City Steam The Naughty Nurse - City Steam Brewery Café

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 266
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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:
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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Photo of packetknife
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes. It had a frothy head, it was served well chilled. I could smell hops on the nose. Then I drank it.. missed the hops. They were just really weak. Is this ~supposed~ to be a pale ale? Sure doesn't seem it. The 2nd beer I tried at City Steam. I'm a bit dissapointed. (281 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
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! (422 characters)

Photo of Boto
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught: Lighter amber color. It had a little head, but not too much, with a small amount of lacing. Aroma is a bit thin. I get some citrus hops and a little malt, plus some floral notes. There is a decent enough maltiness to the beer, but pretty this on any bitterness to the taste. Good, but a bit on the thin side for a Pale Ale. A typical "standard" house beer for a micro: good, but definitely brewed for the Macro masses. (427 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of surprenant1138
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a gorgeous dark amber with small head and decent retention of lacing. Aroma is malty, with some hops and yeast. Mouthfeel is light. Taste is of hops, yeast and is just overall watered down tasting. It is just ok. (264 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this beer at the actual brewery cafe, served in a pint. Being in CT, I hear about this beer all the time from the people who drink BMC. Most craft guys don't give this any attention. So let's dig in!

Nice appearance and amber color, head doesn't last long at all. Subtle aroma of malts and sweetness. Flavor is light and sweet with a touch of bitterness in the back. A little too sticky for me on the feel and the end result is a beer that isn't bad but isn't good. (470 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
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! (597 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.02/5  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. (392 characters)

Photo of brewcifix
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (1,265 characters)

Photo of pbrian
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (216 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 09/30/08. On tap at City Steam. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt and light fruits. Flavor of light pale malts, slight wheat, and a tinge of flowery and grassy hops. Ok, but boring.
6/3/7/3/13 (3.2/5) (250 characters)

Photo of getmeabeer
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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". (412 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of kevd193213
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler. Dark amber pour with a nice thick tan head. Aroma of malt, roasted nuts and bitter caramel. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and watery. Taste of dried dark fruit, sweet malt and English hops with overtones of caramel. Thin, slightly stale finish. (250 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I honestly wasn't expecting much. It is very classically "beery" in the aroma and flavor department, the kind of beer you could give to a macro fan without explaining what it is. But more importantly it doesn't actually taste like the swill that most macro folks drink. Malt base is on the low side but it still has some body, pleasing toasty bread like aroma, and the hop flavors and residual bitterness are on point for the style. This is the kind of beer that people wasting their lives on BMC should gravitate towards. (563 characters)

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City Steam The Naughty Nurse from City Steam Brewery Café
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