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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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very good

1,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 1855
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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Photo of Cavanaghty


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with a beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nutty with roasted malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste nutty with hints of roasted malts, some mild citrus in the background.

Overall: Definatly one of the better Brown Ales I have had, but still not a huge fan of browns personally.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 18:52:54 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of FLima


3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color with a small head with low retention.
Aroma of dark chocolate and toffee.
Flavor follows nose, predominant notes of chocolate and toasted malts, nuts and cinnamon. Hints of apple juice and earthy hops. Dry aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
I did not found it that hoppy, maybe a notch more than a traditional English Brown Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 15:52:40 | More by FLima
Photo of JTBacon


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a real quality beer if you like your Brown's. There is nothing extraordinary about it, but the look and taste never disappoint. It has the "full" feel, but it doesnt fill you up like some of the heavier beers. It tastes great on tap, and very good in a bottle.
I recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 15:17:44 | More by JTBacon
Photo of nofunyons


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one is a nice solid brown ale. Nothing earth shattering. It had very little smell and the head was white, lacy and short lived. The mouth feel was the strong point and was has more body than Newcastle. There is a snappy cut off due to the higher alcohol content. I would buy this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2013 01:12:32 | More by nofunyons
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

similar in both namesake and flavor to averys brown ale out of boulder, this is a delicious brew from smuttynose. it pours light for a brown, almost more of an amber color, with less than an inch of tan lace head. strong aromas of drip coffee above sweeter amber malts make this an enticing pour. before any flavors come in I notice body, lots of heft for a beer on the lighter side color wise. sweet malts, spent coffee grounds, and a pronounced nutty finish, this is as complex yet mellow and drinkable as they come. a beer lovers brown ale id say. carbonation is just enough, alcohol content is warming but not tasted, and there is a certain smoothness not only to the beer itself, but to the buzz it generates after a few pints. I strongly recommend this to the lover of fine browns, real good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 14:00:24 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of MrMagoo


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received on tap from Dewey's Pizza in Crestview Hills KY. Possibly just a tad too cold, initial appearance is a deep caramel brown color with a thin foam head.

Immediate taste is smooth and creamy with a slight hop aftertaste.

This is my first review, but this ale drove me to this site to leave comments on one of the best beers I have had in recent memory. I like that @ Dewey's they have rotating taps and you are able to check them out on line before venturing out, so there is a pretty decent chance of getting what is actually stated on their web site.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 16:33:59 | More by MrMagoo
Photo of Birdsong73


4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. It has a pleasant odor and great, rich brown color. But, it has a smooth nutty hoppy taste that really sets this apart from the other beers that were also on tap. Even though there were twelve other beers to choose from, I got another Old Brown Dog.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 02:04:29 | More by Birdsong73
Photo of BobZTraveler

New York

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a draft which had a feeble head, although I was at a restaurant at LaGuardia airport, so who knows how clean the glass was! The color was a nice dark copper, carmel nose, with a nice nutty flavor. The lingering after taste was very strong alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 22:19:04 | More by BobZTraveler
Photo of mactrail


3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied and fairly roasty brown beer. Dark amber in the glass. Modestly carbonated. Plenty of caramel with a touch of wine and cocoa. Not much of a hoppy flavor but it has a pleasant scratch of dark grainy taste.

Just another Brown Ale, but it's quite drinkable as long as you down it fast. On tap at Burger Tap & Shake in Foggy Bottom. [transcribed from notes ; 06/12/2012 visit]

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 05:43:19 | More by mactrail
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Closed for Business...

A: coppery brown; light beige / off-white head (0.5 finger); light strands and specks of lace; not really THAT brown.

S: light nutty aroma; hazelnut; light toffee and caramel malts; very nice for a brown ale.

T: nutty malts; notes of grain husk and toast; leafy / earthy hop bitterness on end; very nice flavor and balance.

M: full bodied and high carbonation; nice feel and texture; very impressive.

O: maybe my new favorite brown ale; nice taste has some hoppiness that most brown ales don't; great mouthfeel and nice aroma; a good one for a chilly night.

*from notes 2-17-13

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 02:12:25 | More by jpro
Photo of RWLawman

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Pours a medium brownish color, almost rustic. Moderate head that has great retention.

Smell – Roasted malt, almost exclusively. Smells like a brown ale should.

Taste – Prevalent malty flavors with some nutty taste on the back, along with some sweetness from the caramel. Absolutely delicious. The prime example of a great brown ale.

Mouthfeel – Well-balanced carbonation and creamy texture. Very smooth and easy to drink. Leaves you wanting more with each and every sip, and then finally leaves you craving more once it's gone.

Overall – One of the (if not THE) finest brown ales I've ever had. I absolutely love this and Sierra Nevada Tumbler. Highly recommend both beers, if you like browns as much as I do.

I've had this beer both on draft and from the bottle. While draft is obviously the superior drinking method, the bottle is every bit as tasty. If you haven't tried this beer, you're missing out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2012 15:23:27 | More by RWLawman
Photo of JustinCurtisKoch

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark, quite dark. looks fairly heavy, nice light tan head
S: malts dominate the smell, caramel and hints of vanilla
T: smooth and subtle, what i expect from a american brown. slightly sweet for my palate, typically but enjoyable none the less. notes of hazenut possibly.
M: heavy as i expected but not too much so. definitely silky smooth
O: enjoyable beer, probably would not have more than two in one setting but would defintely order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 00:06:00 | More by JustinCurtisKoch
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft Draft at Vineyard Grille in Logan airport

A: thin but creamy head; mild carb action; dark copper, slightly cloudy; decent lacing
S: caramel, toasty malt, quite light
T: well-balanced old brown ale; more malty than hoppy; nice blend with the alcohol; brown sugar, roasted malt;
O: really nice polish and finish

Pretty decent when on draft

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 13:22:58 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of TheBrewo


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served from the tap at The Office in Montclair, NJ. It arrived in a standard tulip glass and glowed the deepest maroon color. It held a one finger tall eggshell colored head which showed good retention, leaving sticky, patterned lacing around the glass. A ghostly film of bubbles was left atop the liquid. No sediment or haze was noted, and carbonation appeared light. The aroma gave notes of steely caramel, milk chocolate, and roasty malts much like a milder stout. Chalk, fig sweetness, and molasses rounded out the nose, with light gingerbread spice coming in with warmth. Our first impression was that there was a rich depth to the malts. As we sipped, caramel, roast, brown sugar, and a light leafy hop bitterness came in to balance each other out. A steely bite of raw coffee bean came at the peak, with bittering char, and white sugar sweetness. Sugars carried us to the finish where chocolate and peppery spice came through to bitter, along with tannins of English breakfast tea. Grain was present as well, giving bite much like cherry cough syrup. The aftertaste breathed of unsweetened lemon iced tea, light metallics, coffee, and chocolate malts. The body was medium and the carbonation was high, prickling the tongue. No real coating was left, and the feel really thinned out at times, but there was still decent slurp, cream, and a dry smack. The abv was appropriate, and this beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew were the quality malts, and the drying finish to the feel. These malts showed depth and solid flavoring, but they become a bit mild and redundant by the end of the glass. We wished the nose was more robust, showcasing more of those great malts. Everything else about this beer is pretty average, but it makes for a tasty, well-balanced treat.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 15:36:07 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brown. Head is quite minimal with minimal lacing.

The aroma is malty, an odd mustiness, and hints of nuttiness. Fruity yeastiness emerges as it warms

The tastes begin with a sweet, caramel malt flavor upfront with slight nuttiness. Fruity yeast again just like the aroma. Toasted bready and light biscuity maltiness emerges more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is pretty light with a slight creaminess. Fairly crisp and clean finish.

Overall I enjoy this more now than I remember first sampling in the bottle. Maybe that bottle wasn't fresh or handled poorly. Nothing stellar or monumental but just a really drinkable solid brown ale, not my favorite but good non-the-less and quite acceptable to find on draft at a random bar in NYC.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 15:16:04 | More by claspada
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, auburn-brown color that is crisp and clean looking. A low profile, filmy white head sits atop the brew. The beer has a light nose of nut and caramel. The flavor profile is a blending of roasted and rich sweetness, with a toffee-nut backbone and a very light hopping at the end. Smooth, clean finish, with a lightly sweet and roasted aftertaste. This is a tasty staple beer that you can't go wrong having on hand in your fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 23:37:18 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of kylehay2004


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger head with light lacing on a cloudy on a very nice amber and brown body. Caramel malts and brown sugar in the aroma. Flavor is more of the same with the addition of nutty and chocolate notes. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall the hops are well represented, the taste is complex and there is no bad aftertaste making this one very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 00:41:45 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from apint glass, served on tap.

A- It is brown. The head is creamy white with good lacing and retention.

S- mild sweet malts and spices/caramels/chocolates.

T-The sweet malt taste and caramel/chocolte flavors are upfront. I missed picking up any hops.

M-Good and creamy body.

O- This is a good brew that packs some punch.
I am not a big fan of brown ale but I find this one is OK.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 03:24:13 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of dbmata


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply an oustanding brown ale. Completely sessionable, and pairs well with food that has a lot of character where it can help reset your palate between each bite.

Slight bitter hp bite and brown bread flavor, not sweet, not sour, well balanced. This is a beer you could drink by the half gallon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 03:37:47 | More by dbmata
Photo of bdelanghe


3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at a local family/pub pizza restaurant. It was from tap however, I think the carbonation level was a little low. The beer had a nice caramel color to it, the overall texture and taste was decent but lacked depth. Generally good tasting but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 01:44:13 | More by bdelanghe
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap served in a standard pint glass
It pours a burnt, orange-hued tan leather color with a medium-sized beige head and a fair amount of webby lacing.
A pleasant aroma of roasty brown malt rises at first pour. A light tea-light follows and lingers throughout. Mild resinous hops and a touch of alcohol fuminess round out the aromas.
The flavors match the smells to near perfection, with the exception being, a hint of a metallic tang noticed in the aftertaste.
This is a very fluid liquidy brew. The alcohol is fairly well disguised, so don’t just sit there enjoying one after the other and thinking to yourself, “man, these are tasty suckers, I can drink these all day long!”

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 13:01:21 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a local pub, poured into a pint glass.

A: tan amber color, nice small off white head with good retention that reduces to a lacing cap.

S: mild nuttiness. Slight caramel

T: sweet on the tounge, slight not of floral hop and nut. A nice example of what a brown should be.

M: medium bodied, slightly chalky.

O: a nice brown ale from smutty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 20:44:15 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA.

Appearance: Very brown, a darker brown, with a one finger light brown head that dissipates fast, leaving some lacing

Smell: Very malty, very sweet nose. Some caramel malts, some darker fruity malts to it.

Taste: Very sweet and malty, caramel and darker fruity malts. Not bad to start, but drinking a whole pint becomes a chore.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, good carbonation, smooth

Overall: Not bad, but it got to me after a while, and I wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 00:56:30 | More by MadCat
Photo of ranger60

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ.

Appearance: Very light brown in color; actually a nice looking beer in the glass.
Aroma: Sweet malty aroma.
Flavor: Was expecting a little more flavor; mild, sweet, malty.
Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel with substantial carbonation.
Drinkability: overall not bad, but not a favorite

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 17:28:18 | More by ranger60
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of the beer is clear a medium brown with a white head, about a 1/4 inch in hight. It dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.
The smell announces malt, brown sugar , caramel and grain.
The taste up front are earthy malt and caramel, changing to more grain flavors in the middle and little hops at the end.
Overall a medium to light bodied beer which is decent and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 02:58:34 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.