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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.6/5  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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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...

Photo of JDV
3.05/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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

A little something to help me celebrate the Chargers playoff win over Indy today. I'm a long way from home but thankfully I brought back a six-pack of this stuff from my visit over Christmas.

This thing pours into a matching Green Flash pint glass dark brown with a hint of copper when the lights hits the edge. Thin frothy light brown head which quickly sinks into a thin layer on top of my glass. Wet but very ample lacing around the edges.

Sweet maltiiness throughout the nose. Chocolate, roasted toffee, and nuts that are fortunately balanced pleasantly by the bittersweet dark fruit and floral hops.

The flavor is a little thin, but excellent. Roasted biscuit and nuts but with a somewhat heavy hoppiness for the style, although the malts still take control.

Very smooth mouthfeel and medium-bodied, though carbonation isn't all that great. All in all a mild but flavorful and very drinkable brew, even if nothing special. Worth a try.

Photo of dmamiano
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

deep brown in color...almost reddish when helfd to the light. Small head, fades rather fast.
Smell is great, malty. Hints of caramel, and carapils. Nutty. Just from the nose alone, I am anticipating the taste!
Taste is full, mouthfeel slick.
Molasis immediately come to mind. Caramel malts with a bitter finish. Lingers

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

Poured a deep brown color with reddish hues into a pint glass. A quarter inch head formed and diminished quickly.

Smelled of rich toffee and toasted malt. Nice roasted nut aromas also presented.

Tasted sweet roasted malts up front. A nice nutty quality followed on the mid palate and finished really complex. Toffee and vanilla flavors with cocoa flavors on the far palate.

This beer had a light mouthfeel without being watery. Nice crispness and refreshing quality.

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

Pours a ruby brown, not much lacing, frothy white lace sticks to the glass around the outside all the way down.

Hoppy, chocolate, burnt malts smell.

Tastes of chocolate, nutty, lingering cocoa, mild hops.

Mouthfeel is weak.

I used to drink this beer years ago in San Diego when they were just starting out. I thought it was ok then, and it's still ok now.

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly clouded medium brown with a thin tan, bubbly head.

The smell is of cocoa, nut, some brown sugar - some dark fruitiness way in the back.

The taste is of toffee - sweet malt - nuttiness - mild fruity bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied - smooth in a creamy way.

Malty with some bitterness in the finish - this is fairly basic - nice enough to be "sessionable".

Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear reddish brown colored beer with a quite good light brown colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a good strong chocolate aroma and a touch of patent malt char. A little bit of toffee and some nuts.

The flavor begins as sweet and slightly nutty with a stronger patent malt char flavor. Sweetness is about right and the patent malt doesn't run your tongue over with the char bus either, this is balanced. Chocolate is less in the taste than the smell and is just a bit player here. The after taste is mostly nuts here and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is frankly a little light.

Not what you would expect from a brewery that is pretty much a hop bomb munitions factory. Not a bad brown ale but I would have expected some more herbal and buttery flavor in an English style ale. I can see drinking this again in the future.

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

Brown color, barely translucent. Big light tan head, shrinks down to a covering of the glass. Initial hint of maltiness in the nose. Sweet but not annoying caramel malty taste, a very little hops bitterness detected. Fairly smooth going down. Mouthfeel about average and drinkability is fair-good. This is an ok refresher but nothing distinguishing about it, for a brown ale that would be a crisp flavor/mouthfeel that would want you to go back for more. This one is ok but pretty average.

Photo of kernalklink
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking brew on the pour- ruby-red brown with a some murkiness and a nice head. Cool, clean malt aromas come through as do some hops and flowery esters. Boozy sweet caramel taste, slightly artificial but not extremely distracting. My problem was that the ester and the caramel sweetness mix was unappetizing and the finish was almost unpleasant. I love great flavor in beer, but there has to be something said for subtlety. Ill stick with my dogfish indian brown.

Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.