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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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180 Reviews
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 627
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 38
Gots: 68 | 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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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 627
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Dark brown color with a small head that fades quickly. Some nice lacing around the rim of the glass.

Mild coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

Taste follows the nose with a touch of nuttiness. Slight bitter finish that lingers.

Light carbonation leads to a thinner mouthfeel. Not overly thin but on the thinner side.

I am usually not a fan of the style but this is pretty nice as a change of pace.

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Photo of BB1313
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with auburn hues; small light tan head that fades leaving nice retention and a little bit of lacing. The aromas are nice. Lots of coffee notes, which I didn't expect. Malts are there. Hints of cocoa as well. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. I'm getting alot of coffee with this one. Some hazelnut in the mix. Lots of malts. Hints of chocolate. Very clean. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light and/or borderlining medium-bodied. It has a solid body to it though with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed.

This is a great brown ale. It's simple and complex at the same time. Lots of flavor for such a small beer. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Recommended. It's also nice to see AleSmith put some stuff in 12oz bottles.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass

Deep mahogany with a short off-white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Cocoa, chestnut, caramel, and earth.

Toasted chestnut, cocoa, peanut, and Cola. Caramel and earth with a medium roastiness. Slight leafy hop presence.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, and semi-dry with a light bitterness.

Nutty, light, and refreshing. An English Brown to style.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alrighty, then. This is the best thing I've ever had that called itself nutbrown. Wow. Alesmith had a superb reputation but I have one had a few of theirs. This one is exceptional.

It is brown and has only a small amount of fine head. The aroma is mild and sweet, nice.

The taste is a balanced blast of nutty malts, hops, etc. It is slightly bitter and roasty tasting. A gret mix. The aftertaste is more of that roasted malts taste.

I love it. The taste is unique and exceptionally good. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bready with slights hints of coffee and lightly roasted almonds, this beer looks amazing in the glass light brown with a white head. Dry but with a touch of sweetness and super drinkable.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear brown with a nice cap of creamy white head that just keeps on hanging on. It leaves rings of sticky small lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is a little lighter but has some really nice malt sweetness and a nutty hint with just a hint of hops. The taste is much the same. The body is lighter and mostly smooth with just a slight amount of carbonation. As an American take on an English Brown Ale, this one is quite good.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice British style brown ale. What I would have with some pub grub lunch when I still want to do something the rest of the day. Clear brown color and low head, typical for the style. Nice malt aroma and a mild roasted malt taste lingers on the tongue. Very subduded bitterness to give some balance. Low ABV makes this an easy drinking ale. Nothing complicated, just a nice beer. Recommended.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pors a deep, chestnut brown in color with a decent amount of red peeking through the body, A pretty good sized head forms and retains for a good while. The head is very light tan to off white in color. Lacing is also very good. Just a solid looking pour in the glass.

S- This smells exactly like it should for the style. A deep, malty scent with a prominent dose of caramel malts and a good dose of nuttiness makes this a delicious smelling brew. The overall impression of the scent plays somewhere between nutty and malty, but displays both qualities and also shows off some brown sugar sweetness. Just a tremendous smelling beer.

T- Right off the bat, the scent translates to the taste. I have had a lot of brown ales in various settings, from brew pubs to industrial breweries, but this one has one of the best flavors. It starts out with a deep, caramel malt flavor that moves quickly to sweeter, brown sugar flavors. Then the nuttiness kicks in and gives just a hint of chestnut bite. The malts ramp up again on the back end and darken the flavor up a bit, leaving the caramel malts as the prominent flavor on the tongue.

M- This beer is light in body and incredibly easy to drink, while at the same time being very creamy in feel. This is basically the perfect weight for a good brown ale.

Overall, this is among the best brown ales I have ever had. The flavors and feel are all quality and just exemplify what the style is supposed to be like. If you want an easy drinking brown ale, this is it. I can't even begin to imagine how awesome this brew is on draught.

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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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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.