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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 168
Hads: 593
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 31
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +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. (486 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 (551 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (664 characters)

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of freed
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (358 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago Brewery
The beer as it spills for the keg into the appropriate container a transparent brown, the head prodigious in size and the texture spumous, the color a toothsome tan with the lace a thick and sticky sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is slightly floral, nice nutty malt sweetness, fresh and crisp with the start somewhat sweet, thickly malted and the top fair to middling in feel. Finish has a nice moderate carbonation and the hops pleasingly spicy as the beer warms to the room and the glass, quite dry and a decent drinking beer, certainly not the worst Brown Ale I’ve tasted, but do like most all the other Alesmith beers better than this one, still worth a sample. (693 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the last few nights I have been sharing a beer or two with some old friends from England. Saturday presented a chance to leave Long Beach whilst my friends Wife went touring on a Trip. So we headed down to Naja’s down in Redondo Beach, a bar that I have been to several times.

Our first beer of the day was a shared Pitcher of Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown Ale. It caught my eye because I have never seen this beer before. The Tap had a small oval blue & white picture of a ship at sea, how appropriate that this was our first beer at this sea front Bar in Redondo Beach.

The Pitcher had a dark brown body with a decent sized tan brown head. Poured from the Pitcher, the decent carbonation levels from draft ensured that the head transferred to the glass. Excellent appearance.

The nose is of a nutty praline chocolate nature – some sweetness exhibits itself in the back end. Tasted for the first time, it is very thirst quenching, the second and third mouthfuls soon follow – this is a very quaffable Brown Ale. Has a light but medium body that is wholesome yet well-balanced. Nutty beginnings with a good light roasted malt feel in the middle, never dominating, sweetness builds in the back end with a mild hoppy ending - finishes with a sweet malt walnut ending. Very nice.

Whilst not as memorable as some of the other Alesmith offerings, this is nevertheless a very good Brown Ale that has exceptional Drinkability. An excellent Nut Brown Ale. (1,464 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is nutty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied nut brown ale. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Well balanced. Smooth full flavor. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (296 characters)

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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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