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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: 234
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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 nrbw23
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a pretty thin light tan head. Not too much retention or lacing left behind.

S- Quite a bit of roasted malts, with toffee and light coffee. Nothing over powering and fairly light.

T- Fairly light overall. Pretty much no hops at all. Bready, a touch of nuts and light coffee.

M- Light in both body and carbonation.

O- Nothing special about this brew.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx. 50 degrees

Pours dark brown with amber tinted edges in front of a light. Nice two finger head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

The nose is promising. Quite nutty with a hint of caramel sweetness lurking about. A little malty presence peaking through.

Toasted nut flavors dominate the almost nonexistant sweet malts and hops. Not much to it, really.

Mouth is really quite thin and waterey. I like 'em quite a bit more to the thick side.

All in all, this is very easy to drink and I could consume many in a session, but I wouldn't.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Light brown to amber color with a half finger of head. Good lacing.

Good, if faint smell of roasted malt.

The roasted malt comes through in the taste too. It mixes a little haphazardly with a hops in the middle. The bitterness wins out.

Smooth texture turning towards bubbly. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

A fine and average brown ale.

Photo of farondb
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Dubbercody
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown ales are a tough nut to crack for a lot of brewers, and this is pretty tasty. I don't know if I'd pick it up on a regular basis to drink, but for a random whimsy it's not half bad. Not my favorite style but for a brown I've got to say one of the better one's I've had thus far in my drinking career. It's good enough to drown out the mindless fluff of One Tree Hill, or Dawson' whatever...that's playing in the other room.

Looks just like what everyone else says...but really when did you last have a brown ale that you took a drink of and thought...hmmm..tasty.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, standard looking brown ale, medium tan head. Aroma is, shockingly, nutty.

Taste, a little sweeter than expected, seems like a hodgepodge style of a bock and an ale. Good sour feel. Not much for hops. Malt bill was a little thinner than the appearance, nothing discernable changes downbottle, expensive for what it is. Meh.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours up a clear, dark brown body with a stunted, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Reasonably dark-esque malts with mild notes of chocolate, nuts, and roast. 'Mild' being the operative word here. Slight, general earthy tone to the nose.

Taste: Malts of the darker sort with light touches of roast, chocolate, and shed nut husks. Not overly sweet. As with the nose, it's just got an overall earthiness to it. Clean, albeit low hop bitterness. Drying, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Average at best. A relatively lighter, easy-drinking brown ale with it's biggest fault being the fact it's just so timid, so ho-hum. I'd shout an enthusiastic, inspiriting "BRING IT" to Santa Fe's Nut Brown Ale, but it would probably either faint or crap its pants. Tsk tsk!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Heineken tasting glass a deep brown color with a reddish tint. Nice fluffy tan head that recedes slowly to a spotty film.

Aroma is lightly nutty and malty. Roasty notes and mild milk chocolate also make an appearance. Not much in the way of hops. Smells pretty nice, if not a bit light.

Flavor is a big letdown on this one. Thin and watery with almost an almond extract flavor. Goes down easy enough, but is a pretty unexciting beer from an already basic beer style. Bitterness is there, toastiness is there but it is lacking on roastiness and sweet malty flavor. Also could use more body.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Jul 2008.

Small beige head. Cloudy dark coffee brown color. Aroma is light, buttery caramel sweet, almost like a candy bar. Taste is also light, chocolate toffee, caramel and hazelnut. Somewhat watery. Med light body. Slightly toasty finish. Alcohol slightly warming.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma 12-ounce bottle into a Sunset Grill & Tap pint glass.

A: Poured a dark ruby-brown with a very thin head of carbonation which left some lacing, but mostly dissipated.

S: Smells of very faint tree nuts and some roasted malts.

T: Taste is a bit watery, but is dominated by a blend of roasted nutty malts, a bit of burnt cocoa, some spices, and a slight bitter hop finish. Not really a strong taste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium and astringent, given the English nature of this ale and the ingredients used.

D: Not a bad brown, but I'll take a more complex one over this. The easy drinking nature and manageable ABV would make a good session for some, but there are better browns.

I wasn't too impressed with this brown ale, but it was very easy to drink, not that I particularly enjoyed any of it. It just went down rather quickly. So it has that going for itself.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark walnut brown with generous orange highlights... that becomes dark cherry when weak sunlight is allowed to enter the glass. A thick slice of beige colored foam sits atop the beer. Points for persistence. Points off for an unimpressive texture and almost no lace.

The nose is so weak that I actually got my nose wet when attempting to appreciate it. In the end, it isn't bad, it's just average. Let's go with mildly cocoa-like brown malt and... that's it. The Willamette hops must be saving themselves for the palate.

Nut Brown Ale is not as good as the only other Sante Fe beer that I've had to date (Pale Ale). It's biggest problem is that the flavor is too muted. It does almost everything that an English nut brown ought to do, but it's way too laid back about it. Even session ales need to stimulate the taste buds more than this. An ABV of 5.2% is a fraction high for true sessioning anyway.

My hope that warming would enbolden NBA hasn't come to pass. Like the nose, the flavor has the outlines of good beer, but lacks the substantial center. Chocolate malt delivers a mild... uh... chocolatiness, and the hops are now (barely) able to be appreciated. A mineral-like quality is not a plus. Middle-of-the-road at best.

Given what should be the malt dominance of the style, the mouthfeel could use a little more heft. While I don't need chewiness, I do need something that puts up more of a fight. Restrained carbonation doesn't help.

Santa Fe Nut Brown Ale is lazy beer. It's a lackluster version that could stand an infusion of just about everything. More malt (especially) and more hops would be great places to start. Bottom line: forgettable.

Photo of kensuthe
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown 12oz bottle with a somewhat plain tex-mex style label and cap. Poured into a pint glass. Deep brown color with a slight red tinge, and a finger of very light tan head sitting on the top that turned into only a small ring before I was halfway down the glass.

Smell: A heady roasted nut aroma, possibly pecan, with very slight tones of malt and toffee.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A smooth flavor of roasted nuts tops a normal brown ale flavor, with a slight aftertaste of pecans or another similar nut. Somewhat watery in the mouth with minimal carbonation, this was not an altogether unpleasant beer but was nothing special.

Drinkability: It was an easy enough beer to drink, but it was just an average experience. This is not necessarily something that I will look to go back to again.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew has a delicious smell of peanut brittle and roasted malts. Pours to a deep metallic brown with a huge foamy head. This one pours like a TV beer. Taste is a deep bitterness balanced with a very roasted malt. The finish is slightly bitter. The mouthfeel has way too much carbonation and detracts from the smoothness of the flavor. Upon the start of the review this beer appeared to have great potential, but fell short.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased for $1.50. Light brown color, short wispy head. Smells very faintly like malt and caramel. Taste is equally faint, weak, malty but just not much there at all. Very easy to drink but the flavor is so lacking why bother. I've noticed the bottled Santa Fe offerings are not as good as the canned beers, I wonder why?

Photo of Rchap1
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a hometown brew, so I 'spose I'll take a look at it.

Upon the pour, beer's a nice deep brown color, a thin head that disappears pretty quickly. Very little lacing. The smell is about what you'd expect of a nut brown, with a bit of a walnut scent, along with some light fruit tones, primarily raisin.
The taste is a little on the thin side, like what others have said it almost tastes like 'soda-beer.' Pretty full carbonation, the flavors are more subdued than I would've expected from the nose.

I can drink them, and I'm sure I'll put some more down in the future (it's pretty cheap here!), but I'd probably go for a sierra blanca nut brown or something a bit stronger if I had the choice.

Photo of denver10
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A medium brown tone with slight head. A very smooth and subtle flavor profile to this one. Sweet and roasty malts are the emphasis with a touch of nuttiness to the flavor. A creamy, medium body. Overall, this is a very simple but smooth brown ale. Easily drinkable, though not bold and not very memorable.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Definitely moderately brown in color. A bit flat, but there's nice foam.

Smell: Some roasted nuts with metallic and minerally properties.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good smokey notes backing the roasted nuts. Decent mouthfeel, but a bit cloying.

Overall Drinkability: Not my favorite brown ale.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an Anchor pint glass.

Medium brown clear body with some red highlights topped by a fizzy off white half inch head that simmers down to a ring leaving no lace to speak of.

Aromas are not pronounced, but I get that malty nutty sweetness browns are known for.

Flavors are downplayed. The nutty pecan flavor dominates over the faint sweet caramel malt. Very slight milk chocolate aftertaste. Not bad, just not very stimulating on the tongue.

Medium feel and a bit more carb than I'd like in a brown, yet quite drinkable.

Overall I'd say this is too mellow. I like my brown ales to be a little more robust and memorable. No a bad brew by any means, just not something to chase after.

Photo of BlazedNug
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of dexterk1
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Lurkerson
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of mattsmith413
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.