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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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Reviews: 94
Hads: 101
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
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:
Beer added by: jcalabre on 08-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 101
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....

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of bbothen
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of number1bum
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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!!!


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Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of dbONE
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of m1ked
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of illidurit
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich autumnal brown with red tinge. Head quickly dissipates but retains a thin layer and leaves lacings around glass. Big nutty, cocoa/chocolate, coffee, with faint toasty caramel aroma and taste. Aroma is melded together perfectly as is the flavor. Very sweet. Chewy malt. Hops are employed solely to balance. Watery feel on the palate. Slightly dry finish.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Short, fat, stout, single 12 oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
From the couple of beers I've sampled from this brewery, I've been pretty impressed, so I was expecting impressive things from this one...
A hefty, powerful pour resulted in a five-finger head that slightly receded after a short period of time, leaving a hefty amount of lacing...
Aroma could best be described as having a slight amount of a nutty and malty smell, balanced out by a miniscule suggestion of hops and vanilla...
Smell was subtle and slight, without too much going on in the nose...
Sweet, candied, malty flavor filled with caramel, slight vanilla, nuts, molasses, syrup, sugars, and honey...
Light, watered-down mouthfeel leads to a fair amount of drinkability due to the obviously low ABV and non-cloying, easily downable flavor...
Not the best depiction of the style that I've sampled, but certainly worth a try...

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Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brownish maroon pour with light tan had. Smell is nutty, with some hazlenut, coffee and metallic smells. Taste is fairly smooth nuttiness, with light bitterness, and is slightly thin. Okay mouthfeel, still for the style, and drinkable, but not my favorite Nut brown ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malty beer, with a somewhat sweet but dry and unsatisfying finish. Medium brown colour with a bit of foaming head. Malty nutty aroma. Smooth drinking and creaminess in medium mouthfeel. Drinkable..once. A touch of kola bean, but not a very intensive flavour beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint at the PB Tap Room a couple nights ago for four dollars, recommended by the bartender

Color was a medium brown with a lighter brown tint when held up to the light, a 1/2 inch light brown head, slight retention, but no real lacing

Smell had hints of chocolate, some faint hops, roasted nuts, mild cream, and hints of different fermented fruits

Taste was a little weaker than I expected but not bad, missing that nuttiness that I enjoy from a brown ale, hint of hops at the beginning cause a mild bitterness, as it warmed there was some milk chocolate in the finish but not enough to get excited about, malt was a little weak in this one, smell made this seem more promising, not much going on, just a dry thin ale that gets old after a few sips

Body was thin and the carbonation level was too high in my opinion, taste did not last long either, akward mouthfeel

Could drink much more than two glasses of this, pretty heavy stuff even though the ABV was only listed at 5.5% on the menu, taste gets old and not too smooth

Green Flash is a solid brewery but I think this one is one of their worst efforts, usually a fan of nut brown ales but this was just missing something and was too one dimensional, still better than some others, try it for yourself, cannot really decide on a recommendation for either way

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

Based off my notes from my LA trip. Pours a chestnut brown color with an average light tan head that dissipated into a slight cap. The aroma is a tad faint, I pick up some light roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is of toasted malt, some roasted malt, and a nice chestnut flavor. A mild, grassy hop followed in the end. The feel was moderate and finished well balanced. Overall a good nut brown ale.

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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.