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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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81
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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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Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Photo of Kranders
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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 ocelot2500
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of joecast
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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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3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of mmciz
2.41/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.