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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 607
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 33
Gots: 64 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-08-2003

Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.
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Reviews: 172 | Hads: 607
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a conical pint glass at the Yardhouse in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent amber (NOT brown).

Sm: Strong nuts, cream, and chocolate. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy nuts, cream, and malts. Decently balanced, but merely average in build. It's pretty good, but nowhere near as complex as I'd expect from a brewery like Alesmith.

Mf: Smooth (with enough coarseness to bring out the flavour) and wet. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming - especially for the brewery. I wouldn't get it again if other Alesmith beers were available. Brown ale fans will be satisfied.

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Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating but should be fairly fresh. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, nuttiness, chocolate, molasses, light dark fruit, and light herbal spiciness. Excellent aromas with great strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, toffee, chocolate, light dark fruit, and light herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, chocolate, and light herbal on the finish for a short bit. Nicely robust flavors with good balance; no cloying sweetness at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed on the finish; as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent brown ale. Nice robustness and balance of flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. All around great and well put together.

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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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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good solid tan head, three fingers deep with lots of clump and valley like retention. Body color is a very nice dark indian red, quite opaque, can't see a thing at all. Quite impressive.

Bouquet on this brew seems to be light toasty malts, a hint of tannic nutty character. Some hazelnut creeps in, kind of small and subtle.

Palate hits with a somewhat thick and creamy character, however flavor seems to be following. Mid palate has some strangely clean simple grain aromas, with the toast character missing from the nose. A mild sourness (nothing crazy mind you) maybe even just a hint acrid on the finish too.

Overall, not that memorable for a brown ale unfortunately.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Whole Foods. Glad to see some new Alesmith flavors in the area.

Nautical Nut Brown Ale has a dark brown body that does not quite make it to black. A small dark tan head stuck around for a few minutes before capping, leaving some sticky lace. The smell consists of dark roasted malts, brown sugar and some old coffee. The taste is huge on the malts with alot of nuttiness. Some coffee with a nice amount of hops to round it out. The English yeast strain jumps out here and there making this even more layered The feel was just about as full as needed to be. A bit chewy towards the end which expanded the feels depth. The carb was pretty spot on as wel. I enjoyed my glass and drank it in no time. Im not a big fan of nutty brown ales but I could easily drink some more of this. Full of flavor and life..

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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

LOOK: Pours a murky amber color with a white head and a bit of lace.

SMELL: Nutty and roasted aroma, and a bit of caramel sweetness.

TASTE: Roasted and nutty, with a flash of hoppy citrus upfront giving way to a nutty, toasty caramel undertone.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation. Still has a smoothness and lingering nutty and hoppy flavors.

OVERALL: A solid, drinkable nutbrown that hits all the benchmarks of the style. Roasty, nutty, with hops upfront, and nutty flavors backing it up.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark mahogany brown with a light tan head that slowly fades away into a mild cap.
Smell is of toasted nuts. Multigrain bread, and a touch of cocoa powder. Very hearty and upfront.
Taste is of the aromas with a doughy bread and nuttiness pulling forward.
Mouthfeel is even bodied, den drinking, and outright delicious in the swallow.

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