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Old Brown Dog | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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2,702 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,706
Reviews:
977
Ratings:
2,702
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
4.39
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
556
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Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of Ben1313
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawneva
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely my favorite brown ale. I like it right out of the bottle.

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

Photo of Curt3
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Make mine a Smutty

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Photo of cdclark81
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of Poljazz22
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of BlueKurenai
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JohnnyForeign
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of itsZachShaw
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmokySignals
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djl1983
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TPZEM
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baldy00
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chasegator
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,702 ratings
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