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Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Mudslinger Brown AleRedhook Mudslinger Brown Ale

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 234
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedBrewer83 on 01-07-2010

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
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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

mud slinger spring ale is a good way to ween yourself off of those dark smokey winter brews. It's not too dark but it's in no way a fluffly prance through a spring medow. It's coming up the middle on the edge of a knife. The color is a smashing deep brown copperish color. The smell is a mildly smokey chocolate barley. The taste is a rich smokey chocolate. I thinl mud slinger is more spacifically an end of winter beginning of spring ale, unless you are just hardcore and wanna drink the rich stuff year round. This is a solid beer and an out of the box way to embrace spring ales.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very clear, brown with orange hues, definitely on the light end of the brown spectrum, head is decent, doesn't last long

S: Smells mostly of medium crystal malt, doesn't smell overwhelming thanks to some background malt, but it stands out as the dominant characteristic by far

T: Once again, the crystal malt is the star providing a nice sweetish caramel flavor, this sweetness is balanced by a lower mash temp allowing for a drier, more drinkable beer, hops are there for balance, not adding much bitterness, but a good english flavor profile is there too. Just a small hint of darker, roasted grain.

M: Like I said, this beer is on the dry side, I'm not sure how well that compares to the style, but for a spring brown ale, that required, especially with that dose of crystal malt, it would be too sweet if it was denser

O: A better than average beer overall. They were shooting for a spring brown ale, and they did a good job. They still used those caramel flavors that you expect from an english brown, but managed to create a drinkable beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local trader, tone77, and I did another pick-up/drop-off the other day and this time our roles were reversed - I dropped off while he was at work. More bottles for me to keep the numbers aligned with The CANQuest (TM). So be it!

I popped the cap, gave it a pour and had the briefest finger of light-tan head in a while. Color was a garnet-red with NE quality clarity. Nose was very sweet, perhaps a bit too much so for this hophead, caramel-like in its intensity. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a caramel sweetness in the mouth, but not overwhelming as the nose had led me to expect. Finish was sweet, but again, not overwhelmingly so. I would not want a steady diet of this, but as an occasional change-up, sure.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains maple, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of maple, nuts and caramel followed by a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany glass holds a thin brown foam cover that gives a few strings of lace

Smell: Very mild malty brown bread nose with a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: Again, mild is the word. Malty balance, but generally pretty watery, easy and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Little foamy in carbonation, medium light body, fairly clean finish

Overall: A easy session beer. No flaws noted, a nice clean simple beer.

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Photo of Franz4
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottling date of 2/9/11

A- dark copper color, poured a small head but it vanished quickly.

S- toasty, nutty, and slightly grassy, nothing to overpowering or complex.

T- toast is the dominant flavor, very mild nuttiness is present as well.

M- Very smooth with just the right carbonation, this one goes down easy.

O- Very clean taste with not much aftertaste, it's a simple beer, seems to be well crafted and I'd grab this for the spring/summer months.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Mudslinger is a very clear, copper brown ale with a small, white head that quickly fades to a ring. It has a caramel aroma with a note of coffee and possibly cola. It's light bodied with a pretty clean, delicate finish. It's lightly flavored with caramel and some nuttiness. It has a slightly metallic property. An herbal, medicinal bitterness comes in for the finish. Sweet caramel flavor lingers. This isn't really my style, but there's nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -Toffee colored brown mahogany

S - Fruity and yeasty -- raisins and plums/prunes

T - Malty toasty with fruit - plum and raisin and then chocolate and coffee on the end

M - a little carbonation but almost a little watery

O - Interesting enough to hold interest but after a while I was wishing for additional carbonation and perhaps a bit more complexity.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light brown with minimal head. Disappointing. Nose is light with some toasty aromas, hint of brown sugar. Cola-like on the palate with light caramel flavors, decent carbonation, and a dusty finish. Light bodied and watery. Not worth trying at all.

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Photo of confer
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- From a bottle. It is a medium brown, almost cola color. Now much head or carbonation.
S- Sweet and malty.
T- Again like the smell it is sweet and malty, not very deep though.
M,O- A great beer for the price, and pretty good overall. I would definitely go to this one again.

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Photo of deebo
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruddy brown, with a tan head that quickly dissipates.
S-Nutty, roasted malts hits you upfront and dominates the aroma.
T-Balanced toasted malt and astringent hops, although the malt as in most brown ales is dominant.
M-Tangy carbonation, light to medium bodied, slightly astringent in the aftertaste.
D-Good for the style, easily good for 2 or 3.
O-A nice brown ale. I would like a little less hop astringency and maybe less carbonation and a heavier mouthfeel but this is a good value for the price.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with a white head that dissipates to a skim. No lace.

Sweet bread and caramel aromas.

Brown sugar, caramel, and malt, which instantly dries out. Smells sweeter than it is. Dry malt and bitterness. No very complex, a bit watery and thin in flavor.

Lighter bodied than expected, but moderately drinkable. Overall, not bad, just not great. Don't really hate this, but there are many better.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium-dark brown body with just under an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Nutty traces stirred up in the malts smelling additionally of caramel and sweet chocolate. Lightly estery. Mildly spicy, earthy tones from the hops.

Taste: Pale and toast-tasting malts with a reasonable light level of sweetness. With Mud Slinger, you get yourself a sliver of caramel, one or two crushed nuts, a teaspoon of chocolate morsels, a few drops of mild coffee. Earthy, lightly herbal-toned hops with a medium-low bitterness to keeps thing in balance. A little more distinct roastiness is felt on the swallow. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I will be doing no mud slinging here. I liked it. Sure, you don't get a vastly complex malt character or a sizzling hop profile, and there's no room or real need for any wild barrel-aging. I'm totally fine with that. It's just a simple, decent, balanced brown.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper hinting at russet brown (but barely dark enough to really call it brown). Good size off-white to beige head with lots of fair-size bubbles rising up through the clear brew. Fairly nice lace.

S: Malty – caramel with some sweetness, toasty background, but not really picking up a distinct toasty note. Soft fruity esters. Not really picking up any hops.

T: Malts are more forward with the nutty aspect in the palate. The toasty notes sticks around with even some darker roast hints of chocolate coming through in the finish. Caramel is more restrained than in the nose, and sweetness seems more estery & fruity rather than malty. Herbal, grassy, somewhat tea-like hops are in the background and gain an earthy edge toward the end. Flavors linger quite well into the finish with perhaps some diacetyl as it warms.

M: Average body with lush & firm carbonation that makes it seem fuller than it is. Some sweetness sticks around, but toasty grains, hops, and an odd astringent note all tip it to a drying finish. Astringent note gets old quickly.

D: An interesting, if mild, brown – yet drinkable enough. Toasty, but not overly nutty. Malts are quite dry & are balanced against a fruity/estery sweet aspect. Hops play a supporting, but noticeable role. A solid offering.

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Photo of MaryMoTu
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one while I had a light case of seasonal allergies (read: smell and taste were a little muted).

A: clear brown-red, nice light head with good head retention

S: didn't get a lot, but what I did get was sweet and malty

T: nutty and earthy with a nice roasted malt flavor, hint of molasses

M: light, but a little flat

O: drinkable, malty brown ale. slightly underwhelming. would be very tasty with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a name like "Mudslinger Spring Ale" I was hoping for a bock, but it turns out this is a brown ale. Oh well.

It pours a clear russet brown with orange and ruby highlights beneath a creamy head of light tan. The head retention is average, but it does leave some nice splashes of lace behind.

The aroma expresses a combination of yeasty fruitiness and caramelish and gently toasty malts.

In the mouth it's light-medium in body and smooth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor follows the aroma but adds to it a dusting of soft cocoa, or perhaps some milk chocolate. It's nicely bready, and softly bitter. It finishes short and clean.

Overall it's an easy-drinking, refreshing ale with enough flavor and character to keep it interesting.

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Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Ale Brewery 2011 Mudslinger Brown Ale. 4 oz. Taster at Fremont, Seattle Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival on 4/2/2011. 5.80% ABV. 30 IBU's. Mild lace off white head. Clear bright rich ruby red brown color. Light chocolate mild hop front. Slightly sweet brown sugar toasted toffee cocoa crisp body. Clean dry tangy end. Zesty Brown Ale. Mildly fruity, but nice. (3.5 / 5.0)

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger fluffy light tan head with excellent retention to 1 finger cap. Decanted lightly. Laced in rings with legs running down the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Earthy and mild hop character.

T: Consistent with the nose. A hint of sweet, dark fruit in the middle and some floral hop character. Carbonation gives good transition and accentuates a mild bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Fairly bright in the middle balancing the sweet malt to a mild bitter finish.

O: Malty character well-balanced without big hopping; a plus for this style. Very drinkable; flavorable and tolerable ABV.

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Photo of goldbot
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A medium amber-brown color with thin, off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is grainy, slightly nutty with a hint of caramel. The flavor is about the same; light, grainy malts with a bit of caramel. A slight hop bitterness. Quite thin on the flavor though. The mouthfeel is good, crisp and slightly thin but substantial enough.

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Photo of NaLoGra
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks great, pours dark brown. Not much head through, but decent lacing.

S- Smells a little malty, not much other smells present.

T- Not too much aftertaste, but it tastes like it smells, malty, but surprisingly with a little chocolate hints.

M- A little thick, but still I would categorize with medium body.

O- Honestly I was expecting a little more from this beer from other reviews, I wasnt too impressed by it. This is my first redhook ale beer, and im a little skeptical about buying a different brew from them.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Nice lace. Not a strong head, but respectable. Deep auburn.

S: Not a lot on aroma. A little malt.

T: Tasty. Big malt upfront gives notes of umami, caramel, and roasted meat. Good.

M: Well rounded carbonation and viscosity.

D: At first I didn't see this as a spring ale but when put with grilling, BBQ, and outdoors, it makes sense. A good campfire beer, for sure.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark reddish-brown in color. Two fingers of tan head with average retention and some decent lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with a subtle fruity undertone. Light hops.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty much exactly. Semi-sweet roasted malts, some dark fruit. Nutty and chocolate middle. Back end is coffee and light hops. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Easy drinking and satisfying. Very sessionable.

Final Notes: A solid Brown Ale. Malt-forward, light hops, and smooth. You could easily have a few of these, and it would pair well with a variety of foods.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mudslinger has a healthy-looking finger of off-white head that sits atop a brown body.

The aroma has sweet grain and toasted malts.

A touch of fruity hops and a bit of earthiness comes through, followed by a more powerful malt base. The malt is lightly toasted and has flavors of sweet grain, but still manages to be pretty dry overall. It reminded me of a mix of an English brown and an Irish red because it was so dry. A little bit of warmth comes through in the finish also.

The mouthfeel is strange. The finish is dry, but the body is one of the lightest that I have encountered.

Mudlsinger is not a bad beer at all. Considering I had it at a bar that has limited options in the good beer department, I certainly didn't complain. Overall, however, it doesn't stack up against the best brown ales.

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Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.