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Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series)Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series)

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BA SCORE
82
good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 12-20-2012

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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with freshness date.

LOOK: Brown, garnet highlights, thin lacing

SMELL: Toasty, gummy, apple skin, bready, walnuts, vague hoppiness

TASTE: Very smooth, slightly creamy, toasted bread, lightly biscuity, nutty, taffy, grapeskin, faint esters, mineral, dried grass, lightly spicy, dry toasty finish

A solid brown from start to finish, a bit bigger than anticipated but still drinkable. While it might no shake the earth with each sip it certainly makes its mark on the palate.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany brown color with a half of a finger of creamy white head that dissolved into a lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very malty with notes of freshly baked dark bread, like pumpernickel. I get hints of chocolate and coffee too.

Taste: Very roasty in flavor in the beginning, with lots of roasted malt and coffee beans. Like the aroma, there are hints of chocolate and toffee. The beer finishes with some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy, but with hardly any carbonation. With an ABV of only 6.0%, there is just the slightest presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good brown ale. I really enjoyed the roasted notes of the flavor which is nicely balanced by some sweetness and hoppy bitterness. I’d get it again.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, darkish cordovan brown with an off-white, half finger head. Sub-par retention. Miniscule spots with fair stick for lacing.

Smell - Sweet, brown sugar aroma.

Taste - Sweet, fruity ester character upfront, with a hints of bread. Faint nuttiness mid-taste. Earthy, faintly bitter hops hit near and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair carbonation. Tingly. Bites at the lips. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Decent enough, but nothing special. Well-balanced, but lacks a true distinguishable character. As easy to drink as it will be to forget.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a pint glass.

A: light head formation and retention. Nice deep amber body with good clarity and red undertones.
S: aroma is soft with a good bit of nutty attributes. Hop presence is very low with a hint of saaz like spice.
T/M: the taste parrells the aroma with low amount of hop bitterness and spicy noble aroma. A malt forward presence is found and quite suitting for the style. Mouthfeel is nice and light with a low FG, making this very digestable.
O: really good brew and for the price a nice light nut brown. I would prefer a bit more sugar on the back end making it a slightly heavier brew.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A finger of tan head formed on a dark brown colored body.
The aroma is wonderful, lots of roasted malt, chocolate and nutty.
Pretty good taste too. Roasted malt, bit of chocolate and the mildest bitterness to finish. Tended to be a little watery overall though.
The texture is smooth with a bit of bubbles, thinner body with moderate carbonation.
A little thicker and this is a big winner, still a good drink though.

Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours chestnut with a finger of tan head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Slight woody & nutty notes
T: Nuttyness, dryness, some herbal hops up front & some woodyness. Woody hops as this warms, with some toastyness & dryness, slight sulphur tinge to this as well. Finishes woody & toasty with a touch of hazel nut & whisper of toffee

MF: Firm carbonation with a slight body

A fairly average brown, not one I'd reccomend, but not hard to drink

Photo of Docer
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- This puppy is filtered clear, and brown. Much like a dark sun-brewed tea, this beer screams brown ale. Not much of a head but an off white dusting in the glass and a small ring. Overall pretty simple looking but for the rich brown appearance.

Smell: (3.5)

- And of course, the always noticeable Full Sail yeast and grain aromas. Behind the nice bittering grassy hops does lye a slight chocolate and sweet quality. The hops are certainly present with an earthy herbal quality. The yeast is certainly overpowering though.

Taste: (4.0)

- Yep. It's a Full Sail beer. Not that that is a bad thing. Great roasted grainy and yeasty flavor. Sweet sugars and brown sugar finish. Light molasses and earthy biscuit flavors hit up front, and the light bitterness from the herbal and grassy hops really balance this number out. I do like this beer.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- It's a touch chewy and only slightly drying. It does have a slight syrupy effect, but not very noticeable. Overall it is well carbonated from there ever-evolving yeast. It's easy to drink, and leaves you wanting some more.

Overall: (3.5)

- It's a solid brown. Nothing more, nothing less. If you desire that Full Sail taste, this is certainly one to jump to first while you can. It certainly has some more complexities to it than some of their standards. It tastes great, is clean, and is always top quality.

Photo of Spikester
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown clear with a small off white head and moderate lacing.
Smell is dark bready malts with a wiff of coffee.
Taste is dark roasted malts with a decent back of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Carbonation is just right.
Overall a very fine Brown leaning into the Porter category. Well recommended.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up tonight at the COOP... Poured into my little CC goblet... khaki head dies pretty quickly but has decent lacing... the brew is deep chestnut brown.

Nose is definitely "nutty".. more of an English brown ale than American... nose shows some slight spiciness from I guess a continental hop variety... a bit of cocoa with warmth.

Flavor has more cocoa and a definite toasty malt element.. good malt complexities... hops again are there only for a light bitter balance and add a minor hop flavor that gives way quickly back to the malts.

Body is light/medium... carbonation is sorta soft like an English brown.

Pretty good... I don't buy many brown ales, but I will continue to pick this one up periodically.

3.5/4/4/3.5/4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with deep red tones and a half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, nuts and a hint of vanilla. Flavor follows, with toasted malt with a hint of char, nuts, faint cocoa. Light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A mild brown ale that is very lightly hopped; hits all the flavor notes for the style, but flavor is fairly light and unexciting. Perhaps the pub series is an indication that this is meant to be a mellow, light session ale, and if so, it hits the mark. Tastes fine, but I'd like to see some more flavor intensity. Full Sail always makes good worksmanlike ales, but tends towards the safe and light side, often making them forgettable. I think they are capable of blowing me away, and I'd like see them do it.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Nut Brown Ale has a thick, off-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, red-brown appearance, with a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but the drinker can pick up some subtle brown bread crust and sweetness, however, there really isn’t a lot there. Taste is of the same, with some sweetness an acceptable bitterness, and maybe some brown bread crust. Mouthfeel is light and watery (like lager), and Full Sail Nut Brown Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and rather boring. Oh, it’s a very good beer, but for the price, one could do better with Icehouse, for instance, a beer that has a fuller, bolder presentation. Another example of a craft beer that makes the case for macro-lager.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of nutty malts and also has some notes of chocolate malts and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and delivers a nice nutty taste without having any sweetness.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a rich chestnut color with a big cap of beige head. Good retention and exceptional lace.

Nose is a bit muted with some hazelnuts and sweet caramel and hint of roast. Hops are there more so than most brown ales.

Taste is decent, but I don’t find it to be very nutty. Good balance of roast and chocolate malt flavors and hops are clean and leafy. The mouthfeel might be the weakest part of this beer as it lacks body, sweetness and some sort of nuttiness (to cal itself a nut brown). Flavors are good, but too muted and just kind of flows down the hatch un-memorably. It’s ok, but I was actually expecting a bit more.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Man that is one deep brown ale. Very dark chestnut brown almost pitch black except for some ruby hues in the base. Head is a 1/4 inch that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Mild nuts and roast, nut much brown malt. Smell is OK.
T - Crisp, clean and has a decent hop profile. Brown malts are their but not very pronounced. Has some roast and chocolate too.
M - Very easy to drink, hides the ABV well with a crisp hoppy finish.
Overall far from the best Brown I ever had but pretty tasty, and I am not the biggest fan of brown ales either.

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There was unabashed, unrestrained joy in my heart when it was recently imparted to me that Full Sail was coming to PA, tempered only by my supposition that it would all be relegated to the Philthadelphia market and none would be seen where SEPTA does not run. Like Joe Namath upon winning SBIII, I was elated to be proven wrong! Elated, ya hear me? I was also elated when I dated Elaine until she heard about me and Eta and then I was delighted to break it off and take up with Delilah. You get the idea. The wife of one of my many friends (I know, hard to believe that I have friends, but I pay them handsomely and regularly, so it all works out) came up to me last night, unbidden, and started gushing about how she loves this new dark beer in little stubby grenade bottles. I had to laugh and told her that although Full Sail has existed for a while, they just recently made like Chris Columbus and "discovered" PA. Welcome, Full Sail and may you never forsake us as Three Floyds, Pretty Things and Rolling Rock have seen fit to do! Don't get me wrong - I love(d) them all and would be ecstatic to see them return, but for now, we are on the outs.

To get into one of their bottles, the crown cap reads, "Tools Required". I went over to the local frat house to see if they could help me, but they bristled at being labeled "Tools". I then consulted the Interweb and discovered that they were referring to the Six Basic Tools of Man, in this case, the Lever and the Fulcrum. I employed a coin as a Wedge between the two and Voila! an open bottle was before me.

From the bottle: "Limited Edition"; "FS Pub Series"; "Available for 90 days only".

I initially had a finger of light-brown head, but it quickly fell away to wisps. Color was a deep brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had both a walnut/chestnut nuttiness along with an underlying pininess. I used to dislike this style as it could be too malty for me, but now everybody is cutting sweetness with hops. Good on ya, lads! Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was riotous in a good way - chocolate, smoke, mint, freshly mown grass, chestnuts. This may be one of the best Browns that I have ever tasted! Finish was a semi-sweet dark chocolate with a lingering smokiness followed by a breathtakingly refreshing mintiness.

This beer was CRAP! Don't waste your $$$! Leave it all on the shelf for me!

Photo of vkv822
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Pours dark brown, near black with mahogany red highlights when held to light. Foamy, light tan head dissipates to leave a thing film across the surface and thin lacing.

Nutty cocoa, light roast notes.

More nut, cocoa and light roast upfront, with some sweetness and a faint leafy, herbal/earthy hop bitterness in taste.

Medium- body with bubbly, prickly carbonation.

A solid brown ale, I enjoyed it, though there was nothing particularly memorable about it.

Photo of mikeg67
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with off-white, foamy head. Aroma is of nutty, bready malt, hints of coffee and prunes. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of bready, nutty malt, burned grain, earthy hops, prunes and brown sugar. Finish is medium, bitter. Nice Brown.

Photo of justintcoons
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Deep chestnut brown with red highlights. Has 1/2 a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Hazelnut and caramel with touches of chocolate and brown sugar.

Taste
Overripe plum and red grape. Brown sugar with touches of hazelnut and caramel. Hints of earthy roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and somewhat dry.

Overall
Sweet notes of dark fruit that dry up with a roasty bitterness. I would prefer to see more of a nutty/chocolaty character. It's aaiiiggghht.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty monstrous head, fair lacing, a dark-brown but clear beer, nice looking brown.

Aroma and taste are pretty spot-on for what I'd expect from the perfect "nut-brown" ale. Roasty, nutty, toasty, bready, biscuit, with a light hops presence, just enough to give the beer a nice balance.

Drink wise it's pretty darn drinkable and I'm trying not to drink it too fast, because it's so good! Light to medium body, crisp carbonation.

It's a fine beer. Full sail once again impresses me.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep brown color with hints of ruby. A thin tan head.

S: A pretty mild smell, but I get some roasted malt, almond meal, banana and some cinnamon.

T: Opena with some light toasted malt and a trace of earthy hops, faint grass, cocoa, toffee. Ends with some bready malts and just a hint of earthy resin.

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden brown in the glass with a nice sudsy head. Lots of fine carbonation without overdoing the spritziness. Great sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma of browned toast with some flowery hops.

A little buttery. Lots of the nutty roasted barley taste. Hops are not the stars, but there is a pleasant bitter tanginess. Warmly dark with a malty base. It's just a Brown Ale, but much better than average and highly drinkable. Clean and well made, as with most of the full Sail Brews.

Full Sail says this is one of the new Pub Series, a "rotating series of classic ales" available in 6-packs and draft. Brewed with pale, crystal and chocolate malts and Fuggle and Mt. Hood hops. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Utah State liquor store in Salt Lake.

Photo of harrymel
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 13JUN13

Lovely crystal brown with a near complete tan sheet. Smells of nuts, cocoa, roasted malts, a hint of low impact, earthy hops and just a hint of cinnamon. Taste is bitter, slightly sweet, roasty, toasty and maybe a little astringent. There's something a little off in the flavor. Medium bodied with fine, velvet carb and an off dry finish. Decent.

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Stamped "enjoy by 3/20/14", so we're good for freshness.

Appearance: rich, dark brown hue with no haze and a lazy effervescence. Head pours a thin finger of light tan foam; head doesn't have too much retention, but I love the color of the body.

Smell: rich, nutty aroma; I'm getting caramel, toasted malt and hazelnut. I would say it's more like a nice English brown rather than an American-style, but I really like it.

Taste: nice, dryish malt flavor, with a good toasty character, a good nuttiness and a light but appropriate hoppiness. I don't understand the lower ratings; this is a great brown ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. I quite like it.

Overall: a great brown ale and quite drinkable. I'd gladly quaff tons of this stuff.

Photo of jimmah120
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with the best by date conspicuously absent. Glad to see other reviews so I know it ain't old as balls.

Very dark, clear amber. Smell is light grain, fruit. taste is musty and dusty like most full sail beers, but with a killer finish of roasted hazelnut and burnt leaves. feel is light and maybe overcarbonated.

this is a perfect beer for fall

Photo of Wasatch
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best By: 4/17/13

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, with hints of toffee/chocolate. The taste is a little sweet, malty (lots), nice little touch of toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Overall a pretty tasty brew, glad to see it here.

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Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.