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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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 Jyubei
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%

A. Tan 1 in. head on a black body that attains burgundy edges in the light.

S. Malt and hops, with roasted nuts followed by a mead like smell.

T. Roasted malt and roasted nuts with a bit of hops. Then it gets sweeter with caramel or toffee. The aftertaste has a roasted and toasted panorama of flavors with an almost mocha finish.

M. Smooth feel that runs down the mouth and into the throat leaving a cloying stickiness.

D. A damn fine brew with more flavors as you drink.

Jyubei, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%

This brew has a delicious smell of peanut brittle and roasted malts. Pours to a deep metallic brown with a huge foamy head. This one pours like a TV beer. Taste is a deep bitterness balanced with a very roasted malt. The finish is slightly bitter. The mouthfeel has way too much carbonation and detracts from the smoothness of the flavor. Upon the start of the review this beer appeared to have great potential, but fell short.

mooseisloose, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Reviewing the hometown brewery at last! Off the tap this beer was a dark brown with a sandy-colored tan head. The retention was not much to speak of, nor was there much lacing. The aroma was a pleasant mix of light hops, malt and nuts. The flavors were muted however, caramel malt, roasted malt and some nuttiness but all of them too subtle. The hops presence is also lacking. The mouthfeel was ok but could have been a bit heavier in body. Hate to hate on the hometown but I know that crew does better than this.

thekevlarkid, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of McStagger
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%

A: Pours a brown, slightly tawny reddish color with a finger and a half of brownish white head. Head retention is minimal.

S: Sweet cocoa grain notes with mild roasted, pecan and carmelized sugar intermingled.

T: Milk chocolate transitions into burnt sugar with mild darkened fruit. The finish is ever so slight citrus and pine notes intermingled with a mildly cloying milk chocolate finish.

M: Just a tad watery and thin. Disappointing, considering how flavorful this brew is. Were the body a little more robust, this would be a truly great beer.

D: Easy to mash. Were it only available more.

McStagger, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

This beer poured quite a bit darker than I was expecting. It looked more like a porter than a brown, almost! Modest head, the smell was sweet and maybe somewhat butterscotchy. It was flavorful and packed much more off a punch than I anticipated. Noticeable hop presence. Brown's should be a little more subtle in my opinion, but not bad.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of jake87
4.4/5  rDev +29.4%

L. Very dark with red edges in good light, has a small tan head
S. Light hops with nuts and malts
T. Nutty, malty, and then changes to a very pleasing caramel with a little chocolate
F. Moderate carbonation with a heavier body, very smooth.

Another good showing from Santa Fe, something you can have a couple of while sitting outside at night with your friends.

jake87, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of armock
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

A - Poured a nice brown color with a light brown head no lacing

S - Is of some sweet roasted malt hint of caramel very faint smell

T - The roasted malt comes out first with a touch of caramel

M - This beer is a little thin and watery a little too thin with light carbonation to it

D - Overall I think this is a pretty average beer nothing about it really got me excited if it had a stronger taste and smell with a little thicker body it would be way better

armock, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

RblWthACoz, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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

midaszero, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

paulthebeerguru, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

coldmeat23, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of ebit
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

ebit, May 06, 2008
Photo of kensuthe
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

kensuthe, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of adams82
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

adams82, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of kurtissellen
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

kurtissellen, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

hwwty4, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.4/5  rDev 0%

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.

jbphoto88, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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!

arizcards, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

Georgiabeer, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

tmitch75, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of Minkybut
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Minkybut, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

sweethome, Mar 02, 2008
Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.