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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
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100
Ratings:
235
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
20.41%
 
 
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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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Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear brown color with an off-white head with pretty good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet caramel malts with hints of chocolate.

T- The taste like the aroma has some malt and caramel up front with a moderate amount of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a decent but not great brown ale that I probably wouldn't purchase again.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look - Medium to dark brown in color, with about one finger's worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - Fairly malty with a dash of hops. Maybe with a syrupy take on the smell too, maybe caramel.

Taste and Mouthfeel - good English ale taste. Malty with a slight nutty flavor. Not too sweet, and with a slight bitterness at the end, definitely not strongly hopped. Slight chocolaty hint too. Texture is well-balanced.

Drinkability - Very drinkable ale. Some complexity but not a lot. Good-tasting and easy to drink.

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Photo of smcolw
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light head that settles to only a rim of bubbles. No lace. Ruby, copper color and appears to be crystal clear.

Nutty and slightly sweet darker malts to the nose. Just a touch of hop.

More hoppy on the tongue than I expected. Also, it seems to be highly carbonated which is in stark contrast to the appearance. The beer seems thinner because of this. The overall flavor is relatively weak, which makes it easy to drink but not very interesting or complicated.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: light brown with light tan head that fades quickly

S: floral hops, a bit of citrus and dry biscuit aroma malt

T: I was a little surprised at this one. I was not originally expecting much at a Superbowl party when I found this but was asked to try it by a friend. Relatively dry brown ale flavors of malt and a mild hop presence.

M: light mouthfeel, high carbonation.

D: well the light body lends to drinkability. Pretty decent overall and met my expectations for a Redhook brew.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark amber/copper in color, with a rather short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint whiff of caramel and malt
Taste-faint flavors of toasted malt and caramel.
Thin-bodied and certainly drinkable, but an average offering at best.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown with some amber orange highlights. Pours into a thin one finger head that hangs on the side.

S- smell of grass, faint chocolate, hop scent

T- tastes of cascade hops, slight chocolate hints.

M - to quote the later great George Carlin, the mouthfeel is "fairly decent" or " moderately neato". Not perfect, slightly thin for a brown.

D- Decent beer, not overly complex. I wouldnt kick it out of my glass, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in an 8oz tasting glass

appears overly carbonated with a decent brown color and off-white to tan head that dissipated almost immediately and left a single ringlet of lacing

smells nice. pretty complex actually. maybe too complex. Malt with some citrus and maybe a little molassis or burnt sugar with some spices too... interesting

taste - ugh... thin yet overly done at the same time. tastes a little of everything in there but in summary is a rather tangy, bitter (not good bitter) sort of mess. Maybe a little overthought where the basics and some body would be nice.

As someone else said, this will be okay for a backyard BBQ because it's drinkability and low ABV will make it sessionable if it's paired with some heavily BBQd chicken but if you have some nice steaks, I'd go with something else and make a meal out of it!

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Photo of leedorham
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light brown with a thick off-white head. Head gone pretty quickly and not much lacing.

S - Nice hop bouquet. Floral and bright with a bit of citrus character.

T - There is a little acidity to it, almost sour but not off-putting. Fairly dry. Good amount of hop character.

M - A little thin but feels about right for what a refreshing spring beer should be.

D - A nice refreshing brew with a good aroma. Good for kicking back & grilling out in the cold.

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Photo of russpowell
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent brown with a thumb of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Nuttyness & sweet grain

T: Sweet grainyness, grassy hops, &slight nuttyness up front. Hops profile turns slightly citrussy as this warms, plus the nuttyness picks up too. Finishes grainy & sweet, with a slight grassyness & a bit of citrus (not really working for me)

MF: Light bodied & fairly assertive/near prickly carbonation

Drinks okay, this is a ho-hum kind of brown, I expected not much from Rad Hooks though. Glads this was part of a mixed sixer, otherwise I would've passed

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Photo of echoes
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a glass.

A: Light brownish-red in color. Thick whitish-tan head that dissipates very slowly leaving a lot of lacing. Very little carbonation visible, except when pouring of course.

S: A nice but underwhelming (maybe because of my sense of smell) blend of roasted malts, nuts, fruit, smoky scent and perhaps a tinge of coffee. Don't get me wrong though, it does smell good, just not as much smell as I'd like (again, maybe because of my sense of smell).

T: Nutty taste, roasted malts, coffee and smoky flavors. Bit of a spicy and bitter end to it. Kind of has an earthy taste to it (living up to the name). It all blends together to taste how an EBA should taste. Has a complex character that makes it very pleasing.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied. Can definitely detect the carbonation. Feels good.

D: Very high. Nothing is to the drinkability's detriment. Actually makes me want to have another bottle and I can/would say that about very few beers.

Love this very much. Appearance, smell and mouthfeel are okay but taste and drinkability are very high. I think this has more character than Newcastle Brown Ale and I like that beer. I think I prefer this over the aforementioned beer.
If you like brown ales or ales in general, give this a try!

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Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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