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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: 224
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of Zutote

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

08-01-2014 23:49:03 | More by Zutote
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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

05-26-2009 02:39:29 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Wortman1998

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

02-02-2014 21:00:47 | More by Wortman1998
Photo of aschdave


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

04-27-2012 18:29:50 | More by aschdave
Photo of jeff96gt


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

05-15-2012 17:53:20 | More by jeff96gt
Photo of dseiters


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

04-02-2012 07:51:55 | More by dseiters
Photo of dmorgan310


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

06-04-2013 05:30:31 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of colts9016


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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

12-05-2008 20:10:06 | More by colts9016
Photo of jpr022


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

05-09-2011 00:28:15 | More by jpr022
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

05-09-2012 02:23:26 | More by lmundane
Photo of tronester


3.73/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

01-01-2008 23:51:10 | More by tronester
Photo of drabmuh


3.73/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

06-19-2012 01:17:28 | More by drabmuh
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

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

02-18-2013 00:08:41 | More by brentk56
Photo of SamN


3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

07-30-2010 23:26:53 | More by SamN
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

04-25-2012 03:31:54 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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

07-15-2008 02:38:46 | More by midaszero
Photo of goochpunch


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

06-22-2007 02:15:16 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Gusler


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

11-23-2007 19:56:44 | More by Gusler
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3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

02-01-2009 21:01:00 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of mactrail


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

07-05-2011 04:52:22 | More by mactrail
Photo of Padron4KM


3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

09-28-2007 06:30:39 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of HoppyMcStout


3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

This beer poured quite a bit darker than I was expecting. It looked more like a porter than a brown, almost! Modest head, the smell was sweet and maybe somewhat butterscotchy. It was flavorful and packed much more off a punch than I anticipated. Noticeable hop presence. Brown's should be a little more subtle in my opinion, but not bad.

09-13-2008 01:15:07 | More by HoppyMcStout


3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Dark brown, almost porter like in appearance when held away from the light. 1" beige head that retains at 1/4" for awhile. No lace.

S - Chocolate malt. Brown sugar. Yeasty.

T - Chocolate. Cocoa. Bready. Again - yeasty. Very earthy with a nuttiness that expands in the finish. No detectable hops in bitterness, flavor, or aroma. Fairly sweet finish.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied. Low carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. I like the full body and the chocolatey flavor on this one. A little sweet.

01-30-2007 03:40:31 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of Mora2000


3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-11-2011 02:02:25 | More by Mora2000
Photo of nsmartell


3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own home. Shipped to me as part of the microbrewed beer of the month club. From bottle to standard pint glass.

Appearance: Nice almost amber, brown.

Smell: Malty and sweet

Taste: As the smell suggestions. Malty and sweet. The aftertaste gets better as the beer warms. If you are really looking for it, you can taste a hint of raisens in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied

Drinkability: This is a pretty tasty beer. If this beer ever makes it to the midwest, could be a session beer for me.

02-25-2008 02:56:27 | More by nsmartell
Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.