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To celebrate the coming of Spring, I decided to part ways with my precious stouts in order to review Redhook’s Spring Ale offering- Mudslinger Ale.  This 5.8% ABV American Nut Brown Ale is my first ever offering from Redhook.  Available only January through April, (and not in New York City), I was super lucky to get my hands on a 12 ounce bottle.

This brown ale certainly lives up to its “dirty” name- it pours a murky brown as if full of tiny dirt particles.  A tiny cream colored head grows to about a two finger width and then recedes quickly.

The smell is that of toffee with a backbone of those peanut butter cracker sandwiches.  This brew is definitely more heavy on the malts than the hops- made with six different malts (two row pale, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, Black, and a touch of Roasted Barley), the aroma is boasts a sweetness with a touch of savory on the tip.

My first sip of Mudslinger is much more bitter and sour than I had expected from the aroma.  With only two types of hops (Williamette and Northern Brewer), the hoppy kick was definitely a surprise.  This brew is light and watery, falling flat despite the carbonated tongue kicker on the back end.

Ultimately, this beer is exactly what the name says it is- watered down mud.  And I don’t mean that in a good way.  The carbonation almost masks the drabness of the chewy dirt taste, although that is damn near impossible to do.  Despite the few mostly hidden surprises, this brew is predictable and forgettable.

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