Nut Brown Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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A classic among classics. This is the stuff of which (English) legends are made. Unassuming, the opposite of brash, reliable, trustworthy, good for the long haul, friendly, cheerful, and agreeable with an array of foods.

Essentially, this beer is akin to how the English would like to think of themselves as a people.

It definitely has that peculiar Yorkshire-water minerality -- which, as Garrett Oliver (and others) will tell you, is highly prized by the local beer aficionados. After all, Tadcaster sits atop a limestone-rich water table. It's a bit weird, but I can see why. It lends a certain mineral-water refreshingness to the brew, to be sure.

A lovely copper-brown color with the trademark elusively thin English head. The nose is slight, but the careful taster will be patient with it and be rewarded with rich caramel, roasted malt, hay, and subdued yet holding-their-own hops. On the tongue, the mineral quality shows up, along with a nice ale-style fruitiness (not too strong) and pleasant malt roundness. The palate is dry, crisp, and the paragon of refreshing. One could, even at 5% ABV, drink it all night.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color was a medium to dark brown that looked gorgeous in the glass. It had a small 1 finger head that made the beer even more appealing.

The beer smelled fresh, and nutty (mixed nuts). Overall very pleasant and mild in odor.

The taste is incredible. A delicious nut brown ale that is light, and veyr clean. A different variety of nutty flavors compliment the brew. The last sip tastes as good as the first.

The mouthfeel is soft as silk. The light carbonation beautifully plays on the tongue. As previously mentioned, the light feeling leaves your mouth refreshed.

This beer is very drinkable. The delicious texture, lightness, and complex flavors all work towards a wonderful beer drinking experience. Easy to sit down and have one or the entire four pack.

Final Thoughts - Samuel Smith is authentic, and the Nut Brown Ale works on a variety of levels. The taste is top notch, and an example for all other nut browns. A little on the pricey side for a four pack, but worth every penny. Enjoy!

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Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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