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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 11:53:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.6%
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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +17.6%

12-06-2011 17:35:20 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 16:50:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

01-05-2014 03:45:13 | More by jaydoc
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Just when I thought my New Mexico stockpile was dry, I find two more. This one pours a clear russet topped by about a finger or so of light ecru foam. The nose is a nicely mild melange of flowers, greens, wood, and walnuts, with what I think to be toffee hanging in the rafter, waiting for the chance to spook some Ghost Hunters wannabes. The taste tacks on a nice bit o' maple syrup and brown sugar, rounding things out rather nicely, I must say. This is some tasty nut brown goodness, baby! The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a very fluid feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty nut brown, the best of the NM bunch I've had so far. That Marble Red's got a lot to live up to...

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 20:51:31 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a ruby tint. A small, khaki-colored head emerged and left behind minimal traces of lace.

S - It smelled very nutty and of sweet breads. There was a mild grassy and floral aroma.

T - Overall, the taste had a strong nuttiness with a good dose of caramel and bready malts. There were mild fruit flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a solid nut brown ale. It doesn't bring a potent hop bite, but I don't think this style should. It is a very quaffable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:37:28 | More by zeff80
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

12-26-2013 05:23:09 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose is sweet and nutty but leans more towards the nutty side at first. Then it switches to a earthy tone, though the sweet still remains. Flavor carries a sweet nutty tone as well. Not overly complex or severely robust, but it's noticeable and nice enough. The carbonation here really attacks my mouth in a way that makes it a bit unpleasant. It's almost like a carbonation aftertaste. Liquid is standard. Overall a nice nut brown ale. The carbonation is the only thing that is off.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 17:11:00 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, maple, nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of nuts, caramel and maple along with a very hearty malt backbone. The hops presence is very mild but it’s not really missed in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. This is a good beer to pound for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 03:28:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Santa Fe

Pours rich brown/ chestnut with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Toasted malt & a little nuttyness that stays persistent throughout the sample

T: Toasted malt, nutttyness & some grainyness up front. Malt depth picks up as this warms along with sme chocolate notes. Finishes a little dry, toasty & a little grainy

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty good, not a great brown, but not bad. I've had this before when it wasn't too fresh, I'd say this was an improvement

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 03:30:07 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the sweet toffee with a little bit of hazelnuts or pecans mixed in. There is also a little bit of grass from the hops in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt with a little bit of nuttyness in there as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A basic nut brown ale. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 02:02:25 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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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mactrail

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice warming flavors of roasted malt. Small head in the pint glass. Dark amber color. Touch of sweetness. Actually does taste like filberts, but also a touch of wood. Light hop note, more more bitterness from the grainy dark fired malt. Quite agreeable quaff for summer on the patio at Cowgirl in Santa Fe. Could use more carbonation but is quite drinkable. Better than lots of others in this style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 04:52:22 | More by mactrail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a deep, dark, slightly reddish tinged, opaque brown color. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hued color. The head is a frothy, large bubbled, initially two-finger thick, lightly browned tan color. The aroma is a mix of stale, slightly toasted cheese notes, toasted malt, a hint of roast character, and some light dark fruit notes (akin to raisin).

The taste is lightly sweet, with a fruity mix of raisin and cherry notes. A sort of nutty malt note is quickly followed by the hint of cheesiness that was found in the aroma, though luckily it is a bit more muted in the flavor. A bit thin on the palate, it keeps it easy drinking, but seems like it could use a bit more richness, especially for a Nut Brown. This beer is riding the line between being good, and not worth trying again. If it picked up a bit more body and got rid of the stale cheesy note I would be happy drink a pint or so of this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 01:22:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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kojevergas

Texas

1.8/5  rDev -47.1%
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottles, bottles, bottles. At least, I am moving through them at a pretty good pace. This is becoming a Nut Brown afternoon, following up He'Brew's Messiah.

I was heavy-handed in my pour until I realized that this one held a good bit of carbonation and I had to back down fairly quickly. I still got a pseudo-cascade which settled into two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a lighter shade of brown than in the Messiah (SRM = > 17, < 22), but with NE-quality clarity and copper highlights. Nose had a distinct cocoa powder quality. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was fairly sweet, like chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow. You might think that I would dislike this, being a resident hophead, but I actually thought that this was more aligned with the style. I liked it more than I did with Messiah, frankly. The finish was relatively sweet, but it is what I expect in the style. It was mostly chocolate, but I was still getting a nuttiness, especially on the extreme finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 22:54:05 | More by woodychandler
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
Thanks to mhewes for this brew

A- This beer has a warm dense brown body that shows a faint glow of reddish-brown at the base and a sandy tan head of fizz on tip. There is a strong carbonation of microbubbles that support the weak head.

S- This beer has a clean aroma with a soft roasted malt hint that comes through when it is warm.

T- The mineral taste of water gives way to a tangy that is almost fruity in nature followed by a dry toasted biscuit malt flavor and a dark cardboard hint. There is a faint roasted coffee malt finish with a light grain bitterness.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish.

D- This beer has no offensive flavors just no real flavor at all even when it warms quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 18:49:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark brown with a fairly healthy head that settles to a ring. Very roasty smelling- a bit more than usual even for those brown ales that have that characteristic. Some sweet malt in the background as well. Tastes a little more balanced. The roastiness is there, but there is also a larger hit of sweet malt to even things out a bit, as well as some gentle hops. Fairly robust for a brown, but not extreme by any stretch. Fairly nice. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and a ttouch sweet without being sticky at all. Drinks nicely, a fairly dsolidd brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 15:51:22 | More by Georgiabeer
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 21:47:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

01-11-2014 02:13:18 | More by LXIXME
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed and reddish brown, topped by a beige cap. Looks good, sheets of sticky lace. Very malty aroma, almost bock-like, and not a lot of depth. Taste was better, mild bitterness with sweet caramel, lots of malt and a bit nutty towards the finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation, decent texture. Not too bad overall, but the malt character, particularly in the aroma, didn't work for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 22:53:07 | More by DrJay
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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.