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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Nut Brown AleAleSmith Nut Brown Ale

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 608
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 33
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-08-2003

Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.
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Photo of moundbz
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great dark brown color and the smell is cocoa, earthy but not dirty. Smooth malty taste with some bitter that comes up after the swallow. Over all a nice beer, I may be drinking it to cold though

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Photo of argock
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Chestnut brown with 1/2-1 finger light beige frothy head with decent retention and spare lacing.

S: Toffee, cocoa, and light sharpness of roast withpecan nuttiness

T: Superb flavor with loads of medium caramel and toffee flavors balanced on a robust malt backbone without overdone sweetness. Light yeast esters and subtle hopping lend a light earthy character. Finish is full of cocoa with pecan nuttiness.

M: Smooth, silky with low-medium carbonation and light-medium body which enhances drinkability.

O: Stellar style example from Alesmith. One to strive to replicate in the home brewery as it is not around here a bunch.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a very clear and clean brown with a powerful head. The aromas of caramel, sour dough, almonds, and milk chocolate rise out of the glass. The flavor is very balanced between sweet, chocolaty notes, and more restrained, dry bread and nutty flavors. The mouthfeel is a perfect middle ground, neither to thick nor too thin. This is a genius brown ale, and I would happily consume if frequently.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 7/2/15, 2 months old:
Pours a dark brown, but definitely brown. Head grows to half a finger on an average pour. Creamy tan bubbles are spattered across the surface and collect at the edges.

Nose definitely has a creamy nuttiness. The nose seems like a deeper roasted but, darker with even a hint towards cocoa. There is also a light nut oil note, with its slight bitterness.

Taste follows the nose, but not quite as nutty. The darker roasted nut flavor comes out in the taste. I almost get a nut-flavored coffee in this beer as an overall impression. I enjoy that flavor in a brown. Feel is just a bit light, but more so it seems a little flat. Neither is overly detrimental but combined are just slightly off.

A nice brown and one that makes me realize the nut brown sub-style is very enjoyable to me.

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Photo of spamNeggs
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice local-ish version of a nut brown ale. Malty nutty aroma .. biscuity.. nice. Mild carb, nice body, and pleasant caramel sweetness. Some chocolatey-malt-ish backbone. If I was to find a fault, it's that it's slightly too sweet to my taste. But all that said, much better than examples of bottles that have been flown in. I'll try more from AleSmith.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, deep reddish-brown with a rocky tan head that recedes fairly quickly.
S: biscuit malts, sweet caramel notes dominate the nose.
T: soft nuttiness with a sweet malty backbone. The hops add a grassy, earthy finish.
M: soft mouthfeel with low carbonation
O: a nice, balanced nut brown ale with enough facets to keep me interested throughout the duration of the glass. Glad I grabbed a bottle.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a one finger tan head. Aroma is nutty, sweet malts with cocoa. Taste follows the nose and the cocoa comes out more, accompanied by nuttiness, a bit of toffee like sweetness, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is creamy, soft, and appropriate for a sessionable beer of that strength and style. Overall, a malty, though fairly balanced, English style brown ale that hits all the points for the style. If you are a brown ale fan, especially of the English versions, this should not be missed as it is exemplary.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very enjoyable English-Style brown ale. It is nutty on the nose, but not as much on the tongue. The cocoa notes in the taste come out more after the beer warms up a bit. I would like to taste this one on cask.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of light tan head on a clear brown body.
The aroma is faint caramel and roasted malt.
The taste is cream, nuts,mild chocolate milk and a little pine bitterness to round it out.
The texture is smooth and soft.
Pretty tasty.

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Photo of ELS
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer really surprised me. I rarely drink a nut brown ale so I had this beer as part of a flight of 4 ounce tasters. It looks spot on for an English Ale and has a good nutty smell. The taste was the best I've ever had for the style. It was nutty and malty in perfect balance. A nice smooth finish and goes down really easily.

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Photo of thebeers
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany with large tan head. Nutty, bready malt aroma. Light and slightly creamy with the same nutty malt taste you'd expect from the smell. Could use a little more bite in the aftertaste, but very nice overall.

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan of English style beers and brown ales. So taking that into effect this is a great example. Let it warm and you'll find that the smooth cocoa is perfectly integrated into the beer. Mouth was creamy and smooth. Not the best brown ale I've ever had but up there. It's available and decently cheap. Homerun.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass.

Appearance - The color is dark brown with a touch of ruby red. A fine, lumpy tan head. Moderate lacing. Handsome.

Smell - A sweet carmel aroma.

Taste - Sweet, root beer like flavor with a mild toasty finish. The hops are almost non-existent.

Mouth - Mild carbonation. A little thin.

Overall - First, a disclaimer. I'm not a huge fan of Nut Brown Ales. To my pallet, these beers lack character and body. AleSmith's rendition is no different. It's fine for what it is. Now I'm going to go drink a good Bitters.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +24.4%

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color with two full fingers of oatmeal-colored head that dissolved into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt and dark bread, with some brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Roasty, malty, nutty, delicious! Lots of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread like pumpernickel, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness, and finished with some nicely balanced hops. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Some good carbonation to slightly tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is one of the best American made versions of an English Nut Brown Ale that I’ve ever had! It’s absolutely delicious!! Fans of brown ales should definitely give it a try. I’m certainly going to get some more of this!!

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Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut colored with an oatmeal colored head that rises up minimally and settles out quickly. Surprisingly clear. Low aroma of cocoa and dark malt, a little toasted.

Flavors of dark malt, cocoa, notes of molasses and licorice, slight metallic note. A raisin note lingers. Thin mouthfeel, a bit slick. Decent beer, but I expected more from this world class brewer.

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Photo of kevanb
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into an AleSmith snifter.

The beer pours a nice deep brown color, almost black, hues of burgundy and garnet when struck by the light, opaque texture with a thick, taut, khaki head that has decent retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is nice, rich sweet malts, dark brown bread, light bitterness, mild hazelnut that brings out some sweetness to pair with the malts. It's simple, but balanced and well executed. The flavors mirror well, nutty dark grains, sweet malts, a touch of cocoa and brown sugar with only the lightest bitterness, very well balanced, although they seem to feel a bit muted at the end. The mouthfeel is nice, coats the tongue well, carbonation is moderate, has a bit of chewiness at times but finishes a little meekly.

Verdict: A nice example of the English Brown Ale from AleSmith, it's simple but balanced and very sessionable at just 5% ABV. I don't often crave this style, but for those nice crisp fall days, this will definitely do the trick.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage, served in a wine glass.

Pours with a very durable tan head that leaves excetional lacing. The body is very dark red-brown, clear but almost opaque.

Aroma: the weak point. Nutty malts with some faint off odors.

Flavor: Moderate strength nutty flavor with dark grains and a impression of dark bread. Good, lingering malty aftertaste.

O: a decent nut brown but the weakest offering I've had from this fine brewery.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is brown with copper edges and a finger of fluffy beige head that stuck around for eternity and left thick lacing behind. The nose is nutty and bready. The flavor follows the nose but it is not as bold as the very best beers of this style. The body is not quite hearty but not thin either. The finish was very mildly dry and bitter.

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark walnut with a very nice creamy head on the surface. Smells nutty, as the name would suggest. Toasted malt, grainy chocolate, toffee, and leather - all with a charred edge. Flavor is similarly malty, but with more of an earthy hop presence. Dark chocolaty malt, nutty coffee, and just a bit of fruit to brighten things up. Not rich - more bittersweet, and clean. Medium-light bodied, slightly creamy, and quite drinkable. I like it...

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Photo of tastybeer
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, reddish glow where the light hits, and small head but nice lacing. Aroma is cocoa, roasted coffee, hazelnut, creamy toffee, slightly flowery, faint bit of lemon, soap, and other nut varieties. Nice basic nut brown aromas with a little extra character of its own. Taste is lightly sweet with chewy biscuit caramelly malt, grains, soft bitterness, and flavors of malty bread, nuts, and again coffee and cocoa. Nicely done for this style of beer which I find I don't regularly crave. Very easy drinking which makes it appropriate all year long.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This beer,although labeled as a brown ale, tastes closer to a porter. Probably the earthiest,smokiest and least sweet brown I've had to date. Small amount of sweet carmel,malt to start and finishes with a smoke or burnt steak kinda taste that lingers on the tongue.Color is a very dark brown that is still see-thru with a very slight amber hue in the light. Lacing very apparent. Flavor is very robust for only 5%. Low alcohol content is probably why the bottle describes the beer as "sessionable" I would agree with that, but only during cold weather months. If your a porter/stout person who doesn't like browns then this beer would probably be ok with you. Overall a quality beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. There isn't much head, sadly - the off-white collar is less than a finger high, and even then, doesn't have good retention. Almost no lacing is left on the glass.

S: I'm getting a lot of dry chocolate and brown sugar at first. Nutty notes appear after a while, along with a touch of dark fruits. Admittedly, the aroma is rather simple, but it's fine enough.

T: I'm getting a subtle note of espresso to start - nice. I'm also picking up a bit of dry, powdery chocolate as well. The finish is fairly mineral-y, caramely, and even hoppy in spurts, yet not overdone. Pretty much a typical brown ale, but with a bit more balance and definition than what's typical.

M: Yeah, this is dry. While it's not creamy, it's fairly light on the tongue. There's *just* enough sweetness to give it a rich flavor (for brown ale standards, that is ;)), though. Carbonation is about average.

O: Brown ales are never going to score high with me, but this is one of the better ones I've had. It also pairs really well with beef. Like, REALLY well. I'd buy it again if it were readily available in my region - alas, it's not.

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Photo of Slippinghalo
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, brown to red in color. Creamy, one finger head pour.

S: Good smell...caramel and biscuit notes.

T: toasted bread and chocolate with little hop presence

M: nicely carbed with a light to medium body feel

O: Very good for a brown ale. Definitely has the english-style malt taste.

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Photo of NODAK
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a bomber, poured into a glass. The usual AleSmith bottle....which I kind of dig, actually.

Had a somewhat roasted and chocolately aroma to it....mildly sweet. A robust brown ale on the nose.

As one may expect, pours a deep brown into my glass...head seems somewhat thin. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

The taste though, makes it one of the more flavorful nut browns out there. This one puts most of the ones I've had from the UK to shame. There's definitely a good roasted and chocolatey taste there that leads this one off and ends up being the predominant lingering flavor after the drink. Between that though, some sweet toffee and of course nuttiness as well (although the latter is fairly weak). And again, roast and chocolate hanging around in my mouth after.

Very easy drinking, yet robust. I'm surprised it's only 5 percent. Tasty as hell though!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

well, packaging sure has changes on this since the one shown, but the beer in the bottle remains one of the quintessential american made examples of the style, and for the price, probably the best (at least to my knowledge). love this stuff. earth tones and cocoa of the semisweet variety are the primary smell and flavor elements of this thin looking light brown beer, as red amber as it is brown really. not a long enough lasting head for me, but it shows well on first pour. add to the cocoa and the earthy nuttiness a mild vanilla complex, a minerality in the water profile, a cola weirdness, a toffee dessert vibe, and a yeast that shows elements of both burton and california ale, and you have an elegant yet sturdy, complex yet drinkable, bold yet forgiving nut brown that does everything i want it to and nothing i dont. when i consider that this bomber is widely available and costs between 6 and 7 dollars, i realize that if these types of brown are your jam, this is clearly your jelly. the only brown ale i really need for quite some time.

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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.