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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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BA SCORE
81
good

306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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2/5  rDev -44.1%

rusty3335, Feb 09, 2012
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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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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Jslay013, Jan 29, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

DCav, Feb 01, 2013
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2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a variety 12-pack on sale for $10 at Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH. Best by date of Sep 2010 stamped on the label. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

Dark brown brew reveals red highlights against a bright light. 3/4" of dense tan head settles slowly to 1/4", sticks around quite well, generates some lace. Thick syrupy sweet smell, toffee, a bit of fake fruitiness. Taste is a bit like burnt toast and nuts, a muddy smoky bite in the finish. Lackluster, meh. Has the mouthfeel and tacky sweetness of mediocre extract-based homebrew. Reminds me of every disappointing house brew I've ever tried.

BeerNinja007, Apr 07, 2010
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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
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Carpentiere, Jul 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

soxandbeer, Apr 17, 2013
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2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received from barleywinebrewer in the Little Guy BIF. Two of the beers he shipped spoiled in my garage while I was in Hong Kong (shame on me for not storing them properly), so I was glad to discover that this one (the last bottle) was still okay.

Appearance: deep brown, dark leather kind of color, clear, smallish head, little retention.

Smell: malty, slightly cidery.

Taste: Tangy, with some roast and caramel. Excessively tart, actually. If I hadn't had the recent experience of trying two beers that had *really* gone bad, I might wonder if this one had too. Finishes on a dry, cocoa powder note.

Mouthfeel: medium body, carbonation fine.

Drinkability: Mediocre.

hunteraw, Aug 21, 2007
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2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mild brown color with a thin head. Aroma is kind of malty and chewy. Taste is similar except that it's slightly thin on the tongue. It has a dry mouthfeel and the malt shines through somewhat. Not impressive enough for me but it's still solid.

Brad007, Jul 08, 2007
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2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

rom a 12 ounce brown bottle - Pours a reddish/brown with a small 1/8 inch head. Smells of malts, mild hops and spices. First sip has some spicy notes, nuts, malts and a nice bitter finish. Fairly light bodied, carbonated well, not too bad, not too great.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 13, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Sinnian, Jul 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

cjs61679, Jul 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

TheHumanTorch, Aug 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Svendozen, May 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Rekrule, Nov 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

jfcaa193, Apr 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

NHbeerfishing, Jul 10, 2013
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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
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2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, red-brown body with a thin, bubbly, beige head.

Smell: I know we're focusing on the ear, but where's the nose? Only the vaguest hint of nuts. I'll assume this brown is saving its strength for the flavor. Bring it on!

Taste: A taste of chocolate and nuts with a low malty sweetness. Earthy, spicy hops, though only a touch of bitterness. Dry, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommend. A bit under par for a brown.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
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2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smell is tangy and earthy, some brown sugar. Pours to a deep metallic brown with a tan macrobubble head. Head holds up for a bit. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and makes me pucker a little on the finish. Taste is more bitter than sweet, bitterness is even and balances a malty background. Strange finish, starts to finish bitter but then has a tangy almost zesty sweet and sourness. Light for its style, the strange finish makes it a refreshing thirst quencher. Different and unique.

mooseisloose, Oct 02, 2008
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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
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Dougwillhike, May 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.