Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
80
good
146 Ratings
Spanish Peaks Black Dog AleSpanish Peaks Black Dog Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
California, United States
blackdogales.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
146
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
12.61%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda weird they have the same name for two different (allegedly) beers. A pale ale and a red ale. Ok.

This one is darker than pale, lighter than red. Bland taste, again, malt bigger than pale, but lesser than red. Lots of wood, some bitterness, not a lot of hop flavor. It is what it is.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Deep caramel color with a 1-fingered head that dissipated fairly quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet caramel malts, a little bit of molasses, some fruity notes, and just the ever slightest amount of earthy hops.

Taste: Big caramel and roasted malt flavor which gives way into a brown sugar type sweetness, some fruity notes, and finishes up with a very light, delicate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down extremely well and is very refreshing.

Final Notes: A great all-around beer for either drinking alone, with a meal, and would pair well against a rich, flavorful dessert or drank all its own as a dessert beer.

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Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Poured a brilliant amber-red with a smallish of-white cap that lasted fairly well and laces the glass.

Aromas of caramel malts, leafy hops and earthiness...nice nose to this one.

Big chew on sweetish caramalt in the front then the willemette hops balance with resinous botanical bittering. This rides to the finish where it turns the drink dry and moderately bitter.

A well crafted amber. Nice quaffer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks a little darker than expected, not a yellow beer. Aroma, no hop presence, no presence at all really.

Taste, kinda bland, heavier malt wise, but just thicker, no flavor substantiation really. Hops still missing. Tastes like a SA (i.e. minimal hops with wood flavor).

Too pricey to account for the easy drinkability of not a lot of complex flavors. Not really much in the way of flavor at all. Not going to make any west coast pale ale fans happy I would suspect. Never seen this other than at Safeway.

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Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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