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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

2,302 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,302
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 93
Gots: 223 | 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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of timn
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a medium brown almost reddish color, similar to cherry wood. Looks nice, overall, with a color that fits the flavor.

S: Slight smell of roasted malts.

T: Pretty nice taste. A malty, slightly nutty flavor. Occasionally a bit of acid / citrus at the finish. The flavor is pretty balanced and not hugely complex, but quite nice overall.

M: Light-medium mouthfeel, with noticeable carbonation.

O: Overall, a nice, steady, drinkable brown ale. Think a malty, earthy, nutty type of experience, and that is what this beer is all about. Pretty good.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Act25
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice looking brown ale. Not much of a head, not long lasting, medium lacing. Slight haze.

Smell: Well done, a great nose. Bread and caramel, sweet caramelized, toasted malts - nicely bready - nutty - some sweetness, and a raiseny fruitiness. Gets better as beer warms and airs.

Taste: Chewy toasted bread - toasty malts, caramel, nuts - just right sweetness - roasty and earthy - raising raisons as it warms, minimal bitterness. Smooth. Best part.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth, lightly carbonated, refreshing, sessionable, but strong.

Overall: One of the best Brown Ales, beats Avery's Ellies. (why always the wet dog? this is one nice chocolate brown wet new hampshire dog on the beach. Let it warm!

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2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown ale or amber? Beautiful color but my impression is tilted towards amber. A thick off-white head popped up but fled just as fast.

Weak but ever present sweet maltiness gets deep into the nose s a cracker like aroma lingers.

I love the taste but it leaves me begging as the sweet maltiness teases but never quite satisfies. Hint of caramel, hint of burnt malt there's a lot of amber or Irish Red qualities. Very nice for the price I'd love to see a double malted version to truly satisfy a teasingly good ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AmitC
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Color is deep amber almost brown with a lot of ruby hues. Translucent, some very fine suspensions. About half finger thick off white almost tan colored head that recedes really fast. Decent lacing on the sides. Some bubbles seen rising up.

A strong malt presence. Caramel. Toasted notes. Low on hops. Dry nuts. A bit of fruity esters.

Flavor is bit of caramel and toasted malts. A bit of roasted notes. Some nutty character.

Mouth feel is light medium. Moderate carbonation. No astringency.

Overall a very average ale.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,302 ratings.