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Buster Nut Brown Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Buster Nut Brown AleBuster Nut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.15% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: Victory & Munich
Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade, & Willamette

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2002)
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Photo of zachgroves
4/5  rDev +16.3%

zachgroves, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of MumboJumbo
2/5  rDev -41.9%

MumboJumbo, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Mappies
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Mappies, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of depechemode1983
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color. The head is tan and retention is very little. Lacing is scattered unevenly around the glass. Lightly toasted malts take stage with a faint hop bitterness. The nose ends on a sweet almond like nutty note. Light roasted grains dominate the taste but are balanced out nicely by bitter hop characters and a sort of sourness in the middle. Once again the taste finishes nutty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and with fine carbonation. A fairly average brown ale. Its got just enough complexity to keep you interested. If I could find this in singles in my area I could see purchasing a couple now and then. Although I would never drop the cash for a six pack. Worth a try.

depechemode1983, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev +9%

TonyTalon, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Lantern, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Leschber
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Leschber, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Bockrules
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slight hazy, amber-brown. A few bubbles rise to he two-finger, tan head. Head is reduced to a ring of bubbles about 2/3rds down the glass. Leaves behind several large splotches of lacing.

S - Sweet crystal malt with a fair amount of caramel and some nuttiness.

T - Caramel and sweet malt upfront. The body attempts to the balance the sweet caramel malt with earthy English hops, but the combination comes of slightly astringent here. Nutty notes are mixed A flash of earthy hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a stale biscuit with slight caramel finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Acceptable, but would like to see more creamy.

A solid English ale from Ska brewing, but a far cry from veterans of the style such as Samuel Smiths. The real problem is that the beer just didn't come off as rich, creamy, and complex as some other English browns, plus the art on the bottle kinda creeped me out. I might have this again on tap if I'm in the mood for a brown, but I don't see myself picking up a six of it anytime soon.

Bockrules, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Archimedes
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Archimedes, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Juner03
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Juner03, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Molson2000, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nothing special here. pours a cocacola colored brown with a small off white head which fades away to nothing in a minute or two. smells honey sweet and medium roasty, caramel malts dominate. flavor is rather bland, on the sweet side but not much of that roasted character comes through from the smell. no hops to speak of. mouthfeel is fuller bodied and kind of filling, with a little less carbonation than maybe it could have. leaves a funny aftertaste too. overall definitely not one of skas better beers, ive come to expect more from them. still, a sessionable brown ale that would pass muster in a lot of other states, but it doesnt cut it here in colorado.

StonedTrippin, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of jktedder12
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass with a minimum amount of head, which dissipated rather quickly. Nice warm brown color, but a lighter brown. The smell of roasted nut with a hint of sweetness on the nose. Medium bodied feel in the mouth. Nice smooth malty flavor, with a bit of a lingering aftertaste. Very nice brown ale in my opinion. Been looking for a nice solid brown to be a 'mainstay' in the bar. This is a keeper.

jktedder12, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best by 1/27/12 (a couple of weeks past date). This pours a nice amber color with a decent sized foamy white head. The smells are of brown sugar, a little nuttiness, other malts. The feel is medium. Taste is brown sugar, nuttiness, some roasted malts. Not bad.

DavidST, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of denver10
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with very little head. Sweet swell to this thing but nothing distinct in the aroma. Taste is pretty flat and I get very little distinguishable flavors from it. Maybe a blend of brown sugar and malt. I think I might have to buy another single of this in the future to ensure I simply didn't get a bad bottle of this. Mouthfeel is syrupy and very little carbonation. Very disappointed in this beer so far. I will have to give it a second chance though, reading a lot of these comments suggest something wasn't right for me here Maybe a wrong time, wrong place situation, maybe an old bottle that sat on the rack for too long, who know...

denver10, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of BudandBeer
3/5  rDev -12.8%

BudandBeer, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of tatums1984
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

tatums1984, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of jALEson
3/5  rDev -12.8%

jALEson, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of ipcolling
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

ipcolling, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of KostyaK
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

KostyaK, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Bubbalito
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Bubbalito, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev +16.3%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#4 on Christmas is the Buster Nut Brown from SKA. The colors is a nice brownish clear amber with thin slightly off-white head that is lacing!!! The scent includes malt, maple sugar, and some nuttyness. The taste includes a good push of sweet molasis type malt with hints of peanut butter. The mouthfeel is ok, lighter in body good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer....I think I would prefer a little more body.

WoodBrew, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -12.8%

ROGUE16, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of BigD44
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

BigD44, Dec 18, 2011
Buster Nut Brown Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.