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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
80
good

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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 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 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 mactrail
3.98/5  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. (741 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 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (736 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 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 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 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 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 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 notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (313 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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