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Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 21:59:34 | More by Tballz420
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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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John

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2002 10:54:44 | More by John
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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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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright and clear amber-orange color and had a thin white head to it that thinned out to nothing after a few sips. There's a pleasant and fruity aroma with some hop bitterness. This is a crisp and fruity dry ale that finishes clean and has some substance to it. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 01:38:43 | More by pezoids
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to pick up a bottle of this, along with their Monterey Lager, as I have never seen them anywhere else. Label states "no whiners." All righty then.

Poured a rich copper color with a thick fluffy head that did not retain well. The aroma was initially very fruity, but as it warmed I picked up some malts and a soapy aroma as well.

Flavor has a bit of a roasty caramel thing going on, with a somewhat acidic malt flavor at the end. Could use a kick of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat creamy, and enjoyable. A pleasant drinker, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2003 14:00:32 | More by IrishRedRock
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kbub6f

New York

3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny, off-white head. Dies fast. Clear, deep amber. Some red. Some soapy, runny lacing. Sweet nose: sugar, ripe fruit, some sour grains. Sour milk in front. Ripe fruit and hints of chocolate and malt. Tingly but flattish. Dark malt middle, but not sweet. Bitter, nutty, alcoholic finish. Nut burps. Not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 15:04:42 | More by kbub6f
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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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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep red, clear. Moderate carbonation. Mild-moderate head, fluffy and creamy, stratified lacing.

Spicy warm hops. Sweet malt, caramel and a little nut.

Medium bodied. Starts smooth and finishes with a nice little carbonation kick. Sweet caramel and nut malt base. Some coffee and mild chocolate notes. Nicely balanced with herbal hops, floral and spicy notes. Very mild warmth, just a simple presence. Finishes a little tart, mainly clean.

Impressive. Very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 05:18:31 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife calls this the "whiskey of beers". Why? because like a fine single malt scotch, it has "complexity". You can analyze it with your senses and be continually surprised. Everybody else pretty much said what I was going to say: Complex, malty, Munich malt character, fruity aroma, chocolate finish... Great beer that I will buy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2002 01:22:17 | More by EagleTalon
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williamherbert

New York

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a deep mahogany red with a nice pillowy head. Quite clear despite the depth of the color. It's got a really reach clear look to it. Minimal lace.

The smell is a bitter amber malt. Quite bitter in fact. Hops are but a mild accent; bitter, yet also a tad flowery and sweet. Decent, but not amazing.

The taste is a bitter German amber malt. Sharp bitter malt flavor. Hops are really scarce here. Slight dark berry accent, but mostly dark, bitter malt. A bit roasted as well.

Feels dry and ashy. Bitter at the end, leaving a thick film. It is a bitter red amber. Hard to have too many because of it's thickness and bitterness. Decent, not the greatest.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 04:49:20 | More by williamherbert
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ToasterChef

Maine

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

Poured form a cellar temperature bottle into a 12oz "pint" glass. I could hear a loud hiss as I popped the cap on this bottle. I began to pour the beer into the center of my glass, but quickly had to tilt the glass to the side and stream the beer down the wall of the glass, the head was just too big. I couldn't even get the entire 12 ounces into the glass. When I stopped pouring, there were equal parts beer and head. There is still a large head of big off-white bubbles that is resting above a dark amber beer. There are some bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass, but not too many rising to the top. There is a tiny amount of lacing, just a few meager patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma has a pleasant hop smell; it reminds me of a pile of dry leaves on a sunny fall day. The beer tastes very well balanced. I can pick up toffee malt flavors and subtle hop bitterness. The malts are more up front, and the hops show up late and linger on after I swallow. It tastes like a well-crafted amber ale should. There is a lot of carbonation present that attacks my tongue if I let the beer sit in my mouth for too long. It has a medium body and an even, but thin, amount of coating. This beer is pretty drinkable. Each individual glass goes down easily, but I think the high level of carbonation would get to me after a few bottles. That's not too say I wouldn't buy more of this if it were sold in my area.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 00:33:03 | More by ToasterChef
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +14.3%

07-14-2012 04:46:46 | More by ssjkyle
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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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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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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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aubuc1

Florida

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

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.
Pours a light clear brown with a sort of thin off white head.
Smell is of mellow hops, lightly roasted biscuity malt and light bread.
Taste is smmoth, bready, balanced pleasure. Nice session beer.
Good mouthfeel and very drinable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 20:21:15 | More by aubuc1
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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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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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udubdawg

Kansas

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

pours a bright red/amber. High clarity. Not a lot of the frothy off-white head, and what there was quickly receded to a ring. Left decent lace.

Aroma is very floral and a little earthy. Comes across as quite sweet.

Taste is caramelly/buttery and some raisin. A bit too sweet for my taste, and this is more pronounced as it warms. Like the balancing bittering hops noted. Not a big fan of the drying, acidic finish.

Appropriate carbonation. I'd call it a little thin in the mouth, but honestly if the body were much bigger I'd probably find the sweetness cloying. I could have another, but I'd definitely chill it a bit more first. I don't care for the honey sweetness once this gets too warm.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 23:39:15 | More by udubdawg
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 23:34:22 | More by dmamiano
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Mark

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Way back when this was one of the first craft beers I ever had. Today I saw it on sale and I thought I'd give a go. Nice deep amber and very clear, good lace. I found this very English in style. I liken to a decent English bitter. A nice drinkable ale that I'm glad I got reaquainted with.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 16:55:27 | More by Mark
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hayesjw

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-18-2013 18:16:35 | More by hayesjw
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-17-2013 16:50:10 | More by BamfBacon
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, revisiting an old friend. Spanish Peaks was one of the first craft brews I enjoyed as an underage drinker, Yellowstone Pale Ale being my 2nd "epiphany" beer following Sam Adams (Jr yr in college). Looking at the ratings for that particular beer, it may have been a youthful indiscretion, but anyway I haven't tried this brewery since those halcyon days and it's nice to be back. This Black Dog ale is a solid pale, slightly hazy and raw, the way beer should be. It's hard to tell how old this sample is, there are some tiny numbers on the bottom of the bottle but almost impossible to read. The last 2 digits could be "01" - could mean anything, but if this beer is two yrs old it's held up remarkably well. The thing that does it for me is the use of the chocolate malt in the pale ale setting. I don't know enough about brewing to know if this is common practice, but its more pronounced here than any other beer I can thing of. Wow, it's an incredibly successful venture, offsetting the caramel sweetness with a burnt roastiness and bitter chocolate. Much better than any black and tan you will ever have. I think more breweries should pursue this avenue; until then I will be drinking this often.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 17:29:20 | More by Thrasher
Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.