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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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Reviews: 192
Hads: 691
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 43
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 192 | Hads: 691
Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Garnet brown body with a very thick, rocky, rich and creamy head. Coffee grounds and tobacco aromas; earthy. Malted milk ball flavor predominates; lightly charred grains. Medium-light body, dry with an underlying semi-sweetness.

Great tasting malt-centric brown ale. Somewhat surprising with a relatively light feel and color, but the head and the flavor really standout. Some hop bitterness lurks in the background, but overall, this is a fairly sweet and nutty brown ale that should please most fans of this style.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which has some retention. The head is a very light and creamy beige while the body is a medium hazel nut brown with hints of garnet which appears as a dark maroon with hints of amber and crimson when held up to the light. Lacing consists of sheeting that extends from the head.

Nose- Start off with lots of cocoa and roasted notes which linger but also fade. Some coffee. Good amount of presence in the beginning but really lacks complexity. Swirling reveals some citrus and biscuit.

Taste- Starts off with citrus (orange and lemon- lemon as the primary citrus note) that moves into grain, cereal, and biscuit followed by light cocoa. The label description is fairly accurate (not something I find with a lot of beers) as the finish is a nice earthy (almost dirty) clod in the mouth. Some hints of spice. Some grassiness. It might not sound appealing but I think it works, especially in this beer. It's definitely a flavor that manages to be both muted and have a lot of presence. Not an amazing beer but it definitely exemplifies what I have begun to like about English beers and English styles- complex flavor profiles that maintain individual notes that have presence but don't really dominate any other aspect. This is an above average to good beer (closer to good). I'm not excited about this beer but I'm definitely not disappointed. A bit of tea (mostly black) aspect to the earthy and grassy bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. And bit heavy on the carbonation but not too much. Some grittiness on the finish.

Drinkability- Both sessionable and entertaining to the palate. Not easy to pull off. Not in any way absurd but a little more than I wish to pay for this style.

Overall- Above average to mostly good beer. Good representation of the style and a lot more interesting than a lot of the American examples that I've had. I would recommend trying this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without jumping the pond, it's not all that easy to find authenticity in British brewing tradition. We can just go to California instead, as Alesmith delivers true English character in their Nut Brown Ale.

The beer pours a... well, brown color. its bright clarity shows off its garnet highlights as a creamy and light sandy froth builds on top the beer. Its firm foam stance easily lasts the session as it trails with broken lace at each drink.

Bold aromas of toast, chocolate and obvious nuttiness lead in scent. Toasted pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts come to mind with the slight scent of char. Its caramel maltiness extends into toffee-like notes as a spark of floral hop aromas wisp away, just before that first sip.

Its taste is masculine and gentlemanly with the toffee. As the beer crosses the tongue, introductions of toasted bread, dark chocolate and its nutty medley are made to a creamy taste that's somewhere between vanilla and yogurt. As its taste dries handsomely, a bitter-sweet finish is lightly woody, broad and earthy.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's sweetness evenly fades to a malty-dry finish with light alcohol warmth. Its dryness is accented with mildly roasted char and a powdery cocoa character. Perhaps even a softer carbonated presence would improve the dark ale as it would develop a cask ale-like effect on the palate.

Alesmith's Nut Brown Ale is simply what Newcastle wants to be when it's all grown up.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque red-tinted brown with 1/4 inch of white head that dissipates quickly, leaving only a faint ring on top. Faint lacing.

Smell is roasted malt and hazelnut up front, caramel and some very faint citrus on the back end.

Taste is roasted malt, hazelnut and molasses at first with some citrus tartnesss on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

A solid brown ale that feels somewhat thicker than most. Sessionable for sure. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated from August 2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/23/2013.

Pours a dark black body actually, and barely illuminates a very dark, opaque brown when held up to the light. Nice 2cm white head that looks rather effervescent. Good lacing all over the glass as it goes down.

Smells like a solid brown ale. Sweet milk chocolate, a bit of roasty malts in the background.. not too smoky, evokes some caramel, toffee and molasses.

Flavour profile is a very clean brown ale profile. Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar mixed in with some sweet milk chocolate and roast malts. A little bit of bitterness comes from an earthy hop presence that isn't very strong, perhaps its also some reminder of black coffee. Complex but very clean and enjoyable.

Creamy, thicker bodied for a brown ale. Goes down very smoothly, a bit drying of a finish but not too much so. Very sessionable at 5%, I drank a bomber of this on my own very easily after having a few beers already. Aftertaste is mostly an earthy bitterness that complements that malty sweetness that brown ales typically deliver. Very balanced and smooth.

Enjoyable brown ale. A bit on the bitter side, but very smooth, creamy and sessionable with a great brown ale flavour profile. I really enjoyed this and at $4.99 a bomber, it's a solid purchase if you enjoy brown ales.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottled on 08/06/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown amber cola like color with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate and nuts. Upfront toasted and roasted malts with hints of sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, coffee, toast, grains, and yeast. Hints of brown sugar sweetness. Subtle hints of earthy and grassy hops linger around in the background. Slight hint of citrus orange as well. A pretty solid brown aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and sweet malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, biscuit, and nuts. Toasty and roasted taste of malts upfront with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, toast, coffee, cream, grains, and yeast. Sweet notes of brown sugar linger. Decent hop background with earthy and grassy notes and a slight presence of citrus orange peeks through. A very solid malty and nutty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Somewhat sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Brown Ale. Good toasty malt presence with good notes of chocolate, biscuit, and nuts.

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Photo of hardy008
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color with a small light tan head which fades quickly. Has a sweet malty aroma with caramel, toffee, and toasted malt.

Has a sweet nutty flavor with toffee, caramel, toasted and biscuit malt. Low hop bitterness, but the sweetness is mild. Nicely balanced beer.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Finishes dry. Smooth and easy to drink. A very nice example of an English Style Brown Ale.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a murky amber color with a white head and a bit of lace.

SMELL: Nutty and roasted aroma, and a bit of caramel sweetness.

TASTE: Roasted and nutty, with a flash of hoppy citrus upfront giving way to a nutty, toasty caramel undertone.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation. Still has a smoothness and lingering nutty and hoppy flavors.

OVERALL: A solid, drinkable nutbrown that hits all the benchmarks of the style. Roasty, nutty, with hops upfront, and nutty flavors backing it up.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Brown color, decent head. Aroma is a bit of malt vinegar and malts. More malt vinegar in the flavor but this is what I usually get from nut brown ales, there is nothing wrong with this beer. In fact I might just have a fucked up palate. Overall this was just ok and while I am glad Alesmith came to CO I will be buying the IPA and extra pale and not this.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep ice tea and mahogany body with ruby red highlights. Bone-white head has nice retention and lace.

S - Roasted hazelnuts, brown sugar, burnt caramel, black cherries.

T - Sweet toasted almonds, dry walnuts, caramel, burnt toast, touch of black cherries, toffee.

M - Medium-light to light frame with a nice creaminess.

O - Nice toasted tree nut flavor and a light, sessionable body.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8-6-13

A - clear brown with mohogany highlights and a thick fluffy tan head that sticks around.

S - roasted nuts, fresh baked bread, cocoa.

T - fresh baked bread, cocoa, toffee, roasted nuts, light earthy hop bitterness, faint dark dried fruit.

M - light side of medium, creamy with low carbonation and a dry finish.

D - great example of the style.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottled 8/6/13.

Served chilled into a shaker pint glass, Alesmith's Nut Brown Ale is a dark redish brown color with good clarity seen on the pour. It has about an inch of head but settles fairly quickly to just a skim layer.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a pleasant toasted malt and distinctive English ale yeast.

Flavor is definately malt-forward but with enough hop and dark malt to give pleasant bitterness and balance. It does have some nuttiness too so it does fit the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It would be great on nitro.

Overall a really enjoyable brown ale. I'm glad this brewer finally distributes in Colorado and look forward to trying more of their beers soon.

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Photo of spoony
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From an (undated) 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces one fat finger of grayish-khaki foam. The head lasts for a minute before fading to a patchy cap. Lacing is decent. The beer is purple-ish brown...dark brown.

S-The aroma is delicious! Lovely roasted malts give off some caramel, cocoa powder, and roasted barley grains. There is a nice balancing bit of hops that give off some citrus zest. Overall, it is semi-sweet, as you would expect for the style, and really inviting.

T-The taste mostly follows the smell with cocoa nib and caramel being the major flavors. I also get a nice Brazil Nut-type flavor with just hint of bitterness. Again, nicely balanced between sweetness, roasted flavors, and bitterness.

M-The brew is barely medium body with a fine, but persistent carbonation.

O-This is a well-done brown. The smell, in particular, is really inviting and exhibits great intensity and balance. The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, but it is close. Again, nice balance of malty flavors with just the right kick of hops. The feel is a bit odd and maybe a bit light, but it actually makes the beer more drinkable than other browns. A really nice session or almost-session beer at 5% ABV.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while before creating a nice spotty surface covering.

Smell: loads of malt sweetness and chocolate flavors rise from the glass.

Taste: bready malt profile with a decent milk chocolate flavor, some brown sugar, some dark fruit sweetness, and a bit of nuttiness comes through late. Bitterness is moderate here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish.

Overall: an easy to quaff brown ale that is a bit hearty, along with a strong flavor profile. This beer was super fresh on tap and it really shines.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mahogany brown with a soft gold hue around the edges when held to the light. Has a fat head of loose beige foam that fell slowly enough to a cap and ring. Body is clear and carbonation constantly refreshes. Nose is nits, and toasted malts. There's a light sweet caramel underneath, some rich toffee and a nice light biscuit. The nutty qualities are diverse and this has more than just peanuts. It shows a little gentle cashew smoothness and a some pecan as well. Touch of saltiness for authenticity. As it warms a hint of cocoa comes out and it's toasty. Shows an eathy hop floral on the nose as well. Taste is great. Creamy body that is thin and pretty light for all the fat malt. Toasted, earthy, nutty, light sweetness from the caramel. leaves a dry finish with enough hop bitter at the back and leaves a bit of dark fruit back there too.

All in all this a terrific nut brown ale that's got a low abv so it's great for sessioning. It's a good beer for cooler weather when a fruity hoppy beer is not what you really want. The balance is perfection as per usual with alesmith beers and this one grants enough sweetness to reward the palate and enough bitter to keep you wanting more.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with nutty notes and light dry floral coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by nutty brown caramelized malt with nice light dry floral notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. A lot more complex then your standard brown ale while retaining some excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a mahogany brown with a ruby hue, huge foamy and rocky light tan head that retains forever, leaving a few patches of lace as it settles

S- nice nutty roasted character, a touch of chocolate malt, caramel infused brown sugar with some earthy and herbal hops on the end

T- nutty roasted malt comes through with chocolate notes as well, slight tanginess mid-palate, earthy, leads to a buiscity finishwithnnites on herbal hops, dry in the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- this one is full of flavor, veryvewsyvto drink and very sessionable. Not typically a style I go for, but I really enjoyed this one

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, pours mahogany in color as the bottle suggests, with a frothy, tan head, good retention and an explosion of lacing on the glass. Aromas include bready malt, toasted grain, brown sugar, and faint cocoa nibs. Taste is sweet brown sugar, nutty toasted grain, bread crust, biscuity, earthy hops. Super creamy mouthfeel, pleasant carbonation, definitely could drink a couple of these easily.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby copper color with an incredibility tall head, perhaps to much priming sugar.
Big aromas of biscuit malts caramel and toffee malts and sutle nuttiness.
Very sweet tasting and quite malty. Caramel malts and toffee rule here but man is it sweet.
Nutty with perhaps a hint of dark fruits.
A really too sweet beer for my liking.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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...

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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.