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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

38 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 5.25%
Wants: 4
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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 124
Photo of bricology
2.75/5  rDev -24%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wonder if this is the same recipe as the brewmaster reserve series from a couple years back? Red-brown color, a little lace, so-so head. Aroma is slightly fruity, malty, bit of nut bread. Flavor is ore fruitiness, hint of malt specifically the malt flavor from malt vinegar. Overall not bad but not great. I would not purchase this again. (340 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
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 (445 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love me some brown ale, and they seem to be increasingly difficult to find in the current craft world of super hoppy, high ABV, barrel aged, sour/funky beers. This one pours russet brown with a thin khaki head. Aroma is muted with just a faint metallic caramel note and a wiff of herbal hoppiness. Things open up a bit on the palate - dark fruits, toffee, more caramel, faint diner coffee and milk chocolate, more of that metallic note on the finish, and a pop of herbal hop flavor. Balance leans to the malt side of things with just a hint of bitterness to balance. Not a true English-style Nut Brown in my opinion, but a decent and drinkable American brown. I was hoping for a bit more, but you can't beat the value of Full Sail. A nice addition for weekday drinking and I look forward to the next Pub Series brew. (818 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, not transparent, thin white head.

Smells of biscuit, brown and roasted malt.

Hearty, malty, minimal hop presence. Sorta sweet, some nut and toffee but could stand to be harsher.

Tad bit of astringency but otherwise easy going medium body. (259 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (723 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of FairyFunBoy
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown with a red hue. Low carbonation with no lacing.
T- Toasted grains, chocolate, hazelnut, nice hop addition at the end
M- light bodied not enough carbonation
S- raisins, dates, hazelnut

O- A decent session nut brown. Goes with the mold doesn't break it. (266 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

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. (724 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 6/1/13.

Pours a clear super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some subdued nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly basic but easy to drink. (541 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights and a foamy half inch khaki head that dissipates a little quickly, leaving little lacing.

Deeply toasted, nutty malt, a hint of roast, and dark fruit form the aroma. There's a touch of floral hops and light chocolate/coffee note.

Flavor follows suit. Deeply toasted nuts form the backbone, slightly sweet, finishing a touch roasty and a little sour. There's an underlying roast malt fruity character that detracts from the experience. The finish is a little bitter. Floral hops and phenols emerge in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate in weight, but has a watery impression. Carbonation is moderate.

Definitely nutty, toasty, and a little roasty, but the fruitiness/sourness is offputting. (738 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Heady aroma of roasted grains mixed with carob-like scents rise from a dark brown body. Rich, creamy suds sit on top of the glass and plenty of good carbonation rises from the bottom. Brown sugar and nutty flavors combine with a decent hop bittering presence make for a tasty treat. Mouthfeel comes across light and a tad watery, but has a crisp, clean finish.

All in all, this is a nice beer. Perhaps not a prime example of the style, but enjoyable enough to warrant additional glasses. (488 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a huge, cascading tan head. Retention is excellent. Dark brown in color with bright red hues. A bit of roasted nuts to the nose followed by that ubiquitous brown ale metallic character and some subtle cocoa. Tastes involves some cherry sweetness, a nutty middle and some earthy hops mixed in for good measure. Light to medium bodied and not as smooth as expected. Nothing groundbreaking, but flavorful enough to urge a second round. (436 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,394 characters)

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