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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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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 42
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
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...

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of mhaugo
1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of david18
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +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.

Photo of kaelingirl
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.
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