It wasn’t until I tried Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, that I had a better appreciation for brown ales.
In the past, I was never prone to ordering a brown ale. I’d rather hit my safeties – IPAs, lagers, stouts or seasonals. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m not huge on ambers, and brown ales are the most similar in color — which pushes me to loop them together, in turn also making a different brew decision.
However, very recently I tried my fiance’s order of a tall Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, and I was taken back by how much I enjoyed it.
Old Brown Dog is a browish copper color.
It has a light cinnamon scent, that is accompanied by a stronger cinnamon flavor. The stronger flavor is not overpowering, and has a good balance on the palate.
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog is 6.5% ABV.
If you aren’t prone to ordering brown ales, I’d give this one a try. I think you will be happy you did.
Smuttynose Brewing Co. is based out of Portsmouth, NH.
Do you like brown ales? If so, what’s your favorite?