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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: 296
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of mooseisloose


2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 22:31:59 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of Domingo


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of the monthly beer club. Woodstock's Red Rack was pretty solid, but this one is nothing special.
It looks, tastes, smells, and drinks like almost every other small scale brewed brown ale. There's really nothing about it that sets it apart or makes it above average. I like the style, but I like to see something special from it, too.
It's nutty and has a little bit of a roasted coffee and cocoa flavor in the back. I'd say the hops probably push it more in the American brown ale territory, but that's just what I came away with.
It's nothing amazing, but it's not really flawed in any way either.
If you like the style and this is a convenient option - go for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 15:07:46 | More by Domingo
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:03:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ATLbeerDog


2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 20:53:33 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fair brown with some red hues and a nice foamy tan head. Some lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, brown sugar notes.

This is a sweet one. Honey-brown sugar elements with a little bitterness mixed in. Some sweet roasted grain. Smooth, not cloying. But what is so special for this award winning beer? Not seeing anything drastically special. Good flavors, but...

These go down easy. Not alot clinging to your mouth and tongue after the sip. Enough carbonation to clean the palate, but not enough to make flavors disappear.

Um, had this on tap years ago, and got lucky enough to raid a fridge and have a few from this brewery. This one is ok.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 14:28:31 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of changeup45


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good all around Brown Ale. Deep Brown color with a medium tan head and a lot of lace on the glass. Nice amount of spice in the flavor to offset the sweet brown sugary and nutty taste. A bit of a hoppy bite at the end which was nice and gave the beer a well-rounded taste. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 21:15:36 | More by changeup45
Photo of thekevlarkid


4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seen this one around, finally picked it up after hearing it won some award. Poured out of the bottle a reddish brown color which appears ruby when held up to sunlight. Aromas are sweet and malty, hints of vanilla and banana bread. Tastes are of caramels, biscuity malts, a hop presence in the middle offers some balance. Finish is sweet, slightly off and it lingers. Smooth and a good American version of an English brown.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 18:23:54 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of gfreed


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Worth seeking out if you're in northern New England. I found it in a restaurant in North Conway, NH, where I had it with a big bowl of pasta e fagioli. Tawny color with a medium-light head, lots of toffee in the aroma, some coffee. The coffee was more apparent in the taste, as was a good deal of roasted malt, but overall it was still pleasantly light. Very nice finish, slightly bitter, leaving behind some burned taste with some chocolate. Reasonably carbonated, which gives the body some unexpected airiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 01:35:10 | More by gfreed
Photo of jadpsu


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One bottle of this in my parents frige on a visit back home.
Pours a brown with a amber tint. Decent head, with less than average retention, but a moderate glass swill will recreate some decent head. Lacing to side of glass is prominent.
Smell is malty with mocha/toffee and caramel.
Mouth feel is medium. A little hoppy bittereness and moderate carbination.

This seems to be my favorite style and this one is quite likeable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 20:47:21 | More by jadpsu
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a trade with johnnnniee. Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - reddish-brown color with a good sized light tan head of foam that left some spotty lacing.

S - sweet caramel, toffee and banana bread is what I got.

T - sweet flavors, solid maltiness with a very slight bitterness on the back end.

F - light bodied with mild carbonation.

D - a bit too sweet to have all night, but it is a pretty good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 01:45:35 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to johnnnniee for this one.

Poured from the bottle a dark, clear ruby red color with two fingers of bubbly off-white head.

The aroma is quite malty with vanilla, maple syrup, and light caramel.

Tastes of caramel, malts, biscuit, nuttiness, light hops, and a Diacetyl butter note.

Light-to-medium bodied, somewhat sticky, and moderate carbonation.

A nice English Brown. Easy to drink. Easy to like.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 21:19:02 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, caramel, vanilla, nuts and maple with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and very sweet with flavors of vanilla, maple, honey, nuts and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer but some might find it a little too sweet. Personally, it wouldn't be my first choice if I were looking for this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 03:58:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 22:18:41 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2008 20:18:35 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best enjoyed by March 2008.

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent amber-brown in color with red highlights when backlit. Quarter-inch off-white head dissipated almost immediately into a spotty skim of foam; very little lacing. Scent of malt and something else. Flavors of malt, nuts and butter(yes butter), followed by a touch of hops at the finish. Nicely effervescent mouthfeel that left a clean, slightly tart presence at the end. Not a bad brew, but somewhat lacking. Buttery flavor was interesting, but made it a little less appealing for me as a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 23:16:21 | More by Jwale73
Photo of 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
Photo of Dansting


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with a thick light-brown head. Decent lacing. Aroma a malt and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is almost ideal. Nice amount of carbonation. Flavor is sweet and heavy on the brown sugar and malt. Slight hop finish. This would be a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 04:15:10 | More by Dansting
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 21:23:44 | More by auxiliary
Photo of hunteraw


2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 18:37:12 | More by hunteraw
Photo of rmessick


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice, rich, translucent brown color - not much head, though. Aroma has a nice, sweet, crystal scent. There seemed to be a little too much carbonation in this one, which dominated the sip. Tastes smooth - a nice malty aftertaste lingers. Not a bad brown, but seemed pretty unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 12:49:09 | More by rmessick
Photo of sraimondi


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six while on biz in Rhode Island this week. My first bottle version of a Woodstock Inn beer. Dark brown/ruby color with about a 1" head which dissipates to a film. Some sheet lacing which does stick well to the glass. A hint of choco in the nose. Flavor is pretty traditional English Brown. Some toffee and maly with a bit of a metallic finish. I liked the taste. The mouthfeel is quite good as it is full and rounded, pretty good balance. While the ABV is not published, this one is a good session beer. Good stuff. I'll have to score some other bottles of Woodstock Inn stuff, next time I'm is Rhode Island.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 17:07:27 | More by sraimondi
Photo of Durge


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee brown brew with a big off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is of brown sugar, yeast and malt. Quite aqueous and a strong malty flavor with mild carbonation. There is a little charcoal in the back of the mouth, fairly sweet at the front. I would like to have better carbonation to cut into the watery quality. There is a very slight metallic hint but not really bothersome. Seems to grow on me with each swig, should be easy drinking these but I might tire of the sweetness eventually. Not too bad though. Definitely worth having another and worth you trying it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 04:15:45 | More by Durge
Photo of Brad007


2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 01:06:41 | More by Brad007
Photo of Nipitato


3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack in North Conway, New Hampshire.

A: Clear brown hue with ruby highlights. Pours with a thick white head with good retention.

S: Sweet malt aroma with caramel/nutty character. Would be a lot nicer if overpowering diacetyl aroma got out of the way.

T: Well rounded caramel malt flavor. Again, diacetyl is quite prominent. Finish is wet and sweet. Only a lingering and just noticeable hop character and bitterness. Just a trace of roasted malted flavor.

MF: Medium light body. medium low carbonation. Pretty watery.

D: A nice average sessionable beer with too much diacetyl character.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 16:52:29 | More by Nipitato
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.17/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 20:45:32 | More by WVbeergeek
Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.