Nut Brown Ale
Peak Organic Brewing Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
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English Brown Ale
Ranked #311
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3.48 | pDev: 13.22%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
Notes: Our Nut Brown Ale starts out very smooth, like an English-style Brown Ale. The use of Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, and Hallartau Hops give this beer a crisp, nutty finish. Peak Nut Brown is a delectable beer loaded with complex, differentiated flavors that don’t overwhelm the palate, making it a perfect dark beer for food pairing.

21 IBU
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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 389
Reviews by utopiajane:
Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany brown with copper and orange hues. Thinner head of cream colored foam that lasted well. Clear. Nose is toasted malt and hard nutty caramel. Cool, woody hop. Breaddy, a soft dark fruit back note but nothing too prominent.

Drinks nutty , twiggy and quite hoppy because it's fresh. Best by -7/19/17. The caramel is fim and nutty but also velvety and a bit rich. The mouth feel is medium but fuller. That means the fullest medium. Right here is where we can say it's not a porter or a stout because it's not full it's just fullish. It demonstrates how persuasive caramel is in the malts. It's soft with lots of breaddy malt and there is a crisp, bigger bubble. No bite just an open feeling in the finish, an expanding. The hops are twiggy. Caramel is a secondary flavor in beer and imo if it becomes too prominent the beer seems off balance and too sweet. Also the wrong color. This one is nice and dark brown, very toasted and not sweet. Excellent. Hearty yet gentle. It is not too complex and that is the trademark of the brown ale. A bit of nutty toasty flavor on some vibrant hops.

The new guidelines differentiate the American brown ale with a bigger hops presence and abv all the way to 6.2%. In the old guidelines this would have been an English brown and the cap at 5.4%.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but left a bit of lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of nuts and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very sessionable and goes down very easily. I would have no problem having a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
Often seen this brewery's products located throughout New Jersey, but this was the first time I've actually ever sampled one...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, nut-brown appearance with an off-purple tone...
Faint, subtle, non-assertive aroma of mild nuts and malts slightly detectable...
Malty, medium-bodied taste with a slight suggestion of roasted nuts, bread and butter and a slight touch of caramel...
Decent mouthfeel - not too rich or thick but still satisfying...
Easy drinkability due to the lack of cloying flavors and relatively low ABV, however, as far as the organic factor is concerned, it was hard to appreciate it in the taste...

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Photo of Justindemino
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with mild amounts of heavier roasted malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted toasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of nutty flavors. Midway through the sip hints of darker roasted malt flavors make an appearance and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is an easy-drinking brown but it's just not robust enough to make it above average.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Fitzy01
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of currysage1
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is of rum soaked raisins, molasses or some sort os sweet syrup.

Taste is slightly bitter with an emphasis on the malt, not the hop. Dark caramel, and some nut flavors, hazelnuts? not much though. Not as satisfying as other nut browns I've had in the past. A little over carbonated for my taste in an English style beer.

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Photo of awesomea
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, clear, cherry-amber with a sparse khaki head that recessed almost instantly. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: rich, dark, nuttiness and a deep roasted caramel woodiness with a slight smokiness.

T: The initial flavor had a sweet caramel roastedness, some woodiness along with a smoky campfire nature. The caramel backing was rich, dark and sweet with a slight spicy alcohol tang to it. The rich, roasted nuttiness also stands out giving this beer lots of character and flavor. There was a light dry, burnt caramel fade on the beers finish. A great dry roasted caramel malting and nuttiness separates this from the rest of the crowd.

M: light-medium with a light creaminess and a warming caramel and dry alcohol lacing.

D: Very good drinkability with a great malty backbone, spiciness makes this a great drinking brown that was truly delicious. Perfect to sip by the campfire. Earthy, woody, making for a true organic experience.

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Photo of JKG
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of braindead
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jadpsu
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just my second Organic beer and must say both were pretty good.

Appearance- Superior head that has good retention before it settles down to a sticky lace. Deep brown color with good clarity.

Smell- Coffe and mocha aroma. Malty, toasty burnt malts.

T&M- Crisp and smooth with a moderate body. Malt flavors and the taste of mollasses and mocha, and a little hint of raisens. Finishes a tad sweet.

D- I liked it but at $8.50 a 6 pack or $34.00 a case it will remain just a brew that I tried, to add another one to my reviews and to broaden my beer horizons.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with thin tan head, color is excellent. Smell is mild malt and slightly nutty. Taste is also a bit underwhelming with a sweetness that quickly fades to a clean nut finish. Only real nit is it seems a bit overcarbonated. Otherwise very drinkable in quantity!

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown color. The tall head has a light tan tint and a fluffy, foamy texture that becomes craggy as it fades. Retention is good, with attractive lacing.

S: Nutty, toasty aromas are most noticeable. Some caramel sweetness and leafy/spicy hops. Hints of cocoa and nondescript yeasty fruitiness.

T: A pleasantly toasty caramel maltiness up front. Leafy hop flavors provide a bit of bitterness. Firm nutty notes, with lesser hints of cocoa and a mineral earthiness. Some noticeable buttery diacetyl into the finish.

M: A medium-thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is light. A bit dry, with a lingering aftertaste.

D: A nice, approachable brown ale. A sessionable, easy drinker. Sometimes it's nice having a basic option like this. Brown ales are a somewhat forgotten and neglected bunch, but this is worthwhile.

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Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice deep chestnut brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a caramel and dark malts, slight nuttiness to the nose as well. The taste is of a solid malt base with a nice nutty flavor. It goes down easy and finishes a bit dry with some malty notes. The mouthfeel is great as well. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. The beer is a solid feeling without being filling. This is a good drinking beer. This is the first organic beer that I have tried, and am impressed thusfar.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with ruby tones when held the light. The pour produces less than 2 fingers of frothy, tan, shortlived head that leaves a slim collar ring & only a few scattered motes of lacing. Aroma is dark malt with hints of pumpernickel, toast & roasted nuts with a little sour, cherry, cocoa, earth & wood. Taste is toasted brown bread, cocoa, roast & nuts with brown sugar, floral, earth & bitter with burnt hints in the finish. Aftertaste is burnt bread, floral, bitter cocoa & caramel. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth & creamy with a prickly spice bite.

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Photo of chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bb-magic
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DmanGTR
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Jackjaffar
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dill
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured on tap into a pilsner glass.

A - this has a nice mahogany color with an off-white head.

S - not a lot on the nose, but some grains. perhaps i'll let it warm up a bit.

T - a nice, toasty grain flavor that diminishes and then seems to return.

M - a bit creamy with a moderate carbonation.

D - very easy to drink. a nice beer in this style.

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Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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