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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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192 Reviews
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Reviews: 192
Hads: 691
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 43
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 192 | Hads: 691
Photo of trygelski1
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a dark brown with only a minor amount of head with not much lacing present.

Smell: Toffee, nutty, caramel, malty.

Taste: Tastes follows the nose. Nice hints of toffee, caramel, nuts, malts.

Feel: Light/medium bodied.

Overall: Very very solid brown ale. Out of all the brown ales I have had this one may be the best I have had to date. I would definitely pick this brew up again!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date) served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, and when held up to the light, has some mahagony and coppery colors to it. A finely dispersed and suspended sediment came along for the ride. Thin white skin of foam with some fine strands and islands of persistent lacing noted. Nice color - would have been a higher rating if I had know there was sediment and it had not come along with the beer.

Smell: Hints of cocoa along with toasted malt. Some bready/biscuity aroma with a swirl. As the beer warms up some of the English-style herbal/bittering hops come out in the swirl.

Taste: Bready/biscuity malt with some toasted flavors and just a hint of nuttiness. Some cocoa flavors when the beer was first poured but they went away as the beer warmed up. A bit of a mild char / astringent bitterness at the finish when first poured which changes a bit and takes on more of roasted malt + English style hop bitterness as the beer warms up. It works as a nice compliment to the sweetness of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation - appropriate for the style, but not cask level carbonation. Nicely smooth approaching creamy.

Overall / Drinkability: I wonder if this bottle is a bit old - I'm not wowed by this beer based on this reviews. That being said, it's a good beer, just not as great as it probably would have been if fresh. This makes me think this beer would be really great fresh out of a cask and paired with the right meal. I had this by itself (no other food) but I could see that it would pair with a wide range of food. It's flavorful, but no strongly flavorful, and not mild either. It's just right at being flavorful and well-crafted and probably would be even greater if fresh.

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Photo of jeffjohns29
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer. Great mouth feel and has a great finish. Hands down one of the best Brown Ales i've tried today... And I've drank almost 20 different brown ales today. Cheers!

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Brown, pour with a white head which quickly disspiates. Doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Nuts,.

T: Follows nose. Far more taste as it warms.

F: Smooth. Light to meium bodied.

O: A rock solid brown. One of the better ones out there.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown color with reddish hues and beige head. Aroma has very nice nutty, chocolate and coffee notes. Smells delicious. Taste starts sweet and nutty but finishes quite watery and bland. Body is also on the light side with smooth carbonation. Aroma is great but the taste doesn't quite deliver.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Pours a very dark reddish brown with a slightly off white/light tan 2 finger head with good lacing. Opaque.

Smell- Coarse grains and malty. Toasted grains. Syrupy sweetness

Taste- Roasted barley with a sweet almond-like nutty flavor. Slight chocolate tones come through. Finishes dry and earthy with a lingering hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- An easy drinking brown ale with lots of flavors. Not too sweet and great use of malt. HIghly recommended.

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

Pours deep brown with minimal lacing. Aroma of carbonated vanilla coke and toffee. Bittersweet, initially a bit more noticeable on the hops than I'd expect but mellows over time. Nice for a sessionable.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

Heavily toasted malt nose brings to mind cookie dough, light roasted coffee and of course nuts. Great balance between the toastiness and sweetness. Dark bread in the front with some caramel sweetness in the back. Standard brown ale feel with medium carbonation and a fullish body. Now I see why this gets such a good score. One of my new top 5 brown ales.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yay! Alesmith 6pks!

Look: Dark brown with reddish highlights. Not much of a head, but there's a persistent ring.

Smell: Nothing crazy, but it smells delicious! A little roasty, hints of nuts and toffee

Taste: Roasty coffee, nuts, toffee. A tad watery, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

Feel: Medium-thin body, kinda watery, but there's a good hoppy prickliness on the finish.

Overall: As far as brown ales goes, this is one of the best. Great session beer, highly recommended! I know that's not what the score indicates, but this is seriously a quality brew.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. In the glass, the body appears a dark brown, held up to a light, it presents itself as a clear, dark red color with good carbonation streaming up towards a pillowy, light toasted tan head. The smell has english toffee, brown sugar, hazelnut, chestnut mild cocoa, almond milk, earthy hops, and rich toasted malts. Mouth feel is on the medium side of thin, a very easy drinking beer with a clean, sweet nutty aftertaste. The flavor has a little bit of roast to it, chestnut, caramel, bakers chocolate, and earthy/spicy hops.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head/lace and an aroma that is basically nutty, bready, and hints of roasted malts. The beer is sweet with a faint nutty sweetness, hints of caramel/toffee sweetness, a roasted/bread feel so beer comes across medium to full bodied with a dry finish after an easy drink. Excellent session beer as it has low ABV yet is easy to drink and sweet but not too sweet.

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Photo of zaraspook
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best nut brown ale I have try. A nice dark brown color with small head with pour into a pint glass. Taste just like it smell. Caramel malt, toffee, cocoa, pecan with a little hoppy but just enough. Over all a great mixture. I put it up to one of the best tasting nut browns.

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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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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.