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: 117
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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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 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 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 Hunter
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Some leeway given here for being a local brewery for me...some, not a lot. I'm not crazy about nut browns, but this isn't bad. Nice red-brown color, low carbonation and non-existent head. Big hit of malt in the aroma, some spice. Taste is sweet and mild, typical of the style. It's not a chore to drink, but it won't make the rotation of usual brews I buy.

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

hmmm, how to describe this, it is nice, but, in a way, non descript. very interesting beer, as it were.

Pours a dark ruby color. little head, even less lacing.

smells nutty and roasted.

It taste, well, it taste like a sweet roasted nut. It has the prevelent malt taste, hints of hops, and a sweet aftertaste. Hint of spice go all the way through. Nice beer, it could go well with almost everything, and, IMO can be used for both session and ocnversion. mmm. Nicve beer, not great, but nice

thank to nvsblman for this

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lucent pecan brown that develops a significant maroon influence when backlit. The several finger head is pale golden beige in color and features a layer of large, delicate bubbles that create deep craters when they pop. A short collar of lace follows the beer down the glass, but is too melty to exist in isolation.

The nose is brown ale average. It's mildly cocoa-like with the merest hint of black coffee. The English brown ale style is rarely an olfactory go-getter and this beer is no exception. It's too mild-mannered and simple to impress.

The mild personality is more of an issue on the palate. More malt would be welcome since more body, more sweetness and more flavor in general would result in a better beer. The flavor profile is weakly chocolate-like, is faintly reminiscent of bitter coffee grounds and is slightly toasted walnut nutty. There's also a mineral-like character (that isn't metallic) that suggests the use of hard water.

I can detect no hop flavor, although something is lending a mild-moderate bitterness to the proceedings. The finish is short and ultra-clean. The light body (even for the style) does this beer no favors. It does, however, make it extra quaffable if one enjoys the flavor more than I do.

Oak Creek Brewing Company has given us a simple, no frills, light-bodied brown ale that is as unlikely to offend as it is to impress. As microbrews go, Nut Brown Ale is about as safe and as middle of the road as it gets. It is, however, spry enough to avoid being Arizona highway roadkill.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark brown with about an inch of foamy tan head that disappeared quickly. Nice big roasty and nutty notes come out in the aroma. Lots of chocolate and malt up front but very smooth to. Good brown overall. I could drink a lot of these. Recommended by me.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from nvsblman as part of BIF 19. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" beige head above the dark amber brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average lacing at best. Aroma is nutty malts, with a bit of a fruity tinge. Taste has the nuttiness you expect, but little else, and leaves you both with a chalky aftertaste and wanting something more. Mouthfeel is not too bad, except for the chalky thing, with reasonable drinkability when all is said and done. Wanted more out of this, but not the worst nut brown to come down the pike either...

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Photo of meathookjones
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a brownish red with about an inch of foamy tan head. Head drops out of sight quickly leaving just about no lace. Nice big roasty and nutty notes come out in the aroma. Underlying light caramel sweetness is there as well. Sweet caramel and nutty undertones make up most of the flavor. Caramel is big and there are noticeable toasty notes. A bit creamy on the palette but a bit light in feel. Easy drinking and a good amount of flavor make this an easy drinker. Not much going on in complexity so that would limit its appeal over the long term sessions. Solid all around. Thanks goes to secret bunny and nvsblman for the brew.

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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 phisig137
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with a thin head. Little cap on top of the glass, and no lacing

Aroma is roasty, filled with coffee notes. Other than that, a little thin.

Flavor is much the same, lightly roasted, no hops, and grainy. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy, and drinkability is good.

A pretty good beer.... not the greatest of the style, but pretty tasty overall.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Mickelswit
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one with some soft pretzels, onion rings, and a pizza at the Oak Creek Brewing Company. Usually I'm unimpressed with brown ales, but this was an award winner, so I figured I'd give it a go. I was not disappointed.

This had a nice note of roastiness backed up by sweet (not sickly) notes. The appearance is a deep brown-red. Not much in the way of smell, which is appropriate for the style. Mouthfeel is appropriately medium-thin. Drinkability was interesting: instead of the quaffable standard, this was more of a sipping drink, which was a pleasant change from Newcastle. Overall, well done.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

apears mostly black, with dark ruby around the edges. small off white head that doens't last long.

aroma is a faint roasted malt.

taste is just like the aroma, light, and with bits of nuts, oak and citrus. a smidge roasty. a slightly dry finish.

mouthfeel is thinnish, and this is easy to drink, i'd imagine if you wanted more than one. I would opt for something else on the next pint though.

not a bad beer, just nothing wonderful

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Photo of JISurfer
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not what I would call great, but still a little better than average for the style. The appearance was no more than average, with it's brown body and cream head that lasted for a few short minutes. The smell was nice, with slight caramel, chocolate, and some sort of smokey nutty smell. The taste was similar, but it was a little stronger in the smokey nutty finish, which was something I really liked. Overall a nice Nut Brown. Big thanks to Jess for gettin' this on her trip to Pheonix.

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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 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 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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