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Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Mudslinger Brown AleRedhook Mudslinger Brown Ale
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Redhook Mudslinger Brown AleRedhook Mudslinger Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mudslinger is a Nut Brown Ale with a Medium body and a fresh aroma. Its malty flavor is layered with light chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. Six barley malts and two hop varieties result in a surprisingly smooth, well balanced dark beer.

30 IBU

Added by RedBrewer83 on 01-07-2010

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Photo of Dunkelhund
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of cestlavie
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of SnaxStL
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of rrock44
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Valmor88
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with hints of red

S: Sweet malts and some citrus, with some smokey-ness

T: Caramel-y and malty characteristics are the most notable, with a good flavor hop profile, but not much bitterness. Nutty/smokey flavors hit on the dry finish.

M: Medium body with a surprising amount of carbonation.

O: A very drinkable beer. Reminds me of a crisp spring morning.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer poured a great big tan head. The beer had a red color to it also. The beer had a slightly sweet taste and unfortunately a little bit of a metallic taste also or after taste I should say. I will not buy again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from NH brewery dated 29 March 2011 served in a pint glass. (updated and revised with bottle from Dec. 2012 consumed Jan. 2013).

Pours a clear reddish brown with a fine looking but short-lived tan head.

Aroma: both spicy hops and malt evident in the attractive but weak nose, with a trace of fruitiness and notes of toasted grain, caramel and baked bread.

T - a good amount of toasted malt flavor, with spicy hops in the background that are probably responsible for the sensation of black pepper. Subtle flavors of roasted nuts and smoke. Hints of coffee in the semi-dry finish.

M - Produces a lot of tingling, suggesting that there's more carbonation in this than it appears. The body is medium, leaning towards thin.

O - a slightly hoppy and lively version of an English brown ale.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a very small tan head that quickly disappears to a slight edging. Nothing very flashy.

Aroma is of lots of sweet, brown malts along with a slight bit of berries or plums that compliments the big dose of caramel malts.

Sipping reveals a rather sweet brown malt of caramel along with a bit of citrus fruit and maybe cherries? I could be wrong, but it's what I taste. No hop come through really at all.

A bit sweet and thick on the sip, but quickly balances out nicely. Alcohol is nicely hidden but it is there...trust me!

Easy to drink and a nice spring or even summer brew for those who like brews with a bit more body and taste than a typical light summer ale.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

mud slinger spring ale is a good way to ween yourself off of those dark smokey winter brews. It's not too dark but it's in no way a fluffly prance through a spring medow. It's coming up the middle on the edge of a knife. The color is a smashing deep brown copperish color. The smell is a mildly smokey chocolate barley. The taste is a rich smokey chocolate. I thinl mud slinger is more spacifically an end of winter beginning of spring ale, unless you are just hardcore and wanna drink the rich stuff year round. This is a solid beer and an out of the box way to embrace spring ales.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very clear, brown with orange hues, definitely on the light end of the brown spectrum, head is decent, doesn't last long

S: Smells mostly of medium crystal malt, doesn't smell overwhelming thanks to some background malt, but it stands out as the dominant characteristic by far

T: Once again, the crystal malt is the star providing a nice sweetish caramel flavor, this sweetness is balanced by a lower mash temp allowing for a drier, more drinkable beer, hops are there for balance, not adding much bitterness, but a good english flavor profile is there too. Just a small hint of darker, roasted grain.

M: Like I said, this beer is on the dry side, I'm not sure how well that compares to the style, but for a spring brown ale, that required, especially with that dose of crystal malt, it would be too sweet if it was denser

O: A better than average beer overall. They were shooting for a spring brown ale, and they did a good job. They still used those caramel flavors that you expect from an english brown, but managed to create a drinkable beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local trader, tone77, and I did another pick-up/drop-off the other day and this time our roles were reversed - I dropped off while he was at work. More bottles for me to keep the numbers aligned with The CANQuest (TM). So be it!

I popped the cap, gave it a pour and had the briefest finger of light-tan head in a while. Color was a garnet-red with NE quality clarity. Nose was very sweet, perhaps a bit too much so for this hophead, caramel-like in its intensity. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a caramel sweetness in the mouth, but not overwhelming as the nose had led me to expect. Finish was sweet, but again, not overwhelmingly so. I would not want a steady diet of this, but as an occasional change-up, sure.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains maple, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of maple, nuts and caramel followed by a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany glass holds a thin brown foam cover that gives a few strings of lace

Smell: Very mild malty brown bread nose with a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: Again, mild is the word. Malty balance, but generally pretty watery, easy and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Little foamy in carbonation, medium light body, fairly clean finish

Overall: A easy session beer. No flaws noted, a nice clean simple beer.

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Photo of Franz4
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottling date of 2/9/11

A- dark copper color, poured a small head but it vanished quickly.

S- toasty, nutty, and slightly grassy, nothing to overpowering or complex.

T- toast is the dominant flavor, very mild nuttiness is present as well.

M- Very smooth with just the right carbonation, this one goes down easy.

O- Very clean taste with not much aftertaste, it's a simple beer, seems to be well crafted and I'd grab this for the spring/summer months.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Mudslinger is a very clear, copper brown ale with a small, white head that quickly fades to a ring. It has a caramel aroma with a note of coffee and possibly cola. It's light bodied with a pretty clean, delicate finish. It's lightly flavored with caramel and some nuttiness. It has a slightly metallic property. An herbal, medicinal bitterness comes in for the finish. Sweet caramel flavor lingers. This isn't really my style, but there's nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -Toffee colored brown mahogany

S - Fruity and yeasty -- raisins and plums/prunes

T - Malty toasty with fruit - plum and raisin and then chocolate and coffee on the end

M - a little carbonation but almost a little watery

O - Interesting enough to hold interest but after a while I was wishing for additional carbonation and perhaps a bit more complexity.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light brown with minimal head. Disappointing. Nose is light with some toasty aromas, hint of brown sugar. Cola-like on the palate with light caramel flavors, decent carbonation, and a dusty finish. Light bodied and watery. Not worth trying at all.

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Photo of confer
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- From a bottle. It is a medium brown, almost cola color. Now much head or carbonation.
S- Sweet and malty.
T- Again like the smell it is sweet and malty, not very deep though.
M,O- A great beer for the price, and pretty good overall. I would definitely go to this one again.

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Photo of deebo
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruddy brown, with a tan head that quickly dissipates.
S-Nutty, roasted malts hits you upfront and dominates the aroma.
T-Balanced toasted malt and astringent hops, although the malt as in most brown ales is dominant.
M-Tangy carbonation, light to medium bodied, slightly astringent in the aftertaste.
D-Good for the style, easily good for 2 or 3.
O-A nice brown ale. I would like a little less hop astringency and maybe less carbonation and a heavier mouthfeel but this is a good value for the price.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with a white head that dissipates to a skim. No lace.

Sweet bread and caramel aromas.

Brown sugar, caramel, and malt, which instantly dries out. Smells sweeter than it is. Dry malt and bitterness. No very complex, a bit watery and thin in flavor.

Lighter bodied than expected, but moderately drinkable. Overall, not bad, just not great. Don't really hate this, but there are many better.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium-dark brown body with just under an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Nutty traces stirred up in the malts smelling additionally of caramel and sweet chocolate. Lightly estery. Mildly spicy, earthy tones from the hops.

Taste: Pale and toast-tasting malts with a reasonable light level of sweetness. With Mud Slinger, you get yourself a sliver of caramel, one or two crushed nuts, a teaspoon of chocolate morsels, a few drops of mild coffee. Earthy, lightly herbal-toned hops with a medium-low bitterness to keeps thing in balance. A little more distinct roastiness is felt on the swallow. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I will be doing no mud slinging here. I liked it. Sure, you don't get a vastly complex malt character or a sizzling hop profile, and there's no room or real need for any wild barrel-aging. I'm totally fine with that. It's just a simple, decent, balanced brown.

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