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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%


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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joe1510

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 03:56:16 | More by joe1510
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kojevergas

Texas

1.8/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

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.

Low D-

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:43:25 | More by kojevergas
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:05:36 | More by metter98
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JDababneh

Arizona

3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 05:29:44 | More by JDababneh
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Clearish brown with tiny off white head.

S - Caramel, roasted malt, toffee, bread.

T - Has a good sweet roasted malt flavor up front, rounding out with caramel, toffee, and a sort of bready/biscuity malt. Sweet and roasty.

M - On the thin side, with low-to-moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, that's for sure.

O - Better than I was expecting, and this was my first Santa Fe brew. A good solid brown ale, not too sweet or roasty, but lacking a bit in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 17:41:54 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:08:41 | More by brentk56
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palma

New York

4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow this beer is delicious. Was not expecting this. Aroma nice typical nut brown but slighty oxidized.

Flavor is a big happy punch in the face. Did not expect this tasty sweet flavor. its sweet and mild with licorice, bourbon and scotch notes. very mild smooth sweet nutty finish, low complexity but still enough to keep things enjoyable and slightly interesting. May become somewhat cloying towards the end if sweet is not your thing.

Almost, an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:33:04 | More by palma
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my wife for picking this up in Alberquerque
Poured into a snifter

A: Cola brown with a tan half finger head that quickly dissipates into a frothy ring.

S: Malts, nuts, leather, biscuity

T: A charge of bitter hops over a nut base. Toffee. Light chocolate finish. Robust, but too hoppy to be smooth.

M: light to medium with light carbonation.

O: Would be much better without the bitterness, but that's what you get in an English Nut Brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 19:39:41 | More by brewskifan55
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 20:13:15 | More by BobZ
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 09:51:50 | More by nrbw23
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark caramel brown in color with a reddish hue and hazy. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Roasted malt aromas with hints of nuts and charred malt. Medium bodied with a smooth feel through the middle and a tangy, crisp, dry finish. Sweet roasted and toasted malt flavors from beginning to through the middle. Bitter hop flavors just before the crisp dry finish. A solid brown ale. Easy to drink with nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:49:28 | More by IronLover
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.05/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 23:54:10 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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BucannonXC5

California

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 03:31:54 | More by BucannonXC5
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 16:06:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nut Brown Ale pours a translucent almost transparent brown color, with a nice frothy head. There is a malty, nutty smell; not very strong. There is a nice full taste, a subtle malty flavor, but a nice hazelnut flavor. Not overpowering and rather easy to drink, and could easily go for another. Overall I found this very enjoyable, its not overpowering, it has a great blended taste, and the nut flavors fit very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:43:17 | More by vette2006c5r
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 20:53:08 | More by Fatehunter
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denver10

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:32:08 | More by denver10
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deebo

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a bit of a hazy/murky ruddy brownish red color with a small but dense head that skims the pint glass a bit.

S-Typical roasted sweet malt aroma dominates. Nutty/brown notes.

T-Roasted malt-pretty 1 dimensional, but nice clean flavor, no hops detected.

M-Heavily carbonated, thin/medium bodied, quick finish.

D-Easy to drink with a nice clean flavor.

O-An easy to drink, quick finishing brown ale with some nice toasted sweet character. Not overly complex, but a nice clean beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:18:59 | More by deebo
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 04:19:31 | More by DelMontiac
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 03:18:33 | More by ZenAgnostic
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:55:15 | More by zaphodchak
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 04:20:58 | More by ArrogantB
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep, reddish tinted brown being poured out and into the glass. Quite impressed with the nice hazelnut tone

sweet, with lots of caramel malts leading the charge on this one. Hints of nuts, and a touch of molasses as well had me going right away. As it warmed we then were able to pick up some notes of bready malts, nice rush of sweet caramel, and this was quickly coating the inside of the mouth, leaving everything with a nice sweet film to it. As it passed the aftertaste gave in to much of the nuttiness that I had been looking for. a nice vinous like bitter bite to it. Very interesting indeed. Some notes of bready malts, and grain in the back and a nice slightly hopped, and a touch dry finish to it

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:31:25 | More by mikesgroove
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K9AleingPiss

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 01:46:22 | More by K9AleingPiss
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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.