Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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5/5 rDev +37.4%
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!
04-06-2013 18:59:44 | More by woodychandler
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-01-2013 23:31:57 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.54/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
03-20-2013 01:40:00 | More by metter98
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-06-2013 04:21:51 | More by DrDemento456
3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
03-05-2013 04:44:55 | More by TheSixthRing
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
03-02-2013 02:55:07 | More by ArrogantB
3.56/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
02-28-2013 03:04:08 | More by barczar
3.61/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-26-2013 17:17:05 | More by mikeg67
2.96/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
02-23-2013 03:56:23 | More by harrymel
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-17-2013 04:21:26 | More by Fatehunter
Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.