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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,854 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1854
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-1998)
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a clear light brown, deep amber. Fresh looking white head that bubbles vigorously but refuses to dissipate quickly. little lacing.

S : malty with a bit of chocolate. a tiny bit of hop

T : starts a bit tight with sweet and bittersweet malts. A hint of chocolate, a little earthy hop towards the end. A little taste of wheat bread.

M : seems a little over carbonated, but nicely finishing.

A pretty nice beer, but seems a bit light on flavor for a brown ale. Certainly enjoyable and for the ABV drinkable as all hell.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 03:56:57 | More by Thads324
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A) Pours with a two finger head. Tan, tight and creamy. Slowly settles leaving a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, dark amber body.
S) Roasted grains. Toasty malts.
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M) Crisp. Medium body. Dry finish.
O) A delicious brown ale - so surprised I've not rated this before!

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,854 ratings.