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Nut Brown Ale - Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse

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Nut Brown Ale
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our version of this old English style is a mild deep amber coloured ale with a pleasant "nutty" light biscuit and roasted malt flavour and a light flowery hop aroma with a non bitter finish from the use of Saaz hops. This is a light bodied beer that appeals to both dark and light beer drinkers alike.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: 49degrees on 02-07-2003)
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Reviews by 49degrees:
Photo of 49degrees
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The lattest brew from Vancouver Island's and Canada's oldest licensed brewpub. Established in 1984, Spinnakers has become a staple on Canada's west coast and is well respected in beer drinking circles as a consistent brewer of top notch ales. Information on their newest brew is somewhat sparse. I spotted a single bottle on the shelf today at the local Govt controlled liquor store and quickly snapped it up. Its so new, the brewery's own website doesn't yet have a listing for it. Nevertheless, like all their other brews that I've had the chance to drink, this one is enjoyable -- even more so once you let you taste buds firm up to it's robust and unique flavors.

I've tagged this one with "year round" availability, as most of their brews are available if you look hard enough. However as this is the first I've seen it, I could be very wrong in that claim.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with amber hues. A decent sized, rocky head with plenty of carbination forms on the pour and slowly subsides to a strong foamy head, a strong collar and a reasonable lace level on the glass during tasting.

A very robust and character filled beer with ample malty hits along with plenty of caramel, toffee, walnut and filbert scented nuts, and a strong wiff of roasted heart.

Taste wise, it hits hard on the palette at first (but perhaps more so in my case because I had just finished drinking an IPA and the switch from hoppy to a toasted malty beer is quite a move), but after several minutes of enjoying this one, each subsequent sip brought my taste buds to life. There's a nice level of carbination in this brew too, something that I've found many nut brown ales to lack considerably.

As far as an English influenced Nut Brown Ale would go, Spinnakers is a very enjoyable beer that's worth the extra effort to track down.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 650ml bottle / ABV: 5.2% / PRICE: $4.75 CDN ~ $3.13 USD ]

49degrees, Feb 07, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

kevwcamp, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nutty, mild, easy drink. A pint lasted a couple hours. Chill first. Some amazing nuclear head. Mild aftertaste, thinnish. Creamy toffee caramel. Hints of chocolate and toasted almond. Nice malt and nice brown ale. like a mild root beer alternative.Thanks for the sample Irondjinn.

Sammy, Aug 08, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

CWVegas, May 27, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a 650 ml brown bottle in Vancouver. Best before date marked on the side of the front label, sampled a month in advance of that. Pours out a vibrant toffee/chestnut colour, some supsended particles in the body, a creamy beige head that forms a small cap afterwards. Sweet toffee and toasted malt on the nose, along with a nutty character. The flavour is nice and rich for an English brown, with a creamy, silky mouthfeel, although a touch thin for my preference. Not much flavour upon the initial sip, but then it all begins to well up in the middle, burnt and toasted malts, some caramel sweetness, with the faintest of floral hops on the last vestige of the finish. Lingering toffee on the aftertaste. Oh man I want more to this, I can foresee a trip out to Victoria to try it at the source on tap. An excellent introduction to Spinnakers for me.

IronDjinn, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3/5  rDev -16.4%

FondueVoodoo, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spinnakers"Nut(english)Brown Ale"@5.2% in a 650 ml bottle served cold into a stein
A-poured a dark brown with hints of red , a small beige head , lacing rimming the glass
S-roasted nuts , hints of fruits , some coffee bitterness
T-hazelnut , toasted malts almost burnt , bitter finish
MF-bit thin , light body
Ov-ok enough maybe I'm looking forward to a "American Brown" more sweeter than bitter mouthfeel
cheers LampertLand

LampertLand, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

PaulietheBrit, Monday at 03:28 AM
Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the brewpub.

A: Orangy-brown, a little off-white head, nice lace.

S: Fruity, malty, slightly nutty.

T: Fruit bread, some nut, and their British yeast flavour (bubblegum?) that's characteristic of all their darker brews.

M: Moderate body, slightly creamy, but prickly, moderate carbonation.

D: Good.

Derek, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Bockerdoppel91, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of thefullpython
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

thefullpython, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +11.4%

EskimoDave, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -16.4%

harpus, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The problem with this brown was that it was on the thinnish side which is a shame as all the proper malty flavours were there but someone forgot to turn up the volume knob. Compare this with Granville Island's offering and you will understnad that a Nutbrown needs to have more impact on the palate.

canucklehead, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of BDTyre
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's almost like a baby porter. Akin to Gulf Island's Pender Island Porter.

Dark brown with decent white head. Smell is malty, toasted wheat, hints of chocolate. Porter-like taste: nutty, chocolate and malts, but with a touch of hops and not quite as strong as a porter.

Despite the bottle size, I probably could put two or three of these away.

BDTyre, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of ZachT
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ZachT, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of DIM
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark brown with amber edges. It was served to me with a short, creamy white head.

s: Nutty, with slightly smoky malts, a hint of something fruity, and a just a trace of coffee bitterness.

t: Very nice nut brown overall. Slightly tart with some nutty smokiness. Bitter finish with lots of roast.

m: Decent body for the size and gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Great brew for a blustery day, my favorite from the trip.

DIM, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of kjyost
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired from my sister for my birthday in June. Kept in the fridge since then.

A: Pours quite nicely with a thin tan head that drops to a tiny ring with no lacing of note. Clear brown body.
S: A little congested today, but I got a nice sweet malt note with a touch of molasses and some nuttiness in behind it. A touch of herbal hop in the nose.
T: A little let down here as it is advertised as a nut brown it comes across as a full bodied brown ale. Rich, sweet and molasses filled body. No nuttiness of note. Not a bad brown ale, but not what I thought I was reaching for... Some earthiness in the body.
M: Thick and sweet with no lingering hop bitterness. Enjoyable and a nice light carbonation.
O: A nice beer, just not what I thought I was getting...

kjyost, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 12 oz. at the Victoria BC airport (I guess its technically in North Saanich), the last brew of a rather solid "beercation" to this west coast city. I avoided Spinnaker's up until this point, mostly due to limited time and a desire to scout out other breweries on this occasion; Spinnaker's probably isn't going anywhere and I will hit them up next time in more detail. Their nut brown ale is a clear reddish brown with minimal white head, with a very subdued aroma of bready malts and milk chocolate, perhaps a whiff of nutty yeast. Palate is superior to the aroma, with a pleasant lingering nuttiness from front to back, light hazelnut and walnut notes perhaps, buttered bread, faint fruity esters (grape?), and floral hops at the back. Thin-bodied. This style is supposed to be low carbonation but they took the English pub ale "flat" stereotype wayyy to heart and I'd prefer just a few more bubbles. Unassuming, drinkable, non-offensive ... Alas, takes these qualities too far and becomes pedestrian.

CalgaryFMC, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

2beerdogs, Jul 23, 2013
Nut Brown Ale from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
82 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.