Nutfield Old Man Ale | Old Nutfield Brewing Company, Ltd.

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Nutfield Old Man AleNutfield Old Man Ale

Brewed by:
Old Nutfield Brewing Company, Ltd.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 08-19-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by fostwal:
Photo of fostwal
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first impression of Old Man Ale is that it is fairly average. It reminds me of a more flavorful version of the standard American macro brew. The general appearance is similar to a slightly darker version of Miller. The smell and taste aren't that far off either. Its light on hops. Though you can taste the malts in this one. Nothing really that stands out. Overall, it is a very drinkable beer. I could see enjoying a few on a hot summer day.

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Photo of nohead02
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly light copper colored brew. Pours a foamy head that persists throughout the drinking. Almost no aroma when poured. Easy to quaff but not much reward for doing so. I probably could have been convinced that this was a lager if I didn't pour it myself. Not much to distinguish it for a small brewery. If you really like this, just buy a bud and save yourself a few bucks.

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Photo of Jason
2.61/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Contract brewed by Shipyard.

Fizzy sounding pour, decent head retention. Filtered clarity of pale bronze. Mild butterscotch aroma, malty with a faint carbonic smell. A little watery on the palate ... this does not have the same fullness as it used to. Creamy malt sweetness ... with a light hop presence. I like to put this beer and a diet cream soda to see how close they are.

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Photo of anders36
3.69/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper colour, with quickly disappearing white head. Leaving a lacing around the rim. Has a nice and a little fruity aroma, also a smell of grass,malt and hops in the background. The taste is a litte sweet and malty, with nice bitterness from the hops. Low in carbonation makes it smooth and very easy to drink. Leaves a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. A very easy drinking pale ale. Not the best i have had, but i will buy more of this beer.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of beerluvr
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Healthy white head, light amber liquid. Lightly lager-like nose with flavors of crisp malt and some semblance of hop bitterness percieved. Finishes sweet with some drying out on the palate after the swallow. Nice, not an "earth shaking" ale by any means, but nice all the same.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Old Man Ale. I think of PBR or Shlitz. This stuff is right up there. Has the odor of an old gin joint, mostly the floor, if you were passed out on it. Yeah, it has some taste, stale. Drinking this was a throwback to those old labels my "Old Man" used to drink. You can taste some hops and malt, but this stuff is just a nostalgic old beer. Save for visiting a member of the "greatest" generation.

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Photo of edchicma
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew, but not overly special. Nice copper color with little head and some minor lacing. Decent malty aroma, with an equally malty taste and understated hop presence. Medium mouthfeel, somewhjat oily presence, but not overwhelming. Drinkability was slightly above average...smooth enough, but could be better.

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Photo of Franchise
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IMO the best offering from Nutfield. Poured from a 12oz bottle a dark rust color that leaves a thin white lace. The nose of this brew is sweet honey, cloves, very aromatic. The taste is similar to the nose honey, vanilla, cloves, buttery feel, with a nice bitter hop citrus finish to balance a heavy malt backbone.

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Photo of pbrian
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I remembered this beer being better than this. Bland on all fronts. Clean malt aroma, wisp of hops. Subdued flavors: light biscuits, a little buttery, marginal hops. Drier and medium-to-light bodied.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.02/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my ...of the month selections. (Thanks DK!) My first impressions were a bit more positive than others on this page, apparently. Other than the name (didn't like it because I am one) I thought it was rather tasty and extremely drinkable. Would be a great session beer. Nice deep gold (almost amber) color in the glass, decent head that provided a bit of lacing, and just a hint of hops in the nose. Decent balanced taste, with light hops flavor and some slick buttery hints on the tongue. As it warmed, there was less hops and a tiny hint of alcohol in the flavor, but the malt shined through even more and made for a decent glass right to the end. Not bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of charlesw
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear pale orange with a medium high and dense off-white head. The head lingers nicely and leaves a lasting lace. The color is WAY too pale for a good amber.
It smells nice and earthy, malty. Not a big, overpowering nose (hence not a big, overpowering score) but good.
It tastes pretty light and even - big on the butterscotch, a bit of malt, a touch of grassy bitterness at the end. Fades quickly and even from the mouth. To be happier with it, I'd need more malt and a fuller flavor to it. I'd ditch the butterscotch and the grassy, lemony hops don't do it for me either.
It'd make a fine lawnmower beer but that is NOT AT ALL what I'm looking for in an amber, eh?

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Photo of tmitch75
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A monthly club selection for January.

Pours a very clear pale color with virtually no head or lacing. Not very aromatic either, with a very light sweet malt smell.

Light buttery malt flavor up front, but very weak hop presence. Medium body helps overcome thin watery taste.

Definitely a drinkable beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Despite all its flaws it is a decent beer.

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Photo of xXTequila
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I didn't like this at all. I tried to find something good to say about it but the taste of diacetyl, even though not overpowering, it was annoying. I just couldn't get by it.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with an off-white, two-fingered head, fades soon and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation. Clear golden/amber color. Nose is hoppy, starts and finishes hoppy unlike what the brewer says "lightly hopped to allow the malt flavors to dominate". It is a stretch to say the malt dominates. (Sorry Edchicma) The ABV is 4.9%.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of acarroll413
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A- a nice amber color. looked clear, crisp, fresh. the head was small and white, it disapated within a couple of minutes.

S- not much to report here, smelled vaguely of wheat.

T- suprisingly light and sweet with a full wheat flavor. not bitter at all. the hops flavor was very mild, i enjoyed it.

M- smooth but thin like budweiser.

D- id definitely drink it again

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Photo of bjohnson
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish dark amber color with a small half finger head that doesn't have much retention. Very malty aroma with a hint of fruit. Tastes a little fruity but also watery--malts are noticeable. A little bitter but no body. This is a somewhat drinkable beer, but don't think I would try it again unless I had to.

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Photo of granite
1.52/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A---It poured a pale golden with large white head.

S---Buttery yeast and green apple dominate the aroma.

T----Diacetyl, acetaldehyde, astringent and medicinal.

M---It was very thin and watery.

D---This is the first time I ever tried an offering from this brewery and I'm in no hurry to try another one. Drain pour

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Photo of changeup45
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice all around Pale Ale. Golden-brown color that pours a fairly thick head that leaves quite a bit of lace. This was actually a pleasant surprise. Sweet malty taste with balancing hops and a crisp mild bitter finish. Not amazing but nicely balanced and easy drinking. I'd have it again.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber color with modest white puffy head. Poor retention.
Smell is light with some soft caramel notes present.
Taste is also significant for caramel. There are no hops to be found.
Finishes with more malt sweetness.
A very one-dimensional beer. Wouyld be decent to session.

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Photo of mschofield
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber, well carbonated and full of tiny bubble streams. Topped with a three finger marshmallowy pure white head, leaves puffy sheets of lacing.
Fruity, nut, caramel, and sugar notes to the aroma.
Malty taste, tea, nutty, floral, herbs and wood.
Medium bodied.

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Photo of beernut7
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma of this brew is mellow and bready with a hint of peat and quite malty. The initial falvor is malty sweet with a biscuit malt infusion. A medium body supports a very mellow bitterness and leaves a smooth finish. Not a whole lot of flavor, but not to bland either.

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Photo of Hhawk06
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very clear and a little darker than golden. There was virtually no head, a little disappointing. Kind of a malty and nutty aroma, to be quite honest it doesn't smell very good. The taste was slightly sugary with a slight dry bitterness and nutty texture in the background. Not impressed with this beer at all.

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Photo of Andy
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale bronze color. Was my last remaining bottle from when Nutfield actually brewed its own. Rich malt and yeast blend in nose. Deep, nutty malt flavor and interacts very well with Ringwood. Is a very drinkable beer, without the typical obtrusiveness of Ringwood yeast flavor.

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Nutfield Old Man Ale from Old Nutfield Brewing Company, Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 38 ratings