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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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526 Ratings
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 25
Gots: 26 | 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:
Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-08-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Ruby dark brown with two fingers of tan head some medium sized patches of lacing
S - Roasted hazelnut and almond, some dried flowers, light earthy hop scents.
T - If you drink this at medium cold to room temp you get the best flavor out of it, really big roasted malt and grains, toasted hazelnut is really nice here, some very faint traces of a nice earthy bitter hop
M - Creamy smooth, almost silky, still is lighter in feel so you can drink more.
O - I love nut brown ales, and this is definitely an example why, extremely rich feeling without being high in ABV, good flavor, and excellent texture.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of user785335
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't generally like brown ales but I made porcini mushroom risotto and someone recommended a brown ale with mushroom risotto so I got it. Great decision- complimented the earthy subtle mushroom flavors with a mild roasted malt flavor, crisp from the appropriate use of hops, and cleansing for the palate. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a darker brew that doesn't have too much of a flavor impact.

Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Garnet brown body with a very thick, rocky, rich and creamy head. Coffee grounds and tobacco aromas; earthy. Malted milk ball flavor predominates; lightly charred grains. Medium-light body, dry with an underlying semi-sweetness.

Great tasting malt-centric brown ale. Somewhat surprising with a relatively light feel and color, but the head and the flavor really standout. Some hop bitterness lurks in the background, but overall, this is a fairly sweet and nutty brown ale that should please most fans of this style.

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which has some retention. The head is a very light and creamy beige while the body is a medium hazel nut brown with hints of garnet which appears as a dark maroon with hints of amber and crimson when held up to the light. Lacing consists of sheeting that extends from the head.

Nose- Start off with lots of cocoa and roasted notes which linger but also fade. Some coffee. Good amount of presence in the beginning but really lacks complexity. Swirling reveals some citrus and biscuit.

Taste- Starts off with citrus (orange and lemon- lemon as the primary citrus note) that moves into grain, cereal, and biscuit followed by light cocoa. The label description is fairly accurate (not something I find with a lot of beers) as the finish is a nice earthy (almost dirty) clod in the mouth. Some hints of spice. Some grassiness. It might not sound appealing but I think it works, especially in this beer. It's definitely a flavor that manages to be both muted and have a lot of presence. Not an amazing beer but it definitely exemplifies what I have begun to like about English beers and English styles- complex flavor profiles that maintain individual notes that have presence but don't really dominate any other aspect. This is an above average to good beer (closer to good). I'm not excited about this beer but I'm definitely not disappointed. A bit of tea (mostly black) aspect to the earthy and grassy bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. And bit heavy on the carbonation but not too much. Some grittiness on the finish.

Drinkability- Both sessionable and entertaining to the palate. Not easy to pull off. Not in any way absurd but a little more than I wish to pay for this style.

Overall- Above average to mostly good beer. Good representation of the style and a lot more interesting than a lot of the American examples that I've had. I would recommend trying this.

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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

Pours opaque red-tinted brown with 1/4 inch of white head that dissipates quickly, leaving only a faint ring on top. Faint lacing.

Smell is roasted malt and hazelnut up front, caramel and some very faint citrus on the back end.

Taste is roasted malt, hazelnut and molasses at first with some citrus tartnesss on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

A solid brown ale that feels somewhat thicker than most. Sessionable for sure. Good, but not great.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

22oz bottle dated from August 2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/23/2013.

Pours a dark black body actually, and barely illuminates a very dark, opaque brown when held up to the light. Nice 2cm white head that looks rather effervescent. Good lacing all over the glass as it goes down.

Smells like a solid brown ale. Sweet milk chocolate, a bit of roasty malts in the background.. not too smoky, evokes some caramel, toffee and molasses.

Flavour profile is a very clean brown ale profile. Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar mixed in with some sweet milk chocolate and roast malts. A little bit of bitterness comes from an earthy hop presence that isn't very strong, perhaps its also some reminder of black coffee. Complex but very clean and enjoyable.

Creamy, thicker bodied for a brown ale. Goes down very smoothly, a bit drying of a finish but not too much so. Very sessionable at 5%, I drank a bomber of this on my own very easily after having a few beers already. Aftertaste is mostly an earthy bitterness that complements that malty sweetness that brown ales typically deliver. Very balanced and smooth.

Enjoyable brown ale. A bit on the bitter side, but very smooth, creamy and sessionable with a great brown ale flavour profile. I really enjoyed this and at $4.99 a bomber, it's a solid purchase if you enjoy brown ales.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottled on 08/06/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown amber cola like color with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate and nuts. Upfront toasted and roasted malts with hints of sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, coffee, toast, grains, and yeast. Hints of brown sugar sweetness. Subtle hints of earthy and grassy hops linger around in the background. Slight hint of citrus orange as well. A pretty solid brown aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and sweet malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, biscuit, and nuts. Toasty and roasted taste of malts upfront with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, toast, coffee, cream, grains, and yeast. Sweet notes of brown sugar linger. Decent hop background with earthy and grassy notes and a slight presence of citrus orange peeks through. A very solid malty and nutty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Somewhat sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Brown Ale. Good toasty malt presence with good notes of chocolate, biscuit, and nuts.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color with a small light tan head which fades quickly. Has a sweet malty aroma with caramel, toffee, and toasted malt.

Has a sweet nutty flavor with toffee, caramel, toasted and biscuit malt. Low hop bitterness, but the sweetness is mild. Nicely balanced beer.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Finishes dry. Smooth and easy to drink. A very nice example of an English Style Brown Ale.

AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.