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Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

124 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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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 tgbljb
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy reddish-brown color with moderate slightly off-white head.
Smell is notable for caramel with some light piney hops in the background.
Taste also comnines the caramel with the piney hops in a pleasant mixture.
Finishes more dry than sweet, and leaves a nice feeling in the mouth.
Easy to drink. Good middle-of-the road beer. (341 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wonder if this has any connection to the Led Zeppelin song?

Surprisingly, a malt aroma. I'm so used to expecting strong hops. Uncomplicated.
Very fizzy, very short-lived head that completely dissappeared before my first sip. Amber and clear.
Flavor is more malt based too, some sweet caramel and nut-brown qualities. Hop dryness and slight bitterness on the finish. Fairly uncomplicated too. Little watery.
Carbonation is busy upon drinking. Fullness from it, otherwise thin to medium.
Seems like a starter beer for those first trying something beyond an Am. lager. First dark beer sort of stuff. Just not enough to it to make it a session beer. (654 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a mug glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color, with very fine bubbles streaming up. Nice off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet, toasted malt aroma.

Flavor: Malt up front, toasted and caramel flavors. Medium bitterness dries it out a little at the end.

Body: Decent, slightly heavier than moderate body.

My first Black Dog ale in 7 or 8 years. Not as good as I remember it back then, but still an alright American amber beer. Nothing special or outstanding about the flavor, but few flaws either. (523 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 Todd
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Deep amber with reddish hues. Nice off-white cream lace, that has just enough stay and stick.

Smell: Raw aroma of malts, floral hops and fruity esters.

Taste: Smooth, creamy and full-bodied. Nice fruity flavour of raisin and grape, touch of background chocolate malt, bready malts and a floral hop character that peaks with a zesty flash of semi-citrus bitterness, but not enough that it overpowers the mild malt sweetness. Bit of crispness from the Munich malt. Turns coarse, a bit raw, on the palate (hops), then finishes out dry with lurking husky tannins and some traces of yeast.

Notes: A damn fine ale, very traditional English in its character and very easy to drink. Described by the brewer as an English amber, which I'd translate into being a pale ale.

All in all a good beer, and well worth a tasting. (891 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spanish Peaks- Black Dog Ale

Appearance- Dark redish brown with a thick foamy head after a vigorous pour.
Smell- Light vanilla caramel malt witha light tinge of alcohol.
Taste- creamy vanilla malt and some bread grain notes.
Mouthfeel- smooth yet almost lifeless.

Overall- A mediocre beer at best. Just plain and boring. It gets a passing grade but I would still say avoid. (383 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)

Photo of beerguy101
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold color, small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied, kind of mild brown ale. Malts are a little sweet and the hops are a little subdued. There is a slight fruitiness to the beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Nothing really wrong with this beer, it just that there are so many beers that are a whole lot better. (377 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a crisp dark amber with a thin head that leaves some lacing. The aroma was of dark malts with some light pine hops. The taste was smooth dark malts well balanced with earthy hops, it only gets better as it warms. The beer is light and crisp with a smooth dryness. This is an enjoyable session beer. (305 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
2.19/5  rDev -37.2%
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! (912 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of bottle found in Maine this beer was a copper color with some orange undertones. The head was two fingers thick, tan and composed a of fine bubbles that retained itself as a thin skim and left sticky lacing down my glass. The aroma was very grainy malt, some toasted malt, some toffee sweetness and a little bitter hops. The flavors were similar in being caramel malt dominated and sweet at first but then later turned bitter and a little "woody" when the hops cut in. A well balanced beer and a crisp finisher aided by the piney hop flavors. The body was medium and the mouthfeel average. I liked this one a lot as a session beer, nothing outstanding but solid and enjoyable. (682 characters)

Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Considering the name, I thought this brew would be a little darker. It pours a clear golden color with a decent tan head. The nose has some sugary malts and a small grassy hop presence. The taste is also mostly malts with some bitter hops through the finish. An average ale and a good drinker. (293 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 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 DogFood11
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very interesting brew here! cloudy deep gold in color, there was a bit of sediment in the bottom of my bottle that i, of course, swirled in. the best way to describe the aroma is to say it smells like tootsie rolls...very nice. upon drinking.... creamy, buttery....flavors of caramel, toffee, and hints of chocolate with a discernible hop finish, which adds a weird sensation of starting creamy and ending dry to the mouthfeel. i pick up sweet, fruity overtones as it warms, making this one delicious experience. lots of complexity to this brew. highly recommended. (575 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale pours a dark brown with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I'm getting a little bit of hops in the aroma, but it's mostly malt. Sweet malt hits me up front, followed quickly by hops. Pretty decent, a good all around drinker, but not anything too exciting. (295 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red with eggnog colored head and clingy lacing. Smell: caramel malt, dark fruit, diacetyl, floral hops. Very English, I'm not sold on this as being an APA. Taste: grain, slightly sour yeasty character, caramel malt, fruity especially raisin, bready malt, raw earthy/floral hop. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, creamy. (330 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 NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Light caramel with auburn highlights. Foamy, half-inch white head with good retention. A sheet of all-encompassing, condensed lacing with good strength.

Toasted malts; musty breadiness. Faint linger of diacetyl with a touch of skunkiness. Pleasant citric hops that lighten the toasted malt character.

Semi-sweet toasted maltiness with a lingering, mild astringency; metallic-tinged malted wheat. Citric hops with a solvent-like flavor. The bitterness is reminiscent of cleaning solution, finishing quite waxy.

Medium bodied; smooth, but turns waxy/filmy on the palate. Very gaseous and slightly annoying as it sits.

A decent Enlgish Pale that becomes more and more annoying in flavor and texture as it sits on the palate. Not a flattering ale, and not one that I would taste again. (840 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

AP: Very clear Deep red amber color, medium carbonation that creates a one-finger deep frothy and bubbly but tight appearing off-white head that displayed good retention. There are some clusters of lacing remaining on the glass.

Nose: Deep fruity whiff, red berries and citrus tingles the nose and a mellow and mildly sweet malt.

Taste: A very hearty and herbal but piney hop flavor that over-powers a mellow and clean malt flavor that has some subtle roasted-nuts and caramel effects. The finish is a mildly bitter and herbal hop bite.

Feel: Medium body, crisp and clean and a bit dry on the palate.

DA: The lable states this as an English-style amber ale, but it really has a much bigger hop charechter than it should, Pale Ale is more fitting for this. Pretty easy to drink despite the identity crisis. (817 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 TheSarge
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (317 characters)

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