Old Brown Dog | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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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:
#6,317
Reviews:
984
Ratings:
2,720
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
4.39
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
564
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,720 |  Reviews: 984
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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Photo of DMc8ride
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

Photo of talbotjf99
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of d5001986
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DispyDnb
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

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Haven't had a brown ale in awhile...brief initial impressions from a bottle below:

6.50% ABV.

Auburn body (definitely not brown). Mediocre off-white head of

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

Photo of BJB13
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

best by 4/6/17 stamped on bottle
poured into pint glass

A- Syrup brown in color, slightly hazy with visible suspended sediment. only half a finger of head which lasted @ 60 seconds. In fairness it wasn't a great pour on my part.
S- Only a slight aroma of malts.
T- Nutty, slightly bitter with a trace of hops.
M- At first it was a little heavy on the carbonation for me but it smoothed out as I went. Light to medium body.
O- I was surprised that it wasn't more clear (not an issue for me) and would say it could be a little more bitter but otherwise within the guidelines for the style.
A good brown ale that seems to finish better than it starts.

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

Photo of Zoe17
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 0panther0
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - nice medium brown color, real nice head
S - a little hoppy but no really strong aroma
T - subtle sweetness, light hops and some bitterness
F - a little heavy carbonation
O - generally balanced, light bitterness was the lasting impression. Not bad but not really interesting either

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Photo of cshaffer
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmattis13
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cute dog

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

Photo of Holderness
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matcris
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a glass of strong iced tea with almost no head on an aggressive pour , and no real lacing. A little nutty, a little fruity, and a little toasty in the nose. The flavor is a nice light roasted nutty flavor, malty, toasted bread, and a bit of caramel.
Nice level of carbonation, full, but not overboard, medium thin body, and dry. No off flavors, nutty, and good carbonation. Easy drinking, here.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,720 ratings