Redhook Mudslinger Brown Ale | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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 kemoarps
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany almost reddish hue. Minimal head.

Malt. some roastiness, a little bit of grassy hops.

Predominantly malts. Some bittering towards the end. Toasted bread malts. Little bit of nuts.

Eh, decent brown, but not really anything overly exciting.

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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 Valmor88
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured minimal head on a medium brown colored body.
The aroma is nice with chocolate, flora notes and nuts.
The taste is sweet overall with roasted and chocolate malt dominating.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass at My Place in Newtown, Conn.

A: Medium brown, mahogany color with a thin cap of white, creamy foam which leaves a little lacing. Clarity is nice and carbonation seems ample as well.

S: A little roasted malt and bittersweet coffee aroma with some nuttiness and herbal, fruity ale yeast scents.

T: Light toffee sweetness and bready, herbal malt sweetness up front combine with soft, berry ale notes and a snappy, herbal hop bitterness to develop a nutty, slightly spicy and light bitter finish.

M: Smooth, slightly spicy, medium bodied ale with a little creaminess and some grainy bitterness to boot.

D: A decent, entry American brown ale with not a lot of bitter malt character and a somewhat glaring lack of hop bitterness as well. Not a terrible choice and pretty sessionable at 5.2% ABV, Mudslinger would not be an unwelcome offering in a variety 12-pack, I guess.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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 TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear, deep reddish brown with an off-white finger width head. Sub-par retention, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface. The lacing is thin, with little stick.

Smell - Classic brown ale aromas; sweet, slightly nutty, brown sugar character. Moderate caramel notes. Light roastiness.

Taste - Moderate roastiness comes through with subtle hints of milk chocolate, caramel and slight nuttiness. Hops are pushed back away, but come through with hints of floral character. Nice, clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Fair creaminess. Goes down rather nicely.

Overall - Not a bad brown from Red Hook here, in fact it's pretty darn solid. Something I'd give thought to buying again, especially if I were in the mood for a brown, which is rare.

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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 BDJake
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- brown yet clear, off-white head that went away quickly and left little lace

S- caramel malts, somewhat roasty but not too much

T- nutty and caramel notes with a decent malt backbone, not overbearing but pleasant

M- too thin for a good brown, but it is a spring ale, so it's meant to be mellow

D- very sessionable, since it's such an easygoing beer

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Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It's cola / brown, with off white head, leaves fast to disk, lots of spotty lace.

S - Brown ale all over the place. Very light, but the signature is there.

T - Nice malt - medium base. Slyly, smally balanced by the hops in the end.

M - Bitter is the lasting impression although sweet malt is the initial feel.

D - Easy.... too easy. 5.2 and not taxing.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this beer is a lovely mahogany color with a thick topping of foam. Good malty aroma, mostly caramel, with a hint of nuttiness. Pleasant enough malty flavor, though not complex: caramel malt dominating, with a faint tickle of roast; bitterness is low. Finish is fairly clean. A tad on the thin and watery side.

This is on the good side of inoffensive. Not interesting, but drinkable.

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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 confer
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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 colts9016
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger off white creamy tan head that has descent retention. The color of the beer is a medium mahogany color with brownish hues. The clarity of beer is slightly opaque. There is effervescence bubble in the beer.

Nose: A medium rich caramel, toasted malt that is bready and had cracker notes. There is dried raisins, wood, and some floral notes. There are hints of banana, phenols and molasses.

Taste: A toasted malt, caramel, bread, yeast and crackers. There are notes of dried raisins, wood, some floral esters, phenols and banana.

Mouth Feel: Carbonated, slightly chewy, astringent, and mellow. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium.

Overall: This beer is has a bold malty notes with a subtle hoppy tones. It has a really nice flavor and is very easy to drink I like it for being a mass marketed brew.

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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 mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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 lou50rp
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is a little light, more red than brown. Good carbonation. Head dissipates quickly.
Smell of sweet malt
Malty, nutty with a bit of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium, not watery and not syrupy.
Not a great brown ale, but good enough for a cold winter night.
Once again RedHook puts out a brew that is drinkable but not special.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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 woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of mrkc
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mud Slinger has the same over-moulded, far too transparent bottle that the rest of the Red Hook line seems to have, with the stylized wheat and what must be a series of conifers from their logo. Be beer is a deep burgundy, with a darker tan head that remains for a while. Mud Slinger smells malty, hops, and just a hint of nuttiness. It's lightly sweet, with just the right amount of hops to the malts. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated, chewy and viscous. The slightly bitter aftertaste from the hops is the last thing on your palate. Honestly, the flavour could be more nutty, since it aspires to be a Brown Ale, and the finish keeps this otherwise good offering from being great.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Mudslinger at a grocery store. $6.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a nut brown color and is clear. Appears highly carbonated, with many bubbles rising in the glass. Modest creamy head is fairly resilient and leaves spots of lace on the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty. There are caramel and dark fruit notes, like dates or prunes.

The taste is really pretty good, sweeter than you might expect. There is a decided caramel malt flavor. Also a bit of a bitter sweet flavor to it, like a rum candy perhaps.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying. You don't get the zesty sensation that the carbonated appearance suggests.

A very drinkable brown ale. It's reasonably sessionable, if you can get past the slight cloying nature. With Deschutes Buzzsaw recently retired this one fills that early spring brown ale void pretty well. It may be the best Redhook brew I have had. I'll probably pick up some more of this in season, especially on sale.

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Photo of 1234Jack
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice sweet smell out of bottle.

Nice unfiltered reddish-brown color

Head is tan but not aggressive, but lacing hangs on the glass thoughout.

Smell out of glass brings more subtle malt notes.

First taste is malty but not overpowering. Nutty after.

No real bitterness. Any bite is typically at the tip of the tongue or roof of the mouth.

Feel is overall smooth.

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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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