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Kelso Nut Brown Lager - Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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Kelso Nut Brown LagerKelso Nut Brown Lager

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85
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 10-22-2006)
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Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a CANQuest (TM) score during my most recent foray to New York and Brooklyn, making it ever easier to entice me to come up and visit! Have CANS? Will Travel! That's my motto.

From the CAN: "Brooklyn Crafted Since 2006"; "Full malt flavor, spicy hop background, clean, crisp finish"; "CANS: Infinitely recyclable Beer helps"; "Created by the husband and wife team of Kelly Taylor & Sonya Giacobbe, these 100% hand-made craft ales and lagers have been brewed fresh in the bountiful borough of Brooklyn since 2006. Mounds of malt, bales of hops and countless hours of dedication and passion. That's KelSo Beer."

A nice, loud Crack! revealed a brimful CAN, so in salute to the brewers, I utilized an inverted Glug. The pseudo-cascade was brilliant, finally settling into two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan with limited retention, although it was already beginning to evince some great lacing. Color was more coppery than brown (SRM = ~ 22), but with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a really malty sweetness and I would have sworn that I was drinking an ale! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the taste was kind of chocolaty, sort of nutty and VERY reminiscent of Newcastle Brown Ale. Did I just type that? Well, I kid you not and if this is a lager, then I am deeply impressed! The hops were not what the verbiage had led me to expect as they were pretty much not discernible but the finish had the same sweet malt flavors that I usually get in an ale. This would be worth seeking out as a novelty, but if you are into Brown Ales (I am not), then you should definitely see how this stacks up against some of your faves.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brickyard Gastro pub, NYC.

Pours slightly murky/hazed auburn amber. Lite tan head, tiny bubble film and extensive fine sheeting and scattered lacing. Malted up nose, toffee and minor vanilla. Easy drinking sessioner. Nicely malted up, with more toffee, def. nutty, mild hops late adding the balance. Smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of BernieGilbert
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Empire State Cellars in Tanger (Riverhead); notes are from 5/29

Surprisingly clear, this beer is more a shade of red than brown. The head sits heavily atop it, a thick finger and a half of foam. Lace is chunky and patchy.
The aroma is light, but a nice one offering toasted malt, nut, and a little toffee and caramel.
The flavor is stronger and more developed. It gives up nut, a bit of wood, and some bread; it leans toward toasty, though not as much as the aroma. The yeast brings out fuller fruity esters.
The medium body focuses on crispness, and leans pretty light. Toasty dryness builds gently.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Rich bready two finger head that won't quit. Sizable active bubbles and plenty of lacing. Body is pretty textbook copper with red overtones.

S--Not much. Faint whiff of lager yeast, maybe some almond on it.

T--I've never had a lager this full-bodied before, and it intrigues me. Lots and lots of yeast on this, with nice hop character that freshens it up. Cold this isn't much of a beer--faintly metallic, and really just clean. Once it warms up, however, you get plenty of hops blossoming out and the nuttiness, which is somewhere between chestnut and almond (less deep than Sammy Smith's Nut Brown), comes through. Deep barley, almost roasted tasting, shines out with some warmth, too.

M--Even after all that head there's a heap of carbo that isn't really necessary for such a rounded-out brew. Other than that it's your typical, mellow medium-bodied lager feel.

D--Very high, especially given the ABV. Packed with flavor for a session beer. An interesting, good, if not great, beer. I'd call it a hang-your-hat-on kind of beer.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Sweet Afton for $6. I tried this once before and I feel about the same - this is a great sessionable lager. The flavor is a touch light, but there are sharp toffee notes, a smoother nutty taste and then a mild caramel background. I'd be happy to have a few pints of this lager any time. Check it out next time you're in the city.

Photo of kenito799
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint poured at Talde, Brooklyn.

Medium brown, moderately hazy brew, ery thin tan head, no lacing.

Aroma is a bit malty, not much there, but smells fresh.

On the palate there is a very pleasant bready nuttiness but a snap that keeps it from being heavy. Very mild bitterness. Smooth and drinkable, shows excellent balance. Well made, I am hoping to try more from this local brewery.

Photo of Bieniek30
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mikerems
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of lzepplin01
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, the legendary woodychandler comes through again with another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, a bit of hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a bit of nuts, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dirty garnet-colored pour, with a heavy, but wavering head. The few, the proud, the... infantry is running in the other direction. The lacing laps around the glass in boring Nascar fashion. The brew is just a few degrees off my prescription.

Roasted almonds & toffee while still very cold. A healthy amount of hazelnut & alcohol comes into play as the glass sweats. Smells like an iced down Frangelico.

More hazelnut, whole grain bread, even some peanut. A mild, but lingering taste of citrusy bitterness finishes it off.

Carbonation is middle of the road, but very soft on the tongue. Quite easy & clean while chilled, though finishing off the growler got a little sticky, with the alcohol becoming more evident & separate from the other flavors. I should of kept the bottle in the insulated fried chicken bag Whole Foods gives out. Just a result of my laziness, not wanting to get up for the fridge five times. The Giants were getting killed & it was just so much fun to witness. :P Still, the beer fell apart at the very end.

One growler down before the third string quarterback got thrown to the dogs. I'd call that drinkable. :)

Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint at Mothers in Williamsburg Brooklyn on Graham Ave. It has a good blend of smokey and nut, crisp and refreshing to drink.

Pours a clear brown/red with a slight foamy head, semi-bubbly. It has a somewhat soapy smell, but in a good way?

Slight bitterness, great, robust flavor, carbonated with malt in the back of the throat.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of dark and chocolate malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather malty; there is a bit of sweetness in the initial taste and this is followed by flavors of dark and chocolate malts. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and I wouldn't have a problem drinking this all night long. In this respect, it's very sessionable.

Photo of Matt_Felix
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dtomes
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong up front toasted grain. Smattering of spicy hop as well.

The taste also featured a nice roasted dark malt with a good hop spiciness. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was full, yet clean.

Overall a nice drinkable lager. Certainly a solid session beer.

Photo of ImpactDan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Kelso Nut Brown Lager from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.