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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: 328
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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:
Medium bodied with a balance of roasted and crystal malts creating a hearty nutty flavor. Medium bitterness with a slightly sweet finish.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-02-2002)
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Reviews by greybeardloon:
Photo of greybeardloon
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before March 2012

A: Dark reddish brown with a white head that recedes quickly.

S: Sweet dark malt with some metal or mineral.

T: Sugary sweet, slightly roasted malt with some fruitiness. Then comes a huge wave of diacetyl that really does taste like butterscotch candy initially but gives way to nuttiness towards the end. There's a flash of sour, and the hops kick in with some bitterness, but not much character, at the finish. There's also some vanilla on the finish. I don't really like most of the flavors independently, but together they really aren't that bad once I get past the diacetyl.

M: Medium thin.

O: There's a decent amount of flavor in this beer for the abv. I really wish I liked this beer more.

greybeardloon, Oct 24, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of kentkayaks
5/5  rDev +39.7%

kentkayaks, Jul 12, 2014
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.

JMD71, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of sponberg
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

sponberg, Sep 02, 2002
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Guden
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Guden, Mar 12, 2011
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.

Billolick, Sep 03, 2010
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.

tigg924, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of Timtastic
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Timtastic, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Cavanaghty, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.4/5  rDev -33%
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.

jcdiflorio, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Sinnian
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Sinnian, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of jefftuck47
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

jefftuck47, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.17/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 14, 2007
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

lambpasty, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Trashcat, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of DrewBest
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

DrewBest, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

GratefulBeerGuy, May 21, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

jmz62565, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +11.7%

brokentee, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Roguer, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

avisong, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

cliff1066, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of kenito799
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

kenito799, Apr 05, 2010
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Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.