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Nut Brown Ale - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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82
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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Nut Brown Ale has a diverse grain bill which lends this traditional English ale a variety of flavors that coalesce into a remarkably smooth and pleasant drink. Additions of various pale, caramel and dark malts create a smooth, sweet malt profile with hints of roasted nuttiness. Multiple additions of English hops round out the flavors and give this classic beer a true flavor of the Old World.

29 IBU

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-27-2002)
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1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

Irish7r, Jun 23, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

rudy0908, Dec 15, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

seeswo, May 26, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
2.42/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was a nice mahoganny color but that was all that was nice about it. It had a thin head that was gone in 30 seconds. The smell was sour and the taste was flat. There was no indication this was a nut brown which is my favorite beer type. In fact this tasted like nothing. Maybe it was just a bad example but I will not purchase again.

Minkybut, May 04, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

bmjivi221, Jul 17, 2013
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2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a single of this from Bigg's in Western Hills, OH. I cannot slam this beer to bad because it is from the bluegrass(my alba mater is NKU, go NORSE!!). This brew seemed watery thin with little mouthfeel. The taste was a bit chocalatey but not very pronounced. The head was impressive and lacing was present in glass. It drinks ok but nothing to write home about. I will give other beers from this little gem in the bluegrass a shot.

pumarocks, Oct 18, 2007
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2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bluegrass- Nut Brown Ale

A- Light amber brown with a small non lacing head.
S- Sweet brown sugar malt with a touch of chocolate.
T- Sweet brown sugar and molasses malt with a dusting of chocolate powder.
M- Sweet and cloying. Very sugary with the mildest of a dry finish.

Overall- Nah, just didn't do it for me. Too sweet and cloying, very little flavor other than some malt and chocolate. Pass on this 1.

NJpadreFan, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of NODAK
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is malty and sweet, with notes of caramel, molasses and nuttiness as well. Spot on.

The taste really follows the aroma quite nicely. A caramel malt sweetness is prevelant on the body with a bit of molasses and dark fruit as well...this is paired with a more subtle but definitely noticeable nuttiness. The nuttiness has an "ashy" quality to it that's offputting though. It just doesn't taste right. There's zero hop character as far as I can tell.

There is some that this beer does well, but the nutty taste is just off...and that really hurts the enjoyability of it. I stopped trying to finish my 6 pack.

NODAK, Dec 24, 2010
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2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep amber color with fair carbonation and head retention

smell: light on the nose, but nuts and malt are dominant. There seems to be a slight hint of sweet caramel/molasses as well but that is all.

taste: very light on the tongue. again malt and nuts are the main components and are in balance with one another. Again, there is a slight caramel note but the grain aspect throws off the beer (IMO). hops finish this beer off.

overall, i believe this average at best. this would be a beer that i would recommend to someone who is just starting to get into microbrews because of the lack of complexity and the fact that its rather light on the tongue.

tut2528, Jan 13, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear, light brown color with a slightly tanned head of about one finger in size. No retention and no lacing. The head becomes a slight film on the beer.

Aroma is pretty much non existent. I dont feel comfortable with giving a 2 on aroma unless the beer smells horrible, but a lack of aroma brings about something just above that. Perhaps a touch of caramel and hazelnut.

Unoffensive flavor with some decent malt profile with a decent nuttiness as well. Very balanced but not overly indulgent.

Average beer. Brown ales always seem boring to me so this basically fits the bill. Easy to drink with a suprisingly creamy mouthfeel. A good brown ale.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 04, 2008
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

epicus, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

jaidenjb, Aug 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

sobeleg, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

KerryCummins1977, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

rapayn01, Feb 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

benloho, Jan 29, 2014
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3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle, dated 09/10, in to a pint glass. Not sure what was going on, but each one of these has foamed up entirely too much. One ended up with about 80% head and a small amount of beer at the bottom. So very annoying to pour. When it settles, the head is cream colored and the body is a amber brown color.

The smell has a sweet malt flavor to it, with some nuttiness.

I saw another reviewer mention a metallic aftertaste, so I'm glad I'm not alone. There's a sweet nutty flavor to begin with, but that metallic taste I get at the end is a buzzkill.

Despite the crazy head to begin with, the beer doesn't feel overly carbonated. I bought a six pack and am sorta glad that I gave two of them away.

perryw, May 12, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a murky brown that clears up quickly to leave a much clearer brown color. I can tell from looking at it that it may be a but thin. The head pours decently and dissipates to a thin film but is present throughout. Light lacing is also present.

The smell is different from anything I've had before. The yeast being so strong up front is surprising. A little maltiness with minimal hops and some nutty sweet notes as well.

The taste is similar. Yeast is strongest up front. Light caramel notes and a touch of nuttiness. Thinness is evident in the taste as it seems a bit watered-down. Not as well-balanced as it could be due to a real lack of hops character.

This one begins pretty heavily carbonated but calms down quite a bit. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery.

This one isn't too bad, but the main issues are the thinness and the watery taste and feel, and it could be better balanced for sure. I'd give it a try just to check it out, but I would pick a better nut brown for a regular.

Brenden, Mar 16, 2009
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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is different from that currently shown on BA with a tan and brown star pattern. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of tan head. This settles quickly to just a thin, nearly complete coating of foam. The beer itself is perfectly clear and the color of burnished copper. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of toffee and maple syrup.

Taste: Sugary sweet malt upfront, with an undertone of maple syrup and a slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Average plus carbonation level, maybe a little high for this style. Body is good.

Drinkability: Enjoyable, but overall a little too sweet. The sugar/candy like sweetness was excessive and not counterbalanced by enough of a malt backbone.

beveritt, Nov 28, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBC Nut Brown Ale poured into an etched Newcastle wellington, consumed on 5/14/12. Can't make out the "bottled on" date for sure but it looks like it may be Jan. 2012.

A- Pathetic head. Thin fizzy sheet that fizzes down to nothing instantly. Happened so quick I didn't even catch the color. Brown body with deep dark ruby hues. Poor clarity. A little swirling gets a very thin off-white crown goin. Zero lacing.

S- Out the neck: caramel, light roast, slightly nutty, smells sweet. Once poured, just a toned down version of what I was smelling out of the neck with a little toffee now. Also picking up on a little more light roast.

T- A little sweet. Everything is "light". Light malt, light caramel, light nuttiness. Finish is semi-sweet. Light roast lingers in the aftertaste. Balanced to the point where nothing really stands out. Everything gets kinda muddied together.

M- Medium-high carbonation. Moderate-light body.

O- This used to be one of my favorite styles. After drinking so many BA Imperial Stouts and DIPAs it's hard to drink thin watery stuff like this but it has it's place and I think this is a decent representation of the style.

Veristic, May 15, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark amber with a thin white head that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little sweet with some caramel and a little nuttiness. The taste is just as sweet. There is no hop presence and the nutty flavor just isn't strong enough. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but little carbonation. There is little alcohol to this one which makes it easy to drink but not the greatest of the style. There are many other great nut brown ales I would pick up before this one.

CrazyMacHarris99, Feb 05, 2009
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Nut Brown Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
82 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.