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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2002

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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Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 120
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Photo of Kromes
2.04/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Photo of stephens101
2.53/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of Fnord
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of webbcreative
2.32/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour Medium Dark Brown color, 1 finger head that was light brown. Getting just a little bit of a nut aroma but not much. Taste is just a bit nutty again, but has a stronger metallic taste than anything, and oddly enough kinda of tart or sour taste going on. pretty light even for a brown ale. light mouthfeel. this is just okay, nothing special at all, probably the worst brown ale i have tried actually. this is only my second offering from santa fe, but neither were impressive.

Photo of CrellMoset
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light body, almost a dirty looking reddish amber, with practically no head, no sheen, and no collar. Can't say there's much goin' on here ...

Aroma: A definite sour, acetic note is the first note that arises out of this one, unfortunately. Maybe sort of like almonds? Does this beer smell like gangrene? Ahh. Seriously, this one smells like something I'd expect out of a wild ale.

Taste: A little better, though, still. A few sour notes, slight nuttiness, fruity, a few darker malt notes peeking through. This one's not that enjoyable - just a little bland, and sour.

Mouthfeel: Big and incredibly carbonated, crisp and large, resulting in something pretty uneven, fluffy, big.

Drinkability: Blek. Not much good about this one. Just, pretty bland, pretty sour, pretty broken. Maybe a fresh bottle would be better, and perhaps this one was bad, but still.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint on tap at the Red River ski area base in between runs. The beer is a clear brown that can easily be seen through, but looks excellent. The rest of the beer is pretty average, I detected few smells or tastes that were jumping out, but there was a hint of cinnamon in there.
The mouth was not too thin but was far from substantial. Still this is a great beer to have while you are in or around the Santa Fe area, especially at the Ski resorts during a mid afternoon break.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Heineken tasting glass a deep brown color with a reddish tint. Nice fluffy tan head that recedes slowly to a spotty film.

Aroma is lightly nutty and malty. Roasty notes and mild milk chocolate also make an appearance. Not much in the way of hops. Smells pretty nice, if not a bit light.

Flavor is a big letdown on this one. Thin and watery with almost an almond extract flavor. Goes down easy enough, but is a pretty unexciting beer from an already basic beer style. Bitterness is there, toastiness is there but it is lacking on roastiness and sweet malty flavor. Also could use more body.

Photo of stumac
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this brew pours up a dark brown color with a nice foamy tan head. the nose is faint metallic malts and a lil bit of booze. the taste is subtle dry chocolate malts and slight chewy malts in the finish (which I do enjoy in my Nut Brown Ales). light bodied, low carbo, a clean finish. Kinda boring but decent nonetheless.

Photo of Rchap1
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a hometown brew, so I 'spose I'll take a look at it.

Upon the pour, beer's a nice deep brown color, a thin head that disappears pretty quickly. Very little lacing. The smell is about what you'd expect of a nut brown, with a bit of a walnut scent, along with some light fruit tones, primarily raisin.
The taste is a little on the thin side, like what others have said it almost tastes like 'soda-beer.' Pretty full carbonation, the flavors are more subdued than I would've expected from the nose.

I can drink them, and I'm sure I'll put some more down in the future (it's pretty cheap here!), but I'd probably go for a sierra blanca nut brown or something a bit stronger if I had the choice.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of flexabull
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper / brown color with a light swirling off white head.

Aromas are nutty, with some cola, minerals, and a dusty quality.

Taste comes of as dry and nutty. A light cola note, and with some sweetness from the malts. Finish is crisp with a mineral and soda water type of bite. Beer opens up a bit as it warms, sweetness and nutty malt flavors become more apparent. But this still has a strange finish.

Mouthfeel is prickly and over carbonated to me.

Drinkability is ok. This is pretty bland. Almost like a dark beer flavored soda water. It's not awful, but I'll pass on this next time.

Photo of Bagman007
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown coloring with a decent amount of head.

S- Very nutty caramel and chocolate scent. Very strong. You can also very slightly smell the hops.

T- Extremely nutty caramel and chocolate taste. Can't really taste the hops at all in the beer due to the overpowering taste of the malts.

M- Very creamy beer. Not really that bitter, just overly creamy.

D- The malts in this beer are too overpowering to be that drinkable for me.

Overall I didn't really like this beer. Unbalanced. The malts were far too overpowering for me to really enjoy this brew.

Photo of heath1agnew
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this in taos, new mexico over the holidays and really enjoyed it. had a great dark brown color, descent head, and great taste. maybe the mouthfeel was a little thin, but not much. drinkability was also pretty descent with this brew. i would for sure give this beer a try if you get the chance.

Photo of colts9016
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of Douglas88
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to mmm///beer. My first brew form New Mexico. Pours a dark ruby hue with a small white head that goes down to nothing. The aroma is full of sweet malts and fruit. The taste really reminds me Rogue Hazel Nut Brown Nectar; smooth and rich malts, some chocolate, a ton of fruit and nutty flavors, almost akin to grapes. Really smooth and nice. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of Jyubei
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of McStagger
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(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.

Photo of jake87
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of armock
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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