Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,682 Ratings
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale
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
Ratings:
2,682
Reviews:
969
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
545
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,682 |  Reviews: 969
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrJuengling
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a-BeerDrinker
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - caramel, hazy, almost dirty with a reddish tint
S - malty, hints of oats,bread,nuts, and very subtle spice. Maybe allspice or cinnamon
T - absolutely delicious. Smooth, creamy, and clean, yet bold and full-bodied. Bready, with a little smoke. You get a little hops in the middle, but as it dissipates, the hops do too.
F - Full at first, but fades out a bit at the end. Almost watery finish, but flavor is so good it's disguised.
O - a great selection at the right price. Would definitely buy it again - the quality is very evident.

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Photo of Egglands_Beast
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I won't just repeat the other reviews, because they're pretty spot on about the taste, look, feel, etc. It's a really tasty beer that's enjoyable to drink - I'll definitely be getting it more in the future. My only problem is that the Big Daddy flavors really only come in at the end - the first thing you get is the somewhat muted bright hoppiness. It just doesn't put its best foot forward on the palette. But this is a very slight problem ultimately.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gbw5009
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frykid
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

enjoyed in a pint glass poured from the tap

L : a reddish brown color, nice head on the pour (abt width of 1 finger)
S: it had the aromas of nuts and malts. It was very pleasing
T: malts flavors and some bitterness.
F: very smooth drink,

overall: this is a very good beer. enjoyed it very much

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sharp315
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thebooyakid
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushwack
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice brown ale. Just a little sweet.

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Photo of mikr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nimbus_
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a dark brown, but holding to light reveals a hazy reddish amber color. Not much of a head formed, and any that did form dissipated quickly.

Smell: Loaded with malt aroma. Lots of caramel, nuts, and bread. I also may have detected some ever so subtle pine, but it really sat in the background compared to the malts.

Taste: Very delicious! The taste reflects the smell. Tons of malt with absolutely no hop bitterness. Starts sweet with caramel flavors and ends with a nutty aftertaste.

Feel: Surprisingly creamy. Mild carbonation. I would not guess this as a 6.7% ABV, because it drinks so smoothly.

Overall: I was very impressed with the flavor and drink-ability of this beer (despite that being somewhat dangerous at 6.7%). If you're looking for a flavorful, classic tasting brown ale, then you can't go wrong here!

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Photo of UConnBeerBoy
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Artois 50cl goblet

A: Deep reddish brown, like a late fall leaf. Creamy head dissipates quickly, moderate lacing
S: Hearty notes - my nose isn't well trained, but definitely a malt/caramel theme
T: Surprisingly mild for an ABV over 6.5, pleasant malts, a bit of vague nuttiness
F: Gentle and smooth, pleasantly lingering

Was not expecting to like this beer, I usually prefer lagers but I figured I'd give it a try. Definitely a great intro to darker ales!

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Photo of Momon
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, it pours reddish brown (mostly brown) in the glass with a moderate head. Nose is tickled by the raisiny malty hoppy scent. The mouth is struck by the light hop bite, followed by the malt. A repeater!

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nobledust
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Paoloboston
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wilcox39
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of YoungMtn52
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice smooth brown ale with nutty, fruity, bready taste with no bite....I like this beer - will be buying it again!

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Red/brown colored beer, not much head nor lace.
S: Tons of raisin up front. Other notes such as plum, fig, toffee as well.
T: Repeat of the nose, touches of caramel, dark fruit and toffee. Less molasses like than a doppelbock, and easier drinking, more subdued. Perfect balance between easy drinking and great flavor
F: Pretty light and refreshing. Medium-high carbonation, little dryness, actually more sweet
O: Great example of a brown ale. Been many years since I last drank this.

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Photo of flgimp
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle with a thick creamy head. First taste hint of chocolate. Smokey red amber color. Rich smooth taste.

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,682 ratings.
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