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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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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 265
Photo of Bizz88
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  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.

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Photo of champ103
2.34/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.74/5  rDev +10%
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

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Photo of Kromes
2.04/5  rDev -40%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of Fnord
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of webbcreative
2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of stumac
2.89/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Rchap1
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Bagman007
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of heath1agnew
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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

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Photo of Douglas88
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Jyubei
4.43/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

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