Smuttynose Brewing Company began operation in 1994 in New Hampshire. The first beer they brewed was Shoals Pale Ale and poured the first glass in Portsmouth. Over the years they grew and are now sold in over a dozen states, mostly in the New England and Mid-Atlantic, as well as Europe and Asia. They brew nine beers year-round and offer some seasonal brews as well. One of their year-round brews, Old Brown Dog, an American Brown Ale, is up for review today.
The beer pours a delicious looking burnt caramel color with a thick, creamy, egg shell-colored head that rose to just over two fingers at its height. The aroma of malt, toffee, and a slight hint of hops come through. There is very little carbonation seen.
The first sip is what you expect a good brown ale to offer. Toasted malt, notes of toffee and caramel, a note of bread, and a hint of hops make up this brew’s flavor profile. It is medium-bodied and sits well in the mouth with a little carbonation. It finishes crisp and slightly dry. The glass laced nicely as the beer was sipped and a slight foam was seen on top and ringing the edge of the glass.
Overall, this was a very good beer. If you are a fan of brown ales you will enjoy this. The malt and toasty sweetness of the caramel notes play well with each other. This would definitely pair well with a seafood dish or can be enjoyed any time of year in any situation. At 6.5% ABV is does pack a very slight punch but the alcohol doesn’t bite like it can with other beers of similar style. Pair this with some fish and chips and enjoy.