Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale
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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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3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a rusty brown color with a small light tan head that fizzes down quickly leaving just a bit to skim the top with no lacing, also a few particles floating around.

S- some grainy husk with roasted malt character, a hint of chocolate and nuttiness, just a bit of hop and slightly metallic.

T- sweet and nutty malt with some graininess, slightly metallic, Finishes hoppy and dry, more hops than you would typically s expect from a brown. Linger leaves somewhat of a faint chocolate taste.

M- light bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish

O- I enjoyed the hops on this one as it added another demension, but the malt profile seemed simple. That could be what they were going for but it didn't quite click for me. Still worth trying though.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear ruby red color. A thin white head forms, and fizzes out in a second. No lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, grains, lightly fruity. A bit of a metallic twang in the finish. Very simple in the nose.
T: Again, very simple here. Toasted and caramel malt, cereal grains, and a light fruity ester finish. The metallic character lingers here as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A bit thin for my liking. Not hard to drink. An easy no frills beer I can quaff with ease.

This is very simple, and that is not always a bad thing. It just does not do it for me. I think the lingering metallic character and thin mouth are the biggest detractors. Though still enjoyable.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark and candied brown with the slightest hint of ambering notes, like maple syrup. A lovely, light tan head of tightly packed and smooth bubbles forms over the top of the beer and stands at about a fingers-width. Lacing from the head is like thin and slightly slippery curtains along the sides of the glass, leaving cob webs of foam in its wake. The beer’s body is dark, but relatively clean with a very light haze. On the nose, the beer smells of a nutty roast, similar to lighter porters that I have smelt. Hazelnut coffee comes to mind, though there is a very faint bitter kiss to the nose suggesting hops, and some semisweet chocolate notes. The beer tastes lightly roasty and nutty, with some lovely light complexities playing on the tongue. The beer begins with light sweet caramel malts before opening into very light roasted flavors which eventually introduce nutty and chocolate flavors that smooth through the finish alongside the returning caramel malts. The aftertaste is of sweet malt coffee, almost like bittersweet chocolate. As I sip it more, I notice a certain bitter quality building in my mouth, though it has no discernible flavoring to it. On the mouth, the beer feels medium of body, with a nice chewiness to it. The mouth is left a little roasted dry on the tongue, but with a good sheen of saliva sitting over the tongue to dampen it down. Overall, this is a really nice brown ale. I’m actually really digging this beer right now. It doesn’t blow you away in any category, but has an all-around balanced flavoring that is excellent to sip on. This beer is a great fall beer, I imagine, and is surely excellent for sipping on as you watch the world blow by. This beer is the next step up from sessionable. A good beer from Smuttynose for sure!

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.8% out of 100 with 2,695 ratings
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