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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
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.

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

08-17-2014 04:31:10 | More by skyman1972
Photo of 3agle87


4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

10-12-2012 03:46:14 | More by 3agle87
Photo of Jyubei

New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +30.9%

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.

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


4.4/5  rDev +29.4%

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.

08-31-2008 19:30:00 | More by jake87
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

11-15-2013 22:44:56 | More by SuomiHobbit
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +25%

01-05-2014 21:53:14 | More by Leavittbeerguy
Photo of erosier


4.22/5  rDev +24.1%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +24.1%

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...

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


4.1/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +20%

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.

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

New York

4.01/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

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

4/5  rDev +17.6%

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

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

4/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

04-06-2010 16:37:40 | More by Flashsp2
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-27-2011 06:16:15 | More by TheBishopco
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +17.6%

08-04-2014 07:27:54 | More by bmaxtothemax
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-25-2013 00:41:48 | More by SicemWT
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

12-06-2011 17:35:20 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

12-28-2013 22:10:24 | More by delta490
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

05-23-2014 20:43:39 | More by woogie359
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-20-2011 04:24:57 | More by ElGallo
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-26-2011 18:30:29 | More by BuddyLoveFosho
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

12-01-2011 23:22:09 | More by mthomas84
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

07-22-2012 16:43:06 | More by TFMyriad
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

07-11-2012 04:33:41 | More by bcsbeer
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South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

03-28-2012 01:43:17 | More by vette2006c5r
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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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