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Nut Brown Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 265
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of deebo
3.57/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  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?

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
2.69/5  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.

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Photo of jpr022
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
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...

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Photo of msolar
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of SamN
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.