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:
#6,658
Reviews:
984
Ratings:
2,726
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
4.39
 
 
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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

Photo of ledouge
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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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hombo3
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tguillette
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of EMH73
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of Karenremom
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EvoRich
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of haines710
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,726 ratings