Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

124 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 145
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 145
Photo of John
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A well made American version of an English pale ale. A nice brew to reach for when you in a quandry for what to drink. Medium amber with decent head. Light malt and faint hop aroma. A bit more flavor than the aroma indicates. All in all a solid brew. Cheers to the longevity of Spanish Peaks. (293 characters)

Photo of hungryghost
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange copper color, decent white head, plenty of carbonation in these bottles. Smell some carmelized malts.
First taste brings on the malty flavor and a hint of nuttiness. Just a hint of hops in there. Mouthfeel is fine, not too thin a brew. Nothing stands out too much on this one, even though it is a good beer.
I have had it before and I am sure I will buy it again. (373 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a dark orange/brown body, with a good-sized cream colored head. Nose is light and sweet grain malt, maybe a bit of citrus. The taste is a mainly bitter hop, with some lightly sweet malt in front. The feel is weak and runny, ruins any potential this beer has for me. Not the worst beer but i wouldnt recommend it over others. (338 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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? (405 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a one-finger head. Aroma is somewhat malty with a nice hop bitterness showing through. Biscuity and smooth. Taste is chewy and malty with the same hop bitterness that fades in the aftertaste. Somewhat fruity as well at the back of the throat. Very drinkable though.

The label says Amber Ale but the style says American Pale Ale. Somewhat confusing but similar to Roxy Rolles in regards to bending the styles. Not a bad ale at all. (462 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottel into SABL glass.

A. 2 finger head. Color is caramel brown. Decent head retention. Not very much lacing.

S. Nice caramel malt smell. Smell some dark fruit & raisins. Molasses. Not a very big hop smell.

T. Taste is very much like the smell. Dominant carmel malt taste. Semi-sweet. Brown sugar. Not much hop taste or bitterness.

M. Medium bodied. Pretty smooth. Low-medium carbonation. Semisweet aftertaste.

D. Nothing amazing but a drinkable brew. Maybe a little too malt forward of a pale ale for me. (528 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noted right on the bottle that this is a English style ale, NOT an American PA as it’s listed under here.

And it really hits the English PA to a tee. Very nice drinker, very enjoyable and I bet low enough alcohol to make a good session brew.

Lite cola brown pour, firm ivory head producing sheets of lace. Then the English kicks in, aromas of a hoppy woody grain, followed by a tasty treat quaff loaded with grassy, resinous and woody malts.

Sharp and crisp body, she finishes clean and tasty. (504 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber color with a persistent creamy tan head that is about 1/4" It is leaving some pretty thick lacing on the class as you swirl it a bit. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, and it is still very active quite a few minutes after the pour.

Aroma: I get quite a bit of sweet caramel that was backed by a fresh floral hop presence. A very subtle roast is there along with an equally reserved metallic note.

Taste: The roast is a bit more assertive in the flavor than I suspected from the aroma. I do get a whole lot of sweet caramel in here as a base, but it doesn't hold up for too long as the roast and hop bitterness kicks in and runs the show into the finish. The finish is somewhat dry with a mild lingering bitterness. There is no real alcohol noticeable and the residual mouthfeel is more from the hops and dark malts as from the alcohol.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. I like the staying power of the head and it is still there after I have drank over half the beer. It seems that the Brown Ales from Montana (like Moose Drool) have a very pronounced dark caramel component. Big Sky's beer has a sweeter balance that I prefer...but this one is pretty good. I would drink it again. (1,267 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice ruby/amber color with a thin off white head. Light lacing and moderate retention.

Smell has a nice toasted malt profile with a nice breadyness.

Flavor has a nice bit of toasted malt with a very balancing amount of crisp hops. A very even beer.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a decent bit of carbonation.

Nothing outstanding, but a solid session beer. (384 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant coppery-red. Head is foamy, crisp and white with moderate lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt, and tropical fruit. Slightly sweet. Pleasant hop aroma.

Taste is balanced malt and hops. Understated citrus fruit, and caramel malt. Very bready, toasted malt. Finish has a mildly crisp hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Slight hop oiliness.

Overall a decent session brew. The label states that it is an English style ale; it is balanced and mild with unified flavor. However, it lacks the distinctive taste of English beer. Still this is a decent brew that I will enjoy again. (609 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark chestnut with a nice head and some lace. Malty and earthy or yardy smelling. Taste is kind of like an Oktoberfest. Big malt taste. A little hops afterwards. Somewhat astringent. Doesn't taste like it is very strong alchoholwise.

Just an average drink.

Dale (280 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clear dark amber red with a small beige head. Some decent lacing on the sides.

Aroma is loaded with a really nice caramel maltiness.

Taste is light and malty with a touch of caramel and dark fruit. The finish reveals a bit of sourness.

Mouthfeel is light and thin with a light carbonation.

A very drinkable APA from Spanish Peaks. Not a great beer, but definitely a solid beer and one to try. (419 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a black dog paw on the cap. Label says it's brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY. Pours a clear, copper amber with a one finger, beige head. Minimal ring lacing.

Aroma is malty. Caramel aroma with a weak note of pine in the background.

Taste is very malty, with caramel and a subdued fruit note. Mild presence of pine is just enough to maintain a decent balance.

Smooth and crisp, slightly on the sweet side. Good drinkability, overall. Hard to figure this brewery out. They no longer have a website, and seem to be moving around the country a lot. (577 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber-brown, chill hazed?, topped with a three finger pillowy light-tan head. Leaves thin webs of lacing.
Fruity, citrus, tofee and floral notes in the aroma.
Fruity, caramel taste. Herbs, roses, toasted dark break and tea make up the taste.
Medium bodied, nothing special but a good beer. (305 characters)

Photo of jscottku21
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very drinkable ale that, as some posters have said, is more of a pale ale than a British Ale. Nonetheless, this hybrid is an excellent sessioner that doesn't pack too much of a punch. This beer starts out tasting like a classic British Ale, however the mild taste of hops takes over and turns this more into an APA. All in all, not a good representation of either style, but definitely worth a try. (398 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark beer that was reminiscient of a brown ale in looks more than an amber.
Had a strong, two finger head, and it lasted a while. Good lacing held on for a long time.
This beer tasted and smelled of good strong maltiness. The malts of this beer is what impressed me the most.
It is listed as an APA but I cant see why. Hop presence was a bit low to be put in this catagory. (383 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dard-amber, decent head.

Aroma smells of sweet malts but still crisp.

Medium body, with medium carbonation. Light honey and vanilla flavors. Goes down fairly easy. Sweetness becomes more pronounced as it warms.

A decent ale, nothing to write home about, but easy to drink. (289 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Copper to amber honey color. Head rises up about a frothy half inch but runs away too quickly. Inviting aroma of sweet bready malt and ripe fruit, some cinnamon and some faint hops. Sadly the flavor disappoints after the anticipation from the aroma. No hops to speak of, and the malt degrades to a tinny muted flavor. There's a slight bitterness in the finish, and a cherry tang in the aftertaste, but that's the extent of the depth and complexity. Mouthfeel is full and round and creamy, but unfortunately carries nothing else with it. Low drinkability - my tastebuds are bored. (579 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Poured a brilliant amber-red with a smallish of-white cap that lasted fairly well and laces the glass.

Aromas of caramel malts, leafy hops and earthiness...nice nose to this one.

Big chew on sweetish caramalt in the front then the willemette hops balance with resinous botanical bittering. This rides to the finish where it turns the drink dry and moderately bitter.

A well crafted amber. Nice quaffer. (416 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Pours out a deep dark amber, approaching brown. Fairly small off white head.

S - Some sweet fruity flavors along with some caramel malts. Tiny hop peaking through.

T - Fairly clean tasting ale with some caramel flavor. Taste is very light but rather pleasant. Nothing really "stands out" but it's an easy drinker.

M - Fairly light and smooth.

D - I tend to like more flavor, but still sometimes this is what you want. I think this is a hybrid between an amber, English Pale, and even a tad of an English Bittter. All-in-all it's an easy drinking session ale. (601 characters)

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

I sampled this on January 5, 2010. It had a handsome looking mahogany-brown pour with about three-quarters of an inch of short-lived foamy beige head. Lots of lacing but the head dissolves after a few minutes. A good amount of perfume-like sweetness and a bit of hoppiness in the aroma. The mouthfeel is pretty durable and carbonated. The taste is bitter like an English style with a subtle hoppy finale. Not at all bad. (420 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy light brown color, with a large, dense off-white head, which retains quite well. The carbonation consists of an occasional slow-rising bubble; the lacing is thick and quite broken.

Aroma: Light fruits, mild herbal hops and malts comprise the aroma.

Taste: Dark fruit notes dominate the taste from beginning to end, beneath which there is a solid, although somewhat understated caramel malt backbone, and a flourish of herbal hops late in the taste, these are free of any harsh notes. The finish is quite dry with a lingering mild malt sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quiter full, with just a touch of soft carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

Drinkability/note: A very decent example of the style, quite pleasing and easy to drink.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck, with a pry-off cap. Served in a standard pint tap glass. (886 characters)

Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.