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Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale - Oak Creek Brewing Co.

Oak Creek Nut Brown AleOak Creek Nut Brown Ale

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 11-15-2002)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 21:35:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 05:01:23 | More by russpowell
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brown color that has ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a light brown head. A nutty, malty, toasted, biscuit aroma wafts from my glass. The beer is lightly sweet, and finishes with a toasted malt flavor and a bit of hop bitterness. Quite a good example of a brown ale. Seems to have a flavor hop contribution which perks up the fruit and malt in the middle. A roasted nutty flavor lightly spices this beer. Basically this is an absolutely wonderful session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2004 19:42:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 23:33:25 | More by Gavage
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 18:01:16 | More by barleywinefiend
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 20:32:39 | More by ppoitras
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 02:21:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 06:06:55 | More by Gusler
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 16:46:47 | More by twiggamortis420
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 08:00:41 | More by nickfl
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flexabull

California

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 02:38:49 | More by flexabull
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 15:00:22 | More by bditty187
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 03:58:25 | More by BretSikkink
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david18

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 01:09:48 | More by david18
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beagle75

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 03:50:29 | More by beagle75
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Domingo

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 16:01:02 | More by Domingo
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:32:20 | More by ocelot2500
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 22:55:15 | More by meathookjones
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Eric

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2008 21:13:52 | More by neenerzig
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joecast

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 06:11:25 | More by joecast
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 04:12:06 | More by JISurfer
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dstc

Florida

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 13:36:21 | More by dstc
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 07:16:34 | More by ncvbc
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phisig137

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 02:01:12 | More by phisig137
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 01:28:04 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.