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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,026 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 66
Gots: 114 | FT: 2
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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busterthecat

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Feb. 2012. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

A- Pours a dark caramel hue from bottle and sits very deep red in glass. A neat little khaki head forms.

S- Sweet candied figs, freshly baked fruitcake. Pretty damn sweet smelling. A touch of holiday spice. Aroma is very malt forward and full of sweetness.

T- Follows the aroma. Adds in a kick of metallic zing. Freshly canned peaches and figs in heavy syrup. The metallic zing, spice and fruit syrup linger, yet much lighter, in finish. Flavors are a bit on the watery side.

M- light to medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation can be felt. The flavors coat palate before quickly letting go. There is some chewiness to the middle of the taste. The beer stays very wet until the finish and then abruptly dries. Sweetness lingers on palate.

O- A good brown ale from Smuttynose. Very easy to drink. It was just a bit to sweet for my taste. Needed a bit more body to it to hold it all up. Glad I tried it. Looking forward to Really Old Dog with a year on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:29:38 | More by busterthecat
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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,026 ratings.