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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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78
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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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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Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 120
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kojevergas
1.8/5  rDev -47.4%
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-

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3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.