Old Brown Dog | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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2,741 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.

18 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,186
Reviews:
989
Ratings:
2,741
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
575
Trade:
2
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Photo of Shenk87
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chitoryu12
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Very attractive chocolate brown with amber highlights under light. Good finger of thick off-white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Brown malt, fruity and spicy hops without bitterness.

Taste: Nutty brown malt. Mild bitterness underneath, but not really any noticeable hop flavor. Relatively sweet and bready.

Mouthfeel: Generous full body with mild carbonation.

Overall: While not complex or super bold, very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of tommyboy985
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mugman8
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown hue with ample head and nice lacing. Smooth, crisp nutty flavor that I prefer vs. sweeter English browns like Samuel Smith's and Newcastle....I like this one a lot!

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMcGrath
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good brown ale. Crisp and clean taste and not overly sweet. No reason to go on and on with picking out specific tastes here.....its just an excellent American style brownie. Get some!

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Photo of PMakowski
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Hazy brown color with lots of particles. Small foam head with some lacing on glass.
Smell - roasted malts, nuts, some very minor earthy aromas.
Taste - Malt-forward with a nice hoppy finish. Nothing too bitter just enough to get some balance. Medium-high carbonation. Somewhat sweet but not as much as most Brown Ales. No alcohol detected so hides the 6.5% well. It's quite filling even though it's not a heavy beer.

Overall, i would like to try this on tap, wasn't blown away by the bottle. It just seems to have less flavor than i get from most other Browns. Grade is a B+

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Photo of izraelc
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy deep brown pour. Smells malty. Not very complex but smooth in its simplicity. Solid brown ale.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass mug, the appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a small cap of a little white foamy head softly dissolving to leave some adequate messy lace.
The aroma had a nice combination of roasted nuts, caramel/toffee malts, milk chocolate and a nice level dose of piney hops.
The flavor leans towards the malty sweetness initially but seemed to develop a sly balance with the piney hop bitterness as it warmed. Nice mobile aftertaste of piney hops and roasted nuts to caramel malts.
The mouthfeel was about full bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Hop bitterness is mobile enough to not be distractible. Carbonation and ABV felt on par. Nice finish with the roastiness, nuts and piney hops.
Overall, the quintessential American styled brown ale showcasing an absolutely stellar balance between hops to malts. Though brewed year round, to me, it's an absolutely wonderful beer to have with football games.

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Photo of egrandfield
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amendm
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a 16-oz. mug. A moderately strong pour was needed to get a finger-sized rocky beige head with lots of lacing. Head shrinks slowly to a cap.
Clear chestnut brown shows ruby-amber in front of light.
Smell features caramel and malt with a hint of piney hops and alcohol.
Taste has added roasted nuts, faint pitted fruits and a subtle hop bitterness.
Feel is light bodied and a little watery with moderate carbonation and a semi dry clean finish.
A happy revisit, malty yet a little light on the palate and hops are well balanced. Not too sweet or bitter.

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Photo of mike22ne
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zylod
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mayhewbc
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Smhill
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jprudhomme7
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottyB515
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mr-Beer
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color. Heavy and leathery and taste.

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Photo of superwho24
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome. I love brown ales. One of the best I’ve had. Trail Days 2018

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Photo of pantz9
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ibanez2k
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of safphoto
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,741 ratings