Thursday, January 28, 2016

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

by Jim Lannen


Join us this week as we tap a keg of Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, a full bodied brew that goes down easy during these cold winter days. Although this beer is new to us, it has been around for many years and has won medals in the Brown Ale category.

In fact, Old Brown Dog has become a defining example of an American Brown Ale. This brown smells quite bold (nearly porter-like). Expect a rather malty, nutty aroma, with lightly peppery hop notes atop a blend of chocolate and roasted malt.

The brown ale style of beer was born back in 17th century England. Made from brown malts (giving it a darker amber or brown color), they are slightly hopped and can range from very low to moderate levels of alcohol content. The darker style with roasted malts are what make this style preferred during the colder months of the year. While similar to a typical English brown ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller bodied and contains more hop flavor. 

A product of Smuttynose Brewing Company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Old Brown Dog is one of their original craft brew creations. The brewery, named after the Smuttynose Island within the Isle of Shoals off Maine's east coast, was founded in 1994 by Peter Eglelston. 

Every bottle of Old Brown Dog Ale features a photo of Peter's best friend Olive, a chocolate lab who serves as the company mascot and an icon for this specific brew

Take a look at Peter himself describing this American classic.  Then stop down and try a pint for yourself!


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