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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,025 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 66
Gots: 111 | 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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Blueribbon666

Ohio

1.3/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My 1st try from Smuttynose and I haven't been back to anything by the company. From notes; Bottle poured into pint glass very little smell wise save for a mild soury malt smell. No ABV printed on bottle that poured a rich caramel color w/no head but lil bubbles. Hoppy, malty and a lil typical but NOT smooth goin' down...kinda had to choke her down, before I split the rest w/the sink drain. I'll have to try a different style from this brewery but this was a turn off that will keep other breweries ahead of the Smut on my "to try/get" list

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 12:41:23 | More by Blueribbon666
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mjc8412

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -49.1%

07-23-2014 15:01:49 | More by mjc8412
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livewire05

Georgia

2/5  rDev -49.1%

01-06-2012 04:10:34 | More by livewire05
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Sailracer


2/5  rDev -49.1%

03-24-2012 13:53:57 | More by Sailracer
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tjsmith910

Florida

2/5  rDev -49.1%

04-09-2013 00:26:40 | More by tjsmith910
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JasErwin


2/5  rDev -49.1%

08-10-2012 04:09:49 | More by JasErwin
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ThisGirlLovesBeer2

Illinois

2/5  rDev -49.1%

09-03-2013 02:50:10 | More by ThisGirlLovesBeer2
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -49.1%

09-17-2013 00:54:35 | More by rusty3335
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Brutus627

Maine

2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

06-24-2014 01:34:11 | More by Brutus627
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Acforster2

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

11-16-2011 12:58:57 | More by Acforster2
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ambiguousfigures

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

07-20-2014 19:47:23 | More by ambiguousfigures
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chippo33

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

12-04-2012 04:33:58 | More by chippo33
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

06-09-2014 14:54:30 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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phishbone23

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

01-23-2013 14:41:51 | More by phishbone23
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Lucasrj

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

02-11-2012 23:35:27 | More by Lucasrj
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albern

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a smuttynose, this one is not up to par. The smell is musty, a little tinny, it did remind me a little of a wet dog ... not too good. The color is dark, rich, amber, clear, with not much head. Okay on the carbonation front. The taste ... hmmm. Decent mix between hops and malts, on the dry side, a medium balance and texture. The taste has some fruity complexity, there are difficult to discern flavors in this beer, maybe a little on the coffee/chocolate side of the taste spectrum, but I remain unimpressed. It's okay, but not worth returning to and a bit of a disappointment coming from Smuttynose, which has made some excellent beers in the past.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 23:56:07 | More by albern
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MisterTiat

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown with great clarity. The White head fluffs up nicely but dissipates quickly to almost nothing.

S: Roasty, toffee and carmel. Not much grain or hop aroma, plenty of roast and malt.

T: Maltiness and roast flavors come to the front, not much hop flavor, restrained in the finish. Bitter dark chocolate flavor lingers on the palate that turns almost sour.

M: Not very much carbonation, and a bit too watery for a brown. Not enough body to the beer.

D: I could drink several of these, though I am not sure I would like to, as I think you could find a better brown to substitute.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 03:13:08 | More by MisterTiat
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smutty Nose Old Brown Dog ale, I love saying Smutty Nose! The sound of it Smutty Nose... Smutty Nose... Smutty Nose.

Anyway, Old Brown Dog Ale is a favorite of my friend- Otter! It is a popular beer at Isaac Newtons- Newtown, Pennsylvania. I've wanted this beer for a year now, so now it's time.

Old Brown Dog Ale pours a beautiful hickory reddish brown. A simple but nice tan head, not to thick but thick enough.

The smell is of chocolate and some spices. Not too crazy over the smell.
The taste is of a stale chocolate and spice, very sweet and not that good!

I bought a 6-pack of Old Brown Dog Ale and I'll drink them all, but the taste isn't very pleasant so it'll take me a week or 2 to finish. Man, what a bummer I wanted to like this beer and I'm really trying but the stale chocolate taste isn't enjoyable. Hopefully WeizenHeimer is better.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 22:24:32 | More by NJpadreFan
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kuishinbo_tantei

New York

2.75/5  rDev -30%

07-06-2014 13:42:17 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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6470zzy

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A slightly murky reddish brown with a very thin head that quickly dissipated with no lacing

S bready yeasty aroma

T just a whisper of hops and malty biscuit on the tongue

M for me this was minimal carbonation not a lot of body showing here

D very average, I was expecting much more from this one, I think that I'll be saving it to "share" with the in-laws :)

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:32:33 | More by 6470zzy
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Ofamountain

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -30%

05-31-2014 21:41:48 | More by Ofamountain
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -30%

03-26-2012 17:48:49 | More by DelicateDelirium
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Didier

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -30%

07-20-2012 04:07:21 | More by Didier
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toddicus13

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -30%

01-12-2014 06:53:49 | More by toddicus13
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Rgalvin

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -30%

01-10-2013 03:15:58 | More by Rgalvin
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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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