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Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

955 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 37
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Chocolate color, honey and tobacco aromas, nutty flavor, medium body.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001)
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masterbruewer

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured a brown/dark amber color with little head that disappeared quickly. Minimal lacing.

The smell is nutty, woodsy and malty sweet.

The taste is woody and nutty with a hint of citrus. It leaves a nice smokey aftertaste and has a little hop bitterness, but not much. No off-flavors.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, it hits your mouth with a wallop then settles into its flavors.

A nice beer. Definately drinkable. I'd recommend it and love to try it on tap.

03-11-2004 00:22:52 | More by masterbruewer
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watermelonman

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Could this be my saviour from a night of bad beer? It sure looks like it could be. The head vanished before I got to it, but it still looks very interesting. This thing definitely has more shades of purple than any so-called brown beer I've ever seen. It smells a little fake, but I'm not sure what's causing that.

It tastes good. There's brown nuts from start to finish with very well-blended hop content. Recommended; any complaints I've had should be considered minor.

03-09-2004 06:29:28 | More by watermelonman
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jsolack

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance:
Nice dark chocolate brown. Slightly hazy. Looks great. Head is mild.

Smell:
Smooth coffee and hazelnut hints. Smells smooth and creamy. Very nice.

Taste:
Creamy chocolate hints. Nutt flavor also comes through. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Good flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Light and crisp. I would like to have the carbonation be a little creamier.

Drinkability:
Overall a pretty great beer. Flavor and presentation are top notch.

03-06-2004 02:02:12 | More by jsolack
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

This Goose pours a clear, red, mahogany color, with a frothy, beige head that retains decently, and leaves some wallpaper sheets of lace on the Newcastle pint glass.
Aroma is toffee, caramel, and roasted malt. Hints of walnut and honeydew melon lurk in the background.
Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated to a medium degree.
Taste is excellent. This has to be one of the finest brown ales produced in North America. Hazelnut liquer, honeydew melon, and chocolate covered peanuts, are all present in the body of this ale. Hops presence is undrestated, but is very fresh and fruity when it peeks through.
An excellent brown ale in all respects. Another fine brew by the folks at Goose Island.

03-02-2004 04:00:19 | More by merlin48
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.13/5  rDev -17%

Clear brown-mahogany hue with a graceful ruby highlights, the beige head reached a hearty finger before it faded slowly to half that size then it depressed to a loose cap. Laces in a spotty fashion as the beer was consumed. The potency of the nose is very modest, a little too much so in my opinion, hard whiffs invokes toasty malts and toasty caramel notes and grain, hints of chocolate. The aromas are indicative of a Brown Ale yet I am not pressed to drink it. The palate doesn’t have much going on, this is said as a fan of both Brown Ales and Goose Island. Frankly Hex Nut is a bit of a disappointment. The maltiness is small, there isn’t a richness in the taste, some disjointed sweetness, the toastiness is faint and there is little in the way of caramel influences, traces of nuts conclude this portion of the beverage. The hops are modest, appropriately so but the flavor they impart are ordinary. Pleasantly dry throughout. This is easy drinking but I can do better when I have the urge to drink a Brown Ale, like Third Stone for instance. Medium in body, low, modest carbonation, maybe a little too much so, the mouthfeel is a touch slick and it is lacking in substance. The aftertaste is lightly nutty and sweet. Yes it is drinkable but is it flavorful? No so much. I’ll drink my other sample but I’ll skip it in the future. Purchased in Sioux Falls, SD.

01-27-2004 20:53:52 | More by bditty187
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Reneejane

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Goose Island's Hex Nut Brown Ale tasted like a classic brown ale. Actually it tasted like our home brew but a tad milder. It was fairly balanced, it wasn't overwhelmingly hoppy, malty, or sweet. It was what a brown ale should taste like. It was clear, maybe a bit light in color. I liked it. It's low abv makes it an easy drink.

01-19-2004 05:34:26 | More by Reneejane
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benmiliron

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%

Here's a decent brown ale from Goose Island. Good dark caramel/red color, no head to speak of, no lacing. Nice refreshing taste, not overbearing at all. Much of what you'd expect from a brown ale. It's like Newcastle but not as spicy. I'd give it a shot, but don't expect to be blown away. You could easily drink this all night.

01-07-2004 00:36:18 | More by benmiliron
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

This one poured a watery copper color with a nice sized white head. The smell was a nice combination of nuts, caramel, and toastiness. But the flavor was weak. It tasted watered down and too shallow in complexity for my liking. Water was the main flavor here followed by slight malt which included caramel and other weak flavors. This does go down easy but I feel they made this to suffice the public when they could have stepped it up a notch if they wanted to. That's fine, but I just feel it had to potential of being better.

01-04-2004 05:13:24 | More by granger10
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Redrover

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

12 oz brown longneck with clear freshness dating.

Beer pours a lovely clear dark brown with a 2 inch fluffy tan head. Decent lacing.

Great smelling beer. Nice roasted malt with some subtle hints of caramel. Signature Goose yeast aroma and some hops.

Taste is rock solid and a nice representative of style. Lots of warm malt goodness, nice use of hops to balance. You get some slight caramel and chocolate to round out the taste. Taste remains solid as the beer warms.

May be a little over carbonated, but the drinkability is very good.

This is a great session beer and is also a good beer to get the Killians & Honey Brown type drinkers to graduate to more complex beers.

Another solid player in the Goose stable.

12-31-2003 14:53:45 | More by Redrover
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a nice dark brown with tan hints, head is off-white.
Aroma is heavy on the hops with some malt balance.
Malt aroma is roasty with some caramel, toffee and maybe slight chocolate hints.
The taste was pretty classic brown, didn't get much of the nut in the taste. Did get a chocolate/toffee flavor that was enjoyable.
Finished well and enjoyed several.

11-24-2003 16:31:06 | More by CRJMellor
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Wow! What a nice beer to be finding at your local Jewel. Pours a nice head that's just a little off-white. Complex chocolate with other flavors (your dad's pipe smoke?), nuttiness is implied more than overt. Take this one home with you and it'll respect you in the morning.

11-12-2003 21:50:09 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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xgrigorix

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Twelve ounce brown twist cap bottle. Best by date printed on back label.

Medium-dark brown, with reddish highlights. Puffy cloud of tan foam recedes slowly into a thin halo, no lace is left behind.

Some malt, the smell is "spritzy," some orangey hop aromas round out the nose, with some chocolate hidden in the back for good measure.

Hints of cocoa give way to juicy hop flavours. Finishes with a lingering smokey note. Medium bodied, & tongue tingly.

I'm not really a fan of brown ales, but this one seemed better than a lot of others that I've had.

10-21-2003 14:22:33 | More by xgrigorix
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +27.3%

This is the best american brown ale I have ever had. And the reason I think it is so good is that it is very similar to an altbier. Nice tannish head on a dark brownish black body. Nutty aromas mix in with flowery hop aromas. Sweet malt is nutty in flavor and slick in mouthfeel and the hops are bitter enough to balance and give it a quick dry ending. This is more of an altbier than their sticke altbier. I could drink this all night long without changing to another style.

10-20-2003 19:35:35 | More by Longstaff
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

This is one of the tastier brown ales I've had...Pours a rich mahogany color with a 1/8 inch tan head...head rims the glass as you drink....nose is sweet milk chocolate and some herbal/leathery hops...taste is sweet...big milk chocolate flavors...also some caramel...the herbal hops are there but very much in the background....borders on too sweet but never quite feels that way...body is medium...slick....

I like this and will buy more of this....This has a lot of flavor and borders on porterish...beats the heck out of Newcastle..

10-18-2003 04:04:35 | More by ZAP
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Just like the label says, this one is brown and really rather nutty. Good patchwork of retained lace throughout. The beer is alll about nuttiness as is picked up immediately on the nose. In the mouth a pronounced sweet, oily, and even a tad savory roasted peanut flavor chimes in. The sensation is like that of eating a Resess peanut butter cup-sweet, then chocolatey, then salty, then roasted aftertaste sensations. Another session styled offering from goose, and a decent nut to bust for cool weather season here in the city.

10-17-2003 01:45:15 | More by moulefrite
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marburg

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Deep brown and very clear. A slight malty aroma is basked in the glow of bittersweet chocolate. Light to medium-bodied brew but a bit thin and lacking in depth. Bready, cookie-like malt flavor and feel. A roasted presence on the tongue becomes the outstanding feature through the carmelized and burnt sugar finish. Minus its roasty, chocolatey character, this brew is a bit "normal." As it is, it's a highly drinkable ale with a little bit of unique character.

10-08-2003 01:29:30 | More by marburg
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottle:Poured a very small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles.The body was carbonated with a dark brown hue.The nose had notes of coffee and malts and chocolate.This beer's flavor was that of coffee with a mild aftertaste.It had a smooth, thin, watery texture with a light body.The lacing was fair.

09-07-2003 22:13:51 | More by hotstuff
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beerguy101

California

3.28/5  rDev -13%

Dark brown color, medium beige head. Aroma is nutty, malty and slightly sweet. Medium bodied nut brown ale. Nice nutty flavor, full roasted malts. Smooth flavor. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Aftertaste is nutty and slightly bitter.

08-18-2003 00:21:53 | More by beerguy101
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

This is a pretty good beer. Had it on tap. Very smooth and easy to drink with a hint of nut in the flavor. It pours a cloudy brown color with a small, but thick head and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was very sweet and nutty. The flavor was very much the same with a nice maltiness to finish it up. The malty/nuttiness sticks with you in the aftertaste for a great finish. I would have this one again.

08-13-2003 12:45:00 | More by clvand0
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johnrobe

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

Goose Island brews represent some of the best values in microbrews today. They are rarely exceptional, but pretty solid overall and not expensive. This brew pours a dark, tawny brown with virtually no head. The aroma doesn't leap out at you but there's some definite maltiness and faint roasted grain. The taste is malt dominated with toffee, a bit of cafe latte and a finish of roasted grain/barley flavor. A good, easy-drinking food-friendly brew, although it seems a bit thin and watery.

07-11-2003 10:45:24 | More by johnrobe
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a dark brown with copper highlights, topped by a tan head that is relatively thick and fades to a malty film of foam. Nice caramel and a slightly nutty aroma, perhaps a hint of choclate along with the light hoppiness. The taste is nice and malty, with a very nice nutty finish. The light sweetness is balanced well by the bitter hops on the finish. Chocolate covered caramel flavors intertwine with the nut and slightly roasted malt flavors. This is a well balanced and slightly complex beer, which makes it enjoyable. The mouthfeel is smooth with enough carbonation to lighten the presence on the palate. Drinakbility is very good, as this would be a great session beer. Finishes almost neutral, with just a slight lingering hops and nut aftertaste. This has got to be one of the better browns available. None better come to mind at the moment. (maybe Avery's Ellie's Brown). For $6 a sixer, this will be hard to beat. I will buy a bit more on my next trip towards the heartland.

07-05-2003 21:23:23 | More by aaronh
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Jables

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

The epitome of a 4.0 beer. In every category it is above average, just not much above average. THe appearance is dark amber with a malty, nutty aroma. The flavor is typical of a brown ale, light nutty and better when not too cold. The only hoppy flavors come out when this is just colder than room temp. I recommend decanting and leaving for at least a half hour. Then the flavor is nutty and warming to the throat. very enjoyable with good drinkability. For the money, this is a tough beer to beat.

06-10-2003 15:39:45 | More by Jables
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bobinverted

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Hex Nut Brown Ale is dark reddish brown in appearance with minimal head and lacing. Moderately sweet and earthy in flavor at first, with a slightly astringent, medium bodied mouthfeel and then somewhat bitter finish. Hoppy aroma and delicious flavor, but not exactly what I expected from a nut brown ale. In my opinion Hex Nut Brown Ale is more like a stout in many ways. It's far roastier and hoppier than say Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. To me Hex Nut Brown Ale seems a little unusual for the style, but it's still very good. I hope to try more offerings from Goose Island soon.

06-07-2003 17:52:44 | More by bobinverted
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cbill

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

yummy, not quite what i was expecting though. i like brown ales to be nuttier and with the "nut" in the title i thought i had that coming. anyway, still a very good beer. dark, dark brown appearance and roasty smell. goes down very smooth, i could drink it all night, and i'm pretty sure i did. i definately recomend, but not my fav brown ale

05-12-2003 19:16:02 | More by cbill
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

A really deep dark mahogany brew that is just great in initial appearance. Nice tan head that fades far too quickly and leaves only faint traces of lace. Strong nose has delicate malt notes and, perhaps, just a hint of hops. The body is medium to light and a bit watery. Flavors come across as a sweet start with a mildly bitter ending in the front that lingers for an instant then disappears leaving behind a very dry finish. Very drinkable ale.

04-28-2003 20:07:10 | More by AtLagerHeads
Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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