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Redhook Nut Brown - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Nut BrownRedhook Nut Brown

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224 Ratings

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of SAtaMi
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice thick 1" head. Good lacing. It is clear and has a deep brown color.

Smell - Malty with a roasted nut and caramel coffee smell.

Taste - Like the smell malty wit a little bitterness of hops. A light coffee aftertaste. I do not detect the nutty flavor though.

Mouthfeel - Has the smooth toothy feel i was looking for with the other Redhook styles.

Drinkability - Very nice beer i would buy again. Goes down nice without the overbearing citric flavor Redhook has had in previous styles.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Redhook serves this brown ale on nitro in imperial pints at their brewery. As with most Redhook beers, the Nut Brown shows filtered clarity. It is chestnut colored with a buff head of nitro lather. A close inspection shows virtually no carbonation.

Nitro can often mask the aroma of a beer, and by extension, it's taste. That might appear to be the case here, as this ale has very little flavor to speak of, and this leaves some unfulfilled expectations for the style. All that can really be tasted is a dry, all-purpose flour and water mix with a sawdusted finish. It might be said that the minimal flavor at least achieves a certain benign cleanliness. But there's nothing sweet or nutty here and the malts lend no enticement or pizzazz.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pretty still clear reddish chestnut color with a small off white head that fell pretty quickly. There are only a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: The first impression that I got was of sweet caramel malt and subtle toasty undertones. As the beer warms, the beer gets more malty, and there is a subtle British hops coming out as a complimentary aromatic.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the sweetness. You get a sweet dark caramel that runs the show in the beginning of the sip and never really gives up control. Somewhere in the middle of the flavor profile you get a faint taste of what I believe are EKG hops, and then it fades into a sweet and somewhat cloying finish. There is a little bit of roast here that seems quite out of place, and unfortunately it stays with you long into the finish.

Opinion: This beer is alright. I am a big malt-head, so I like that it is malt balanced...however it is really underattenuated. I think that it could be a good bit more dry and leave out the roast...but that is just my opinion. I'll certainly finish my glass, but this isn't one that I will be seeking out in the future.

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 Phatz
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is certainly not a preferred brown ale of mine but as a fan of the style it is bearable. It is borderline though. I would much rather dozens of other brown ales over this one.

Appearance: This beer pours an attractive burgundy brown color. The head fades immediately. There is a tiny bit of lacing if you swirl for it.

Smell: Toasty malts, burnt caramel and dates.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Unfortunately not quite as rich in the mouth as in the nose. Simple cola-like flavors one two three malt sugar hop. Like a flavored Coca-Cola product has the artificial flavors in a line. Tasty but hardly harmonious. That is a round about way of saying The taste is bearable but uninspired. Through the fizzy carbonated body there is a hint of cherry syrup and a cola-like finish. The after taste barley has a lingering hint of nuts.

Drinkability: I suggest that you try Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown instead. This is okay though, and easily available.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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

Pours an amberish light brown with about half of an inch in rather thick foam head on top. The head is a nice treat actually, not expected. Strong nutty aromas permeate the nostril cavities, along with a touch of caramel toffeeness. It's not a sock-loser, but no disappointment either. Mouthfeel is average, if a bit thin without being too watery. Flavor is dominated by a sweet buttery toffee, and a slight background of nuttiness. Finishing the swig is enough hop character to be noticed, not really expecting more than that for this style. All in all, seems to be a well balanced brew for the style, falls short of the brews from England, but is also cheaper than those brews, so there's a reason to try it, other than a slightly above average session brew here.

Photo of hylton44
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, soft modest head with regular lacing. Nutty, earthy, toasty malt taste. Not too sweet, but carries very little bitterness. Smooth, but not particularly creamy. OK, but not amazing.

I think I could have stood for a little more carbonation in there.

Photo of mcallister
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very bright brown like looking through glass. With a faint tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is very lackluster with not much going on. Some slight malt and hazlenut.

A creamy mouthfeel with hints of hazlenut, fig, and roasted malt. No noticeable hops. Not overly complex but good and smooth hence a drinkable beer.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a solid deep brown color with a light head over top that doesn't seem to want to go away. Clarity is excellent, with a healthy carbonation cascading up from from the bottom of the glass, helping maintain that head. Nose is caramel and brown sugar sweet, with a underlying nuttyness and melanoidan toastyness that meld well together. Its a good balance of roast/toast and sweet. Flavor is more dominated by the nutty charcter, but with a light brown sugary sweetness there to balance. It finishes very nutty, with a mild toasty melanoidan character. I like how the flavor really stays on into the finish. Its very clean, with nothing in there to get in the way. As I drink more of it and it warms up, there is an almost orange tinge to it, that I could do without. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. I could stand a touch more carbonation to keep it from feeling too thick and break things up a bit. Its not bad, just what I would do differently. Drinkability on this one is good for me. I'd like that orange character to not be there. Otherwise this is a nice brew.

Photo of sarahbs
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not the best judge of a nut brown, but i would put this one up there with bell's brewery's nut brown. it has a lot going on and a fantastic kick at the end. I would encorage people to try it. I'm a big fan and i hope to have more chances to tast it.

Photo of dfried
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gave this beer a try this spring. I didn't buy it with too many expectations, but I was pleasantly suprised. This is not your average nut brown, it has more of a herbal, refreshing taste to it than a nutty carmel flavor. It is great for what it is labeled for, enjoying on a spring day.

Photo of mac56
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle with a date stamp indicating it was bottled on 1/30/06.

Appearance: ruddy, cola colored, with about a 1/4 inch tan head and a moderate amount of lace.

Smell: tangy, slightly fruity.

Taste: others have described it as chocolate and cherry. I think that sums it up nicely. I caught a slight bitter twang at the end, but overall it was just too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: a little watery.

Drinkability: Again, a little too sweet to be a session beer.

I really wanted to like this. I love a good brown ale (e.g., Hex Nut), and I really love Redhook's ESB. Just didn't do it for me. Probably won't buy again.

Photo of hanco005
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle that was bottled on 01 16 06 poured into a pint glass.

A—pours a dark caramel color, light barely makes it thought the liquid, about ½ inch tan fizzy head that disappears in no time, slight lacing is produced

S—sweet caramel and milk chocolate, some buttery smell, nothing really dominate and not very fragrant

T—sweet caramel, somewhat alkaline, bit of chocolate, some light butter in there too

M—fizzy, light/medium bodied, perhaps too much carbonation for this one

D—an o.k. brown ale, glad I tried it, but doubt I will have it again after I finish this 6 pack.

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

a- cola colored, no head, and no lace.

s- cola, caramel and some malts

t- more of the same, plus a little cherry and chocolate, sweet and malty

m- its refreshing and rather light for a beer this dark, i enjoyed this more than the taste

d- very easy drink i can drink alot of these, i would not buy this again but i still enjoyed it.

Photo of acrawf6
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

born on date: 1/5/06

Pours out a deep dark redish amber, clear with a slightly tan head.

Smells. I was expecting a more malt, and there is a nice roasted malt aroma, but i can smell the distinct hop in this- a little creamy and floral. Also has a small smell of melted sweet chocolate.

Taste. Again, expected more malty flavor, but hops kinda jump on out. I get a little soapy taste to it. Small roasted malt to it, but not that much of a presence. After taste does have a bit of maltiness to it, earthy with its hops too.

Mouthfeel. I have to say the body is lacking, a bit on the thinner side. I get both hops and malts in this, but i still find it unbalanced. Decent carbonation.

Overall, i dont know about this one. I'm a fan of their esb, and it tastes they use the same hops. But i just think this one falls short of the style. Not bad though, and i will enjoy my other five, but dont think i will get this one again; perhaps next year.

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 allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After several years absence from the Texas market, it's returned, with a new label. Pours out a lovely clear brown color, with a modest head. Sweet, malty nose. Pleasant malt, mostly caramel, but with a nice nuttiness developing about halfway through. Finishes fairly clean with a tad of lingering malt. Moderate to light body, neutral texture.

Never one of my most favorite beers, but it is a good example of the style.

Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(The bottle and label have changed for this season. It now has a green label and says "spring ale".)

Pours a dark brown color with copper tones and a minimal head.

Smells similar of apple juice leap from the glass. Very different. Quite a sweet smell. Odd that it smells like apple juice. I also notice something else that I cant quite figure out.

The taste is a bit appley as well. Almost like hard cider mixed with a weak tasting porter or something. Malty.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and easy, but is played out nicely by excellent carbonation. The drinkability is good as well. I think this one is groing on me the more I drink of it. Definitly worth a try.

Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a small head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some toasted malts and some nuttiness along with a good bit of hops. Smells ok. The flavor is a little disappointing as it seems dulled down. Some toasted flavors and a little but of nuttiness, but it's just not very strong. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkaibility is good. Just needs some more flavor.

Photo of PeatReek
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium-thin beige rocky head. Body is a deep brown, dark enough that you think it might be opaque until you hold it up to the light -- it's actually crystal clear.

Aroma: slightly yeasty, pronounced hop aroma; smells like something grassy, maybe Goldings, but nice and bright. Just a hint of caramel on the end of the sniff.

Taste & mouthfeel: upfront, the carbonation attacks the tongue immediately and with it comes the flavors of the hops I smelled earlier. Again the hop contribution is very bright, but nothing I would call citrusy; definitely pleasant. Not a whole lot of malt flavor, surprisingly; the body is light and towards the end of each sip a crisp breadiness comes accompanied by a lasting hop bitterness.

Overall, not at all what I'd call an "English Brown Ale." In fact, it doesn't even taste much like an American brown ale; the biscuit/nut flavors are very subdued. Perhaps if there were less hops this would be a passable mild, but as it stands, it's mostly just another American pale ale (but not so pale). Sigh.

Drinkability: Body is light and the hoppy crispness makes it pretty quaffable. The only thing is, it's rather boring and I probably wouldn't bother to have more than 1 or 2 unless somebody brought a box of this to a picnic and nothing else.

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.

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79 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.