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 #264
Ranked #42,553
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: 435
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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 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 dtivp
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a one finger light tan head, little retention and light lacing.

Aroma was weak with slight sweet chocolate, hint of hops and a slight breadiness.

Taste of malt slightly roasted, chocolate, hint of hops and some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel was creamy, light body with light carbonation and slightly earthy.

This is an average brown ale, enjoyable but not one that stands out.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Ruby brown & garnet when backlit. Clear with a light tan okay size cap of foam. Okay for retention & lacing.

S: Nutty malts, a bit of caramelly sweetness, some fruit esters, & faint diacetyl. Hints of dark dark fruits. Not relly any hops. Diacetyl grows as warms. Reasonable strength overall and quite a bit going on.

T: Mare darkly sweet than nose – dark fruits, molasses, malt sweetness, and a balancing roast. The nutty malt backbone is rounded out by caramel & buttery dark toffee, fruit esters, background toasted grain, and a hint of chocolate. Drying roast increases at the end and into the finish. Herbal & slightly astringent hops in the end and finish as well.

M: Medium body with CO2 just the barest bit under average. Mostly sweet with a fair bit of chew for a smaller beer. Starts sweet but goes quite roasty and drying while the sweetness continues to fight and stick around.

D: A sweeter and darker brown. Nice, fairly character malt base with plentiful accent notes. Makes for a good, well-rounded, and flavorful brown. Good drinking especially on a fall day. Almost rich enough to have a holiday feel, but with an easy abv.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fair brown with some red hues and a nice foamy tan head. Some lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, brown sugar notes.

This is a sweet one. Honey-brown sugar elements with a little bitterness mixed in. Some sweet roasted grain. Smooth, not cloying. But what is so special for this award winning beer? Not seeing anything drastically special. Good flavors, but...

These go down easy. Not alot clinging to your mouth and tongue after the sip. Enough carbonation to clean the palate, but not enough to make flavors disappear.

Um, had this on tap years ago, and got lucky enough to raid a fridge and have a few from this brewery. This one is ok.

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Photo of therubicon
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of diamondlie
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bmoraymond
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, dark brown with a large, frothy beige head. Looks like a mug of root beer. Great retention and lace.

Smells of light crystal and Nestle Quick powder with a nutty influence. Couldn't smell too much actually because the ski lodge I'm staying at reeks of puke so we lit nag champa incense all over the house so everything smells like Umass Amherst.

Nutty, sweet, with a little chocolate. Subtle woody hop in back. Standard brown.

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Photo of Glenney67
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SteveCarrozza
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark red/brown base with a two-finger light tan head which has a creamy texture. The retention is decent. Nice web of lace down the glass.

S- Mostly a base of slightly roast, nutty caramel malt. Some dark fruit present as well as some brown sugar.

T- Nutty malt in the forefront for me followed by a backdrop of roast, caramel and dark fruit, raisin flavors. Just a bit of earthy/floral hints and some brown sugar/maple as well.

MF- Silky body with a nice amount of substance to it, it drinks smoothly. Carbonation is appropriate followed by just a small bitterness.

DB- Solid brown ale for sure, full of flavor and easy to drink. Maybe just a tad bit too nutty for me but I like it.

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Photo of Bruinsfan87
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sisuspeed
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best enjoyed before June 2010.

Poured into a pint glass. Brown, ruby color with an off-white head. Some decent lacing.

The aroma is a bit nutty, some fruit, herbal notes and brown malt.

Mild to somewhat sweet malts mixed with light fruits displaying a slightly sour tinge that is almost citrus like. Nuttiness is apparent as well.

Mouthfeel and body are good. Especially for a low ABV beer. Carbonation is prickly, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability is also good. This brown ale goes down easy and at 4.3% ABV you can definitely have a few of these.

Overall, this is a solid offering from Woodstock Inn. Follows the style well and has a decent amount of flavor. Nothing really stands out, but I'm having no problem finishing my glass.

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Photo of StrayteEDGE
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eporter66
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle to Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Barely any head from the pour and quickly disappears to nothing. Not a hint of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate and malt

T - Certainly a winner on taste, good flavored beer, coffee and malt, a little hop bite in back of throat.

M - Light carbonation, would like to have this with a little more body, but maybe Brown Ales are not supposed to be heavy.

D - Really good flavor, not heavy, so a few of these would go down with no problem. A style I am finding I enjoy a lot, distinct flavor and smooth.

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Photo of rogacks
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerTrader
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle last week from a brew-buddy who picked it up on a recent trip near the brewery. The Best Before indicator on the label shows as: July 2009.

A - Appearance is a dark, yet clear, carmel brownish-red. Pours with an off-white 1 finger head that quickly fades away.

S - pleasant initial aroma that also quickly dissipates. I get a slight sweetness that lingers in the aroma along with a discernible note of the grains used.

T - A nice medium bodied taste brings forward the nice complement of grains and a mild hop profile, very much characteristic of the style. Sweet, yet somewhat dry in the aftertaste. Very well done.

M - Nothing noteworthy in the mouthfeel. The carbonation level is a bit flat.

D - Overall, this beer is very drinkable but could be improved.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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