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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

2,369 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,369
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 92
Gots: 274 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-1998

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
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Ba Review #143
Served On: 03/20/2012
Glassware: Tröegs Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 7/16/12

This was in the current mixed 12 pack I found at Self Serve Beverage in York, PA.

Look: Beer poured a semi-clear caramel color with a little haze. Head was ½ finger of tight kaki bubbles that slowly dissolved to nothing.

Smell: Was of a nutty biscuit with a slight hoppiness noticeable Also some earthy spice.

Taste: Toffee notes seemed to dominate. Some toasted malt came through in the middle. Finish was rather dry with some roasted malts lingering into the aftertaste.

This was an interesting brown ale. The complexity wasn’t quite there. But overall the palate seemed pleasing. I would definitely drink this again if offered up.

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Poured into a tulip

A: Dark Brown to smokey red in color. Nice white two finger head that disappears quickly. Moderate lacing is evident.

S: I pick up brown sugar at first and foremost. Right behind that is some nutty notes and dark fruit.

T: A pleasant nutty taste. Caramel with some more nutty malts and brown sugar. Odd metallic taste on the finish. Hops do not seem to show themselves at all as they seem to be mild at best.

M: Medium mouthfeel with pretty evident carbonation. This one does not linger too long at all.

O: I like this brown ale. It is a definite easy drinker as I could easily put away a few of these.

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A: Pours a nice dark orange to cherry-red color, moderate foamy head that lingers for some time
S: Light aroma of roasted caramel but mostly neutral aroma
T: Dark chocolate, slight hints of bitter hops, some roasted oakiness towards the finish
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O: Flavorful brown ale; has some hints of that coffee/chocolate flavor that's seen in stouts but is somelight lighter with a distinctive bitterness; again very tasty, can definitely down a few of these

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12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep aurburn color with a one finger white head that says hello, then promptly leaves. There is a noticeable amount of suspended micro-specs; enough to make it cloudy, but not enough to make it uninviting. Good lacing.

S - The most prominent smell is probably brown sugar. This is accompanied by toasty malt, dark fruits, and nuttiness.

T - Nice sweetness to it with caramel, dark fruits, and some nutmeg. Toasted malt and black coffee beans are also present. Slightly bitter on the finish, although it is still smooth. I like the complexity yet there is a mellowness of the flavors.

M - Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Slightly thin, but it is very drinkable and smooth.

O - Another very good beer from Smuttynose. It isn't as flavorful as some brown ales, but the taste is balanced and complex. It goes down easy and I could probably have several without getting sick of it. I will probably get this beer again.

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A - Dark, mildly-hazy mahogany with ruby at the glass edges. 1-finger light tan head and light lacing.

S - Dark fruit like dried cherries, spicy, caramel malt. Pretty nice.

T - Nicely echoes the dark cherries from the smell, supported with a nice tang from the hops and a lightly roasted and caramel malt sweetness. The aftertaste leans towards sour cherries and decent hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth and a little prickly.

O - An enjoyable brown ale. Quite different than a stout or porter of the same strength. I enjoyed the flavor combination of fruit and bitterness. Good stuff.

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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