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Redhook Nut Brown - Redhook Ale Brewery

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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

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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2003 06:07:34 | More by tavernjef
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mickeymac

California

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

It's reddish-brown, throwing off a smallish head that leaves lace all the way down the side of the glass. Little is happening in the smell: a trace of malt sweetness and barely noticeable carmel. The taste is also a bit lacking. Nut(?) Brown Ale? If the nutty flavor is there, it has concealed itself well. A bit of carmel flavor comes through and the hop bitterness helps to liven things just a bit. The mouthfeel is on the light side, but it does go down pretty easily. I'd gladly pay more for Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 15:52:14 | More by mickeymac
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 19:11:12 | More by Bighuge
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scottum

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice brown amber with a good head. A nice mellow malty brew with a good hoppy taste to it. It's got a great flavor to it. This may be a beer to lure the non BAs away from their wrongful ways with. Another great ale from Redhook! Try it on tap if you can get it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2003 21:04:11 | More by scottum
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kbub6f

New York

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/29/2002 bottle date, bought locally (grocery store refrigerated shelves), 2-3 weeks in my refrigerator, served cold.

Moderate coarse light cream-colored head collapses fairly quickly. Lacing is kind of runny. The color is dark reddish brown mahogany. Nice.

Initial smell is sweet cardboard and alcohol, a little roastiness, a little chocolate. Slight undertone of yeast. The beer is still a little too cold to be fair, but I like to drink them slow and taste them bloom.

Starts sweet and nutty, but gets tart and thin fast. Nice hop in the finish, but I miss the front... I wish it would have lasted longer. The middle is a little too physically stimulating in the mouth, distracting my tastebuds. This really needs to warm up....

Ok, it's getting there. Close to room temp the malt and cocoa last a little longer. Strange that there seems to be some alcohol in the finish. This is a decent beer, but I think it's too light and thin for a brown. It needs a little more everything.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 17:52:12 | More by kbub6f
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 10:45:06 | More by ADR
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 10:11:43 | More by RBorsato
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Gusler

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 06:13:38 | More by Gusler
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Jon

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2002 11:36:40 | More by Jon
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StevieW

Florida

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

Well I didn't have the wet-dog smell mentioned before thank goodness. Pours a nice medium brown color, but more clear than I expected. Nice tan head, settled very fast. Smell was just as advertised on the bottle, coffee, roasted barley, some chocholate. Tasted just the same, all the flavors present. Easy to drink, but I thought it also was a bit thin. I have had only a couple nut browns, and have had better. Even the "Hops" restuarant chain version was a little better. (I know, Shocking !)

Ed.'s note: add a pinch of granulated brown sugar right after the pour, let it settle into the head. Adds a nice big fluffy tan head and balances the watery finish. Happened by accident as I was cleaning my kitchen.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 08:04:56 | More by StevieW
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Viking

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I've never had a beer that smelled this bad while tasting so good. It had a caramel scent, with very heavy undertones of wet dog. At this point I was sure I'd hate it, even though it looked pretty appetizing (nice dark reddish amber, with a healthy head). Anyhoo, bottoms up. Surprisingly, the brew tasted pretty good. Chocolate and hazelnut flavors combine to form a smooth, tasty beer. Maybe I should actually drink this from the bottle?

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2002 15:21:40 | More by Viking
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Murph

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2002 01:14:52 | More by Murph
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber in color with a very full light tan head, which soon collapses to scattered patches of foam.

Aroma: The aroma is wonderful rich, malty, and nutty.


Flavor: The flavor is a blend of light and dark malts with chocolate notes, a hint of nuts, and a brief burst of hops at the finish, complex - but in a quite pleasing way.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, with a hint of carbonation, reasonably full.

Drinkability/notes: Smooth and easy to drink, this is a very nice example of the style.

Nut Brown Ale is one of Redhooks' triumvirate of seasonal brews, along with Winterhook and Blonde Ale (ed. now there is a beer for the Autumn season, Autumn Ale). As such it is generally available only in the late winter and spring. This is a pity, as this fine beer should be available year-round.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2002 19:24:44 | More by Pegasus
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inebrius

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium-brown that poured a two-finger head and held a serious lace. Big time malt nose. Malt start with hints of chocolate and an underlying roasted barley flavor finishes with bitter hops. Well-balanced and toasty. A touch of roasted barley mixed in with the sweet malts give this beer its nutty taste. A fine American Brown. I'm honestly surprised the average review is as low as it is, This is a mighty tasty brown IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 10:01:04 | More by inebrius
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pbrian

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2002 08:28:48 | More by pbrian
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2002 01:42:44 | More by ZAP
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2002 21:53:46 | More by Jason
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Redhook Nut Brown from Redhook Ale Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.