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City Steam The Naughty Nurse - City Steam Brewery Café

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%


Brewed by:
City Steam Brewery Café visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Naughty Nurse has become quite the popular lady in the Nutmeg State. With her classy and sensual elegance, combined with just the right amount of...ahem...bite, she has made many a friend both inside and outside of our brewpub. Don't let that "come hither" look fool you, though - she is all business when it comes to performance. In fact, she is our best seller! If the Nurse needs a match, it can be a nice beefy burger, or almost anything else on a pub style menu. And with her moderate alcohol content, she can stand alone and make your next Session last a long, long time! This fine ale is brewed for a spicy, slightly bittersweet finish using traditional English malt, hops, yeast and manners. Available short or tall, of course!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2002)
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden semi-dark amber. No noticeable nose or aroma. My first taste was light, not much of a body. No real hop or malt taste, if anything a bit of malt and a hint of caramel and a touch of sweetness.

I am not sure on where I classify this type of beer.

Again with many that I have tasted, nothing fundamentally wrong, but there is also nothing that shines as being outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:13:39 | More by rdilauro
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a decent foam head and some lace.

What a unique nose on this one. Orange blossom, honeysuckle, flowers and some toasted malt. Unique perfume aroma. Wonderful.

Nice toasted malt and some moderate bitterness that does not seem like it is coming from the hops, but rather the malt. Bread crust, a juicy note too. Very different.

Medium bodied, ok carbonation.

Liked tho one more than I expected. Nose is terrific, and the flavor is solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 00:41:08 | More by OtherShoe2
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, nuts, a good amount of hops, some honey and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed by some mild sweetness from flavors of citrus, caramel and a touch of spice. The hops presence is strong for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer to session with for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 22:52:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/19/13. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark amber with a finger thick off white head which dissipated very slowly to heave even surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Mild malt

t; Significant hop bite over medium malt base. Caramel malt becomes more evident when it warms. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate, good body,

o: A good American amber (described as "Amber Ale" on the label), another that is a bit hoppier than I prefer for an amber or even an English Bitter (what it's called here) but the malt base is evident enough and it makes a good dinner or pub drink. Would buy it again but it is not easy to find and there are some I like a bit more. Let's put it this way: if none of my favorites were on tap but this one was, I'd probably pick The Naughty Nurse, and not just because asking for it would be worth a smile.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:01:54 | More by scotorum
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through glass.

Smell: Toasted bready malts, a little chocolate, fruity notes, and a little caramel.

Taste: Toasted bready malts, some caramel, chocolate, a little fruity, and some bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little creamy, some bitterness, light to medium bodied, and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty average ESB or amber ale like the label says. It is more true to the bitter style.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:42:40 | More by Flounder57
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metter98

New York

3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramel and toffee.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops and toffee; notes of cough syrup-like flavors become noticeable and linger through the finish. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: For being an English Bitter, this beer didn't have much in the way of bitterness. I would have liked this beer a lot better if it didn't taste like cough syrup.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:37:31 | More by metter98
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Large bubbled head that dies down to nothing. No lace. Neutral amber color and nearly clear.

More caramel and crystal malt nose than any hop. There's also a notable iron smell.

The sip is far more bitter than the smell indicates. The malt base is brief--it's not sweet but it has some elements of caramel and powdered malt. The hop provides bitterness but little complexity. The aftertaste is long. Thin bodied with an elevated level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:24:37 | More by smcolw
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the source.
Comes to the table a clear amber color with a small head but a decent amount of lace. Smells of light caramel and brown sugar with a earthy spicy hop to provide some balance. The flavor is earth and spicy hop with a hint of skunk and a solid caramel malty backbone. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Nice approachable easy drinking ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:56:10 | More by johnnnniee
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getmeabeer

Connecticut

3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

At Wood n Tap for dinner decided to go with a local brew on tap.

Appearance - Initial delivery was a cloudy amber with about an inch of creamy foam in a clean beer glass. Carbonation was light. Let the drink settle for a few minutes and the cloudiness turned to a crystal clear amber.

Smell - Pleasant smell with a hint of burnt caramel and bitter hops.

Taste - Initial sip was pleasant enhanced by notes of toffee and caramel. Bitter but pleasant and balanced after taste remained.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and drinkable with good carbonation.

Overall - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and ordered a follow up. Very drinkable english bitter ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 17:27:16 | More by getmeabeer
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brewcifix

Connecticut

3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Naughty Nurse pours a slightly cloudy burnt amber with a decent off-white fizzy head that lends to little lacing. For a "Naughty Nurse", her head really doesn't go the distance.

S: The nose is pretty tame, exhibiting a little caramel, roasted malts, and hay. I'm picking up some mineral notes as well.

T: The flavor is a bit more complex- although, not by much. Nutty caramel, toffee, and roasted malts give way to slightly bitter hops- reminiscent of an English Bitter. This brew starts off kind of like a brown ale, and ends like a bitter. Very nice indeed. The aftertaste is malty and sweet. I'm not detecting any of the "bite" that the Brewer alludes to. This is a rather mild, drinkable beer. I don't feel that it's putting any hair on my chest.

M: This beer is light to medium weight with medium carbonation. Its drinkable mouthfeel and mellow flavor make this beer dangerously easy (as a naughty nurse should be). This beer will also pair nicely with food.

Overall, I think City Steam's Naughty Nurse is nothing spectacular, but, DEFINITELY nothing to reject. This is a fine brewed beer with nice flavor and versatility. Restaurants would be wise to have it on their menu. Personally, I'd find it hard to pass up to accompany a meal or hardy sandwich.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 22:05:13 | More by brewcifix
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Had this at the Marlboro, MA festival.

A - Poured a light deep slightly cloudy amber hue with a thin almost nonexistent head. Rather mediocre.

S - Aromas are fairly average, albeit light. Sweet malts and some caramel. The hops are super, super faint. Almost nonexistent.

T - Taste is more of the same. More of the same sweet malts, caramel, toffee, finish is earthy and bitter. Not much in the way of hops though.

M - Mouthfeel is average, decent enough carbonation.

O - Overall, fairly average/standard beer. Would not buy a six pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 18:27:13 | More by rudzud
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utopiajane

New York

3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper, a little hazy with chestnut hue. A fabulous head of soft creamy foam that fell off oh so slowly like a tease. It really does have a come hither look. Sticky lace and thick cap. Smells great with fat malt and light citrus. Lemon and floral are light as a feather on a bread & biscuit caramel malt spine. Malt opens up deep and sweet. Taste is gentle ,clean crystal malt with a good honey and butter sweetness, slightly nutty, alongside hops that are as gentle as a spring breeze with some earth and floral and not quite too bitter. Just enough bitter to lean in on the back palate. It was a touch watery and thin. Drank smooth and bittersweet and had a silky mouthfeel with just a bit of carbonation to tickle the throat. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:50:53 | More by utopiajane
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a dark amber with a light frothy head.

Aroma: Nice and sweet in the front. Light notes of dates, golden raisins, a little bit bready.

Taste: Lots of malt, bready, dried dark fruits, brown bread, raisins, spice. Twinges of toffee towards the back end and a light sticky mouthfeel.

Notes: Quite drinkable a good smooth finish. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:49:44 | More by horshack7
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at jm Curley in Boston, MA

A: Pours a clear dark reddish amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a one finger tall frothy off-white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the suface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toffee and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and light amounts of fruity yeasts. Very light notes of earthy hops.

T: Mild amounts of sweetness from the toffee and caramel notes from the malts. There is a light amount of fruitiness from the yeast and some light earthy hop flavors. Light amounts of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I thought this beer was pretty easy to drink and could be sessionable, though I probably was not a big enough fan to have more than a couple of these - I was hoping for a little more grassy/earth hops that I expect for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 01:59:46 | More by dbrauneis
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a decent fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, light lacing, semi clear amber cranberry reddish color.

Nose sweet malts, reddish candy malts slightly syrupy, some toffee and caramel, sweet juicy malt profile and hints of fruity hops.

Taste starts with sweet malts again toffee and caramel as well as plenty of candy malt flavors, when decent sweetness. Reddish toasty amber malts as well. Then light hops, a slight earthy grassy profile that brings mild bitterness, and an earthy dirty bitterness. Finish is drier but a little sweet still, lingering grassy hops and light reddish amber candy malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, this wouldn't be too bad for an underhopped English amber or red ale, but as a bitter this misses the mark but quite a bit. Hops are barely detectable and just a bit of earthy grassy flavors, way too much on the malt side for a bitter even if the hops were bigger, and malts seem too much on the candy caramel sweet side again for a bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 12:46:21 | More by jlindros
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- 12oz bottle poured into a standard goblet. The beer has an amber/dark-red body with an off-white head. The cap on the beer is about one finger in height and takes on a frothy texture. Head retention is decent and a foamy ring ends up depositing just a few tiny spots of lace for me.

S- Not a whole ton going on here. Light notes of dark fruit, caramel and some hops make it up for me, really stressing to pick anything up.

T- A fairly mild flavor which I sort of expected after my first few sniffs at the aroma. Mild sweetness comes through from the malts as well as some biscuit, caramel and light nutty hints. Spicy/Euro hops are the strongest thing in the taste with notes of grass, herbs and some citrus zest.

MF- Fairly silky feel to a mouthfeel with a light overall consistency. Carbonation is moderately high and appropriate for the flavors at hand. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate in the finish.

Mild and laid back but not bad, nothing off or abrasive here. Herbal and spicy hop forward with some decent malt backing.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:56:50 | More by cbutova
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the first thing you notice is the dark red color. This was tasted in a tulip glass and head retension was decent.

the smell was sweet and sugary, some hints of floral in the background. Upon first taste the first thing that you will notice is the Super Lite mouth feel. The next thing you're going to notice is sweetness, a touch of alcohol and some floral notes in the finish.

The light mouthfeel and sweet taste makes you want to have another and finish the glass. This is certainly a session ale, and one has to wonder whether the sweetness is not balanced out with enough bitterness. The bitterness is there its on the palate somewhat similar to a good English ale, but the wet soapy sweet mouth feel craves some balance .

Perhaps balance can be found by paring this with spicy Chinese food or perhaps with dessert. Adding something citrus may be another good idea. I would certainly try this again as it was well above average.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:56:02 | More by andjusticeforale
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Has bottled on date.

A: Deep amber with a large off white head. Good retention and lacing. Looks good so far.

S: Malts, light hops, caramel, and some faint husky grains. Nothing stands out.

T/M: Hop bitterness, malts, some sweetness. All of the flavors are weak and forgettable.
Everything that us there is balanced pretty well. The finish is bitter. Has a nice smooth feel,
and an interesting metallic taste.

O: A good beer to session, but an average representation of the style. Even though I can get
it fresh I don't think I'll be seeking it out too often.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 17:24:51 | More by mnrider
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Kooz

New York

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly opaque amber color with no head poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Looks okay.

Not getting much from the nose--not too much there. Faintest hint of malt.

Tastes pretty good! Good from the moment where the maltiness coats the tongue to the slightly bitter finish, to the hints of cherry and caramel in the aftertaste. Nothing fantastic, but it was good.

Excellent mouthfeel. No bite, very smooth and mellow. It's got a lot of body, a nice foamy creaminess on a swish, and is an all-around complete beer mouthfeel-wise. Excellent.

I was happy with this beer and would gladly try it again. It wasn't good enough to seek it out, but was certainly good enough not to pass it up if offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:02:13 | More by Kooz
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palma

New York

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chestnut color body. Light tan small head. A good lasting lace.

Clean malt aroma. Light biscuit notes. Cleaner than other malty English style beers. Caramel as the beer warms up. I like it.

Nice rich malt profile. Nutty. Caramel. Nice crystal malt flavors. Mild. Very light herbal hops. Flavor is not complex, but it's juicy and satisfying.

Slightly over carbonated in my opinion.

A nice American made bitter.. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 19:33:08 | More by palma
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n2185

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with half a finger of light khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Caramel and crystal malt dominates with some bubblegum and candy notes as well. There is a light licorice aroma toward the finish.

T: Caramel and crystal malts here as well with some licorice. There is a light bitterness toward the finish with some caramelized sugar flavors.

M: Medium body with low, sudsy carbonation, this beer is light and avoids being watery.

O: An alright beer, overall. Nothing special, but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 19:48:53 | More by n2185
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Delaney's.

A: Clear chestnut body under a thin, fizzy white head. No retention or lace to speak of. Pretty weak.

S: Husky malt, some caramel, and a bit of cheese. Not good.

T: Follows the nose. Boring, silo-esque malt and not much else. Husky, rough, and stultifying.

M: Frothy, soft medium body. Pretty nice.

O: Even if you want a boring beer, you can do way better than this one. Not recommended.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 19:49:34 | More by woosterbill
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a healthy dark amber color with a tan head of tiny bubbles.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and some sweetness present

T: Nice and sweet English bitter, balanced with a bitter twang at the finish. Caramel and sweet malt are present, its a pretty decent beer, one I would consider similar to Sam Adams boston Lager in comparison with more bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to thick mouthfeel which is very pleasant body.

O: This is a nice full bodied Amber Ale with decent malt presence and a little bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:13:25 | More by alpinebryant
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WhaleHopper

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprisingly good brew. I had on draft at XL center in Hartford during a Huskies game and another on tap at City Steam - I found it to be a refreshing, easy drinking alternative to the other Macros on draft at XL. I then bought this in bottle six pack and was equally impressed, actually more impressed. As far as ambers go, it holds up in all categories. Ambers aren't my go to, but I'm always curious to see what's available as a local brew. Overall, a quality and satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 21:14:09 | More by WhaleHopper
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JMD

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with frothy off white head that fades slowly,

S: Light aroma of carmel and bready malt.

T: Sweet carmel malt upfront with light nuttiness. Lightly hopped as it finihes. Flavor is light but still pretty tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied.

D: This beer won't blow anyone away, but still enjoyable to drink. Naughty Nurse has good flavor and goes down easy. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 21:54:55 | More by JMD
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City Steam The Naughty Nurse from City Steam Brewery Café
79 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.