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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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Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transparent orange-bronze with a generous dose of red. The cap is light toffee in color and is reasonably creamyfirm. Its upper surface is finely bubbled, becoming finely pitted as I type, and is doing a pretty good job in the glass coverage department. There's nothing overly impressive about the look, but it nails the style, I'll give it that.

What I can appreciate of the nose is pleasant, I just wish there was more of it. The effect, like music that's turned down too low, is to mute the highs and the lows and to keep its true nature something of a secret. Moderately toasted, mildly cocoa-like, dried nutty... not much else. Pretty standard brown ale aroma.

Believe it or not, the flavor treads the same path. There are many beers that are weak of nose, but that come alive on the palate; or are at least more forceful. It's unusual, in my experience, to taste one that is also muted when it comes to flavor. It can't be that the beer is too cold since I started it out at 50 degrees and it's probably at or above 55 by now. Something is preventing my tastebuds from getting a firm grip though.

If the mouthfeel is an accurate barometer, there's plenty of malt in play. 'Brown' malty, still slightly cocoa-like, mildly nutty... nothing has really changed from the advance notice given by the nose. The beer is neither overly sweet, nor overly bitter. If forced to choose, I'd say that it favors bitter; especially on the back end. My tongue has a 'post hoppy' feel without ever having experienced the hop flavor in the first place. I guess that I can add dry to the list.

The body/mouthfeel is actually a tad more full than average considering the style. It's firmer than it is creamy though and is really nothing special. Simply put, its barely-above-average nature is perfectly in concert with the rest of its attributes. The drinkability score reflects my displeasure with a beer that, by all rights, should be more flavorful than it is. Why would I want to drink another bottle?

After drinking Green Flash's tasty Extra Pale Ale, I had guardedly high hopes for Nut Brown Ale. Something is definitely amiss though. Occam's Razor would suggest that the most likely explanation is that it simply isn't a very well-crafted brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 19:35:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that leaves a bit of lacing as it falls down. The beer is a dark, ruby highlighted, brown color that is almost brilliantly clear. The aroma is quite fruity, which is apparent as I pour this beer. As I go in for a deeper sniff, I get notes of woody cherries, roasted brown coffee, some notes of chocolate. The aroma is pretty nice, though nothing to die for.

The taste is quite sweet up front, which really plays up the fruit character; again I get notes of cherries, but it is joined by notes of sweet raisins, and a bit of fruity plum or perhaps even prune-like notes. The sweetness and fruit character carries through to the finish, where it fades relatively quickly. There is a nice, approaching subtle, nutty character here that is joined by a bit of roasted, brown malt character which lingers on in the finish after the sweet fruit notes disappear.

The sweetness of this beer also manifests itself in the slightly bigger body that this brown ale has. It is just approaching being chewy and in fact makes this beer almost not quaffable. It still is quaffable though, and this chewiness is certainly not a bad. This is a nice drinking beer, it is perhaps a tad to maltily sweet, but this adds a certain chewiness that is certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 01:43:43 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of chocolate and crystal malts along with a nutty Victory malt aroma. It has a dry burnt toffee aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very dry, yet malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet and a bit bitter. It has a nutty character, but the hops drown out the malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent nut brown ale. It could use a little less hops. The malt sweetness in the aroma is not as pronounced in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 01:42:53 | More by WesWes
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass clear amber brown with a low tan head which lasted well to try and coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with an estery fruity presence, most notably cherries, and a nice chocolate maltiness with caramel thrown in.

The flavor was fruity with a chocolate flavor and very little bittering at all. The beer was relatively dry but devoid of character.

The finish was dry with just a lasting impression of chocolate remaining. The body was medium light and the carbonation a bit on the light side. This one is about as boring as a beer could be. A boost in the hop levels would make it much more interesting.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 23:26:18 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears ruby brown forms a nice off white tan caramel head leaves even streaks of lacing. Aroma has a nutty caramel toasted malt character with herbal hops and some sweet bready nut tones as well. Taste is very nice mild soft chocolate toasted nuts created from the darker roasts somewhat creamy tone finishes with light herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated stays on the palate. Drinkability has a nice overall welcoming flavor not crazy for brown/nut brown ales but this is pretty nice and I could defintiely drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 19:34:47 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Clear dark brown coloring, moderate carbonation, and a decent 1" light tan head that sputtered down to a small ring leaving no lace.

Nose had a mix of caramel malt and a vague buttery veggie note. The taste had a decent roasted malt flavor and a touch of nutty buttery flavor that evoked memories of Newcastle Brown Ale. Still sweet in the finish as the hops stay tame and let the malt aspect carry throughout. Hint of veggie in the finish. Feel was medium and a tad watery.

Overall, not bad but nothing great. Not a brew I'm gonna rush out to find again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 18:58:41 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of SteveO1231


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 22oz. bomber no freshness date printed.

Poures a burnt sienna with some nice golden highlights. Moderate carbonation. Really nice chunky tan head. Some thick lacing.

Big roasted malt aroma. I trace of coffee and a scent of a chocolate milkshake.

Nice roasted and chocolate malt flavor, Dry nutty bitterness and a clean crisp finish. My favorite in the whole GF lineup.


Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 04:13:06 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of BrewMaster


2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Reddish brown with a fizzy and stiff head. Decent head retention and a light creamy film on top of the head. The head is moderately sticky with even lacing.

Smell: Roasty malt nose, floral hop scent and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste: Toasty malt with some odd sourness and a sloppy, watery finish. A bit of alcohol flavor sits in the middle to the end. The middle also has the flavor of overly ripe berries and syrup. The lingering aftertaste is roasty and surprisingly nice.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and bit too dry and sticky.

Drinkability: Well, I can't say I'd recommend this beer. It's not terrible, but it's not good either. Unbalanced and uncharacteristic flavors take this beer from decent to sub-par. It's not worth the $2 I paid for the bottle. The is probably the last bottle I will buy from Green Flash. I've had several beers from them and not one that I liked.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 04:40:35 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of drewbage


3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Beer pours into the glass with a beautiful clear light milk chocolate brown with rich red leathery highlights. Almost no head, but what is there soft white and finely bubbled.

Aroma is lightly fruity with just a hint of hop riding behind an oxidized chocolate finish.

Flavor matches the chocolate tone with a slightly spicy cinnamon flavor form the malt leading into sharply increasing bitterness that leads to a drying mineral finish with a slight buttered hazelnut character.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 06:58:03 | More by drewbage
Photo of beerguy101


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown color. Small white head. Aroma is nutty and fairly sweet. A lighter bodied nut-brown ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy and a little drying. Hints of chocolate are there as well. A little thin and watery, but still some nice flavor components going on here. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and dry. Finish is slightly bitter

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 21:28:34 | More by beerguy101
Photo of jcalabre


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on draught at Stone's 7th Anniversary party.
Appearance: This pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan head.
Aroma: The nose on this beer is a nice roasty toasty smell.
Flavor: Up front, you're hit with a slight bit of maltiness and the finish is slightly hoppy.
I was expecting a lot more maltiness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2003 00:08:47 | More by jcalabre
Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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