Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Great clarity shows active carbonation and dark brown, red-toned body. Head is big, tan, and sticks around to leave some impressive lacing.

S- Smell is metallic and toasty with a hint of nut and toffee. Overall unimpressive.

T- A bit bland and watery with a mineral aspect, but there is some pleasing malt characteristics of light roast and caramel. Hops are subdued, but noticeable with a all-around mix of woody, citric, and herbal characteristics.

M- Medium-heavy body with a sticky characteristic and silky carbonation

D- Good, sweet drinker without anything offensive

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of colts9016
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep reddish brown hue a thick head but dissolves quickly. The aroma is malty earthy caramel with nutty hints. The tastes is a nice nutty roasted malty taste with a smooth finish. Very east to drink but I thought it was a bit thin. Will drink again

Photo of jpr022
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better showing from Santa Fe brewing co. Color was as expected kind of an light brown. Flavor was a nice balance of nuttiness and hops. Very drinkable.

Not an overwhelming amount of flavor. Probably wouldn't order again unless regs beers were the only other option.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Smell is of toasted malt and faintly of brown sugar. Taste is malty and earthy, with hints of coffee. A slightly yeasty character is there as well. There is also a slight sour twang, though nothing offensive. The hops are there but mild (as should be for a brown ale). Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but not bad. Pretty drinkable beer, smooth and refreshing.

Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip pint glass. Beer is brown with a thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, no lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is a little roasty and a little leathery.

Beer is medium in body, nutty and tobacco on the palate, an interesting beer with a nice nonbitter finish. Not the best brown out there but great on the flavor profile.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear tea color with a decent head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind

Smell: Vague sense of cocoa, hazelnuts and toffee

Taste: Toffee and hazelnuts, up front, with a vaguely fruity character in the middle; perhaps a bit of nutmeg, after the swallow, but the finish is relatively sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Relatively sweet and relatively forgettable; nothing negative but not really my kind of thing

Thanks, BlueOkie, for the opportunity

Photo of SamN
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer pours a cloudy dark brown/amber color. Hazy, lively carbonation.

S- Creamy nuts in the aroma, crisp and uplifting hops edge. Deep and aromatic.

T- A solid nut brown ale taste; well balanced between the diactyls and the stronger alpha oiled hops. Crisper with a certain sludgier taste, but pretty good tasting. More flavorful than I expected. Sort of odd finishing taste.

M- Bubbly and lively. Medium bodied. Bigger mouthfeell than most.

D- Solid drinkability. Tasty, solid and pretty drinkable.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked it up at Trader Joe’s in Albuquerque, N.M. Poured from a bottle into a small glass (maybe eight ounces) that I had in the hotel room in Albuquerque, N.M. on 4/20. About two fingers of head. Color was a nice shade of hazy caramel brown. Tan/gray lacing on top that lasted a decent amount of time. Frosty, spongy film on the sides.

Smelled roasty and nutty malts. Some light caramel notes as well. Heavy on the malts.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Roasty, toasty and nutty malts. Very malty. Goes down easy.

Medium body. Creamy finish. Average carbonation. Long-lasting, smooth finish.

It was a good beer overall. Just smooth and consistent. Wanted to bump it a few of the ratings up a bit, but I couldn’t pull the trigger.

Photo of midaszero
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Very dark brown with about 1.5 finger of tan head that disappears quickly no lacing

S - Sweet (brown sugar?) and roasted nuts

T - Toasted hazelnut with some caramel

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Reminds of New Castle but not quite as good

Photo of EagleTalon
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Gusler
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint on tap at the Red River ski area base in between runs. The beer is a clear brown that can easily be seen through, but looks excellent. The rest of the beer is pretty average, I detected few smells or tastes that were jumping out, but there was a hint of cinnamon in there.
The mouth was not too thin but was far from substantial. Still this is a great beer to have while you are in or around the Santa Fe area, especially at the Ski resorts during a mid afternoon break.

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice warming flavors of roasted malt. Small head in the pint glass. Dark amber color. Touch of sweetness. Actually does taste like filberts, but also a touch of wood. Light hop note, more more bitterness from the grainy dark fired malt. Quite agreeable quaff for summer on the patio at Cowgirl in Santa Fe. Could use more carbonation but is quite drinkable. Better than lots of others in this style.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ovaltine
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.