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Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale - Oak Creek Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Oak Creek Nut Brown AleOak Creek Nut Brown Ale

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43 Reviews
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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
Reviews by buffettfan:
Photo of buffettfan
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at thier grill in Sedona. Nice setting, very busy. Nice stop after a morning of hiking Oak Creek Canyon.
Our server brought this too me in a nice tall pilsner glass. Good looking dark brown, with two fingers of tan head.
Nice earthy flavor (maybe that cam to mind just becuase we were in Sedona?) Very good brown ale, very drinkable. A great offering from Oak Creek!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of blitz134
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small, just off-white head, reduced to a thin bubble layer sporadically floating on the top. Dark brown body, really clear, redish highlights show through.

Sweet malty aroma, nutty, hazlenut mostly. A touch of floral hops to round it out. Simple, but nice.

Sweet and biscuity malts, nuts and chocolate just after the swallow. Finish has a touch of bitterness, earthy hops. Decent flavor, simple and nice again. Actually a little alcohol comes through at the end, but it doesn't really detract too much.

Mouthfeel is typical of most browns I've had, usually a bit thin to me. This one is no different. Pretty good drinkability, on par with many other browns. Decent flavor and aroma, pretty easy to put down.

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Photo of Bszymkow09
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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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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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of CWVegas
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rated from 2001 notes. I had this at Rod's Steak House in Williams, AZ on our Rt. 66 trip. It impressed me as having a very complex earthy and chocolate palate which overcame an initial grassy note. It was a good choice for a local beer to match with Rod's steak.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a safeway in PHNX

Poured mahogany with a 2" tan head with average lacing & head retention

S: Malty & nutty

T: Sweet malt, nuts & choclate up front. Finishes nutty & slightlty fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & balance

Drank very easy, all in all not a bad little brown

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Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, ruby-brown with tan influences; beige head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy collar. There was no subsequent lacing, bummer. Overall, this is a decent looking beer.

The nose is a lovely mix of chocolate, dried caramel, and nuts. While the bouquet lacks richness and the potency is moderately low I do smell everything I want in the style. It is not hoppy, fairly clean finish… if it was hoppier or dirtier the nose would have been great. “As is,” it is lovely, I’d call it inviting!

The palate is fairly mundane but not in an off-putting way. Minimal nuttiness, light caramel malt notes, hints of chocolate with a soft fruitiness at the finish. I am surprised this Brown Ale is 6% abv, beefy! It doesn’t taste all that big. While tasty there isn’t much memorable about it.

Medium in body, low and creamy carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing. I really like it.

Interesting beer, the higher than normal abv, sadly, deems this not a session beer. Conversely, it is not flavorful enough to motivate me to drink this singularly. But I can envision drinking a couple of these with a burger. It is easy to drink and just as likable. More please! I need to thank my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rick; they sent me this beer from AZ. Recommended.

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Photo of BrahptimusPrime
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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 Gusler
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a somewhat hazy deep brown color, head average in size, frothy, fair sheets of lace, and both a light beige color. Malt nose, slightly fruit sweet, start sweet, top is middling, the finish modestly hopped, middle of the road carbonation, dry aftertaste, as with their amber, drinkable, but overly sweet.

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

Amber bottle, no freshness date. Small foaming head which has nice retention, about 3mm worth of head throughout the beer. Dark brown color with off-white head. Smells good, slightly like coffee, a little sweet, but also initially some bitterness in the smell. Taste's slightly sweet, again with hints of bitterness which balances nicely. Feels and tastes a little thin but it is quite refreshing. Not too heavy for the way that it appears in the glass which suites the flavor well. Worth a try, definately found one I will pick up again someday when I find a legitimate reason to spend $8 on a six pack. Nice beer to enjoy, not a session beer by any means, although it is thin/light enough.

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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 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 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 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 BellsFan
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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 ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdlb44
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TasteFiend
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.