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Redhook Nut Brown - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Nut BrownRedhook Nut Brown

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133 Reviews

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 228
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 6
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: 133 | Hads: 228
Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a thin, dense ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of nutty malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather nutty and also has some notes of toasted malt flavors. An ever so slight hint of bitterness is detectable, which masks any malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, although there’s nothing overly special in the taste except for it being quite nutty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool old style bottle. i liked this one. pours a lighter shade for a brown ale, can tell its an english style right away. decent off white head. good aroma of medium roasted malts. flavor is well blanced, lighter than a lot of browns, but a nice palate. a little bittersweet in the finish, like mild hops meets semisweet chocolate chips. its pleasant and subtle. mouthfeel is a bit light for a brown in my book, but it works just fine here. nice carbonation and a good finish. an underrated beer on here in my opinion. very sessionable

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought it was pretty decent beer, just weak in comparison to what I expect a good Brown Ale to be. Malty for sure with a light caramelly, toffee malt base and a mild nutty, chocolatey undertone. Balanced with bittering hops, but no real flavor or aroma from hops. Medium body, but thins toward the end. Finishes pretty clean and crisp for a malty beer. Weak looking, similar to a cola without the fizziness. Head retention wanted to stick around, but wasn't really able to. Would have again, but won't go far out of the way for it.

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour was simply great. Rich dark brown in color with some nice bits of light shining through on the bottom of the glass. A smallish head rises up from the bottom of the glass and gradually settles down into a thin, but nicely placed pad of foam. Aroma is caramel malts, hints of roasted nuts and a nice shot of piney hops. Well put together and definitly more robust then I thought it would be. As I take the first sip a light to medium body washes over me and thoroughly impresses with its depth. Caramel, bready tones, hints of light hops all seem to come together nearly perfectly as it fades in and out of the palate. Really easy to drink and superbly sessionable, I had no issue at all with finishing this one off

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, maple and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of nuts and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of maple, caramel and honey. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several other beers in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber bordering on garnet reddish brown in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation at the sides of the glass near the surface. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering about 40% of the surface of the beer in a single patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: The overall aroma of this beer is quite light but the only discernable smell that comes through is quite nutty.

T: There are notes of toasted malts as well as a malty nuttiness that also has a very light bitterness associated with it. This nicely balances out the normal malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Nothing overly special to note about the flavor or aroma of this beer though the nuttiness is pleasantly pronounced.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a toastey nut scent that boasts of crystal, bisquit, and victory malts. It's dry with a slight malty sweetness. The taste is good. It has a light, yet malty flavor that is smooth on the way down and dry on the finish. It has a light crystal malt sweetness and a nutty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I prefer a maltier beer with less carbonation, but this has good flavor and aroma as well as being quite drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a medium white head, light lace, good retention.

S: Real nice nutty malty smell, reminds me of Nautical Nut Brown which is always a good thing.

T: Walnuts, brown malt, upfront tasty malt flavours, no real complexity.

M: Light-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, easy drinking, clean.

O: Well made, nice flavour, just wish there was something more to it. A good introduction to the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades quickly leaving a trace of lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight nutty nose. Starts on the sweet side with hops in background and finishes fairly smooth. $1.25 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Cocord, NH.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle from a $4.99 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1/2" light brown head on top of a clear brown hued brew. Aroma is malty, with the scent of hops evident as well. Taste shows lack of body, but does illustrate an attempt at a malty flavor, with little bitterness present. This is not as good as the sample I remembered having on tap last spring, but I have to review what I have in front of me. It is easy drinking and smooth, but seems to be lacking in that brown ale heartiness that one might expect.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a good clarity. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam. Quite nice!

Smell: light, dry malt aroma which is somewhat bready and nicely nutty. Plain but pretty nice.

Taste: good malty flavor; there's a caramel character, a hint of chocolate, a nice breadiness and a nice nuttiness. A subtle yet complex brown ale -- I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and an enjoyable creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is a quite tasty and pleasing brown ale. Understated, yet interestingly complex; it's stylistically spot-on and pretty tasty, too!

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Photo of DrJay
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear brown with an orange/reddish hue and a thin skim of a cap -- mostly just a collar around the glass. Sweet aroma, nutty and brown sugar, bread and biscuit. The flavour was thin, bitterness was higher and more aggressive than the malt could balance. Notes of grass and mint. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit coarse. Not something I'll go in search of, but not all bad.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nut Brown is dark brown in color with a nice-sized, light brown head. The aroma is rather weak and clean. Just a touch of hops and nuttiness are noted. Taste is very much of nutty malts, with an almost sugary sweet finish. Mild hops are noted and give the beer a little more personality. The mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture that stands out. Drinkability is pretty good, as this beer goes down really easy, however this isn't interesting enough to make me come running back for more.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep burgandy in color. A thin beige head disappears rather quickly. Lace patterns are sporadic at best. Some citrusy cascade-like hops accentuate the chocolate qualities on the nose nicely. There's a slight nuttiness to the flavor, but not as much as I'd prefer. The roasted quallities are dim and the hop profile is not as big as the nose leads you to believe. Body is about medium and the carbonation a little high. Not a bad beverage, but not one I will seek either.

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Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brown color on the pour, the head modest in size, frothy consistency, lace adequate, both a light beige color. Malt dominates the slightly nutty sweet nose. Sweet start, relatively skimpy top, delicately hopped, sparingly acidic, dry aftertaste, I’ve had both the bottle and draught versions, seem to be about the same to me, drinkable, and would make a good session beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz stubby bottled on 1/11/2012

Pours a rusty brown color with off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving trace lacing on the glass. Aromas are artificial chocolate and caramel. Tastes are more of the artificial chocolate flavorings, somewhat medicinal, with some caramel & brown sugar, and faint nuttiness in the mix, finishing with some herbal hops. Thin body, decent carbonation. Overall, nothing special going on here. Kind of bland, and I can't get over the artificial flavors I'm getting.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not real big (or real experienced) with brown ales, but I like this one as an easy drinking beverage. I love the toastiness of the malt..Not overly sweet either, and after binging on doppels the past month this hits the spot nicely. Not a powerhouse of flavor but pretty tasty for a brown. Easy drinking with a twinge of hop bite on the back of the tounge...seems very balanced and easy drinking. I really think this is pretty good compared to the handfull of brown ales I've tried.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a low beige head. Leaves a bit of lace. Nutty malty aroma and a light roasty aroma. Tastes much like it smells; a bit nutty and a bit roasty. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall: a robust enjoyable brown ale.

Per Label: "Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, and Malted Wheat" & "Hersbrucker Hops"

Bottled: 01/09/02 Tasted: 01/18/03

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Photo of tavernjef
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is amber brown with a light head, sort of lacey. Smell had a light, sweet malty tang. Taste was very clean and smooth with some slight caramal malt flavor and a small sweetness. Light feel of sweetness and tang at the finish, light-medium body, somewhat watery. This is a very mild brown without much going on. It can be sucked down very easily. I drank half before I could really start making out anything. Lightly flavored and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Redhook Nut Brown from Redhook Ale Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.