Black Dog Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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Black Dog AleBlack Dog Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Cresant on 05-08-2007

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Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear but dark amber with a big, bubbly off-white head that left plenty of lacing on the way down.

S: Mild. Mainly sweet caramel malt and some grain, but not particularly strong in the nose.

T: A little odd. Sweet at first but also tangy with a sour bitterness that appears at the end of the sip. I was told this was an English-style brown ale and my comment was "it seems closer to a German altbier" as a result of that sour bitterness at the end.

M: Light in body -- actually, it's somewhat thin.

D: OK. Light in heft allows it to go down pretty easily, but that tangy finish kind of slows you down a bit.

Notes: While I was told this was an English brown, I pretty much knew right away that description was wrong. Not a bad beer, but it is a bit watery and thin and that sour tangy bitterness that lingers at the end is a bit of a turn-off. Still, it's not a bad beer per se, just not my favorite by any stretch. Worth checking out as a possible session beer, as it did go down pretty easily.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber/light brown with a thin head.

The smell is of buttery notes with a toffeeish sweetness and earthy/fruity hints. Mild, but pleasant enough.

The taste is of toffeeish sweetness with fruity, spicy hops that go together quite well, creating a nice balance. A mild, crisp toastiness is mixed in. Buttery notes add to smoothness. Some hop bitterness in a fairly dry finish. Soft flavors.

I was going to say "thin" (and lower my score for feel a half-point), but it's not watery and has enough to it for a "sessionable" brew and has a nice carbonation level and smoothness.

Hey, it might not "knock your socks off", but it's a decent "session" brew that does have enough to it to keep it going. The brewer claims that it is an "English style Amber Ale" on the label, and it does combine English and American characteristics quite well. It's one I probably personally like a bit more as a whole than the score reflects.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Dog Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink label: 125A07
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a reddish amber with a decent head on top. Minimal trails of sticky lace.

Malty nose with sour milk notes.

Juicy caramel malt backbone with a touch of dark fruit. The finish is a tad off & sour. A pleasant beer overall and quite drinkable in the spectrum of beers. Nothing worth searching for though.

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Photo of Cresant
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip. No date. The body was clear, bright amber with an off-white head that faded to a film, then ring.

Smell was big and tangy sweet malts. Figgy, fruity. Maybe Concord grapes. Sweet grain richness.

Taste reflected the aroma. Tangy sweetness with mild hops in the background. Non-cloying syrupiness. Rich grain flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium in carbonation and medium/thin in body.

From the website:

Malts used: Munich, Caramel 40, Caramel 80, and Chocolate.

Hops used: Centennial, Northern Brewer, and Chinook.

IBU: 36

The Brewer calls this one an English Style Amber Ale.

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Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 179 ratings