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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Nut Brown AleAleSmith Nut Brown Ale

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418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%

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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Photo of DrDemento456


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark brown with mild ruby hues. Head is excellent with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head that sticks around forever.
S - Quite mild but everything I expected is there. Toasted malts, hazelnuts, chocolate malt, brown malts, and a touch of brown sugar.
T - Brown malt and chocolate malt hit first with a bit of toasted bread. Very strong for such a light ABV. I do like how it's not overly sweet with sugar malts making it very drinkable.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, has a nice bite to it.

Overall a very smooth tasty brown ale with a great session-able ABV and constant flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:07:22 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of arizcards


4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine last weekend for $5.99. Nice to see it is being bottled as this was one of the Alesmith brews i wanted to try for a long time now.

Beer poured brown with a nice tan head that is hanging around pretty well.

Nose is malty, earthy, with hints of chocolate.

Taste is well balanced, chocolate malts, hints of molasses, and west coast hops with a dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very good for the style, medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this brew is everything i hoped it would be, a flavorful sessionable brew, perfect for watching a final four game!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 23:43:58 | More by arizcards
Photo of ngeunit1


4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malts, English yeast with some fruity esters, almonds and other nuts, brown sugar.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee malts, almonds and other nuts, brown sugar, English yeast and some dark fruity esters.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, fruity, and nutty finish.

D - Nice brown ale. Great complexity and balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:12:11 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of vkv822


4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz: tulip

Pours a dark, mahogany red with a creamy, thick, light tan head.

Toasty, nutty malts. Faint roast coffee.Light cocoa sweetness. Faint earthy hops in the finish.

Medium body, mild foamy carbonation.

A very well crafted English brown ale. Great nut notes blend with more malts and just a faint earthy hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 07:43:04 | More by vkv822
Photo of ADZA


4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark hazed mahogany hue with a two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is biscuit,roasted chestnuts,a hint of charr,mild chocolate and some dark coffee,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied with above moderate carbonation and on taste it has a real roasted nuttiness to it followed by subtle mild chocolate,dark coffee,earthy hops and finished with a slight fruity bitterness and overall it's quite enjoyable and I have to admit spot on to the English style you don't get many brews that claim it and pull it off but these guys do cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 10:51:35 | More by ADZA
Photo of philbe311


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Two fingers worth of light khaki colored rich delectable froth with a slightly rocky top with some big chunky bubbles mixed in... The head becomes even richer and creamier as it settles a bit... Very nice retention... A good bit of small bubbled carbonation which starts sluggish and finishes with a moderate pace... The color is a medium brown with a very faint reddish hue... Sheets of lacing cling to the glass as the session proceeds...

S - A mix of sweet over ripened fruit to start... Brown sugar... Some nuttiness... Light woody notes... A hint of caramel... All the components compliment one another wonderfully which adds another layer of depth and complexity...

T - The palate is an exact repeat of the nose, but everything is slightly more subdued than expected... The over ripened fruit sticks out the most and everything else takes a distant back seat... The brown sugar, nuttiness and caramel are present but lie far beneath the surface...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Perhaps slightly thin... Goes down easily sip after sip... Lush to start, turning slightly juicy and finishing with a slight touch of dryness...

D - Easy drinking and enjoyable... Not a bad beer by any means... There's lot of good stuff going on here, especially the aroma... However, the flavor and mouthfeel could use a little more umph... With a couple of minor tweaks, this one could be elevated from very good to excellent...

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 01:04:06 | More by philbe311
Photo of metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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
Photo of bashiba


4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown with bright clean ruby red highlights, a nice thick and creamy long lasting head. Good Lacing.

The smell is great, a bit of english crisp brown malt shines through very nicely with light toasted coffee and chocolate.

The flavor is very nice, big malt centric flavors. Nice toasted english malts, a bit of nutty chocolate flavors, and mild coffee with a very mild earthy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy.

Supremely drinkable, very English in flavor. Great Malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:07:22 | More by bashiba
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint at papago in Scottsdale. Pours a nice brown with tan head and good lacing. Nice sweet nutty aroma. Taste is really nice...perfectly malty and nutty. Slight sweetness and nice balance with the slight hop. Overall a damn near perfect nut brown. Nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 00:49:15 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Auraan


5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an excellent dark brown with off white head that looks ruby red when held up to a light. The scent was excellent, rich roasted malt, toffee, nutty notes and a bit of dark coffee were all present on the nose. Very enticing. The flavor delivered on this promise, beginning with a hit of roast malt, moving into toffee and roast malt, and finishing with rich nutty notes and a slight coffee like aftertaste. The mouthfeel was good, with a medium carbonation that made the beer quite easy to drink. The body was medium-light which contributed to this ease. An all around excellent brown ale, easily the best I've tried as of this date.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 05:54:56 | More by Auraan
Photo of dgilks


3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy nut brown colour with a creamy, light tan head. Poor head retention.

Slightly nutty, slightly oxidised aroma. Touches of malt and sweetness. Okay.

Dry and slightly fruity. The malt is a touch nutty and a little roasty too. Somewhat earthy. Okay.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but it is a little dry and fizzy for the style. I don't mind it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 08:02:26 | More by dgilks
Photo of emerge077


4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Premier Gourmet, purchased alongside a good number of AleSmith offerings.

Poured into a sampler glass, shared at a recent tasting. Dark chestnut brown, and with a brilliant half inch of light brown head that takes a good while to recede. Great retention, and loads of sticky lace. Great stuff.

Nose is classic quality brown ale, lightly roasted malt, caramel, toffee, nuts (chestnut or hazel), apple, figs and a light hop bitterness.

Very impressive brown ale. Normally this is a style that I really enjoy, but rarely have much to say about, nor is it a style I actively seek out in my beer hunting - it's a sturdy, everyday drinking ale. This edition, however, is one of the best around and deserves special mention. Rich, very flavorful with a clear nuttiness and sweet caramel flavour, which is cleaned up with a nice dry roasted bitterness. Smooth, highly sessionable were I able to have this on tap.

Great stuff, this. So glad I picked this one up, especially at the price (4 or 5.99 I think). Very tasty brown ale - well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 19:28:11 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of BMMillsy


3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from Let's Pour. Pours dark brown with large white head (admittedly overaggressive pour). Nutty malty smell, bit of darker fruits, but nothing to call home about...hoping the flavor offers more as there isn't a whole lot going on here. Nice chocolatey and nutty flavor. Very light and easy drinking, with a smoothness that creates some thickness. Ok brown ale, but would have liked a tad more bold flavor and aroma. They are there, but a bit light.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:23:45 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of rawfish


4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into an Alesmith tulip, pours a deep shade of mahogany, two fingers high crown of off white lacing. Great retention and smattering of lacing, especially for a 5% beer.

Raisins, toffee, cocoa nibs, hotcake batter, deep and chewy malt with a subtle nuttiness. Mild English hops give a herbal and vinous aroma at the back end. Really inviting beer.

Malt is thick and biscuit like with some hazelnuts, caramel and cocoa nibs, cocoa and simple syrup sweetness really starts to come forth as the beer begins to warm. Herbal mild hops on the finish providing pleasant bitterness. A bit sticky and lemon acidity left on the palate. Terrific.

Creamy mouthfeel, adequately carbonated and sessionable medium body.

Artfully crafted as Alesmith beers usually are. The malt choice is perfect for creating a beer that is delightfully complex in flavor and sessionable in body. So happy that this beer made it to bottles and it deserves a shot to make it into your fridge

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 23:53:52 | More by rawfish
Photo of DefenCorps


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first new bottled beer review in 3 weeks. Wow!

Pouring a very dark brown with reddish highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, creamy, light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. Toasty, nutty, grainy with a little bit of caramel, a whiff of burnt sugar and a touch of molasses, this is complex, light and refreshing. A faint hop character is also present, lending earthy notes which work well with the burnt sugar aromas. The yeast is mostly clean, though a touch fruity. Very nice.

When allowed to warm up to cellar temperature, this beer shines. Opening with a blend of caramel and toasted bread drizzled with burnt sugar and brown sugar, this is well-constructed. Flavors of vanilla and oatmeal are also present. Medium-low hop character is present, mostly as bitterness with a little flavor, with the earthy notes and green bitterness blending harmoniously with the burnt sugar bitterness and the toffee flavors. Drying on the finish with a faint fruit note, moderate toast and burnt sugar flavors, this beer is medium-light in body, moderately carbonated, and excellent on the palate - so soft and creamy! I imagine this is a treat on cask. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 05:16:17 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with hoppymcgee at Hawthorn's in Philly visiting for Zwanze 2012 weekend.

Pours a medium to dark brown color with a thick creamy head that recedes to leave some pretty excellent lacing (for a 5% beer).

Aromas begin with some serious toasted bready maltiness and some emerging nuttiness. As it warms it gets a little sweeter with some light caramel and a hint of earthy English hops.

The tastes follow the nose with a great balance of simple nuttiness and sweet toasted bready maltiness. As it warms you get a little sweet toffee in the background and some light hops which helps to add some balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth and creamy, with the perfect balance of sweet and light roast/toasted malt.

Overall I am so floored that this beer has made it to bottles as I have always wanted to sample this offering from AleSmith. I am really fond of a quality brown or amber ale but there are so few quality made ones these days because breweries just "mail them in" and focus on their next Imperial or Barrel-aged creation. This is a perfect food, session or anytime beer for its balanced flavor profile and extremely high drinkability. This may be the best American made English Brown ale I have ever had, if not, definitely in the top 3.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 17:33:46 | More by claspada
Photo of PeterIngemi


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a very nice dark brown with a nutty almost ruby hue when held to the light, a nice finger of tan head, that dissapates very nicley... Leavs some nice lacing.

S: notes if dark toasted grain, with a bit of earthy nuttyness, some chocolate in there as well, a nice smelling brown ale.

T: toasty grain notes give a coffe like note with some milk chocolate coming into play after that, a nice nuttyness comes in the middle and especially in the finish... A very tasty brown ale, very well balanced ad packed with flavor.

M: light bodied with crisp carbonation, very drinkable, kind of dances the line between being too light bodied, but does it well while still providing a very nice amount of flavor.

O: this is a very nice nut brown, light refreshing and loaded with great flavor, very nicley done, I would recommend this brown ale to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:28:57 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of tigg924


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

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: deep toasted malt and nut

Taste: deep toasted malt, nut, light roasted malt, earth, and some chocolaty notes

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with an earthy backbone.

Overall: A very enjoyable sessionable nut brown. Not my favorite in the style, but it is up there. I will certainly pick this one up again. Makes for a great fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 16:09:57 | More by tigg924
Photo of drpimento


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the very best browns I've ever had. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, billowy, foamy, tan head that settled down after a bit to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a clear amber cherry with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, cocoa, old leather, tobacco. Flavor's slightly sweet, with a very good balance between that, bitter, and carbonic tang; also malt, cocoa, and a bit of roast. Body is just right, full, yet very drinkable and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor; session, and just plain very tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 05:30:22 | More by drpimento
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:26:07 | More by superspak
Photo of ppoitras


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY.

Poured into my 2010 Pioneer stein, formed a tan skim of a head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Skim gets all swirly and gone in a flash, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is rich hearty grains.

Taste is nutty and sweet to start, a touch tart in the middle, and the grain flavors really come out, with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Yet another good Alesmith brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:32:23 | More by ppoitras
Photo of smakawhat


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 22:16:56 | More by smakawhat
Photo of smcolw


4/5  rDev +0.3%
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
Photo of Gerasimos


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from LetsPour.

Appears - dark amber; maple syrup; half finger head retreats quick to thin surface filigree

Smells - a bit faint; hints of sugar dusted bread; roast malt

Tastes - sweet biscuit; toasty malt; hints of toffee, chocolate; bitter bite at the end recedes elegantly

Mouthfeels - a bit bright, thin, sharp; nice counterpoint to the overall creamy tastes though

Overalls - real nice Brown; very drinkable; perfect fall evening companion; gone too soon...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:32:18 | More by Gerasimos
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