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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

553 Ratings
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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 25
Gots: 46 | 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.
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Ratings: 553 | Reviews: 166
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a a dark mahogany amber. A fine one finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, nuts and a hint of chocolate. Flavor follows with nuts, toasted and caramel malt, slightly sweet. Finishes with nuts and a hint of char. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nice nut brown ale. I'm glad that Alesmith has made it up to Seattle.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish amber color with a taupe colored head. Nutty, earthy, chocolaty, and grassy aromas comprise the bouquet. The mouthfeel wasn't as full and creamy as the nose had led my palate to anticipate. It is a little thin and on the watery side. The flavor was even more of a disappointment. Some nuttiness, but nothing extraordinary. Some lactose and coffee acidity. Plus, this beer seems to drink more like a stout than a brown. Pretty unremarkable. Not a good effort by Alesmith.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New bottle format just released.

A: Pours dark brown with a nice big fluffy and creamy tan head. Fades very very slowly, leaving a veritable wall of lacing behind.

S: Strong nuttiness (hazelnuts) as well as a wonderful toasted malt. Brown sugar and maybe even a bit of cocoa? Just a touch of caramel.

T: Lots of hazelnut and toast up front. A little brown sugar and then fades with a lightly bitter toffee, coffee and cocoa. Very creamy throughout.

M: Fairly thin, only 5%. But nice and creamy and smooth.

O: Great English brown ale. Relatively light but oh so creamy and smooth makes it super drinkable. Great balance of flavors. This might vie for the throne that is Samuel Smith Nut Brown.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of yamar68
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours... well... nut brown, with a finger of soft brown head that leaves precise lacing.

Smells metallic - bright hard water notes with nutty malt bits. A touch of coffee on the end. Creamy fresh aromas.

Nice and mild on the tongue. Almond and peanut notes with toasted grains. Very well balanced.

Exceedingly drinkable. Just the right amount of nutty/toasted aftertaste. Nice.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours brown but when held up to the light it has dark crimson highlights. Head is tan and retains very well. Head is bubbly and foamy. Thin strands of lacing are left along the glass. Body is mostly transparent.

S-Yes, there are plenty of roasted nuts. Cocoa and light toffee and brown sugar. Coffee notes and roast. Delicious nose. Burnt caramel.

T-Still, nutty and delicious. Hazelnuts and walnuts. Roasted coffee grounds. Lactose and chocolate milk. Roasted coffee is twisted around the entire flavor. Chocolate chip muffins. Cola flavor that I keep coming back to. Light bitterness. Plenty going on here.

M-Exceptionally light and seasonable. Prickly carbonation. Ultra-sessionable.

O/D-Yessir. I have begun to really enjoy Brown Ales. This one is excellent. Mild yet complex. Long finish. Plenty of different flavor components. I could drink this and be thoroughly satisfied most days of the week. Alesmith is one of those breweries that does no wrong with me.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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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.

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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.


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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.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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