Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Mudslinger Brown AleRedhook Mudslinger Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
redhook.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
235
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
13.31%
 
 
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4
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Photo of SickGnar
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper hinting at russet brown (but barely dark enough to really call it brown). Good size off-white to beige head with lots of fair-size bubbles rising up through the clear brew. Fairly nice lace.

S: Malty – caramel with some sweetness, toasty background, but not really picking up a distinct toasty note. Soft fruity esters. Not really picking up any hops.

T: Malts are more forward with the nutty aspect in the palate. The toasty notes sticks around with even some darker roast hints of chocolate coming through in the finish. Caramel is more restrained than in the nose, and sweetness seems more estery & fruity rather than malty. Herbal, grassy, somewhat tea-like hops are in the background and gain an earthy edge toward the end. Flavors linger quite well into the finish with perhaps some diacetyl as it warms.

M: Average body with lush & firm carbonation that makes it seem fuller than it is. Some sweetness sticks around, but toasty grains, hops, and an odd astringent note all tip it to a drying finish. Astringent note gets old quickly.

D: An interesting, if mild, brown – yet drinkable enough. Toasty, but not overly nutty. Malts are quite dry & are balanced against a fruity/estery sweet aspect. Hops play a supporting, but noticeable role. A solid offering.

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Photo of MaryMoTu
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one while I had a light case of seasonal allergies (read: smell and taste were a little muted).

A: clear brown-red, nice light head with good head retention

S: didn't get a lot, but what I did get was sweet and malty

T: nutty and earthy with a nice roasted malt flavor, hint of molasses

M: light, but a little flat

O: drinkable, malty brown ale. slightly underwhelming. would be very tasty with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a name like "Mudslinger Spring Ale" I was hoping for a bock, but it turns out this is a brown ale. Oh well.

It pours a clear russet brown with orange and ruby highlights beneath a creamy head of light tan. The head retention is average, but it does leave some nice splashes of lace behind.

The aroma expresses a combination of yeasty fruitiness and caramelish and gently toasty malts.

In the mouth it's light-medium in body and smooth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor follows the aroma but adds to it a dusting of soft cocoa, or perhaps some milk chocolate. It's nicely bready, and softly bitter. It finishes short and clean.

Overall it's an easy-drinking, refreshing ale with enough flavor and character to keep it interesting.

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Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook Ale Brewery 2011 Mudslinger Brown Ale. 4 oz. Taster at Fremont, Seattle Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival on 4/2/2011. 5.80% ABV. 30 IBU's. Mild lace off white head. Clear bright rich ruby red brown color. Light chocolate mild hop front. Slightly sweet brown sugar toasted toffee cocoa crisp body. Clean dry tangy end. Zesty Brown Ale. Mildly fruity, but nice. (3.5 / 5.0)

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger fluffy light tan head with excellent retention to 1 finger cap. Decanted lightly. Laced in rings with legs running down the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Earthy and mild hop character.

T: Consistent with the nose. A hint of sweet, dark fruit in the middle and some floral hop character. Carbonation gives good transition and accentuates a mild bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Fairly bright in the middle balancing the sweet malt to a mild bitter finish.

O: Malty character well-balanced without big hopping; a plus for this style. Very drinkable; flavorable and tolerable ABV.

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Photo of goldbot
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A medium amber-brown color with thin, off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is grainy, slightly nutty with a hint of caramel. The flavor is about the same; light, grainy malts with a bit of caramel. A slight hop bitterness. Quite thin on the flavor though. The mouthfeel is good, crisp and slightly thin but substantial enough.

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Photo of NaLoGra
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks great, pours dark brown. Not much head through, but decent lacing.

S- Smells a little malty, not much other smells present.

T- Not too much aftertaste, but it tastes like it smells, malty, but surprisingly with a little chocolate hints.

M- A little thick, but still I would categorize with medium body.

O- Honestly I was expecting a little more from this beer from other reviews, I wasnt too impressed by it. This is my first redhook ale beer, and im a little skeptical about buying a different brew from them.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Nice lace. Not a strong head, but respectable. Deep auburn.

S: Not a lot on aroma. A little malt.

T: Tasty. Big malt upfront gives notes of umami, caramel, and roasted meat. Good.

M: Well rounded carbonation and viscosity.

D: At first I didn't see this as a spring ale but when put with grilling, BBQ, and outdoors, it makes sense. A good campfire beer, for sure.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark reddish-brown in color. Two fingers of tan head with average retention and some decent lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with a subtle fruity undertone. Light hops.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty much exactly. Semi-sweet roasted malts, some dark fruit. Nutty and chocolate middle. Back end is coffee and light hops. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Easy drinking and satisfying. Very sessionable.

Final Notes: A solid Brown Ale. Malt-forward, light hops, and smooth. You could easily have a few of these, and it would pair well with a variety of foods.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mudslinger has a healthy-looking finger of off-white head that sits atop a brown body.

The aroma has sweet grain and toasted malts.

A touch of fruity hops and a bit of earthiness comes through, followed by a more powerful malt base. The malt is lightly toasted and has flavors of sweet grain, but still manages to be pretty dry overall. It reminded me of a mix of an English brown and an Irish red because it was so dry. A little bit of warmth comes through in the finish also.

The mouthfeel is strange. The finish is dry, but the body is one of the lightest that I have encountered.

Mudlsinger is not a bad beer at all. Considering I had it at a bar that has limited options in the good beer department, I certainly didn't complain. Overall, however, it doesn't stack up against the best brown ales.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Slight crackle in the head, tall and bubbly. Reddish glow in the clear brown color. Hint of malt in the aroma, with a side of leafy, woody hop and mild fruitiness. Wet body--we considered saying thin, though the semidry malt character took its time coming around and dropped a pleasant toasted graininess on our taste buds. Hint of caramel goes well with the vague fruiti- ness and faint kiss of alcohol. A content party of flavors on the palate, it's hard to put this up against other Nut Brown Ales though. A worthy effort.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

During a visit to Portsmouth we took the opportunity to visit Redhook Brewery. Tried the Mudslinger Spring Ale. The color was darl amber / brown with a white head and some lace. The nose was a missing, nothing to report. The taste was good, a nice touch of maltyness helps this beer. The mouthfeel was good and I certainly could do a Session with this beer.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a brown/copper with a small amount of barely off white head. Smells of light caramel malts with some darker traits. Subtle earthy fruits. No real hop aroma. Light body and a couple bottles went down smooth while grabbing a burger. Not too bad but not that great either.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown and clear, not a lot of head or lacing but nice rising bubbles.

Smooth caramel malt aroma and flavor, they nearly match exactly. A bit nutty and slightly bitter, with earthy undertones.

It's easy to drink, with a smooth, moderately carbonated, slightly slick feel. Easy to down, just a bit too easy maybe.

It's enjoyable, if not world class, but a nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well the bottle does clearly state Nut Brown Ale, so I can't blame them... but I was expecting something a little more peppy from a "Spring Ale" Most are bright, refreshing and fall into the Witbier, Pilsner or dry hopped pale categories. I guess they get a couple points for heading in a different direction.

A fairly think light beige head forms and begins to fade almost immediately. Fairly dark brown, with plenty of light getting through. No much in the way of lacing.

Aroma was certainly that of a nut brown. Some slightly sweet malt and some roasted not notes.

A fairly decent representation of the style. Malt focused, some nice roasted nut flavors with some subtle sweetness.

Medium bodied, a bit slick.

I think decent is the word here.

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Photo of erosier
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours an amber brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely as it fades kind of slowly.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, a semi-sweet nuttiness to it with hints of chocolate and caramel followed by a nice slightly earthy hop aroma at the end.
T: Tastes like it smells but sweeter. Nice mix of sweet malts, some nuttiness, caramelized malt hints, an then a smooth and refreshing slightly earthy hop finish at the end.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Good sessionable beer, liked it's feel and tastes and it was pretty good overall.

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Photo of mnrider
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle--->Pint glass

A: Pours a semi-clear reddish dark brown. Very small white head. Little retention and no lacing.

S: Roasted semi-sweat malts. A little nutty also. A hint of spices are mixed in.

T/M: Sweet malty goodness with some of that nutty taste. Hints of hops and other spices are mixed in as the brew is balanced well enough. Goes down smooth with a pretty clean aftertaste.

O: Nice easy to drink Brown Ale. However the taste is nothing that special, and I don't think I'd get this one again. Unless I found it on tap.

Cheers!

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight hops, hint of spice, slight nut, and hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight pale malt, hint of nut, hint of earthy malt, hint of hop, and a hint of spice. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mudslinger has a nice copper brown body with a tan head.

Aromas of molasses and milk chocolate. A malty smell and a little funk to boot.

Malty, alcohol comes off a bit too pronounced. Not that complex.

I really don't have much to say about this beer. It's a little off balance.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took me a minute to find this beer on B.A. Red Hook brews a nice light brown ale with their Mud Slinger. Brown and small head with light carbonation. Smells grainy with hints of alcohol. Taste of light a nutty, caramel, and chocolate malt. Nice Spring feel to the taste ....time to let winter go. Not too bad, not too great. SO-SO.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops and nuts. Taste is good, hops, nutty, a touch of malts, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin tails of lace.

S - It smelled nutty and malty with a slightly floral aroma.

T - Good nutty flavor with some roasty malt and touches of caramel.

M - A crisp, sharp and smooth ale. It was medium bodied and easy drinking.

D - This is a nice English-style ale. It easy pretty tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of brewemstrong
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium brown with quite a bit of red in it. 1/2 finger, off-white head that does not linger.

S: Weak, but with a fair amount of nut scent.

T: Lighter than expected for a brown ale. Limited nutiness although it does linger on the back of the tongue. Average sweetness, slightly higher than average hop flavor but this does not add to overall body.

M: Medium carbonation and lack of a bite. Somewhat sticky finish.

D: I don't prefer Brown Ales but even so, I expected more nut flavor in the body of the beer and fewer hops. Fine once, will not buy again

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Photo of beerdown77
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mudslinger pours medium brown and pretty clear, with about one finger of head. The smell was sweet and malty. The taste was mild but nutty. I was surprised in its bitterness; for me, it made it more drinkable. I don't prefer overly sweet brown ales. It had a medium body, and I could have another.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.03/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Pours a chocolaty brown, and despite my best efforts, I can't get anything of a decent head out of it. Lacing is barely existant.
S- Smell has a touch of nuttiness to it, and tends toward sweet grains. There is a hint of soapiness to it that just doesn't seem right.
T- Starts initially sweet, a touch of caramel, before chestnut and hazelnut flavors kick in. Finishes with that soapiness to it. Low key hop profile.
M- Not enough body, probably from a lack of malt. Moderate carbonation. really is too light for the style though.
D- Easy drinking enough I suppose, but the soapy finish and lack of body really don't interest me in having another.

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Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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