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City Steam The Naughty Nurse - City Steam Brewery Café

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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2002

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!
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Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by JMD:
Photo of JMD
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, amber in color, clear

Smell: big caramel malt and some earth.

Taste: big caramel with earthy hops in the middleand a bready caramel end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a big bitter spike in the middle and a sweet end, high carbonation, light body

Overall: Not sure if this is good for a bitter or pale ale. When I was drinking it, I thought sweet amber ale. There is a nice mix, but the malt triumphs. Not out of the ordinary, but nothing to pass over either.

Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seems to be the flagship brew, at least the most popular, perhaps because it has what it takes for mass appeal. Better than average in most respects, but it probably won't blow you away. Light brown color with a low head that dissipates fairly quickly. Slight hop aroma, followed by a mellow hop flavor, supplemented with some malt and fruity undertones. Decent mouthfeel, but no real lingering flavors.

Photo of rdilauro
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of MorganMessersmith
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Satisfying and thirst quenching delicious beverage.

Photo of socon67
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Tolland CT.

A - Amber color, with a cloudy haze in the pint glass it was served in. A significant amount of foam.

S - Very floral. Smells like some variety of baking spices. Kinda funky, but in a good way.

T - Malty right from the get-go. Also a bit of spicyness mixed in. Noto so much sweet as bittery hoppienss. Finishes with a distinctive malty taste as well.

M - Medium bodied, with little carbonation.

D - Very much so. Kinda wish I had this available on tap when I wanted a fresh ESB.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from single bottle (courtesy of Ancona's mix-a-six) into a pint glass.

Dark brown, with reddish hints, very little foam. Some white around the edges. Floral malty smell. Faint licorice/anise smell. Bold malty taste with a robust flavor. Subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, and other spices swirled in. Really solid flavor, I was really surprised at how good I thought this was. Some cola too. Lightish carbination but balanced well.

Really good beer, very drinkable. Will seek out again.

Photo of pbrian
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a weak pale ale. Doesn't have the hop kick that I expect from a pale ale and had a very thin body with a short finnish. I've found that this place's seasonals are much better than their year-round products.

Photo of n2185
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice clear amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces the glass a bit on the way down as it fades pretty fast.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, and hints of citrus and floral hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, hints of citrus, followed by bready aromas, then a nice floral and citrus-y hop finish.
M: Crisp, clean, light to medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, nice mix of flavors, nice body, and overall a nice beer. I am glad they started bottling this, it's nice to have more local stuff.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While in CT last weekend I wanted to pick up something small and local. This is what he beer store guy told me to get.

Hazy, rusted amber color with a thin white head. Sparse lace left by a fair layer of retention.

Aroma is lots and lots of crystal malts and an odd scent that's familiar but I can't quite identify. The bottleneck label says licorice aroma so I guess I'll go with that.

Taste is lots and lots of crystal. Some toast, brown sugar and cinnamon.

If you like caramel than this is your beer. Not much in the way of a bitter but nice just he same.

Photo of cbutova
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

City Steam Naughty Nurse Pale Ale...great name!

Appearance-more of a dark amber with a touch of gold, decent head.

Smell-light malt, alcohol appears, some dark spice from Crystal malt, other spices too.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light fairly clean taste, pleasent malt and spice and a nice smoothness. Tart on the finish.

Drinkability-nice light finish and as drinkable as any bitter.

Overall-professional bitter, if not spectacular.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark chestnut brown color with minimal head. Some lacing. Sweet aroma of malts and spices. Taste is mostly spices at first with some maltiness to it. Somewhat bready. Spices in the finish. Overall this beer is okay but I'm hoping this is just the beginning of City Steam bottling its beers. I would really like to see Acapulco Gold or the Summer Stout in 6 packs. For now this entry is "eh".

Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at City Steam Brewery, Hartford, CT

Not too bad, but not that great either. Pretty mild and smooth, but not too flavorful/memorable. Poured a light amber with a light head that settled quickly. Light, mildly hoppy aroma and taste. Easy drinking, light mouthfeel. Not something I'd reorder, but nice for those who don't live dangerously.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours an ambery orange color with a nearly white head of nearly 2 fingers. Settles down quickly and becomes a collar around the glass.
Smells of pale and crystal malt... Slight spicy hop note.
The flavor is pretty dry by the finish, but there was some sweetness up front. The biscuity and toast-like malt character leads into a spicy hop profile.
Medium body, good sturdy carbonation, and a nice bitter bite.

Overall, this isn't a style I would normally go for, but this beer isn't bad. If I were offered one, I would happily drink it. If it were available here, I would probably not ever buy it.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampling a room temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a clear chestnut to mahogany hue with eggshell white creamy head of 1 cm fading to a sturdy surface layer fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is caramel and biscuit malts with just some hints of earthy hops.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation and a silky texture, but the beer seems to thin out on each swallow.
Flavor is sweet caramel and some graininess, again with just a bit of earthy hops that come back grassy on the burps.
No hints of ABV and a very easy to drink brew.

Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose and flavor is mellow with hops balanced by caramel malt. $2.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Bottled 5/23/14.

Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of mikeys01
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The naughtly nurse is a popular beer at City Steam, some part due to it's mischievous name no doubt. In truth, its a decent, well balanced pale ale, nothing amazing but very drinkable. Color is a light brown to amber, a little bit of white head that doesn't stick around long. Smells like a lighter pale ale, aroma of subtle hops and malt, which matches the taste indeed. The Nurse goes down quite well :-), without any bitterness or major aftertaste. This is a beer you can drink a fair amount of, not too strong, but fairly smooth and mellow. Pretty good for a standard City Steam beer, but I much prefer some of their special brews.

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City Steam The Naughty Nurse from City Steam Brewery Café
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