Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | 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: 258 | Reviews: 124
Reviews by Gusler:
Photo of Gusler
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer departs the 12-ounce bottle an opaque brown, the head a decent two fingers, tan in color, creamy in texture, as it fades away, the lacing provides a concealing sheet. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, caramel and a hint of Black Walnuts, clean and fresh. Front has a pleasing malt profile, with a touch of hop bitterness at the back, top feels moderate to the palate. Finish has a defined acidity, the hops gentle in their spiciness, very dry, and a drinkable brew, would make a nice session beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Schwager
4.69/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice and smooth. Easy drinking beer

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the sweet toffee with a little bit of hazelnuts or pecans mixed in. There is also a little bit of grass from the hops in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt with a little bit of nuttyness in there as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A basic nut brown ale. Not bad.

Photo of deebo
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a bit of a hazy/murky ruddy brownish red color with a small but dense head that skims the pint glass a bit.

S-Typical roasted sweet malt aroma dominates. Nutty/brown notes.

T-Roasted malt-pretty 1 dimensional, but nice clean flavor, no hops detected.

M-Heavily carbonated, thin/medium bodied, quick finish.

D-Easy to drink with a nice clean flavor.

O-An easy to drink, quick finishing brown ale with some nice toasted sweet character. Not overly complex, but a nice clean beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, standard looking brown ale, medium tan head. Aroma is, shockingly, nutty.

Taste, a little sweeter than expected, seems like a hodgepodge style of a bock and an ale. Good sour feel. Not much for hops. Malt bill was a little thinner than the appearance, nothing discernable changes downbottle, expensive for what it is. Meh.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
Thanks to mhewes for this brew

A- This beer has a warm dense brown body that shows a faint glow of reddish-brown at the base and a sandy tan head of fizz on tip. There is a strong carbonation of microbubbles that support the weak head.

S- This beer has a clean aroma with a soft roasted malt hint that comes through when it is warm.

T- The mineral taste of water gives way to a tangy that is almost fruity in nature followed by a dry toasted biscuit malt flavor and a dark cardboard hint. There is a faint roasted coffee malt finish with a light grain bitterness.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish.

D- This beer has no offensive flavors just no real flavor at all even when it warms quite a bit.

Photo of OKbrew89
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a very small head that doesn't leave lacing. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, and subtle piney hops. Taste is a biscuit and toffee body with a hint of hops on the back of the tongue. The sweetness from the toffee lingers and is just a little stronger than the biscuit. Medium-light body with medium carbonation and no alcohol aftertaste. The body could be a bit more full, but it isn't too light.
It's a little light and a pinch too sweet for the style, but it tastes good and is pretty drinkable. When I'm in NM, I'll have 2 or 3 as I watch a game.

Photo of Auraan
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jbphoto88
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a simple yet elegant label. The beer is a dark brown, a little darker then the glass of the bottle it came in. There is a light tan head that floats above the clear brown liquid.

The smell is very subtle. I get a light scent but it doesn't go in any direction. It isn't malty or hoppy just a clean beer scent.

The taste is also very subtle. There is a silky smooth taste that is slightly nutty and sweet. A slight dryness in the after taste. Nothing here that knocks my socks off.

Sante fe nut brown ale isn't anything amazing but that is what makes it so drinkable. Its smooth and not too malty or overly bitter. This is a middle of the road beer that is mild enough for the most novice of drinkers but also interesting enough to keep beer savants into it.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of offwhite head overa translucent red-amber body.

Nutty, malty nose with some hops. More than I expected.

Malty and faintly nutty, but not much flavor here.

Mouthfeel is quite foamy. Detracts from flavor slightly.

Very drinkable, but unremarkable.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Light brown to amber color with a half finger of head. Good lacing.

Good, if faint smell of roasted malt.

The roasted malt comes through in the taste too. It mixes a little haphazardly with a hops in the middle. The bitterness wins out.

Smooth texture turning towards bubbly. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

A fine and average brown ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Santa Fe

Pours rich brown/ chestnut with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Toasted malt & a little nuttyness that stays persistent throughout the sample

T: Toasted malt, nutttyness & some grainyness up front. Malt depth picks up as this warms along with sme chocolate notes. Finishes a little dry, toasty & a little grainy

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty good, not a great brown, but not bad. I've had this before when it wasn't too fresh, I'd say this was an improvement

Photo of dgallina
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle without dating or percentage of alcohol by volume.

Pours clear dark-brown with no head and very light lace. The aroma is light, with earth-toned caramel and a hint of metallic sourness. More flavorful than suggested by the smell. Husky grains blend into medium-toasted bread. Finished with burnt toast and hard water notes. Medium to light body is a bit strongly carbonated. Pleasing and drinkable, though not especially outstanding.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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 goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark hazelnut with constant cascading bubbles and a thick khaki head that leaves some raised rings of lace on the glass. Aroma is a mix of chocolate, walnuts, dried fruits, and just lots of fruity esters in general. Caramel is really big in the nose. I think I get some melon in there as well. The darker malts don't hold much presence in the flavor aside from a fleeting chocolate character in the finish. Mostly, what I taste is a mix of stone fruits and nuts. Maybe a little maple syrup too. Hops quietly appear in the aftertaste. Finishes kind of sweet. Mouthfeel is fulsome and the carbonation is really smooth. Drinkability is just fine. There's not much special about this beer, but it would be good for just when you want a couple.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle no date coding noted.

Dark mahogany with a thin but lasting brown head. lace coats the glass in a sticky sheet.

aroma is roasty, nutty, malty sweet.

flavor is much more of the same, with a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly sticky finish, not too much to detract from the brew.

Photo of Rchap1
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a hometown brew, so I 'spose I'll take a look at it.

Upon the pour, beer's a nice deep brown color, a thin head that disappears pretty quickly. Very little lacing. The smell is about what you'd expect of a nut brown, with a bit of a walnut scent, along with some light fruit tones, primarily raisin.
The taste is a little on the thin side, like what others have said it almost tastes like 'soda-beer.' Pretty full carbonation, the flavors are more subdued than I would've expected from the nose.

I can drink them, and I'm sure I'll put some more down in the future (it's pretty cheap here!), but I'd probably go for a sierra blanca nut brown or something a bit stronger if I had the choice.

Photo of BeerSox
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Egg-nog colored head that holds decently then settles to a thin cap. Sticky lacing.

Dark malts that are on the sweeter side with a low presence of hops.

Dark clean grain flavors. Thin bodied with low carbonation giving it a smooth feel. A mostly clean finish, with dark grain lingering.

Pretty average Brown Ale. Seems a little thin and not bursting with any flavor or complexity.

Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a dark brown color with mahogany highlights. The head was just over 1 finger and tannish. It settled to a collar with a constant carb fountain in the center. The smell was toasted malts with an underlying nuttiness. The taste was above average and had a good nutty bite but was a bit bland. It's not an overwhelmingly flavorful beer but does go down smooth. It would be a good candidate for a session - probably even for your friends who live the macros. (3.5, RB-BOT, T, Y)

Photo of EgadBananas
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown in color. Tan frothy head, decent amount of sporadic lacing.

Smell is not impressive. Bits of roasted malt and maybe some caramel hints, but the nose is rather faint as a whole.

There's a sort of stark bitterness...which is prevalent to browns, but this doesn't have the added sweet, flavorful malt profile to back it up. There isn't much nuttiness either...maybe slightly, but not definitive at all.

The feel is slightly thin, even for the style.

It's a good drinker, not hard at all. But it's not the greatest of te style.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep, reddish tinted brown being poured out and into the glass. Quite impressed with the nice hazelnut tone

sweet, with lots of caramel malts leading the charge on this one. Hints of nuts, and a touch of molasses as well had me going right away. As it warmed we then were able to pick up some notes of bready malts, nice rush of sweet caramel, and this was quickly coating the inside of the mouth, leaving everything with a nice sweet film to it. As it passed the aftertaste gave in to much of the nuttiness that I had been looking for. a nice vinous like bitter bite to it. Very interesting indeed. Some notes of bready malts, and grain in the back and a nice slightly hopped, and a touch dry finish to it

Photo of Flashsp2
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe Nut Brown

Pours a deep mahogany/brown with a tan head of roughly half an inch
that leaves some trails of lace.

Fruity esters, roasted nuts, bakers cocoa, caramel on the nose. Nice
in the English style. Some smoke/ash.

Creamy chocolate, roasted cashews, dark caramels, some ash, dry woodiness.

Medium body with a soft carbonation.

Nice drinking brown with a solid complexity and a subtle English touch.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
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 ExaltedNecrosis
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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