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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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78
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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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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3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid toast and nut characteristics that I expect from the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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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.

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3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body appears a brownish copper with lots of lively carbonation and a lasting, creamy, one-finger thick head. Dark malt sugar aroma; nuts; mildly charred grains. Fair dark malt flavors, much like the aroma; features a spicy hop bitterness; mildly phenolic. Medium body with a mostly dry finish.

A fair though unexciting brown ale. The flavors and mouthfeel appear on the weak side of things and lacks a certain 'oomph' as far as overall impact. The beer doesn't fail as far as coming across as a brown ale, just lacks depth and distinction.

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3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottles, bottles, bottles. At least, I am moving through them at a pretty good pace. This is becoming a Nut Brown afternoon, following up He'Brew's Messiah.

I was heavy-handed in my pour until I realized that this one held a good bit of carbonation and I had to back down fairly quickly. I still got a pseudo-cascade which settled into two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a lighter shade of brown than in the Messiah (SRM = > 17, < 22), but with NE-quality clarity and copper highlights. Nose had a distinct cocoa powder quality. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was fairly sweet, like chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow. You might think that I would dislike this, being a resident hophead, but I actually thought that this was more aligned with the style. I liked it more than I did with Messiah, frankly. The finish was relatively sweet, but it is what I expect in the style. It was mostly chocolate, but I was still getting a nuttiness, especially on the extreme finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.