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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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217 Ratings

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

09-26-2013 01:59:57 | More by RyanMcAndrew
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

07-13-2013 04:05:30 | More by h4ger
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-24-2013 23:21:57 | More by mikehillman
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-20-2013 01:03:12 | More by tpauer
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-11-2013 02:11:05 | More by nasastrums
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3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a brown/copper with a small amount of barely off white head. Smells of light caramel malts with some darker traits. Subtle earthy fruits. No real hop aroma. Light body and a couple bottles went down smooth while grabbing a burger. Not too bad but not that great either.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 17:01:32 | More by DrinkingDrake
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3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well the bottle does clearly state Nut Brown Ale, so I can't blame them... but I was expecting something a little more peppy from a "Spring Ale" Most are bright, refreshing and fall into the Witbier, Pilsner or dry hopped pale categories. I guess they get a couple points for heading in a different direction.

A fairly think light beige head forms and begins to fade almost immediately. Fairly dark brown, with plenty of light getting through. No much in the way of lacing.

Aroma was certainly that of a nut brown. Some slightly sweet malt and some roasted not notes.

A fairly decent representation of the style. Malt focused, some nice roasted nut flavors with some subtle sweetness.

Medium bodied, a bit slick.

I think decent is the word here.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 09:51:53 | More by Reagan1984
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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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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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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: brownish orange; thin head dissipates quickly
S: slightly grassy smell, strong on the malt
T: heavy on the orange tones at the first sip; settles into a brown ale with caramel tones; little remarkable here, but nothing unpleasant

A good solid offer, but nothing to ponder over (if that's what you're after)

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:33:24 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:15:28 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown and clear, not a lot of head or lacing but nice rising bubbles.

Smooth caramel malt aroma and flavor, they nearly match exactly. A bit nutty and slightly bitter, with earthy undertones.

It's easy to drink, with a smooth, moderately carbonated, slightly slick feel. Easy to down, just a bit too easy maybe.

It's enjoyable, if not world class, but a nice beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:11:13 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Rhode Island

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:38:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather than invent new things, Redhook sometimes likes to shake up their old things. Copperhook used to be RH's spring seasonal and they would occasionally produce a Nut Brown Ale. Copperhook was since granted year-round status and the Nut Brown was re-christened Mudslinger and given the spring seasonal slot.

Mudslinger is much hoppier than I might have expected, with a bright grainy aroma and graceful mashtun flavor. The taste is otherwise not dynamic and turns drab after a few sips making for a beer of frail character that somehow typifies the whole Redhook experience. The nuttiness or malt caramel of most brown ales just doesn't happen here.

However, I'm a sucker for that warm cereal smell even if it seems out of place on this mahogany-colored beer. Too bad the rest of this one is too blasé to bother with.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 03:24:43 | More by RedDiamond
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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Served a dark mahogany color with a nice head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, caramel sweetness and bit of chocolate.

T: Taste of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, some nut and bit of chocolate. Mild bitterness and a finish the is quite dry.

F: Medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy. Has a decent balance.

O: Nice beer for the style but nothing too fancy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 14:32:26 | More by soju6
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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle--->Pint glass

A: Pours a semi-clear reddish dark brown. Very small white head. Little retention and no lacing.

S: Roasted semi-sweat malts. A little nutty also. A hint of spices are mixed in.

T/M: Sweet malty goodness with some of that nutty taste. Hints of hops and other spices are mixed in as the brew is balanced well enough. Goes down smooth with a pretty clean aftertaste.

O: Nice easy to drink Brown Ale. However the taste is nothing that special, and I don't think I'd get this one again. Unless I found it on tap.


Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:44:41 | More by mnrider
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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: light brown with light tan head that fades quickly

S: floral hops, a bit of citrus and dry biscuit aroma malt

T: I was a little surprised at this one. I was not originally expecting much at a Superbowl party when I found this but was asked to try it by a friend. Relatively dry brown ale flavors of malt and a mild hop presence.

M: light mouthfeel, high carbonation.

D: well the light body lends to drinkability. Pretty decent overall and met my expectations for a Redhook brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:25:48 | More by alpinebryant
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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 23:54:41 | More by Franz4
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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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New York

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 18:01:52 | More by yesyouam
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3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 16:37:32 | More by SickGnar
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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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3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/7/10.

Poured a deep golden brown with a substantial tan head that shows great retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

Subdued aroma of sweet earth, biscuit, and flowers.

Mild caramel flavor with a slight roastiness and a floral aspect.

Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin and carbonation was light considering the enormous head.

Good drinkability, refreshing and subtle, but I didn't detect any 'nuttiness' - maybe mine was a bit past it's prime.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 20:12:44 | More by maltlikker
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New York

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 05:36:00 | More by Kiwano
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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz into pint glass...

A: Pours a beautiful caramel golden brown with hints of ruby in the body. Head is a big three fingers, very frothy and falls in pillows, excellent sticky lacing left behind as it falls. Really hangs on well.

S: Huge caramel malt, very nutty...hazelnuts and toffee, definitely smells sweet and slightly bready, faint dark fruit on the finish. Pretty good aroma overall.

T: Flavor comes off a lot fruitier than the nose. Still get caramel malt but it comes second to the fruit and the finish is fairly dry but the fruit lingers with some of the malt. Faint hops in the finish, very faint, needs a little more to crisp things up. This could get cloying after a second. Too much fruit and expected more body from the direction of the nose.

M: Medium light body, crisp carbonation, slightly dry but needs to be drier in my opinion.

D: Fairly drinkable at 5.2, but the malt and fruit becomes a little cloying. Wouldn't want more than one of these...

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:06:37 | More by RedBrewer83
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