The Less Desirables Beer of the Week, brought to you by City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, is Smuttynose Brewing Company‘s Old Brown Dog Ale. It is, as I’m sure you’ve surmised, a brown ale. We had it on The Less Desirables back in October of 2013. That’s plenty of time to pass to try it again. Heck, if it was last week, that’s plenty of time to pass.
The good thing about brown ales is that they’re not too heavy and they’re not too light. The color is generally caramel-like and there’s not a crazy hop-me-up flavor. The brown is more about the malt and that’s what you’re going to get here. Smuttynose is a company from Hampton, NH and from what Spencer (Davis) from City Beverage says, they’re pretty solid. He said, too that this is their top selling brown ale. Plus, there’s a beautiful picture (painting) of “Olive,” a chocolate lab (?) which I’m figuring has something to do with the naming of this beer. Aww, that’s sweet. I mean that.
It’s 6.7% ABV and that’s good and plenty of ABV for a brown ale. 29.5% IBU which measures the bitterness. Three kinds of hops and FOUR kinds of malts. Mmmm yum. Don’t get me wrong, though, you’re going to get hops but it’s more of a flavor enhancement. It’s a deep reddish color, which I’d equate to a slightly used penny from 1994 or so. Not over used and not bright and shiny. Just right, I’d say.
BeerAdvocate rates it 88, which I believe is the overall consensus of users and “The Bros” (I believe the brothers who founded the site) rate it at 97 (World Class). That’s some strong ratings, there. You can visit Smuttynose Brewing Company on the web. Click the link and then when you get there, do what it says on their carton and “just click stuff.”
Have you had this beer? What did you think of it? Write us and tell us. Also, run by City Beverage and grab your own sixer of it and tell Spencer (or whomever is behind the counter) that you heard this was The Less Desirables Beer of the week and get 5% off your purchase. Listen tonight or tomorrow to hear how Caitlin, Eugene, J Gobble and I rate this beer.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“This is comfortable beer to drink. Imagine yourself curled up on your favorite chair, reading that totally worn out copy of your favorite book that you should probably replace, with your favorite, loyal dog, sprawled at your feet. But instead of an actual dog, it’s a glass full of beer, and it’s not on your feet, it’s in your hand. Pretty great, right?” – Literature and Libation, March 29, 2012 (reprinted from Smuttynose website)