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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,119 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 75
Gots: 145 | 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: 2,119 | Reviews: 904 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of davidhilgen
4/5  rDev +1.8%

davidhilgen, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of stxp
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: small head, some lactic accumulation, tight lacing, small bubbles, dark amber

smell: warm malty alcohol, sweet malt, some honey

taste: malty, slight dry grain, slightly crisp, very balanced

mouthfeel: incredibly smooth, very balanced, slight bite at first, very fast finish, not too drying

overall: fantastic beer, great session beer, balanced malt and hops, clean nose

stxp, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of patsyclinebitch
5/5  rDev +27.2%

patsyclinebitch, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

GeoffreyM, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

gshackles, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Guinnsslvr, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Scott1970
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Scott1970, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jgaul79, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of RobertColianni
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

RobertColianni, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy ice tea color with a very impressive cap that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Caramel, nuts and roasted malt

Taste: As advertised in the aroma, caramel, nuts and roasted malt; just a vague dollop of earthy hops arrive in the middle and then fade to let the malts take over the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: At one time this would have been the bee's knees but, like that saying, those times have passed; a nice brown ale but more like your father's brown if your father was a craft beer drinker

brentk56, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

glowsun, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jamstone714, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

abcdefghijkyle, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

SLeffler27, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

cackalacky, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Dools9
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a shaker pint. BB 2/8/12.

A: Pours a copper, reddish brown. Two fingers of soft, creamy khaki head. Awesome retention and lace.

S: Malty, nutty, some vague fruit, caramel/toffee.

T: Roasted malt blended with a caramel sweetness, getting a good dose of fruit as well, apples, pears and some brown sugar sweetness to round it out.

M: Smooth and soft, lighter bodied.

O: Tasty stuff, this gets much better as it warms too. Paired with a hearty pork chop meal and I was diggin it.

Dools9, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

oldedog, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of RWLawman
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.

RWLawman, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Mojo
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a deep copper/light mahogany with about a two finger head, some retention, and some lacing, although minimal in both cases. The nose is quite nice. I can't quite pick out all the aromas, but it is pleasant and appealing. Taste is very well balanced. Lucious and sweet upfront seamlessly giving way to a mild hoppiness on the finish. It is a mild flavor, yet a full flavor as well. Nothing is quite in your face, but it is loaded with understated flavor. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a small aftertaste that is similar to dark chocolate. I wish I had bought more of these. Maybe next trip.

Mojo, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

mcss, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

SadMachine, Nov 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

PopnLoads, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

johnsilk, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Cark, Nov 07, 2012
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.