Old Brown Dog

New Hampshire
United States
Old Brown Dog Smuttynose Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.

Old Brown Dog has been around for many years. It was first brewed in 1988 at the Northampton Brewery. In 1989 it won a silver medal in its category (American Brown Ale) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. It has since been retired from competition but enjoys love and respect from people all over the world.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
29.5
Served at: 
40° - 45° F
Hops: 
Cascade, Galena, Willamette
Malts: 
North American Two-Row, Munich 10L, C-120, Chocolate
Judges Review 
Pete Garofalo's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Malt dominates this beer with tones of chocolate, nutty toastiness and dark dry fruit. Hops are restrained and allow the malt to shine with its many layers including cocoa, bread crust and light caramel. Hop bitterness is just enough to balance the complex malt and alcohol dries out the finish. This beer represents a great gateway to darker beers for neophyte beer lovers in that it doesn’t display the sharp, roasty character found in many darker beers. Smooth and appealing, this is a very drinkable example of an American Brown Ale.