Brunette Nut Brown Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Brunette Nut Brown AleBrunette Nut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerhobo22 on 07-03-2009

Our version of the classic English-style Brown Ale has a blend of six different malts and a hop schedule that results in a low hop character. The unique malt character brings to mind the taste of a blend of various nuts.

15 IBU
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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by Omnium:
Photo of Omnium
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can > tulip Glass

A - Brown with half a finger of off white fizzy head, no lacing
S - Really nice aroma, the most predominant smell being a huge roasted malt and nut aroma. Some light floral hop notes coming through.
T - A good balance of flavor, kinda sour fruit flavor comes up front, almost apple like, then it transforms to the malty roasted nutty flavor.
M - Kinda thin, this is where its disappointing, watery.
O - Decent brown, the aroma is really good, then falls short from there. I would love to get that huge roasted nut quality in the flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patch.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of nuts, caramel, and chocolate. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, chocolate, toasted bread, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Very light earthy hop presence with a hint of grass. A pretty decent toasty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, a sweet and toasty malt driven taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Toasted barley malt with upfront notes of biscuit, toast, chocolate, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Subtle earthy hop notes of grass. A decent nutty and malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent nutty take on a Brown Ale. Light but has some nice toasty malt flavor.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at New World Tavern--Plymouth--served into a pint glass

Appearance: dark brown in color, minimal head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: lots of caramel, some leather and nut

Taste: follows the nose with some chocolaty notes

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-low carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter backbone.

Overall: This is an above average to good brown ale. What I love about this one is its complexity and multiple layers of flavor...instead of just the usual nuttiness I get with this style. I would get this again if I saw it on tap.

Photo of bsp77
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich brown with thin, light tan head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry, nuts and a slight metallic cast.

Taste: Caramel and cherry, with some nice nuttiness that continues through the finish, along with light floral hops.

Feel: Relatively high carbonation over a fairly light body. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Nice example of a sessionable Brown Ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very effervescent copper/brown with 2+ fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Toastyness, a little bit of leafy hops

T: Toastyness, dryness, a little nuttiness up front. More toastyness, nuttiness & faint leafy hops as this warms, some brown bread sweetness as well. Finishes toasty, dry & fairly crisp

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation

Easy to drink, a pretty good brown

Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty dark amber color with a small head. Smell is light, a bit of nuts. Taste is nutty, malts, light hops, a bit unusual flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not terrible, but not something I would need to try again.

Photo of hoppymcgee
2.23/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a 22oz. bomber of this at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY.

A: Brown with some bubbles. More on the translucent side.

S: Malty and touch of Hershey's chocolate syrup.

T: Vegetal, slightly malty, with a slight burnt malt finish.

M: Thin and lacking life.

D: Why would I want to drink anymore of this?

Overall, I do not recommend getting this beer to go let alone getting it at all.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium orange-brown amber with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches with light slippery lacing. Aroma of nuts, sweet caramel malt. Flavor follows aroma with sweet nuttiness, light caramel malt, brown sugar. Light to medium bodied. A good domestic take on the English brown style, but a bit light on flavor intensity. The flavors that are present are nice, but leave me wishing for a bit more. A good, but somewhat pedestrian brown ale.

Photo of metter98
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Gibson, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear brownish amber in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass; these eventually faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of nuts and sweet malt extracts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather nutty and has some hints of sweetness along with a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is both clean and watery.
O: This might be an OK beer if you like a very basic nutty ale that also has notes of sweetness.

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd had this one in my fridge for a while, but finally drank it.

Pretty solid beer.

4: Good color, nice deep brown.
3.5: Smells like it should. Not overly aromatic, but this style shouldn't be too strong
3.75: Nice taste. Not overly bitter, but enough malt going on. I think there's enough going on to entice us beer connoisseurs, but not too much to scare off the BMC guys.
4: No real complaints on the Palate, But there shouldn't be much to speak of here either.

I'd totally drink this again.

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport. New York.

Poured a vibrant amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy malts, grass y hop and a touch of diacytl.

The taste consisted of a chewy earthy caramel with some roasted malts and diacytl.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty brown ale.

Photo of etoimazo
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nebraska’s brews started turning up in our area recently and my family knows how practical beers make as gift items for me. A can of Brunette Nut Brown Ale was one my pleasant surprises.

Appearance: Crystal clear mahogany/garnet with a thin head, no lacing, and light carbonation

Smell: English malt sweetness with light floral or noble hop notes

Taste: A classic British style brown – like Samuel Smith’s, only fresher and richer. Nut notes from brown and crystal malt complexities with hops way in the background for the right balance. No bitterness in the finish, but rather caramel and some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Quenches with a light body and some smooth creaminess. Moderate carbonation is to American, rather than British, tastes for this style. Nothing harsh about it – a sessionable brew even for summertime – ABV is 4.8%.

Overall: This beer reminds me how refreshing brown ales can be even when they go easy on the hops: I will seek this one out and have some on hand for the brown ale aficionados in my family.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer 4 of 5 in my flight at beer nutz. 5oz pour.

A - Actually quite attractive I get a clean dark amber colored beer with a nice creamy bit of head that has excellent lacing.

S- Here's where it starts to go downhill. It was like I had to reach for any brown ale smells. Maybe some lightly toasted nuts at best but it smelled like an amber lager with better yeast.

T - Again it's like a sweeter version of "Newcastle brown ale" with sweet caramel malts, slightly toasted peanuts, and make some flower water (to make it expensive)

M - Light to medium it will please the Budweiser crowd.

Overall I am glad to try a beer from them but I don't see why they are going to make such expensive beers if they are going to just make mass produced brown ales 3x the normal price. 2 dollar pour was kind of a letdown since I could have got something better.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep amber in color, with a modest, yet persistent, small white head. The lacing is fine, and glass-coating. The carbonation, before a strong light, is of fat and slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Nutty and caramel notes dominate the aroma. There are also notes of cocoa, and dark bread.

Taste: Toasted malts, nuts and dark bread dominate the opening. AS the taste progresses, nutty flavors dominate. Finishes with a wave of dark, semi-sweet caramel and nutty flavors.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, but not at all harsh.

Drinkability/notes: Not great, but certainly good, a very nice session beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of AZbelgian
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a two finger light tan head and tons of carbonation. Aroma is a sweet nuttiness. Flavor is a thin nuttiness balanced with mild malts and almost indiscernible hops. Flavors have real promise but it tastes just a bit too watered down to reach its full potential.

Photo of beerhobo22
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted nut aromas are obvious. Good head with poor retention. Slightly hazy and light brown in color. Malt flavors dominate. Seemed to have some characteristics of roasted pecans. Light-medium bodied with some hop bitterness on the finish. Lots of nut flavors in this beer. Overall, a good beer with nice flavors.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky dirty rust colored body, a cream colored head that calms to a film and leaves little spots of lacing.

Aroma: Toasted sweet bread, some nuttiness, and a touch of tang in the end.

Taste: Opens with toasted grains, buttered toast, and nutty toffee. Finishes with some tea leaf tanginess.

Mouthfeel: Light, tea- like.

Overall: This is exactly how I like my brown ales.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with some faint amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet toasted and roasted malts with a moderate amount of aroma of nuts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and roasted malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. There are moderate flavors of nuts and a very light amount of earthy hops. Faint amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and almost slightly creamy though a little thin/watery.

O: Not a lot of complexity to the aromas of flavors but this is a pretty easy to drink and enjoyable brown ale nicely packaged in a can - nice for outdoor activities in the summer. Low ABV makes this one sessionable.

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

I know that I picked these CANs up in Philly to further The CANQuest ™, but I CANnot remember whether they came from Pinocchio's or The Foodery (Northern Liberties). Either way, they are nice CANs!

From the CAN: "World Class in Every Glass"; "Our version of the classic English-style Brown Ale exudes rich aromatics from the beautifully blended malts and brings to mind nut-like and toasted bread aspects in this excellent session ale. Embrace the flavor."; "CANs: Infinitely Recyclable (SM)".

A full-bodied brunette from Nebraska?!? That CAN only CANjure up Val MidWest (@ValMidWest, @0ValPal0 ), with whom I am planning (hoping?) to hold a joint 21/50-year birthday party on 28 Febrewary 2015 in her hometown of Lincoln, NE. #TheOldLady will be joining us, so you might want to mark your CANendars in the meantime.

Oh my! The Crack! proved that this Brunette is a squirter! It really was well filled out and I got a spritz on my fingers as a result. I proceeded with an inverted Glug, much to its delight. A pseudo-cascade gave 'way to a brief finger of fizzing, light-tan head with low retention. Color was a Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with (obviously, duh) NE-quality clarity, but it was NE-redoubled or tripled, since I could see into the furture and that birthday party. I love the Midwest and want to relocate out that way eventually. Nose was nutty and bready, sure enough, but I was also perceiving pine notes. Cool! Hops are always welcome in my glass. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium (although I wish that it had been as full-bodied as the smiling gal on the CAN). The taste reminded me of just why I am not a huge fan of these "session" beers - the key word is "aromatics". They smell great, but the smell does not translate to taste. Granted, I get their nut bread flavors, but they were muted and I just felt like I was left wanting more. Finish was semi-sweet, which is great if you like that sort of thing, but now I was jonesing for some hops. Hey, if you are not an IPA fan and you are looking for a good session beer, I would point you to this, but otherwise, it just lacks Ooooomph!

Photo of 57md
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish-copper with a finger of off-white head. The head dissipated rather quickly and only left some light lace behind on the glass. The nose is bready and also a touch astringent. Nutty and bready flavors are upfront. The finish is very mildly bitter with a dry aftertaste.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, hazy, cloudy, amber-tinged brown coloring, with a filmy, sparse, surface coating of head. Aromas of toffee rich and sweet, nutty highlights, and a bready backbone. Smooth and inviting. Flavors are roasted forward, with a bit more tangy sweetness than richness. Toffee and caramel, with hints of nut, almond extract, sugar sweetness, and a slightly cloying candy character. The body is light and smooth, with a tangy, candy sweet aftertaste, this time with hints of chocolate in the caramel and nut blend. The finish lingers a bit, but is otherwise smooth and easy. Light drinker, but the sweetness got to me a little bit.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty tasty, not a super-stand-out but enjoyable. A nice nuttiness and some brown malt notes are accented by just a light touch of hoppiness. Body is light, crisp and enjoyable as the whole thing goes down easy. A nice mid-day beer for when you're not ready for something heavy, or for a crisp autumn morning after a rain shower.

Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

376th review on BA


App- A well rounded brown color with some darker highlights. A fluffy 1/2 in head and some decent cling.

Smell- Pretty standard brown ale scents. Roasty with a bit of little touch of grains and dark chocolate.

Taste- I was a bit let down by this. It was a standard brown ale with some light roasty and a bit thin with some nuttiness behind it.

Mouth- Almost thin bodied and a slightly higher carbonation level.

Drink- Wasn't my favorite beer of the night but was a decent tick in the middle of America. Probably would not go back to this.

Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. At first a two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts, bread, light chocolate and a toffee/caramel sweetness. Simple, and very nice.
T: Again, pretty simple. Toasted malts and baked bread up font. Some toffee, and light chocolate. A nice sweetness which is not cloying.
M/D: A light to medium body. Moderate carbonation, but is also smooth. Very easy to drink. An enjoyable and sessionable beer.

Not much more to say, just simple and enjoyable is the name of the game. Recommend.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nebraska Brewing
Brunette Nut Brown Ale

Pours a clear brown with reddish hues. Little head forms and no lace is to be found. Aroma is nondescript, lightly malty and that is pretty much it. In the taste, nutty, toasted malts, a hint of peat, almost has a watered down whiskey flavor. Wet grain, brown sugar, and little bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and finishes clean. Overall, a decent brew, but the travel to get to this market makes it too expensive for what it is.

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Brunette Nut Brown Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
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