Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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80
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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
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0
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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of bottle found in Maine this beer was a copper color with some orange undertones. The head was two fingers thick, tan and composed a of fine bubbles that retained itself as a thin skim and left sticky lacing down my glass. The aroma was very grainy malt, some toasted malt, some toffee sweetness and a little bitter hops. The flavors were similar in being caramel malt dominated and sweet at first but then later turned bitter and a little "woody" when the hops cut in. A well balanced beer and a crisp finisher aided by the piney hop flavors. The body was medium and the mouthfeel average. I liked this one a lot as a session beer, nothing outstanding but solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

AP: Very clear Deep red amber color, medium carbonation that creates a one-finger deep frothy and bubbly but tight appearing off-white head that displayed good retention. There are some clusters of lacing remaining on the glass.

Nose: Deep fruity whiff, red berries and citrus tingles the nose and a mellow and mildly sweet malt.

Taste: A very hearty and herbal but piney hop flavor that over-powers a mellow and clean malt flavor that has some subtle roasted-nuts and caramel effects. The finish is a mildly bitter and herbal hop bite.

Feel: Medium body, crisp and clean and a bit dry on the palate.

DA: The lable states this as an English-style amber ale, but it really has a much bigger hop charechter than it should, Pale Ale is more fitting for this. Pretty easy to drink despite the identity crisis.

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Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Considering the name, I thought this brew would be a little darker. It pours a clear golden color with a decent tan head. The nose has some sugary malts and a small grassy hop presence. The taste is also mostly malts with some bitter hops through the finish. An average ale and a good drinker.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Copper to amber honey color. Head rises up about a frothy half inch but runs away too quickly. Inviting aroma of sweet bready malt and ripe fruit, some cinnamon and some faint hops. Sadly the flavor disappoints after the anticipation from the aroma. No hops to speak of, and the malt degrades to a tinny muted flavor. There's a slight bitterness in the finish, and a cherry tang in the aftertaste, but that's the extent of the depth and complexity. Mouthfeel is full and round and creamy, but unfortunately carries nothing else with it. Low drinkability - my tastebuds are bored.

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Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice ruby/amber color with a thin off white head. Light lacing and moderate retention.

Smell has a nice toasted malt profile with a nice breadyness.

Flavor has a nice bit of toasted malt with a very balancing amount of crisp hops. A very even beer.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a decent bit of carbonation.

Nothing outstanding, but a solid session beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at bristol farms in westwood. First time I've seen this in the area so I had to snag it.

Pretty standard appearance, orange hue, little lacing or head and a medium sized carbonation slowly stumbles to the surface.

significant malted sweetness in the smell, along with a citrusy hop counterbalance. The malts win in the end, bready and rich smelling.

doughy bread flavor, Floral (although very subtle) and a slight citrus balance. Rolls around nicely on the palate until the end when there is a bit of a chalky layering.

I would buy this again not only because its good but the price is right. Can't wait to try another offering as soon as I see one.

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Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale pours a dark brown with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I'm getting a little bit of hops in the aroma, but it's mostly malt. Sweet malt hits me up front, followed quickly by hops. Pretty decent, a good all around drinker, but not anything too exciting.

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Photo of budgood1
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very interesting brew here! cloudy deep gold in color, there was a bit of sediment in the bottom of my bottle that i, of course, swirled in. the best way to describe the aroma is to say it smells like tootsie rolls...very nice. upon drinking.... creamy, buttery....flavors of caramel, toffee, and hints of chocolate with a discernible hop finish, which adds a weird sensation of starting creamy and ending dry to the mouthfeel. i pick up sweet, fruity overtones as it warms, making this one delicious experience. lots of complexity to this brew. highly recommended.

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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 NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Light caramel with auburn highlights. Foamy, half-inch white head with good retention. A sheet of all-encompassing, condensed lacing with good strength.

Toasted malts; musty breadiness. Faint linger of diacetyl with a touch of skunkiness. Pleasant citric hops that lighten the toasted malt character.

Semi-sweet toasted maltiness with a lingering, mild astringency; metallic-tinged malted wheat. Citric hops with a solvent-like flavor. The bitterness is reminiscent of cleaning solution, finishing quite waxy.

Medium bodied; smooth, but turns waxy/filmy on the palate. Very gaseous and slightly annoying as it sits.

A decent Enlgish Pale that becomes more and more annoying in flavor and texture as it sits on the palate. Not a flattering ale, and not one that I would taste again.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Nice one finger tan head, deep amber color, mostly clear, immediate lacing

S - Nose is nutty malts, some toffee aroma to, sweet florals; mild but nice, very unique

T - Nice caramal malt flavor dominates; also some roasted naste in the middle, mild hops with some nuttiness

M - Good carbonation, medium body; good aftertaste, no problems here, although nothing particularly special

D - A good beer - reminds me a lot of Newcastle Brown, but some different flavors; definitely drinkable

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Photo of jp32
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-amber color. Maybe you could call it mahogany. There is a massive tan, frothy head that tops of the glass, and leaves nice lacings throughout the session.l

The smell is a little faint. Carmelly and malty, not much else.

The taste is also of sweet caramel malts, and leaves a nice bittersweet finishing flavor.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for what I expected. Not quite medium-bodied.

The drinkability is average. I could put quite a few of these away in a hurry, but I'm not going to drool over them either.

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Photo of SkinniePost
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber color with a persistent creamy tan head that is about 1/4" It is leaving some pretty thick lacing on the class as you swirl it a bit. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, and it is still very active quite a few minutes after the pour.

Aroma: I get quite a bit of sweet caramel that was backed by a fresh floral hop presence. A very subtle roast is there along with an equally reserved metallic note.

Taste: The roast is a bit more assertive in the flavor than I suspected from the aroma. I do get a whole lot of sweet caramel in here as a base, but it doesn't hold up for too long as the roast and hop bitterness kicks in and runs the show into the finish. The finish is somewhat dry with a mild lingering bitterness. There is no real alcohol noticeable and the residual mouthfeel is more from the hops and dark malts as from the alcohol.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. I like the staying power of the head and it is still there after I have drank over half the beer. It seems that the Brown Ales from Montana (like Moose Drool) have a very pronounced dark caramel component. Big Sky's beer has a sweeter balance that I prefer...but this one is pretty good. I would drink it again.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife calls this the "whiskey of beers". Why? because like a fine single malt scotch, it has "complexity". You can analyze it with your senses and be continually surprised. Everybody else pretty much said what I was going to say: Complex, malty, Munich malt character, fruity aroma, chocolate finish... Great beer that I will buy again and again.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a six-pack of Black Dog Ale at a grocery store to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a deep red/copper color and is clear. A creamy light beige head forms and fades quickly to a film. Even so there is good lacing on the glass while drinking.

The smell is sweet and floral. There is some malt aroma, and a bit of a bourbon scent.

The taste is complicated. There is a malt flavor, some caramel, a little bourbon heat, and some bitter hops. It tastes OK, but I'm not much on the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a lot more carbonation than I was expecting.

This is a drinkable beer. I would certainly have it again.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is very balanced between the malt and the hops.

Taste is also well balanced. A good start with the sweetness of malt, but is quickly replaced by the hops. Not overly done in any direction.

The brew pours with good head retention. It produces a light tan cranium.

Good enough for another go around.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice ale with a great label. This little brew poured darker than expected but had little trouble creating a nice head and lace from the bottle.

The nose is malty with a little hop aroma to go with it. The flavor is decently malty with a good bitter hop finish. Actually a pretty nicely balanced beer with very good drinkability.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice pour, darker amber than i expected with a very nice white head that retains well, but leaves little lace.

Aroma is very subtle, light grain and some malt roast with a earthy pungentcy that I don't find very appealing.

Flavor is a dry, bready malt with some grain sweetness and crackery dryness. The hops are virtually unnoticable, showing only as restained bitterness in the meager finish.

Body and drinkability are average. Not bad just not interesting.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant coppery-red. Head is foamy, crisp and white with moderate lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt, and tropical fruit. Slightly sweet. Pleasant hop aroma.

Taste is balanced malt and hops. Understated citrus fruit, and caramel malt. Very bready, toasted malt. Finish has a mildly crisp hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Slight hop oiliness.

Overall a decent session brew. The label states that it is an English style ale; it is balanced and mild with unified flavor. However, it lacks the distinctive taste of English beer. Still this is a decent brew that I will enjoy again.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge head with nice retention and a nice ful amber color.

Mild caramel/pale malts and low hop bitterness.

Nicely balanced ale. Caramel and pale malts sweetness with a mild hop bitterness to balance.

Overall, this is a well balanced simple beer. It easy to drink and has a nice mouthfeel. Not a whole bunch to say, but it's still a good brew.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a lackluster brew overall.

It pours a decent semi-hazy amber colour wit ha mild head that leaves no mark on the glass.

Aroma is dank and malty, and a bit too caramel heavy for my liking. There are hints of chocolate in there as well.

The flavour is similar to the aroma, but the caramel for one is a bit more tame. There are hints of butter that aren't noticeable in the aroma as well as a bit of a rubbery taste. The finish has a watery malty taste to it. Mouthfeel is, again, a bit watery and light to medium bodied.

I am not impressed by this one. The "numbers" will give this one a marginally favourable review, but my impression was marginally unfavourable overall. Bland and boring, I can't say I can recommend this one. What I can say is to let it warm a bit if you do try it, as if it is sampled too cold, the aroma is awful and the flavour is even weaker.

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Photo of Foxman
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear, dark reddish amber, and is amply carbonated. A full finger of white head stands for a time. Lacing is thin, sparse, and an afterthought.

The aroma is a mild mix of subtle malt and a bready dough note. A mere touch of hop bite is tamped down by a fruity, generic sweetness.

Upon tasting, the sweetness of the malt is most notable, and not so much of grain as sugar. Only a hint of caramel stops it from being too distracting when the sweet grains turn lightly tart and cherry-esque. The hops here are even less notable, with just the slightest touch of spicy edge. A swish of bready malt drops off when a fairly crisp bitterness dries the finish a bit. Too sweet and not hoppy enough, not what I was expecting or hoping for.

Light bodied, the malt lends the ever so gentle creaminess to the texture, which combines with the carbonation to lend more than a little presence.

At first I thought, maybe I'm not impressed because it's not really what I was expecting. Then I realized, I wasn't impressed because the malt carries an unbalanced sweetness, which is the result of too frugal a hop profile. It's far form macro territory, of course, but I shudder to think what a draft list would have to look like for me to order this again. Maybe as a bail-out in a shot and a beer macro haven, but it just doesn't cut it otherwise.

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Photo of younger35
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a nonic pint glass. Poured from a 12oz bottle. This is the first Spanish Peaks Brewing beer that I’ve had.

Appearance- Pours a nice dark amber-brown with an alabaster foamy head. Fairly nice retention that recedes to form a nice collar with spotty lacing.
Smell- Lots of toasty malts with a big doughy backdrop. Very feint citrus hop tones. Has an almost sour smell that I didn’t expect.
Taste- Not really the punch I was hoping for. Rather sweet toasted caramel malts that are quietly followed by a very mellow hop bitterness. The aftertaste is semi sour with a nutty, fairly dry finish.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp with medium carbonation. Kind of a thin body with a pretty dry finish.
Drinkability- Not bad for a session beer but overall not my favorite. I’m not sure what, but this beer seems to be missing something. There’s better out there.

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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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