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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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462 Ratings
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 24
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-10-2012 22:05:37 | More by Chugs13
Photo of PeterIngemi


4.1/5  rDev +3%
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 +0.5%
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 chrisxmartin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-05-2012 10:54:40 | More by chrisxmartin
Photo of ThinkRedEsq


4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-03-2012 03:41:12 | More by ThinkRedEsq
Photo of Hacksaw34


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-29-2012 02:54:30 | More by Hacksaw34
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-25-2012 22:45:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of Victor


5/5  rDev +25.6%

10-22-2012 06:09:58 | More by Victor
Photo of drpimento


4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-20-2012 20:43:57 | More by closisinthehouse
Photo of ppoitras


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

10-16-2012 00:38:15 | More by Rwang
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 20:57:53 | More by smcolw
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3.9/5  rDev -2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-06-2012 02:49:15 | More by mendvicdog
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nut Brown Ale pours a dark copper or caramel color. It looks a bit hazy. Backlighting gives it more of a copper look. It’s topped with a lighter tan head. It rises to about a finger and a half in height before falling back to a surface covering. Retention was fairly short. Lacing was a little light and spotty. Not bad at all.

The nose is pretty good, but would benefit from more strength. Seems a tad weak. It does feature some nice brown malt notes. Chocolate and cocoa scents are prevalent. Definitely features some toasty and biscuit-like scents. The praline or nutty aspect smells nice and works really well with the malt base. A bit of sweet caramel seems to emerge and become more prominent with each passing whiff. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. No shock there. Smells pretty good. Just needs more muscle.

The flavor is nothing short of excellent. For a 5% beer, it’s tremendous! The malt base is a mix of toasted, caramel, and chocolate varieties. The caramel does lend a good bit of sweetness to the mix. The chocolate most tastes like cocoa. They work well together. Praline, nutty flavors are notable throughout and really drive the flavor. It is a little biscuity and yeasty throughout. It’s a nice flavor though. Everything here comes together to produce an excellent flavor. Alcohol is buried and isn’t a factor.

Nut Brown Ale has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. It feels just a tad thin. Given its size, that’s not too surprising. It’s definitely an easy drinking, sessionable beer though. I could handle a couple of bombers with ease! I’d be happy to do it. This stuff is tasty!

Nut Brown Ale is an interesting beer from Alesmith. It’s not a big beer at all. But, it definitely lives up to the lofty standards Alesmith has set for itself. This is one tasty English Brown Ale. If you’re looking for something malty, delicious, and not too big – give this one a shot! It rocks!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:41:16 | More by prototypic
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-05-2012 19:12:52 | More by Johnhaley1989
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I get a prize, @jlindros, for being the 100th reviewer of this here beer.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is slightly hazy chestnut brown with a 1-finger khaki-colored head on top. Leaves some splotches of lace on the way down the glass.

S: Nice brown ale-type scents: first impression is the nuttiness. Also caramel and toffee and some rising bread dough. Nuttiness and sweet malt scents are dominant - and pretty strong (as they should be).

T: Mildly roasted/toasty malt at first. Also a good amount of caramel malt and some toffee, with nutty malt flavors. While the bottle says it's an "English-style ale," there's enough hop bitterness at the finish to start a limey cursing out these Californian brewers. It's an earthy hop bitterness that helps this to finish quite dry, while it offsets the sweeter malt flavors.

M: Call it a tad bit lighter than medium in heft. At first I thought it was a little thin, but after a few sips I've changed my mind on that. Carbonation is nonobtrusive, but there.

O: A solid nut brown ale. This is a style I like (brown ales in general), especially during Octoberfest time. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of good ones that readily come to mind, and at the price I paid for this (I think it was $6.99 for the bomber, which would be a $20 sixer, ounce-for-ounce) I won't be coming back to it with any regularity. But it's definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 02:13:17 | More by Kendo
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

10-01-2012 21:58:00 | More by kendellmarie
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

09-30-2012 13:38:32 | More by jpd7374
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 02:32:04 | More by jlindros
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-25-2012 12:46:47 | More by chefduff2
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-24-2012 05:48:25 | More by strongaf
AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.