Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

very good
2,679 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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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, best by date stamped on neck

A - Ruby, hazed, with some suspended sediment. Off white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Slight chocolate sweetness, then a mild roast coffee. Rolls into a bready, doughy sweetness mid palate, almost cookie-like. Finishes with a healthy dose of pine hops to balance and clean it off.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, nice and smooth across the palate.

O - Really enjoyed this one, a new standard to hold other brown ales to for me.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Amber-brown color with a 2-finger bubbly, tan-white head. Decent retention, not much lacing at all.

S - Nice biscuit, nut, and caramel malt notes with a hint of floral and possibly some citrus hop aromas as well. Smells like a brown ale should.

T - Very nice malt profile with sweet caramel and toasty biscuit and nut flavors. Has the slightest bit of a bitter finish with some floral hop flavors.

F - Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, mouth-coating feel, with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Bitterness hangs around for a little bit but malty sweetness lingers longer. Good body and refreshing at the same time.

O - If you’re into brown ale malty goodness, this is a very good beer. It’s a good beer regardless, but especially good if you like brown ales. Smells and tastes good and has a solid mouthfeel. As with the other Smuttynose beers that I’ve had, there’s nothing spectacular or particularly different about this beer, but it’s just an all-around good beer. I’d look for this one again.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brown. Head is quite minimal with minimal lacing.

The aroma is malty, an odd mustiness, and hints of nuttiness. Fruity yeastiness emerges as it warms

The tastes begin with a sweet, caramel malt flavor upfront with slight nuttiness. Fruity yeast again just like the aroma. Toasted bready and light biscuity maltiness emerges more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is pretty light with a slight creaminess. Fairly crisp and clean finish.

Overall I enjoy this more now than I remember first sampling in the bottle. Maybe that bottle wasn't fresh or handled poorly. Nothing stellar or monumental but just a really drinkable solid brown ale, not my favorite but good non-the-less and quite acceptable to find on draft at a random bar in NYC.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into a pint glass:

A: maple brown colored body that gave way to a one finger white foamy head and left some spotty yet in a spiderweb pattern running down the sides of the glass. There weren't any rings down the side.

S: some nuts and caramel which was very well balanced.

T: some sweet malty and brown sugar tones to it. The nuts and the caramel come back slightly in the background.

M: medium with a good smoothness coating the tongue and mouth just right.

Overall, this is good for the style and good for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a blue point snifter.

a - brew poured a deep brown with some amber highlights along the sides of the glass. HUGE frothy cream colored head that hung out for pictures and left chunky milkshake like lacing. one of the more attractive brown ales i've seen. lacing is huge and all over the glass.

s - malts and brown sugar. nutty breadiness. a touch of metalic oxidation (note - this beer has been in my fridge for a few months).

t - nice flavor. brown sugar malts. nuts, caramel, apple. REALLY tasty. one of the better browns i've had. good sweetness, great balance.

m - mouth is a bit watery, but nice carbonation. light to medium bodied.

o - overall, another winner from smutty. really easy drinker and one of the better browns i've had. very accessible. i'd have this again and again and again.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,679 ratings.
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