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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Nut Brown AleGreen Flash Nut Brown Ale

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jcalabre on 08-24-2003)
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

09-19-2013 18:53:02 | More by ejimhof
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-21-2013 18:50:19 | More by Slatetank
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-24-2012 02:34:50 | More by cliff1066
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-30-2012 15:46:49 | More by KevinTK
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-02-2012 08:29:07 | More by AvgWhiteGuy
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-05-2012 21:56:27 | More by JohnK17
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-27-2012 12:52:53 | More by likeemdark
Photo of IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

A - Pours an appealing copper brown with nice highlighs. Decent amount of head, ok retention.

S - Nutty indeed, lots of nuttiness with some right caramel malt to back. Very nice.

T - Great nuttiness here again and some nice caramel and biscuit malts. Best example of the style I've had outside the UK I think.

M - As expected, a bit bit more carbonated than it should be I think.

O - A fine beer. I see they've brought it out of retirement, I wonder if they've made some tweeks, because it's deserving of a higher mark than it currently carries I think.

11-06-2011 01:49:13 | More by IllNate
Photo of Nugganooch


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Purchased a 5-gall at the brewery that was dated 01/21/11. Glad to see GF bring this one out of retirement.

A: Pours a clean, dark mahogany brown with some bright reddish hues. Nice frothy tan head that dissipates quickly back into the glass. Little to no lacing.

S: Rich with toasty malt and sweet caramel aromas.

T: Big toasty malt, biscuit, tofee and sweet caramel flavors abundent. Some nice tart and spiciness to it. Solid bittering. Hops profound for the style.

M: Somewhat watery with slight residual stickiness. Would personally prefer a bit dryer finish.

D: Superb. A very well balanced low ABV brew that goes well for many occasions.

Overall a great brew. Very session like at 5.5% ABV. This also happens to be one of my wife's favorite craft brews so needless to say we took advantage of the limited release. As a sidenote I tapped my keg along side a bunch of BMC at a party and the NutBrown was the crowd fav by far.

03-14-2011 22:00:42 | More by Nugganooch
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours solid brown. Malty nose followed by notes of caramel, nuts and carbonation . Taste notes of caramel, chocolate and deep roast - followed by nuttiness, finishing with light hops. Nice brew.
Very easy to drink. I enjoyed it and will drink it again.

03-14-2011 03:13:30 | More by raszputini
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

A: Clear brown with almost no head. Very little carbonation.
S: Very sweet aroma. Nuttiness, caramel malt and a hint of hops.
T: Tastes as sweet as the aroma smelled. Tastes almost like a flat cola with a less intense flavor.
M: Soft with a very thin body.

I would have liked the beer to be thicker with a more full flavor and maybe some more hops to offset the sweetness a little bit.

12-21-2010 21:13:02 | More by goalie33
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Howard's Market in Tehachapi, CA. Pours a brownish-amber color with a thin light tan head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Toasted malt and nut aroma with a bit of hops. Medium, smooth body with flavors of nuts and caramel malt, plus a touch of hops and chocolate. The finish is nutty with a mild hops and semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

10-31-2009 01:44:50 | More by Dogbrick
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice ditty about the beer...there's no best by date, and I see that this beer has been discontinued, so I wonder how old this sample is...

Appearance: Murky/hazy reddish brown beer with a creamy dark ivory cap which soon fades to a medium film

Smell: This one's all about the malt; big toasted bread and cocoa notes predominate...hints of raisin as the beer warms

Taste: Mild chocolate and toasted malts predominate, with a bit of roast on the finish and perhaps just a bit of coffee...this is sweet throughout, but ends a bit dry and a touch bitter. Hint of nuttiness (hazelnut?) on the finish.

Mouthfeel: The only real downside of this ale, it's a bit fizzy and somewhat thin

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: The aromas were quite nice, but somehow this ale just falls a bit short...the mouthfeel is a major detractor and the slightly bitter/roasted finish seem a bit out of place

06-22-2009 04:58:24 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Hoppy nut brown ale? Pours medium brown with tan head, and a great start from the looks of the beer. Nose is somewhat restrained, throwing a slight caramel scent. Palate offers a strange contrast of rather big roasty/chocolatey sweet flavors with quite a bit of hop bitterness. Slows down the drinking for sure, almost as if this one is a stout or porter wannabe.

06-14-2009 05:50:47 | More by yemenmocha
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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

This is a fairly dry but tasty, well-balanced, smooth, nutty brown ale avoiding some weaknesses that I commonly find (one-dimensional character, off-balanced burnt-bitter character, extreme blandness).

Deep red-brown, it has a large tan head that slowly shrinks and leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is darkly toasted bread and nuts with hints of coffee, chocolate, and fruit, mostly raisins. It's good and not too sharp or burnt.

The taste is also nicely toasty and nutty without being burnt or sharp, although it's a bit subdued in flavour and is not very complex. It has a light fruity quality as well and is very smooth with nice balance. It has a lightly dry, toasty finish and is quite drinkable.

04-16-2009 23:44:22 | More by Offa
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3.23/5  rDev -10%

12 oz. bottle tried 15 May 2008.

Pours with a medium sized brown head. Deep reddish brown color, slightly cloudy. Smells like cinnamon raisin bread. Starts out very mild, faint caramel sweetness, some vanilla. Some hazelnut, earthy. Slightly bitter astringent aftertaste. Medium body. Light alcohol.

Decent session beer.

03-05-2009 06:03:27 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a very nice golden brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, which does leave some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel, slight toffee. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, lots of caramel, with some toffee thrown in. Medium body. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from GF, I really like this brewery.

01-31-2009 21:09:41 | More by Wasatch
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Very nice two finger creamy/foamy head tops a dark amber beer with as many ruby highlights as brown. Nice clarity, but very deep in color. No visible carbonation.

Aroma was very thick, sweet, malty and dare I say a bit nutty....Some strong caramel notes.

Initially more fruity than I would have thought. Grains, sweetness, malt and some caramel. Flavor ends a bit quickly.... Would have liked a little more of a finish.

The mouth feel is fairly light and the carbonation fights the flavor a bit.

Drinkable yes... Classic? No... Green Flash makes some awesome beers. This is just one of their "good" ones....

01-03-2009 00:07:55 | More by Reagan1984
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Caramel, malted milk and a touch of nuts

Taste: Opens with a malted milk flavor that is quickly joined by a caramel aspect and moves in a bitter nutskin direction by mid-palate; a bit of fruity hops appear right after the swallow but the finish winds up with a bit of cocoa sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the best brown ale out there, but it hits on the style and adds a bit of west coast hop flair

11-28-2008 23:31:41 | More by brentk56
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a clear crimson/brown color with a bubbly 2 finger deep off white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Big malty aroma, sweet caramel, fruity, chocolate, faint toasted aromas.

Sweet caramel maltiness, toffee, nutty, fruity bitterness, chocolatey finish. A fine tasting brew.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, lush, satisfying.

A nice, tasty, satisfying brown ale. Very user friendly. Nothing here to blow you away. Session it up.

10-19-2008 20:28:51 | More by bbothen
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

12oz bottle poured in to a Sam Adams glass.

A: Slightly cloudy redish brown body. Much redder than most brown ales I've seen. Slightly off white head, decent staying power, okay lacing.

S: Great caramel smell, maybe a hint a vanilla. Sweet malt dominates for sure.

T: Sweet caramel flavor, a nutty taste (a promised ) near the finish. Slight bitterness on the finish balances everything well. Hops aren't noticeable except for that bitterness.

M: Good thickness, but with too much carbonation for my taste

D: Really easy drinking, maybe a slight astringency or lingering bitterness.

Good everyday brown I'd say.

08-28-2008 01:29:42 | More by 51mmz0rz
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Thanks to dukedebourgogne for throwing this in as an extra.

Pours a clear light reddish mahogany color, a few bubbles rising to the top to meet two fingers of khaki head. Keeps a thin lace and doesn't leave much stick.

Smells of caramel malt, brown sugar, cocoa, and toasted nuts. Pretty nice but a little weak.

Taste has those same components that I mentioned regarding smell, with the cocoa flavor being a bit more prominent and mingling with some nuts, which is quite nice. Seems a bit on the thin side unfortunately, which is too bad because it is quite tasty. Mouthfeel is a little thin, light bodied and pretty crisp.

Not a bad nut brown ale, and a very easy drinker. Could use a bit more robustness of aroma and flavor, but a great session beer. Too bad it is to be no longer.

08-19-2008 21:06:25 | More by number1bum
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3.95/5  rDev +10%

I heard a nasty rumor that this beer is being discontinued... that's a damn shame!!!

A: Slightly hazy semi-transparent brown color with a nice tan head. Minimal lacing, but a lasting retention inside the glass.

S: As the name suggests... this has the smell of nuts with a slight coffee scent thrown in for good measure.

T: Again, as the name suggests... nuttty flavor with a minimal influence of hops in the background.

M: Smooth, smooth, smooth... just thick enough, and just thin enough! Minimal carbonation which reminds me of the classic Newcastle Brown Ale.

D: All night long!!!

Sorry to see this one fall by the wayside! I guess in a world of extemes, it's just not good enough to walk down the middle of the road!!!


08-06-2008 16:19:05 | More by ckaufman
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a small off-white head with good retention, light lacing, looks good in a pint glass.

S: The smell is strong with a hint of chocolate, and backbone of nuts and caramel malt.

T: Very nutty, the name says it all. Sugary, treacle like at time. Hops are restrained, with a bit of a spicy bite at the back end of the flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, quite drinkable, would be an easy be to quaff pints of.

D: A good brown ale, not as good as Alesmith's, but solid. Unfortunately it is getting discontinued apparently, but a nice example of how a San Diego County brewer making a mild, sessionable and flavourful ale.

07-17-2008 02:52:16 | More by Halcyondays
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

Served on tap at Green Flash

A nice creamy head....then it is reduced to a ring in the glass on top of the deep dark ruby color.
Sweet nutty aroma is promonate with a touch of buscuits and toasted raw grain.I expecting a nuttier flavor from the aroma profile but it has a nice toasty taste. The sweetness is mild and refreshing. The hops a hidding a bit ( or GF they are camoflauged) behind the malt.
This is one that can be enjoyed just about anytime of day but you may get board with the profile after a few.

07-09-2008 16:14:10 | More by dbONE
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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.