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Nut Brown Ale - South Shore Brewery

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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South Shore Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by cadenwhitaker:
Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big English Brown Ale fan to begin with but the price was right at $3.99 a 4 pack.

I can't really rate this against other Brown Ales as I'm not fully experienced with them yet. Overall I'm getting some of the general brown ale flavors; coffee, biscuit, bread, sourdough.

The head was nonexistent and dissipated quickly. The smell was almost not there as well.

Overall I would say this is a positive experience, I would probably get this again because I'm finding it very sessionable, and I'm actually enjoying the coffee/biscuit taste (which is something I usually try to avoid).

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent bay. Head is small and off white. It quickly disappears to nothing.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate, dried nuts, and sweetness.

Taste: Caramel and dried pecans. Very sweet with a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Almost no bubbles.

Drinkablility: Pretty decent. I could drink a few but its not good enough to waste a night on it.

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

Medium brown with amber highlights, traces of patchy off-white skim.
Toffee notes on the nose, with vague suggestions of peanut brittle, and damp earth, and roasted grain. The nose is not strong, but it's pleasant.
The same can be said for the taste. Sweetish, at first with some caramel, sweet dough, and toffee. It's backed with toasted grain, and a flash of roastedness. Hops are negligible.
Light-medium bodied. It's pretty decent interpretation of a English Brown, and plenty drinkable. One of my more favorable experiences with South Shore.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown longneck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown ale with a slight haze to it. Had a small off-white head that didn't last long and left little, if any, lacing.

Smell: Sweet, malty and earthy. Very little hops presence.

Taste: Creamy with big toasted malt flavor up front, a very slight dry finish. Some earthy nut flavor on the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Medium body and well carbonated, giving it a slightly creamy feel.

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of the Nut Brown ale style, but this one is OK. I probably wouldn't session it, but just because I like other styles better.

Photo of tempest
2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not that appealing of an appearance and the taste is too sweet. This brown ale is too simple. It reminds me of the Saranac Caramel Porter, but not as severely sugary. The malt profile taste more like maple syrup, I don't get any nut flavors, and there's no hops or bitterness to speak of.

Photo of BeerCheese
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy and about the color of coke with a handful of ice melted in it. Very weak head was gone in an instant. Not much aroma. Maybe a little malt if you use you imagination. Malty taste with no noticeable alcohol flavor, and not much hop balance. Not a bad flavor, but nothing to write home about. Medium carbonation with medium body. The mouthfeel goes pretty well with the taste. Average drinkability. Not bad, but nothing to rave about and look forward to.

Photo of chiapete
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown , dark cola color with red tint in the light.
Poured with a small head that left quickly , had a little lace but didn't hang on the glass long.

Aroma was slightly sweet , malty , woody or earthy .

taste was slightly sweet , very light chocolate , some malt taste but doesn't stand out , very light coffee taste in the back ground.

Slight bitter after taste that doesn't last long.

good mouth feel , would try this one again to see if I missed anything.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed April 29, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Cloudy dark burnt orange pour, with a finger of quickly fading off-white head. Didn’t I have this beer yesterday? Crisp even malt and fruit aroma, light yeast behind. Carbonation is effervescent. Not light struck, but sour. Flavor starts of a little harsh and burnt, but finishes with a mouthful of sour yeasty malt. Aftertaste is much more pleasent with a faint woody nut flavor. Meh.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6-5-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark brown, cloudy with 1 finger of foam, decent lacing ring with carbonation present

S - Roasted malts, roasted nuts, caramel notes

T - Medium bodied yet smooth, roasted malts and nuts with caramel, slight hop bitterness

M/D - Pretty tasty, nice blend of roasted malts and caramel sweetness, hop bitterness was low which helped balance this brew. I recommend this brew

Photo of mwilbur
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Sven & Ole's in Grand Marais.
A: Slightly cloudy brownish red color with high carbonation producing a 1/2 inch white head with decent retention.
S: Roasted malt, slightly bitter note, and definite nut aroma.
T: Dry bitter roasted malt hits first, then gives way to a creamier almost smokey wood note. Interesting. Hint of nut develops more as this warms. Faint banana ester note too.
M: Medium body but light on the tongue. Taste lingers decently with some maturation. Smooth and coats well.
D: Very drinkable and a good beer, especially for the style. Excellent sessionability. Glad I got to have this one on tap and will try more offerings from them.

Photo of dstc
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a big ruby tinted brown color with full, foamy tan head. Head falls fairly slow. Decent sticky lace.

Roasted caramel malts in the aroma. Bit of a burnt smell, mild though.

Sweet caramel malts with a roasted, slightly bitter aftertaste. Pleasant enough but average.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth with average carbonation.

Pretty easy drinking beer but mostly average.

Photo of happygnome
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark brown color ruby hues are able to shine through when held up to the light, with a very thin white head that dissapears rather quickly leaving a good amount of lacing around the outside edge of the glass as well as in the center of the glass
s: cocoa, sweet, caramel malts with little hop beitterness for balance
f: roasted caramel malts with not much hoop bitterness nothing overwhelming but nice
m: light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew and will get it again

Photo of gatornation
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazel brown color with a 1 finger head and good lacing with roasted smells of nuts ,malts,toffee and oats..taste was good it was lightly roasted malts with some sweet caramel some hops and vanilla all put together in a smooth creamy balance.mouth feel was a little thin but still smooth and tasty ,,overall this was drinkable and good a brown ale on the lighter side but it held its own

Photo of lester619
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brownish amber red with a huge head that overflows the glass. I don't know what it is about this brewery, but the honey pils did the same thing. Foam settles at about one inch fairly quickly. A nice layer of foam sticks around for the duration. Smell is earthy sweet malts, without much hops to speak of. The taste is simialr. Understated roasted burnt malts with some nutty sweet undertones. The sweet nutty flavor seems to belong and works well. Not artificial like some other examples. Not much of anything in the way of hop bitterness. Thick creamy mouthfeel that compliments the nutty malt notes. A good beer overall. The slightly sweet hazlenut taste is pleasant without being fake or over-done. Good dinner beer for fall.

Photo of djhowell
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Clear, reddish brown pour, little head. Malty, nutty, and brown sugar sweetness. A little simple, but not bad.

Photo of battlekow
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium brown. Small, weak head. Cloudy, looks pretty carbonated. In this bright room, the beer practically glows; it looks pretty.

Smell: Pretty standard brown ale. Roasted, chocolatey, nutty.

Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is that there are definitely bananas lurking in here somewhere. It's a basic brown ale with a slight banana twist. The banana is more prominent in the aftertaste; burp and that's all you'll get. Not bitter at all, just nutty.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, not unsatisfying. Particulates.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, but not necessarily interesting. The banana is different, but I wouldn't exactly say that it's "good." Besides that, not a whole lot to distinguish it from other browns. Slightly above-average overall. Plenty of Wisconsin brewers make a better brown.

Photo of jmbranum
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I bought this beer up in St. Paul, MN but I'm not sure. I've been saving it for awhile.

Nice dry brown ale. It reminds me of a dry version of turbo dog or Real Ale Brewing's Brewhouse Brown Ale.

Lots of roasted coffee notes. A tinge of cream maybe, some dark brown bread, A little bit of prickle on the tongue. A nice rich lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin but otherwise this beer is quite good.

Photo of pweis909
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not exciting. This is a pretty basic micro-brown offering. There is little going on in the way of aroma. The taste is slightly malty, not overly sweet, with a mild bitter finish. No aroma/flavor hopping detected. No complaints. Passsable session brew, nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is actually an English Mild (according to the website). I checked because I didn't find the full flavored brown ale in this.
Pours an amber brown with an almost white, tan head that doesn't last and doesn't lace much.
Aroma's of nutty, chocolate malts not much hops on the nose.
Taste is the same, nutty, dark malts.
Mouthfeel is lacking for style, thin and maybe even a little over carbonated.
I could definatly drink a few of these it is extremely sessionable and a good flavor overall.

Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Deepwater. Pours a reddish brown with a medium head. Smell is malty. Taste is pretty much what I expect a brown ale to be, I can taste a slightly nutty taste if I use my imagination and some pleasant malt flavors. Mouthfeel smooth. Very drinkable and well balanced. A decent offering from South Shore.

Photo of Redrover
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at their outpost in Hayward, WI. Served in standard pint, the beer us a dark amber with a fluffy beige head. It has really nice lacing.

The aroma is of lightly roasted malts and not much else.

Taste leads with toasted malts, a bit of brown sugar and more grain to finish. It hits the taste points for the style. It has low bitterness and a slightly musty finish.

The mouth is decent. It is an easy drinker no thinker here.

Photo of demcorhip
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent enough looking ale, although there is not much for head, retention, or lacings. Clear chestnut in colour with a mild level of carbonation.

A nice english style brown ale aroma, though certainly more toffee in the nose versus nutty aromas. A very mild estery character also present that hints at McIntosh apples. Some earthy and leafy hops present as well.

Some hazelnut comes through in the taste, as well as a nice toffee character. Esters are quite mild and are almost lost in the other, richer toffee and nutty flavours present. The leafy hops with a kiss of earth and bitterness appear at the finish. This is a pleasant english brown.

Not quite medium bodied, decent malt backbone is offset by the hops with their leafy character and clean bitterness. Slightly creamy in feel, with just the mildest hint of astringency.

This happens to be their flagship beer and it definitely happens to be a tasty and drinkable brew that would be quite nice to session. A good beer to have if looking to get into darker brews, as well as for fans of the style. Glad i picked up a six to split with friends back home while in Ashland.

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a brown/burgandy color with a small foamy head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Smelled of malt and very nutty.

T - Sweet and nutty with a good malt flavor.

M - It was dry and crisp. A medium-bodied brew.

D - I thought this was a pretty good version of a nut brown. It had a good sweet character.

Photo of garymuchow
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly sweet malt aroma that flattens out to be somewhat non-descript. Slightly toffe/caramel. No hops to speak of.
Reddish brown amber and pretty clear. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a off-white to tannish ring for most of the drink. Quite fizzy sounding.
Decent balance of malty sweetness with a hoppy bitterness/dryness. Definitely leans towards the sweetness, but the hops qualities are evident. Caramelly, slight fruit and a touch of nuttiness at times (it seems to vary bottle to bottle). This drink definitely moves towards sweetness and caramel. Later as it warmed a very strong diacetyl quality emerged that wasn't too pleasant.
Body is medium with a bit of a syrupy quality. Heavier on the carbonation makes is seem quite filling.
This was a nice beer to have available up north. Not a great drink, but tasty and a decent local offerning.

Photo of zeledonia
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Beach Club in La Pointe, Madeline Island, Wisconsin. Tasted 21 August 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium reddish brown. Brought to me with little head, but what was there stuck around, and lots of lacing clings to the glass. Taste is malty but balanced, with a nutty, light sweetness. Finish slowly fades away. Mouthfeel is the highlight - medium-bodied, creamy, with lots of little bubbles. Overall it's a decent, light, brown ale - refreshing and good, but nothing special.

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Nut Brown Ale from South Shore Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.