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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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212 Ratings
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2002)
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bhurley

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-27-2012 01:07:58 | More by bhurley
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NSLPublishing

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-27-2012 01:07:45 | More by NSLPublishing
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Ecolello87

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-26-2012 02:23:23 | More by Ecolello87
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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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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dseiters

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

04-02-2012 07:51:55 | More by dseiters
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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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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 21:44:04 | More by tjsdomer2
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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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Rymish


1/5  rDev -70.5%

03-05-2012 19:14:54 | More by Rymish
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EddieJoe

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

03-03-2012 19:23:46 | More by EddieJoe
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denver10

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +4.7%
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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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-29-2011 14:36:01 | More by cdwil
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +18%

12-06-2011 17:35:20 | More by kjkinsey
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mthomas84

California

4/5  rDev +18%

12-01-2011 23:22:09 | More by mthomas84
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +18%

11-27-2011 06:16:15 | More by TheBishopco
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BuddyLoveFosho

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +18%

11-26-2011 18:30:29 | More by BuddyLoveFosho
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +18%

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

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -7.1%
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%
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
Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.