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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Nut Brown AleGreen Flash Nut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%

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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Photo of IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 01:44:50 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 04:58:24 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of yemenmocha


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 05:50:47 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Offa


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 23:44:22 | More by Offa
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 06:03:27 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 21:09:41 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Reagan1984


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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....

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 00:07:55 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 23:31:41 | More by brentk56
Photo of bbothen


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 20:28:51 | More by bbothen
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 01:29:42 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of number1bum


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 21:06:25 | More by number1bum
Photo of ckaufman


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!


Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 16:19:05 | More by ckaufman
Photo of Halcyondays


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 02:52:16 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Lincoln Market & Deli in SLO after I heard that it was being discontinued.

Appearance: Semi-opaque orangish brown with thin off-white head that leaves pretty good lacing down the walls of my glass.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on here. Faint chocolate and nuts with a little caramel. Smells clean I suppose

Taste: It's really sad they're discontinuing this. One of the best brown ales I've had. Same sentiments felt by my fellow wiseman. Initial chocolate flavor gives way to delicious peanut brittle and finishes dry and hoppy. I don't think I've ever had a brown ale that embraced the hops as much as this one... maybe that's why we liked it so much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very "clean" feeling. Dry aftertaste leaves you craving more.

Drinkability: Fairly light yet extremely flavorful. Could drink these guys forever. Will definitely buy more. Unfortunately, supplies are limited so we'll probably go down the street to Lincoln and buy the rest that they have.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 20:29:28 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of m1ked


4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bittersweet review here. Sweet that I picked up a case for $20. Bitter is that is due to GF discontinuing their Nut Brown. I guess Chuck has to make room for the likes of the Double Stout (mmm, Homer Simpson salivation...Double Stout) and the Grand Cru also very saliva producing.

A- Pours a clear ruby red brown with a brief 1/2 inch sandy head that turns into a thin sandy layer. No real lacing to speak of here.

S- Malty sweetness clearly in the front, fading into a blend of caramel, and seems like a hint of chocolate. No real bitterness that I can appreciate. It makes me think of a cross between a bwine, and a stout....but subtle.

T- Ahh, the payoff...sweet caramel right away, with that almost creamy hint of chocolate. Once the sweetness fades it leaves a bit of balancing bitter on my tongue.

M- Some flavors almost seem creamy to me, but the carbonation really holds up without distracting my enjoyment.

D- I am so bummed that they are discontinuing this beer. Hopefully it will make a comeback....maybe a seasonal brew? This is such a tasty and easy drinking beer...I wish I had more. Easily a sessionable beer....while it lasts.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 21:10:21 | More by m1ked
Photo of HumuloneRed


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz. Bottle. From the beer of the month club.

Pours a clear crimson with a dusty khaki head and slick lacing.

The nose is malty sweet with hints of almonds.

The flavor is smooth and malty with just enough bitterness in the finish for balance.

Nicely made and flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 15:35:11 | More by HumuloneRed
Photo of Proteus93


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deeper clay red coloured pour, a somewhat creamy head that doesn't stick around too long.

S: A nice, straight forward, slightly sweet nutty and malty aroma. A little biscuity, and perhaps some very light signs of oxidation setting in.

T: Not quite as sweet as I thought it would be from the aroma. A rather simple toasted malt and oily nut profile.

M + D: A bit of a draft soda feel. A little burst of carbonation that kind of flattens out toward the end for a little bit of a sticky sensation - like it wanted to finish up dry, but just fell a little short. A decent anytime beer, at the very least.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 02:07:23 | More by Proteus93
Photo of HalfFull


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep copper amber with a bit of haze. Head dissipates swiftly and offers temporary lacing down the glass.

Smells of deep roasted malts, a bit nutty but not overwhelmingly so. Sweet roasted coffee flavors linger.

Taste is smooth and slightly malty, albeit too carbonated initially. This soon balances and yields a nice chewy malt structure which enhances the feel of the brew.

Drinkability is decent. After a few I think I would long for a drier finish. Though quite fitting for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 08:23:32 | More by HalfFull
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Liquor Emporium in Lompoc. Poured deep, deep brown color.Aroma is slightly nutty with malty. Malts are different, seemed like caramel malts. Taste was crisp. Some choolate, caramel hints. Mouthfeel was nice, fresh and smooth. Not a big fan of browns but this one was nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 08:39:35 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of GClarkage


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

05/24/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber, chestnut, light brown colored pour. 1/2 inch head upon pour, settles at a light creamy rim. Leaves decent lace sheeting.

Smell- Not outgoing, but very nice nutty and chocolate nose. Smells like a rocky road milkshake.

Taste- Fairly well roasted nutty malt. Not sweet at all, a bit smokey as well. Chocolate scent is not detected in the flavor at all. Very very light hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Really not much of a aftertaste, maybe a bit of smokey malt. A bit of a seltzer-like carbonation.

Drinkability- I've had better English styles before, but it's still drinkable. Just your average beer. Worthy of a try? Sure, why not.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 20:19:41 | More by GClarkage
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a burnt amber with chestnut brown hues and a slight tan head.

S: a nutty sweet caramel roasting with some light chocolate hints.

T: The flavor started out semi-sweet with some toffee and a light buttery nuttiness which was followed by some dark coffee, chocolate and a light caramel cherry sweetness. The hopping was earthy but was the malt palate that stood out the most for this beer.

M: medium body, with some light chewy notes and a good roasted nuttiness lacing.

D: Good drinkability, nothing to extreme, just a honest good nut brown.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 22:46:35 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of pmcadamis


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brown and nutty looking with a small but persistent beige head. Little lace is left on the glass, and swirling doesn't help the head much.

S - Nuts embedded in toffee and drizzled with caramel...wrapped up in a bundle of hop leaves. Yup, that's what I smell.

T - This has a nice hop presence for a brown ale, and the tight grassy hop flavors help keep this from being to sweet. I love the caramel and toffee covered nut flavors!

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, hoppy finish. Nice!

D - This has session written all over it. Not mind-blowingly complex or anything, this is an outstandingly drinkinkable beer. Fantabulous!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 20:53:33 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of illidurit


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Deep auburn with mahogany highlights. Head is one finger tall and beige. It dissipates pretty quickly without leaving any lacing.

Aroma is heavy on brown sugar and toffee, making it immediately apparent that this is an English style beer. Hops are nowhere to be found. There's a little nuttiness and red fruit too.

Flavor is balanced well between sweet malt and roastiness, but overall it's not very robust. Toffee, molasses, and a peanut skin character round the malt profile out. On the watery side.

Body is a touch thin, and carbonation is a touch high. I was hoping this beer would be a little heartier.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 00:10:18 | More by illidurit
Photo of argock


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Medium-brown color, barely transparent, with short off-white head with a bunch of lace streaming down the glass.

S: Cocoa butter smell with a bit of toasted malt. No hoppiness to speak of.

T: Very sweet chocolate milk flavor with slight nuttiness. Pretty smooth but no balance of hops contribution.

M: Reasonably smooth but a little thin in body and feel. Mild carbonation and sweet chocolate aftertaste.

D: Sweet and pleasant but unbalanced and thin. Disappointing given the other nice Green Flash brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 05:24:57 | More by argock
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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.