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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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1,393 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,393
Hads: 3,950
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 275
Gots: 713 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale | 6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001

13 Ingredients:
Malts: Harrington, Klages, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Carastan 13-17, Crystal 70-80, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate.
Hops: Perle and Sterling.
Specialty: Hazelnut Nectar.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

14 Plato
33 IBU
73.6 AA
36 L
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Reviews: 1,393 | Hads: 3,950
Photo of AngryDutchman
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle left in the fridge for months after the rest of the case had been consumed.

An enjoyable enough brew, but I feel as if anything I say is going to come off as a backhanded compliment. There's an interesting tangy quality which I presume to be the hazelnut (however it is achieved) that certainly sets it apart from other brown beers. It's clean and refreshing, only an understated fruitiness and a pleasant enough aftertaste and tingly sensation on the tongue. I could easily drink these one after another and have in the past. It comes across more as a lager than as an ale, which is the way I generally prefer my beers - I'm not big on esters and fruity flavors. And defying categorization in general is a plus - I ascribe when I can to the "Beer is Beer" notion and this certainly fits the bill - and calling it an "American Brown Ale" in recognition of the spirit of independence it evokes is appropriate.

The dude on the label is about as 'rogue' as I am, to boot...

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have a soft spot for this beer....one of the first craft brews I got into. Still enjoyed with fond nostalgia. Deep brown/caramel in color. Looks like melted English toffee. Hazelnut coffee creamer on the nose. Nice mix of creamy nut and a faint hint of an old school brown ale. Enough layers to avoid this being a one note ale.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had last night at Eli's in Branford. Pours a nice ruby color, slightly dark, with not much head or lacing. Smell is pretty muted, stirring up the bubbles I get a little nutty sweetness, some ale yeast too. Taste starts with a blast of sweetness and a big hazelnut syrup note, like the coffee creamer, very artificial. Ends bitter, a hint of roasted malt, slightly astringent. Feel is sticky, body is on the heavier side of medium. Overall, after reading the reviews I was excited to try this, what could be better than a rich brown ale with a nice nutty backbone? Turns out this is hazelnut syrup infused amber ale. Very weak brown ale with too much hazelnut flavor.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Some sweet nectary goodness. Pours light brown. Has a nice hoppy smell. Has a nice hazelnut taste with a little bit of a hoppy bite at the end. Body was not too think or too thin. It was just right. Couldn't get enough of it.

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Photo of KWolf
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap, cloudy hazy light brown. No head to sprak of. Faint nose of nut and hop, but a quick swirl yeilds tight fizzy head and soft sweet but aroma. Initial taste is mild malt with hazelnut tone, finishing with harsh CO2 bite and subtle hop. One more spin reduces CO2 to more acceptable level.
Nothing over the top here, but I think that's a win with hazelnut. Very drinkable.

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Photo of gandres
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured on wine glass with dinner of vegetables on sour broth
Appearance: Deep light brrown to amber, clear , minimal head
Smell: Fresh cooked grains, hint of hazelnut
Taste: light and refreshing
Feel: Creamy mouth feel
Overall: Great beer with great aroma, balance taste

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Photo of Wasu
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper brown color, very thin head and disappear quite fast, never imagine that hazelnut taste and blend with beer this good. About right carbonation for me, not that sweet, nicely bitter after taste.

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Photo of cookedw
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The flavor of the beer is so much more complex than the aroma would have you believe. It's thinner for me than its flavor profile would suggest, but this is a novelty beer from Rogue that is actually pretty tasty.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a great beer. The hazelnut flavor is hard to miss - in a good way. Even without the hazelnut it would be a quality ale on the darker side. It is a bit foamy at the start, good carbonation, very smooth to the last drop. Aftertaste has a bit of caramel. I'll get this one again.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper/brown with a half inch white head which laced the glass and lasted a long time. Smells of malts, nuts, and a caramel like sweetness and the taste follows pretty closely. A nutty flavor with a sweet finish of malts and caramel.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This wouldn't ordinarily be my style of beer, but Rogue gets the hazelnut parts of it right. It smells and tastes faintly sweet, but not in an overpowering manner, and it finishes smooth. It's a beautiful chocolate brown color as well.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with no date poured into pint glass. Deep maroon color with small head leaves mild lacing. Smell is nuts in my face. Taste in same with wet dog. My taste buds are weird. Wish the feel was creamier. Ok beer, Idk why it's rated so well. Cheers!

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. Great tea color. Brown sugar, honey, hazelnut, and graham crackers on the nose. Sweet carbonated light syrup on the tongue. It's a beautiful thing.

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Photo of puck1225
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the local BJ's. Nice dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. Good caramel taste, a bit sweet with a pleasant after taste. I do not get many Rouge beers , but I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Chicken_bear
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red in color, nice head.
Subtle baked-goods nose.
Typical brown ale taste quickly followed by dry, pleasant nutmeg flavor and other notes. A little sweet, but balanced nicely. Aftertaste quickly subsides into a dry mouthfeel.
Half way through, it became VERY nutty.

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Photo of 303beer
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red brown. Clear. About a half inch of off white head. Man that's a good brown. You can taste the nuts in it. Smooth finish with a little lacing.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper brown clouded. White head. Not much lacing.

S - Nutty malt. Caramel bread. Slight grass and grain.

T - Following the nose, but full and bright, with a strong brown bread quality. Nutty sweetness. And a slight bitter nip in the close.

M - Drying in the close, but crisp and moderate feel.

O - A rock solid brown. Brilliant balance. One of the true signs that Rogue truly deserves its place in the craft pantheon. A brown worthy of the highest praise.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown pour with almost no head. For an extract-added concoction, the aroma is a little weird - hazelnut, yes, but also a strange chemically smell. Flavor is much better - lots of nut and some sweet malt. Pretty tasty stuff. Fairly smooth, and nice aftertaste.

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Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured room temperature (77°F)from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of a khaki foam head that subsides into a line within 30 seconds. Dark brown in color with a gorgeous ruby tint. Bubbles are subtle as they rise.
SMELL: Mild aromas of hazelnut combine with slightly less mild aromas of toffee, chocolate, and caramel along with a hints of coffee (roasted malts), spicy hops, and floral hops.
TASTE: Upon first sip, strong flavors of hazelnut are met with mild flavors of spicy hops. Mild choclate flavors and subtle floral hop flavors enter the palate right after. As all flavors equally and gradually fade from the aftertaste, my tongue is left searching for the coffee, toffee, and caramel flavors that my nose had smelled. That was quite disappointing.
FEEL: This is rather light-bodied (that sucks) with almost no carbonation (that doesn't suck). This goes down incredibly smooth and has the most thirst-quenching finish I have ever had in a beer.
NOTE: I chose to drink this at room temperature because at room temperature, whether American or English, Brown Ales taste better to me. I'll try it cold next time and see if those missing flavors pop up.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in July 2015.

Appearance: Dark amber with tan head. Head is very thick and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Sweet with a little hopiness mixed in. Nice aroma of roasted malts.

Taste: Nice mix of flavors such as malt, nuts, and sweetness from honey or molasses. There is a little hops , and some roasted coffee flavors for a contrast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Nice Brown Ale. It had nice variety of flavors. Definitely one of the best brown ales I have tried.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours a light brown with a nice tan head. Hazelnut and caramel malt on the nose. An excellent beer. Roasted hazelnut does not take away from the damn fine brown it’s built on.

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Photo of mkh012
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark brown appearance. A little dull and metallic on the nose. Pick up on the hazlenut and an almost milky sweetness. Taste is a nice balance of caramel, hazelnut, and slight coffee. This beer was pretty good and definitely one of the better brown ales I've had. Creamy and easy drinking. Reminded me a bit of a milk stout in certain ways. Maybe a bit thin. Could've been bolder with the hazelnut.

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy brown, light tan head, which fades quickly

S: Hazelnut of course, sweet

T/F: slightly bitter, yet sweet, hazelnut. Medium feel.

O: Liked it a lot

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5-17-15. Water goblet. No date on bottle?

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, medium brown with 1/2 finger light tan head, which fades quickly. Lots of sediment left in the bottle. Some minor visible carbonation, little retention, no lacing.

Aroma: Whoa! Hazelnuts, sweet, honey. This is over the top nutty. I don't really care for hazelnuts, so this is quite noticeable to me.

Taste: Clean, mild arrival, slightly sweet across mid-palate - that's where the hazelnut starts - hazelnut through the finish. Slight bitterness at the end. Markedly sweeter as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Middle-midweight. Solid but not excessive carbonation. Not very slick.

Overall: A really excellent American brown ale, but for its trademark characteristic of hazelnuts. I'll pass, thanks the last beer I had containing nuts didn't really taste like nuts). Maybe Rogue makes another brown without hazelnuts?

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Photo of psm90
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not my favourite style, but a good version of it. Nice nuttiness and a smooth roasted profile. The malts have good depth but I always wish that beers like this had a slightly more hoppy finish to really exhibit and enhance the malts.

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Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.