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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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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.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Photo of Mora2000


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly amber-brown with an off white-to-tan, two finger head. Plenty of carbonation rises from multiple nucleation sites along the side of the glass. Thick head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a substantial wall of lacing.

S - Caramel malt with hints of nutmeg and earthy hops.Good, but a little too weak.

T - A little bit of alcohol and caramel malt upfront. The body is a decent balance between earthy hops and caramel malt, however something (the yeast?) seems a little off too me and creates a bit of a sour flavor. Biscuity, caramel finish.

M - Moderate bodied with substantial carbonation to create a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Could stand to be a tad thicker.

Impressive looks and a good nose although admittedly weak, but all in all this is only a slightly better than average beer. The beer came off flat and a tad off the mark in both taste and mouthfeel. By no means a bad beer, just not something memorable enough to warrant shelling out $8.50 a six.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 05:00:31 | More by Bockrules
Photo of mactrail


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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
Photo of Treebs


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
Photo of jpr022


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better showing from Santa Fe brewing co. Color was as expected kind of an light brown. Flavor was a nice balance of nuttiness and hops. Very drinkable.

Not an overwhelming amount of flavor. Probably wouldn't order again unless regs beers were the only other option.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 00:28:15 | More by jpr022
Photo of katan


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
Photo of Rayek


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy chestnut with very active carbonation. The bubbles hold up a very dense cream cap that slowly settles to a 1/4" pillow of foam for the remainder of the glass. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Pretty light. Smells mostly of bittersweet toffee, plus some tea and lemon.

T: Toffee and caramel dominate. Bitterness is light, but balancing. It brings a lemon and black tea bite. Finishes dry, with a slight astringency.

M: The light body is dry and overly carbonated. Letting the beer rest and breath helps considerably.

D: This is an OK, if not great English Brown. It fits the style fairly well. Its lightness makes for easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 00:48:52 | More by Rayek
Photo of TMoney2591


4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
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
Photo of msolar


3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend gave this to me. Since it's not available in New England (where I live) it's made a long and uncertain trip across country via car... so it *might* get a higher score otherwise.

Overall, good beer though. It's August but it put me in the mood for some nice fall beers and Nut Brown ales.

I don't think I'd put it on tap at home but I'd certainly love a case of it. Good drinkability, flavor, etc.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 12:50:45 | More by msolar
Photo of SamN


3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer pours a cloudy dark brown/amber color. Hazy, lively carbonation.

S- Creamy nuts in the aroma, crisp and uplifting hops edge. Deep and aromatic.

T- A solid nut brown ale taste; well balanced between the diactyls and the stronger alpha oiled hops. Crisper with a certain sludgier taste, but pretty good tasting. More flavorful than I expected. Sort of odd finishing taste.

M- Bubbly and lively. Medium bodied. Bigger mouthfeell than most.

D- Solid drinkability. Tasty, solid and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 23:26:53 | More by SamN
Photo of EgadBananas


2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown in color. Tan frothy head, decent amount of sporadic lacing.

Smell is not impressive. Bits of roasted malt and maybe some caramel hints, but the nose is rather faint as a whole.

There's a sort of stark bitterness...which is prevalent to browns, but this doesn't have the added sweet, flavorful malt profile to back it up. There isn't much nuttiness either...maybe slightly, but not definitive at all.

The feel is slightly thin, even for the style.

It's a good drinker, not hard at all. But it's not the greatest of te style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 01:32:57 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Haybeerman


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown color; a little ruby on the edges. Poured a 2 finger tan head with fair retention to a creamy skim. Laced in some random thin sheets.

S: Hay and grass. Mildly nutty, slightly sweet.

T: Nuts, slightly burnt caramel and bready malt. A hint of fruit in the middle. Mild, long bitter to balance with nuts and sweet flavor lingering.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Malty yet relatively crisp. Finish is long and dry.

D: Admit this is not a favorited style. Pleasing malty flavor, but quite muted. Hops character underwhelming. All that said, an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 16:36:53 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Bizz88


2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A clear dark rootbeer brown with a nice light two finger tan head which faded fast to some light lacing.

S- light nutty chocolate hints on the nose.

T- a dry nutty metallic finish is what stands out most.

M- a medium body with a slight carbonation tickle on the tongue.

D- wouldn't rule out trying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 18:47:18 | More by Bizz88
Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe Nut Brown

Pours a deep mahogany/brown with a tan head of roughly half an inch
that leaves some trails of lace.

Fruity esters, roasted nuts, bakers cocoa, caramel on the nose. Nice
in the English style. Some smoke/ash.

Creamy chocolate, roasted cashews, dark caramels, some ash, dry woodiness.

Medium body with a soft carbonation.

Nice drinking brown with a solid complexity and a subtle English touch.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 16:37:40 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of DrJay


3/5  rDev -11.5%
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
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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
Photo of champ103


2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brown color. A one finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Grainy, stale biscuit malt. A mineral and sulfur aroma.
T: A little better. Sweet grainy malt. Stale biscuit and burnt toast.
M/D: A light body with higher carbonation. Seltzer like. Not hard to put back, but one is more than enough.

I am not a fan of this. It reminds me of a bad bottle of Fat Tire. Nothing here to recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 21:11:52 | More by champ103
Photo of zeff80


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. I'm digging the shape of the label, quite unique. The brown ale appears a clear chestnut brown color with about an inch of ecru foam. Nose and flavor consist of medium toasted grain, hazelnuts, walnuts, caramelized malt, toasted bread, earthy hops. A bit thin bodied with ample carbonation. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 05:04:39 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Great clarity shows active carbonation and dark brown, red-toned body. Head is big, tan, and sticks around to leave some impressive lacing.

S- Smell is metallic and toasty with a hint of nut and toffee. Overall unimpressive.

T- A bit bland and watery with a mineral aspect, but there is some pleasing malt characteristics of light roast and caramel. Hops are subdued, but noticeable with a all-around mix of woody, citric, and herbal characteristics.

M- Medium-heavy body with a sticky characteristic and silky carbonation

D- Good, sweet drinker without anything offensive

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 02:39:29 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Kromes


2.05/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown with a decent head that faded quickly. Did not smell right, kind of musty and smelled well....a little bit like urine. This had a sweet tangy metallic flavor that did not settle well. I noticed that there were crystals and gunk all under the cap and around the top of the bottle. Probably shouldn't had tried it after I saw this. Had to dump this one out. Maybe it was a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 17:35:40 | More by Kromes
Photo of stephens101


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
Photo of Fnord


2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Translucent brown with a decent-sized off-white head. A lot of effervescence.

Smell - Chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, and sour metallic.

Taste - Pretty much the same as the smell, except that sour note is even more noticeable. Too bad.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin with high carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good, I suppose, since that off flavor will probably become less noticeable the more you guzzle. Still, I'd rather it wasn't there in the first place.

Notes - This one had potential, but the sour, coppery taste is not good, and the mouthfeel isn't doing it for me either. I'm not planning on buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 04:03:15 | More by Fnord
Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.