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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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 408
Photo of mavbrew
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with hints of amber when viewed in light and a finger thick head.

S: Not much smell present, definitely some caramel and some nutty malts.

T: A sour taste up front, followed by a caramel malty taste.

M: Lighter medium bodied brew, slight carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, similar to Newcastle....a good example of an English brown ale. A good session beer.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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 abuliarose
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, revealing modest white head over a clear chestnut brown body. Decent lacing. Smells a little sour and a little malty, caramel, so basically like a standard brown ale.

Tastes a bit sour at first, then rounded out by a nice nutty malt flavor and slight bitterness. Nothing overly-complex here. Carbonation is swift and tingly, numbingly-sized, but gives way to an otherwise light body and easy drinkability. It's sweet, but just enough to keep it from getting too dry.

All in all a standard English brown. If I saw it at a party, I'd go for it over its macro twins.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/11

A: This beer pours thin looking dark brown with some amber hues around the edges. A two finger of creamy off white head caps this brew and leaves thin spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of caramel malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of fruit.

T: Taste starts off with caramel malts, and a hint of toffee, middle moves in to a bit of grain and roasted malts, a touch of nuttiness and chocolate. Finish has a hint of fruitiness and a bit of a hop balance.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth and crisp.

D: This isn't a wow in your face kind of beer, not many browns are, however it is rather tasty and well balanced and easily a beer to sit with for a session or two.

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Photo of BrewMasterG
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown, mostly clear with some slight murkiness.

Smell: Nutty and toasty - a bit like Newcastle without the sweet smell.

Taste: Nice, nice, nice. A classic brown ale, Americanized. Not bitter, not sweet.

Mouthfeel: Typicaly dry, moderate carbonation - a bit higher than the Brits would have.

Serving type: 64oz growler, and on tap at Woodstock Inn.

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Photo of Boppar
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Friend brought a mixed sixer of Woodstock brews over the other night. This one was his favorite. It's pretty much a standard English brown. Fairly high carbonation might mask some of the flavor, which is mostly toffee malt with a touch of nuttiness. Mild hop presence. It's alright, but a little dull.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark amber body comes topped by a finger of dense off-white foam; decent retention and good lace throughout. "Very pretty" according to my wife. I concur.

S: Nothing special here: just smooth biscuity malts, some nutty sweetness, and a touch of crisp hops on the tail end. Pretty straightforward.

T: Much like the nose, but richer and fuller. Good amount of mildly sweet nuttiness without being cloying, thanks to a generous dose of hops on the finish. Very smooth and refreshing.

M: A little on the thin side of medium bodied, with spiky carbonation. Not bad, though.

D: Very sessionable indeed, as the ABV would suggest.

Notes: Extremely smooth and drinkable beer that doesn't sacrifice flavor. Nothing spectacular at all, but as servicable a brown ale as one could desire. Nice.


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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle marked "best by Sept. '09" into a BBC pint glass.

A: Pours a medium copper brown color with a slight reddish amber tint to it. The fizzy carbonation built to a two-finger head of frothy tan foam before settling to a thin veil of slightly oily lace.

S: Smells a bit like musty cooked cereal malts with a touch of tree nuts and soil.

T: Taste is faint, grainy English malt at first which ushers a more roasted caramel and bready malt flavor. A faint earthy malt and herbal hop bitterness creep in leaving a slightly nutty malt finish. There's a little metallic taste near the beginning and the end which detracts from this balance a tad.

M:Mouthfeel is a little watery upon the initial sip and the wash down, but there is a slight build of creaminess around mid palate.

D: A low ABV sessionable English brown. The clean crystal English malt flavors and just the right light hints of roasted malt and mild herbal hop bitterness may satiate some brown fans.

I found it to be a little watery and metallic around the edges in places, leading me to believe it's not the finest crafted American representation of the style there is. Worth a shot, particularly for the none-too-discriminating brown ale fan.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice thick brown ale with a thin head which dissipates quickly.

S: Don't pick up much on the nose, some doughy malts get through.

T: Chocolate up front, followed by great malty flavor. Malt dissipates and leaves a clean finish.

M: More carbonation than expected for this style.

D: Very good drinkability for a brown ale, goes great with bbq.

O: One of the better brown ales I've had, not a huge fan of this style but this one really seemed to hit the spot.

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Photo of BigD1972
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Nice reddish brown color. inch thick light brown head.

Roasted, Nutty aromas slight fruit note.

pleasingly bitter mouthfeel with nice finish.

nice malty roasted flavor.

More a beer for the fall or winter, but all in all an enjoyable brew!

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Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I enjoyed this brew at the Woodstock Inn but my notes are brief because i was with family & friends and my daughter beside me was very active :)

Appearance: Brown (duh!) and looks a little like cola. Very thin ring of foam.

Smell: At first nothing but as it warmed a whiff of bitterness, probably hops.

Taste: Subdued, malt-like taste with a very nice moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A strong point. Smooth with a rather low carbonation that i didn't expect but wasn't unpleasant.

Drinkability: Very nice beer with a low profile taste but was still very enjoyable to drink.

Overall: I forced myself to write a review because i was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice deep reddish brown, clear. Nice offwhite head about 1" high that fades slowly and leaves lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet, toasty, slightly roasty, nutty

Taste: Slightly sweet. Roasty, malty, nutty.... definitely nutty, detectable note of biscuit

Mouthfeel: medium. Sits well on the tongue

Drinkability: Good session beer. Would go great with some cheese... sharp cheddar comes to mind

Overall I would and will drink again. It doesn't jump in your face but it also doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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 -15.8%
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 msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle with a twist-off cap, notched 'best enjoyed before: August 09'. Poured to a pint glass and enjoyed pre-dinner (Italian) after an epic morning spent at Hair of the Dog's Earth Day Sale. Thanks, Pamola, for sending!

A: Deep garnet-brown, nearly clear but for the finest silty haze. Individual bubbles ascend in no distinct pattern, rising to a thin, nearly-white cap.

S: Distinctly sweet, nutty. Caramel, brown sugar, faint cereal grain. A fine grassy note.

T: Pretty heavy on the roasted nuts, charred grains; not nearly as sweet as the aroma hinted at.

M: Crisp mouthfeel, a bit harsh. Tinny bitterness lingers, but just enough sugar/malt gets through. Balanced finish, a bit dry.

D: Likable, flavorful brown ale. Unknown ABV, but seems suitably sessionable. Yeah, I'd have this again...

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Photo of briman
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark reddish brown, clear, with a moderate tan head that retains for about a minute.

Aroma is malty, with a moderate nutty characteristic.

Flavor is malty, with has a bit of roasted malt, and a nutty tone that lasts well into the aftertaste. Finishes fairly dry, with not much bitterness to speak of.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Seems well balanced. Nutty characteristic seems to be the star of the show, not terribly sweet, and no obvious fruit esters. Overall, not bad and certainly worth having again.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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 BeerTrader
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Hokies
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown shade with some pronounced red hues. Their is a light brown head with a thin lace on the glass.

The aroma is quite enticing with some sweet malt and light roasted malt notes with a nice coffee hint.

The hops and roasted malts make more of a presence in the taste as they battle off the sweetness from the malt. The coffee is somewhat subdued as the sweet malt taste takes over with undertones of burnt coffee.

Probably one of my new favorite brown ales right up their with Ellie's Brown and SA Brown ale.

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Photo of speakorspasm
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
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 kevd193213
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle. Dark brownish amber pout with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of malt, and spices. Taste of burnt malt, walnuts, faint sugar and a slight hoppy finish. Very easy on the palate, slightly thin but not a bad brew for a session around the campfire.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a foamy white 2 finger head that faded rather quickly. The beer was crystal clear & a very dark brown. My son said it looked like a light root beer. A mere touch of visible carbonation.

The aroma was of light fruit, and of grains. I think I get a sense of the yeast as well. Not much in the way of a roasted aroma. I was expecting this from the visual.

The flavor was much more bold than the aroma led me to believe. Really nice. As crazy as it sounds it really reminded me of toasted walnuts. A nice roasted malt flavor up front, then the nutty flavor. Some fruits flavors in the background and then a nice hop character to balance with the malt backbone. Just the right amount of sweetness. I really like this.

The beer is medium bodied and big in your mouth due to the bold roasted malt flavor. Light carbonation helps bring the flavor to life.

Very drinkable. Enjoying during a snowstorm, in front of a fire with a football game on the tv. Perfect for the moment.

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Pig's Ear Brown Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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