Pig's Ear Brown Ale
Woodstock Inn Brewery

Pig's Ear Brown AlePig's Ear Brown Ale
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Style:
English Brown Ale
Ranked #264
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,531
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 13.13%
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
435
From:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  79
SCORE
81
Good
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
Photo of wyllder
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Wyll-

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Photo of UnionMade
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Bierman9
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Pig is a dark brown/chestnut hue, with a creamy but short, fine, tan head. Lacing is present, but not real sticky. Nutty, somewhat malty nose, but minimal hints of hoppiness. The bier did not raise a ruckus over the tongue, but it leaned more towards being thin than medium bodied. Taste was a nutty, malty flavor at the outset, though a big, bitter, dry finish rounded things out. Fairly good, but perhaps a bit too bitter and dry overall.

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whenever I'm up in the White Mountains I always try to find a six pack of Pig's Ear to bring home with me. This stuff is very flavorful and highly drinkable.

The beer is a dark brown color with red hues. A medium bodied tan head quickly disppears after the glass is filled. The aroma is very malty with notes of coffee, roasted malt and nuts. Each sip of this medium bodied beer begins malty. Coffee and nutty flavors move in and it ends with a mild bitterness. It leaves a slighty bitter nutty flavor behind.

This beer is very drinkable and packed with flavor. I was a bit disappointed that the head dissolved so quickly and there was no lace to be found. Also, the bottle said it was brewed by Smuttynose in Portsmouth. That is o.k. with me since they make some fine brews on their own.

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Photo of edchicma
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance a nice, mellow dark, brown-gold. Smell is well-rounded like smoky coffee. Based upon smell, I was expecting a stout-like mouthfeel, which was there, but with a lighter, easier to drink character. Mouthfeel was smooth with a very slight malty, smoky aftertaste. Had one with Italian food and it was an excellent complementt. Very drinkable. Got this six pack at market in town where it is brewed....next time will try on tap at the pub.

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

This brew pours a nice clear brownish amber with a moderate level creamy head. The smell of brown malt fills the nose before tasting. No hop flavor to be found. A smoked flavor fills the palate on the first sip with is a good thing. I realyy enjoy smoked beer from Germany. The smoke flavor last for the first couple of sips and as the beer warms a taste of copper fills the palate and the hops start to come alive a little. The beer finishes ok with the copper flavor becoming more strong. Not to bad I may have to venture up the the White Mountains theis winter.

Cheers

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Photo of sponberg
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown with a cream colored head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Exceptionally appetizing aroma - nutty maltiness abounds. Starts with a round, slightly sweet, nutty malt-biased flavor, with a hop presence coming in halfway through. Finished with a slight roasty-bitter (citrusy? Hard to say) hop edge, balanced with some malt fruitiness and a very crisp, clean finish. Slightly thin body, but I can forgive that because it's such a great all-day-long drinkable brew.

2005 update: Nothing has changed. Still an excellent session brew whose flavor still makes me smile... unless the growler's empty.

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Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 435 ratings