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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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very good

537 Ratings
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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 27
Gots: 34 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of charlzm
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed July 26th, 2012 in a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a very clear deep cola color. Light gets through easily, resulting in garnet highlights. A moderate pour generates a rocky, off-white two-finger head: think root beer float. Sticky and long-lasting.

This is an aromatic beer; smoky, roasty notes mingle with a rich, bitter nutty smell. Outstanding.

Flavor is fairly mild: a little disappointing after the good looks and wonderful aroma. Restrained toffee gives way to over-roast bitterness on the finish. Carbonation seems to interfere slightly with tasting the malt. Not really bold or complex, but flawless.

Beer has a nice, creamy texture and perhaps too-strong carbonation prickle. Goes down smooth and easy.

Wanted to love this one, but I guess my memory was kind. I have had much better brown ales, though it's important to stress that this one is not at all bad, just a well-done example that sticks to the middle of the road.

Photo of Jaldama
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mwayne
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

22 oz bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights, produces a fizzy tan head, recedes to a thin layer of wisps, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Nice toasted malt aroma, lots of hazelnut and almond and a light chocolate aroma.

T- Super malt forward, hazelnut and almond are prominent, as well as a toasted malt flavor that brings some toffee and biscuit flavors. Has a bit of hop bitterness and a nut flavor that lingers for a long time.

M- Medium bodied, smooth slightly creamy feel, moderate to high carbonation, this would have been better with a touch less carbonation.

O- A really nice brown ale, nut flavors are done very well, super drinkable stuff.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown, with gold and purple highlights. A huge mocha head dissipated slowly to leave spotty lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and caramel, with some earthy hops in the background.

Taste as the same notes, with an added flash of char. The chocolate/caramel/roastiness is nostalgia inducing.

Texture is a little bubbly, with a lighter body and easy to drink.

Very nice beer, easy to drink, with good malts. A little too bubbly for my brown ale preference, but that's the only mar to the beer.


Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seems an appropriate beer for a grey-skyed evening turned wet with fog and drizzle. Though I've sampled the beer in the past, I don't have a strong memory of it, and this bottle was a pleasant surprise on my latest shopping trip. Nice looking label. Screen-printing and clean graphic design. It's a shame they dropped the nautical theme, but you can't have everything.

As for the beer, it's got a nice look, too. She's a dark brunette with a khaki hat of creamy bubbles. I see a fly fisherman in the foam clinging to the walls, but it might be one of those deep sea fish with the night light lures and jaws full of teeth.

It smells like a clean pub hosting a bake sale. Snickerdoodles, toffee squares, chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, crumbly shortbread and just enough beer to ease the mind. I could really go for some shortbread.

The taste is an entirely different beast. There's a mild acridity, like the inner skin of a nut, or perhaps, the bold font on the bottle is starting to influence my perception. The blandly tart lemon hop note is forgiven as it does an admirable job cutting through the sugary malt background. Perhaps, the beer doesn't quite need this level of hop pucker and could rest on the laurels of its chocolate toffee body, but that doesn't take away from the end product. It's a brown ale made in San Diego.

The mouthfeel is distinctly... uhh... beer-ish. I don't know. Carbonation is normal. It might be a teensy tiny bit sticky, but I'm just grasping at straws, here.

This is a good beer. Nut Brown is an excellent American take on an English brown ale. It gives a pleasant spin to the style without overly challenging the palate and still packing each sip and whiff with flavor. This probably isn't a beer that will ever be part of a fad or have legions of fans, and that's understandable. However, it is exactly the sort of beer that one could happily drink day in and day out.

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of elBecko
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of KyleMA
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of edwardprung
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of DreaminBeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dmsohyea
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of amrozga
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

What happened to Nautical? Anyway, glad to see this finally bottled. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark but clear brown, a finger of beige head, with a splattering of lace and nice retention.

S: Nutty, grainy malt.

T: Similar, with maybe a little smokiness. The flavors are light, finishes dry. In the transition from refrigerator to room temp, it's got kind of a butterfinger thing going on. Neat.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: A lighter beer, very easy to drink, and versatile to pair with a range of entrees and desserts.

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut color with a glint of ruby. Pours with a beige head in the chalice. Very nice fine carbonation in the mouth.

Dark flavors of roasted barley. Fairly malty, but the distinct dry nutty flavor is the main event. Fairly bitter with earthy hops, but some charred flavors like dark raisin bread toast. Light bodied and very flavorful. A little burnt pecan in the mix and a fruity hint with some bitterness, like pomegranate. There is that mineral taste along with the fruitiness that I associate with English styles.

The bottled version is new, having been introduced May 30, 2012 according to the brewery. It is listed at 5.0% ABV on the usual printed-on-the-glass type of label that AleSmith uses. NUT BROWN in giant letters. Cheers!

Photo of jackrodgers77
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Vine Cottage
San Marcos, CA

A very dark brown with a small brown head that eventually leaves messy sheets of lace down the glass.

Pleasant, to-style aroma of distinct nutty elements, mild roast, biscuit, and mild toffee.

The flavor is similar, though more complex than the aroma. Along with the nutty, bready, and sweet elements, there's also distinct coffee flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A terrific brown.

AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.