Review: Mudslinger Spring Ale, Redhook

Mudslinger Spring Ale
Redhook Ale Brewery — Woodinville, WA

  • Style:  Nut Brown Ale
  • Bitterness:  30 IBU
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • Malts:   Two row pale, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, Black, and a touch of Roasted Barley
  • Hops:  Willamette and Northern Brewer
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
  • Price:  $6.99 six-pack (at supermarket)

Description:  "Mudslinger is a Nut Brown Ale with a Medium body and a fresh aroma.  Its malty flavor is layered with light chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla.  Six barley malts and two hop varieties result in a surprisingly smooth, well balanced dark beer”  — Redhook Ale Brewery

The tasting:  Brownish / copper in color (clear) with a white head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass.  When held up to the light , the color was dark-reddish orange. Aroma of toasted malts, bready malts, and citrus hops.  Toasted malt and caramel malts were the strongest flavors, followed by coffee, and a touch of smokiness.  Mudslinger is on the malty side, and while I tasted some earthy hops, they were light. Body is light to medium.  It had medium carbonation, a smooth mouth feel, and finished with sweet malt. Very drinkable.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gave it to me.   This is an ideal beer for spring.  I think it bridges the gap between the heaver winter beers and the lighter summer beers.  While it's a malty beer, I found it to be light and refreshing.  I didn't taste any nutty flavors (it's a Nut Brown Ale), but it still worked for me.

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