Brown dogs rioting sounds like some kind of post-apocalyptic vision of the future, which in 2020 might not be too far away.
Happily (I think?), it’s named after a famous riot in the 20th century that caused the destruction of Battersea’s original brown dog statue, rather than a dystopian future.
A mellow, smooth American brown ale that’s less riot and more cozy by the fireside.
Brown Dog Riot: Taste Test
There’s a caramel kind of aroma from the can pop, which is similar to the malty-sweetness you get in more traditional English bitters.
The taste is smooth and malty, with a subtle addition of the hops which is quite surprising given that three hop varieties are used - citra, simcoe and chinook.
It’s a very smooth and very morish beer which, even into the aftertaste, remains light, malty and almost sweet. Very well balanced.
Brown Dog Riot: Can Notes
The can is brown, as you would expect. It’s got an almost fingerprint-style print along the top and lots of lines that run at angles to make square…thingies.
Everything about the can says police report/dossier to me, which could be a nod to the riot itself that gave the beer it’s name.
Either way, it’s not the most out there can design but it’s certainly a thinker.
Buy Brown Dog Riot Brown Ale
You can buy it from Sambrook's web store in single cans for just £2.75, or in packs of 6 or 12, if you fancy investigating this one yourself.