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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
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
235
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
20.41%
 
 
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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 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 ChugMan
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Food Pairing: Enjoyed this with some potatoes and pork loin, which had been brined with herbs and roasted with pumpkin sauce. Complimented the earthy flavors of the dish fairly well, but the Mudslinger was slightly too light to stand up to its counterparts richness.

A- Modest head which disappeared rather quickly. Very clear, appealing deep amber to orange/brown color.

S - chocolaty in a tootsie roll way, pear, sweet malts. Faint overall.

T - Mild nutty and malt background of diluted chocolate flavors lend a light sweetness which thankfully doesn't overstay its welcome, instead getting a bit better towards the end. Bitterness is in check as well.

M - Light and refreshing.

Overall - Not nearly as rich as its name may imply, and is in fact a highly accessible, drinkable beer which may be best enjoyed in warmer weather.

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

Clear brown colored beer with a thin tan colored head, it actually doesn't look like much.

Smells malty with a mild molasses and wheat toast slightly burnt aroma. Scents of chocolate and coffee with a little caramel syrup. Smells better than it looks.

Starts out semi-dry with a mild roasted malt flavor. Toasted grains with some coffee, it is quite mild tasting.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall super easy to drink even if it is a little too lightly flavored for my taste. Still I would buy again sometime when I just want a mild brown ale at a good price.

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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 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 mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big foam in the big gulp size duvel tulip. Sweet and grainy are the main flavors. Hints of chicory. Lots of caramel followed by some bark and twiggy tea. Scratchy hoppiness though not really very bitter at first. Somewhat tangy, but it's more of a club soda taste with the browned malt dominating. The spoiled fruit flavor of hops with a bitter aftertaste.

A slightly more aggressive Brown Ale than the usual suspects. That touch of burnt barley helps it stand out. There is something too sweet and fruity with that woodsy bitterness to be very drinkable. In the 22 oz bottle. From Del Mission Liquor on Washington near Hillcrest in San Diego, which has a suprisingly good and fresh supply of craft beers.

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

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Pours a half finger of off white head. Fades to a thin layer/ring. Leaves some slight splattered lace. Color is a clear copper bronze.

Aroma: Grassy hops with lots of malts. Light caramel and toffee. Not a lot going on here. Low profile for a malty styled beer.

Taste: very watery for a brown ale. Some nut flavors with grassy hops mixed with caramel malt flavors. Not a lot going on here. A week profile.

Mouthfeel: A little creamy and a little bitter. Light to medium bodied for a brown ale. Medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty and dry.

Overall, this beer wasn't a let down because I wasn't expecting much. This beer just didn't pack a lot of flavor. It is drinkable since it is so small, but nothing I want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 12/3/12.

Pours a hazy dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and slight nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some decent aromas and flavors for the style but nothing really stands out about this one.

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

A: brownish orange; thin head dissipates quickly
S: slightly grassy smell, strong on the malt
T: heavy on the orange tones at the first sip; settles into a brown ale with caramel tones; little remarkable here, but nothing unpleasant

A good solid offer, but nothing to ponder over (if that's what you're after)

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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 Darkmagus82
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light brown color with a small cream colored head. The head fades quite fast to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew and very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt and caramel smells. Mixed with these aromas are some nutty smells as well as a toffee aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and roasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness. . As the flavor advances some toffee and nut flavors then hit the tongue mixed with a light fruit taste of apple. In a not so smooth transition the sweeter flavors start to fade more toward the end as a light bitterness of a citrus and earthy nature come to the tongue. In the end a lightly bittered and semi-sweet roasted flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little more body and a little less carbonation would have likely suited the brew better, giving the roasted malt, caramel and nut flavor mix a more decant and suiting feel.

Overall – Well it’s not offensive and it is OK, but its lack of smooth transitions and its rather weak mouthfeel would likely prevent me from recommending this one to others. Just OK.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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 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 Franz4
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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 OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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 soju6
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Served a dark mahogany color with a nice head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, caramel sweetness and bit of chocolate.

T: Taste of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, some nut and bit of chocolate. Mild bitterness and a finish the is quite dry.

F: Medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy. Has a decent balance.

O: Nice beer for the style but nothing too fancy.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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 maltlikker
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/7/10.

Poured a deep golden brown with a substantial tan head that shows great retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

Subdued aroma of sweet earth, biscuit, and flowers.

Mild caramel flavor with a slight roastiness and a floral aspect.

Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin and carbonation was light considering the enormous head.

Good drinkability, refreshing and subtle, but I didn't detect any 'nuttiness' - maybe mine was a bit past it's prime.

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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 BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pushing the nutty and chocolate-caramel flavors to the front, this Northern English-style Brown Ale does well with regard to style.

The beer pours with the colors of very dark amber and medium brown. A fairly thin and short-lived head carries an early froth of egg shell white and nearly void of lace- I would have liked better foam character.

Deep caramel, perhaps on the lightly burnt side, reminds my nose of toffee or peanut brittle, without the peanuts. But an overall roasted nut character rises in the malt profile and nearly comes to life as chocolate. Mild grain husk and grassy hops hardly make a mark on the malt-forward nose.

Medium sweet to taste, the caramel, toffee, nuts, and chocolate frame the sweetness while a mild bark-like bitterness offsets just enough sweetness to remain palatable- this remains a sweeter beer overall. No fruitiness or spices detected from yeast, and only a mild grainy texture reveals a thinner, drier, and less malty body than its competitors.

Medium bodied especially to start, the beer's light carbonation allows the malt texture to lay on the tongue a bit heavy- a not toward English-style ales. But the relatively hightened alcohol and fleeting malt sweetness reveals a warm minty heat and mild grainy texture that all results in a malty-dry finish and a nutty/chocolaty aftertaste.

I certainly prefer this beer over Newcastle, but with the grainy-sweet taste and texture, the dryness and alcohol that I would have normally applauded seems to highlight the waivering malt body.

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Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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