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Old Brown Dog Ale Brewed by Smuttynose Brewing - Portsmouth, NH
Old Brown Dog Ale Brewed by Smuttynose Brewing - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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. Malts: Bill North American 2-Row, Munich 10L, C-120,
Chocolate. Hops: Cascade, Galena, and Willamette. ABV: 6.7%. IBU: 18
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Aroma here has a nice mix of toffee and roasted malts going for it. Very much
like you'd expect in a brown ale, but somehow I think the flavor is going to be
robust knowing who the brewer is.
Taste is actually quite mild but very nice and pleasing in this American Brown
Ale. Taste has a definite chocolatey note to it along with a distinct
nuttiness....with a small roasted note and perhaps a tiny bit of caramel. All in
all, very smooth and inoffensive. Everything is in place. Hops are pretty much
not here at all, which I find acceptable for style. A little bit of roast hangs
around after the swallow but it's small.
Again, Smutty does this one well. They don't overdo it, which I think is
crucial. While many breweries try to one up one another and become more extreme,
beers like this become more and more appreciated.
The Portsmouth Brewery, founded in 1991, is the Granite State's original
brewpub. Located in the heart of historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Brewery
features fine, handcrafted beers and a wideranging menu served in a lively,
friendly atmosphere. The Brewery is connected through common ownership with the
Smuttynose Brewing Company, also located in Portsmouth. Tours at the Portsmouth
Brewery are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at one and three pm.