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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Nut Brown AleAleSmith Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.

Added by Todd on 07-08-2003

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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 765
Photo of T100Mark
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass.

Appearance - The color is dark brown with a touch of ruby red. A fine, lumpy tan head. Moderate lacing. Handsome.

Smell - A sweet carmel aroma.

Taste - Sweet, root beer like flavor with a mild toasty finish. The hops are almost non-existent.

Mouth - Mild carbonation. A little thin.

Overall - First, a disclaimer. I'm not a huge fan of Nut Brown Ales. To my pallet, these beers lack character and body. AleSmith's rendition is no different. It's fine for what it is. Now I'm going to go drink a good Bitters.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +24.4%

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color with two full fingers of oatmeal-colored head that dissolved into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt and dark bread, with some brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Roasty, malty, nutty, delicious! Lots of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread like pumpernickel, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness, and finished with some nicely balanced hops. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Some good carbonation to slightly tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is one of the best American made versions of an English Nut Brown Ale that I’ve ever had! It’s absolutely delicious!! Fans of brown ales should definitely give it a try. I’m certainly going to get some more of this!!

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Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut colored with an oatmeal colored head that rises up minimally and settles out quickly. Surprisingly clear. Low aroma of cocoa and dark malt, a little toasted.

Flavors of dark malt, cocoa, notes of molasses and licorice, slight metallic note. A raisin note lingers. Thin mouthfeel, a bit slick. Decent beer, but I expected more from this world class brewer.

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Photo of kevanb
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into an AleSmith snifter.

The beer pours a nice deep brown color, almost black, hues of burgundy and garnet when struck by the light, opaque texture with a thick, taut, khaki head that has decent retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is nice, rich sweet malts, dark brown bread, light bitterness, mild hazelnut that brings out some sweetness to pair with the malts. It's simple, but balanced and well executed. The flavors mirror well, nutty dark grains, sweet malts, a touch of cocoa and brown sugar with only the lightest bitterness, very well balanced, although they seem to feel a bit muted at the end. The mouthfeel is nice, coats the tongue well, carbonation is moderate, has a bit of chewiness at times but finishes a little meekly.

Verdict: A nice example of the English Brown Ale from AleSmith, it's simple but balanced and very sessionable at just 5% ABV. I don't often crave this style, but for those nice crisp fall days, this will definitely do the trick.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage, served in a wine glass.

Pours with a very durable tan head that leaves excetional lacing. The body is very dark red-brown, clear but almost opaque.

Aroma: the weak point. Nutty malts with some faint off odors.

Flavor: Moderate strength nutty flavor with dark grains and a impression of dark bread. Good, lingering malty aftertaste.

O: a decent nut brown but the weakest offering I've had from this fine brewery.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is brown with copper edges and a finger of fluffy beige head that stuck around for eternity and left thick lacing behind. The nose is nutty and bready. The flavor follows the nose but it is not as bold as the very best beers of this style. The body is not quite hearty but not thin either. The finish was very mildly dry and bitter.

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark walnut with a very nice creamy head on the surface. Smells nutty, as the name would suggest. Toasted malt, grainy chocolate, toffee, and leather - all with a charred edge. Flavor is similarly malty, but with more of an earthy hop presence. Dark chocolaty malt, nutty coffee, and just a bit of fruit to brighten things up. Not rich - more bittersweet, and clean. Medium-light bodied, slightly creamy, and quite drinkable. I like it...

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Photo of tastybeer
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, reddish glow where the light hits, and small head but nice lacing. Aroma is cocoa, roasted coffee, hazelnut, creamy toffee, slightly flowery, faint bit of lemon, soap, and other nut varieties. Nice basic nut brown aromas with a little extra character of its own. Taste is lightly sweet with chewy biscuit caramelly malt, grains, soft bitterness, and flavors of malty bread, nuts, and again coffee and cocoa. Nicely done for this style of beer which I find I don't regularly crave. Very easy drinking which makes it appropriate all year long.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This beer,although labeled as a brown ale, tastes closer to a porter. Probably the earthiest,smokiest and least sweet brown I've had to date. Small amount of sweet carmel,malt to start and finishes with a smoke or burnt steak kinda taste that lingers on the tongue.Color is a very dark brown that is still see-thru with a very slight amber hue in the light. Lacing very apparent. Flavor is very robust for only 5%. Low alcohol content is probably why the bottle describes the beer as "sessionable" I would agree with that, but only during cold weather months. If your a porter/stout person who doesn't like browns then this beer would probably be ok with you. Overall a quality beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. There isn't much head, sadly - the off-white collar is less than a finger high, and even then, doesn't have good retention. Almost no lacing is left on the glass.

S: I'm getting a lot of dry chocolate and brown sugar at first. Nutty notes appear after a while, along with a touch of dark fruits. Admittedly, the aroma is rather simple, but it's fine enough.

T: I'm getting a subtle note of espresso to start - nice. I'm also picking up a bit of dry, powdery chocolate as well. The finish is fairly mineral-y, caramely, and even hoppy in spurts, yet not overdone. Pretty much a typical brown ale, but with a bit more balance and definition than what's typical.

M: Yeah, this is dry. While it's not creamy, it's fairly light on the tongue. There's *just* enough sweetness to give it a rich flavor (for brown ale standards, that is ;)), though. Carbonation is about average.

O: Brown ales are never going to score high with me, but this is one of the better ones I've had. It also pairs really well with beef. Like, REALLY well. I'd buy it again if it were readily available in my region - alas, it's not.

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Photo of Slippinghalo
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, brown to red in color. Creamy, one finger head pour.

S: Good smell...caramel and biscuit notes.

T: toasted bread and chocolate with little hop presence

M: nicely carbed with a light to medium body feel

O: Very good for a brown ale. Definitely has the english-style malt taste.

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

Had this in a bomber, poured into a glass. The usual AleSmith bottle....which I kind of dig, actually.

Had a somewhat roasted and chocolately aroma to it....mildly sweet. A robust brown ale on the nose.

As one may expect, pours a deep brown into my glass...head seems somewhat thin. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

The taste though, makes it one of the more flavorful nut browns out there. This one puts most of the ones I've had from the UK to shame. There's definitely a good roasted and chocolatey taste there that leads this one off and ends up being the predominant lingering flavor after the drink. Between that though, some sweet toffee and of course nuttiness as well (although the latter is fairly weak). And again, roast and chocolate hanging around in my mouth after.

Very easy drinking, yet robust. I'm surprised it's only 5 percent. Tasty as hell though!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

well, packaging sure has changes on this since the one shown, but the beer in the bottle remains one of the quintessential american made examples of the style, and for the price, probably the best (at least to my knowledge). love this stuff. earth tones and cocoa of the semisweet variety are the primary smell and flavor elements of this thin looking light brown beer, as red amber as it is brown really. not a long enough lasting head for me, but it shows well on first pour. add to the cocoa and the earthy nuttiness a mild vanilla complex, a minerality in the water profile, a cola weirdness, a toffee dessert vibe, and a yeast that shows elements of both burton and california ale, and you have an elegant yet sturdy, complex yet drinkable, bold yet forgiving nut brown that does everything i want it to and nothing i dont. when i consider that this bomber is widely available and costs between 6 and 7 dollars, i realize that if these types of brown are your jam, this is clearly your jelly. the only brown ale i really need for quite some time.

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

Rich dark brown in color with great clarity. A thin layer of white foam rests on top. Brussels lacing. Luscious nutty aroma along the lines of hazelnut and caramel greets me. Delicious hazelnut dominates the dark malt flavor. The mouth is smooth and silky.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Feb. 22, 2014
Consumed: March 2, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 20, 2013

Poured a dark brown, almost black color with three fingers of khaki tan rocky head. A good amount of semi-layered foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention.

Smelled dark chocolate, roasty malts, roasted nuts, coffee beans, chocolate ice cream, toffee, caramel, cocoa and Honey Nut Cheerios.

Tasted caramel, toffee, chocolate milk, cocoa, roasty nuts, bitter coffee beans, fudge, biscuits and Cheerios.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

I really enjoyed this beer. Great for the style and something I’d certainly have again.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - Great color. Head lasts for a long time

S - Excellent aroma of nuts and vanilla notes

T - Nutty, vanilla, true to smell. Found the taste a bit subtle.

M - Wow - the mouthfeel is outstanding. Silk, head lasts a long time and brings a lot to this party.

O - Longing for more flavor to give this beer a higher score.

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Photo of Omnium
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Ruby dark brown with two fingers of tan head some medium sized patches of lacing
S - Roasted hazelnut and almond, some dried flowers, light earthy hop scents.
T - If you drink this at medium cold to room temp you get the best flavor out of it, really big roasted malt and grains, toasted hazelnut is really nice here, some very faint traces of a nice earthy bitter hop
M - Creamy smooth, almost silky, still is lighter in feel so you can drink more.
O - I love nut brown ales, and this is definitely an example why, extremely rich feeling without being high in ABV, good flavor, and excellent texture.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't generally like brown ales but I made porcini mushroom risotto and someone recommended a brown ale with mushroom risotto so I got it. Great decision- complimented the earthy subtle mushroom flavors with a mild roasted malt flavor, crisp from the appropriate use of hops, and cleansing for the palate. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a darker brew that doesn't have too much of a flavor impact.

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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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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.