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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

2,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 931
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 91
Gots: 251 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy brown hue with a white ole 4-finger white head that slowly dissipates, leaving a nice trail down the glass, and ending in an solid persistent lace.

S: Crisp brown sugar and phenolic aroma and dark fruits in the background.

T: Slightly sweet and tart flavor with a chocolate and toasted malt background. Hints of dark fruits in the background.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: This is a solid brown ale. Well balanced and tasty.

Photo of RTEdmunds
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

much cloudier than I expected! some reddish undertones as well.

aroma is not particularly strong. smells pretty sweet to me.

nice sweet flavor, some mild spicy notes in there. can detect a bit of caramel if I think about it.

feels nice in the mouth, very drinkable.

Overall a solid brown ale

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of NiceTaps
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its been a while since I've had one of these, and since I haven't reviewed it, today is the day to change that.
Pours a deep slightly cloudy crimson color with a huge off white head that recedes but never leaves. Smells of toffee and brown sugar with some earthy hops thrown in the mix for contrast. Slight bit of dark fruits like plums and cherries, a hint of alcohol and butter in there as well. Taste is malty sweet with a distinct bit of dark fruit and ethanol. Lots of toffee and brown sugar and luckily not much butter survives. Light earthy hop flavor helps balance the malt. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet earthy mineral mouthfeel. Don Henley said "Don't look back you can never look back." I remember really enjoying this beer but today I fell like I could take it or leave it. Decent beer but not my cup of tea anymore.

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

At the time of this reveiw, this beer is #36 on the top American brown ale list. Served in a New Belgium globe glass.

Beer is brown, mostly clear thin lazy head, low retention, low carboantion, low lacing.

Aroma is mildly roasty a little sweet.

Beer is medium to light in body, flavors are thin on the palate, minimal malt, mildly bitter roast finish, finish is nice, I'd have again nice standby beer but rather unremarkable.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.