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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale
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490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 25
Gots: 21 | 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:
Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-08-2003)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some nutty aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and slight coffee on the finish. A nice mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good brown ale with an awesome flavor to it.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a conical pint glass at the Yardhouse in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent amber (NOT brown).

Sm: Strong nuts, cream, and chocolate. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy nuts, cream, and malts. Decently balanced, but merely average in build. It's pretty good, but nowhere near as complex as I'd expect from a brewery like Alesmith.

Mf: Smooth (with enough coarseness to bring out the flavour) and wet. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming - especially for the brewery. I wouldn't get it again if other Alesmith beers were available. Brown ale fans will be satisfied.

kojevergas, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

MrVonzipper, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of agaloco9
4.75/5  rDev +19%

agaloco9, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of wattershed
4/5  rDev +0.3%

wattershed, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -24.8%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Stone Bistro. A very good brown, rich and malty. Rather very good for the style. Nutty flavourfull, chocolate malt. Smooth middling mouthfeel, good drinkability when you are up for a sessionable beer that is not ultra-hoppy. It all helps to have understated carbonation.

Sammy, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +0.3%

funkel81, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of emaciated
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

emaciated, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of rpaul2012
4/5  rDev +0.3%

rpaul2012, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of iSrALE
4/5  rDev +0.3%

iSrALE, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Thingus
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Thingus, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +25.3%

imyourhero21, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Clear dark brown color with ruby tinges and a thin tan head.

S: Ground almonds/almond meal, caramel, roasted malt and some freshly ground coffee as it warms.

T: Lots of nutty malts, some day old coffee grounds, hazelnut and roasted malt. Something about the taste told me this beer was old. It seemed faded and I remember liking it a lot more the last time I tried it. I'll have to revisit this one.

notchucknorris, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of AApparel
5/5  rDev +25.3%

AApparel, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of MASPuros
5/5  rDev +25.3%

MASPuros, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of earitt
5/5  rDev +25.3%

earitt, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +0.3%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown top with a red bottom and a 1/8 inch tan head with little to no retention

Smell: Lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate

Taste: The flavor starts out with a very light roasted malt. I expected more based on the nose but it's still good. Back end finishes off with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and medium carbonation

Overall: I really like this beer I might be a bit tough in the grading of this one but it is an enjoyable beer

DarthKostrizer, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rich brown in color with a huge tan head that stayed on top forever! Seriously this had to have looked better then damn near anything else I have run across recently, no joke. Just perfect. Aroma is dark fruits, lots of sweet brown sugary notes, hints of clove and light earthy hops, all mixing together nearly perfectly at this point in time. Nice smooth, even carbonation and feel here now as well, really well placed I have to admit. Rich warm flavor here, nice mix of pear, light spice, hints at brown sugar and a nice even caramel flavored dry finish

mikesgroove, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last on-tap beer of San Diego trip, at the Hopping Pig during an amazing Game 6 of the World Series. Notes.

A- Dark brown body out of the tap and into a pint glass. Small light tan head and a creamy fine ring around the beer. Tons of lace.

S- Nutty and sweet caramel malts up front. Buttery toast and slight dark fruit as well.

T- More dark fruit forward than the nose with the caramel nutty toast malt being a bit more subdued. Somewhat buttery and cereal grain flavors as well.

MF- Creamy moderate body with silky moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

Solid nut brown with everything you pretty much expect in a brown ale. Not too rich but not thin, drinkable and refreshing.

cbutova, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

854th Review on BA
Draft to Taster

@Boho Gastropub, Hollywood, CA

App- A melding of a good deep brown with a good amount of ruby/garnet edges. A 1-1/2 finger head recedes slowly with a very good amount of slide and cling.

Smell- A pretty good full nose on this one. A little roast with a little coffee and a little chocolate. Could've been a bit more full on the nose.

Taste- The taste drops from the nose a little with a unique prickly/bubbly roast and almond, pecan mix of flavors. It was good but just a tad different.

Mouth- A little bit of a medium body with a lighter medium carbonation level. A little bit of small roast flavors remain.

Drink- It wasn't the best Brown Ale but still pretty good. A bit watery and just a bit small. I'd like to give this another go with a full pint to see how it changes with temp.

FosterJM, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Cavery
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at stone, a pint glass in the afternoon.

A: Red brown with some clean stained glass clarity. Dark mohagony core with creamy off white beads of bubbles. Theme of dark reds dominates the character. 

S: Coffee infused toffee candies with a lingering sweetness. Nutty hazelnuts mix with brazil nots and fresh walnuts. Little bit of watery decaf coffees suggests a lightness that I wasn't expecting. Red berry notes are present but vague.

T: Nutty light coffees that feature a light soy cream. Light salt and caramel flavors. A nice transition towards roast nutty almonds. Some cranberry sauce. Saltiness mixes with nuts for a suggestion of pistachio. Simple but good flavors.

M: Medium body light sizzle in the front. Very light easy drinking for a brown. The salty sensations blend with the carb for an illusion of fullness. Otherwise pale ale lightness. Lightness favors drinkability.

O: Highly drinkable brown. Sessionability super high. Red berry flavors do the nuts justice. Sweet cranberry flavors up the ease of drinking. Not a typical brown, but good.

Cavery, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of jethrodium
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Pours a reddish brown with a small light tan head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a good almond nuttiness, some caramel, light brown sugar, some light peanut, and some light coffee. The initial taste is sweet with caramel, some brown sugar, then a strong almond nuttiness. The finish has a light coffee bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

jethrodium, Aug 19, 2011
AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.