Brown Hound Brown Ale | Freeport Brewing Company

Brown Hound Brown AleBrown Hound Brown Ale
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 14 ratings
Brown Hound Brown AleBrown Hound Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Freeport Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-30-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a delicate light brown and gives a good dark brown body in my pint glass. A one inch tan head quickly dies to less than a centimeter and gives a body that is too hazy to note any carbonation rising. The head ends up mushroom capping. The smell is all about the basic nuts and malts for a typical English brown. The taste is exactly the same. The mouthfeel is slightly tingly yet creamy. There is nothing off, just an all around good mouthfeel for an English brown. Overall, I would have this again. After researching this company, I wish they would expand a bit more to get this one out because this is a superior English Brown Ale.

 641 characters

Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 gallon growler obtained at Whole Foods in Portland, ME. pours a hazy amber/brown color with a half inch of off white head that dissipated after a few minutes. scents of chocolate, earthiness from the hops, maltiness, and a hint of diacetyl. tastes of chocolate, malt, earthiness, citrus and butter play on the tongue. the diacetyl is very slight and balances the other tastes in the beer. light to moderately carbonated and leaves a slight earthy aftertaste. the first sip invites another.


 503 characters

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear Quarter Gallon Growler purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown body with nearly an inch of light tan head that slowly dissipates. Smells sweet and malty with some chocolate notes and a fair bit of nut. Tastes nutty with slight dark choclate and coffee notes, a fair bit of nut/peanut, a pleasing undertone of butter, coffee grounds, and just a tinge of tobacco-like hops. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Overall a solid sessionable brown ale. The butter could afford to be dialed back just a tad, but it doesn't hurt anything much. Overall a good brown - looking forward to trying more from these guys.

 686 characters

Photo of Jayli
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy toffee color with an offwhite foamy head. Head recedes relatively quickly leaving spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is of caramel malts and come citrusy hops that I've never quite experienced before. The nose is more on the muted side - that I think a stronger presence of this balance would have done well. Taste is of caramel malts up front, definite toffee presence in here, slightly buttery. It's a complex beer with a lot of different flavoring that isn't blended as well as it could be. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, decent carbonation, extremely sweet aftertaste to it, with an oily feel to it. Drinkability is decent - I was hoping for more. There are a lot of potentially good things going on for this beer but it just doesn't blend well.

 790 characters

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours more of an amber color than a brown ale, a huge fizzy head, too much of a head that gets in the way.

Smell is rather weak, only a slight caramel malt aroma.

Whoa, taste is rather sour, very thin in the mouth, leaves a sour/tartness that should not be in this brown ale, not all that malty, roasted or nutty.

A rather disappointing brown ale, well, it won't be bottled again so I guess I'm still glad I got to try it.

 425 characters

Photo of ericj551
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at Whole Foods the other day, I'm always happy to pick up a Maine beer not contract brewed by Shipyard. The beer is a dark orange/brown with a thin wispy head. The aroma is malty with some chocolate and a hint of nutty, toasted character. The flavor starts out with a nice malty sweetness, with similar toastiness as in the aroma. It's just dry enough to be crisp and refreshing. The bitterness comes through in the finish, nice and light with a hint of hop earthy hop flavor.

 491 characters

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Broad Arrow Tavern (nice place). This beer was cinnamon colored with a small white head. Aroma a little lacking, some malt and somewhat sweet. Nice taste, though. Caramel, a little bread. I thought it was pretty full-bodied, and found it to be quite enjoyable.

 270 characters

Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper in color with a thick 3" fluffy off-white head. Some spotty lacing develops. The aroma is of simple toffee. The flavor sports a nice caramel maltiness, with some butter, hint of nuts, and a piney bitterness. Medium bodied.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry at the start and finish. A short buttery caramel finish too. A nicely drinkable and enjoyable brown ale.

 379 characters

Photo of Truh
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Donned my hunting jacket and got out my duck calls with this one on 6/2/2004. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Skein of a head with continued, large bubbled carbonation. Ruby brown to deep chestnut hue with medium haze. For bouquet, butterscotch punches up front with malt to follow and buttery sweetness. Brown sugar hits up front on the mouth, almost too sweet, with cinnamon and clover shavings. Overall, this is a tastier offering than Newcastle, as the sweetness dissipates a bit and the alcohol becomes a bit more pronounced as the pour comes to room temperature. On the whole, quite refreshing.

 626 characters

Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very interesting brown ale. Dull, cloudy dark leather brown body with a nice latte foam head that never fades all the way. The aroma is very malty but the hops are AWOL. The flavor is nicely malty with a nice dose of caramel and brown sugar, but it has this odd bit of sourness up front. Luckily that fades before you've even swallowed and your left with a short aftertaste of husky maltiness. Good beer, but would be better without that slight twang.

 451 characters

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beauty in Maine. The dog on the 22oz had shades of ripping off Smutty's "Old Brown Dog". But this beer had a taste all of it's own. Poured a nice brown, with a good head. Nice sweet, crisp taste. I liked this beer a lot, too bad it's can only be bought in Maine only.

 280 characters

Photo of purplehops
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brown Hound poured a deep ruby-brown with a large light tan head with plenty of life that left some lacing on the sides of the pint. The aroma was malty with hints of sweet citrus and faint floral notes. The taste startes with malt up front and then a rush of acidic sourness. The finish is slightly dry and overpowered by the sourness. The aftertaste is fading sour flavors with malt and citrus notes starting to develope or overpower the sour. The mouthfeel was medium thick with a creamy nitro-like feel.
Overall I think this bottle may have taken a turn for the worse. I don't see any notes on the sour taste profile by other reviewers and there is no way you can miss this flavor. The ale looked great and smelled good and the feel on your palate was enjoyable. Even the sour flavor was not a pour it down the drain flavor. It was almost like a lactic like sourness. Not right for a brown ale but also not spit it out in disgust.
Will buy another bottle from a different batch and re-review this ale at a later time to be fair to Freeport Brewing Company.

 1,062 characters

Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This deeply colored brown ale presents with a foamy beige head and a hoppy aroma. An aggressive bitterness runs through the entire brew. All the flavors meld very well and create a very drinkable and flavorful ale.

 216 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good carbonation and head that stayed a while. Deep red brown color, smooth and fairly malty with a slight hoppy aftertaste. Only sold in Maine, this 22oz bottle was found in Wells, Me.

 187 characters

Brown Hound Brown Ale from Freeport Brewing Company
Beer rating: 57.1% out of 100 with 14 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.