Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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1.8/5 rDev -47.1%
355ml brown glass bottle with perhaps the blandest label art I've seen in the last year and a branded yellow/red pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local grocery store and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low. No ABV is listed on the bottle. Reviewed as a brown ale for obvious reasons.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a half finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Lacks creaminess and thickness. Retention is poor; the head recedes fully in under a minute. No lacing. Overall, the head suffers from amateur execution.
Body colour is a clear translucent copper of below average vibrance. Not brown by any means. No yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
The appearance is pretty bad for a brown ale, to be honest. For starters, it isn't brown and the head is damn near nonexistent. I'm unimpressed and am expecting a poor brew.
Sm: Confounding. Just confounding.
I get chili peppers (?), vinegar, and barley. That's it.
No hop profile, no yeast, no alcohol, no real malt presence, and certainly no nutty notes. I expected at least some weak attempt at a brown malt base with some nutty character thrown in, but this is just deplorable. Did they bottle the wrong beer?
An in-credible aroma of above average strength. I'm expecting the worst.
T: Vinegar/preservative solution, malt extract, and a hint of light chili heat on the climax. I guess there's some barley in there? This is watery garbage. I can't believe how bland and boring this is - not to mention downright uncharacteristic of beer as a beverage.
No yeast character, real malt character, or alcohol comes through. Painfully simple. No nuance, complexity, or subtlety whatsoever. Uninspired. Really low quality. Poorly executed.
Shockingly deplorable stuff. Doesn't even come close to the style.
*As it warms, I do pick up a faint nut note which is as weak and pathetic as the rest of the beer.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Well-carbonated - I'll give it that. Poor weight, body, and thickness on the palate. Poorly executed. Doesn't fit the style at all.
Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, or boozy.
Dr: I must have gotten an off bottle or something. No self-respecting brewer would allow this to come to market. I'll have to revisit it on-draught. As-is, it's one of the worst purported brown ales I've ever had the displeasure of consuming. I'm in no hurry to seek out Santa Fe's other beers having tried this. Avoid.
As always, with beers I rate this low, I want to remind all of you who purchased it to finish the damn bottle. Enough with this drainpouring nonsense.
02-13-2014 03:43:25 | More by kojevergas
2.05/5 rDev -39.7%
Poured a dark brown with a decent head that faded quickly. Did not smell right, kind of musty and smelled well....a little bit like urine. This had a sweet tangy metallic flavor that did not settle well. I noticed that there were crystals and gunk all under the cap and around the top of the bottle. Probably shouldn't had tried it after I saw this. Had to dump this one out. Maybe it was a bad bottle.
03-28-2009 17:35:40 | More by Kromes
2.05/5 rDev -39.7%
Aroma is sweet and malty, unfortunately that is the best thing about this beer! Poured a brownish amber body with a thin (1/4 inch) head. The head lasted fifteen seconds and there is no lacing of the glass whatsoever. The taste is ,I think unintentionaly, sour with notes of maybe Alka-Seltzer. The mouthfeel is slick and oily. Drain pour.
05-04-2012 23:54:10 | More by CaptJackHarkness
2.3/5 rDev -32.4%
Pour Medium Dark Brown color, 1 finger head that was light brown. Getting just a little bit of a nut aroma but not much. Taste is just a bit nutty again, but has a stronger metallic taste than anything, and oddly enough kinda of tart or sour taste going on. pretty light even for a brown ale. light mouthfeel. this is just okay, nothing special at all, probably the worst brown ale i have tried actually. this is only my second offering from santa fe, but neither were impressive.
02-27-2009 01:58:39 | More by webbcreative
2.33/5 rDev -31.5%
A: Pours a dark ruby red/brown color. A one finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Grainy, stale biscuit malt. A mineral and sulfur aroma.
T: A little better. Sweet grainy malt. Stale biscuit and burnt toast.
M/D: A light body with higher carbonation. Seltzer like. Not hard to put back, but one is more than enough.
I am not a fan of this. It reminds me of a bad bottle of Fat Tire. Nothing here to recommend.
03-25-2010 21:11:52 | More by champ103
2.48/5 rDev -27.1%
A dark brown pour finishes off with a huge tan head. Some garnet hues skirt the edges. Retention is good, but there's not much in the way of lacing. Smells of stale nuts mixed in with some hops and pine. A certain mustiness pervades the aroma. Tastes of slightly toasted malts, sour apples, roasted nuts and some hops way in the back. Body is a little thinned out and watery, as is typical with this style. Not digging on this one.
03-13-2009 00:31:12 | More by stephens101
2.55/5 rDev -25%
Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.
A- Dark brown coloring with a decent amount of head.
S- Very nutty caramel and chocolate scent. Very strong. You can also very slightly smell the hops.
T- Extremely nutty caramel and chocolate taste. Can't really taste the hops at all in the beer due to the overpowering taste of the malts.
M- Very creamy beer. Not really that bitter, just overly creamy.
D- The malts in this beer are too overpowering to be that drinkable for me.
Overall I didn't really like this beer. Unbalanced. The malts were far too overpowering for me to really enjoy this brew.
01-08-2009 04:27:33 | More by Bagman007
2.55/5 rDev -25%
Bottle Inspection: Only the finest (good, I hate when the brewer chooses crappy things) Water, malted barley, whole flower hops, and yeast. No other info, like a date, or abv, or well, anything.
Aroma: Roasted malt that has a slight extract note, not saying they use malt extract, but thats the smell, and a hop note that has me thinking Fuggles (website lists Willamette, a Fuggle hybrid) . The beer smells a lot like a stout to me.
Appearance: Mahogany brown glass that shows good clarity with a strong backlight. Soda like head quickly retreated to a thin collar that doesnt look promising (it failed about half way down).
Flavor: Thin overall flavor with a firm metallic note. Some mild caramel and toffee notes hint at what they were shooting for. There is also a strong husky note and a mild spice, almost seeds of paradise or coriander.
Mouthfeel: Light body, heavy carbonation bordering on fizzy, dry finish.
Overall Impression: British overtones, some enjoyable mild tastes, but the metallic edge and grainy husky notes coupled with the light fizzy texture really didnt float my boat. I would look at water chemistry or exposed metal in the system and drop the mash temp (website lists a high mash temp) to address the husky note. Not trying to play brewer, just trying to give some positive feedback.
09-14-2006 06:35:30 | More by HardTarget
2.68/5 rDev -21.2%
Had on draft in Taos, NM at KTAO radio station bar. Poured into pint.
A: Pours a deep brown with some purplish hues around the edges. Off-white 1 finger caramel head with great retention. Sheets of gray lace down the edge.
S: Malts with some burnt caramel and toffee.
T: Same malts with same burnt caramel. A little more pronounced, but the taste exits the palate extremely quickly. Hard to get a read on the brew when I can barely finish swallowing before it's gone
M: Kind of crisp and oily. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. No real flavors left on the tongue to dissect.
O: I wasn't really impressed with this ale. It seemed true to style, but the flavor profiles were really lacking.
07-04-2011 23:30:22 | More by Treebs
2.68/5 rDev -21.2%
Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light body, almost a dirty looking reddish amber, with practically no head, no sheen, and no collar. Can't say there's much goin' on here ...
Aroma: A definite sour, acetic note is the first note that arises out of this one, unfortunately. Maybe sort of like almonds? Does this beer smell like gangrene? Ahh. Seriously, this one smells like something I'd expect out of a wild ale.
Taste: A little better, though, still. A few sour notes, slight nuttiness, fruity, a few darker malt notes peeking through. This one's not that enjoyable - just a little bland, and sour.
Mouthfeel: Big and incredibly carbonated, crisp and large, resulting in something pretty uneven, fluffy, big.
Drinkability: Blek. Not much good about this one. Just, pretty bland, pretty sour, pretty broken. Maybe a fresh bottle would be better, and perhaps this one was bad, but still.
02-13-2009 04:21:24 | More by CrellMoset
2.78/5 rDev -18.2%
Appearance - Translucent brown with a decent-sized off-white head. A lot of effervescence.
Smell - Chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, and sour metallic.
Taste - Pretty much the same as the smell, except that sour note is even more noticeable. Too bad.
Mouthfeel - Medium-thin with high carbonation.
Drinkability - Pretty good, I suppose, since that off flavor will probably become less noticeable the more you guzzle. Still, I'd rather it wasn't there in the first place.
Notes - This one had potential, but the sour, coppery taste is not good, and the mouthfeel isn't doing it for me either. I'm not planning on buying this again.
03-11-2009 04:03:15 | More by Fnord
2.8/5 rDev -17.6%
A- A clear dark rootbeer brown with a nice light two finger tan head which faded fast to some light lacing.
S- light nutty chocolate hints on the nose.
T- a dry nutty metallic finish is what stands out most.
M- a medium body with a slight carbonation tickle on the tongue.
D- wouldn't rule out trying again.
05-20-2010 18:47:18 | More by Bizz88
2.83/5 rDev -16.8%
Nice dark brown in color. Tan frothy head, decent amount of sporadic lacing.
Smell is not impressive. Bits of roasted malt and maybe some caramel hints, but the nose is rather faint as a whole.
There's a sort of stark bitterness...which is prevalent to browns, but this doesn't have the added sweet, flavorful malt profile to back it up. There isn't much nuttiness either...maybe slightly, but not definitive at all.
The feel is slightly thin, even for the style.
It's a good drinker, not hard at all. But it's not the greatest of te style.
07-25-2010 01:32:57 | More by EgadBananas
2.83/5 rDev -16.8%
Huge creamy head on a straight pour. Brown clear body that harbors red amber hues when held up to the light. Solid head retention.
Roasted malts dominate with little hop presence. Lots of toffee and caramel. A bit of sweet vinous alcohol was surprising.
What?! All that aroma for naught apparently. Flavors are completely missing outside of some watered down grain malts. Some might call it mellow, I call it wrong. Some ever so slight bittering in the finish.
Medium light body. Smooth with a little carbonation. Nothing profound.
This is the most uninspired brown ale I've had to date. It's drinkable for all the wrong reasons, none of the right. If you like watered down one trick flavors this is your beer.
05-06-2008 20:39:56 | More by ebit
2.9/5 rDev -14.7%
this brew pours up a dark brown color with a nice foamy tan head. the nose is faint metallic malts and a lil bit of booze. the taste is subtle dry chocolate malts and slight chewy malts in the finish (which I do enjoy in my Nut Brown Ales). light bodied, low carbo, a clean finish. Kinda boring but decent nonetheless.
01-21-2009 17:27:45 | More by stumac
2.95/5 rDev -13.2%
A- pours dark brown, with lighter brown hues at bottom of glass, sports a 1/2" tan foamy head, just a bit of retent, some lacing, settles to a foam ring for a couple mintues.
S- light on the noise (see- not much scent), chocolate, nutty, sweet
T- warning: do not drink this brew til warmer!! feels rather dull flat and tasteless til then. When it is drinkable flavors are there but not strong. Unsweetened chocolate, nutty almond flavors, and some roasted malts.
M- thin and smooth, carbonation tickles
D- this brew just isn't doing it for me, seems to me, there are just not too many good brown ales out there. I'll pass over this one, unless i could try it fresh from the brewery, until then i'll be just fine.
10-10-2006 03:36:38 | More by tonistruth
2.98/5 rDev -12.4%
Pours a dark copper / brown color with a light swirling off white head.
Aromas are nutty, with some cola, minerals, and a dusty quality.
Taste comes of as dry and nutty. A light cola note, and with some sweetness from the malts. Finish is crisp with a mineral and soda water type of bite. Beer opens up a bit as it warms, sweetness and nutty malt flavors become more apparent. But this still has a strange finish.
Mouthfeel is prickly and over carbonated to me.
Drinkability is ok. This is pretty bland. Almost like a dark beer flavored soda water. It's not awful, but I'll pass on this next time.
01-11-2009 20:20:19 | More by flexabull
2.98/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured a clear, translucent brown with a moderate tan head and nice lasting lace.
Aroma contained sweet, dark malts and licorice.
Flavor was a little thin with a dry finish. Some hints of roasted and and crystal malts.
Body is just a bit lacking but a nice carbonation level.
Just an average brown ale, almost newcastle-like. No real hop presence.
05-17-2006 10:59:42 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.