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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews by heath1agnew:
Photo of heath1agnew
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this in taos, new mexico over the holidays and really enjoyed it. had a great dark brown color, descent head, and great taste. maybe the mouthfeel was a little thin, but not much. drinkability was also pretty descent with this brew. i would for sure give this beer a try if you get the chance.

heath1agnew, Jan 06, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Tiernan, May 18, 2013
Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +25%

SuomiHobbit, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of deebo
3.55/5  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.

deebo, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Garrettshu
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Garrettshu, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of robthepenguin
3/5  rDev -11.8%

robthepenguin, May 04, 2012
Photo of Auraan
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Auraan, May 18, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

LXIXME, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

jbphoto88, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

javlin624, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

tjsdomer2, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

zaphodchak, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Fatehunter, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Rymish
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Rymish, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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

russpowell, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of dgallina
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

dgallina, May 18, 2007
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -11.8%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of BlazedNug
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

BlazedNug, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

zillo043068, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Saxboy10
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Saxboy10, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of dexterk1
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

dexterk1, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

EagleTalon, Sep 28, 2014
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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.