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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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181 Reviews
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Reviews: 181
Hads: 629
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 38
Gots: 69 | 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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Reviews: 181 | Hads: 629
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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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear reddish brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of roasted malts and coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that it seems to have a little more in the way of flavors of nutty malts and some slight notes of chocolate. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is present.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is incredibly drinkable yet still manages to pack in a ton of flavors of nutty malts. It is quite sessionable and also one of the best beers I have had in this style.

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Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown with bright clean ruby red highlights, a nice thick and creamy long lasting head. Good Lacing.

The smell is great, a bit of english crisp brown malt shines through very nicely with light toasted coffee and chocolate.

The flavor is very nice, big malt centric flavors. Nice toasted english malts, a bit of nutty chocolate flavors, and mild coffee with a very mild earthy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy.

Supremely drinkable, very English in flavor. Great Malt profile.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint at papago in Scottsdale. Pours a nice brown with tan head and good lacing. Nice sweet nutty aroma. Taste is really nice...perfectly malty and nutty. Slight sweetness and nice balance with the slight hop. Overall a damn near perfect nut brown. Nice brew.

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Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an excellent dark brown with off white head that looks ruby red when held up to a light. The scent was excellent, rich roasted malt, toffee, nutty notes and a bit of dark coffee were all present on the nose. Very enticing. The flavor delivered on this promise, beginning with a hit of roast malt, moving into toffee and roast malt, and finishing with rich nutty notes and a slight coffee like aftertaste. The mouthfeel was good, with a medium carbonation that made the beer quite easy to drink. The body was medium-light which contributed to this ease. An all around excellent brown ale, easily the best I've tried as of this date.

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Photo of dgilks
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy nut brown colour with a creamy, light tan head. Poor head retention.

Slightly nutty, slightly oxidised aroma. Touches of malt and sweetness. Okay.

Dry and slightly fruity. The malt is a touch nutty and a little roasty too. Somewhat earthy. Okay.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but it is a little dry and fizzy for the style. I don't mind it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color with copper highlights and bright clarity, lasting tan foam with good coverage spotty lacing around the edges.

Nutty with a bit of yeast esters, faint plum or fruit jam oddly enough.

Dry with a mild bitterness, toasty malt, straightforward flavors. Clean and flavorful, light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Simple but nuanced. A standard example of the style.

Thanks Jay for picking this up downstate!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Premier Gourmet, purchased alongside a good number of AleSmith offerings.

Poured into a sampler glass, shared at a recent tasting. Dark chestnut brown, and with a brilliant half inch of light brown head that takes a good while to recede. Great retention, and loads of sticky lace. Great stuff.

Nose is classic quality brown ale, lightly roasted malt, caramel, toffee, nuts (chestnut or hazel), apple, figs and a light hop bitterness.

Very impressive brown ale. Normally this is a style that I really enjoy, but rarely have much to say about, nor is it a style I actively seek out in my beer hunting - it's a sturdy, everyday drinking ale. This edition, however, is one of the best around and deserves special mention. Rich, very flavorful with a clear nuttiness and sweet caramel flavour, which is cleaned up with a nice dry roasted bitterness. Smooth, highly sessionable were I able to have this on tap.

Great stuff, this. So glad I picked this one up, especially at the price (4 or 5.99 I think). Very tasty brown ale - well worth seeking out.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from Let's Pour. Pours dark brown with large white head (admittedly overaggressive pour). Nutty malty smell, bit of darker fruits, but nothing to call home about...hoping the flavor offers more as there isn't a whole lot going on here. Nice chocolatey and nutty flavor. Very light and easy drinking, with a smoothness that creates some thickness. Ok brown ale, but would have liked a tad more bold flavor and aroma. They are there, but a bit light.

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Photo of rawfish
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into an Alesmith tulip, pours a deep shade of mahogany, two fingers high crown of off white lacing. Great retention and smattering of lacing, especially for a 5% beer.

Raisins, toffee, cocoa nibs, hotcake batter, deep and chewy malt with a subtle nuttiness. Mild English hops give a herbal and vinous aroma at the back end. Really inviting beer.

Malt is thick and biscuit like with some hazelnuts, caramel and cocoa nibs, cocoa and simple syrup sweetness really starts to come forth as the beer begins to warm. Herbal mild hops on the finish providing pleasant bitterness. A bit sticky and lemon acidity left on the palate. Terrific.

Creamy mouthfeel, adequately carbonated and sessionable medium body.

Artfully crafted as Alesmith beers usually are. The malt choice is perfect for creating a beer that is delightfully complex in flavor and sessionable in body. So happy that this beer made it to bottles and it deserves a shot to make it into your fridge

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

This is my first new bottled beer review in 3 weeks. Wow!

Pouring a very dark brown with reddish highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, creamy, light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. Toasty, nutty, grainy with a little bit of caramel, a whiff of burnt sugar and a touch of molasses, this is complex, light and refreshing. A faint hop character is also present, lending earthy notes which work well with the burnt sugar aromas. The yeast is mostly clean, though a touch fruity. Very nice.

When allowed to warm up to cellar temperature, this beer shines. Opening with a blend of caramel and toasted bread drizzled with burnt sugar and brown sugar, this is well-constructed. Flavors of vanilla and oatmeal are also present. Medium-low hop character is present, mostly as bitterness with a little flavor, with the earthy notes and green bitterness blending harmoniously with the burnt sugar bitterness and the toffee flavors. Drying on the finish with a faint fruit note, moderate toast and burnt sugar flavors, this beer is medium-light in body, moderately carbonated, and excellent on the palate - so soft and creamy! I imagine this is a treat on cask. Highly recommended.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with hoppymcgee at Hawthorn's in Philly visiting for Zwanze 2012 weekend.

Pours a medium to dark brown color with a thick creamy head that recedes to leave some pretty excellent lacing (for a 5% beer).

Aromas begin with some serious toasted bready maltiness and some emerging nuttiness. As it warms it gets a little sweeter with some light caramel and a hint of earthy English hops.

The tastes follow the nose with a great balance of simple nuttiness and sweet toasted bready maltiness. As it warms you get a little sweet toffee in the background and some light hops which helps to add some balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth and creamy, with the perfect balance of sweet and light roast/toasted malt.

Overall I am so floored that this beer has made it to bottles as I have always wanted to sample this offering from AleSmith. I am really fond of a quality brown or amber ale but there are so few quality made ones these days because breweries just "mail them in" and focus on their next Imperial or Barrel-aged creation. This is a perfect food, session or anytime beer for its balanced flavor profile and extremely high drinkability. This may be the best American made English Brown ale I have ever had, if not, definitely in the top 3.

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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.