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Dogtown Brown | Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Dogtown BrownDogtown Brown

Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dogtown Brown is a tribute to North Little Rock. Embrace what others throw at you – it’ll make you stronger. So it is with our Brown – taking a style more common to ales, we created a Brown but done with a lighter, lager yeast. With notes of malty chocolate, our Brown is something sweet, something smooth and mighty drinkable.

Malt Varieties: 2 Row Pale, Caramel 40, Caramel 80, Carapils, Black Malt
Hop Varieties: Cascade, Hallertau

Added by EagleTalon on 11-23-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 25
Reviews by doowhat:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dirty25 for sending me this one.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, slight cocoa, and roasted nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted malt and roasted nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice nutty presence all around.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of socon67
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Random_Lizzie
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EagleTalon
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery fresh, notched at the "11" on the label.
Carton says it is a medium-bodied brown lager that is malty with a chocolate finish. Based on look and flavor, I pegged it as an American Amber Lager rather than a Brown Ale that just happens to be made with lager yeast. That is just my judgment in listing the beer, the brewer might request a change.

Pours out to an attractive rocky, buff head that is about 1 inch that falls to a permanent 3/8 inch and some lacing. Light brown-amber color and brilliant clarity. Aroma is more like a toastier version of their Rocktoberfest, with subtle spicy hops and strong toasted malt. Not picking up chocolate or very much nuts here. Flavor is very close to their Rocktoberfest Marzen but with a significantly toastier, nuttier taste, but still not anything that strikes me as chocolate. Just enough hops to balance the malts. Mouthfeel is medium, about somewhere between their Rocktoberfest and Porter.

Overall impression is that this is a very well made beer, no off flavors or weirdness, but it is tough to not forget I am drinking a Brown "Lager" and not a very thick batch of their O-fest. Hey it's good stuff and is very sessionable and reportedly has a lower alcohol content than their Rocktoberfest. I took aroma and flavor points off for the (in my palate's opinion) misleading label description regarding chocolate characteristics.

If you want to have the chocolate experience with Diamond Bear, reach for their Paradise Porter--it really delivers the chocolate notes. Also their Irish Red spring seasonal has that Hershey's syrup aroma and flavor going on too. This Brown stuff does not.

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Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was fine, but nothing out of the ordinary

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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 amber hues. Smell is of toasted malts, nutty. Taste is the same, toasted malts and nutty, some hops are present, smooth and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Roadstar62
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't retain a head. Appearance dark brown,not much on the nose. Sour taste on finish which I like. Good lawnmower beer. I will definitely get more

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

Photo of Skillet
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dll025
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RedSon06
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hops, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight hops, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, but lakcing in body and aroma.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lahoi
2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but too sweet for me. I could do without the hint of chocolate in this beer.

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Photo of MrBuckHigh
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Dirty25
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of SamFrench
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BenG123
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of halo3one
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dogtown Brown from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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