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Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Mudslinger Brown AleRedhook Mudslinger Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

212 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%


Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Mudslinger is a Nut Brown Ale with a Medium body and a fresh aroma. Its malty flavor is layered with light chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. Six barley malts and two hop varieties result in a surprisingly smooth, well balanced dark beer.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: RedBrewer83 on 01-07-2010)
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly. Brown-mahogany colored body. Clear body. Thin, semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle caramel notes but not very aromatic.
T) Malty sweetness. Caramel. Hints of nuts. Subtle hops in the finish.
M) Medium-light body. Slight tannin in the finish.
O) An ok brew. With a name like "mudslinger" one would think the girth would be more and the flavor profile would be more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:37:24 | More by u2carew
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Dec 02, 2013.

Into a pint glass.

A: somewhat clear red slightly brown colored body with a one finger white foamy head that lasts for a good two minutes before slowly dieing and leaving a decent looking foamy ring circling the top of the glass. There is a nice little spider web lacing that trickles around the glass

S: sweet and nutty malty caramel-ness that comes across in a pleasant "Wintery" sort of way.

T: mainly sweet and gives off a decent nuttiness; in the aftertaste there's a decent combination of sweet to nutty to leave a decent finish that ends up coming across somewhat dry

M: this one sits about a light to medium on the body to end up coming across fairly sessionable, carbonation is extremely smooth and adds a slight creaminess to it

O: hey Redhook good job with this, I would have this again

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 05:26:09 | More by BeerKangaroo
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lou50rp

Maine

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is a little light, more red than brown. Good carbonation. Head dissipates quickly.
Smell of sweet malt
Malty, nutty with a bit of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium, not watery and not syrupy.
Not a great brown ale, but good enough for a cold winter night.
Once again RedHook puts out a brew that is drinkable but not special.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 21:18:04 | More by lou50rp
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 12/3/12.

Pours a hazy dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and slight nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some decent aromas and flavors for the style but nothing really stands out about this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 04:41:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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wac9

Pennsylvania

1.15/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

what a nasty beer it smells funny and finding out its a english brown ale is a big dissappointment it lack the bite the taste ande makeup to be called a english brown ale fails big time doesnt even look good in a glas i love english brown ales this doesnt even close to any of them skip it and drink anpther because no effect was put into this

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 00:44:34 | More by wac9
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BucannonXC5

California

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Del Mission Liquor in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: 2-for-$5
Purchased: April 25, 2013
Consumed: April 25, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a mahogany brown color with two fingers of khaki tan head. Decent amount of sporadic and uneven layered lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled roasted caramel notes first. Also nuts, toast, toffee and faint bitter chocolate notes. Had me wanting to come back for more.

Not as much flavor in the taste like the nose. Roasty caramel, toffee, chocolate milk and nuts with bitterness hanging on the tongue after.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter, but still smooth finish.

This beer had its moments, but it was missing something. A bit more flavor I would have rated it higher than a 3.5 (which may have a bit generous).

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 04:52:23 | More by BucannonXC5
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Bear1964

Nebraska

3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass displayed a clear medium brown brew with a half finger head, the aroma picked up was roasted sweetness and a little malt background. Taste was simple with nothing stepping forward, roasted malts, sugar and a little hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium and nice and overall this is a nice Brown Ale, I've had worse and I've had much better....was looking to try this for a while but it's not something I'd seek out but then again I wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 22:52:18 | More by Bear1964
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mactrail

California

3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big foam in the big gulp size duvel tulip. Sweet and grainy are the main flavors. Hints of chicory. Lots of caramel followed by some bark and twiggy tea. Scratchy hoppiness though not really very bitter at first. Somewhat tangy, but it's more of a club soda taste with the browned malt dominating. The spoiled fruit flavor of hops with a bitter aftertaste.

A slightly more aggressive Brown Ale than the usual suspects. That touch of burnt barley helps it stand out. There is something too sweet and fruity with that woodsy bitterness to be very drinkable. In the 22 oz bottle. From Del Mission Liquor on Washington near Hillcrest in San Diego, which has a suprisingly good and fresh supply of craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 06:04:18 | More by mactrail
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured minimal head on a medium brown colored body.
The aroma is nice with chocolate, flora notes and nuts.
The taste is sweet overall with roasted and chocolate malt dominating.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:14:10 | More by Fatehunter
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Dammit, why can't we have clean, respectful political dialogue? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise sienna topped by a finger of glowing dirty white foam. The nose comprises lightly-funky wheat stuck in an old, semi-dried pool of maple syrup. The taste holds notes of old maple syrup, dry toffee, light brown sugar, light cocoa powder, and a twinge of sweet biscuit. There's a vague sense of candied orange peel throughout, but it never settles long enough for me to get a good enough idea of its existence. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick, fluid feel. Overall, a weak bit of "English-style" sweetness that doesn't meld well within itself, much less on my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 22:20:57 | More by TMoney2591
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TheSixthRing

California

3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear, deep reddish brown with an off-white finger width head. Sub-par retention, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface. The lacing is thin, with little stick.

Smell - Classic brown ale aromas; sweet, slightly nutty, brown sugar character. Moderate caramel notes. Light roastiness.

Taste - Moderate roastiness comes through with subtle hints of milk chocolate, caramel and slight nuttiness. Hops are pushed back away, but come through with hints of floral character. Nice, clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Fair creaminess. Goes down rather nicely.

Overall - Not a bad brown from Red Hook here, in fact it's pretty darn solid. Something I'd give thought to buying again, especially if I were in the mood for a brown, which is rare.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:06:07 | More by TheSixthRing
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hreb

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is on the red side of brown, and crystal clear, with a thin white head. Mild aroma, slightly sweet. Flavor is similarly on the sweeter side of brown ale: more caramelly than malty, and a medium body that complements the ale. This beer showcases barley/grain flavors, but it isn't a malt bomb like other brown ales. Not big on roasty or nutty flavors. Then there's treacle, and even a little bit of tartness on the back of the tongue, too. Not particularly hoppy, either in the nose or in bitterness, but there's just enough to give it a respectable balance.

Overall: pretty enjoyable, and a fine option if you kinda want a brown ale... but aren't sure that you want a really brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 00:31:49 | More by hreb
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light brown color with a small cream colored head. The head fades quite fast to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew and very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt and caramel smells. Mixed with these aromas are some nutty smells as well as a toffee aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and roasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness. . As the flavor advances some toffee and nut flavors then hit the tongue mixed with a light fruit taste of apple. In a not so smooth transition the sweeter flavors start to fade more toward the end as a light bitterness of a citrus and earthy nature come to the tongue. In the end a lightly bittered and semi-sweet roasted flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little more body and a little less carbonation would have likely suited the brew better, giving the roasted malt, caramel and nut flavor mix a more decant and suiting feel.

Overall – Well it’s not offensive and it is OK, but its lack of smooth transitions and its rather weak mouthfeel would likely prevent me from recommending this one to others. Just OK.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 14:04:46 | More by Darkmagus82
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ChugMan

Washington

3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Food Pairing: Enjoyed this with some potatoes and pork loin, which had been brined with herbs and roasted with pumpkin sauce. Complimented the earthy flavors of the dish fairly well, but the Mudslinger was slightly too light to stand up to its counterparts richness.

A- Modest head which disappeared rather quickly. Very clear, appealing deep amber to orange/brown color.

S - chocolaty in a tootsie roll way, pear, sweet malts. Faint overall.

T - Mild nutty and malt background of diluted chocolate flavors lend a light sweetness which thankfully doesn't overstay its welcome, instead getting a bit better towards the end. Bitterness is in check as well.

M - Light and refreshing.

Overall - Not nearly as rich as its name may imply, and is in fact a highly accessible, drinkable, beer which may be best enjoyed in warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 06:05:45 | More by ChugMan
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Murrhey

Montana

2.59/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger very light brown head. Walnut color body with high clarity and decent carbonation. Several minute long retention with nice fluffy lacing.

S- Overcooked malts, chocolate and creamy notes. Poorly balanced.

T- Bitter, malts are not sweet. Earthy, English hops. Odd flavor, not what I was expecting.

M- Smooth and fizzy.

O- This one's kind of a stinker. Not tasty, not fitting the style. Just odd.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 05:11:24 | More by Murrhey
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kemoarps

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany almost reddish hue. Minimal head.

Malt. some roastiness, a little bit of grassy hops.

Predominantly malts. Some bittering towards the end. Toasted bread malts. Little bit of nuts.

Eh, decent brown, but not really anything overly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 16:06:32 | More by kemoarps
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1234Jack


3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice sweet smell out of bottle.

Nice unfiltered reddish-brown color

Head is tan but not aggressive, but lacing hangs on the glass thoughout.

Smell out of glass brings more subtle malt notes.

First taste is malty but not overpowering. Nutty after.

No real bitterness. Any bite is typically at the tip of the tongue or roof of the mouth.

Feel is overall smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 04:22:49 | More by 1234Jack
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Zorro

California

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored beer with a thin tan colored head, it actually doesn't look like much.

Smells malty with a mild molasses and wheat toast slightly burnt aroma. Scents of chocolate and coffee with a little caramel syrup. Smells better than it looks.

Starts out semi-dry with a mild roasted malt flavor. Toasted grains with some coffee, it is quite mild tasting.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall super easy to drink even if it is a little too lightly flavored for my taste. Still I would buy again sometime when I just want a mild brown ale at a good price.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 02:59:29 | More by Zorro
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into standard pint.

A: pours clear brown with copper highlights. A quarter inch of offwhite head that was pretty fluffy and fell to a thin but complete cap and is leaving some lacing on the sides.

S: beery. Sweet caramely notes. Otherwise not much there.

T: sweet but not cloying. Lots of caramel malt flavor followed by a bit of herbal hop that balances out the beer. quite drinkable.

M: light and smooth. Increases the drinkability. Could easily finish a couple of them.

O: not well aquainted with the nut brown ale style but if this is average to good then I like 'em.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 05:06:11 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pushing the nutty and chocolate-caramel flavors to the front, this Northern English-style Brown Ale does well with regard to style.

The beer pours with the colors of very dark amber and medium brown. A fairly thin and short-lived head carries an early froth of egg shell white and nearly void of lace- I would have liked better foam character.

Deep caramel, perhaps on the lightly burnt side, reminds my nose of toffee or peanut brittle, without the peanuts. But an overall roasted nut character rises in the malt profile and nearly comes to life as chocolate. Mild grain husk and grassy hops hardly make a mark on the malt-forward nose.

Medium sweet to taste, the caramel, toffee, nuts, and chocolate frame the sweetness while a mild bark-like bitterness offsets just enough sweetness to remain palatable- this remains a sweeter beer overall. No fruitiness or spices detected from yeast, and only a mild grainy texture reveals a thinner, drier, and less malty body than its competitors.

Medium bodied especially to start, the beer's light carbonation allows the malt texture to lay on the tongue a bit heavy- a not toward English-style ales. But the relatively hightened alcohol and fleeting malt sweetness reveals a warm minty heat and mild grainy texture that all results in a malty-dry finish and a nutty/chocolaty aftertaste.

I certainly prefer this beer over Newcastle, but with the grainy-sweet taste and texture, the dryness and alcohol that I would have normally applauded seems to highlight the waivering malt body.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 04:13:15 | More by BEERchitect
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Valmor88

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with hints of red

S: Sweet malts and some citrus, with some smokey-ness

T: Caramel-y and malty characteristics are the most notable, with a good flavor hop profile, but not much bitterness. Nutty/smokey flavors hit on the dry finish.

M: Medium body with a surprising amount of carbonation.

O: A very drinkable beer. Reminds me of a crisp spring morning.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 18:07:42 | More by Valmor88
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer poured a great big tan head. The beer had a red color to it also. The beer had a slightly sweet taste and unfortunately a little bit of a metallic taste also or after taste I should say. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 16:11:08 | More by Minkybut
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:38:30 | More by mikesgroove
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from NH brewery dated 29 March 2011 served in a pint glass. (updated and revised with bottle from Dec. 2012 consumed Jan. 2013).

Pours a clear reddish brown with a fine looking but short-lived tan head.

Aroma: both spicy hops and malt evident in the attractive but weak nose, with a trace of fruitiness and notes of toasted grain, caramel and baked bread.

T - a good amount of toasted malt flavor, with spicy hops in the background that are probably responsible for the sensation of black pepper. Subtle flavors of roasted nuts and smoke. Hints of coffee in the semi-dry finish.

M - Produces a lot of tingling, suggesting that there's more carbonation in this than it appears. The body is medium, leaning towards thin.

O - a slightly hoppy and lively version of an English brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:24:20 | More by chinchill
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a very small tan head that quickly disappears to a slight edging. Nothing very flashy.

Aroma is of lots of sweet, brown malts along with a slight bit of berries or plums that compliments the big dose of caramel malts.

Sipping reveals a rather sweet brown malt of caramel along with a bit of citrus fruit and maybe cherries? I could be wrong, but it's what I taste. No hop come through really at all.

A bit sweet and thick on the sip, but quickly balances out nicely. Alcohol is nicely hidden but it is there...trust me!

Easy to drink and a nice spring or even summer brew for those who like brews with a bit more body and taste than a typical light summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:29:46 | More by Fish113d
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Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.