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Nut Brown Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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very good

964 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 38
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of Gritsak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

dark brown with some hits of red...decent light tan head.

smell is sweet with malt and grain

taste is pretty light...not to complex but very refreshing

mouthfeel is pretty thin, as expected..but very smooth and nice blend of carbonation

i could consume alot of these in one sitting..high drinkablity for me

i wasnt expecting much from this, but was suprised..its not a complex beer, but it doesnt have to be...very refreshing beer that is perfect to drink regularly.

Gritsak, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $5.99 for a 6pk.

The appearence is a nice dark brown ale with a small white head that fades quick and minute lacing is there, I really thought this was below average. The aroma was pretty nice for a brown ale; hints of grains are the first noticeable attribute, followed maybe by some sweet stuff?

The taste is pretty standard brown ale; A little more complex version of the typical brown ales I'm used to, maybe a little bock characteristic, pretty pleased... The mouthfeel and drinkability is what the brown ales are for, more of a session beer are what these puppies were designed for, Smoothness and refreshing all the way, yum!

Final Opinion: It's like a modified version of Newcastle Brown Ale, a little more complexity in it, very pleased!

mobyfann, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.2% ABV, 22 IBU, 50 SRM.

Pours out to a clear, very dark-brown with ruby accents, forming a modest soapy dark tan head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is interesting with notes of soy sauce, smoked malt, ham, molasses...not quite what I was expecting but good nonetheless. Mouthfeel is smooth with a clean finish and medium body. Taste is quite good...Starts with some woodsy/mossy hops, followed by a touch of smoke, a nice amber malt body, some husky grains, a touch of tobacco, leather, and mineralized water in the lightly astringent finish. Mild bitterness and cleanly fermented.

I really enjoyed this brew. One of the best brown ales I've had. The touch of smoked malt really adds character. My type of brown ale...brown but not pansy-ass like Newcastle.

Mitchster, May 15, 2004
Photo of brewQ
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle 3 months from Best Use date

A very jewel like red brown color with a tan head, not much cling or lace. Big aroma with caramel and nutty tones. I like the roasted malt candy smells. This has a nose not unlike many porters.

The flavor is sweet, even chocolaty with a solid body that is not syrupy. The finish brings in some hops which is a clean balance.Somewhat of a warming effect at the end.

A very good Chicago beer with wide availability.

brewQ, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Scotty's Brewhouse in Lafayette.
This is one malty beast. I'm not a huge fun of brown ales but this one makes the cut in my book. Pours a nice lucid brown with a creamy frothing head. Smell is very malty and full of caramel and the taste matches the nose well. Very malty with just a slightly sweet finish (which is good because i still have yet to gain an appreciation for super sweet beers). Drinkability is decent as well. Good beer.

soper2000, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown color, with a tan head that fades, yet leaves a partial layer on top. Smells faintly of carmel and burnt notes, not much of a hops presence. Taste is very one-note. Not much of a flavor transition, or it is just that well balanced. Roasted malt flavaors, again, not much of a hops aftertaste. An ok beer, if not slightly above average.

TastyTaste, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: The beer pours a ruby-brown color. It is also clear. There is a bit of an off-white head that doesn't linger very long. Aroma is nutty, with some roastiness and sweetness to it. The taste is Somewhat nutty and sweet, with some chocolate roastiness in there. A hair watery. A good compliment to the Honker's Ale.

Boto, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep cocoa and cake up front with very solid flavor hopping. Ideal medium body. The malt is rich, but never cloying with sweetness or overwhelming with body. At times, there's enough depth here for a bock/doppelbock. Among brown ales, this is a standard because it never leaves the style. Unlike Newcastle, it has a supple body. Yet, it has absolutely no characteristics of a porter. When you're getting into these subtle dark ale divisions, the lines can be blurred -- a little lighter and Fuller's London Porter is a brown ale. I think it's the interaction of malt and hop that really defines a brown ale moreso even than the color or body, and Goose Island has it down to a science.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark walnut infused with ruby red. The tan colored crown is average in size and eventually falls to a thin film, leaving respectable amounts of tattered lace in the process. The aroma is enjoyable: brown malts with a hint of coffee.

This English brown tastes a little like a weak porter as well. It's malty sweet with echoes of coffee and chocolate. There isn't much hoppiness, but hops do add something to the flavor in a subtle way. Considering the style, there's nothing wrong with the body/mouthfeel.

Goose Island Hex Nut Brown Ale tastes like I hoped it would. I prefer porters and stouts, but this one hits all of its style marks right on the nose. This is a quality brew that I'll be sure to look for again.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

masterbruewer, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

watermelonman, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of jsolack
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

jsolack, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

merlin48, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

bditty187, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of Reneejane
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Reneejane, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

benmiliron, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

granger10, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of Redrover
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Redrover, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

CRJMellor, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DrunkMcDermott, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

xgrigorix, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of Longstaff
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Longstaff, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

ZAP, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

moulefrite, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

marburg, Oct 08, 2003
Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.