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Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale - Oak Creek Brewing Co.

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Oak Creek Nut Brown AleOak Creek Nut Brown Ale

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 121
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oak Creek Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 11-15-2002

Winner of both the Gold and Bronze Medal in the North American Brewers' Association competition. This northern Arizona favorite has a consistent nutty flavor with just a hint of spice in its depths. A slowly emerging bitterness crops up along the way and is unobtrusively incorporated into the smooth flow. It finishes with a gentle nuttiness and spiciness.
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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 121
Photo of Miller138
2.54/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured out of the bottle. Color and overall appearance was promising with a nice tan head. Some toasted notes in the nose, but not as nutty as I would have expected. I found the flavor to lack complexity, especially in the malt character and minimal contribution from the yeast. Perhaps the sample had been on the store shelf too long

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Photo of beagle75
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, light brown color with one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Deeply toasted malt is well established, with little else to detract from its traditional qualities save for a fine herbaceous thread that gives added depth.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with cocoa-inflected weak brown malt that lacks the intensity established in the smell. Malt flavors drop off shortly into the middle, becoming more refined with a suggestion of residual sugar. The finish harbors charcoal, mild green plant stems, and a distinct bitter thread not encountered previously in the profile.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a fair "desertized" version of an English brown ale. According to the label on the bottle it is 5.5% abv, which leads one to question why it is even that strong when delicious home-brewed English browns have been encountered on more than one occasion which fell more in the 4% range. Like many beer styles brewed in the American desert Southwest, its qualities position it to be refreshing. With that in mind, it is far from being a failure.

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Photo of Auraan
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice deep brown, but with very little head, and no lacing, I would've liked to have seen both. Scents of butterscotch, nuts and caramel malt. Flavor is nutty, with low bitterness, a slightly buttery flavor and some bready flavors, particularly on the finish. It's pretty good, but not as bitter and nutty as I like a brown ale to taste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. True to style, good enough. It's good, but could use a bit more bitterness to make it a bit less Newcastle like. Still, a good Arizona brew, worth trying.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Nut Brown Ale is a transparent medium brown color with a light tan head. In all 6 beers in the pack, I couldn't get the head to last more than a minute or so.

The main aroma I notice is bittersweet chocolate. This is accompanied by a general roasted flavor from the malt. There aren't any hops detectable to my nose.

The taste is similar to the aroma, but the roasted flavor is more prominent than a chocolate flavor. While the hops still aren't that detectable, they balance out the sweetness pretty evenly.

The mouthfeel is around a medium-body, maybe a little lighter. I would have enjoyed a thicker mouthfeel for this beer.

Overall, this is a good brown ale that I would drink again. While the beer isn't outstanding in any aspect, it isn't really bad in any area.

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Photo of Kranders
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't think that there was a lot going on here. It was super malty and a little sweet, but I think it lacked a lot of depth and variety of flavor. It's one of those beers you can drink and forget to notice while having a sip. Could for sure use just a tad of hops.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a pretty clear, crimson color with a light tan head. Retention is pretty nice.

Nose is fun...Nutty, bready, buttery, yeasty with a bit of butterscotch. Caramely and lightly sweet, flooding the nose with a wide variety of aromas. Yes, some of these are obvious brewing flaws, but all together they smell good for this particular beer.

Taste showcases the nuttiness well and melds well with the bready yeast. Real creamy on the mouthfeel, glides down the hatch with ease. Quite good, actually - a pleasant surprise. Not overly sweet, very mild fruitiness. I could down more than a couple pints of this overlooking a forest of saguaros and creosote brush.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy garnet color with a small, off-white head that leaves a solid amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted notes and a little sweetness.

Tastes of a solid amount of toasted notes with some sweetness, and a touch of spicy hops. Toasted notes have some bread and fruit, but mostly nuttiness. Brown sugar sweetness follows the wave of toasted notes. Spicy hops add on the end and offer some relief from the sweetness, but it is a very light touch and can almost be missed.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, not a great example of an English brown, but it does get most of the story right. The only main fault I can find would be to add some more flavors to contrast the sweetness.

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Photo of joecast
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap Pancho Mcguillicuddys. Nice bar.

Dark dark brown color. Thin tan head, low carbonation. Looks good.

Nice sweet nutty aroma without being syrupy. Being the English variety, hops are not assertive but this does well without them.

Good malt base here. Brown ales are really coming to the fore lately (for me at least) and this is a real nice example. Nuttiness is a subtle addition rather than an unwelcome distraction to the beer.

Great stuff. Smooth mouthfeel without being heavy. Nice well made easy drinker.

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Photo of VonSands
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon the Oak Greek Nut Brown on tap the day before at our hotel in Sedona...My god thats what I needed after 8 hours on the road. The following day we took off to wander ... and what did we bounce into the actual Brewery ... They had a Sampler but we decided to try them all and relax and watch the day go by

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Photo of mmciz
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sedona's Oak Creek isn't my favorite northern Arizona brewery. Or my second favorite. Or.... well, you get the idea. But the brewery has pretty wide distribution in Arizona and you've gotta love that bottlecap, which re-creates the state's colorful flag.

Oh, about the beer itself... The Nut Brown has always seemed to me to be the brewery's flagship since it's the one you see everywhere. On their web site, Oak Creek claims this thing won two medals at the North American Brewers' Association competition. HOWEVER, they also put the ABV at 6% in their description -- my bottle says 5.5%. Different recipe? I'd love to know.

A: Pours from a bottle purchased at Total Wine with very little head. A thin rim of foam is all that remains within a minute of pouring. The beer is almost the same color as the brown bottle it comes in -- so at least that is pretty much dead-center for the style.

S: The "nuts" must be those orange circus peanuts. Simultaneously very sweet and disappointingly stale on the nose, it doesn't really cry out for sipping.

T: Like the nose, it's far from complex, with a bit of vanilla and a maple syrup finish. Little to no bitterness -- I'd greatly prefer something more along the lines of Sierra Nevada's excellent Tumbler (Fall seasonal), which had lots of earthy malts but also added enough hops to balance things out.

M: Watery for the style.

D: Barely remember drinking one.

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

A - The beer pours with just under one finger of light tan head on top of a hazy, dark amber body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A bready brown malt aroma with some brown sugar and caramel.

T - Lightly sweet caramel up front with some cola and nutty malt notes. More brown malt in the middle with a hint of molasses and some herbal notes of rosemary and maybe coriander. The beer finishes with some light sweetness and more nutty malt that is just barely balanced by very light hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Easily drinkable, the malt character is light and a bit one dimensional, but not unpleasant. There is a touch of dark sugar and very light hop character with little else going on. A pretty standard English brown, worth a try but I wouldn't go out of my way to get one.

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Photo of david18
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I spent the week in Sedona Arizona and tried the Oak Creek brews both at the brewery itself as well as at a lot of the other local places. Of all the beers from Oak Creek, this was by far the most ubiquitous. It was everywhere. We stopped at a couple of places where it was the only beer on tap. It was also one of their better beers and i think an classic example of the style. Unfortunately for me, it's not my favorite style.

Color is a very dark brown, light passes through at the edges and turns red. Head was small but there was enough carbonation in the beer. Flavor was a classic nutty with a good mix of bready malt and dark fruit. Aroma as well had a nuttiness combined with a malt.

If you like nut browns, you'll love this. If you don't, you'll probably like it anyway.

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Photo of dstc
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with a ruby hint. Small, tan head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Aroma is of bitter roasted malt with mild hops.

Nice malt taste with a bit of a roasted finish. Slightly bitter in the finish as well.

Thin to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Decent enough and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, it pours a medium brown color with a coppery glow in the light. It is quite clear with no hazing, tiny bubbles that quickly build a half-finger thick head of off-white foam that dissipates just as quickly, and leaves minimal clean spotty lacing as it recedes.

It has a different aroma than I'm used to, and fits the autumn bill very well. There are hints of candied hazelnuts, a very light touch of chocolate, gently roasted malts and sweet caramel. Everything is followed up by the slightest bit of warmed brown sugar. The Nut Brown reminds me of the week before Christmas, when the house is a continual rotation of smells of sugary treats, pies, and just lots of down home cooking. Sounds of families mingling and laughing, compromising personal space to appreciate the one time a year everyone seems to get along...and this beer there to help it all go smoothly.

Speaking of smooth, though the initial tastes came across almost spicy and thick with carbonation on impact with my tongue, it quickly turned thin before I swallowed. The medium carbonation with a thin mouthfeel seem to make this beer a little more watery, but it's all rounded out with the taste. It presents a tangy nuttiness with sweetly toasted malts, a hint of chocolate again, and something buttery. There are virtually no hops present and therefore it lacks a certain bitterness I've come to love about beer.

Although both the smell and the taste are quite faint and lacking robustness in comparison to most of the other beers I've tried, this ale is really very quaffable and distinct in its own sweet nuttiness. Holding no aftertaste whatsoever, this is a great drink to have regardless of the situation, unless of course you're looking for something a little more interesting.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium brown with red-orange highlights. A finger's worth of tan head falls quickly. Aroma is moderate malts, bready. Taste follows with a full and smooth finish. Medium body.

A nice, easy drinking brown. Nice feel to it. I'm becoming more and more a fan of English style browns.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown-orange color, with good highlighting and a tight cap. Lacing is reasonable enough, but little retention overall. Nose is quite on par for style, but nothing exciting. Mildly dark, slightly fruity, a little bit soapy. Not superlatives.

This beer went great with the goat cheese and pistachio salad at lunch. It's that kind of beer: complements light flavors, easy enough to have for a lunch hour. Lacking in body, charisma, and sweetness, but gently chocolatey with a very nicely played amount of walnut. Slightest amount of metallic edge, slightly bitter finish, and dry overall.

Right down the middle.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into a 24 oz mug (hell yeah) .A dark amber in color with good lacing. Roasted malt, toast, smoke and oak present in the aroma . Taste of bready malt and also very nutty. Hint of vanilla bean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly thin. I'd like to have more from this brewery. Good beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber almost brown in color with a two finger head. Some moderate lacing developed.

Smell: nuttiness is definitely noticable with some softer malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: nice malt profile with some toasted nuts, raisin sweetness, and a mild bitterness. This is a nut brown that focuses on the nuttiness rather than muting the flavors.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short-lived. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one - basically a session ale if you are in a nutty mood.

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Photo of Domingo
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on a recent Phoenix trek.
Pretty good all the way around. Nothing amazing, but nothing really wrong either. Intentionally thinner as the climate warrants it.
Just a good go to session beer that's a definite big step above most of the common macros and imports.
I wouldn't really seek it out if there were similar options, but that shouldn't detract from it either.

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Photo of xare
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Was served the Nut Brown Ale in a pint glass at the dining room of El Tovar Hotel, overlooking the Grand Canyon. Spectacular view of the Canyon, however, it didn't improve the appearance score one bit. Otherwise, it'd be a 10.0. But the beer came looking like a black beauty with a burnt tan head. Reminds me of Guinness but without the nitro-bubbles cascading down.

Aroma was nice, roasted malts, nutty aroma, and just a joy to smell. Couldn't wait to start drinking the beer - especially with the roasted-nutty flavor emanating from the glass.

Taste lived up to the promise that the aroma made. I was not disappointed. Nice nutty flavor, smoothly blended with roasted malts to create a marriage of flavor that just works.

Mouthfeel was the weak area - it got a bit thin towards the end, especially after the head went away. If the head was bigger or had more lasting power, the mouthfeel would be scored higher. Even with the head though, it wasn't much more than average. A bit of creaminess from the head and then smoothness. There wasn't much body to it.

Drinkability was excellent. Would easily drink this one again if I could get access to it again. Would also search this out again, it was easily sessionable and smooth-drinking, if you manage to gun it down before the head goes away. But it isn't a world-class beer, just a very solid beer that's very enjoyable.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one is a brown with ruby hues. A nice creamy head caps it off and leaves rings of lacing down the glass. Smell is fairly light but clean and inviting. Definitely a nutty presence with toasted malts. I'm ready for a sip. Damn. This stuff is good. A distinct nutty flavor but not overwhelmingly so. There is a strong supporting cast here. Again, lightly toasted malts. Some caramel and chocolate are present with the smallest nibble of hops that impart a somewhat spiced edge. Light fruity flavors compliment in the finish. Pretty light in body and very refreshing. This is a high quality brew for the style...I wish I had more than the two I enjoyed while in Sedona. Almost infinitely drinkable. If I had it locally, it could possibly be a new staple session brew. Scratch that, it would definitely be a staple. Flavorful, complex, and insanely drinkable. Damn, I miss this beer already!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this on-tap with dinner at a Chinese restaurant two days ago on my currently still ongoing vacation in Sedona, AZ. Served to me in a non-frosted pint glass. This beer has a clear, deep amber brown complexion that somewhat reminded me of root beer with deep ruby highlights when held to the light. The tan head was certainly over an inch thick when served to me, settling to a very nice tan surface coating lining the inside of my glass about 5 to 10 minutes after being brought to me. Had a nice thick ring lining the inside of my glass then too. Good lacing here. Aromas of roasted nut and caramel malt. No hop aroma at all. The taste pretty much follows suit, a nice toasted nut flavor and some caramelized malt along with a hint of chocolate and rounded out with a very slight touch of hops. Has a nice smooth and crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very nice indeed. This would certainly make a nice session beer. This went very well with my Chinese food and is easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be. I highly enjoyed this.


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Photo of vurt
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill in Sedona, AZ, as part of their "Seven Dwarfs" sampler ("A highly entertaining presentation" of their beer range in miniature steins).

Good color-- a clear, dark reddish-brown with attractive amber highlights. Off-white head reduces to a thin ring which leaves lacing on the glass.

Rather sweet at the start. Chocolate and caramel with mild earthiness and roasted mixed nuts in the finish.

Once again, rather sweet at the start. More caramel than chocolate. The malty flavor dries out in the middle and leads to a lightly roasty finish with some spiciness (a little cinnamon) and nutty character (some almond and brazil nut).

Medium-bodied and smooth, but a bit too much carbonation. Would probably be very nice served on cask, through a beer engine.

A very enjoyable beer. Not complex, but appetizing.

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Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a pretty good head.

Aromas are nice, a very roasted nutty nose. Somewhat smokey, with a spicy like character as well.

Nice subtle and smooth flavors. A mellow creamy milk chocolate taste, as well as some light cola notes, and a bit nutty as well. Finish is crisp, with a slight mineral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a bit lean feeling on the finish.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty and very easy to drink brown ale, very session worthy.

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Photo of FMetzger
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown body with slight red highlights. Nice creamy khaki head.
Smell: Fresh nutty aroma. Toasty grain. Fresh grains. No hops. At all.
Taste: Toasted hazelnut flavor at beginning is amazing, if you like that flavor. Taste is nutty and has a creaminess to it. Malt backbone is stong and really allows the nuttiness to come through.
Mouthfeel: Full on tongue, but not heavy. One word: smooth.
Drinkability: Really, one word. SMOOTH.

Pouring this beer and breathing the aroma lead you in to what you bill be tasting. No surprises. A brown ale with a strong malt presence with delicious nutty flavors throughout. The finish is a little short.

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Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.
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