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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 46 | 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 Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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 thespaceman
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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)

Photo of kevd193213
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Boto
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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 packetknife
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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.

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