Old Brown Dog | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,201
Reviews:
986
Ratings:
2,733
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
568
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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

Photo of degueulasse
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of bobstockwell
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Icka31
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatrickCT
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of Andarel
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of APyrateAtForty
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,733 ratings