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City Steam The Naughty Nurse - City Steam Brewery Café

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 267
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 5.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 52 | 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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 267
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 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 alpinebryant
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of WhaleHopper
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of JMD
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (784 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 nukem5
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a great dark amber color with a very solid foamy cap.

S: Light malts and a touch of something sweet like caramel .

T: Taste is that of Malt caramel and some floral hops on the side.

M: Medium bodied with a carbonation level of perfection, A swirl of the glass and the foamy head returns just as strong as when poured. Decent lacing.

O: Defeinitly would have another but sadley only have this one, thanks Okey. (423 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 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 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 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 pbecsu2008
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint and then took a growler home straight from brewery. Reviewing growler next day.

Appearance: Amber slightly red. Frothy head mostly settles... last bit lingers throughout pint.

Smell: Don't know what to say... good? Makes me want to take a sip.

Mouth feel: light to medium bodied, somewhat bitter, some hop. Lost some carbonation on pour... from tap it was moderately carbonated.

Taste: A lighter tasting beer with a unique flavor. Instantly became one of my favorites. (483 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (502 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 erosier
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at TD Homer's in Southington, Conn.

A: Poured a medium, burnt orange, amber color with a slight chilled haze and a thin, creamy head of frothy white foam which left a little bit of lacing.

S: Smells sweet, bready and bitter, with a floral, fruity aroma of citrus, apple and pear as well.

T: Dry, bittersweet and clean pale malts show first, with a slightly smoky, burnt and earthy peat quality to go with them. Sips a bit like Old Burnside Ten Penny Ale at first. this gives in to a little bit of floral bitterness and dried apricot flavors. Finishes a little sticky sweet and musty, with some mild, residual hop flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, slightly creamy and earthy for an English pale ale/bitter.

D: Pretty smooth choice for the sourdough Swiss burger I had and for quaffing back in the fading sunset of an early summer day as was the scenario this evening. Not off the charts in terms of flavor, but quite serviceable and a nice take on the pint of English bitter. (1,003 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 thespaceman
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap, a nice golden color, with a decent head and excellent lacing. Aromas are of citrus, a bit of wheat and some grassy like elements. This one has a nice tinge of maltiness in the back upon tasting, the grapefruit flavors compliments the malt up front. Mouthfeel is perfect, a nice bitter finish accomapnies a well carbonated brew. Overall, enjoyable, but I still liked the Carpenter's Ale better. (410 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 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 arnulfooxblood
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into pint glass

Appearance--deep amber color, bordering on light brown. Not much head to speak of

Smell--Quite malty.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Malty overall taste. Bitter notes slightly musky . I enjoyed this one more on the second try. A bit week on the carbonation.

This one was much better the second time around. A pretty unique beer to have as a "flagship" brew. (392 characters)

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City Steam The Naughty Nurse from City Steam Brewery Café
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