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Nut Brown Ale - South Shore Brewery

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%


Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dusky rustic orange with highlights of bronze and red. One of the great mysteries in this life, at least for me, is why brown ales aren't brown. The cap is a fetching shade that is roughly the color of golden brown sugar ice cream and has enough gumption to hang around for a bit. Arching strands of soft lace appear as the foam recedes.

Nut Brown has a pretty standard nut brown nose, but it's a pretty good one. It's lightly dark malty with plenty of earthiness, a modest sour fruitiness and a trace of untoasted nuts. No great shakes, but if the flavor follows suit, I'll be satisfied.

Good beer. Given the dictates of the style, I'd say that South Shore did a more than creditable job with this one. It's 'brown' malt dominant with flavors akin to the aromas noted above. If anything, there's more sweet nuttiness on the palate than there was in the nose. The sourness is easily managed and adds interest without intruding.

Along with the fruity sourness (fermented fallen apples) is a twinge of phenols, but they too are subtle and they too contribute in a positive way. Too much more of either one though and Nut Brown Ale would start to slide the other way on the drinkability scale. As well, I appreciate the tongue pleasing amount of flavor... for the style.

The body/mouthfeel fits well within the parameters of an English Brown Ale. It neither impresses nor disappoints and, in that sense, is a perfect match for the rest of the beer's attributes. Bigger would, of course, be better.

Nut Brown Ale is the second South Shore Brewery beer that I've had and I'd put it a nose in front of Honey Pils in terms of likeability. It isn't likely to blown anyone out of the water, but those Wisconsonites looking for a solid brown ale could do a helluva lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 13:22:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with a rather fizzy-looking head.

Smell: What we have here is an odd, vaguely off-smelling caramel aroma. Good gracious, me.

Taste: More of that scant maltiness from the aroma with a weak, thin sweetness. Finishes with some questionable tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Totally lacks any nutty characters, or really any sort of character from the malt, hops, etc.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 21:07:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazed chestnut, decent lining of foam on top. Adequate.

Aroma plumb full of nuts and bread, a malty affair, nicely hopped, slightly sweet and just a bit fruity. Nice. I like.

Pleasant flavor, enters the mouth without a fuss, slips it's sweetness around and departs. Mainly malt again, medium body, fruit and nut finish that lingers just a little.

Very drinkable, but not impressive. Passable. I'd take it in a pinch, but can't really go out of my way to recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 09:39:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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zeff80

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 23:09:44 | More by zeff80
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 20:07:14 | More by tempest
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, almost like a burgandy. Very little head that is gone in less than 10 seconds. Not a lot on the nose. Maybe some nut aromas. This beer improves when you taste it. It has a full body and a viscous, creamy mouthfeel. It has a nice caramel malt flavor with a nice roasted nut accent. Very drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2002 20:19:37 | More by Bighuge
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark caramel brown in color with a thin off-white head of foam, some small dotty lace. Smell is like nothing, just a barely there nut and malt, e-m-p-t-y. Taste is mellow of light hazelnut flavors somewhat soothing and warm, quite mild and easy. A noticeable slight roasty malt in the back with a slight airy dryness as well. Body is of a light fell and close to medium full but a bit empty and lacking. This brown is OK, its not a bad brew nor is it a good one in a outstanding sense. Passalbe.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2003 17:37:02 | More by tavernjef
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I visited this microbrewery/brewpub last summer and now have a few of their beers in my possesion to evaluate. My impression during my visit was "average" at best and it remains that way.

This beer has little to no carbonation...it is chestnut brown in color...it has very little smell...it tastes a bit watery and thin but does have some decent (although) subtle flavor to it...it actually tastes like a very thin watered down red...the taste, like I said is OK, but the mouthfeel is poor...it just doesn't have much character to it...Not to be harsh but I think someone brewing at home for the first or second time could duplicate this rather easily..Drinkable...but below average overall..

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2002 00:22:39 | More by ZAP
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to lukaski for the hook up.

Pours a tawny walnut with sparse, slow bubbling rsing to a thin half ring of foam on the top. Faint nuts and toasted malts mix with a very meager, herbal hop aroma. The taste starts with some soft toasted malts that quickly moves to a slightly tart brazilian nut. The finish is a little sweet and caramelly. But still a little too tart for a nut brown. The palate is soft and tart with some nice and not so nice subtle flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 00:56:38 | More by scruffwhor
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2008 06:17:28 | More by cokes
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy red-brown body under an inch of dense, creamy tan head. Strong retention, solid lace. Quite nice.

S: Pretty sweet, with candied hazelnuts, caramel, and toffee being the main components. Rich, but perhaps a bit unbalanced.

T: Nuttier and toastier than the nose, but still full of rich toffee + caramel sweetness; the sweetness and toastiness combine in a distinct flavor of toasted marshmallow. No hops presence to speak of, which is a shame, as the finish is decidedly too sweet.

M: Solid medium body with moderate, creamy carbonation. Lovely.

O: This was a tasty brew, and with some more hops it could have been really terrific. Underrated, if you ask me.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 21:55:25 | More by woosterbill
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The infamous Ashland brewpub—okay, maybe not infamous—but it is in a pretty town.
Light brown-orange body with a small, light-tan head.
Smells of mildly sweet, nutty cereal malts. Very little evidence of hops.
Toasty malt flavors with a honey sweetness start out. Mild, nutty bitterness comes in and the finish is faintly bitter with sweet malts hanging around. Medium-bodied ale, that comes off a little bit homebrewy, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 18:18:12 | More by alexgash
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two pints on tap in the friendly downtown of Shell Lake, WI. Definitely looked to be the best choice of the four taps at the local watering hole.

Pints arrived in an iced glass (no fault of the Nut Brown, of course), which caused weird patterns to form where the ice-cold beer met the frosted glass. The bartender recycled my glass for the second pint, which seemed a little better...anyways, a watery-brown-red with a bouyant, persistent white head. Smell is light & inoffensive, malty, nutty.

This Nute Brown Ale was designed not to offend. Light roasted malts are complemented by a whiff of nuttiness. Simple, but strangely heavy for the style, I had to work to get through that second glass.

A cut above average, this is your basic brown ale without any dress or high heels. What you see is what you get.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:57:25 | More by maximum12
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Durge

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent by a friend in Wisconsin for a sampling, poured cold into a pint glass this nut brown ale shows a nice reddish brown clear color with a solid light tan head that settles but holds full and decent lacing. The aroma is a pleasant chocolate coffee malt and yes, some nuttiness detected, quite good as nut browns go. The flavor is malty sweet with some yeasty grain goodness, well carbonated for a lively yet near mid-bodied feel. I get the sourdough idea which settles into a near charcoal sense. Very refreshing and very drinkable. The hop aspect is somewhat muted but it comes through in grassy highlights of the finish, almost a dryness despite the sweet malt qualities. It's a somewhat aggressive effervescence which in some ways kills any hope for creaminess, bordering on astringent such that I may not want to pound these too much, but it's definitely decent and worth a try. I'm just not crazy about the finish, a little too grassy for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 02:51:24 | More by Durge
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 01:26:10 | More by garymuchow
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Redrover

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 01:35:36 | More by Redrover
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Similar to the tap version, it is not exactly brown, but a murky reddish color, but the off-white head has less retention than the on-tap version.
The aroma is again quite good, perhaps better than the on-tap version, malty, earthy, nutty and fruity, even sweetish on the nose.
It is, however, just like the on-tap version, a bit thin on the mouth, and just nutty and malty, but lacks some of the complexity found on the nose.
All in all, a decent brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 02:39:59 | More by brdc
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2005 15:10:48 | More by DaPeculierDane
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:03:10 | More by gatornation
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this Nut Brown to be OK, but pretty unremarkable.

Appearance was a very hazy brown, which I didn't think all that appetizing, but with good head formation.

Aroma was lightly of caramel malt, but not much else. Flavor was of caramel malt, and just barely nutty. Mouthfeel was a bit two-sided: a bit watery with a bit of body underneath that. I thought this beer exhibited fairly average drinkability.

I wouldn't recommend this beer as being a great example of the style, but it won't stop me from trying other South Shore beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 22:21:00 | More by BeerBelcher
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Clear garnet color with a short-lasting head and no lacing. Medium body and carbonation levels. The nose is sweet like a praline-studded breakfast pastry on this one, but thankfully the flavor isn't quite as cloying as that would have you expect. Instead, it tastes like more like a standard earthy-nutty brown malt combo with just an edge of tart fruitiness used as a framing device for the malty goodness. Now if only the nose was up to the standard of the flavor...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 05:28:36 | More by WastingFreetime
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 19:30:36 | More by zeledonia
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botham

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler. pours a semi hazy, deep brownish amber. has one finger of tight white head that dissipates into a soapy ring.

smell is of malts, namely caramel and chocolate. not much for hops here. notes of coffee, citrus (very light), and mild bitter hops (distant), all atop a nutty base which is light, but present.

taste is also malty, with the same caramel and chocolate malts, but some pale malts as well. hops are reserved and mild, mainly bittering. the taste has a nutty base with a touch of coffee. almost synonymous with the smell.

aftertaste is light hops, nuts, cocoa and coffee. semi-dry with a slick mouthfeel. pleasant.

mouthfeel is slick and creamy. medium-bodied.

drinkability is decent. this brew has good concentration, but is a bit held back overall. there could have been more bold flavors to reduce the watered-down character, although it is still well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 19:18:47 | More by botham
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded brown in color with an off-white head. Aroma is light with some hints of nut and malt. Mouthfeel seems a little on the thin side for a Brown Ale. Taste consist of roasted malt with a light earthy nuttiness to it. Somewhat bland at times. Not the most flavorful example of a nut brown. Drinkable but nothing spectacular. Lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 10:35:58 | More by Winter
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Hotel Chequamegon in Ashland, WI while on vacation in spring 2011.

Pours a cloudy medium brown color with a great thick head of foam. Has mostly a maltly scent with a little nutty scent. Has a mild taste of roasted malts and bold nuttt taste with an slighty above average texture. Something local and interesting to try, but in comparison to other nut brown ales this one was a little thin in it's texture and still needing a little something more in it's taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 02:05:10 | More by Lemke10
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Nut Brown Ale from South Shore Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.