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
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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 5.25%
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

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Beer added by: mactrail on 12-20-2012

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 124
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (486 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 LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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. (853 characters)

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 flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (883 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 becktone
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Color is brown with deep garnet highlights. The beer is clear and has active looking carbonation. Head is about 1.5 fingers and is creamy looking with excellent retention.

Nose: Nice malty aroma, caramel aromas and nutty aromas as well. Overall clean aroma, not much in the way of esters.

Tongue: Malty flavor, finishing off balanced with a touch of sweetness. English variety hop flavor comes through with just enough bitterness and flavor to give this beer a nice balance. Malt profile is nutty with carmel tones. Body is medium and in my opinion the carbonation is a little high, but...that helps keep this beer from becoming too heavy and cloying on the palate. Not overly complicated, this is a simple beer and its a very nice one.

Drinkability: This is a beer I'd drink again any day. The price on it is good and it is a great beer. I'd recommend this one to a friend. Easy drinking beer and this one would be real nice to cook with or pair with the right dish. (977 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I want to love Full Sail and its 47 employees who own the business. I see them all in a big ocean hull rowing out to sea at ebb tide. But so far, they're just middling for me.

12oz bottle marked 6-30-13 (uh oh better drink it!) poured into pint glass from a "craft 12pack" purchased at Whole F.

A: Beautiful reddish brown clear color with a finger of tight head. Good carbonation, and a little lacing. Lacing and head fade fast.

S: Much going on in the nose. Good! Start w nutty malts, caramel, coffee, oily seaside marina, grassy, west coast, rocky beach with tide pools.

T: Similar to smell, taste is dominated by nutty malts w/ notes of chocolate malts, roasted, grassy, caramel, cut grass. True to its name - nutty. Brown. Well carbonated. It's better and more complex than other brown ales I have tried (Ellies-Avery, etc)

M: Light-bodied and smooth, moderate amount of carbonation, leaves me in a good place. AND HUNGRY! So I expect it's a good before dinner and with dinner beer, in this case salmon in rice milk with steamed lemon chard.

O: Easy to drink, delivers a nutty taste, not sweet, and a must try for brown ale fans. A (1,145 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 jimmah120
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (357 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 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 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 woodychandler
5/5  rDev +38.1%
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! (2,375 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (417 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)

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