AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 587
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 28
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-08-2003

Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.
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Reviews: 167 | Hads: 587
Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +24.1%

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!! (959 characters)

Photo of coati858
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't tell you how fortunate I feel to live close enough to AleSmith to get growlers of this. It's a shame it doesn't appear to be available in bottles from stores.

Absolutely delicious -- the "Goldilocks" of the browns, at least for me.

All the flavors perfectly in balance. Enough hops to have make their presence known subtly rather than them running around the beer like a bull in a china shop. Lots of darker malt/grain (but not really sweet) flavor without any particular roasting note overriding the chorus.

Started drinking this poured out of the growler at refrigerator temp out of a standard pint glass. Finished some of the last of a glass at near-room temp. The flavors brightened up as it warmed, but it was great all the way through the range.

If I only had one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would fit the bill nicely. (854 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer rests in my glass with a thick tan head and a bright brown color. This beer has a subtle nutty aroma to it. There is a nice caramel malt sweetness here that is backed up by toasted malt flavors and a nuttiness that is found in the finish. This beer is packed with solid malt flavors that just jump out of my glass. This is one of the best Nut Brown ales that I have ever had, probably is the best. It is just so enjoyable and so well integrated. (455 characters)

Photo of Bricelyn
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like milk from a Growler (The only way to get head from a growler) it produces on fingers worth of head, this beer separates the light into three darker ambers like an out of focus monochrome Abstract. Beatifull or maybe I've allready had too much! It's smell is like fire roasted nuts and a slight maltiness. Taste is similar to a smoked porter but lighter and there are definitely some nuts in there somewhere I just can't get to them. Light Carbonation and very dry this beer is very drinkable and I am sessionning it to my wifes dismay! Gotta love the Alesmilth guys and gals!! (588 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of Hershdawg
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler into a tulip.

A: dark brown with a thin white head. The head fades to a white ring on the edge. Slight lacing on the edge of glass.

S: Nutty roasty smell.

T: Dark caramel, roast, toasted nuts, lingering sweetness. Super tasty.

M: Great mouthfeel but a little watery for my taste.

D: Very drinkable tasty session brown. (331 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I really like brown ales, especially english brown ales... and this is the best one I've ever had.

Appearance: Pretty casual brown with a below average head. Frustratingly the head dissappeared shortly after the beer was served.

Smell: Nutty, chocolatey and fully malty, this beer smelled like it was a malt lovers dream.

Taste: I was expecting an unbalanced malt fest from the smell, and I didn't get it... awesome. Everything from the aroma was present, the chocolate tasting amazing, like sweet milk chocolate. However, there was also a subtle hop characteristic: not fruity, not plantlike, but soothing to the malt tastes.

Mouthfeel: The smoothness and heavier body (than most brown ales) made this almost perfect, but the bitterness at the end was perfect... not overbearing and not understated.

Drinkability: I guzzled this down, and would gladly choose this if I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life. (938 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very dark brown hue, moderate tan creamy head that is mostly diminishing, fair lacing throughout
S- Nose is dominated by a range of nuts including hazelnut, pecans, and almonds, roasted malts, tones of coffee and cocoa/milk chocolate, some light hops too
T- Initial taste is of roasted nuts and malts as expected, followed by sweet chocolate tinged with espresso, finishes with crisp hop bitterness in the lasting finish, very well-balanced and complex brown!
M- Light-medium bodied, creamy to watery texture, good carbonation
D- At under 5%abv, this is a standout brown session ale that is smooth and delicious, I recently drank about 6 pints over the course of a few hours at a local lounge and was feeling fine all night long, this is one of only two "core" styles that Alesmith doesn't bottle, but I look forward to drinking it whenever I stumble upon it at fine SD bars and eateries (898 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown hue, but not so dark that you can't see through it with sufficient light. Body is lightly hazy and the head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass. Very nearly a paragon for the style.

Smell: very nutty, lightly caramelly and lightly toasty malt aroma. Not much in the way of hops, which works well here. One of the few truly "nutty" smelling beers I've had -- there is a beautiful hazelnut quality here which is not overly sweet. It's growing on me; it's quite awesome.

Taste: more of that hazelnut right up front, followed by a more porter-like roasted malt character. There's a hint of chocolate in the mix, but it's just a supporting role. Magically, through all this, it's not overly acidic or astringent; this is one beer which has exemplary balance. A tiny bitterness and green hop character comes in at the end, but it's not vegetal or overdone or anything. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. In most beers, this would be a hallmark; in this beer, it's a merely "good" part of an otherwise amazing brew.

Overall: this is probably my favorite English-style brown ale. Easily rivals Hazelnut Brown Nectar in the Brown Ale category, and is just generally delightful. I rarely come across a beer which so wonderfully represents its claimed style *and* is, simply, super-tasty to boot. There are almost certainly recipe tweaks which could make this beer better -- but I sure can't tell you what they are. (1,582 characters)

Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seems an appropriate beer for a grey-skyed evening turned wet with fog and drizzle. Though I've sampled the beer in the past, I don't have a strong memory of it, and this bottle was a pleasant surprise on my latest shopping trip. Nice looking label. Screen-printing and clean graphic design. It's a shame they dropped the nautical theme, but you can't have everything.

As for the beer, it's got a nice look, too. She's a dark brunette with a khaki hat of creamy bubbles. I see a fly fisherman in the foam clinging to the walls, but it might be one of those deep sea fish with the night light lures and jaws full of teeth.

It smells like a clean pub hosting a bake sale. Snickerdoodles, toffee squares, chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, crumbly shortbread and just enough beer to ease the mind. I could really go for some shortbread.

The taste is an entirely different beast. There's a mild acridity, like the inner skin of a nut, or perhaps, the bold font on the bottle is starting to influence my perception. The blandly tart lemon hop note is forgiven as it does an admirable job cutting through the sugary malt background. Perhaps, the beer doesn't quite need this level of hop pucker and could rest on the laurels of its chocolate toffee body, but that doesn't take away from the end product. It's a brown ale made in San Diego.

The mouthfeel is distinctly... uhh... beer-ish. I don't know. Carbonation is normal. It might be a teensy tiny bit sticky, but I'm just grasping at straws, here.

This is a good beer. Nut Brown is an excellent American take on an English brown ale. It gives a pleasant spin to the style without overly challenging the palate and still packing each sip and whiff with flavor. This probably isn't a beer that will ever be part of a fad or have legions of fans, and that's understandable. However, it is exactly the sort of beer that one could happily drink day in and day out. (1,917 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/27/2010

On tap at Stone. Appears dark brown with a frothy beige head. The aroma is of toasted malt with a decided nuttiness and a restrained yet elegant sweetness. The flavor portrays a light sweetness with a moderate toasted nut and a toasted malt presence. There's a light earthy hop presence and bitterness. The full flavor belies the modest ABV. A truly great beer, especially when considering the low ABV. Perfect for one of the two allowable drinking periods in England that were imposed on shell production workers during World War I. (544 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

This beer arrived a dark leatherly brown with shimmering hues of ruby red. The aroma is sweet, lots of toffee and some butterscotch. The taste is more of the same. Sweet upfront, then the toffee and butterscotch comes on in while a minor note of hops plays second fiddle. Unlike a number of American-made brown ales, this one hs an excellent balance between the malt and the hops. Just plain easy to drink, and I wish they bottled this brew. (483 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear medium brown color with a small white head. Nose is nuts, malts and caramel. Taste is so smooth, caramel, maybe some syrup and nuts. A slight cocoa, roastiness on the end with caramel, maple syrup and more nuts. A very good Nut Brown! Not my favorite style but I could drink this beer all day long at 4.6 ABV! (324 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (358 characters)

Photo of MILECO
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house, poured into a 20-ounce imperial pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown color while still allowing light through. Solid head that dissolves slowly. Average lacing that sticks to the side throughout.

Smell - Great nut and caramel odor. Almost a "beer-neutral" without sour or sweet extremes.

Taste - Immediate caramel, with the faintest of chocolate, and balanced nut. Invites large mouthfuls. Exactly what I expect from a medium-alcohol brown ale.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant, smooth character, allowing an easy drink. Not layered, but can definitely pick out individual flavors. Depth is enough to want to hold it in long enough to savor.

Overall - Compare to New Belgium Fat Tire, with more mouthfeel and highlighting individual flavors. A good afternoon beer; light enough to not be overwhelming, heavy enough to taste and enjoy the flavors. (859 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the very best browns I've ever had. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, billowy, foamy, tan head that settled down after a bit to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a clear amber cherry with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, cocoa, old leather, tobacco. Flavor's slightly sweet, with a very good balance between that, bitter, and carbonic tang; also malt, cocoa, and a bit of roast. Body is just right, full, yet very drinkable and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor; session, and just plain very tasty stuff. (543 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby with clear, brighter highlights around the edges. Khaki head has good retention, little lacing.

S/T - Roasty and smokey, with some pecan/almond coming out as it warms up. Pine hops finish it out.

M - Medium/light in body, but still has a rich texture, drinking very smooth.

O - Solid brown ale, with a very nice roast characteristic without having that roast bitterness, letting the hops come through nicely. (425 characters)

Photo of Slippinghalo
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

32 ounce stein at Richmond Bar and Grill

Thick white head on this puppy and went perfectly with my pastrami sandwich this day

Could not decide between this and Port's Wipeout IPA, but I am more than confident I made the right choice

Too bad this is a draft beer only, they need to bottle this one

Would definitely try again, also saw this at the Tap Room in San Diego, i love that place just in case you were wondering (422 characters)

Photo of SDHoffers
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They took their time when they crafted this beer. Maltiness and roast are spot on. I can't tell you how many people I've switched from Newcastle to Nautical. If I'm in a joint for the first time and I see this on tap I know that I'm safe. I may look for others that I haven't tried first but I know that I can always have a nautical and be completely satisfied. Not much carbonation and very smooth. The nutty smoothness is a little dangerous because you can drink a lot of these. Toasty smell and lingering malt are exactly what I look for in brown ale and this brew always exceeds my needs. An absolute staple at my bar. (622 characters)

Photo of ELS
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From an (undated) 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces one fat finger of grayish-khaki foam. The head lasts for a minute before fading to a patchy cap. Lacing is decent. The beer is purple-ish brown...dark brown.

S-The aroma is delicious! Lovely roasted malts give off some caramel, cocoa powder, and roasted barley grains. There is a nice balancing bit of hops that give off some citrus zest. Overall, it is semi-sweet, as you would expect for the style, and really inviting.

T-The taste mostly follows the smell with cocoa nib and caramel being the major flavors. I also get a nice Brazil Nut-type flavor with just hint of bitterness. Again, nicely balanced between sweetness, roasted flavors, and bitterness.

M-The brew is barely medium body with a fine, but persistent carbonation.

O-This is a well-done brown. The smell, in particular, is really inviting and exhibits great intensity and balance. The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, but it is close. Again, nice balance of malty flavors with just the right kick of hops. The feel is a bit odd and maybe a bit light, but it actually makes the beer more drinkable than other browns. A really nice session or almost-session beer at 5% ABV. (1,224 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (864 characters)

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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.