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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
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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smithj4

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-25-2013 19:19:27 | More by smithj4
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 04:12:31 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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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BeerSox

Virginia

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 03:27:38 | More by BeerSox
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +18%

11-20-2011 04:24:57 | More by ElGallo
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joe1510

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 03:56:16 | More by joe1510
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tbone1384

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

11-17-2012 00:10:37 | More by tbone1384
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bcsbeer

Florida

4/5  rDev +18%

07-11-2012 04:33:41 | More by bcsbeer
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:32:03 | More by htomsirveaux
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katan

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color, with a few amber highlights when held to the light. Strong mocha colored head formation, up to 1/2" - breaks down to a well retained 2-3mm.

S - Caramel, nutty, toasted malts come through. Some light hopping and some bready yeast notes are present. Comes across more from the specialty malts, instead of being sweet.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, then the caramel and crystal malts come in. Toasted and nutty - very grainy tastes. Bitter balance comes in, still malt forward. Light amount of hops, mainly grapefruit. Finishes clean, with a light nutty aftertaste.

M - moderate body and strong carbonation. Not very tongue grabbing, only a light hint of bitterness sticks to the tongue.

D - Very easy drinking, especially in the winter. The nutty and malty profiles feel almost winter warmer like. ABV is easily manageable. Flavors are well integrated.

Good choice - certainly seems "brown" enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:46:01 | More by katan
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-06-2013 19:59:59 | More by Sludgeman
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rorjets

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-12-2014 14:16:20 | More by rorjets
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GTB

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-07-2014 22:28:42 | More by GTB
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TexIndy

Texas

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)

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 20:50:16 | More by TexIndy
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Treebs

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on draft in Taos, NM at KTAO radio station bar. Poured into pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with some purplish hues around the edges. Off-white 1 finger caramel head with great retention. Sheets of gray lace down the edge.

S: Malts with some burnt caramel and toffee.

T: Same malts with same burnt caramel. A little more pronounced, but the taste exits the palate extremely quickly. Hard to get a read on the brew when I can barely finish swallowing before it's gone

M: Kind of crisp and oily. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. No real flavors left on the tongue to dissect.

O: I wasn't really impressed with this ale. It seemed true to style, but the flavor profiles were really lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 23:30:22 | More by Treebs
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erosier

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown color witha short off-white head that laces the glass a little bit all the way down. It had an aroma of deep roasted malts some faint hoppy bitterness and a hint of nuts. The taste was really good. It had flavors of roasted earthy roasted malts layered with some very faint hops followed by an aftertaste of nuts. The mouthfeel had a nice crisp and smooth feeling with the right amount of carbonation for a beer like this. The drinkability is good as I would definatley have a few of these before the night was over.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 16:25:44 | More by erosier
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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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BucannonXC5

California

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 20:45:04 | More by coldmeat23
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

01-22-2014 01:50:28 | More by kvgomps
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Domingo

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I originally had this at "the Shed" in Santa Fe, but luckily found it was common around town. I brought back a 6-pack to Denver only to find that my local store now carries it, too!
It pours a medium to dark brown color and has a nice foamy head from both the tap or a bottle. At first it seems overly carbonated, but that passes quickly. I recommend letting it sit for a bit to warm and calm down a little.
Smell is of chocolate, walnuts, a little bit of sour yeast, and maybe a little hops in the finish.
Starts off really sweet and chocolaty, but then becomes more nutty, and finished clean and dry. A little bit of lingering bitterness, but not too much. Reminds me a little bit of a dunkel lager, actually, only with a little less sweetness and a drier finish.
Mouthfeel varies on tap vs. bottle. From a tap, the carbonation isn't so potent. From the bottle, I'd let it sit for a minute. I'll rate it based on the bottle, though.
After one sip, you'll find yourself wanting more right away. Within a few minutes, you'll then be wondering where another bottle is!
This brew makes a great pairing with a warm day or any kind of lively food. While southwestern food isn't really "hot" - it does have a lot of spice, and this compliments it wonderfully.
I really enjoyed this brew and plan on making it a staple in my fridge for summer.

FYI - After revisiting Santa Fe a few times, I have to mention that this beer is much better on tap, actually. I'm not sure what it is, but on draft this beer goes from pretty good, to virtually stellar. Just a heads up for anyone visiting the area. Luckily, this is like the Santa Fe version of Fat Tire. You can find it anywhere and everywhere there.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 00:04:01 | More by Domingo
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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-07-2012 03:47:38 | More by Stoffel
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stephens101

Oklahoma

2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A dark brown pour finishes off with a huge tan head. Some garnet hues skirt the edges. Retention is good, but there's not much in the way of lacing. Smells of stale nuts mixed in with some hops and pine. A certain mustiness pervades the aroma. Tastes of slightly toasted malts, sour apples, roasted nuts and some hops way in the back. Body is a little thinned out and watery, as is typical with this style. Not digging on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 00:31:12 | More by stephens101
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

05-18-2013 02:40:12 | More by Tiernan
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colts9016

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep reddish brown hue a thick head but dissolves quickly. The aroma is malty earthy caramel with nutty hints. The tastes is a nice nutty roasted malty taste with a smooth finish. Very east to drink but I thought it was a bit thin. Will drink again

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 20:10:06 | More by colts9016
Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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