Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2002

The Brown Ale style originated in the pubs of England, where beer drinkers desired a beer that was both flavorful and complex, but at the same time mild enough to be a session beer. The Santa Fe Brewing Company's interpretation of this style uses a combination of high mash temperature, hard water, and low-alpha acid hops to produce a product that is both true to the style and distinctly Santa Fe. Brewing jargon aside, Santa Fe Nut Brown Ale is an easy-drinking beer, mild, smooth, and always a favorite.
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Ratings: 250 | Reviews: 120
Photo of Schwager
4.69/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice and smooth. Easy drinking beer

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: upper quartile, but not top shelf. 4 flat

S: used frier oil and lard, damn.. 2

T: mineral water. Faint hint of those nuts though 2.75, hey, theres some terrible brews out there so yeah I'll give it a 2.75 so what

M: rich, full, kinda alcoholic but again, theres some terrible ales out there, son. 3.5

O: Hmmm, this is interesting. how about a 2.75: slightly under the average.

I enjoyed this beer more over the summer but my palate in changing.. for the better. Heck, I'd recommend this to someone if the other options were wither unknown or terrible. It's worth a drink i suppose :)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid toast and nut characteristics that I expect from the style.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a permanent head that laces well. Aroma is brown, crystal and chocolate malts with nutty, roasty notes. Flavor is more of the same with a nice balancing low-impact hop bitterness that is distinctly English. Dry, crisp, nutty finish. Mouthfeel is medium and CO2 is on the high side for style. Overall a pleasing Brown.

Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body appears a brownish copper with lots of lively carbonation and a lasting, creamy, one-finger thick head. Dark malt sugar aroma; nuts; mildly charred grains. Fair dark malt flavors, much like the aroma; features a spicy hop bitterness; mildly phenolic. Medium body with a mostly dry finish.

A fair though unexciting brown ale. The flavors and mouthfeel appear on the weak side of things and lacks a certain 'oomph' as far as overall impact. The beer doesn't fail as far as coming across as a brown ale, just lacks depth and distinction.

Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottles, bottles, bottles. At least, I am moving through them at a pretty good pace. This is becoming a Nut Brown afternoon, following up He'Brew's Messiah.

I was heavy-handed in my pour until I realized that this one held a good bit of carbonation and I had to back down fairly quickly. I still got a pseudo-cascade which settled into two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a lighter shade of brown than in the Messiah (SRM = > 17, < 22), but with NE-quality clarity and copper highlights. Nose had a distinct cocoa powder quality. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was fairly sweet, like chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow. You might think that I would dislike this, being a resident hophead, but I actually thought that this was more aligned with the style. I liked it more than I did with Messiah, frankly. The finish was relatively sweet, but it is what I expect in the style. It was mostly chocolate, but I was still getting a nuttiness, especially on the extreme finish.

Photo of mjurney
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Deep copper color, clear. Some carbonation rising. Small head.

Aroma:
Sweet toasted malts, caramel, a little nutty.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Malt forward, toasted, caramel, lightly roasted, nutty. Sharp bitterness towards the end. Finish is super dry. Body is medium-light, dry, fairly smooth.

Overall:
It's pretty good beer.

Photo of Auraan
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a rich, semi-clear amber brown with a thin off-white head that stuck around. Quite nice looking, very true to style. Scents of nutty, faint caramel and bready malt, along with a slight hint of toasted bread. A light and malty aroma, true to style, but not the best. Flavor begins moderately malty sweet, with nutty and slight caramel malt flavors, balanced with a medium-low level of bitterness with a low floral hop character. This moves into toasted malt flavors and some toffee along with nutty flavors, balanced again by a medium-low bitterness. Finish is toasted and nutty malt flavors with the same medium-low level of bitterness and some slight floral hop flavors offsetting some malty sweetness. Aftertaste is nutty and toasted malt with a medium-low bitterness. A good malt-hop balance throughout, malty sweet with a balance of medium-low bitterness, not bad. Good and true to style, but not the best flavor for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. The body is true to style, but the light carbonation hurts the feel. Still nicely drinkable. Overall this is a good English Brown Ale, that fits the style well enough. It just doesn't do enough to stand out. Still a good session ale, and I don't regret having it.

Photo of joe1510
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

A big thanks goes out to my pops for grabbing me some beer from the southwest. This was one in the bunch. Santa Fe's Nut Brown has a polished chestnut body with tarnished copper highlights when backlit. An aggressive pour produces a dirty white head that rises to no more than a half finger and falls fairly quickly to a skimming and ring. Speckled lacing decorates the glass.

The nose is pretty mild but what I can pick out is nice. Toasted white bread with a maltiness just short of caramelized. Hard water with a handful of minerals has its role in the background while a dash of cream and faint nuttiness wrap things up.

The flavor profile runs hand in hand with the nose. Hard water and earthy malts hit first. Toast and very light caramel quickly take over. A flash of vague nuttiness and faint vanilla roll through on the swallow. This beer is decent as is but would be good if all aspects were ramped up a bit.

There's a softness to the feel that fits. The weight is squarely between light and moderate. There's an enjoyable slickness to the finish with a mild lingering sweetness. Drinkability is up there pretty high.

The flavors work but are on the faint side. There's not a whole lot to get excited about here. This is, overall, a pretty forgettable beer but one I wouldn't turn down if offered. Something good enough to drink while doing other activities.

Photo of kojevergas
1.8/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

355ml brown glass bottle with perhaps the blandest label art I've seen in the last year and a branded yellow/red pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local grocery store and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low. No ABV is listed on the bottle. Reviewed as a brown ale for obvious reasons.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Lacks creaminess and thickness. Retention is poor; the head recedes fully in under a minute. No lacing. Overall, the head suffers from amateur execution.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of below average vibrance. Not brown by any means. No yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

The appearance is pretty bad for a brown ale, to be honest. For starters, it isn't brown and the head is damn near nonexistent. I'm unimpressed and am expecting a poor brew.

Sm: Confounding. Just confounding.

I get chili peppers (?), vinegar, and barley. That's it.

No hop profile, no yeast, no alcohol, no real malt presence, and certainly no nutty notes. I expected at least some weak attempt at a brown malt base with some nutty character thrown in, but this is just deplorable. Did they bottle the wrong beer?

An in-credible aroma of above average strength. I'm expecting the worst.

T: Vinegar/preservative solution, malt extract, and a hint of light chili heat on the climax. I guess there's some barley in there? This is watery garbage. I can't believe how bland and boring this is - not to mention downright uncharacteristic of beer as a beverage.

No yeast character, real malt character, or alcohol comes through. Painfully simple. No nuance, complexity, or subtlety whatsoever. Uninspired. Really low quality. Poorly executed.

Shockingly deplorable stuff. Doesn't even come close to the style.

*As it warms, I do pick up a faint nut note which is as weak and pathetic as the rest of the beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Well-carbonated - I'll give it that. Poor weight, body, and thickness on the palate. Poorly executed. Doesn't fit the style at all.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, or boozy.

Dr: I must have gotten an off bottle or something. No self-respecting brewer would allow this to come to market. I'll have to revisit it on-draught. As-is, it's one of the worst purported brown ales I've ever had the displeasure of consuming. I'm in no hurry to seek out Santa Fe's other beers having tried this. Avoid.

As always, with beers I rate this low, I want to remind all of you who purchased it to finish the damn bottle. Enough with this drainpouring nonsense.

Low D-

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: When held up to a bright light, the beer is crystal clear garnet red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation, but it is very dark brown when viewed from afar. The beer poured with a short light tan head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with lots of nutty flavors and has notes of mineral water that linger through the finish. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but is easy to drink because it doesn't have that heavy of a mouthfeel.

Photo of JDababneh
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovely reddish-brown color to it. There wasn't much head on the pour and it didn't stick around too long. There's a nice toffee and roasted malt smell to this beer. There's a good toffee/nut flavor initially, after you let it sit for a minute, you get a bit of sweetness out of it. The carbonation is nice on this beer, with a good amount of bubbles lasting throughout; something enjoyable in the mouth.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Clearish brown with tiny off white head.

S - Caramel, roasted malt, toffee, bread.

T - Has a good sweet roasted malt flavor up front, rounding out with caramel, toffee, and a sort of bready/biscuity malt. Sweet and roasty.

M - On the thin side, with low-to-moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, that's for sure.

O - Better than I was expecting, and this was my first Santa Fe brew. A good solid brown ale, not too sweet or roasty, but lacking a bit in the mouthfeel.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear tea color with a decent head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind

Smell: Vague sense of cocoa, hazelnuts and toffee

Taste: Toffee and hazelnuts, up front, with a vaguely fruity character in the middle; perhaps a bit of nutmeg, after the swallow, but the finish is relatively sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Relatively sweet and relatively forgettable; nothing negative but not really my kind of thing

Thanks, BlueOkie, for the opportunity

Photo of palma
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow this beer is delicious. Was not expecting this. Aroma nice typical nut brown but slighty oxidized.

Flavor is a big happy punch in the face. Did not expect this tasty sweet flavor. its sweet and mild with licorice, bourbon and scotch notes. very mild smooth sweet nutty finish, low complexity but still enough to keep things enjoyable and slightly interesting. May become somewhat cloying towards the end if sweet is not your thing.

Almost, an excellent session beer.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my wife for picking this up in Alberquerque
Poured into a snifter

A: Cola brown with a tan half finger head that quickly dissipates into a frothy ring.

S: Malts, nuts, leather, biscuity

T: A charge of bitter hops over a nut base. Toffee. Light chocolate finish. Robust, but too hoppy to be smooth.

M: light to medium with light carbonation.

O: Would be much better without the bitterness, but that's what you get in an English Nut Brown.

Photo of BobZ
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip. Thanks to GHB for the extra.

Appearance: Copper brown in color. Builds a nice 1” head with pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Predominantly light roasted malt with a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Follows the aroma, light roasted malt with decent hop balance. All-in-all a pretty well executed version of a nut-brown ale but nothing exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Well bodied and carbonated, smooth on the palate.

Overall: A nice drinking beer that’s a bit above average. Always, glad to have the chance to try a new brewery.

Photo of nrbw23
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a pretty thin light tan head. Not too much retention or lacing left behind.

S- Quite a bit of roasted malts, with toffee and light coffee. Nothing over powering and fairly light.

T- Fairly light overall. Pretty much no hops at all. Bready, a touch of nuts and light coffee.

M- Light in both body and carbonation.

O- Nothing special about this brew.

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip pint glass. Beer is brown with a thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, no lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is a little roasty and a little leathery.

Beer is medium in body, nutty and tobacco on the palate, an interesting beer with a nice nonbitter finish. Not the best brown out there but great on the flavor profile.

Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark caramel brown in color with a reddish hue and hazy. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Roasted malt aromas with hints of nuts and charred malt. Medium bodied with a smooth feel through the middle and a tangy, crisp, dry finish. Sweet roasted and toasted malt flavors from beginning to through the middle. Bitter hop flavors just before the crisp dry finish. A solid brown ale. Easy to drink with nice flavors.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.14/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is sweet and malty, unfortunately that is the best thing about this beer! Poured a brownish amber body with a thin (1/4 inch) head. The head lasted fifteen seconds and there is no lacing of the glass whatsoever. The taste is ,I think unintentionaly, sour with notes of maybe Alka-Seltzer. The mouthfeel is slick and oily. Drain pour.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked it up at Trader Joe’s in Albuquerque, N.M. Poured from a bottle into a small glass (maybe eight ounces) that I had in the hotel room in Albuquerque, N.M. on 4/20. About two fingers of head. Color was a nice shade of hazy caramel brown. Tan/gray lacing on top that lasted a decent amount of time. Frosty, spongy film on the sides.

Smelled roasty and nutty malts. Some light caramel notes as well. Heavy on the malts.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Roasty, toasty and nutty malts. Very malty. Goes down easy.

Medium body. Creamy finish. Average carbonation. Long-lasting, smooth finish.

It was a good beer overall. Just smooth and consistent. Wanted to bump it a few of the ratings up a bit, but I couldn’t pull the trigger.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a lighter, very drinkable english brown. pours a see through weak coffee color, thin in appearance, with a foamy tan head that fades quick. smells quite nutty, hazelnuts and even almonds in the nose and taste. flavor is rounded out by a great roasty malt body with plenty of earthy characteristics. the finish is on the dry side, with a nice hazelnut aftertaste. im not sure ive ever loved a beer from santa fe brewing co, but this one is maybe as close as ive gotten. very light in body and so extremely drinkable. not too heavy for summer drinking. affordable and a bit different than most.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nut Brown Ale pours a translucent almost transparent brown color, with a nice frothy head. There is a malty, nutty smell; not very strong. There is a nice full taste, a subtle malty flavor, but a nice hazelnut flavor. Not overpowering and rather easy to drink, and could easily go for another. Overall I found this very enjoyable, its not overpowering, it has a great blended taste, and the nut flavors fit very nicely.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Definitely moderately brown in color. A bit flat, but there's nice foam.

Smell: Some roasted nuts with metallic and minerally properties.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good smokey notes backing the roasted nuts. Decent mouthfeel, but a bit cloying.

Overall Drinkability: Not my favorite brown ale.

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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.