Redhook Nut Brown - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Nut BrownRedhook Nut Brown

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226 Ratings

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-07-1998

Ah, Spring…the season that keeps us guessing. Will it rain, or will the sun be out? Do I take advantage of the last days of skiing, or the first days of hiking? Do I put on jeans, or dare break out the shorts? The season comes with enough uncertainty, so Redhook gives you something you can always count on…our Nut Brown Ale. This medium dark beer is layered with rich malty aromas and flavors of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla. Although it may be dark in color, it’s refreshingly smooth and highly sessionable. Nut Brown is the perfect beer for spring.

22 IBU
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Reviews by intensify:
Photo of intensify
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a caramel colored body with a small head and a small umbrella of lacing. Smell was on the weak side other then some roasted nuts, caramel, and a slight hop aroma. Taste followed closely behind but the finish is somewhat unpleasing. My guess is it was overpowered by the spices. Still, not a bad tasting brew. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and an overall decent beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The standard looking brown ale,nice medium brown color with minimal tan coloed head.Smeled nutty like the name says with malty sweetness coming through.Taste was a little bland compared to alot of others of the style I have had,sweet but I like a more earthy taste in my brown ales.This like alot of brown ales was too watery thin at the bottem of the glass.A more mass produced version of the style,but drinkable I guess.

Photo of RoyalT
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is more of a ruby brown with a very nice head that frothed up proudly and left damn near perfect lacing.

Smell – The toasty malts are complimented by a hint of nuttiness and a promise of hops.

Taste – The malts are very creamy and the nuts quite subtle. The hops are absent, which is my preference for a Brown Ale. Overall this is a nice brew.

Mouthfeel – This one has a terrific mouthfeel to it. The malts are creamy, the body light to medium, and the carbonation non-existent.

Drinkability – This is really (so far) the only Redhook offering that I’ve liked. It is flavorful, easy on the mouth, dead-on for the style, and with the low ABV makes a great session ale.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown twist with an English style looking label (plain). Explanation of the beer and "bottled on" date (as always) on the side.

Appearance: Brown-amber with a light tan lace which sticks a bit to the glass. Very clean and clear.

Smell: Lots of malty and grainy aromas, on the mild side (nicely done).

Taste: Mellow malts that blend pleasantly together. The hops are there to even out the sweetness perfectly. Slight dark malt flavour in the background.

Notes: Very drinkable, an excellent ale for light beer drinkers that want a little more.

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

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The beer poured a deep brown color with a decent head that left a little lace here and there. The smell was very nutty and good. The flavor was very nice with great nutty taste and a sturdy malt backbone. The hops did not shine through that much but the smootheness of the beer made up for the lack of bitterness. A good offering from Redhook.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a fairly good beer. It was a medium brown color with a tiny bit of red. It had a thick coffee-colored head with good lacing. It had a nutty, sweet smell. The taste was a little disappointing. It was mostly just sweet, with a minimal amount of hops. I couldn't discern the coffee/chocolate flavor that the banner claimed was there. Still, an OK beer.

Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinkable, not harsh at all but thin it is. More or less riding on the lightness with a slight toasted malt flavour. There are far better brown ales out there.

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce Bottle, bottled on date of 010504, FRESH! Pours almond with an off white head, nice malty, yeasty nose. Malty, nutty flavor, hops also, tastes of under roasted chessnuts. Oily, grainy, bready mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied. Decent malty ale, pleasant quaffer.

Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear cinnamony brown color, decent 1/2 inch light tan head on a hard pour, fairly heterogeneous bubble sizes. Drippy laces. Slight berry aromas, mostly blueberry, along with a vague toasty maltiness. Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. A decent amount of caramel and cocoa (not chocolate) malt flavor with a bit of nutmeg. Really, little sense of hops at all, fine as accompanying the gentle malt sense. Finishes similar in body as it starts. Redhook brews never excite me, but this one is one of their better examples, fine as a pleasant (if unchallenging) Brown Ale (with a bit of wheat pitched in).

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

Appearance: Ruby chestnut brown tone with a nice sized creamy tan head, leaves behind lacing strung evenly. Aroma: Mellow nut tone rich malty ale some fruit tones peek through not bad at all. Taste: Clean unoffensive some caramel malts touch of nut with amild hop bitterness decent option from Redhook much better than their IPA. Mouthfeel: Medium light body slight creamy texture. Drinkability: Easy drinking could have a few, was glad to try it but nothing will keep reeling me back to this one just a decent beer.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a reddish dark brown with a very modest off-white head and little lacing.

Smell - The major notes here are of brown sugar and molasses. There are hazelnut in the background.

Taste - The taste is of the sweet maltiness and brown sugar. The hazelnut is present but it is faint. Some mild pine y hops are present in the finish.

Mouthfeel - rather watery.

Drinkability - Easy to drink and goes down smooth, but it is not anything special.

Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives this a big light brown head rests above a clear red amber colored beer.

A light earthy nutty blended with a lightly roasted sweet caramel malt aroma.

The taste is a earthy nut blended with a roasted sweet caramel malt .

A medium bodied ale with a light nut roasted malt dryish aftertaste.

Photo of watermelonman
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured to a dark brown with almost no head. Carbonation is also very mild. There's definitely nuts of a brown variety evident in the taste. It tastes a little rich, but the flavor is decent. It seemed to improve as it warmed, at least to a point.

Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clean amber-brown complexion, with stylish, detailed lace.

Nose is robust, with a definite tone of nuts, molasses, and some toffee.

The taste is sweet but not overpowering. I consider this an enjoyable and representative brown ale. Well-done!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful finger of off-white head. Deep copper color, tending towards transparent.

Malty, hay smell.

A little nutty taste, but it's overpowered by bigger malt, kind of ripe red fruit taste, then touch of bitterness. It's a bit disjointed profile.

Crisp and medium body, moderate carbonation.

It doesn't really hit the "brown ale" category. Fairly average ale.

Photo of Jon
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale pours a nice, dark brown color off the tap, but there's no head to speak of. Tastes of sweet maltiness and possesses a nutty character, as well. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, leaving much to be desired. Due to the rather watery mouthfeel, this drinks easily, but it isn't one that I plan on coming back to in the future. Fairly standard fare all the way around.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to a dark brown almost purple hue. It looks like a flat grape soda.

Almost immediately noticeable is a pungent molasses aroma; and ther eis also a smell that is similar to black dry-cured olives.

The taste is consistent throughout. There is a strong molasses, brown-sugar that is prevalent- this is somewhat offset- but really complimented by a woody smokiness. Almost like a cedar or mesquite soaked wet wood chip taste. There is a nice hoppy balance to this, and the sweetness is not cloying, although the molasses can be a bit omni-present.

The mouthfeel is very good here- and the fullness, almost port wine quality of the mouthfeel brings on a long nutty finish.

Red Hook has succeeded in creating an American version of a British classic, with a beguiling taste and aroma that could be just what you are looking for when sweater weather comes around.

Photo of bditty187
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a translucent reddish-brown, long-lasting (excellent retention) beige head, loads of lace… eye-candy in a glass. Clean, malty nose, sort of weak in aroma. Malty, nutty… clean palate, faint bitterness, and kind of dry with only minor lingering sweetness. Medium-light body, thin, creamy mouthfeel. Above-average but nothing I’d seek out, drinkable. I’d have it again in a pinch.

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden brown color with a khaki colored airy head that quickly disipates into a light ring.

The aroma is of a sweet bready malt, with hints of raisin. Noticable toffee notes and a hint of chocolate. A little sweet for my liking.

Taste is similar. Big bready flavor, honey and toffee notes provide sweet flavors. The raisin presence is still there and is a bit odd for a brown ale. Some tea and lemony notes are present which is typical for the style. A light grassy and apricot hop flavor.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, sits nicely on the palate. Mainly sweet on the palate but does finish quite dry with a light grassy bitterness.

Pretty standard english brown. A bit on the sweet side would prefer some more earthy characteristics.

Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light brown, some ability to see through. Very little foam. Nutty chocolately smell. Nutty taste - hazelnut in particular. Some vanilla , some toffee. Pretty good blend.

Very light carbonation. Easy drinker, nice taste. Nicely done.

Photo of Stubbie1
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark red / brown color gave off to an OK white head. The head fades fast with very little lace. A malty slightly nutty aroma. There is a slight hint of butterscotch in there. A slightly nutty taste with an all malt finish. I thought the taste was a bit week. Over all a close to average brew.

Photo of Jredner
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is sweet and cola tinged and even that is very low intensity. Dark brown body with reddish tinting holds a wispy pinky sized head. Fruity malt sweetness in the fore. Tastes very much like licking the frosting off a cheap 7’11 pastry. I’m not getting the nutty flavors that are supposed to be here just a sweet malty mildly yam tasting melange. I really want to like Redhook and I always buy their stupid seasonals, but they just always seem to mail it in with their beers.

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

Looks good in the glass. Smells like, well, beer. Not a terrible malty brew, with hops barely peeking its head now and again.

Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a creamy kakhi head with decent head retention. Pretty good lacing I might add. Taste is sourish. Tastes like a brown ale. Mouthfeel is sorta sticky. Drinkability is quite good. Just as long as you like the taste. I liked their ESB better but this is not impressive to me. I would say I like Turbodog or even Pete's Wicked as far as English Brown ales go. It is more intense than TurboDog by far.

Photo of Murph
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with a light tan foamy head that sticks around pretty well. Smell is caramely with some roasted malt in the background. Roasted malt and some light hops are the first to hit the tongue. The hops are soon subdued by the caramel and background nutty flavor. Smooth across the palate and very drinkable. I really like this brewery. They don't ever make anything that blows my mind but all of their beers are at least great session brews. Consistent quality and very widely available. This or another Redhook brew are often what I fall back on when I am at a bar with poor choices.

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Redhook Nut Brown from Redhook Ale Brewery
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