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 #267
Ranked #42,343
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
Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 433
Photo of greenmonstah
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into pint glass

A - translucent ruby-brown with a minuscule white head. Dissipates fast and poor lacing.

S - Nutty and sweet. Toasted oat-nut bread and caramelized sugar.

T - Taste follows the nose mostly, but with a little bit of grassy hop bitterness.

M - Medium in body and very easy to quaff. Sharp carbonation and a nice drier finish.

O - Overall this beer makes a great impression. It is flavorful and drinkable while being very low in alcohol content, allowing to you have pint after pint. One of the better beers in the 4.3% category I have had.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip. Best before June 2012 indiacted on bottle.
Pours a deep brown color with a red hue when held up to light. No head and very thin lacing.
Smells of english roasted malts with a hint of coffee.
Taste is very similar. Malted English style malts, a bit of caramel and smoky coffee notes.
Its very thin, but easy to drink.
Low ABV, as the style usually suggests, but wish it was more.
Overall, it is what it is..nothing spectacular here, but I have never had anything from Woodstock Inn. After having this, I wouldnt go out of my way for it...but would drink if someone handed it to me.
I bet this would go great with a nice burger.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Dark chestnut colored body. Thin white head, with a look of creaminess in composition. Somewhat soapy hop aroma, which caught my attention in a bad way. Taste was on the good side though. Very malty, bready, and hearty. Very tiny bit of English hops in the background. Quite a smooth mouthfeel, which was the standout character of this beer. Low abv made this a very easy beer to drink. Pig's Ear is a no-nonsense brown ale that gives you what you want from a brown ale: flavor and drinkability.

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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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Photo of sespourteille
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard brown ale, appeasing, tasty and good looking. Sits well after a good meal goes well with a steak or some other kind of grilled meat. Originally bought a case from the Woodstock Inn Brewery and went through it in a day with the roommates we enjoyed it so much. It's a very neutral tasting beer that can be drunk at anytime, the makers succeeded in making a great brown. A good addition to anyone's collection or "To Drink List" for the week.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light brown or dark khaki depending how you look at it. Very nice thick 3/4 inch head

Smells very light, dry, and drinkable. Not really much to the smell.

Taste is somewhat dry, with hints of caramelized sugars. Feels like a very light Oktoberfest. No real hops, but i wouldnt expect any. Feels nutty, characteristic of English browns. Alcohol is non-existent.

As it warms it becomes creamy and smooth, with diacteyl really taking the front. It feels like a Wurthers caramel, and I really like it.

Mouth feel is a bit unique. The nutty flavor and feeling lasts forever, and that is definitely the highlight of it. Not the best, but a really good session beer.

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Photo of taigor
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost non-transparent color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly roasted malts and slight nuttiness but other than that nothing much there.

T - Slightly sweet to start followed by roasted malts and almonds with a slightly bitter dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good brown ale that I highly recommend if you can find it.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before March 2012

A: Dark reddish brown with a white head that recedes quickly.

S: Sweet dark malt with some metal or mineral.

T: Sugary sweet, slightly roasted malt with some fruitiness. Then comes a huge wave of diacetyl that really does taste like butterscotch candy initially but gives way to nuttiness towards the end. There's a flash of sour, and the hops kick in with some bitterness, but not much character, at the finish. There's also some vanilla on the finish. I don't really like most of the flavors independently, but together they really aren't that bad once I get past the diacetyl.

M: Medium thin.

O: There's a decent amount of flavor in this beer for the abv. I really wish I liked this beer more.

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Photo of MightyMonk
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance has a brown/mahogany color that has nice lacing and good head retention.

The smell is invitingly malty and hoppy both.

It has a balanced overall flavor not too sweet.

A bit on the thin side for a brown ale

Overall a good brown ale that has good balance

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

Draught @ Infinity Bistro: This one pours a clear, dark mahogany brown color. There was a very small off white head that left some lacing. It has a nice aroma. Caramel malt, molasses, faint nuttiness and a hint of roast. The taste is good. Nutty, dry, faint roastiness. Nice malt body. An easy drinker.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Jan 2012, off we go!

Very large off white to hinting tan color head nearly four fingers and foamy. Body color is a real nice amber red and clear brown with some moderate rising slow carbonation bubbles.

Bouquet is a nice malt a little hop bitter perhaps also. Not much else fairly pleasing, but not varied.

Taste is good and milky. Milk chocolate palate with almost milk stout and brown toasty malts. Finishes almost like a lactose malt milk stout. A little sour, but nothing too offensive.

Overall quite refreshing for a brown ale, and one I could easily have again some other time.

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Photo of jeremy2027
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1. Poured from bottle to nonic style glass.

2. Dark mahogany one finger head with nice lacing through out the glass.

3. Smells of caramel and molasses.

4. Smooth little to no bitterness. Tastes of caramel malt and maybe a slight (very slight) hint of vanilla.

5. Low carbonation, and typical mouthfeel for a good brown ale.

6. I wish I could get this locally, I would defiantly put it in the rotation of session beers. Got this from a friend that is in a beer of the month club. Great offering...

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Photo of zrab11
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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 bcostner1
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as part of a "beer of the season club" and I was excited to get it since I've had Woodstock's Autumn Brew before and really enjoyed it a lot!

A: Looks pretty much like a brown ale should look. Copperish brown color, 1-2 fingers of head. Just what I'd expect from a brown ale (although not particularly dark).

S: Hints of nutty/hazelnut aroma, mild sweetness, mild hops. No coffee, no chocolate. Subtle vanilla?

T: Much like the nose, hints of nuttiness and, as it warms, honestly a little vanilla (which kind of surprises me but I like it). A little on the sweeter side for a brown ale. Some roasty undertones, particularly when cold.

M: Not too thick, not too thin. Just about right. Very drinkable. At and ABV of about 4.3, I could have a few of these no problem.

All in all, a solid brown ale. I particularly enjoy the vanilla undertones mentioned above.

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Photo of OldRaysputin
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour from bottle into pint

A: This brew pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. Huge head that sits and sits.
S: Love this big roasted malt aroma coming off of this. Very nutty and caramel.
T: Get those toasty malts up front. And even a little bitterness on the back end here which i wasn't expecting. Other than that i guess i was expecting some deeper notes of, maybe a little heavier caramel. A little soft for as bold as the smell was
M/D: Good on the palate and quite drinkable. Id have another.

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Photo of Guden
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
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 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 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 madjr80
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from the straight from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. The color was medium brown with small white laced head. It did not have the greatest head retention, but not the worst by any means. The aroma was a faint maple/bread with very little hop character. The taste was decent, but nothing super. There is a bit of a nutty breadlike taste that lingers on the way down. This beer has high drinkability because it is very smooth. If you like nut brown ales, then it is worth a try.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer comes out an almond maple reddish/brown. There is a tan head with some slightly better than average lacing. Very good clarity.

Smell is good, but it was quite an annoying process. Eventually there was a nice blend. Dark malts, caramel, butterscotch and a hint of smoke. It seemed to take forever for this beer to have any strength though. I had to leave the beer alone for a bout 35 minutes before I could even smell anything. I've had this beer several times on tap before and never had this problem, don't know what the issue is with the bottle, but it's happened both times so far. I'd give it a higher rating if it wasn't so frustrating.

The taste is good. Sweet and slightly smokey. The malts produce a butter, caramel, chocolate, and butterscotch blend. There is also a hop presence, not strong but detectable, a bit earthy.

The mouthfeel is probably the best part. Full bodied, rich and smooth. Carbonation level is well done. Very drinkable, depends on how you want to drink it though. This beer is worth a couple of chances, but I like it on tap better so far. As for the bottle I'd save it for Fall or Winter.

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Photo of wikk3d
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown with a foamy brown head that settles into a very thin layer. Very dark, but still see through.

Aroma - Malty with a hint of sweetness, very underlying chocolate. Doesn't give really a presence of a strong alcohol content, which this beer doesn't have. Nothing out of the ordinary for a Brown Ale.

Taste - Sweet full bodied taste, definite hint of dark chocolate. Really the only place where there's any bitterness. Creamy feel. Doesn't leave a lot to the imagination. Very solid beer that's extremely smooth. Very little aftertaste.

Mouth - Extremely creamy beer that leaves little to no strong overpowering aftertaste.

Drinkability - Can pound down a few of these in a single sitting. It's a full bodied beer that is not too filling. Had a few of these samples at the ACBF, one of my favorite Brown Ales.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into pint glass at a restaurant/bar near the hotel near the Manchester airport in NH.

A: Pours dark brown with a one finger light tan head and nice lacing

S: Smells syrupy and roasty.

T: Lightly sweet, somewhat syrupy, roasty, brown.

M: Creamy, light, with tight carbonation.

D: Pretty decent. Definitely nice when it's colder. It gets better more into the glass, more flavorful.

I really enjoyed this, and I was very excited to have had a beer that I couldn't get down here while I was up there.

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Photo of Carlton1964
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Think syrupy body with a slight nutty hint. NO dry effects on pallet. Color was a nice medium brown. No a lot of head though. Very pleasant and had me wanting a second helping. Anxious to try more from the folks at Woodstock Inn. I'm kind od a bock guy and I really enjoyed this. Worth a try. Bet it's better on tap too!

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Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a sixer on the recent Vermont trip. Has "Best enjoyed before" dating notched on the side of the label. Pours a typical brown ale hue, darker mocha head, that stays for a spell then drops to near nothing, just a thin collar over a near still. dull looking brawl. Bready nose, brash chocolaty flavor notes mixed in with a faint jammy note. Eh, not the greatest brown ale out there. On the unrefined side and a wee bit thin mouth feel wise. Will work fine as part of a marinade for chicken or pork, as I've found just about any brown ale will.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pig's Ear pours a clear brown with a brilliant ruby red showing through in the light. It's topped with a tan, fleeting head. The aroma is mainly molasses with some vanilla and biscuit notes. The flavor again starts as molasses but is well balanced with hints of anise and grain coming through. This beer has a medium mouthfeel over the palate but it's only knock is the high carbonation. It's not a session beer but try one or two with Cooper Sharp cheese. Recommended!

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