Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

145 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.57%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Ratings: 145 | Reviews: 124
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice ale with a great label. This little brew poured darker than expected but had little trouble creating a nice head and lace from the bottle.

The nose is malty with a little hop aroma to go with it. The flavor is decently malty with a good bitter hop finish. Actually a pretty nicely balanced beer with very good drinkability.

Photo of AlexJ
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice pour, darker amber than i expected with a very nice white head that retains well, but leaves little lace.

Aroma is very subtle, light grain and some malt roast with a earthy pungentcy that I don't find very appealing.

Flavor is a dry, bready malt with some grain sweetness and crackery dryness. The hops are virtually unnoticable, showing only as restained bitterness in the meager finish.

Body and drinkability are average. Not bad just not interesting.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge head with nice retention and a nice ful amber color.

Mild caramel/pale malts and low hop bitterness.

Nicely balanced ale. Caramel and pale malts sweetness with a mild hop bitterness to balance.

Overall, this is a well balanced simple beer. It easy to drink and has a nice mouthfeel. Not a whole bunch to say, but it's still a good brew.

Photo of SixpointJMH
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.

Photo of Foxman
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear, dark reddish amber, and is amply carbonated. A full finger of white head stands for a time. Lacing is thin, sparse, and an afterthought.

The aroma is a mild mix of subtle malt and a bready dough note. A mere touch of hop bite is tamped down by a fruity, generic sweetness.

Upon tasting, the sweetness of the malt is most notable, and not so much of grain as sugar. Only a hint of caramel stops it from being too distracting when the sweet grains turn lightly tart and cherry-esque. The hops here are even less notable, with just the slightest touch of spicy edge. A swish of bready malt drops off when a fairly crisp bitterness dries the finish a bit. Too sweet and not hoppy enough, not what I was expecting or hoping for.

Light bodied, the malt lends the ever so gentle creaminess to the texture, which combines with the carbonation to lend more than a little presence.

At first I thought, maybe I'm not impressed because it's not really what I was expecting. Then I realized, I wasn't impressed because the malt carries an unbalanced sweetness, which is the result of too frugal a hop profile. It's far form macro territory, of course, but I shudder to think what a draft list would have to look like for me to order this again. Maybe as a bail-out in a shot and a beer macro haven, but it just doesn't cut it otherwise.

Photo of younger35
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a nonic pint glass. Poured from a 12oz bottle. This is the first Spanish Peaks Brewing beer that I’ve had.

Appearance- Pours a nice dark amber-brown with an alabaster foamy head. Fairly nice retention that recedes to form a nice collar with spotty lacing.
Smell- Lots of toasty malts with a big doughy backdrop. Very feint citrus hop tones. Has an almost sour smell that I didn’t expect.
Taste- Not really the punch I was hoping for. Rather sweet toasted caramel malts that are quietly followed by a very mellow hop bitterness. The aftertaste is semi sour with a nutty, fairly dry finish.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp with medium carbonation. Kind of a thin body with a pretty dry finish.
Drinkability- Not bad for a session beer but overall not my favorite. I’m not sure what, but this beer seems to be missing something. There’s better out there.

Photo of RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, it was a medium brown with loads of light tan foam. Pour slowly in to glass. The smell was of roasted malts and hops, with a hint of a toffee aroma, but weak on the aroma of this ale. The taste was of a sweet/tart flavor of roasted malts and hops just like the aroma but more intense on the flavor rather the the aroma. Also there seem to be a hint of chocolate/caramel when tasted. An interesting ale with some surprises in the flavor!

Photo of mschofield
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of daledeee
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Photo of beernut7
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This English-style pale ale has a sweet caramel fruity bouquet with a noticeable Munich malt flavor character. There is just a hint of chocolate malt in the last few sips. This is a complex and flavorful beer

Photo of soupyman10
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

Photo of EagleTalon
4.2/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of GPHarris
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.

Photo of Tballz420
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.

Photo of Morris729
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of John
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of pezoids
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of IrishRedRock
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.

Photo of kbub6f
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.

Photo of udubdawg
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
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.

Photo of williamherbert
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.