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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,132 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 75
Gots: 151 | 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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Ratings: 2,132 | Reviews: 905 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Bolivar73, Sep 11, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -18.6%

Djd085, Sep 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Davepoolesque, Sep 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

LiamMichaelAriel, Sep 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

probert, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Durandal_777, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Robyn, Sep 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Tafyob41, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

djcira, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Sellen
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sellen, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of illpass78
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/brown that looks kind of reddish against the light. One-finger off-white head.

Aroma: Smells of nuttiness, caramel, hops, toast and malt. Appealing.

Taste: This is a really tasty brown ale that hits you with a roasty nutty flavor and a nice hoppy finish. There's also some sweetness and caramel, which is represented in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, as it should be. Maybe a shade less than medium, but the depth is pretty spot-on.

Overall: A terrific representation of the style, and altogether a terrific beer. Lots of flavor, and leaves you wondering where they hide the more-than-average alcohol, as it's barely noticeable. A modern classic, I'd say.

illpass78, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

BalancingBrooms, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

FCal79, Sep 05, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Phigg1102, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Bito401, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%

Best by 11/19/14.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 04, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Lovethemhopps, Sep 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Not a fan of style. Nothing personal.

logicalparadox, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

One of my favorite brews, I always have a few in the 'fridge to have with a steak as they go together great!

Garypuffer, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Keb7816, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

LutherBrau, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

justme, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

aking32753, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jame515, Aug 29, 2014
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.