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

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

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101 Ratings

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.16%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 12-20-2012)
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Reviews by mactrail:
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 05:50:36 | More by mactrail
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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.

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2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

The phrase "nut brown ale" is music to my ears, given my enjoyment of those from Newcastle, Samuel Smith, et al. So when I saw that Trader Joe's had Full Sail's version for $6 for a sixer, I was optimistic about it being worth trying. Alas, the only thing Full Sail's version has in common with Sam Smith's vastly superior NBA is the name.

Bottle poured into 1 pint ale glass.

Appearance: root beer brown body with minimal and fugitive head.

Smell: toffee, molasses, faint bitter chocolate note, and yes -- root beer.

Taste: very roasted malty, slightly bitter, just off-dry, not very complex or rich.

Mouthfeel: thin and brittle, with a carbonation bite, rather like cola or Dr. Pepper. This is the area where the ale is most let down. The mouthfeel is about as lacking in pleasure as one can imagine in an ale.

Overall: not an experience I'd be interested in repeating.

Nut brown ale is a specifically British style. If you're going to call your product "nut brown ale", you should use Sam Smith as a benchmark and try to improve on it. Full Sail does nothing of the sort with their effort; it's a thin, rather dull product with little to recommend it, especially when compared with Sam Smith's product.

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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.

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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.

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A: Red-brown on the pour. Good clarity. No head to speak of. A thin broken ring of lacing eventually slides down into the beer and disappears.

S: Nutty and chocolatey. Brown cocoa powder, carob. Vanilla, cola. Light woody malt scent. Tight red berry fruitiness. Oily hops far in the background.

T: Carob and faint milk chocolate. Nutty and slightly woody. Wave of vanilla. Cola. Very tight red berry esters at its center. Hops add a balancing oily bitterness, but not much more. Cola and carob on the weak finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth. Mild prickling carbonation. Slightly astringent for some reason.

O: A middle of the pack brown ale. Nothing too special about it.

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