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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2002)
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 17:41:54 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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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.

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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.

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03-10-2014 03:56:16 | More by joe1510
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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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