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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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178 Reviews
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Reviews: 178
Hads: 624
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.15%
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: 178 | Hads: 624
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 throwitallaway
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on-cask at Hamilton's. Brown like you would expect, with no head. Smells faintly of malt, caramel, and nuts. Taste is all about caramel and nuts. Excellent flavors. Mouthfeel is wonderful and creamy. This beer seems to really benefit from being served from a cask, as I've also had it on-tap and it wasn't quite as good. The other great aspect of this beer is the drinkability factor. It's low in alcohol and goes down incredibly easy. Definitely something you could drink all night.

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Photo of Overlord
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this today at the Anthill Pub, in Irvine.

Pours a dark ... brown ... color with a maybe a half an inch white head. Smelled earthy and malty.

I'm not a big brown ale fan. In fact, I was a little hesitant to go out of my way to find this (never seen it on tap anywhere but Alesmith headquarters), even though Alesmith is basically my favorite brewery.

This had a nice earthy, nutty aftertaste (walnuts? Pecans? Not sure). Some hops even, and, of course, some roasted malt. Almost more of a porter in mouthfeel and character.

Good, but I'm still not a brown ale believer.

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Photo of coati858
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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

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

Deep chestnut. Much in the way of ruby. The head hangs around a considerable amount of time and is still there to the end.

Roasted nutty toffee malt. Earthy with a hint of milk chocolate and date. No RS noticeable in the nose.

Great nut brown. Layered flavors of milk chocolate, roasted toffee and caramel with a thick nutty presence. A floral hop bitterness in the mid palate and finish. Very tannic in the finish as well but a mild sweetness settles things down.

Rich, creamy and full bodied for 4.8%

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Photo of Floydster
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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

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

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz.

Ruddy dark brown, decent 1 finger head colored tan. Adequate retention.

Big toffee and caramel aromas, roasty chocolatey malt.

Nice toasty malt background to a sweet toffee note. Rich and nutty. Very English.

A little light on body but not distractingly so. A great tasting beer that you can go through several pints of.

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

Growler poured into mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish-brown color. Moderately thick tan head retains well and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Has a nice aroma of roasted nuts, malts, and a bit of coffee. Light cocoa hints and a bit of hops in the back.

Taste: Creamy and slightly sweet taste of roasted malts and nuts. Very refreshing with noticable undertones of chocolate and coffee. A slight hop bitterness right at the finish and a bit into the aftertaste. It has a nice bit of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium-bodied beer. Very light, tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Low alcohol, good flavor, and doesn't get old. Nice session beer.

A very solid, refreshing, and enjoyable beer. Highly recommended; I look forward to getting it again.

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

on tap @ the Liar's Club in San Diego, CA

A- foamy 1 finger white head sits on top a brown brew with golden hues for a good amount of time. Leaves lacing rings on glass

S- nutty, malts, roasted aromas

T- malty and nutty with a chocolate finish, malt balanced brew, earthy with hints of spice(when brew warmer), roasted flavor, warms well. Mellow yet bold flavor

M- light/med body, smooth with a lingering tingle from carbonation in aftertaste

D- easy drinking, completely sessionable, delicious, best english brown i've had. recommended

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. On tap at AleSmith. Liquour-like Frangelico-type aroma, with wafting alcohol notes on a tone of nutty toast and malt. Dry. Heavy brown pour, with a nice creamy froth. A light and refreshing taste, however bold with quality hazlenut and tawny pale fruits to combine for a nice quality in a brown ale. Touches of saltiness in the nutty character. Both drinkable and full of distinction, yet having nice balance. Something that makes this top considering the quality of the body.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at Naja's back in april and just found a napkin with some notes.

appearance: small head and leaning towards amber

smell: mild roasty smell

taste: this beer was ferminted bone dry. roasty yet smooth drinking

mouthfeel: says chewy but thin

drinkability: was quite high, but i was a warm day. A decent brown.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap after the BA Speedway stout handouts.

A: Garnett amberish brown in color with a minor tan head.

S: Light caramel, touch of nuttyness, bready yeast and a little bit of bakers chocolate.

T: Fresh dough, caramel malts, chocolate notes, minor touch of bitterness. Not as much nutty flavors as I would have expected.

M: Smooth, creamy.

D: Good. I would have liked to get a growler of this for further review...but when presented with all the other options at Alesmith I couldn't bring myself to get the brown.

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Photo of scottoale
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the tap, into the pint glass, a dark mahogany brown ale with very little tan head. The lace slips back into the brew after each sip.

The smell is very nutty, malty and roasted, can't detect much of a hopness to it.

The taste is a nutty, semi-sweet malt with a rich hazelnut and walnut flavor to it. Very tasty and mellow, balanced to a clean and refreshing finish.

With a light-medium body and mild alcohol content, this a an extremely drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is exceptional...very smooth and velvety to the point of being somewhat luxurious...a very nice touch!

As far as a Nut Brown style, this is a hard one to beat, tasty stuff...cheers!

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caught Alesmith's Nut Brown on-tap at O'Brien's down in San Diego. It had a nice brown look and a solid head. Nothing in the scent department jumped out at me, but it had a nice nutty but not overwhelming taste. It's got a pretty long lingering aftertaste though that didn't agree with me. I could down a few of these in a sitting if there was nothing else I wanted to try.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught @ Alesmith Brewing Company. Medium Brown, with a large head of very light tan. A great brown ale overall with a lovely aroma showing hints of toasty, roasty and caramel malts and a zesty, hearty, rich and meaty malt accented flavor. Tasty.

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

Tasted this brown ale at the Alesmith Brewery while visiting San Diego area. This brew was, very dark brown when poured with a fair amount of tan foam and loads of lace. The smell of roasted malts was very evident with a mild aroma of hops and just a hint chocolate. The smell and aroma is just what I got. Nice smooth feeling on the palate. What a mellow brown ale. Well balanced, with a rich, creamy feel in the mouth and on the palate.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could have sworn this was a porter. lots of burnt smell. coffee. dark brown appearance yet light on the palate. I didn't encounter the nuttiness I desired with this style. It was there but hidden deep in the brew. I hate to compare but the samuel smith variety stomps all over this in my opinion as it shares the nuttiness and has a high drinkability along with refreshing. The alesmith brewery is outstanding and this beer is recomended as it stretches the edge of a style. I liked the fluid body as it easily slid down to paydirt. I was so sure it was a porter I had the barkeep pour me a shot glass of it while I watched and sampled it....Yep..it was the right brew. Still good.

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Photo of freed
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Concordia Ale House. I'm always pleased to find new nut browns, especially when they're this good.

Pours a dullish deep brown with a dirty white froth of foam. Foam goes pretty quickly though.

Aroma is quite mild and seems to consist mostly of brown malt - slightly nutty with a hint of peat.

Taste is understated, simple, and perfect for the beer. Dancing the line between dry, sour malt and rich chocolate, this beer is smooth and doesn't have a single off taste. There's a nice chocolate nuttiness without being excessive, and it has a dry finish. Hops are unnoticable in this beer, which I suppose is true to style, though they never hurt.

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Photo of Dmann
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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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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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.