Nut Brown Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: asabreed on 01-14-2006

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light to medium brown with a fizzy almost non existent head,aromas of caramel lightly roasted malt and raw nut mainly.This is a dryer brown here wich is nice,flavors start out lightly sweet that of brown sugar and caramel but really dryes out midway thru very earhty and nutty in the finish.A decent brown to be had not my favorite style but this is decent shot at an American style brown,in alot of ways like their American brown hmm what a coincedance

Photo of sdsimkins
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this ever since I caught a smell of a remaining drop in a family growler.

A - Very interesting, pours to a dark golden color, not the brown I was suspecting. Barely any head, just a faint white ring

S - Hard to place, lots of nuts and caramel, but also faint fruits

T - Even more interesting, the nuts and slight caramel are there, hops are oddly in the front and very faint, has that roasted malt to it but also more of an IPA style as a whole.

M - Fairly syrupy, a little carbonation but not a whole lot

O - Overall its a fairly complex beer, not quite what I was expecting from a brown ale. It's also pretty light. Nothing too crazy but something I would definitely have again.

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another bottle from the Dragon Pack sampler, this "brown" ale pours a clear amber body with a tall ecru hued head. Good retention and some patchy lacing.

Aroma features citrusy hops, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness after it warms a bit.

Unremarkable medium body and carbonation.

Taste has caramel, toffee, and a citrusy hop bitterness that is more orange than grapefruit. A note of toasted almonds is the only trait that suggests a brown ale.

A solid drinker but more of an amber than a brown ale.

Photo of asabreed
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

First off, this is not the brown ale that's already listed, as it's the Nut Brown, not the American Brown (though the American Brown is based on the English style). So here goes.

Appearance: A light light brown with some yellow highlights in color. Slight bubbles floating toward the top from the middle, though it'd be nice if there were more. Head dissipates fairly quickly, with a slight bit of lacing still around as I drink.

Smell: Some notes of dark bread, nuts, dark and sweet malty notes, and also some toasted and grainy, huskiness to the body. Slight amount of hops come in also.

Taste: Nuttiness and toastedness come in for the most part. Slight sweetness around everything. Fairly hoppy, oddly enough, at the finish, though it mellows into some tasty malt notes by the end.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery and slick, and not enough carbonation which weighs it down a bit.

Drinkability: Not a bad example for the style, though I was hoping for more. But I'd definitely drink it again, and I'd suggest checking it out for sure.

Also, on their website, supposedly this used to be draft only (along with the American Brown), but now it's in bottles, but I don't think it's year round available yet.

Photo of ebby82
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown into a pint glass.

A- Slight presence of malt, slight presence of hops, but not a whole lot of aroma either way.

T- mild hops, barely discernible malts.

M- Very light on the palate, medium carbonation and not much viscosity.

O- I prefer the regular brown ale, although in terms of drinkability, this beer is so light that it could be drank during any season. No one of St. George's standouts, but certainly not a disappointment.

Photo of DerekP
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this at the Corner Pocket restaurant in Williamsburg. A solid nut brown ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Based on notes from my late march trip to DC/Northern VA

Pours amber with 1/4" white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A little sweet malt

T: Sweet malt & herbal hops bitterness up front. Finishes sweet & a little nutty

MF: Light bodied & medium cabonation

Drank okay, but one of the least satisfying beers in the variety sixer

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is 1/6th of a Dragon Pack served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cold.

A: Brown with hints of coppery red. Small head and thin ring of lace.

S: Pronounced nuttiness in nose, one that conjures up unsalted peanuts.

T: Flavor is a dry nutty malt and is well carbonated (almost too much so). The hops are very subtle, providing little in the way of flavor but allowing the nuttiness to shine through.

M: The nuttiness is a change of pace, as I rarely dig into English-style ales, but this is pleasant.

D: Decent session beer, the nuttiness can be a tad overwhelming at times.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber/brown color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, nuts and some herbal hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, it's worth trying.

Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: More of a deep orange than hue of brown - a little light for the style, perhaps. Head was very short and equally short-lived.

S: Buttered, toasted, whole grain bread. Light on the nuttiness.

T: Grainy toasted malts, a sweet and almost 'light citrus' flavour - like tangerine or the like. Not a citrus-hop bite, just the sweetness.

M + D: Nice and expressive without being overly prickly. Medium body, not as rich as some, but working well in this case - quite refreshing. Given a little time to warm and breathe, it gathers some added life and the flavour opens up a little more. Not too bad... perhaps not extraordinary, but tasty enough that it doesn't matter.

Photo of slusk
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: pours a light copper with a decent white head that fades fairly quickly. good lacing

S: Not much aroma, some caramel. A bit of bread crust. Some woody hops.

T: A bit of weak caramel, nothing strong. Graham cracker and orange peel. Low bitterness and faint woody hop flavor. Starts a little sweet but finishes dry with a tiny bit of bread crust. Nutty flavor shows up after it warms a bit. Has a flavor of chewing on fresh English malt kernels.

M: Low carbonation, a fair amount of astringency. A bit puckering and thin bodied.

O: Not my favorite example of an English brown. A little too thin, more like an American amber without the hops. In fact if you dry hopped some cascade, this might make a decent amber. Needs a bit more malt flavor, more caramel and a bit more body would make this beer better. Otherwise it's solid, just not a standout for me.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear brown with orange highlights - more coppery (tarnished copper) when held up to the light with some very tiny bubbles moving up through the beer. The head after a vigorous pour was an off-white in color, about 1/4" thick, but this died down to just about nothing - a thin ring around the edge. Some persistent lacing when cold, but as it warmed up that all disappeared as well.

Smell: When first poured, a bit metallic, but as it warmed up, it took on more of a cooked veggie smell with something with a very light metallic smell again. Not very appealing sadly.

Taste: Toasted malt right up front moving into a hint of caramel sweetness before a sharp English bitter flavor finishes up. Although sometimes the bitter finish takes on some pine flavors in some swallows, but not all of them. Also, some honey-like flavors show up along with more-pronounced malts with a deeper drink and swallow rather than a sip. Simple in flavor with a bit more of a balance to the bitter side. Got better by the end of the glass when it was quite warm, which tells me this is one of those 60+ F beers where the flavor really comes out.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue - more than a typical English ale. Beer is otherwise just thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: This one grew on me by the end of the glass, which also tells me that it needs to be pretty warm for me to like it, which may the sign that it's well within the English style. But - the smell still isn't that great and I've had better nut brown ales. I had this party with a meal (Welsh Rabbit) but also by itself, and I think it was better with the meal. I didn't last too long so it's certainly an okay beer, just not an outstanding one.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a white wine glass (that's all that was available) at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg.

A: 3.5
S: 2.5
T: 3.0
M: 2.0
D: 2.5

Super clear amber color. Little head. Weak grainy nose. Weak grainy taste with just a touch of nuttiness. Light and underbodied. Good moderate carbonation. Drinks like water.

Photo of Cindirene
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (Dragon Pack) into teardrop glass - Head dissipates quickly leaving a touch of lacing - Initial aroma has a base of caramel which carries into the palate - Finish becomes darker and lingers slightly - Not the best nut brown ale I've had but I'll surely consider another

Photo of arguemaniac
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown amber. Molasses aroma. Grain, slightly sweet caramel notes and toasted notes in the palate. Hops are there but barely.

Did a side-by-side comparison of this one with their Nut Brown. The American Brown was much roastier with more assertive burnt notes. The Nut Brown featured a lighter overall flavor (though not by a whole lot) with much more reserved toasted notes and a sweeter caramel malt flavor. I recommend both of them!

Photo of sweethome
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown ales are low on my list, so these ranking are based on where this ranks in style.

Light brown pour. Very nice nose, subtle, but pleasing. English malts and yeast.

Medium mouthfeel. Nutty malts, tea, and yes, some yeast flavors. The finish is quite pleasing with generous english hops. Plenty of spice in the hops. A fine session beer.

Photo of rfgetz
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber, little splashes of creamy white head. Scent mild with very light touches of roasted nuts', caramel and earthy hops. Taste and mouthfeel are light, thin and somewhat water - light caramel, nuts and earthy hops, some damp grain comes through in the end. More then moderate amounts of carbonation. Light and clean, not what is really desired from style.

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color with a decent light beige head and nice active carbonation. Cocoa powder aroma and flavor dominates. Some light nutty and husky grain character in flavor and smooth enough. Light-medium bodied with a light malt and light cocoa finish.

Nice smooth English Brown Ale ... easy drinking.

Per Label: 5.0% ABV

Tasted: 05/14/07

($9.99 / mixed 6-pack "Dragon Pack")

Photo of PhageLab
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up the Dragon pack, as I have tried Golden Ale on tap before, I've never really had a chance to sit down and enjoy their flavors, I poured this 12 oz bottle into a 14oz pilsner glass.

A - Looked like a watered down amber ale, reddish at the top, which faded down to light brown.

S - Very weak smell, although it had a slightly toasted aroma.

T - Roasted and kinda malty, initially quite good, yet it vanishes almost as quickly as it is swallowed.

M - Burned the back of my tongue slightly, then disappeared clean, not much to it.

D - Not too sure about this one, had the taste been a bit stronger and didn't finish so clean, this would have been quite good. I won't be seeking another anytime soon.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Again...why am I awake? Ahem. This beer pours a clear copper-amber topped by a healthy ecru froth. The nose comprises orange peel and fluffy toffee. It's insanely simple, but also pretty good. The taste echoes the smell, with a firm haymaker of hoppy citrus being backed by a rather sweet bit o' toffee and caramel. Frankly, this seems closer to a standard pale ale than a brown, but I guess this is slightly maltier... I dunno. The body is a solid medium, with a heavy-ish moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, not a bad brew, but not as "brown" as I'd like. If that makes any sense.

Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a 1/2" head that falls apart immediately. Some spots of lace develop on the glass during the session.

Smell: light caramel and hints of nuts are all the nose can detect.

Taste: caramel, ripe red fruit sweetness, and very soft nuttiness are the main flavors. Some milder bread-like qualities and hints of bitterness rounds it out. Compared to the American Brown Ale, this is weak all around.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Brief caramel and nutty aftertaste. A little lighter than a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so at best. This is not worth trying, get the American Brown instead.

Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Williamsburg Inn, poured into a standard shaker pint, the beer is dark gold bordering on tan & is very clear. It has a beige head with just traces of lace.

It has a fresh but slight aroma of milled grains and a bit of raisin.

Taste is also on the lighter side with very lightly roasted grains, a hint of toffee and a smidgen of dark fruit.

The mouth is also light and registers a solid 3.

It was easy to drink and my only other options were various macros and their light counterpoints, so it was an easy call to have a few.

Photo of engagechad
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in a Dragon Pack from World Market in Charlottesville, VA - tulip - no freshness

Pours a really watery amber color with little head which is soapy and diminishing fast. Smells okay, kinda nutty and roasty. Tastes okay, malty and sweet. Feels kind of thing but not bad.

Over all this beer is forgettable and not at all brown.

Photo of hellomcfly
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orcasteve for this one. Included in my secret santa haul.

Pours a clear light amber-brown. Small white head sits atop and diminishes into nothing quickly.

Sweet malts. Camamel and toffee notes. Nice nutty aroma. Inviting overall.

Very well rounded in flavor. A little bit roasty, nice caramel malts, and a nuttiness present. Also I think I detect a little bit of a citrus hop, I'm thinking cascade, that balances it out.

M - Light in body, almost a bit watery. Probably the biggest downfall of this one for me.

D - Very drinkable. I could go through several of these. Nice an sessionable.

Thanks orcasteve!

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, with a fast-fading head and minimal lacing.

S: Really nice! Floral notes hit strong with the first whiff, then bready malts, and finally faint,citrussy hops.

T: Not complex, but nicely balanced with slightly-sweet, bready flavors, and a full (but not overpowering) hops finish.

M: Decent crispness. Like most from St. George, it could use a boost in the carbonation (which would help the development of a nice head, too).

O: An enjoyable English ale, although pretty straightforward. It paired nicely with fried flounder, but would have been fine on its own.

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Nut Brown Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
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