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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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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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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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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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midaszero

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Very dark brown with about 1.5 finger of tan head that disappears quickly no lacing

S - Sweet (brown sugar?) and roasted nuts

T - Toasted hazelnut with some caramel

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Reminds of New Castle but not quite as good

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 02:38:46 | More by midaszero
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: snifter. deep rich mahogany color. pale khaki color head. good retention and moderate lacing.

S: sweet roasted malts, with some unfortunate sour tones and not the good kind. The bitter sours killed the rest of the aroma for me.

T: nice roasted malts. some nutty flavors. no distinct hop flavors. a hint of cocoa in the back. the sour tones in the aroma dropped out and made this a decent brown ale.

M: decent mouthfeel. solid carbonation level for a brown ale. very smooth.

D: nice, easy drinking brown ale. decent, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 05:30:11 | More by paulthebeerguru
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -11.8%
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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ebit

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appreance
Huge creamy head on a straight pour. Brown clear body that harbors red amber hues when held up to the light. Solid head retention.

Smell
Roasted malts dominate with little hop presence. Lots of toffee and caramel. A bit of sweet vinous alcohol was surprising.

Taste
What?! All that aroma for naught apparently. Flavors are completely missing outside of some watered down grain malts. Some might call it mellow, I call it wrong. Some ever so slight bittering in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium light body. Smooth with a little carbonation. Nothing profound.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
This is the most uninspired brown ale I've had to date. It's drinkable for all the wrong reasons, none of the right. If you like watered down one trick flavors this is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 20:39:56 | More by ebit
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kensuthe

Louisiana

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown 12oz bottle with a somewhat plain tex-mex style label and cap. Poured into a pint glass. Deep brown color with a slight red tinge, and a finger of very light tan head sitting on the top that turned into only a small ring before I was halfway down the glass.

Smell: A heady roasted nut aroma, possibly pecan, with very slight tones of malt and toffee.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A smooth flavor of roasted nuts tops a normal brown ale flavor, with a slight aftertaste of pecans or another similar nut. Somewhat watery in the mouth with minimal carbonation, this was not an altogether unpleasant beer but was nothing special.

Drinkability: It was an easy enough beer to drink, but it was just an average experience. This is not necessarily something that I will look to go back to again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 20:11:50 | More by kensuthe
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adams82

Michigan

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

Pours a dark brown/light red with a pretty big and rocky off white head; the beer has been filtered clear. Where, oh where have my bottle conditioned beers gone...

Smells nutty with a bit of yeast mixed in there. Malty and toffee notes pop out as it gets swirled a bit. A little bit of a sharp hop aroma is present as well. Not too much on the nose.

Taste is much more overt and pleasant than the smell with big nutty and syrupy sweet malty notes screaming out of the gate, caramel and toffee flavours are there too with a decent floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is thin; this is a bit watery, but passable for the style. A nice mild amount of carbonation exists even as the rocky head dies down.

This is drinkable enough and a decent session beer, but there are better Brown Ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 23:12:27 | More by adams82
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kurtissellen

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I discharged the contents of the bottle into a large wine glass producing a small dirty white head. There was some lacing as the glass emptied but not much. Dark brown chocolate color and smelled extremely yeasty with very small hint of almonds. Nothing jumped out at me as far as the taste goes some roasted maltyness but other than that noting too extraordinary. Easy drinking beer and could easily empty a few bottles of this in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 01:42:48 | More by kurtissellen
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a dark brown with a creamy white head that melts into a thin layer after a few seconds. Aroma is slightly nutty (duh) and then goes into a sweet malty aroma. Taste is slightly chocolaty with nuts, and cream. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. This is an extremely sessionable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 02:39:44 | More by hwwty4
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a simple yet elegant label. The beer is a dark brown, a little darker then the glass of the bottle it came in. There is a light tan head that floats above the clear brown liquid.

The smell is very subtle. I get a light scent but it doesn't go in any direction. It isn't malty or hoppy just a clean beer scent.

The taste is also very subtle. There is a silky smooth taste that is slightly nutty and sweet. A slight dryness in the after taste. Nothing here that knocks my socks off.

Sante fe nut brown ale isn't anything amazing but that is what makes it so drinkable. Its smooth and not too malty or overly bitter. This is a middle of the road beer that is mild enough for the most novice of drinkers but also interesting enough to keep beer savants into it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 18:56:24 | More by jbphoto88
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arizcards

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in early March as part of the February MicroBeerClub February shipment.

Beer poured brown with ruby tones when held up to the light. Nose has hints of malts and flowery hops. Taste has hints of chocolate malts and nuts, finishing with a dry hop. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall drinkability is pretty good. This brew is not overly complex or thick but is an easy drinking session brew.

Update 11-7-10: Nose is different, almost a metallic nutty hop flower with malt base. Malts have a chocolate slant. Hopping used results in a nice dry finish. Nice beer for a Sunday afternoon after having too many at the Coyotes-Pens game last night!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 01:44:25 | More by arizcards
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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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tmitch75

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Beer of the Month Club selection for February.

Deep reddish brown color with thin head that leaves more lace than most brown ales.

Sweet, slightly roasty malt smell with a nice nuttiness.

Tastes the same with a light caramel flavor and slight hop finish.

Smooth and medium-bodied.

Solid if unspectacular example of the style. A good sessioner... as an English Brown Ale should be.

Tasted on 2/19/08.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 06:50:53 | More by tmitch75
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very black and since I ama nut brown nut I was ver hopeful of this new beer. Thetaste was a littlr malty with a nuttiness ever so slightly. The taste was faintly sweet. It was an okay beer but tasted fake to me like not real flavours. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:43:38 | More by Minkybut
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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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sweethome

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nutty brown color - very true to british tradition. Slightly darker than tan head - decent lace.

Nose is of nuts, and a hint of chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel on entry is a bit thin, but rolls in nicely. Flavors of nuts, decent maltiness, a hint of hops to balance. A bit spicy at times. Smooth yet flavorful.

A fine representation of a nut brown ale, tasty, easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 03:15:02 | More by sweethome
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own home. Shipped to me as part of the microbrewed beer of the month club. From bottle to standard pint glass.

Appearance: Nice almost amber, brown.

Smell: Malty and sweet

Taste: As the smell suggestions. Malty and sweet. The aftertaste gets better as the beer warms. If you are really looking for it, you can taste a hint of raisens in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied

Drinkability: This is a pretty tasty beer. If this beer ever makes it to the midwest, could be a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 02:56:27 | More by nsmartell
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erosier

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
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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guinnessfan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from beer club poured into Alewerks pint glass.

A: Reddish brown color, yeilding minimal head. Slight lacing, but no retention.

S: Some malted sweetness, not much. Weak.

T: Much better than smell. Sweet, nutty flavor. Very mild hop ending. Tastes English in style.

M: Thin body, but decent carbonation.

D: Good flavor, low ABV, easy to session.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 00:59:59 | More by guinnessfan
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JDV

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Subtle fresh malty smell from a rich dark brown pour with average lasting head. Taste is a nice rich brown taste with very subtle bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and I can actually taste a nice walnut like nuttiness. I really like this beer. Its not too watery or rich, not artificial tasting, and is all around enjoyable and easy drinking. Leaves a subtle pleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 18:54:45 | More by JDV
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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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tronester

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Smell is of toasted malt and faintly of brown sugar. Taste is malty and earthy, with hints of coffee. A slightly yeasty character is there as well. There is also a slight sour twang, though nothing offensive. The hops are there but mild (as should be for a brown ale). Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but not bad. Pretty drinkable beer, smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 23:51:10 | More by tronester
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The beer departs the 12-ounce bottle an opaque brown, the head a decent two fingers, tan in color, creamy in texture, as it fades away, the lacing provides a concealing sheet. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, caramel and a hint of Black Walnuts, clean and fresh. Front has a pleasing malt profile, with a touch of hop bitterness at the back, top feels moderate to the palate. Finish has a defined acidity, the hops gentle in their spiciness, very dry, and a drinkable brew, would make a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 19:56:44 | More by Gusler
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle no date coding noted.

Dark mahogany with a thin but lasting brown head. lace coats the glass in a sticky sheet.

aroma is roasty, nutty, malty sweet.

flavor is much more of the same, with a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly sticky finish, not too much to detract from the brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 06:30:39 | More by Padron4KM
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78 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.