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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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123 Ratings

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: mactrail on 12-20-2012)
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Photo of bricology
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

bricology, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Basoos1
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Basoos1, Friday at 07:42 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Cdax, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of harrymel
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

harrymel, Feb 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

mscudder, Jan 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

evbro, Apr 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Tunoso, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

ArrogantB, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

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

russpowell, Feb 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

buzzed, May 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

mpalestino, Jan 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

klawburke, Apr 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

bluckbeyes, Mar 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

shelby415, Jan 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

bongobeer, Sep 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Brendog9, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Hazelnut and caramel with touches of chocolate and brown sugar.

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

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and somewhat dry.

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.

justintcoons, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of bump8628
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

bump8628, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of pants678
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

pants678, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Spikester
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Spikester, Feb 09, 2013
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Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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