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:
#11,172
Reviews:
986
Ratings:
2,733
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
137
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568
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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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Photo of DbbC
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

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Selected for it's user friendly 6.5 ABV as much as anything. Super bronze color with tight foam for a head that retreats to a sparce lacing. Aroma is malty, abov all. The taste is solid & refreshing.

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Photo of zotzot
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keithmurray
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - chestnut/auburn body with tan head

Smell - caramel, peanut shell, toasted nuts

Taste - caramel, toffee, toasted nuts, green tea

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, caramel sweetness upfront, toasted nuttiness in the back

Overall - great example of the style, recommended

Price point - $1.79/12 oz single

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Photo of brocktune
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psdonnelly
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Poured a clear brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of light tan head. Good retention and lacing.
Aroma - Oatmeal, brown bread, faint caramel. Smells pleasant, just on the milder side.
Taste - Toasted dark bread, yeasty, almond-like bitterness, sweet hazelnut. Long aftertaste. Not hopped to hell like so many other brown ales, hops are subdued.
Feel - Medium bodied, prickly carbonation. If it were a tad thicker it'd be perfect.

Overall - Delicious beer, near perfect in my opinion.

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

Love this one

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

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

L: Hazy, translucent dark reddish brown. Small beige head. Medium-poor retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Earthy, woody hops. Cashews and toffee. Toasted rye bread. Baking cocoa. Dried cherries and vanilla.

T: Heavy on cashews, caramel, toffee, and peanuts. Hints of dried fig, cherry, and raisin. Stinky-sweet leather and tobacco. Molasses. Faint milk chocolate. Woody and earthy hop balance. Slightly sweet with figgy and toffee notes.

F: Medium-light. A bit light on the finish, but dangerously sluggable. Moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet, but then dried out to relative cleanness.

O: A very solid American brown ale. Almost definitive of its style.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AGust82
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,733 ratings