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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 BucannonXC5
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Del Mission Liquor in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: 2-for-$5
Purchased: April 25, 2013
Consumed: April 25, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a mahogany brown color with two fingers of khaki tan head. Decent amount of sporadic and uneven layered lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled roasted caramel notes first. Also nuts, toast, toffee and faint bitter chocolate notes. Had me wanting to come back for more.

Not as much flavor in the taste like the nose. Roasty caramel, toffee, chocolate milk and nuts with bitterness hanging on the tongue after.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter, but still smooth finish.

This beer had its moments, but it was missing something. A bit more flavor I would have rated it higher than a 3.5 (which may have a bit generous).

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Photo of Kiwano
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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 RedDiamond
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather than invent new things, Redhook sometimes likes to shake up their old things. Copperhook used to be RH's spring seasonal and they would occasionally produce a Nut Brown Ale. Copperhook was since granted year-round status and the Nut Brown was re-christened Mudslinger and given the spring seasonal slot.

Mudslinger is much hoppier than I might have expected, with a bright grainy aroma and graceful mashtun flavor. The taste is otherwise not dynamic and turns drab after a few sips making for a beer of frail character that somehow typifies the whole Redhook experience. The nuttiness or malt caramel of most brown ales just doesn't happen here.

However, I'm a sucker for that warm cereal smell even if it seems out of place on this mahogany-colored beer. Too bad the rest of this one is too blasé to bother with.

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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 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 chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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 RedBrewer83
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz into pint glass...

A: Pours a beautiful caramel golden brown with hints of ruby in the body. Head is a big three fingers, very frothy and falls in pillows, excellent sticky lacing left behind as it falls. Really hangs on well.

S: Huge caramel malt, very nutty...hazelnuts and toffee, definitely smells sweet and slightly bready, faint dark fruit on the finish. Pretty good aroma overall.

T: Flavor comes off a lot fruitier than the nose. Still get caramel malt but it comes second to the fruit and the finish is fairly dry but the fruit lingers with some of the malt. Faint hops in the finish, very faint, needs a little more to crisp things up. This could get cloying after a second. Too much fruit and expected more body from the direction of the nose.

M: Medium light body, crisp carbonation, slightly dry but needs to be drier in my opinion.

D: Fairly drinkable at 5.2, but the malt and fruit becomes a little cloying. Wouldn't want more than one of these...

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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 mikebiewer
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a deep copper with some red highlights. Interesting enough the head is a color you don't see often. Its a yellowish brown that is probably where the mud slinger name comes from.

Smell- I caught a whiff of alcohol the first time I smelled it, but it piped down after a bit and more maltiness came through.

Taste- Pretty good. It had a malt flavor with caramel and a pinch of chocolate sweetness. The after taste has hops come back up and bite the tongue. I seemed a get a little wood flavor in mine as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth. Its more medium bodied than I thought it was going to be with a name like Mud.

Drinkability- Better than average for me. I like to go to town on a 12 pack of Newcastles once in a while and I think I could replace those once in a while with this.

Overall, good choice.

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Photo of deebo
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 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 Fish113d
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 MrHurmateeowish
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a crystal clear copper-brown body with a thin film of short-lived off-white head. Hints of chocolate, coffee, nut waft from the aroma. Sweet maltiness hits the tongue with coffee, caramel, chocolate notes toward the finish. Light and effervescent in mouthfeel, combining with subdued and balanced flavor to make this a refreshing and drinkable beer. Cleaner and more of an easy drinker than just about any other brown ale I've had. This beer straddles the fence between being too robust and flavorful to compete with the crisp simple spring seasonals of the world and being too light and crisp to be a true brown ale but manages to avoid both. A welcome distraction from the light crisp simple spring beers out there.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

A: Brilliant chestnut brown with excellent clarity and mild carbonation. A soapy nougat head starts strong and slowly receeds to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves patches of lace.

S: There's a lot of bitter baking chocolate and toffee in the nose, plus a bit of black tea and a hint of lemon.

T: Starts out with a toasted walnut flavor. A bittersweet toffee flavor comes on next. Bitterness is light and lemony. The beer gets a touch acidic toward the finish.

M: The medium-light body is dry and grainy. The carbonation feels about right.

D: This is an easy drinking spring offering. That pretty much sums it.

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Photo of hreb
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is on the red side of brown, and crystal clear, with a thin white head. Mild aroma, slightly sweet. Flavor is similarly on the sweeter side of brown ale: more caramelly than malty, and a medium body that complements the ale. This beer showcases barley/grain flavors, but it isn't a malt bomb like other brown ales. Not big on roasty or nutty flavors. Then there's treacle, and even a little bit of tartness on the back of the tongue, too. Not particularly hoppy, either in the nose or in bitterness, but there's just enough to give it a respectable balance.

Overall: pretty enjoyable, and a fine option if you kinda want a brown ale... but aren't sure that you want a really brown ale.

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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 UWagner
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A rich shade of brown, but light and clear. A fair amount of head despite the light carbonation.

S: Citrusy with hints of chocolate, roast and malt.

T: Lighter than many brown ales but pleasant nonetheless. Minimal hop presence. In slightly higher proportions were nutty, caramel and toasty flavors, none standing out. The minimalist combination actually worked rather well.

M: Like virtually all of Redhook's bottled beers it was more watery than expected. This detracted from the taste, which deserves a fuller body.
Crisp but light carbonation.

D: Despite my grievances about the mouthfeel, the light flavors and thin body helped this beer go down very easily. I drank four before I realized how fast I was putting them away. A fairly good session beer, and it would be even easier to drink in warmer weather.

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

A- Golden brown, white ample head

S- Hoppy malt and a bit of dirt.

T- Hoppy bitter and fruit, malty and sweet yet still light

M- Clean and crisp, I can keep drinking this without being bogged down.

D- Good hoppy session beer without giving you "IPA funk" on the tongue.

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

Nice looking beer here, chesnut brown with a nice looking large frothy/thick tan head. Ok aromas of caramel and buscuit malts, pleasing. Taste pretty similar to the aroma, very caramel , semi sweet, slightly toasted. Hardly any hop . Ok on the palate, on the thin side but this is to style. Overall a well drinkable and likeable Brown Ale. Not complex, simple like the style is meant to be.

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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 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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