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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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89
very good

461 Ratings
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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 24
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-08-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 20:26:21 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-12-2012 12:39:58 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some nutty aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and slight coffee on the finish. A nice mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good brown ale with an awesome flavor to it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 07:13:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-20-2013 22:48:17 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is crystal clear reddish brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of roasted malts and coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that it seems to have a little more in the way of flavors of nutty malts and some slight notes of chocolate. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is present.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is incredibly drinkable yet still manages to pack in a ton of flavors of nutty malts. It is quite sessionable and also one of the best beers I have had in this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:37:35 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

rich brown in color with a huge tan head that stayed on top forever! Seriously this had to have looked better then damn near anything else I have run across recently, no joke. Just perfect. Aroma is dark fruits, lots of sweet brown sugary notes, hints of clove and light earthy hops, all mixing together nearly perfectly at this point in time. Nice smooth, even carbonation and feel here now as well, really well placed I have to admit. Rich warm flavor here, nice mix of pear, light spice, hints at brown sugar and a nice even caramel flavored dry finish

Serving type: growler

11-11-2011 02:45:03 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with nutty notes and light dry floral coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by nutty brown caramelized malt with nice light dry floral notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. A lot more complex then your standard brown ale while retaining some excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 01:57:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Without jumping the pond, it's not all that easy to find authenticity in British brewing tradition. We can just go to California instead, as Alesmith delivers true English character in their Nut Brown Ale.

The beer pours a... well, brown color. its bright clarity shows off its garnet highlights as a creamy and light sandy froth builds on top the beer. Its firm foam stance easily lasts the session as it trails with broken lace at each drink.

Bold aromas of toast, chocolate and obvious nuttiness lead in scent. Toasted pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts come to mind with the slight scent of char. Its caramel maltiness extends into toffee-like notes as a spark of floral hop aromas wisp away, just before that first sip.

Its taste is masculine and gentlemanly with the toffee. As the beer crosses the tongue, introductions of toasted bread, dark chocolate and its nutty medley are made to a creamy taste that's somewhere between vanilla and yogurt. As its taste dries handsomely, a bitter-sweet finish is lightly woody, broad and earthy.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's sweetness evenly fades to a malty-dry finish with light alcohol warmth. Its dryness is accented with mildly roasted char and a powdery cocoa character. Perhaps even a softer carbonated presence would improve the dark ale as it would develop a cask ale-like effect on the palate.

Alesmith's Nut Brown Ale is simply what Newcastle wants to be when it's all grown up.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 18:32:26 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alesmith

A: The pour is a deep, opaque brown color with a mild cream colored head.

S: The nose is very nutty, as you would expect. There are some nice toffee and toasted, biscuity malt aromas as well, along with some caramel sweetness.

T: A rich nutty and toffee flavor with a hint of coffee, perhaps. The sweetness of the bready malts is the backbone of the beer.

M: A medium body with a moderate level of carbonation with a slight creaminess.

D: I'm not always the biggest fan of brown ales as they tend to be a bit sweet, but this had a nice combination of nutty and toasted flavors that I found inviting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 08:44:35 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-10-2013 16:21:48 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-26-2012 15:35:56 | More by kjkinsey
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-07-2012 06:51:59 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color with copper highlights and bright clarity, lasting tan foam with good coverage spotty lacing around the edges.

Nutty with a bit of yeast esters, faint plum or fruit jam oddly enough.

Dry with a mild bitterness, toasty malt, straightforward flavors. Clean and flavorful, light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Simple but nuanced. A standard example of the style.

Thanks Jay for picking this up downstate!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:14:50 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Stone Bistro, and later at Alesmith.

Appearance: Dark chestnut, slightly translucent with an off-white head that didn't last long.

Smell: Very malty; caramel and dark fruit, slightly roasty.

Taste and mouthfeel: Mild sweetness, nutty and roasty, a bit earthy. Full-flavored but fairly light-bodied.

Drinkability: This is extremely sessionable stuff; it's full-flavored but light on the alcohol, and not so one-dimensional that it would get boring very quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2007 21:03:03 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-14-2011 22:49:39 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 17:15:20 | More by Kegatron
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Aww, I'm only review 99, almost the 100th review and I'd win some great reward, according to the malty voices in my head at least.

The pour gives an erupting 1.5 finger head life, a chestnut brown colored head, fluffy with some bigger bubbles, fades at a med pace with enough lacing to leave a layer of it on the sides of the glass, eventually stops fading and leaves a thick frothy 1/4 finger head covering that jiggles a bit, with the lacing leaving a history of the beer, and a dark mahogany beer with a bit of light sneaking through and some ruby light streaming through it.

Nose wafts out a nice nutty aroma. Starting with a nice slightly sweet caramel like base, some brown sugar and molasses base the sweetness. With the caramel is the typical toffee and candy like demeanor. The nutty malt gives way to a light biscuit and bready malt, and a hint of cocoa or more like a bit of chocolate malt. There is also a light toasty biscuit malt like aroma.

Taste creams into my mouth... wait that sounded bad... it comes into my mouth... wait that was worse... anyways, the flavor explod... ok all jokes aside, this flavor is good. Nice toasted malt at first, light biscuit and toasted brown malts, plenty of caramel, little toffee, and nice nutty malt flavors. I wouldn't call it a straight nut flavor, but a nutty earthy like flavor, a halfway to peanut with a light chestnut and cashew like blend. A light sweetness comes with the nice malty flavor, with a light creamy like malt in the overall profile, hence the initial bad sounding sentence. The big caramel flavor increases as it warms and moves towards the finish. A light earthy hop bitterness also starts to come through, and ramps a bit on the dry finish, as well as more earthy malts, root like nutty flavors lingering, more caramel except quite dry, almost bone (shut up on the innuendos), bone dry.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, decent carb.

Overall a nice beer, well done nut brown ale, one of the first beer styles I really liked when I first got into beer. It's hard to find a good nut brown beer these days, doesn't seem like anyone really makes it outside of England. It's a nice type of beer for cooler style weather, a rainy day, or when you need a nice malty beer without a big profile and sweetness. It's a well done nut brown too, so Cheers to Alesmith for continuing to makes some great beers and lesser made styles.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 02:32:04 | More by jlindros
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-06-2012 12:00:09 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 04:57:15 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut color with a glint of ruby. Pours with a beige head in the chalice. Very nice fine carbonation in the mouth.

Dark flavors of roasted barley. Fairly malty, but the distinct dry nutty flavor is the main event. Fairly bitter with earthy hops, but some charred flavors like dark raisin bread toast. Light bodied and very flavorful. A little burnt pecan in the mix and a fruity hint with some bitterness, like pomegranate. There is that mineral taste along with the fruitiness that I associate with English styles.

The bottled version is new, having been introduced May 30, 2012 according to the brewery. It is listed at 5.0% ABV on the usual printed-on-the-glass type of label that AleSmith uses. NUT BROWN in giant letters. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 04:48:19 | More by mactrail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2004 19:53:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA,

A: Dark brown, with a thick creamy head, excellent lacing left in the glass, as the head stays around for the whole pint.

S: Nuttiness, of course, with hazelnuts and almonds, quite sweet, with a hint of English hops.

T: Very good, simple nut and malt flavor, though it is very full and abundant, definitely one of the best American-made nut Browns that I have ever tasted.

M: Smooth, creamy, quite light, but good for the style, very refreshing for a Brown.

D: A great sessionable ale, a great choice on-tap by Alesmith, if you can find it, and want a lighter, but still full-flavored beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2007 01:04:10 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Dark brown color where light shines through easily. Beige (moderate) head that leaves some chunky, spotty lace.

Smell of dry cocoa and toasted malts. Light alcohol and yeast. No notable hop.

More nutty than the smell indicates. Lots of chocolate initially on the tongue. Better hop presence on the swallow but it is still light, like a traditional brown ale. Aftertaste is not potent, but it lasts a long time. Richer than most brown ales which I typically find to be too thin.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 20:57:53 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-06-2012 02:49:15 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while before creating a nice spotty surface covering.

Smell: loads of malt sweetness and chocolate flavors rise from the glass.

Taste: bready malt profile with a decent milk chocolate flavor, some brown sugar, some dark fruit sweetness, and a bit of nuttiness comes through late. Bitterness is moderate here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish.

Overall: an easy to quaff brown ale that is a bit hearty, along with a strong flavor profile. This beer was super fresh on tap and it really shines.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 18:00:59 | More by Gavage
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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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