Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 259
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2002

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 BeerSox
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Egg-nog colored head that holds decently then settles to a thin cap. Sticky lacing.

Dark malts that are on the sweeter side with a low presence of hops.

Dark clean grain flavors. Thin bodied with low carbonation giving it a smooth feel. A mostly clean finish, with dark grain lingering.

Pretty average Brown Ale. Seems a little thin and not bursting with any flavor or complexity. (447 characters)

Photo of NewMexJim
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No ABV on the bottle, but the Santa Fe site tells us that it's 5.2%.

Pours a medium brown, slightly opaque body (no sediment as w/ bottle conditioning) with a tan/yellowish head that quickly dissipates but will leave some lacing on the glass. Nicely carbonated - just swirl the beer in the glass to get some more head.

Smell is a clean bit of yeast and a mild note of citrus.

Taste is a mild, nicely astringent but smooth. clean, slightly hoppy, ale bite in mouth that fades away quickly. This beer goes down quickly on a hot day leaving you looking for another.

Overall, a refreshing quaff that goes well by itself or w/ food. A very good beer from Santa Fe in my home state of New Mexico. I also like the art work of the mesa, clouds and blue sky - an attractive package. (782 characters)

Photo of OKbrew89
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a very small head that doesn't leave lacing. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, and subtle piney hops. Taste is a biscuit and toffee body with a hint of hops on the back of the tongue. The sweetness from the toffee lingers and is just a little stronger than the biscuit. Medium-light body with medium carbonation and no alcohol aftertaste. The body could be a bit more full, but it isn't too light.
It's a little light and a pinch too sweet for the style, but it tastes good and is pretty drinkable. When I'm in NM, I'll have 2 or 3 as I watch a game. (568 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of offwhite head overa translucent red-amber body.

Nutty, malty nose with some hops. More than I expected.

Malty and faintly nutty, but not much flavor here.

Mouthfeel is quite foamy. Detracts from flavor slightly.

Very drinkable, but unremarkable. (264 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date.

Appearance - Some yeast sediment stuck to bottom of bottle. Pours one finger offwhite head with decent stick and decent-to-good retention.

Smell - Yeasty. Bready. Some alcohol and caramel.

Taste - Acidic. Bready. Some brown sugar maltiness. Thin in the finish. Dry stale hop.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Light bodied. Mild effervescence.

Overall Drinkability - The off characters of this beer really detract from this beers profile. (481 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Deep copper color, clear. Some carbonation rising. Small head.

Aroma:
Sweet toasted malts, caramel, a little nutty.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Malt forward, toasted, caramel, lightly roasted, nutty. Sharp bitterness towards the end. Finish is super dry. Body is medium-light, dry, fairly smooth.

Overall:
It's pretty good beer. (334 characters)

Photo of guinnessfan
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from beer club poured into Alewerks pint glass.

A: Reddish brown color, yeilding minimal head. Slight lacing, but no retention.

S: Some malted sweetness, not much. Weak.

T: Much better than smell. Sweet, nutty flavor. Very mild hop ending. Tastes English in style.

M: Thin body, but decent carbonation.

D: Good flavor, low ABV, easy to session. (362 characters)

Photo of 1Bonehed
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Poured into 25oz mug down the side & finishing with center pour. Left a little more than a finger of head, fizzy & light tan color which slowly dissipated leaving light spotty lacing. Light copper/amber/caramel body with slightly orange tint was cloudy but clean. Light easily penetrates through the body but wasn't clear & bubbles rose to the surface quickly.

SMELL: Roasted nutty/malty as well as an earthy hoppy smell. Sweetness resembled slight sugary aroma somewhat like freshly baked bread. Bitterness was a bit of a chocolate thing going with the hops.

TASTE: Interesting flavor profile. The hoppy characteristics were up front with a kind of piney/earthy flavor giving way to a surprisingly sweet roasted nutty malty flavor. Carbonation quickly cleans the palate making for a relatively dry crisp beer with almost no hint of alcohol.

FEEL: Lighter & more carbonated than I had anticipated. Very crisp & refreshingly light, but really didn't expect that from the appearance. Would have liked it to have been a bit heavier.

OVERALL: Descent "hang out" beer that would go well with just passing the time which, if not mistaken, is what this beer "session beer" is supposed to be about. That being said, it's exactly what Santa Fe Brewing Co. designed it to be, so can't complain.

Hope you enjoyed the review...CHEERS (1,338 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a rich, semi-clear amber brown with a thin off-white head that stuck around. Quite nice looking, very true to style. Scents of nutty, faint caramel and bready malt, along with a slight hint of toasted bread. A light and malty aroma, true to style, but not the best. Flavor begins moderately malty sweet, with nutty and slight caramel malt flavors, balanced with a medium-low level of bitterness with a low floral hop character. This moves into toasted malt flavors and some toffee along with nutty flavors, balanced again by a medium-low bitterness. Finish is toasted and nutty malt flavors with the same medium-low level of bitterness and some slight floral hop flavors offsetting some malty sweetness. Aftertaste is nutty and toasted malt with a medium-low bitterness. A good malt-hop balance throughout, malty sweet with a balance of medium-low bitterness, not bad. Good and true to style, but not the best flavor for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. The body is true to style, but the light carbonation hurts the feel. Still nicely drinkable. Overall this is a good English Brown Ale, that fits the style well enough. It just doesn't do enough to stand out. Still a good session ale, and I don't regret having it. (1,251 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet malt toffee/caramel. Really light floral herbal hop.

Dark deep red hue. Clear. Low light brown head.

Gentle sweet malt nut/caramel. Light floral hop touch. Good balanced with light bitterness. Finishes medium dry.

Medium to medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Okay. Not highly flavorful. Shows some of those Northern English Brown qualities. Could be more solid. (383 characters)

Photo of DarthMalt
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing to write home about. SF BrewCo comes across with a passable roster of micros that the local burgeois/bohemian set can call their own.

Pours passable brown amber with a medim-thick head. Body hints slightly at toasted malts and hop profile, while going down in smooth ignomyny. (287 characters)

Photo of JDababneh
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovely reddish-brown color to it. There wasn't much head on the pour and it didn't stick around too long. There's a nice toffee and roasted malt smell to this beer. There's a good toffee/nut flavor initially, after you let it sit for a minute, you get a bit of sweetness out of it. The carbonation is nice on this beer, with a good amount of bubbles lasting throughout; something enjoyable in the mouth. (419 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. I'm digging the shape of the label, quite unique. The brown ale appears a clear chestnut brown color with about an inch of ecru foam. Nose and flavor consist of medium toasted grain, hazelnuts, walnuts, caramelized malt, toasted bread, earthy hops. A bit thin bodied with ample carbonation. Worth a try. (359 characters)

Photo of kurtissellen
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I discharged the contents of the bottle into a large wine glass producing a small dirty white head. There was some lacing as the glass emptied but not much. Dark brown chocolate color and smelled extremely yeasty with very small hint of almonds. Nothing jumped out at me as far as the taste goes some roasted maltyness but other than that noting too extraordinary. Easy drinking beer and could easily empty a few bottles of this in one sitting. (444 characters)

Photo of tmitch75
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Beer of the Month Club selection for February.

Deep reddish brown color with thin head that leaves more lace than most brown ales.

Sweet, slightly roasty malt smell with a nice nuttiness.

Tastes the same with a light caramel flavor and slight hop finish.

Smooth and medium-bodied.

Solid if unspectacular example of the style. A good sessioner... as an English Brown Ale should be.

Tasted on 2/19/08. (407 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: When held up to a bright light, the beer is crystal clear garnet red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation, but it is very dark brown when viewed from afar. The beer poured with a short light tan head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with lots of nutty flavors and has notes of mineral water that linger through the finish. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but is easy to drink because it doesn't have that heavy of a mouthfeel. (756 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a dark brown color with mahogany highlights. The head was just over 1 finger and tannish. It settled to a collar with a constant carb fountain in the center. The smell was toasted malts with an underlying nuttiness. The taste was above average and had a good nutty bite but was a bit bland. It's not an overwhelmingly flavorful beer but does go down smooth. It would be a good candidate for a session - probably even for your friends who live the macros. (3.5, RB-BOT, T, Y) (546 characters)

Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was good ...I think for a nut brown ale,again I'm a nube. Its funny how different the same beer can be to everyone. It difinitely tells me to always give someone or something a second chance. MY bottle poured a good head and very good lace. I could smell a malty,nutty,fruity odor that also is in the taste,but there's a bitter hoppy taste that followed. I liked the fullness and body,but a little too much hop. Overall I would try this again and again (467 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

A big thanks goes out to my pops for grabbing me some beer from the southwest. This was one in the bunch. Santa Fe's Nut Brown has a polished chestnut body with tarnished copper highlights when backlit. An aggressive pour produces a dirty white head that rises to no more than a half finger and falls fairly quickly to a skimming and ring. Speckled lacing decorates the glass.

The nose is pretty mild but what I can pick out is nice. Toasted white bread with a maltiness just short of caramelized. Hard water with a handful of minerals has its role in the background while a dash of cream and faint nuttiness wrap things up.

The flavor profile runs hand in hand with the nose. Hard water and earthy malts hit first. Toast and very light caramel quickly take over. A flash of vague nuttiness and faint vanilla roll through on the swallow. This beer is decent as is but would be good if all aspects were ramped up a bit.

There's a softness to the feel that fits. The weight is squarely between light and moderate. There's an enjoyable slickness to the finish with a mild lingering sweetness. Drinkability is up there pretty high.

The flavors work but are on the faint side. There's not a whole lot to get excited about here. This is, overall, a pretty forgettable beer but one I wouldn't turn down if offered. Something good enough to drink while doing other activities. (1,385 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in early March as part of the February MicroBeerClub February shipment.

Beer poured brown with ruby tones when held up to the light. Nose has hints of malts and flowery hops. Taste has hints of chocolate malts and nuts, finishing with a dry hop. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall drinkability is pretty good. This brew is not overly complex or thick but is an easy drinking session brew.

Update 11-7-10: Nose is different, almost a metallic nutty hop flower with malt base. Malts have a chocolate slant. Hopping used results in a nice dry finish. Nice beer for a Sunday afternoon after having too many at the Coyotes-Pens game last night! (660 characters)

Photo of BobZ
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip. Thanks to GHB for the extra.

Appearance: Copper brown in color. Builds a nice 1” head with pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Predominantly light roasted malt with a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Follows the aroma, light roasted malt with decent hop balance. All-in-all a pretty well executed version of a nut-brown ale but nothing exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Well bodied and carbonated, smooth on the palate.

Overall: A nice drinking beer that’s a bit above average. Always, glad to have the chance to try a new brewery. (558 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (542 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a lighter, very drinkable english brown. pours a see through weak coffee color, thin in appearance, with a foamy tan head that fades quick. smells quite nutty, hazelnuts and even almonds in the nose and taste. flavor is rounded out by a great roasty malt body with plenty of earthy characteristics. the finish is on the dry side, with a nice hazelnut aftertaste. im not sure ive ever loved a beer from santa fe brewing co, but this one is maybe as close as ive gotten. very light in body and so extremely drinkable. not too heavy for summer drinking. affordable and a bit different than most. (592 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly amber-brown with an off white-to-tan, two finger head. Plenty of carbonation rises from multiple nucleation sites along the side of the glass. Thick head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a substantial wall of lacing.

S - Caramel malt with hints of nutmeg and earthy hops.Good, but a little too weak.

T - A little bit of alcohol and caramel malt upfront. The body is a decent balance between earthy hops and caramel malt, however something (the yeast?) seems a little off too me and creates a bit of a sour flavor. Biscuity, caramel finish.

M - Moderate bodied with substantial carbonation to create a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Could stand to be a tad thicker.

Impressive looks and a good nose although admittedly weak, but all in all this is only a slightly better than average beer. The beer came off flat and a tad off the mark in both taste and mouthfeel. By no means a bad beer, just not something memorable enough to warrant shelling out $8.50 a six. (1,047 characters)

Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.