Old Brown Dog | Northampton Brewery

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Northampton Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by MTMugs:
Photo of MTMugs
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This nut brown ale looked good, smelled so-so and then went downhill. It was watery, bland and was the best of the lot we had that day at Northhampton.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as the Old Brown Dog in Portsmouth. A little more "watery" with a weakened taste. The principle components were still there, the sweetness, the malts, but they seemed to be diminished in the new location. Northampton should stick to their own brews.

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Photo of edchicma
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was a nice brown with a quickly dissipating head. Smell was malty but had some unpleasant metallic notes. Taste, was malty but not overly flavorful. Mouthfeel was light to medium..drinkabilty was ok, but not great. I would try theior other offerings, especiallt their stouts and porters.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with a low off-white head. Mellow sweet scent. Pleasant, unassuming nutty maltiness with a hint of smoke. Bit of butterscotch in the finish. Medium body. Easy to knock back if a little boring.

Hmm. Let's see. So what else have we got here?

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Photo of bk3nj
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As with other Northampton beers, this one won't re-invent its style, but it is very tasty fresh, and worth drinking as a change of pace. This brew is an attractive amber-brown in color, and pleasantly malty and nutty. Sure, it's not Sam Smith's, but it's certainly nothing to sneeze at, either.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another quality brew from NBC...

Pours nut brown, slight translucency, moderate to light carbonation. Not much head, and a slight bit of lacing. Smells of medium malts, light nuttiness, was pretty fresh. Taste was good as well, slight sweetness, malts, and a decent hoppy punch that helps create a pretty fair balance of flavors. Enjoyable, I'd have it again.

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Photo of PZuke
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was a light brown color and when I first looked at it and it had a small head that faded fast. The taste was your standard brown ale but a little watery. You could taste the sweetness and the malt but not much else. I thought this beer would have a little more flavor to it but it was rather disappointing to me in the end. Not a bad beer by any means but not being all it can be.

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Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Old Brown Dog from Northampton Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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