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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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89
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575 Ratings
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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 27
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 575 | Reviews: 170
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Photo of Dmann
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best nut brown I've had since Samuel Smith. The apperance was great with a dark chocolate brown color and slightly off white head. The smell was great with a smell of nutella and malt. The flavor was very smoothe and refreshing with a great blend of nuttiness, malts and just a slight hint of hops in the finnish. A excelent brown and extremly drinkable!

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: deep toasted malt and nut

Taste: deep toasted malt, nut, light roasted malt, earth, and some chocolaty notes

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with an earthy backbone.

Overall: A very enjoyable sessionable nut brown. Not my favorite in the style, but it is up there. I will certainly pick this one up again. Makes for a great fall beer.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Premier Gourmet, purchased alongside a good number of AleSmith offerings.

Poured into a sampler glass, shared at a recent tasting. Dark chestnut brown, and with a brilliant half inch of light brown head that takes a good while to recede. Great retention, and loads of sticky lace. Great stuff.

Nose is classic quality brown ale, lightly roasted malt, caramel, toffee, nuts (chestnut or hazel), apple, figs and a light hop bitterness.

Very impressive brown ale. Normally this is a style that I really enjoy, but rarely have much to say about, nor is it a style I actively seek out in my beer hunting - it's a sturdy, everyday drinking ale. This edition, however, is one of the best around and deserves special mention. Rich, very flavorful with a clear nuttiness and sweet caramel flavour, which is cleaned up with a nice dry roasted bitterness. Smooth, highly sessionable were I able to have this on tap.

Great stuff, this. So glad I picked this one up, especially at the price (4 or 5.99 I think). Very tasty brown ale - well worth seeking out.

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours clear brown with a short-lived off-white head. Aroma of nuts and caramel. More nuts in the taste; almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts. Nice blend of caramel and cocoa and a slightly smoky finish. I'm still not a huge fan of brown ale, but this was very good.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich dark brown in color with great clarity. A thin layer of white foam rests on top. Brussels lacing. Luscious nutty aroma along the lines of hazelnut and caramel greets me. Delicious hazelnut dominates the dark malt flavor. The mouth is smooth and silky.

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Vine Cottage
San Marcos, CA

A very dark brown with a small brown head that eventually leaves messy sheets of lace down the glass.

Pleasant, to-style aroma of distinct nutty elements, mild roast, biscuit, and mild toffee.

The flavor is similar, though more complex than the aroma. Along with the nutty, bready, and sweet elements, there's also distinct coffee flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A terrific brown.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottled on 08/06/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown amber cola like color with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate and nuts. Upfront toasted and roasted malts with hints of sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, coffee, toast, grains, and yeast. Hints of brown sugar sweetness. Subtle hints of earthy and grassy hops linger around in the background. Slight hint of citrus orange as well. A pretty solid brown aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and sweet malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, biscuit, and nuts. Toasty and roasted taste of malts upfront with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, toast, coffee, cream, grains, and yeast. Sweet notes of brown sugar linger. Decent hop background with earthy and grassy notes and a slight presence of citrus orange peeks through. A very solid malty and nutty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Somewhat sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Brown Ale. Good toasty malt presence with good notes of chocolate, biscuit, and nuts.

Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the Liar's Club. I have never seen it anywhere else, so I am happy that it is always at the Liar's Club.

This beer pours a redish brown color with a nice looking ruby tint. It has a light tan head, that fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a nice toasted malt aroma. It smells nutty. It also has a good caramel sweet aroma to it. Not much hop presence.

This beer tastes much like the aroma leads on. It is pleasently nutty, with a mild toasted malt flavor. Caramel sweetness in present. As with the aroma, the hop profile is rather low.

This beer is quite refreshing. It goes down very smooth, leaving a nutty aftertaste. This beer is perfectly carbonated.

I think this beer would make a perfect session beer if you could find it. It is low in alcohol, and that can be nice. Also, it has a great flavor, and wouldnt get overbearing.

Overall: I really like this beer. It is easy to drink with the low alcohol. I wish it was more available. It is a winner.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a bright brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with sweet caramel aromas and a hint of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Toasted and caramel malt flavors kick things off and carry through until a crisp and slightly bitter ending. As with the smell there's a small amount of citrus hops that makes an appearance but the malts are front and center throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more of these, especially at 4.8%.

Overall this is one of the better brown ales I recall having. A solid brown that doesn't try and overpower the subtle flavors. Certainly worth a shot.

Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an excellent dark brown with off white head that looks ruby red when held up to a light. The scent was excellent, rich roasted malt, toffee, nutty notes and a bit of dark coffee were all present on the nose. Very enticing. The flavor delivered on this promise, beginning with a hit of roast malt, moving into toffee and roast malt, and finishing with rich nutty notes and a slight coffee like aftertaste. The mouthfeel was good, with a medium carbonation that made the beer quite easy to drink. The body was medium-light which contributed to this ease. An all around excellent brown ale, easily the best I've tried as of this date.

Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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!!

Photo of tastybeer
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottled 8/6/13.

Served chilled into a shaker pint glass, Alesmith's Nut Brown Ale is a dark redish brown color with good clarity seen on the pour. It has about an inch of head but settles fairly quickly to just a skim layer.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a pleasant toasted malt and distinctive English ale yeast.

Flavor is definately malt-forward but with enough hop and dark malt to give pleasant bitterness and balance. It does have some nuttiness too so it does fit the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It would be great on nitro.

Overall a really enjoyable brown ale. I'm glad this brewer finally distributes in Colorado and look forward to trying more of their beers soon.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Stone Bistro. A very good brown, rich and malty. Rather very good for the style. Nutty flavourfull, chocolate malt. Smooth middling mouthfeel, good drinkability when you are up for a sessionable beer that is not ultra-hoppy. It all helps to have understated carbonation.

Photo of socon67
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown pour with a nice brown foam that laces the glass well. Foam retention is not as lasting.

S - Nice smell of toasted almonds. A bit of cocoa powder as well. Really smelled a bit like opening a Hershy's w/ Almonds candy bar.

T - Nice drinking brown ale. Early nutty flavor gives to a sweet chocolate taste. Finish has notes of english malts.

M - Very drinkable. Pounded this fella down before I got my meal and didn't realize it. Medium bodied and flavors stay after the beer is gone.

O - Would get this again. Classic nut brown ale that is really smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nut Brown Ale pours a dark copper or caramel color. It looks a bit hazy. Backlighting gives it more of a copper look. It’s topped with a lighter tan head. It rises to about a finger and a half in height before falling back to a surface covering. Retention was fairly short. Lacing was a little light and spotty. Not bad at all.

The nose is pretty good, but would benefit from more strength. Seems a tad weak. It does feature some nice brown malt notes. Chocolate and cocoa scents are prevalent. Definitely features some toasty and biscuit-like scents. The praline or nutty aspect smells nice and works really well with the malt base. A bit of sweet caramel seems to emerge and become more prominent with each passing whiff. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. No shock there. Smells pretty good. Just needs more muscle.

The flavor is nothing short of excellent. For a 5% beer, it’s tremendous! The malt base is a mix of toasted, caramel, and chocolate varieties. The caramel does lend a good bit of sweetness to the mix. The chocolate most tastes like cocoa. They work well together. Praline, nutty flavors are notable throughout and really drive the flavor. It is a little biscuity and yeasty throughout. It’s a nice flavor though. Everything here comes together to produce an excellent flavor. Alcohol is buried and isn’t a factor.

Nut Brown Ale has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. It feels just a tad thin. Given its size, that’s not too surprising. It’s definitely an easy drinking, sessionable beer though. I could handle a couple of bombers with ease! I’d be happy to do it. This stuff is tasty!

Nut Brown Ale is an interesting beer from Alesmith. It’s not a big beer at all. But, it definitely lives up to the lofty standards Alesmith has set for itself. This is one tasty English Brown Ale. If you’re looking for something malty, delicious, and not too big – give this one a shot! It rocks!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolute top of its style. Had this on tap at Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA. These guys just do not make a bad beer, or even an average one.

A: Chocolate brown and smooth. Off-white head.

S: Lots of nuts and a little bit of hops.

T: Malty, nutty goodness (hazelnuts dominate), surprisingly complex taste.

M: Creamy and satisfying. Really makes this beer what it is.

D: I could drink this all day, if not all year. Count it.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't generally like brown ales but I made porcini mushroom risotto and someone recommended a brown ale with mushroom risotto so I got it. Great decision- complimented the earthy subtle mushroom flavors with a mild roasted malt flavor, crisp from the appropriate use of hops, and cleansing for the palate. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a darker brew that doesn't have too much of a flavor impact.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with a thin covering of smooth off-white froth. This stays fairly rich, leaving a smooth foamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is sticky chocolate and caramel malts in the nose, with a fairly pronounced roasted nut smell to it, along with some earthy hops along the back. Addtional notes of roast and coffee round this out. Nice full flavors here to the aroma.

The taste is sweet malts, a hefty dose of earthy bitterness, roast, and more of that nuttiness, which lingers rather strongly in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big firm carbonation to it that spreads out nicely in the mouth, helping carry all of those big flavors down.

This is one of those draft-only Alesmith releases that I always seem to pass up on visits to San Diego but I'm really glad that I decided to give it a shot this time around. While not overly complex, this had a full richness of flavor to it that really made this a pleasant quaff. Nicely done

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. On tap at AleSmith. Liquour-like Frangelico-type aroma, with wafting alcohol notes on a tone of nutty toast and malt. Dry. Heavy brown pour, with a nice creamy froth. A light and refreshing taste, however bold with quality hazlenut and tawny pale fruits to combine for a nice quality in a brown ale. Touches of saltiness in the nutty character. Both drinkable and full of distinction, yet having nice balance. Something that makes this top considering the quality of the body.

Photo of HalfFull
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a standard shaker pint glass. Pours a deep brown with red highlights. Relatively clear and bright with a thin cap of off white foam. Shows moderate retention yet with a sticky film and moderate lacing.

Nose is clean and nutty with a bit of coffee muddled with hazelnut and a hint of caramel. Flavor follows in suit with caramel notes more prominent than the aroma might suggest, along with some roasted malt flavors. Bit of lightly smoked/toasted flavors presenting themselves.

Nice feel, perhaps a bit dry from the roasted influence, and lacking the brightness of a Samuel Smith, yet solid nonetheless. Pleasant carbonation and well balanced, somewhat dry and smoky for the style.

Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown with bright clean ruby red highlights, a nice thick and creamy long lasting head. Good Lacing.

The smell is great, a bit of english crisp brown malt shines through very nicely with light toasted coffee and chocolate.

The flavor is very nice, big malt centric flavors. Nice toasted english malts, a bit of nutty chocolate flavors, and mild coffee with a very mild earthy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy.

Supremely drinkable, very English in flavor. Great Malt profile.

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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.