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Nut Brown Ale - South Shore Brewery

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Happy_Camper


1/5  rDev -71.3%

04-25-2012 17:56:49 | More by Happy_Camper
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dav2080

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

03-11-2012 20:41:13 | More by dav2080
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herman77

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

01-21-2012 16:15:10 | More by herman77
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Sarunas7

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

01-16-2012 06:28:31 | More by Sarunas7
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xmasboy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-16-2011 04:22:31 | More by xmasboy
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wallrock

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-23-2011 16:46:11 | More by wallrock
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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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Redrover

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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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maximum12

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Hanby

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- About a finger of head, and light brown in color.

S- I could pick up a light nutty scent.

T- Malt with subtle nut, maybe almond. The alcohol taste wasn't too strong.

M- Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Not very strong carbonation, but not too weak either.

O- I enjoyed this. I first had it at Morty's Pub in Bayfield, WI, then picked up a six-pack. I'd definitely try it again; it was my first nut brown ale, so I'd like to try other's to compare.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 00:20:44 | More by Hanby
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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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gatornation

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 05:14:54 | More by FreshmanPour77
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 20:43:41 | More by ChopperSmith
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dstc

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 18:29:03 | More by dstc
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Durge

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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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lester619

Wisconsin

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 20:10:38 | More by lester619
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cadenwhitaker

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 02:06:28 | More by cadenwhitaker
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 03:29:12 | More by jmbranum
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2008 01:46:31 | More by mwilbur
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried several bottles on multiple occasions from friends who rave about it. I just can't get on the wagon on this one.

It's dry, softly nutty, the maltiness is mild for a brown ale, gently hopped. Has a nice soft creamy feel but lacks any really deep biscuity, nutty, malty roastyness to savor. It just seems like it's lacking all around. You could drink a ton of them, but there is just no signature element to really get off on and keep you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 17:29:07 | More by Chugmonkey
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 18:47:20 | More by demcorhip
Nut Brown Ale from South Shore Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.