I’ve been to New Hampshire a number of times, but those trips were all as a kid and subsequently, I didn’t get to taste any beer. What I do remember were bike trips through forests and along nice back roads, with beautiful fall foliage. So even if you aren’t going there to drink, there is plenty to enjoy. However, if you are going to drink, you’ll find a number of brewpubs and quality breweries like Smuttynose and Redhook, as well as the awesomely named brew club, Brew Free or Die. My local beer shop carries a number of these, so last time I was in there I decided to pick up a Smuttynose staple, the Old Brown Dog Ale. It’s an award winner and so, deserves a review. Here it is for you to enjoy.
Aroma: Toasty malts, a hint of sweetness and earth.
Appearance: Brown/deep red in color, small head, almost no lacing.
Flavor: Light malt flavor up front, then a nice lingering tartness and hops at the end.
Mouthfeel: Light but with a pretty good amount of carbonation, makes it a little less smooth.
Overall: Nice brown ale, good hop character. I almost felt like it was a tad over carbonated and wanted more lacing (could’ve been my glass), but this is a good example of an American brown with a nice dose of hops.