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Nut Brown Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: asabreed on 01-14-2006

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 49
Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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 snaotheus
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Slightly opaque golden brown beer with almost no head, no visible carbonation. Smell is a pleasant heavy bready smell with some tea in the background.

Taste is somewhat watery and bland, sweetish tea with yeasty bread. Aftertaste is a medium bitterness which is not bad.

Mouthfeel is flat and boring. Drinkable, but not an exciting beer.

Photo of ElGeordie
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Also known as Tavern Ale.
We discovered this at a beer fest a few years ago. Or rather my wife did - she decided early on that this was the best beer there (she was right too.) and kept going back for more samples - eschewing everything else at the event.
Anyway, since then this has been a staple at our home bar (she who must be obeyed...) We get through about 5 x 1/2 barrels a year.
Personally I prefer St George IPA and Porter (The winter stout is incredible too) but the Nut Brown / Tavern Ale is our session beer.
It pours a rich brown colour with an off white creamy head that stays to the bottom of the glass. It has a very English malt flavour with a nice mild hop finish. A very satisfying drinkable beer.
My wife used to be a lager drinker but this is her favourite beer now (she does drink milk stouts occasionally too - so her beer education is coming along well)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another thank you to chaz over on realbeer for this one. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear deep chestnut color with about an inch of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of medium toasted grains, bread, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, mild bitter hops. Decent body, a bit dry in the finish, with ample carbonation. Overall, a tasty brown ale that's worth your time.

Photo of likethetaste
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in dragon variety pack at Farm Fresh. This poured a medium brown. Not much smell here but the taste was good and crisp. This is a very drinkable ale. There is a woody aftertaste but this is quite refreshing. I would drink this again. St George does some styles well and others so so. I will visit this brewery.

Photo of hellomcfly
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Redrover
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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 Seanibus
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with relatively little carbonation or head. Smell is slight and malty. The flavor, however, is nice - nutty, like a good walnut, with a slight sweetness and a little woody character. The mouthfeel is thin but refreshing. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer.

Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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 argock
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Clear with a light amber hue, small head, and no lacing.

S: Great aromas of hazelnuts, cocoa, and sweet caramel.

T: The taste is very malty with lots of sweet caramel and a bit of toasted malt flavor and a touch of hops bitterness in the finish. Not terribly original but good. Unfortunately none of the nutty flavors made it through.

M: Good coating and low to medium carbonation presents a nice feel. Mildly dry and bitter finish and aftertaste.

D: Solid and drinkable but not terribly interesting.

Photo of vtfan77
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Not particularly brown. It pours more of a deep gold with a small white head that doesn't stick around long.

S- Sweet malts blend with a nice mineral character to form an appealing aroma. I think I'm picking up a little diacetyl as well.

T- The mineral character dominates to start and is soon joined by earthy hops and cracker-like malts. All the flavors are so subtle, but they're so nice. The aftertaste is extremely pleasant with just the slightest hint of sweetness and a small dose of bitterness closing things out.

M- The mouthfeel is fairly thin, but that's not really a bad thing here. The carbonation is lively, but not so high as to damage the beer's delicate nature.

D- This is a great quaffer and a superb example of a session beer. I could certainly have a couple more of these.

This is an impressive beer, but in a very different way than most of the beers that I deem "impressive." This one wowed me with its subtleties and superb drinkability. The flavor doesn't smack you in the face, but it's great. A fantastic beer to have around for those times when you just want a nice, flavorful beer, not a full-frontal assault on the tastebuds. Recommended.

Photo of oelergud
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown standard 12oz glass bottle. Pry off unadorned pewter cap. Curry yellow and green label.
Dark copper clear body. Large off-white head, tiny to large bubbles, good retention and great lace.
Abit of vinegar nut scent. Some sweet malt and coarse hop notes.
Nutty malt earth flavors, roasted character and a nice hoppy aftertaste with lots of roasted nutskin flavor.
Medium full body, little coating and a dry finish.
Good drinkability.

-Oelergud

Photo of ohoove
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

murky copper in color with a tiny , fizzy, tan head that seperated into a ring. very light in appearance. thin body although it seemed a little oily.
ever so slight nut aroma, lightly roasted malts,and a grainy cereal presence in the nose and on the palate.
this wakes a bit as it warmed but overall pretty average if not weak.
could definitely pound these as is pretty light and not insulting to the mouth but in the end, it's forgettable , but not regrettable .

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown colored beer with modest pff-white head.
Smell is fruity, almost wine-like, with a touch of nut.
Taste is profoundly sweet, with nice plum flavors present.
Finish is very sweet, almost too sweet for my liking.
A godd beer, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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 PhageLab
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
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 JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compared to the other St. George's I've tired, I was a little disappointed in this one. As a normal ale, it was quite good; but it wasn't what I would really consider a brown ale, let alone a nut brown.

The color was a nice copper, but again, it wasn't a nice deep brown. The head went away very fast, but it was a bottled beer. It does have a very nice aroma, even though it didn't have the rich nutty smell I was hoping for.

It does go down smooth and has a nice rich flavor, but there was really very little 'nuttiness' to it.

Photo of Fish113d
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours the color of almonds (skin on) with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a slight edge layer.

Aroma leaves alcohol lingering. A bit of roasted malts with a cascade hop smell that leaves a bitterness about it. A bit of roasted peanuts aroma and oak also come through on the nose (maybe the alcohol phenol smell actually).

Light flavored really. A bit of toasted malts hit my tongue right away along with some bittering, floral hops, and the carbonation really tingles my tongue a bit too much to get more flavor. However, the finish reveals a nice oak and roasted peanut flavor that reminds me of being at a baseball game.

Body is relatively light with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Tingly and a bit watery though.

Fairly drinkable brew. Easy to drink, but just not sure how much you'd truly want to drink if you can have something else in the same style. It's NOOO Troeg's Nut Brown, that's for sure.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pretty poor amber color that is almost transparent. There is a slight head upon the pour, but nothing that lingers enough to note. The nose is malty, with a touch of nut and a bit of roastyness. The taste involves these same three qualities, but there seems to be lacking in the "nut" category. The maltyness takes over with a slightly darker shade than I expected. The carbonation is perfect however, and allows the sparse tastes to dance upon the tongue before being ushered down. The more you swallow the easier this goes down, and surprisingly the taste stays consistent. A great beer if you're settling in for a long night 'o drinking, but probably not worth seeking out.

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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 atsprings
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very light for a brown ale, even lighter than some beers considered amber. There was a thin head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was of dark malts and some roasted nuts. There was a good blend of chocolate malts and roasted nuts in the taste. The beer was light and crisp, moderately drinkable, but far from the best nut brown I've tried.

Photo of Braudog
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rated this from under the Nut Brown label, an alias. It poured a clear medium brown with a very thin head. It produced a light toffee aroma. Flavor-wise: toasty, yet sweet, flavor ... hint of caramel, but not very much. Nice plaseant light brown ale from my favorite local brewer. (#2637 - 1/6/07)

Photo of arguemaniac
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Nut Brown Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
79 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.