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Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

Spanish Peaks Black Dog AleSpanish Peaks Black Dog Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%


Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle says an English-style Amber Ale, BA says its an APA. Bottle says its from Montana and Colorado, its actually a beer marketing company from California. Sheesh!

Pours a clear amber with a frothy head. Decent retention as well as some lacing as it drinks.

Smell is rather muted though I do get caramel maltiness.

Taste is much the same. Not a very complex beer, mostly the sweetish toffee/caramel. No really notable hops either, though there is a good bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is kind of watery, light-bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I don't like this beer enough to have to many.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 19:42:09 | More by foureyedgeek
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkish brown "amber" ale, not too much head. Lace sticks for a while.

Aroma is mostly underwhelming malt, roasted fairly dark.

Flavor is all malt, some balancing hops. Some nuttiness, as a brown ale. Subdued flavor overall.

This beer treads the line between porter and dark ale. Mouthfeel is full, good complex ale. Easy to drink, but the aftertaste says porter or stout, not brown ale. Robust microbrewed ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 01:36:12 | More by BretSikkink
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Nice one finger tan head, deep amber color, mostly clear, immediate lacing

S - Nose is nutty malts, some toffee aroma to, sweet florals; mild but nice, very unique

T - Nice caramal malt flavor dominates; also some roasted naste in the middle, mild hops with some nuttiness

M - Good carbonation, medium body; good aftertaste, no problems here, although nothing particularly special

D - A good beer - reminds me a lot of Newcastle Brown, but some different flavors; definitely drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 00:00:50 | More by soupyman10
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer was dark with a head that went away fast, slight lacing. This beer I have had before several years ago and I thought it was good. The label has changed and I guess the beer has also. Beer was harsh chemicle tasting, bitter like. It reminded me of turpentine or something. I will not buy again.
2nd tasting a year later:
I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice light mahoganny color with a nice tan head. The beer had a bit of a hoppy aftertaste and was slighly bitter. The lacing was pretty good. It was a decent beer, nothing exciting but decent. I still will not buy again though as it just was not all that great either.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 00:45:50 | More by Minkybut
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a copper amber hue with a bronzish beige off white head leaves even lacing around my pint glass. Aroma has some deep caramel English tinted malt notes with nutty toffee and mild cocoa and dark chocolate malts in addition to the rest of grain bill. Hops are very mild sort of funky and mild grassy in the English pale tradition. Flavor has a roasty chocolate/caramel mix, with toffee tones from the English malts and a mild medicinal tree bark earthy nutty tea feel to it with substantial pine hops very nice American contract brewed English style amber pale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice coating on the palate and carried by moderate carbonation. Drinkability not a bad session ale but nothing to yearn for I was surprised however by the flavor picked it up in a mixed sixer with no expectations...definitely a solid drinkable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 18:24:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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lackenhauser

Maryland

2.17/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Help me out here. This beer was all over my area several years ago. Never tried it. Has come back in force-especially in places like grocery stores that you wouldnt think of for good beer. Label says Polson, MT and Denver, CO. BA says "beer marketing company" in CA instead of brewery. Checked their web site. Not a lot of info there. Got me-but you're not missing anything.

Good, slight copper hue to it. Aroma is full of a smoke scent, sort of solvent like. Flavor is much of the same. Almost comes off as a belgian pale ale. Phenolic and chemical like. Burnt rubber. It isnt necessarily unpleasant but for this style it is wacked. I cant place my finger on where I have tasted it before-somewhat like burnt chestnuts. Ok body. I would give this a wide berth. They cant be serious-has to be a bad batch or off. No freshness ID. If this is beer from a "beer marketing company" give me a Bootie Lager any day!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 03:00:42 | More by lackenhauser
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Morris729

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rusty copper color with a short light tan head that soon fades into a thin lace. Nose is sweet malt and, well, that’s pretty much it—just a malty sweetness. The taste is a bit more dynamic with notes of a light fruitiness and caramel malt along with some mildly bitter and piney hops. I’m not certain what style to call this, but it was easy to drink, whatever it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 08:59:18 | More by Morris729
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is very balanced between the malt and the hops.

Taste is also well balanced. A good start with the sweetness of malt, but is quickly replaced by the hops. Not overly done in any direction.

The brew pours with good head retention. It produces a light tan cranium.

Good enough for another go around.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 01:04:07 | More by TheSarge
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark redish golden color with a decent head that dissipates quickly, smells of a nice mixture of both hops and malt, tastes great, a spicy hopness is what i first noticed but also with a touch of malt and a pleasant alcohol touch. this could easily be a beer i would buy more often if i could find it easier. if you see it at your local shop pick up a couple and give it a try

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 03:04:19 | More by 1fastz28
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, hops, citrus and a little spice.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of caramel, nuts, spice and a hint of citrus fruit, but not very sweet. The hops are very faint, but they are there, makes me think this one should be moved over to one of the English Ale categories.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium carbonation, light-to-medium body, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, but it goes down easy, which is about the only compliment I can give this beer. The ABV isn’t listed but it’s got to be low. If I had to guess, I’d say less than 5.00%. I didn’t really care for this beer too much. I was given a sixer of this beer as a gift and I’ll certainly finish it (just not tonight), but I wouldn’t buy another.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 00:22:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RJLarse

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a six-pack of Black Dog Ale at a grocery store to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a deep red/copper color and is clear. A creamy light beige head forms and fades quickly to a film. Even so there is good lacing on the glass while drinking.

The smell is sweet and floral. There is some malt aroma, and a bit of a bourbon scent.

The taste is complicated. There is a malt flavor, some caramel, a little bourbon heat, and some bitter hops. It tastes OK, but I'm not much on the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a lot more carbonation than I was expecting.

This is a drinkable beer. I would certainly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 01:01:03 | More by RJLarse
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Padron4KM

Arizona

2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, cryptic date code, 070a07. Lable looks like it was put on by hand.

Clear amber with lots of carbonation and a thin tanish head.

Aroma is mostly nutty with a little caramel.

Flavor is light burnt sugar with a light earthy citrusy bitterness.

Body is light and finish is short..

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 05:02:27 | More by Padron4KM
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a burgundy color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It mostly smelled of malt and hops.

T - Despite smelling fairly hoppy, it wasn't. It tasted rather nutty and like a blending of malt and grains.

M - Crisp and dry. It is light-bodied.

D - It is an okay beer. I won't rush out to buy more but if offered a Black Dog, I won't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 15:37:56 | More by zeff80
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jettjon

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into the pint glass, an amber brown clear color with many tiny bubbles. Thick, creamy 1-finger head of light tan foam with heavy lacing. Good head retention; there’s a sold cap down to the bottom. Great looking beer. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Flavor is a nice, moderate crisp bitter with sweet undertones, finishes a clean, mild bitter. Not complicated, just enjoyable. Mouth is crisp and clean; the moderate carbonation feels tingly on the tongue. Drinkability is very good; this is a simple, tasty, and refreshing ale. Easily sessionable.

Overall: A solid brown/amber ale, recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2006 03:56:55 | More by jettjon
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two fingers thick light tan head that leaves great lacing and sheeting throughout. very surprised at its retention. body is amber but more on the brown side.
s - fruity and malty all at the same time. hard to distinguish specifics but i know they are there.
t - citrusy at the front and malty in the back.
m - slightly thin and bubbly.
d - this is way more complex than i thought it would be. highly drinkable and a session i will go back to.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 16:20:12 | More by GPHarris
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loren01

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an amber color, small white head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Smell is of caramel, nutty scent as well
T: Tastes same as smell, caramel flavor but not as strong as the smell. Slight hop aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied beer
D: Pretty average amber ale, smell stood out but not really much else.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 06:56:25 | More by loren01
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark brown color with a nice but quickly falling head. The smell was a bit malty and slightly spicy. The taste was mainly of malt and sourness. It was well balanced between the sweet malty flavor and the sour undertones. The mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Overall, I think the drinkability of this beer is high because it isn’t too heavy to tire of quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 01:07:35 | More by barefootbrewer
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riversider76

New York

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber. Thin tan head. Not much retention, and fair lacing. Smell Is of carmel malts.Body is on the thin side and carbonated. Taste is of carmel, and apple, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Has a bit of a wiskey edge to it as well. Complex, but good.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 23:11:12 | More by riversider76
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guinness33

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a lackluster brew overall.

It pours a decent semi-hazy amber colour wit ha mild head that leaves no mark on the glass.

Aroma is dank and malty, and a bit too caramel heavy for my liking. There are hints of chocolate in there as well.

The flavour is similar to the aroma, but the caramel for one is a bit more tame. There are hints of butter that aren't noticeable in the aroma as well as a bit of a rubbery taste. The finish has a watery malty taste to it. Mouthfeel is, again, a bit watery and light to medium bodied.

I am not impressed by this one. The "numbers" will give this one a marginally favourable review, but my impression was marginally unfavourable overall. Bland and boring, I can't say I can recommend this one. What I can say is to let it warm a bit if you do try it, as if it is sampled too cold, the aroma is awful and the flavour is even weaker.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 00:58:01 | More by guinness33
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

2.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was excited to see this for only $3.99 at the local liquor store, but now I think I know why it wasn't moving. What dominates this beer is a weird tanginess (like a sour apple) that is just too overpowering for my tastes. It is reasonably drinkable if ice-cold but that really isn't a good thing. It also is fairly sweet with some malt but almost no hops to speak of.

It pours an attractive clear orange-amber in the glass with a head that disappears almost instantly. The aroma is a also a bit on the sour side too but it is the flavor where the tartness comes out.

(also for whatever it is worth, this beer is not an APA, but the bottle doesn't say it is one, only the Beeradvocate listing)

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 06:14:39 | More by jmbranum
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, clear with nice carbonation visible. Thick creamy light tan head. A very malty aroma to this one, caramel malts, some slight "sense" of hops. Good malt based flavours, quite fruity in aspect and a small touch of hops in the end. Not a bad mouthfeel, but just a tad on the thin side for the style. A nice simple drinkable pale ale. nothing exciting but nothing bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 15:03:17 | More by Reidrover
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a complete 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. It's a pretty amber/orange. Got a nice white head about a finger's width. Some lacing as I swirl the glass gently. This beer has a sweet malty aroma with very little noticable hops. There is a nice spicey undertone to the aroma that is quite pleasant. The taste also bursts with sweet maltiness, and then a slight bitter finish, with more evidence of spicenss. Even after the bitter finish I am left with lingering sweetness. (I guess I'd say this beer is sweet). It does have a nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

This beer does not have the hop balance that I have come to expect in an APA. It is nontheless a nice drinkable ale that is very sessionable IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 22:50:46 | More by ZimZamZoom
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts and slight caramel.

T - The taste is sweet and a tiny bit bitter.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice tasty brew.

First off this is not a APA, it's a English Style Amber Ale. Also the brewery is in Bozeman, Montana not CA. Or do I have a totally different brewery?

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 00:35:56 | More by Wasatch
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Naes

New York

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a slightly hazy dark amber to brown ale with a two finger head. The retention and lacing is minimal.
The aroma is mostly of sweet malts with a hint of citrusy hops.
The flavor is very similar to the aroma. There is a bit of caramel malt with some spiciness present and a slight amount of hops near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit light for the style and the carbonation levels are low.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but it does not stand out as an excellent one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 01:27:57 | More by Naes
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DogFood11

California

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at bristol farms in westwood. First time I've seen this in the area so I had to snag it.

Pretty standard appearance, orange hue, little lacing or head and a medium sized carbonation slowly stumbles to the surface.

significant malted sweetness in the smell, along with a citrusy hop counterbalance. The malts win in the end, bready and rich smelling.

doughy bread flavor, Floral (although very subtle) and a slight citrus balance. Rolls around nicely on the palate until the end when there is a bit of a chalky layering.

I would buy this again not only because its good but the price is right. Can't wait to try another offering as soon as I see one.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 02:22:27 | More by DogFood11
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