Pig's Ear Brown Ale
Woodstock Inn Brewery

Pig's Ear Brown AlePig's Ear Brown Ale
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English Brown Ale
Ranked #270
Ranked #42,391
3.58 | pDev: 13.13%
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
Pig's Ear Brown AlePig's Ear Brown Ale
Notes: Medium bodied with a balance of roasted and crystal malts creating a hearty nutty flavor. Medium bitterness with a slightly sweet finish.

25 IBU
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 433
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a small tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave streaks of spider-web lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell –The aroma of the beer strong of a roasted malt smell mixed with a bit of chocolate and some caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas comes some light nutty smells and a bit of char.
Taste – The taste begins and consists mostly of a roasted malt flavor with some light caramel and toffee undertones. Along with these flavors are some notes of nut and a little bit of a drier cocoa flavor. Toward the end of the taste there is a little bit of a surge of sweetness with some more caramel and brown sugar, as well as a little bit of bitter herbal hop coming to the tongue, leaving one with a roasty but smooth taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For the abv of the beer the body of the brew is actually thicker then I would have anticipated with a carbonation level that was on the lower side. For the more “session” abv of the brew the feel was quite nice as it could support the roasty flavors all while still keeping it easy drinking.
Overall – A rather nice sessioning brown ale, which is something that you don’t get that often. This is a beer for football season and tailgating in the cooler weather. Quite nice.

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Photo of Amendm
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. can 9/20/18 needed an aggressive pour to get a ½ finger sized soapy (lg. and sm. Bubbles) light beige quick dissolving head with no lace. Brown/amber color, appears amber in front of light.
Faint smell of roasted and sweet malt, faint hops.
Taste begins with semi-sweet malt and yeast; slightly bitter nutty roasted malt fills in the middle.
The finish is quick and clean as light carbonation blends with malt and yeast for a creamy effect.
A light spicy hop bite appears late in the drink and lingers a while.
Light body and CO2, very smooth and session able. A little more roasted malt might improve the color smell a taste, also light on hops and CO2.
An enjoyable drink with room for improvement.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, it leaves a brown colored body, two finger white foamy head quickly dies and leaves spider web lacing; the smell has malts, toffee, light nuttiness, light honey, the taste is malty and sweet, nutty aftertaste and a quick sweet almost dry finish; the palate was light to medium, very sessionable, gets creamy and smooth; overall, this is pretty good for an English Brown Ale, I recommend if you like the style.

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Photo of Dakin
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear dark amber color with no head. No carbonation.

Smell: Roasted malts, not much else.

Taste: Roasted malts... Not a ton else. But very smooth. Little bit watery though. Drinkable.

Feel: Thin

Overall: Not a ton to this beer. Pretty plain. Overall pretty sessionable at least. Nothing to write home about though. 5/10.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got Pig's Ear from Woodstock Brewery via beer trade and it is a very nice brown ale.

Look: semi-clear brown with no head.

Aroma: It has a nutty, sweet, caramel aroma.

Taste: Nutty, toasted malt flavor, bready, chocolate, modestly hoppy.

Feel: Medium body, easy drinking

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

smells like an adjunct lager to me ... mostly detecting sweet corn and grains, maybe a hint of roastyness. taste is much better, but definitely not what i expected. a bit of tartness and some dark malts that provide some sweetness for balance. overall not a bad brown ale but nothing special.

had to adjust the ratings for this ... drank a few bottles while in NH over christmas, and it was an easy drinking and enjoyable ale, could be a go to for a light drinker. very light on the nose but the palate brings a nice nuttyness, sweet brown sugar note, hint of roast brings a minimal amount of bitterness. overall not a ton going on but has some nice mellow flavors that work well together, and the drinkability is very high. light and refreshing.

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Photo of ExtraStout
2.34/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had this on tap at the Mount Washington Inn. Appears a ruby brown mahogany tone with a large light cream head leaves specks of uneven lacing not too impressive but the head has decent retention overall looks like a nice brown. Aromatics a bit like cider with tart fruit notes coming through the moderately roasted malt additions that also bring mild chocolate and a woody tree bark barrage mild herbal hop additions noted mild and tame for sure. Flavors really clash the acidity of the tart character overrides the roasted malt and mild sweetness it should offer. Mouth-feel, just plain watery. Drinkability not so much. as Borat would say. I’m going to stick other beers from this style when reaching for a brown ale pass on Pig’s Ear from New Hampshire.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.46/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. 2nd favorite brew from this establishment. Pours brown with a tan clingy head. All malt and caramel in the nose. Flavors are the same – sweet, smooth malty goodness with a characteristic common to most of their brews that (others have noted maple) really works for me. Finish leaves me wanting more. This is what I pick for a growler to go.

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Photo of Gperson
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

carbonation distracts from the malts, but room temperature brings out some nice dark flavors; the sweet finish is also compromised by the carbonation; still tasty and could grow on a person

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Photo of JAFoley
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber body with three fingers of off-white head. Retention isn't the best but leaves nice foamy lacing.

S - Nutty, caramel, cherry and spices.

T - Tangier than I expected. The aroma was much darker than the flavors. Slight citrus hop, followed by strong astringent fruitiness.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Somewhat thin and bordering on soda-like.

O - I really enjoyed this. It is a bit lighter than I tend to prefer but it's very drinkable. Definitely a good barbecue beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a mug. The beer pours a clear brown hue with a little bit of mahogany color on the edges when held up to the light.
There is a tightly packed fizzy beige head of 1.5 cm that foams up and fades very slowly to a wispy surface layer that remains through the sampling.
Caramel and toffee malt with a little sweet chocolate mixed in on the nose. A little brown sugar too, no hops to be found anywhere.
First sip reveals an average body with average carbonation that tingles on my palate on each sip.
Flavor is what the nose advertises with a heavy malt profile with chocolate and brown sugar dominant and just a little earthy hop presence on the finish. This leaves just a bit of a bitterness on the end of each swallow.
A little dryness on my palate that encourages me to take another sip.
This is a nice easy clean drinkable brown ale, very easy to drink and interesting flavor, the lower alcohol makes this a very nice session beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured an off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper brown color with a little clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted, bready, nutty, grassy, and a little caramel.

Taste: Nice toasted malt flavor, bready, nutty, a little chocolate, molasses, caramel, and grassy malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, mild bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I have enjoyed this a lot over the years and I had forgot how could it tasted. I'll have it more often.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Canoe near Meredith NH, and liked it enough to buy a 12 mixed pack at the grocery store. Having it at home has given me a new appreciation. I poured it into a brandy glass. Yes, a brandy glass. I grabbed it quickly without realizing it - thank god we have glassware for a liquor we have never had in the house.
Pours a very dark color with a lost lasting lace. The smell is hard to detect because it is in this stupid brandy glass which I will be donating after this. I hope poor people like brandy.
The smell though is malty and yeasty - very rich flavor. Goes down so well - this is an extremely good beer. Tastes almost like a Belgium - very fruity with a crisp maltiness. This is a great beer, particularly for the cost.
I like the light-hearted logos on the bottles - some of the breweries these days have logos that belong more on a Metallica shirt.
Nice work on this beer.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was my go-to quality beer before I really got into craft in May 2013. I had bought a twelvepack of it in New Hampshire and savored three quarters of that before getting into other craft tastings. Reviewed here twice before in 2013 and 2014 but replacing those with this more experienced version.

a: Clear brown with a variable head.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t: Follows the nose with slight hop bite,

m; medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A good brown, once my favorite but now seems rather mediocre with slightly funkiness. Dunno if it's my experience with so many great brews since then or changes in the quality of this one, but it's not what it once was to me.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mahogany brown color…a dense color, I can see a few bubbles hugging the glass…head is light khaki and remains a thin, wispy layer on top, but does perk up with a couple of swirls…(3.5/5)

Smell: Nutty brown malts, English musky yeast and a light oatmeal up front…very malt heavy, but its nice…I’m also picking up some more graininess and just a hint of like dark cherry cake, it’s kinda doughy…it’s not a robust smell, just very earthy, rich and malty…nice…(4/5)

Taste: Yum! Straight earthy, nutty brown malts mixed with a flavorful (English I presume) yeast strain that combines making a tasty beverage…there’s a mild dark cherry sweetness that springs this somewhat tame brown ale into life…there’s a mild roasted flavor, but it’s certainly not overdone…the more I drink, I get the slightest hint of light lemony/grassy hops bitterness…very subtle though…this thing is simple, but very tasty…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…there’s medium carbonation that fluffs up brings rich brown, mildly sweet malts to the palate…a very clean brown ale, nothing heavy about this…maltiness lingers into the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: Browns aren’t always my favorite, but I’m really digging this one…really a perfect brown ale for the summer, flavorful, light and a bit lower in ABV…this is my first time having this brew and I have to say I’m impressed…well worth a six pack pickup…this brew would fit well with an afternoon of drinking on a Memorial Day Sunday…cheers to that! (4/5)


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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin beige head.

Smell: Almost no smell to it. Very faint nutty notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Nutty taste, with a hint of hops.

Overall: OK beer. Not my first pick, but credit is due for thosr that might be more into the browns than me.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown with red tints. Typical brown ale.

S- Malts, toffee, dare I say honey?

T- This tastes best ice cold! When real cold, it has the malty, toffee taste. Lightly bitter. Finish is slightly on the bitter side, but is a quick finish.

M- Light to medium, more towards the medium side. Heavier than Newcastle. thought, but still easy to drink. Very effervescent.

This is just a solid brown ale. It's obviously no where near Rouge's Hazelnut Bron Nectar, but still a very enjoyable brew. Supper cheap in the New England area. I'd recommend it anyone that lives in New England for sure! Nothing about the Pig's Ear Brown is real off-putting.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My local sharer (we don't trade so much as swap or share our extras), Sam Knocken, provided this to me from his Beer of the Month Club take.

Can you make a brown ale from a pig's ear? I have heard that a silk purse is out of the question, but perhaps anything is possible.

My pour got me a finger of fizzy, light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was a deep brown with ruby/garnet highlights. Nose was quite malty, reminiscent of something that eluded me, but perhaps it will come. Did I sense a slight buttery quality? I usually have a blind spot when it comes to diacetyl, so I may be mistaken. Plus, I really do not mind such a flavor. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was much more chocolaty than I had experienced on the nose. It had a powdery taste, like Hershey's Cocoa Powder right out of the tin and into the mouth. Do they even make that any more? I knew precisely where it was stored in my maternal grandmother's house and used to love it straight as a child. I sprinkled it on peanut butter to make a phenomenal sandwich. That's what the nose reminded me of - Ovaltine! Great Gar, but this beer really takes me back. I saw where Newcastle Brown is the standard bearer for the style, but this is drier than that. The finish was semi-sweet with the yeast having converted most of the fermentable sugar to alcohol. I was very impressed by this little piggy.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This may be my favorite brown ale. Poured a 2" beige head with long life. The body is a deep burnt umber brown and held to the light it's a clear lively maroon. Nice light smell of roasted malt. Taste matches the smell, richer than I expected, buttery and with some bitter hops coming through. Finish us a little sweet.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear reddish brown color with a huge bubbly tan head that slowly recedes before leaving some spotty lace on the way down. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of tart fruit, earth, roast and butter. The flavor is heavy on the caramel and butterscotch with an earthy hop bite that provides some balance. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a creamy bubbly mouthfeel. So far this is the only brew I've had where I feel the diacytyl actually adds something to the beer. This is probably my favorite beer from Woodstock, but its still just an average beer.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is dark amber/brown. There is a nice light tan head.

The aroma is very malty with brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. Yum!

The taste is slightly bitter with most of the emphasis on the chocolate malts. Pretty good flavor, but doesn't quite meet the expectations the aroma set.

This is medium bodied with crisp carbonation. I would get this again for sure.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at texas bbq
Light fizzy head over nice clear dark toasty brown color.

Nose has a clear ale aroma, malty, toasty brown malts, light caramel, hint of brown sugar and molasses and even dusting of maple, light grassy earthy hops.

Taste comes with nice malts again, clean ale flavor, toasty brown malts, fairly nutty, light brown sugar, hints of molasses and caramel, little syrupy. Then hops, a decent but fairly light bitterness with slight earthy and a bit herbal hop with a light grassy taste, somewhat like a UK style hop, that kicks in with a nice bitter bite midway thorough. Finish is slightly sticky but fairly dry, bit of lingering bitterness, some light toasty brown malts and caramel lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall its a nice beer, all around style, nice malts, decent hops with a nice bitter kick, very drinkable. Perfect beer for almost any weather, and always a good beer to grab a pint of at a bar.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a medium brown with a light tan head of medium sized bubbles

S: aroma of nutty twang and medium roast malts. Definite english malt presence mixing with sweet malts

T: this was a very nutty and lightly bittered brown ale. Middle of the road to lower road in taste but i have a hard time Passing up a brown ale that i have not had before. Overall i thought this could do better but definitely not a bad beer by any chance.

M: light body and high carbonation

O: overall not bad would drink again but there Are better brown ales out there.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours brown of course. Nice darker head that maintains and laces well. Dark enough to have me guessing the transparency.

S-Aroma consists of chocolate, coffee, and plenty of nuts. Smells mild and tasty.

T-Like the nose. Quite nutty. Nuts are accentuated by the chocolate and roast. Not much hop. Sweet and nutty.

M-Light bodied and easy drinking. Very sessionable. Carbonation is between light and moderate. Good feel.

O/D-A nice little brown ale. Will not wow you, but I drank my glass very quickly. I love the nutty aspect of this brew. A decent sip.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl.oz. bottle. Sampled on February 28, 2012. The pour is mahogany brown with a conspicuous amount of foamy, long lasting head. The aroma is subtle but it has a nutty malted quality as well as sweet. The body is smooth. The taste is higher on the bitterness than in the aroma with a sharp lingering hop note. This is one of those beers that I drink a lot and I am surprised that it took so long for me to review it.

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Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 433 ratings