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City Steam The Naughty Nurse - City Steam Brewery Café

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 267
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.7/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This came to me in a CANQuest (tm) trade, although I am currently (mostly) on a trading hiatus due to a massive backlog here at Chez Woody. One of our local personalities, Miranda Wrights, earned the "Naughty Nurse" moniker several years ago, thanks to her Hallowe'en costume that year. I raise a toast to her with this beer!

From the CAN: "Amber Ale"; "Brewed with a large quantity of the finest quality Thos. Fawcette English crystal malt and traditional British hops, this beautiful amber beer has a sweet caramel-like aftertaste and a spicy and almost floral aroma. It is good for what ales you!"

The Nurse looks like a character out of Chester Gould's 1940's-era "Dick Tracy"!

She did not seem to mind when I Crack!ed her open, but I could not bring myself to invert her for the Glug. Instead, I was uncharacteristically gentle. Naughty or not, she doesn't deserve rough treatment. She was, indeed, naughty, foaming up through the vent, causing me to have to wait for her to settle down. I got a finger of fizzy, tawny head for my efforts, but it was rather short-lived. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a nutty sweetness, definitely borne of the malt. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was subdued, slightly nutty and easily drinkable. It had a mild bitterness, slightly grassy, leading me to wonder what variety(ies) of hops had been employed. Finish was semi-dry, with a nutty grassiness that was very refreshing on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of johnnnniee
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev +4%

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.

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Photo of rudzud
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at the Red Door in my home town of Watertown, CT. This amber ale is a deep copper color, clear and fairly quiet. The head is just a thin off-white cover but the lacing is decent. The aroma brings a solid molasses caramel malt that seems promising. The flavor says much the same with more of the distinctive molasses with peachy fruit highlights and a subtle pinch of herbal hop. It’s medium-light bodied with modest carbonation and a slightly chalky feel. It’s not bad, certainly a bit of a statement compared to the average amber ale. But I think it could do with just a little bit more of the molasses power to make this better than simply distinctive. It seems a little watery at times but not enough to ruin it. A different sort of amber and well worth a try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at Ancona`s in Ridgefield.

Appearance is an amber tone with a one finger head.
Smell has a small amount of citrus hops, caramel and grain. Naughty Nurse tastes fairly sweet, sugar, light on the hops. MF is medium, no strong aftertaste of any kind. Drinkability is fairly good in this offering from City Steam out of Hartford. I have enjoyed this on-tap at their brewpub there a couple years ago. Now, it is nice to have the option to pick this up at the local package store.

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Photo of cbutova
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
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.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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)

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Photo of Boto
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.84/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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City Steam The Naughty Nurse from City Steam Brewery Café
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