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
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev +7%
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! (656 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Rootdog316
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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... (929 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev 0%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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 (1,317 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of Phocion
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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 (320 characters)

Photo of brantadid
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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". (381 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of kernalklink
2.82/5  rDev -21%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a translucent chestnut brown with thick foamy off-white head. Head quickly dwindles down to a nice collar. Leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- Nutty smell with sweet caramel malt.

T- Very rich nutty taste with sweet caramel malt background. Finish is consistent with the initial taste and a rich nutty aftertaste lingers.

M- Medium carbonation and medium weight body. Very smooth finish. Mouthfeel accompanies the richness of this brew.

D- This was a very good English Brown. Taste is much stronger than most that I have had. Its richness, however, makes it hard to drink more than one of these. (628 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent brown ale. Not one of my favorites, but it has its moments.

The beer pours to a nice dark mahogany color, ruby when held to the light, with a thin off-white head. The head dies down to a thin centimeter film and retains for the duration of the glass. Lacing is alright, but could be better. Plenty of active carbonation, as revealed by a back light.

The smell is the weakest link. Has a feint reminder of DMS, though it is such a subtle amount that it almost doesn't register as an off-flavor. Has a strong caramel malt sweetness with a very subtle sour toasted grain aroma, and a hint of nuts and smoke.

The taste is better, revealing more of the roasty grain flavors. Tastes like chocolate malt with a smidge of black patent, perhaps. Still plenty of caramel and its accompanying sweetness, though the sweetness is more rounded by the dark malts in the flavor. The DMS flavor seems better covered up by the dark malt as well. Has a huge nutty finish with a hint of smoke. A dry chalky/ashy and chocolate aftertaste lingers on.

The body is thin and prickly from too much carbonation. Has a slightly acrid sourness to it. Kind of a mid-ground between sweet and dry. No trace of hops. Has potential, but definitely not one of the best brown ales out there. (1,284 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear medium red-brinish color with massive tannish head.
Smell is of roasted malt with some pleasant caramel and molasses tones.
Taste is more of the roasted malt character with some more caramel and toffee essences.
Finishes with a naice malt sweetness with a touch of balancing malt.
A nicely done, easy-to-drink brown ale. (348 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Green Flash's IPA and thought the Barleywine was good. I knwo these aren't really any indicators for how good an English Brown'll be but either way I've been looking forward to trying this brew.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - A very deep amber color. About a finger of light tan head. Head fades a little but remains fairly substantial and leaces the glass pretty well.

S - Smell is quite subdued. What you do get is some tiny aromas of roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate.

T - A pretty nice flavor overall. Sweet malts with some tiny fruitiness. A touch of chocolate in there. Finishes pretty clean.

M - Pretty nice feel. A medium body.

D - Not the best nut brown but exactly what you want in this style. Smooth and malty. Easy to drink. (778 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkish auburn red in the light, pleasant light brown in the shadows, moderate clarity - its not hazy, just a bit dense - topped by a thick finger table top of off-white foam.

Aroma is malty sweet, with a bit of candy, offset by coffee, chocolate and nuts. Very inviting.

Taste begins malty but not cloyingly sweet. Clear notes of coffee and chocolate and nuts. Mild hop nip builds to swallow and balances it all out.

Enjoyable mouthfeel, some body, but not too much. Nice drinkability. Downright sessionable.

A proper English style brown ale from San Diego ? Was the hop truck hijacked ? Nicely done and recommended.

And when your taste buds are lulled into a calm state, wash it down with their West Coast IPA for a whole other meaning of balance. (764 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with ruby red hues, a light tan head consisting of big bubbles that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some spotty lacing. Smells mostly of malt with some toffee and cocoa hints. Taste begins sweet like caramel with a hint of toffee glazed nuts before finishing with a dry hopped presence. Medium in body with a bit of a chewiness. A good nut brown ale, very middle of the road. Not an extreme beer, but also not lacking anything, very sessionable. (473 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

plain clear brown ale with a lovelly creamy,large tan head. Slightly nutty,malty aroma but its quite tame. very dark chocolate styled malt taste, coffeeish even, slightly nutty, some sourness( maybe the Belgian part) Nice mouthfeel, quite livelly carbonation. Overall a nice brown, its almost like a Porter Lite, well drinkable. (328 characters)

Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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