Old Brown Dog
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Old Brown DogOld Brown Dog
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #83
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,944
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.91%
Reviews:
996
Ratings:
2,769
From:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Old Brown DogOld Brown Dog
Notes: 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
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Photo of KRug
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/31/19

I’ve seen this one around for so long, I just had to grab it. I’m a sucker for a good brown so I tend to pick up any that I can find

Pours a clear light brown/copper with just a cap of khaki colored head that fades to nothing quick and leaves no lacing at all

Aromas of big coffee, caramel malt, citrus hops, and just a touch of floral spice

This one is quite hop forward in the taste for a brown and I’m all about it! Notes of chocolate and dark fruit work well with bitter coffee and hops. A bit more malt character would work here, but this is still good

Pretty light body here with some tingly carbonation, this finishes dry and bitter

Quite an interesting example of a brown, very American for sure, and drinks a whole lot lighter than the abv

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KRug from Massachusetts, May 24, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was included with a bucket full of beers that my daughter (student in California) sent me for Valentine's Day.

Look: dark brown with a half inch white head

Aroma: toasted bread, nuts, and caramel

Taste: The flavor is toasted bread, nuts, and caramel.

Body/Overall: light to medium body.

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Photo of tomtjs4
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer a lot, there was a good amount of flavor. This is a perfect beer for cold nights, but I can also see myself drinking it in the summer as well.

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Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about fifteen dollars. Have had this brew many times before, not for a long time. Brown ale is not my favorite style, but this is nice.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Feb 14, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown with a little head. Sweet sugary aroma. Flavor is rich, sugary, sweet yet subtle. Good body and feel. Overall, very tasty lighter and crisp with a nice sweet kick.

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vette2006c5r from Minnesota, Jan 01, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Overall, a very good brown ale. Warm, maybe chocolate malt predominates. It is not "more strongly hopped," as stated. Not floral much, yet a decent clean mild bitter finish. In any case, Pugsley's Smuttynose brewery always brews great beers.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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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chitoryu12 from Florida, Feb 08, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Mugman8 from New York, Jan 06, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey, Nov 23, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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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PMakowski from New Hampshire, Nov 03, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Amendm
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Amendm from Rhode Island, Sep 21, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Old Brown Dog pours an amber, toffee-colored hue into the glass and has no particularly great smell, but its rich, buttery taste and its crisp, refreshing mouthfeel make it a truly delicious brew.

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degueulasse from California, Apr 03, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Matte brown and cloudy body. Thin wet lace slides down the glass after each sip as the one finger egg shell head dissipates in to a faint ring.
The aroma is nutty toffee, roasted malts a sweetness of honey and some grassy hops.
The taste is more caramel than toffee and there is a nice spiciness in this well hopped brown. Very well balance with a nip of alcohol.
Medium body, active carbonation. Medium mouth feel with a bit of slickness.

One of the best of it's kind. The Brownest Kind.

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PatrickCT from Connecticut, Feb 27, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle with a Best By date of 3/12/18 into a pilsner glass.

L - Beautiful clear, reddish brown color. Thin head that dissipated quickly with no lacing.
S- Scent of nutty malt and hints of hops
T- Sweet malt taste, a little nutty, with a balanced taste of hops at the finish
F - Feels a bit thin, a bit strong on the carbonation, maybe

Overall a good, solid beer.

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APyrateAtForty from Pennsylvania, Feb 04, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loved the color but had a little overpowering smell. It is a hearty brown ale with a little aftertaste that seems to go away the more your drink. Overall a good brown ale.

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tguillette from New Hampshire, Jan 20, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish/brown with a well retained one inch light tan head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of sweet malts, mild nutty quality and some hops. Taste is on the sweet side with caramel notes, nuts, sweet malts, toffee, toast and a good amount of hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

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EMH73 from New York, Jan 14, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful reddish brown. Not my favorite but a solid winter beer. Has a warming feel. Easy to drink and improves as it warms. Taste is malty with a little caramel or toffee feel.

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haines710 from Delaware, Dec 16, 2017
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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Happy Post-Apocalyptic New LeinSmutStarr Coup de Boule Sunday (Week 667)! I have a couple Smuttys for this afternoon's enjoyment.

From the bottle: "Make mine a Smutty!"; "Brewing fine beers in NH since 1994"; "Come visit our brewery and restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton, NH. And check us out online at smuttynose.com for events, releases and great Smerchandise in our e-store. As always, thanks for saying: Make mine a Smutty!"

I was absolutely elated to finally be able to actually Pop! a cap today. It took all of my inner strength not to perform an aggro pour, but I didn't want to treat an old brown dog that way. Once in the glass, it was Game on! as I performed a vigorous swirl that raised just under three fingers of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty, certainly, but its sweetness was tempered by a light hoppiness. I was anxious to taste this one! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. Man, did this hit the mark! It was malty, to be sure, but they hopped it just to the point of rounding the edges without making it a Brown IPA. It gave the malt a nuttiness that might have been overlooked if it had been too sweet plus a slight mintiness from the hops. Finish was semi-dry, a rather surprising departure from a style that is usually (at least) semi-sweet. I found it to be highly drinkable. How is it that I have not reviewed this until now?

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Dec 03, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich brown color with a small, lasting head and great lacing. A little bit of malt on the smell but not much more for me. I'm picking up a malty, nutty flavor. Good beer.

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cdclark81 from Pennsylvania, Aug 20, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very well made brown ale. Very easy to drink with lots of malty mouthfeel. The choice of hops add another level of complexity to the brew that keeps you interested. Why not have another one ? They come in 6 packs!
Mine was dated best before 01/13/18 and 6.5% abv.

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Poljazz22 from Quebec (Canada), Aug 17, 2017
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug: color is brown, dense, amber edges; head is light tan with fine bubbles, presents about 1/2 inch thick and lingers very well with lacing on the glass.

Smell is caramel but not overly sweet, light toast and hint of toffee and maybe some chocolate with some light earthy bitterness.

Taste is a bit sweet with caramel, toffee, and light chocolate flavors and then some nutty flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is moderate with crisper finish and bitterness, but still good full sweetness throughout.

Overall this is just a solid brown ale, on the lighter/sweeter/less bitter side of the scale but just great flavor and presence.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Aug 10, 2017
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4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excellent example of what a dark amber ale should aspire to be. Excellent aroma of toasted nuts and other milder flavors. Crisp, clean head with lasting retention. Tastes of toasted nuts and some barley/wheat-y goodness. Thinner than some other darker beers, but not nearly as heavy to compensate. Good flavoring added by milder hops. Definitely not an over pronounced aftertaste - much nicer than some other classic American-style ales on the market now. Not perfect, but definitely worth a high rating. Recommended for a new, easy to drink ale!

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TPZEM from Illinois, Jul 12, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Selected for it's user friendly 6.5 ABV as much as anything. Super bronze color with tight foam for a head that retreats to a sparce lacing. Aroma is malty, abov all. The taste is solid & refreshing.

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seedyone from New York, Apr 28, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - chestnut/auburn body with tan head

Smell - caramel, peanut shell, toasted nuts

Taste - caramel, toffee, toasted nuts, green tea

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, caramel sweetness upfront, toasted nuttiness in the back

Overall - great example of the style, recommended

Price point - $1.79/12 oz single

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keithmurray from Connecticut, Apr 22, 2017
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