentiful accent notes. Makes for a good, well-rounded, and flavorful brown. Good drinking especially on a fall day. Almost rich enough to have a holiday feel, but with an easy abv.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pig's Ear pours a clear brown with a brilliant ruby red showing through in the light. It's topped with a tan, fleeting head. The aroma is mainly molasses with some vanilla and biscuit notes. The flavor again starts as molasses but is well balanced with hints of anise and grain coming through. This beer has a medium mouthfeel over the palate but it's only knock is the high carbonation. It's not a session beer but try one or two with Cooper Sharp cheese. Recommended!

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Jan 2012, off we go!

Very large off white to hinting tan color head nearly four fingers and foamy. Body color is a real nice amber red and clear brown with some moderate rising slow carbonation bubbles.

Bouquet is a nice malt a little hop bitter perhaps also. Not much else fairly pleasing, but not varied.

Taste is good and milky. Milk chocolate palate with almost milk stout and brown toasty malts. Finishes almost like a lactose malt milk stout. A little sour, but nothing too offensive.

Overall quite refreshing for a brown ale, and one I could easily have again some other time.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown with red tints. Typical brown ale.

S- Malts, toffee, dare I say honey?

T- This tastes best ice cold! When real cold, it has the malty, toffee taste. Lightly bitter. Finish is slightly on the bitter side, but is a quick finish.

M- Light to medium, more towards the medium side. Heavier than Newcastle. thought, but still easy to drink. Very effervescent.

This is just a solid brown ale. It's obviously no where near Rouge's Hazelnut Bron Nectar, but still a very enjoyable brew. Supper cheap in the New England area. I'd recommend it anyone that lives in New England for sure! Nothing about the Pig's Ear Brown is real off-putting.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bought at the White Mountains.

Pours a clear dark copper/brown color, minimal head, no lacing.

Smell is heavy on malt and caramel tones.

Taste is also very heavy on malt, as most brown ales are, crisp carbonation, could be smoother though, has a weird aftertaste that I can't quite place, if this was made creamier it would be much better.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of grs8313
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from my tasting notes, and the beer was from a birthday beer of the month 4 beer sampler.

Appearance: 12oz twist top bottle with a best by date of August 2009. Pours brown with a light tan head. The head is thin with some fish eyes, but it dissipates quickly.

Smell: Caramel; sweet malts, roasted coffee and a faint alcohol notes.

Taste: Malts, chocolate and caramel. A little watery; with a caramel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and thin, the mouth is left feeling slightly dry.

Drinkability: A wonderfully drinkable beer. I am really glad the beer of the month pack included this one, and sent 3. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone.

Photo of auxiliary
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance – Nice amber brown color, with a small tan head on it. Later on it just turned into a ring.

smell – Toasted malt smells here.

taste – has a toasty malt taste to it. Some biscuit taste too. Has a tint of hop bitterness but nothing worth noting.

Mouthfeel – Medium body and carbonated.

Drinkability – Very nice brown ale. Love the name that they gave it. Hope to try more from the company, good stuff.

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Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.