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Redhook Nut Brown - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Nut BrownRedhook Nut Brown

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221 Ratings

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-07-1998)
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Photo of SheepNutz
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Redhook Nut Brown pint glass. It pours a deep reddish brown color with one finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing left over. The smell is malty and nutty, not too much hops present. The aromas aren't very strong. The taste is more on the malty side, just a little nuttiness coming through. Only a small bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light and watery. The drinkability is pretty good though. Just an average nut brown.

SheepNutz, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

ppoitras, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of maccroz
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours smoothly and through my pint glass looks almost as if it were maple syrup. It may be psychological, but it seems to have a wonderful nutty taste almost like a snickers bar. It's not too heavy like some darker ales. It could stand to be a bit more bitter for how dark of an ale it is though.

maccroz, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured a reddish dark brown. Very modest off-white head. Slight lacing.

Smell is of brown sugar and mollasses with a little bit of hazelnut.

Taste is mostly swet maltiness. There is a vague hazelnut flavor hovering in the background. At the finish there is a slight, crisp piney note. That's about as hoppy as it gets.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and a little bit more carbonation than most brown ales I've had, but not off-putting.

This is a nice, drinkable brown ale. Is it earthshattering? No. But it goes down easy, and might function as an introductory dark ale for someone who equates dark with bitter.

woemad, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Billolick, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of jlh8643
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled on date in Jan of this year. Poured into a pint glass with almost no head and left no lacing behind. The beer has a clear chestnut brown appearance with more than ample carbination. Too much in my opinion for this style. Has a slightly nutty, toffeeish malty aroma up front. The malt disappears fast in the middle and is overtaken by herbal hops. The finish leaves some of the nuttyness behind. I feel that the body is way too thin and the hops and carbination are taking centerstage where the malt should be. It would be something I could drink if I had a limited choice between this and macros but not something I will go out and pay for again.

jlh8643, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange highlighted brown, with a 2 finger small bubbled creamy tan head, laces in partial sudsy webs.
Nutty aroma, mild malt presence, some minor earthy/grassy hops.
Nutty, toasted taste, mildly bitter, tangerine, toast, maybe some crystal malt.
A mellow, medium bodied, smooth feel, a very nice session beer off the cask.

mschofield, Mar 02, 2004
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.

watermelonman, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of palma
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown reddish color body with a thin tan color head. Smell is sweet consisting of roasted malt and caramel notes. Aroma is not hoppy at all. Taste is of roasted nuts with a sweet and mellow maltiness. Slightly sour in the end. The nut flavor is a little artificial. Taste is not even in the same ballpark as the other great brown ales out there. Tasted a lot like New Castle - just not as sweet. A mild tasting brew with a smooth mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking.

palma, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany body topped by a very fluffy ivory head. The lacing on this brew is quite impressive. Aroma is a blend of the strong malt base and some sense of the light hopping. The taste is very even and mild with a good sense of balance. Teamed with almost any kind of food this beer will be a great complement. Clean, crisp finish and very good drinkability.

AtLagerHeads, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of Charthepirate
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring this beer I found it's color and offwhite head both very appealing. The lacing clung down the beer very nicely, and the head retained a good portion of the way down.

Stuffy nose, so the smell was a little tough. There were definate caramel, nutty, mild fruityness and roasted to the smell.

First touch on the toungue was bitter, followed by a kind of nutty sweetness. It reminded me of caramel coated roasted nuts. It's generally very mild. The hops come back at the back of the mouth.

Weakest point is the watery mouthfeel. A little bite to it from carbonation or heaviness to the beer would have been fantastic.


Charthepirate, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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.

RoyalT, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of genaro
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a transluscent brown/copper with a small short lived head. The aroma was a fragrant chocolate. It has a sweet nutty, chocolate taste with traces of caramel. Mouthfeel was smooth with some hop bite and some roasted malt taste.The not too dry finish was satisfying. According to the label some wheat malt was used and maybe that's what gave this beer the edge I liked.
I found this to be a good session beer. Unfortunately, when I went back for more I was told it was no longer being produced. At least I got to have one.

genaro, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly nutty. A lighter bodied brown ale. Malts are slightly roasted, nutty and somewhat sweet. Hops are mild, slightly bitter, and a touch citrusy. Taste is a little thin. It's a VERY drinkable beer, but not really very interesting. That's not meant to be a rip. It's a nice beer, but it doesn't really have any distinguishing character to it. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep warm brown color, with little head.
Aroma is distinctly american brown ale, very mild, sweet and malty, but with a more prominent hoppiness. Slight esteriness, with a bit of caramel and perhaps toasted malts.
Flavor is also malty, slightly roasty, with a bit of hopping throughout and a touch of burnt caramel flavor. Mild esters. Well done, but uncomplex and a little uninteresting.
A pretty nice beer, if a little dull. A good party beer, something to drink when you want flavor, but are more concerned with being social rather than paying attention to your beer.

UnionMade, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Okay, I stayed away from this one as long as time permitted because I was reluctant to respond to the numerous (and mostly) positive reviews I heard regarding this particular Red Hook brew. Too sweet for a Nut Brown. Maybe thats just me, but Samuel Smith N.B. more accurately summarizes what I'm looking for in a nut brown ale. Nose is sweet (caramel), taste and mouthfeel are sweet and syrupy. I hate to reduce myself to making such statements, but this is a 'chick beer' at best. I might have enjoyed this a little more if it was the first beer of the evening.

TripelJ, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of bmills1608
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark reddish/brown color. Medium size light tan head that fades in seconds to a film on the top of the beer.

Nose is a little roasted malt, caramel creams, and a small whiff of soft hops. Overall aroma of this beer is of dark grains. Taste is medium full. Flavors of dark breads, butter and toasted wheat start things off and is followed with a fairly slick caramel sweetness. Bitterness is low, but not totally absent. An estery fruitiness adds a small bit of additional character. The grain/malt profile is extremely balanced. A moderately complex, easy brown ale that leans more towards an English mild then even an English brown and is far from some of the much more aggressive American browns. Mouthfeel is surprisingly good, pretty full and a bit creamy. Finish is smooth and a touch dry.

A tasty little brown ale. Perfect session beer.

bmills1608, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Stubbie1, May 04, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

bditty187, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a dark reddish-brown color. nice head, but it pops away quickly to almost nothing. Seems to be very carbonated. Smells woodsy and a little like chocolate. Taste: not enough umph, but malty and smooth. Weighty, but not thick. keeps the palate clean. Nearly perfect weight and aftertaste, very appealing and highly drinkable.

dwarbi, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful dark brown to an almost dark red in color.Maintained a half inch thick solid white head.I was very surprised at the appearance for being a Redhook beer.Showed a good amount of lacing while still retaining some head.The aroma had a bready,earthy,and very malty smell.Leaves a long bitter after taste.Full-bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.Nothing watery about this one,,Its plenty thick.The overall taste isnt too appealing to me.It has a strange finish that I cannot make out as far as taste.The appearance really impressed me though.The only time I drink anything from Redhook is either at a hockey,baseball,or football game.

kelticblood, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When microbreweries were in their infancy stage, "Nut Brown Ale" seemed almost synonymous with the word "micro". It seems that the style has all but faded from the shelves of beer stores (packies) and been relegated to whimsically named brewpubs. I had to do a double take when I noticed a sixer of the subject of this review. This Nut Brown is true to the style...as I remember it. Dark teak/red tint and medium to rich malty body. Ample citrusy hops. The Chocolaty and fruity aroma blends well with a trace of floral hop. The rich fluid body is nearly creamy and lightly nutty. Some fruit flavors and mouthfeel are noticed while the alcohol is barely noticeable. Not much of a head...just like I remembered.

Edit: I had to reduce my rating a bit on 4/9/05. This brew is a bit thinner than the last time I rated it. It's also a bit sweeter.

BeerResearcher, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with orange highlights and is wearing a tan 1-finger hat of head. The aromas of a nutty esters, malty notes, and light butter flow from the head of this beer. The taste is not a repeat of the aroma as this beer is on the watery side. It has a light roasty and earthy grain taste with barely any nutty flavors. After the nice aroma, I was slightly disappointed in this brew. This is a light bodied beer that finishes watery thin. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - weak head that left before I noticed what color it was, however the lacing is respectable despite that. Dark brown body.

Aroma - nose of faintly of dark fruit and a dark malty smell I have never smelled before.

Palate - Lightly of brazil nuts, medium hops, a dark malty taste, a touch of harshness. Hoppy yet not floral in any way. This is not a sweet beer, but there is sweetness hiding somewhere in there.

Mouthfeel - pleasant tiny bubbles.

drinkability - average

Naerhu, Apr 07, 2003
Redhook Nut Brown from Redhook Ale Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.