Pig's Ear Brown Ale | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Pig's Ear Brown AlePig's Ear Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Medium bodied with a balance of roasted and crystal malts creating a hearty nutty flavor. Medium bitterness with a slightly sweet finish.

25 IBU

Added by UnionMade on 09-02-2002

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 I’m never big on this style but I think this one’s poorly made. Pretty astringent yet it seems it hasn’t turned it’s just how the flavors came together after production, which is weird. Mouthfeel is medium bodied really coats the palate and it sticks around sadly I might have to go brush my teeth but the carbonation was moderate and flowed well just the lactic character that sticks to your palate ruins it. 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 ExtraStout
2.34/5  rDev -34.8%
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 BeerNinja007
2.39/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a variety 12-pack on sale for $10 at Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH. Best by date of Sep 2010 stamped on the label. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

Dark brown brew reveals red highlights against a bright light. 3/4" of dense tan head settles slowly to 1/4", sticks around quite well, generates some lace. Thick syrupy sweet smell, toffee, a bit of fake fruitiness. Taste is a bit like burnt toast and nuts, a muddy smoky bite in the finish. Lackluster, meh. Has the mouthfeel and tacky sweetness of mediocre extract-based homebrew. Reminds me of every disappointing house brew I've ever tried.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Very nutty aroma with some carmel and chocolate also some notes of dark fruit. A good,clean aroma that's a bit on the faint side.

Bittersweet,tart tastes,the maltiness in the nose seemed to disappear in the taste. Fruity tastes,sour with a very slight burnt carmell taste. No doubt made in the english style, just lacking in the taste department.

A light mouthfeel,grainy texture,slightly watery. Goes down easy had a bit too much roughness to be real drinkable the sourness was also a bit much.

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Photo of hunteraw
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received from barleywinebrewer in the Little Guy BIF. Two of the beers he shipped spoiled in my garage while I was in Hong Kong (shame on me for not storing them properly), so I was glad to discover that this one (the last bottle) was still okay.

Appearance: deep brown, dark leather kind of color, clear, smallish head, little retention.

Smell: malty, slightly cidery.

Taste: Tangy, with some roast and caramel. Excessively tart, actually. If I hadn't had the recent experience of trying two beers that had *really* gone bad, I might wonder if this one had too. Finishes on a dry, cocoa powder note.

Mouthfeel: medium body, carbonation fine.

Drinkability: Mediocre.

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Photo of Brad007
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mild brown color with a thin head. Aroma is kind of malty and chewy. Taste is similar except that it's slightly thin on the tongue. It has a dry mouthfeel and the malt shines through somewhat. Not impressive enough for me but it's still solid.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

rom a 12 ounce brown bottle - Pours a reddish/brown with a small 1/8 inch head. Smells of malts, mild hops and spices. First sip has some spicy notes, nuts, malts and a nice bitter finish. Fairly light bodied, carbonated well, not too bad, not too great.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, red-brown body with a thin, bubbly, beige head.

Smell: I know we're focusing on the ear, but where's the nose? Only the vaguest hint of nuts. I'll assume this brown is saving its strength for the flavor. Bring it on!

Taste: A taste of chocolate and nuts with a low malty sweetness. Earthy, spicy hops, though only a touch of bitterness. Dry, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommend. A bit under par for a brown.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smell is tangy and earthy, some brown sugar. Pours to a deep metallic brown with a tan macrobubble head. Head holds up for a bit. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and makes me pucker a little on the finish. Taste is more bitter than sweet, bitterness is even and balances a malty background. Strange finish, starts to finish bitter but then has a tangy almost zesty sweet and sourness. Light for its style, the strange finish makes it a refreshing thirst quencher. Different and unique.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, chestnut brown, no head, minmal carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, sugar, nut

Taste: toasted malt, nut, and some hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, light, sweet, medium body

Drinkability: This is just an OK English Brown. I had this on draft with a 22ounce pour and cannot say I desired another one afterwards. This one almost drinks like a bock.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues when held to the light. Boasts a good inch and half of thick, fluffy white head.

Smells like brown sugar, cake batter, brown bread, a bit of caramel and some yeast.

Taste is off. Something like vinegar and sour mash whiskey. Ugh. What the heck is wrong this beer? Maybe its not off but it sure tastes sort of funky.

I've been disappointed by beer from this brewery before and this stuff is all contract brewed by Shipyard so I guess I should blame them?

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Photo of UnionMade
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last beer in my four beer brown ale tasting.
This one pours a woody sort of brownish color, like the color of a cartoon tree. Not as dark as the other three brown ales. Light misting of head, with good lacing around the edges. I'd prefer a beer that gives a little more head, but as long as it puts out.....flavor, right?
Aroma is lightly roasty and very estery, in comparison to the other three browns. Tons of fruitiness, mostly in the form of apple and a bit of plum. It smells good, but I'm not sure brown ale should be this fruity. It kind of bridges the gap between brown and pale ale, in color and aroma.
Flavor is definitely heavy on the pale malt and esters. After three brown ales, this tasted like a pale ale. It's good in it's own right, but I'm not sure how closely it adheres to the brown ale style. Lots of fruitiness, with just a touch of roasted and/or caramunich malt. Body is slightly fuller than average, with a really nice small bubbled mouthfeel. I liked this beer quite a bit, but not as a brown ale.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of all the beers I sampled at the Woodstock Inn Brewery, this one was the best. The problem was, none of their beers really impressed me. It had the fine medium red color going for it. But from the first sip, I noticed it was lacking any noticeable hop taste and aroma. It seemed somewhat watered-down for my taste. The malts were sweet and flavorful, which kept me interested. I declined the bartender's offer to pour me a pint. After sampling everything they had, I was ready for a better tasting cold beer sitting back in the room.

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Photo of zrab11
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown with 1 finger tan head

S- Smells of roasted coffee beans and some syrup

T- Starts off sweet and then has more syrup in the middle then finishes with a roasted brown coffee taste

M-Light to medium bodied

D-0verall this was just ok. Had alittle too much sweetness and not much going on in this brown ale. Was hoping for alittle bit more.

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Photo of Guden
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown/ruby in the light with a small quickly fading off white head.

S- A light toastiness and caramel with a hint of light beer like aroma which seems out of place.

T- Light. Hints of toastiness but not much else. Nothing bad, but I'm stretching to taste much. For a beer as dark as this I would have expected more chocolate or coffee notes, but none are found here.

M- Feels just right for the style, medium-high in body with moderate carbonation.

D- Nothing too bad but nothing too exciting. Could certainly have a few more but with better beers in this world why bother.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into pint glass a chestnut brown color and clear with a one-finger light-tan head.

S: Caramel, raisins, roasted malt, hazelnuts, weak coffee, and a light citrus hop aroma.

T: Nutty roastedness, caramel, molasses, toffee, with some roasted grains and tart citrus hops for balance. Metallic in the finish.

M: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

D: This is a good brown ale and I would drink one or two but not buy a case of this beer. The metallic taste in the finish is not desirable and leaves room for improvement.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
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 mschofield
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with red highlights and edges, topped with a three finger pillowy tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Caramel and toast aroma, touch of chocolate, pine and tea.
Coffee, toaste, tofee taste, tea and leaves.
Medium bodied, nothing really special a middle of the road brown ale to the heavier roast side.

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Photo of wyllder
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off: Thanks go out to edchicma for the chance to sample this.

Pours a clear, deep brown-amber with a small head that recedes to nothingness.

Nose is caramel malts and dark, sweet bread.

Intro on the palate is tart with carbonation that backs off to reveal a mild roasted malt bitterness and eventually a slight dark bread flavor with a caramel backbone. Finish leaves a mild, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel suffers some from a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability is ok.

Nothing spectacular about this one.


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Photo of soccerman7
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of the batch I bought up there.
A - a nice dark brown with a finger of lacy head.

S - nice roasty notes and a bit of chocolate. very faint hops.

T - A nice brown ale. Roasted bread and mild chocolate notes. Has a pleasant mild sourness on the tale end. A bit sharp with the spice in it. seems a bit out of balance.

M - a general brown ale. very simple on the palate and smooth down with a touch sharp hop note.

D - Overall a pleasant brown ale. nothing outstanding, but a nice session brew as ever. Has more flavor than normal browns but a bit out of balance.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack in North Conway, New Hampshire.

A: Clear brown hue with ruby highlights. Pours with a thick white head with good retention.

S: Sweet malt aroma with caramel/nutty character. Would be a lot nicer if overpowering diacetyl aroma got out of the way.

T: Well rounded caramel malt flavor. Again, diacetyl is quite prominent. Finish is wet and sweet. Only a lingering and just noticeable hop character and bitterness. Just a trace of roasted malted flavor.

MF: Medium light body. medium low carbonation. Pretty watery.

D: A nice average sessionable beer with too much diacetyl character.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear cherry red. Off-white brownish, dimply head; dissolves fast. Brown in feint light, red in brighter light.

A nice pale ale aroma, but with a darker nutty character. Interesting yeast presence. Surprising estery hop. Not drab; a nice smell.

Some nutty malts in the taste that have a nice bouncy hop. With warmth, it more resembles a dry brown than it previously did. The yeast sort of kicks in about halfway through. It's somewhat musty, even for a brown.

The feel is dry but smooth. Overall it's just a little to musty for my liking. Not bad, just not one I'd go out of my way to get another one of.

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Photo of speakorspasm
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a bit of a frothy head.

S: I really dig the smell! Ripe coffee, dark chocolate and a faint sweetness to back it up. Well done!

T: The smell could lead you me to believe that I was about to suck down a fat porter.... let us remember that this is still a brown ale. The big sweetness hinted by the nose isn't nearly as pronounced, but coffee and roasted malts hang up front and are balanced well with a little hop bitterness that cleanses the palate nicely.

M: I feel that the nose of this beer made we lust for a bigger body... but even within the style I think it could be a bit sturdier. The carbonation is appropriate for the style.

D: While ho-hum except for the kick-ass nose, this beer sits well with me and I could dig on a few between bigger beers. If I run into it again I will not be displeased.

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Photo of Boppar
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, some ruby present. One inch of off-white, tan-ish foam. It is a nice looking beer, and is certainly on the darker end of the English Brown Ale spectrum.

S: Sweet malts, some earthy hops. Not much going on here, but it is in keeping with the style.

T: It opens up with a definite malty sweetness, and perhaps a taste of watered-down molasses mid-palate. The finish is slightly dry and bitter, a bit more so than this style typically employs, but nothing over the top.

M: Watery. Far too watery, even for this style.

D: EBAs have been, and always will be, session beers. This one is no exception.

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Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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