Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Smuttynose Brewing Company – Old Brown Dog Ale

If you drink with me you know I love dark beers. If you care about me you know brown ales are my main squeeze. So if you didn’t know that, now you do, or we are no longer friends. I probably don’t like you that much anyways.

I had this brew in a case of varieties, and ran about $35 a case, so simple math will tell you that’s about $1.49 a bottle, and a steal for a high quality product that is Smuttynose. Smuttynose was started in 1994 by the same guys who started the Northampton and Portsmouth Breweries. The beers can be found up and down the east coast, as far left in the US as Wisconsin. I recommend to try all of their products, all get high ranks from me, and have a nice smooth complex flavor at a good price.

Old Brown Dog Ale was awarded best brown ale in the northeast at the 8th annual US beer tasting championship, so some connoisseurs agree is good stuff. They call this an American Style brown ale, which has a fuller body and more strongly hopped than that of an English brown.

The beer is smoooooth! And that the first effect you get when it hits the lips. A lot of malt, nice hop presence, but not overpowering. It’s thick, but flat and goes down faster than yoohoo. I recommend skipping the variety and grabbing a whole case of these guys if you’re a brown ale fan. Absolutely one of the best out there.

Nerd facts:

OG: 1060, TG: 1016
Grain Bill: Pale Brewers, Munich, Crystal 60°L, Chocolate
Hops: Cascade, Willamette
IBU's: 15
Color/Number: Deep brown-amber, 25
ABV 6.5%

Drinkability: 9/10

Taste: 8/10

Value: 8/10

Curb Appeal: 8/10

Overall: 8.25/10

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