Old Brown Dog

American Brown Ale Smuttynose Brewing Company


Old Brown Dog, an American Brown Ale by Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Old Brown Dog is an American Brown Ale brewed by Smuttynose Brewing Company. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a mug from a bottle.


The brown ale pours a clear amber and is topped by a thin tan head that leaves behind some light lace as it melts away.


The aroma is sweet with malt.


The palate has flavors of molasses, hazelnut, and finishes with a mild bite of hops.


Its feel has a relatively smooth and medium body with moderate carbonation.


The Old Brown Dog is a very enjoyable brown ale. Highly recommended.

Recommended Pairings

Smuttynose recommends the following food pairings with their Old Brown Dog: poultry, grilled meats (especially sausages, ribs, and steak), enchiladas, and stuffed Poblano peppers.

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Peter Egelston, the founder of Smuttynose, talks about the character and history of the Old Brown Dog. Which includes the photo of the dog that appears on the packaging: Olive.

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About the American Brown Ale

The American Brown Ale is similar to the English Brown Ale but has greater alcohol strength and more hops. But it’s still a malty brew with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and nut. The darker malt is more robust than an Amber but doesn’t reach the level of a Porter.