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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%


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.

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Jyubei

New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Tan 1 in. head on a black body that attains burgundy edges in the light.

S. Malt and hops, with roasted nuts followed by a mead like smell.

T. Roasted malt and roasted nuts with a bit of hops. Then it gets sweeter with caramel or toffee. The aftertaste has a roasted and toasted panorama of flavors with an almost mocha finish.

M. Smooth feel that runs down the mouth and into the throat leaving a cloying stickiness.

D. A damn fine brew with more flavors as you drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 19:36:39 | More by Jyubei
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jake87

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L. Very dark with red edges in good light, has a small tan head
S. Light hops with nuts and malts
T. Nutty, malty, and then changes to a very pleasing caramel with a little chocolate
F. Moderate carbonation with a heavier body, very smooth.

Another good showing from Santa Fe, something you can have a couple of while sitting outside at night with your friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 19:30:00 | More by jake87
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erosier

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown color witha short off-white head that laces the glass a little bit all the way down. It had an aroma of deep roasted malts some faint hoppy bitterness and a hint of nuts. The taste was really good. It had flavors of roasted earthy roasted malts layered with some very faint hops followed by an aftertaste of nuts. The mouthfeel had a nice crisp and smooth feeling with the right amount of carbonation for a beer like this. The drinkability is good as I would definatley have a few of these before the night was over.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 16:25:44 | More by erosier
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Just when I thought my New Mexico stockpile was dry, I find two more. This one pours a clear russet topped by about a finger or so of light ecru foam. The nose is a nicely mild melange of flowers, greens, wood, and walnuts, with what I think to be toffee hanging in the rafter, waiting for the chance to spook some Ghost Hunters wannabes. The taste tacks on a nice bit o' maple syrup and brown sugar, rounding things out rather nicely, I must say. This is some tasty nut brown goodness, baby! The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a very fluid feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty nut brown, the best of the NM bunch I've had so far. That Marble Red's got a lot to live up to...

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 20:51:31 | More by TMoney2591
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Pegasus

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy deep mahogany with a moderate, quite persistent off-white head, thick glass-coating lace, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Deep aroma of bitter chocolate and nuts, a faint note of vanilla, and a slight herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a nutty, bitter chocolate note, which carries throughout the taste. Beneath the malt there is a faint herbal hop presence, at once just ghostly, but at the end of the taste more prominent. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A quite wonderful English Brown Ale, quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 16:35:58 | More by Pegasus
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Domingo

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I originally had this at "the Shed" in Santa Fe, but luckily found it was common around town. I brought back a 6-pack to Denver only to find that my local store now carries it, too!
It pours a medium to dark brown color and has a nice foamy head from both the tap or a bottle. At first it seems overly carbonated, but that passes quickly. I recommend letting it sit for a bit to warm and calm down a little.
Smell is of chocolate, walnuts, a little bit of sour yeast, and maybe a little hops in the finish.
Starts off really sweet and chocolaty, but then becomes more nutty, and finished clean and dry. A little bit of lingering bitterness, but not too much. Reminds me a little bit of a dunkel lager, actually, only with a little less sweetness and a drier finish.
Mouthfeel varies on tap vs. bottle. From a tap, the carbonation isn't so potent. From the bottle, I'd let it sit for a minute. I'll rate it based on the bottle, though.
After one sip, you'll find yourself wanting more right away. Within a few minutes, you'll then be wondering where another bottle is!
This brew makes a great pairing with a warm day or any kind of lively food. While southwestern food isn't really "hot" - it does have a lot of spice, and this compliments it wonderfully.
I really enjoyed this brew and plan on making it a staple in my fridge for summer.

FYI - After revisiting Santa Fe a few times, I have to mention that this beer is much better on tap, actually. I'm not sure what it is, but on draft this beer goes from pretty good, to virtually stellar. Just a heads up for anyone visiting the area. Luckily, this is like the Santa Fe version of Fat Tire. You can find it anywhere and everywhere there.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 00:04:01 | More by Domingo
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palma

New York

4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:33:04 | More by palma
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 16:37:40 | More by Flashsp2
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +18.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:31:25 | More by mikesgroove
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katan

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color, with a few amber highlights when held to the light. Strong mocha colored head formation, up to 1/2" - breaks down to a well retained 2-3mm.

S - Caramel, nutty, toasted malts come through. Some light hopping and some bready yeast notes are present. Comes across more from the specialty malts, instead of being sweet.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, then the caramel and crystal malts come in. Toasted and nutty - very grainy tastes. Bitter balance comes in, still malt forward. Light amount of hops, mainly grapefruit. Finishes clean, with a light nutty aftertaste.

M - moderate body and strong carbonation. Not very tongue grabbing, only a light hint of bitterness sticks to the tongue.

D - Very easy drinking, especially in the winter. The nutty and malty profiles feel almost winter warmer like. ABV is easily manageable. Flavors are well integrated.

Good choice - certainly seems "brown" enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:46:01 | More by katan
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:43:17 | More by vette2006c5r
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sweethome

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nutty brown color - very true to british tradition. Slightly darker than tan head - decent lace.

Nose is of nuts, and a hint of chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel on entry is a bit thin, but rolls in nicely. Flavors of nuts, decent maltiness, a hint of hops to balance. A bit spicy at times. Smooth yet flavorful.

A fine representation of a nut brown ale, tasty, easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 03:15:02 | More by sweethome
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McStagger

California

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brown, slightly tawny reddish color with a finger and a half of brownish white head. Head retention is minimal.

S: Sweet cocoa grain notes with mild roasted, pecan and carmelized sugar intermingled.

T: Milk chocolate transitions into burnt sugar with mild darkened fruit. The finish is ever so slight citrus and pine notes intermingled with a mildly cloying milk chocolate finish.

M: Just a tad watery and thin. Disappointing, considering how flavorful this brew is. Were the body a little more robust, this would be a truly great beer.

D: Easy to mash. Were it only available more.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 07:43:10 | More by McStagger
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:49:28 | More by IronLover
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose is sweet and nutty but leans more towards the nutty side at first. Then it switches to a earthy tone, though the sweet still remains. Flavor carries a sweet nutty tone as well. Not overly complex or severely robust, but it's noticeable and nice enough. The carbonation here really attacks my mouth in a way that makes it a bit unpleasant. It's almost like a carbonation aftertaste. Liquid is standard. Overall a nice nut brown ale. The carbonation is the only thing that is off.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 17:11:00 | More by RblWthACoz
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msolar

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend gave this to me. Since it's not available in New England (where I live) it's made a long and uncertain trip across country via car... so it *might* get a higher score otherwise.

Overall, good beer though. It's August but it put me in the mood for some nice fall beers and Nut Brown ales.

I don't think I'd put it on tap at home but I'd certainly love a case of it. Good drinkability, flavor, etc.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 12:50:45 | More by msolar
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Douglas88

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to mmm///beer. My first brew form New Mexico. Pours a dark ruby hue with a small white head that goes down to nothing. The aroma is full of sweet malts and fruit. The taste really reminds me Rogue Hazel Nut Brown Nectar; smooth and rich malts, some chocolate, a ton of fruit and nutty flavors, almost akin to grapes. Really smooth and nice. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 01:55:13 | More by Douglas88
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, maple, nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of nuts, caramel and maple along with a very hearty malt backbone. The hops presence is very mild but it’s not really missed in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. This is a good beer to pound for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 03:28:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark brown with a fairly healthy head that settles to a ring. Very roasty smelling- a bit more than usual even for those brown ales that have that characteristic. Some sweet malt in the background as well. Tastes a little more balanced. The roastiness is there, but there is also a larger hit of sweet malt to even things out a bit, as well as some gentle hops. Fairly robust for a brown, but not extreme by any stretch. Fairly nice. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and a ttouch sweet without being sticky at all. Drinks nicely, a fairly dsolidd brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 15:51:22 | More by Georgiabeer
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zeff80

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a ruby tint. A small, khaki-colored head emerged and left behind minimal traces of lace.

S - It smelled very nutty and of sweet breads. There was a mild grassy and floral aroma.

T - Overall, the taste had a strong nuttiness with a good dose of caramel and bready malts. There were mild fruit flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a solid nut brown ale. It doesn't bring a potent hop bite, but I don't think this style should. It is a very quaffable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:37:28 | More by zeff80
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allengarvin

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a murky garnet-tinted brown color with a fluffy offwhite head. Aroma is primarily malt, with pleasant but light toffeeness. Sweet tasting, with caramel and toffee and a touch of nuttiness. Hops are given a light touch, just enough bitterness to be barely apparent. Yeast character is moderately fruity. Finishes with a roasted note. Creamy, silky mouthfeel.

Decent brown ale, quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 03:08:20 | More by allengarvin
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a dark brown with a creamy white head that melts into a thin layer after a few seconds. Aroma is slightly nutty (duh) and then goes into a sweet malty aroma. Taste is slightly chocolaty with nuts, and cream. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. This is an extremely sessionable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 02:39:44 | More by hwwty4
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 03:30:07 | More by russpowell
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JDV

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Subtle fresh malty smell from a rich dark brown pour with average lasting head. Taste is a nice rich brown taste with very subtle bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and I can actually taste a nice walnut like nuttiness. I really like this beer. Its not too watery or rich, not artificial tasting, and is all around enjoyable and easy drinking. Leaves a subtle pleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 18:54:45 | More by JDV
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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.