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Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 17:29:50 | More by Southernbrew
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Osiris9588

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap and Bodega in Columbus, Ohio. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a golden hue. Thin white head didn't stick around for long.

The smell is light and malty, some floral and citrus notes. The taste is also light and crisp, caramel malt followed directly by a strong, slightly nutty hop presence and lemony zing. Somewhat similar to a Scottish Ale, but with less grain and more hops.

It's light in body, but shows decent complexity. This would make a good session brew, though is not earth shattering.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 04:04:54 | More by Osiris9588
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

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

Average pour nothing special.Color is a gold to amber.Has a malty aroma.Hop bitterness is noted on the finish.A medium body with good carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.Spotty lacing left on my glass.Citric flavors balance the hop bitterness.The aroma has a sweet caramel malt quality Very average beer nothing special at all.I doubt I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 11:15:25 | More by kelticblood
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benmiliron

Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Paid 1.39 for a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber. Nice white head. Smell is musty, bready malt. Little hop character. Taste is strange - not Pale Ale really, more like a wannabe brown ale. Again musty old bread, possibly old saltines, some bitterness from the tiny amount of hops. Carbonation is good, very light and small bubble.

Very poor offering - difficult to get through.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 23:09:17 | More by benmiliron
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rarevos

New York

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer in Montana this past summer, and was glad to see it in my local grocery store this week.

A: Pours an amber, almost like a brown ale. More carbonation than I would have thought. A thin blanket of white foam subsides pretty quickly, leaving a foam island and a bubble crown behind.

S: Roasted caramel malt, and some light citric hoppiness. There's a hint of grape juice and some hazelnut in there.

T/M: Hmm. Where to start? There are some sweet brown ale characteristics up front, like a dry nuttiness, sweet caramelly malt, and an almost cocoa-like presence (powdery feel, as well). There's a hint of citrus in there, like very mild, sweet grapefruit. The bitterness creeps in at about this point, piggybacking the fruit. Finish is pretty dry with a long, nicely bitter tail. Not an overpowering bitterness, but it's there, and there's enough of it.

D: Another example of why you shouldn't let the listed BA style cloud your enjoyment of a beer. This is part pale ale, part amber ale, part brown ale. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 22:44:36 | More by rarevos
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Deep caramel color with a 1-fingered head that dissipated fairly quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet caramel malts, a little bit of molasses, some fruity notes, and just the ever slightest amount of earthy hops.

Taste: Big caramel and roasted malt flavor which gives way into a brown sugar type sweetness, some fruity notes, and finishes up with a very light, delicate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down extremely well and is very refreshing.

Final Notes: A great all-around beer for either drinking alone, with a meal, and would pair well against a rich, flavorful dessert or drank all its own as a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 22:43:55 | More by bagpiper2005
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Imbiber

New York

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle bought at Bierkraft, Brooklyn; this one is apparently contact brewed at Saratoga Springs, NY (presumably Mendocino). No date on the bottle.

Rich amber in colour with a decent head. Not much aroma, a hint of hops. Taste is quite mild, more malt than hops coming through, and there's a slight buttery feel on the tongue. There's also a slight sweetness, especially at the finish.

Not bad but not the best beer out there; quite strange albeit quite uninspiring.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 15:51:44 | More by Imbiber
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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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msolar

Massachusetts

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

I just finished a bottle. Maybe I’m not an ale man, but I thought that overall, it seemed pretty run-of-the-mill.

It poured nicely, with a nice copper color and nice 1” head. It tasted like an average amber ale, just a bit of sweetness. Overall I liked it, but next time I go to the store I’ll probably try a new brew than Black Dog Ale again.

Some of the other reviews below will be a lot more technical, so I won’t even try to compare. From an average beer drinker, I just found this an average to just-above-average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 01:02:58 | More by msolar
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mgdeth

Montana

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This amber colored beer is well carbonated and has a thin creamy head that recedes quickly. There is also some lasting beer lace.

Smell - A grainy smell is present. I think hops are in there somewhere, but they are not as strong as many other American pale ales. I also detect a biscuit-like smell, caramel, and raisin.

Taste - Fruity flavors mix with a grainy or bread flavor. The hops present themselves more assertively in the taste than in the smell. There is also a bit of a hop bite. The aftertaste is pleasant - sort of a sweet biscuity flavor.

Mouthfeel - This beer has quite a bit of body to it. The residual sweetness suggests a relatively high final gravity.

Drinkability - As the beer warms a bit, it gets more appealing. This is a pretty good beer overall, as it is complex enough to engage the senses, yet balanced such that it ought not to drive away craft beer novices.

Comments - This is an odd, yet good, pale ale. It reminds me in a way of Fat Tire because of the biscuit/bread flavor. Still, the taste seems a little odd for an American Pale Ale, and I prefer other APAs over this one. This one is creative and complex enough in its own right to be definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 02:18:41 | More by mgdeth
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hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 15:53:46 | More by hungryghost
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ThreePistols

Florida

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

An English style special amber ale. This ale's full body imparts a distinctive malty, robust palate and fruity bouquet. Brewed from pale malted barley, Munich, crystal, carastan and a touch of chocolate malts, Pacific Northwest hops, water and ale yeast.

Awards:
1st Place (Brown Ale): 1993 Great International Beer Tasting
Silver Medal: 1995 & 1998 World Beer Championships
Bronze Medal: 1994 & 1996 World Beer Championships
Bronze Medal: 1997 Cheers World Beer Festival

Dark bronze almost amber in color, some color in the head, probably from the chocolate malt. The head is big and dense but dissipates quickly. The nose is malty with notes of caramel, sweetness of raisin fruitiness, floral hops, and yeast. The taste is sweet, malty and sugary like caramel, with underlying tones of yeast. Hops presence almost creates a balance throughout. Mild toasted flavor is detected midway and is carried into the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2002 14:21:47 | More by ThreePistols
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Guinness4me

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly fermented, raw sweet corn is the smell and flavor I notice most in this brew.

It poured browner than I imagined it would be with a wispy head. The smell is sweet but not overpowering and smells a bit alcoholic to me but no alcoholic burn after I swallow.

The taste again was sweet corn with light malt at the end. I didn't notice much fruit at all in the taste but I did pick up a hint of green olives.

The mouthfeel was nothing special and low in carbonation; a bit chewy. I wonder how this would taste with a low country boil?

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 23:54:53 | More by Guinness4me
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atpben

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Appears light brown with a thin off-white head. Malty aroma with earth notes. Creamy mouthfeel with a very malty taste with hints of caramel and very light chocolate. Some light hoppiness in the middle with a bitter finish. The flavor improves as the beer warms. Not bad for a middle of the road beer. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 05:08:45 | More by atpben
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a mixed six pack at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ

Pours with a nice coppery-red body, lots of fizzy bubbles and a thick foamy head. Aroma is mostly malt, slight toast, and a hint of hops. Taste is mostly your typical amber ale, with some nice sweeter malt notes balanced by a hint of hops. Dry finish. The mouthfeel is moderate, with a fair bit of foaminess from the carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I feel it would be a bit better if it was slightly less carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 02:37:33 | More by kaszeta
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ROMER79

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I actually had my growler filled straight from a tap with this beer. What a way to enjoy it. I had had a glass at the bar and new that it was worth filling a growler with it.

Its a dark dark red color with a burnt red/ brown head that was typically between a finger or two. It is a warm beer for the winter and goes well with steak, chicken, or pizza.

As far as the taste. There may be a slight taste of hops, but it was very grainy, with sugar notes and a slight caramel feel. This is definitely a grain/malt beer with a sweet aroma.

Very crisp in the mouth. Refreshing and pleasant to the palate. If you take the time to drink this beer, you will enjoy it immensely.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 22:05:42 | More by ROMER79
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LucaBrasi

New York

2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is of a golden red color, when poured it created a nice tan head. I’m not sure if it was just me but the smell was faint. The taste was average a little hoppy perhaps a hint of carmel. The mouthfeel was light and lightly carbonated. This seemed a middle of the road ale, not a bad one, but not something to go crazy other either.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 04:05:13 | More by LucaBrasi
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fightingirishcmk

New York

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

A: Very moderately sized head formed after an aggressive pour, dissipating rather quickly. Some lacing was detected on the glass, although it wasn't much. Color was a deep reddish brown.

S: Sweet roasted malt, vanilla was discernable

T: Not very complex, with an odd metallic like taste, very little hop character, but some sweet malts were present.

M: Fairly good, light feeling with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very average, not too heavy, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 20:16:24 | More by fightingirishcmk
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Fabric8r

Montana

2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not impressive at all. I get some as gifts every now and then and they sit in the fridge for months. Every similar brown ale I've tasted is better. They don't even make this in Bozeman anymore, which has ruined it.

This beer is a good example of: a good beer marketing firm can cover up truth and a bad beer..

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 11:39:48 | More by Fabric8r
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BrewsCrewSA

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber with a lot of carbonation and a decent off white caramelized head.

S - Bitter in the nose with scents and aromas of biscuits and malts. Carries a lingering aroma of burnt honey.

T - Hoppy bitterness over the top with just enough malts to balance the flavor out. Delicious. Such a great balance.

M - Feels great on the palate making this one very easy to drink. Goes down smooth and relaxed.

D - Extremely.

All around, a very good beer I could enjoy throughout the year. Wish the distros in San Antonio could pick Spanish Peaks up.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 01:12:21 | More by BrewsCrewSA
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Hawthorne

Maine

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good English style ale. It poured nice with a good head that shortly after the first sip had reduced to a lingering lace. The initial taste is smooth with a crisp hops finish. For those who don't like to be bowled over by their hops, this is a safe beer. It is very drinkable, though rather uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 21:34:17 | More by Hawthorne
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CherylM

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried one bottle in a mixed-six.

It is a very good, well-rounded English-style amber ale.

Had a pleasant, malty aroma. Was a dark amber color with a thin white lacy head. Tasted slightly sweet and malty with a lingering bitterness. Taste improved slightly when warmer.

I would buy a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 23:32:46 | More by CherylM
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jscottku21

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 17:11:25 | More by jscottku21
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JahNoth

New York

3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent ale. Very smooth, with a spicy, citrusy flavor. Let this warm a bit, the first sip out of the fridge isn't as good as the last. An enjoyable ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 17:34:36 | More by JahNoth
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