Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

very good
2,693 Ratings
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/15/13

Appearance: Yup, it's brown - medium, caramel brown - some dark gold around the edges - nice clarity overall - nicely sized, off-white head - keeps a decent cap, leaves a spotty wall of lacing - pretty

Smell: Bread crust and caramel, like a brown ale should smell - cooked, caramelized, and lightly toasted malts - nicely bready - a light nutty character - some sweetness, and a light fruitiness

Taste: Chewy, lightly toasted bread - toasty malts, caramel, and nuts - a nice amount of sweetness - very minimal bitterness - lightly roasty and lightly earthy - a vague estery fruitiness in the background as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, quaffable

Overall: A solid, solid brown ale

Remember when The Simpsons was good? Remember the episode where Moe sells Homer Red Tick Beer? There's a gag where the brewer tastes the beer and proclaims, "Needs more dog." I'm referring to this episode, which apparently aired in 1997 (ouch), because I don't have much to say about this beer, other than I find the name amusing. It's a solid brown ale. It's not Surly Bender, but what is?

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with amber highlights and a frothy half inch khaki head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving short sheets of lacing.

Deeply toasted and lightly roasted, bready malt dominate the aroma. There's a hint of a metallic smell.

Flavor follows suit, with toasted malt forming the backbone, accented nicely by chocolate at mid palate, and carrying through to the finish, which has a light roast character. There's an underpinning of citrus briefly, along with lots of earthy hop notes.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Excellent example of the style. That light chocolate character is a welcome treat, though not as hoppy as some, which I actually prefer in this type of brew.

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3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lots of bubbles from the bottom of the beer. No lacing.

Smell: Roasted, malty, with a bit of hop.

Taste: Really nice flavor, sweet, nutty, maybe a tad metallic, toasted/malty and some caramel, light to mild hop.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and pretty carbonated; there’s a bit of a bite from the carbonation.

Overall: This is a nicely balanced beer, really drinkable with a nice flavor. I could definitely drink more than one. The only con for me was it was slightly more carbonated than I generally prefer in a beer, but that certainly wouldn’t stop me from having another!

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 2,693 ratings.
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