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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 168
Hads: 594
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 31
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-08-2003

Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.
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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 594
Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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... (1,462 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (423 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (972 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,217 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,319 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a very nice dark brown with a nutty almost ruby hue when held to the light, a nice finger of tan head, that dissapates very nicley... Leavs some nice lacing.

S: notes if dark toasted grain, with a bit of earthy nuttyness, some chocolate in there as well, a nice smelling brown ale.

T: toasty grain notes give a coffe like note with some milk chocolate coming into play after that, a nice nuttyness comes in the middle and especially in the finish... A very tasty brown ale, very well balanced ad packed with flavor.

M: light bodied with crisp carbonation, very drinkable, kind of dances the line between being too light bodied, but does it well while still providing a very nice amount of flavor.

O: this is a very nice nut brown, light refreshing and loaded with great flavor, very nicley done, I would recommend this brown ale to anyone. (899 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: deep toasted malt and nut

Taste: deep toasted malt, nut, light roasted malt, earth, and some chocolaty notes

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with an earthy backbone.

Overall: A very enjoyable sessionable nut brown. Not my favorite in the style, but it is up there. I will certainly pick this one up again. Makes for a great fall beer. (444 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the very best browns I've ever had. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, billowy, foamy, tan head that settled down after a bit to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a clear amber cherry with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, cocoa, old leather, tobacco. Flavor's slightly sweet, with a very good balance between that, bitter, and carbonic tang; also malt, cocoa, and a bit of roast. Body is just right, full, yet very drinkable and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor; session, and just plain very tasty stuff. (543 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating but should be fairly fresh. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, nuttiness, chocolate, molasses, light dark fruit, and light herbal spiciness. Excellent aromas with great strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, toffee, chocolate, light dark fruit, and light herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, chocolate, and light herbal on the finish for a short bit. Nicely robust flavors with good balance; no cloying sweetness at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed on the finish; as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent brown ale. Nice robustness and balance of flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. All around great and well put together. (1,081 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY.

Poured into my 2010 Pioneer stein, formed a tan skim of a head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Skim gets all swirly and gone in a flash, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is rich hearty grains.

Taste is nutty and sweet to start, a touch tart in the middle, and the grain flavors really come out, with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Yet another good Alesmith brew. (494 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good solid tan head, three fingers deep with lots of clump and valley like retention. Body color is a very nice dark indian red, quite opaque, can't see a thing at all. Quite impressive.

Bouquet on this brew seems to be light toasty malts, a hint of tannic nutty character. Some hazelnut creeps in, kind of small and subtle.

Palate hits with a somewhat thick and creamy character, however flavor seems to be following. Mid palate has some strangely clean simple grain aromas, with the toast character missing from the nose. A mild sourness (nothing crazy mind you) maybe even just a hint acrid on the finish too.

Overall, not that memorable for a brown ale unfortunately. (725 characters)

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

Dark brown color where light shines through easily. Beige (moderate) head that leaves some chunky, spotty lace.

Smell of dry cocoa and toasted malts. Light alcohol and yeast. No notable hop.

More nutty than the smell indicates. Lots of chocolate initially on the tongue. Better hop presence on the swallow but it is still light, like a traditional brown ale. Aftertaste is not potent, but it lasts a long time. Richer than most brown ales which I typically find to be too thin. (479 characters)

Photo of Gerasimos
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from LetsPour.

Appears - dark amber; maple syrup; half finger head retreats quick to thin surface filigree

Smells - a bit faint; hints of sugar dusted bread; roast malt

Tastes - sweet biscuit; toasty malt; hints of toffee, chocolate; bitter bite at the end recedes elegantly

Mouthfeels - a bit bright, thin, sharp; nice counterpoint to the overall creamy tastes though

Overalls - real nice Brown; very drinkable; perfect fall evening companion; gone too soon... (473 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nut Brown Ale pours a dark copper or caramel color. It looks a bit hazy. Backlighting gives it more of a copper look. It’s topped with a lighter tan head. It rises to about a finger and a half in height before falling back to a surface covering. Retention was fairly short. Lacing was a little light and spotty. Not bad at all.

The nose is pretty good, but would benefit from more strength. Seems a tad weak. It does feature some nice brown malt notes. Chocolate and cocoa scents are prevalent. Definitely features some toasty and biscuit-like scents. The praline or nutty aspect smells nice and works really well with the malt base. A bit of sweet caramel seems to emerge and become more prominent with each passing whiff. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. No shock there. Smells pretty good. Just needs more muscle.

The flavor is nothing short of excellent. For a 5% beer, it’s tremendous! The malt base is a mix of toasted, caramel, and chocolate varieties. The caramel does lend a good bit of sweetness to the mix. The chocolate most tastes like cocoa. They work well together. Praline, nutty flavors are notable throughout and really drive the flavor. It is a little biscuity and yeasty throughout. It’s a nice flavor though. Everything here comes together to produce an excellent flavor. Alcohol is buried and isn’t a factor.

Nut Brown Ale has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. It feels just a tad thin. Given its size, that’s not too surprising. It’s definitely an easy drinking, sessionable beer though. I could handle a couple of bombers with ease! I’d be happy to do it. This stuff is tasty!

Nut Brown Ale is an interesting beer from Alesmith. It’s not a big beer at all. But, it definitely lives up to the lofty standards Alesmith has set for itself. This is one tasty English Brown Ale. If you’re looking for something malty, delicious, and not too big – give this one a shot! It rocks! (1,938 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I get a prize, @jlindros, for being the 100th reviewer of this here beer.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is slightly hazy chestnut brown with a 1-finger khaki-colored head on top. Leaves some splotches of lace on the way down the glass.

S: Nice brown ale-type scents: first impression is the nuttiness. Also caramel and toffee and some rising bread dough. Nuttiness and sweet malt scents are dominant - and pretty strong (as they should be).

T: Mildly roasted/toasty malt at first. Also a good amount of caramel malt and some toffee, with nutty malt flavors. While the bottle says it's an "English-style ale," there's enough hop bitterness at the finish to start a limey cursing out these Californian brewers. It's an earthy hop bitterness that helps this to finish quite dry, while it offsets the sweeter malt flavors.

M: Call it a tad bit lighter than medium in heft. At first I thought it was a little thin, but after a few sips I've changed my mind on that. Carbonation is nonobtrusive, but there.

O: A solid nut brown ale. This is a style I like (brown ales in general), especially during Octoberfest time. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of good ones that readily come to mind, and at the price I paid for this (I think it was $6.99 for the bomber, which would be a $20 sixer, ounce-for-ounce) I won't be coming back to it with any regularity. But it's definitely worth trying. (1,420 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aww, I'm only review 99, almost the 100th review and I'd win some great reward, according to the malty voices in my head at least.

The pour gives an erupting 1.5 finger head life, a chestnut brown colored head, fluffy with some bigger bubbles, fades at a med pace with enough lacing to leave a layer of it on the sides of the glass, eventually stops fading and leaves a thick frothy 1/4 finger head covering that jiggles a bit, with the lacing leaving a history of the beer, and a dark mahogany beer with a bit of light sneaking through and some ruby light streaming through it.

Nose wafts out a nice nutty aroma. Starting with a nice slightly sweet caramel like base, some brown sugar and molasses base the sweetness. With the caramel is the typical toffee and candy like demeanor. The nutty malt gives way to a light biscuit and bready malt, and a hint of cocoa or more like a bit of chocolate malt. There is also a light toasty biscuit malt like aroma.

Taste creams into my mouth... wait that sounded bad... it comes into my mouth... wait that was worse... anyways, the flavor explod... ok all jokes aside, this flavor is good. Nice toasted malt at first, light biscuit and toasted brown malts, plenty of caramel, little toffee, and nice nutty malt flavors. I wouldn't call it a straight nut flavor, but a nutty earthy like flavor, a halfway to peanut with a light chestnut and cashew like blend. A light sweetness comes with the nice malty flavor, with a light creamy like malt in the overall profile, hence the initial bad sounding sentence. The big caramel flavor increases as it warms and moves towards the finish. A light earthy hop bitterness also starts to come through, and ramps a bit on the dry finish, as well as more earthy malts, root like nutty flavors lingering, more caramel except quite dry, almost bone (shut up on the innuendos), bone dry.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, decent carb.

Overall a nice beer, well done nut brown ale, one of the first beer styles I really liked when I first got into beer. It's hard to find a good nut brown beer these days, doesn't seem like anyone really makes it outside of England. It's a nice type of beer for cooler style weather, a rainy day, or when you need a nice malty beer without a big profile and sweetness. It's a well done nut brown too, so Cheers to Alesmith for continuing to makes some great beers and lesser made styles. (2,403 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown pour with a nice brown foam that laces the glass well. Foam retention is not as lasting.

S - Nice smell of toasted almonds. A bit of cocoa powder as well. Really smelled a bit like opening a Hershy's w/ Almonds candy bar.

T - Nice drinking brown ale. Early nutty flavor gives to a sweet chocolate taste. Finish has notes of english malts.

M - Very drinkable. Pounded this fella down before I got my meal and didn't realize it. Medium bodied and flavors stay after the beer is gone.

O - Would get this again. Classic nut brown ale that is really smooth and enjoyable. (581 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown hue, but not so dark that you can't see through it with sufficient light. Body is lightly hazy and the head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass. Very nearly a paragon for the style.

Smell: very nutty, lightly caramelly and lightly toasty malt aroma. Not much in the way of hops, which works well here. One of the few truly "nutty" smelling beers I've had -- there is a beautiful hazelnut quality here which is not overly sweet. It's growing on me; it's quite awesome.

Taste: more of that hazelnut right up front, followed by a more porter-like roasted malt character. There's a hint of chocolate in the mix, but it's just a supporting role. Magically, through all this, it's not overly acidic or astringent; this is one beer which has exemplary balance. A tiny bitterness and green hop character comes in at the end, but it's not vegetal or overdone or anything. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. In most beers, this would be a hallmark; in this beer, it's a merely "good" part of an otherwise amazing brew.

Overall: this is probably my favorite English-style brown ale. Easily rivals Hazelnut Brown Nectar in the Brown Ale category, and is just generally delightful. I rarely come across a beer which so wonderfully represents its claimed style *and* is, simply, super-tasty to boot. There are almost certainly recipe tweaks which could make this beer better -- but I sure can't tell you what they are. (1,582 characters)

AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.