It seems that all Shipyard beer have a very similar flavor. Not sure if they use the same hops across all styles of their beer but there seems to be a common flavor. I enjoy brown ales but this had to be one of my least favorite. Pours a dark brown as you would expect with a slight head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is OK but nothing special. Overall this was a disappointment which seems to be my experience with Shipyard beer.
Lots of malt flavor
Brewers Description: A full-bodied, dark brown ale made with 5 different malts and 3 varieties of hops. This bee has a nice, smokey taste up front and a smooth, full body finishing with a crisp hop bite at the back.
This is the second best Brown Ale that I have reviewed following only the Sebago Brewing Boathouse Brown
and comparing the 2 probably is not fair as I had the Sebago on draft after a great day of golf and this one from a bottle after a long day of work. The only downside to this one is the color as it does not look like your typical brown ale. Aroma, taste, head are all great and it leaves a nice lace on the glass. I have been very impressed with Smuttynose and will have to find some of the beer on tap in the near future.
Pros: Smooth, no aftertaste
Color (I expect a brown ale to be darker)
Brewers Website: Smuttynose Brewery
Winner of a Silver Medal at the 1989 Great American Beer Festival. AWARDED BEST BROWN ALE IN THE NORTHEAST – 8th Annual US Beer Tasting Championship Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped. Old Brown Dog has been around for many years. It was first brewed in 1988 at the Northampton Brewery. In 1989 it won a silver medal in its category (American Brown Ale) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
According to Dogfish’s website this is a blend of a Scotch Ale, IPA and Brown Ale and it certainly makes for an interesting combination. Seems closer to a brown ale but does have a fair amount of hoppiness to it. Pours to a nice deep brown color with a tan head. The head disappeared very quickly and there was not a lot of carbonation. Very smooth to drink with complex flavors.
Pros: Very flavorful, easy to drink
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Forget about the car companies, this is the original hybrid, a cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale, and an American Brown. Our Indian Brown Ale is well-hopped and malty at the same time (magical). The beer has characteristics of each style that inspired it; the color of an American Brown, the caramel notes of a Scotch Ale, and the hopping regiment of an India Pale Ale. We dry-hop the Indian Brown Ale in a similar fashion as our 60 Minute IPA
and 90 Minute IPA
s. This beer is brewed with Aromatic barley and organic brown sugar.
Food Pairing Recommendations: Balsamic vinaigrette salads, smoked meats, duck confit, braised ribs, venison, prosciutto, stews
Tasting Notes: molasses, coffee, ginger, raisinettes, chocolate
For some reason this one does not appear on Gritty’s website. Thought maybe I had one too many before I started to write this post but I checked the bottle again and yes it is their Best Brown Ale. This beer is a very dark and hearty brew with tons of flavor and something that would go great with a plate of steak and potatoes. As I mentioned in a previous post Gritty’s from a bottle tastes almost the same as in the brew pub. If you enjoy dark beer with lots of flavor give this one a try.
Pros: Great dark color and a variety of flavors
Cons: Hard to drink more than one
Alcohol Content: 4.1%
IBU (Bitterness): 16
Brewers Website: Gritty McDuff’s
Brewers Description: Gritty McDuff ‘s Best Brown Ale is what the Brits call a fine session beer: a smooth ale, not too strong and full of flavor. Best Brown has a dark red-amber color; a full, round malt palate; nutty and roasted accents, and a delicate hop flavor that whispers with just a hint of floral finish. The perfect ale for a long afternoon in the pub with good friends and traditional fare.