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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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very good

2,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,168
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 78
Gots: 166 | 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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1.16/5  rDev -70.5%

PSU-Man, Aug 27, 2014
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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

Blueribbon666, Jul 16, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

mjc8412, Jul 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

tjsmith910, Apr 09, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

JasErwin, Aug 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

ThisGirlLovesBeer2, Sep 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

StrayteEDGE, Sep 25, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

rusty3335, Sep 17, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

Brutus627, Jun 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Acforster2, Nov 16, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

ambiguousfigures, Jul 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Lucasrj, Feb 11, 2012
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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.

albern, Apr 07, 2007
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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.

MisterTiat, Apr 28, 2010
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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.

NJpadreFan, Nov 14, 2003
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
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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 :)

6470zzy, Feb 20, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Ofamountain, May 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

DelicateDelirium, Mar 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Didier, Jul 20, 2012
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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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