Nut Brown Ale
Peak Organic Brewing Company

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English Brown Ale
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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
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown with moderate carbonation. Two finger, off-white head that diminished in less than a minute or two. The lacing was virtually non-existent.

Smell: Toasted and nutty. The aroma improved as the beer warmed.

Taste: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Roasted and nutty with hints of coffee and spice. The finish was an average length and very nutty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that was refreshing but not too watery. The carbonation was soft but not flat. Alcohol was not apparent.

Overall: Very refreshing and the nutty finish made me crave more. This beer has a better aroma that Newcastle Brown Ale, but I was pretty disappointed in the head.

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

A-Pours a clear light chestnut color with a half inch of off white head that fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S-Roasted malt and nuts hit me first, followed up by a slight smokiness with hints of caramel.

T-Nutty, roasted malt is the big thing, with a touch of smoke. Faint notes of caramel malt and earthy hops.

M-Light bodied and very crisp with a sharp carb bite.

O-Its a solid but unspectacular beer. If I'm in the mood for a brown, there are others I'd rather have.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of lightly off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head fades away at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Brown, caramel malt aromas with a little bit of toffee and spicy hops in the background.

T - Toasted malt up front with some toffee. More dark malt in the middle as caramel creeps in with a hint of bittersweet cocolate. The beer finishes out with more caramel and toffee as well as light, spicy hops and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A perfectly decent brown ale, I have no objections and can't really come up with any suggestions to improve the beer. It is kind of a hard style to review, but this has as much depth as any other brown ale that I have had with multiple shades of brown malt and just enough hops to keep it balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at EuroMarket along with all my weird Eastern European beers. There was a big nutty cocoa aroma and flavor. Sort of a session-strength dessert beer. I like it. There's malty caramel in the background with just a hint of citrus hops that carry through the finish. The body is a little light and oddly acidic, but it's nearly full enough without approaching heavy. You could certainly enjoy a few bottles after dinner.

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Photo of idurra
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The color is dark amber, appearance is clear. The head is fluffy off-white bubbles that dissipate rapidly and leave no significant lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of sugar and caramel, but most pleasantly of ripening fruit, banana or kiwi.

T- Like its smell, there is faint caramel and fruit, balanced by just the right amount of hops bitterness.

M- Medium body, smooth, slightly tannic, and leaves no significant aftertaste, leaves a very clean palate. The carbonation feel is crisp, similar to Champagne or other bubbly wine.

O- Very good beer with just enough complexity not to distract the drinker from its pleasures. Great for drinking on a warm late spring day.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber-ruby in color, not brown. 3/4-finger head with some lacing.

Smells faintly of dark roasted malts, some caramel.

Tastes of caramel and faint bits of other malts. Smooth and lager-like. Only faint hints of things like coffee or chocolate here. Rather watery. It kind of tastes like an amber ale.

Starts watery but finishes a bit thicker.

Nothing bad all all, but quite mellow and lacking in any robust flavors. Really doesn't taste much like a brown ale.

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Photo of speter
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent light brown with a fluffy off-white head of pearly bubbles; minimal, but nice lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malt with overtones of caramel, brown sugar, and honey. Slightly muted.

T: Quite light, and shockingly lager-like, with a fairly strong bitterness. The lightness is perfectly in line with English nut brown, but the ale-like qualities I find lacking here.

M: I'm puzzled here. It's a nice mouthfeel for a lager, but a bit too bracing for a session ale.

O: I want to like this, but it just misses the mark. If you blindfolded me and told me this was an American amber craft lager, I wouldn't doubt you at all.

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Photo of cbutova
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark red/brown with a small off-white head. Retention is minimal. Small ring leaves no lacing.

S- Dark fruit and nutty caramel malt, not much going on, not very rich. Cardboard/a bit oxidized.

T- Follows the nose. Not all that flavorful or rich like many Brown Ales. Nutty oxidized caramel malt with a decent dark fruit hint.

MF- Fairly light body with high carbonation and a somewhat fizzy feel. Not amazingly suitable.

DB- One of the lightest Brown Ales I can think of. The flavor feels a bit diluted or something.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appears more of deep amber than an actual brown color. Head billows with chunk cream colored lacing, left clinging to the sides of my imperial pint after each sip. Aroma has some cereal grain sweetness roasted malts are evident, with a hint of toasted nuts hanging around. No real hop accents just a hint of underlying earthiness coming through. Flavors are light restrained, some caramel malt/darker earthiness with cereal grains and a but of husk character. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation levels, the Peak Organic brews as a whole have confused me. Twist off bottles, certified organic decent beer overall just nothing awe inspiring that's never been done before. There's no point in drinking this except if you really want organic, even though the hops probably aren't actually organic.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#94. The final of a trio of beers by Peak Organic that I found at a local Kroger.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a two finger depth frothy head with an above average head retention which was pleasing. Sadly, there is little lacing action. Color is an opaque medium brown, very clear with plenty of varied carbonation. Looks quite appealing. 4

(Smell) Light roasted caramel malts, toasty sugars, earthy hops and some nutty aromas make up the nose of this beer. There's a medium potency here; it could afford to be far more intense. Smell is creamy and slightly sweet. 3.5

(Taste) Interestingly more bitter than I had anticipated. The lightly roasted nut flavors are up front more than anything else, and thinner caramel flavors are present, but not enough to offset this beer's bitter qualities. Taste is not far from some boiled peanuts; it's interesting. Hops are also distributed evenly throughout the beer, but don't manage to overshadow any other qualities. The beer is more intense than I had predicted. It's enjoyable but a slow drinker as the bitterness slows me down significantly. It's good to have this warm to the 50s and let some of those roasted flavors permeate the taste. I'm not sure if the bitter was overdone in this beer or not; it could have been held some but I don't mind and appreciate the originality. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite a creamy and frothy texture to this beer. Body is medium and the alcohol is pretty well concealed; the bitterness does a good job at masking any alarming alcohol flavors this might give off. Finish is thick and sticky bitter with an average dryness. 3.5

(Drinkability) I wouldn't mind a second or perhaps third of these beers. The most alarming factor is the bitterness which can become mawkish over time, slowing down my drinking and waning my interest. The flavors are positively complex enough without being too strong. Alcohol is incredibly fair. Mouthfeel and taste are decent and appearance was good as well. This is worthy of a second round. 3.5

Verdict: I'm not incredibly knowledgeable about brown ales (yet) but this one is acceptable on several levels. The taste is lightly roasted with flavor. The mouthfeel sticky & dry. The appearance was also pretty good. This beer did a pretty good job at impressing me. It's a worthy drink, especially in the limited range of the organic beer department. B (3.6)

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Photo of Neecee513
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Reddish amber, minimal head and retention, no lacing.

S: Coffee, raisins, and caramel.

T: Caramel notes, roasty malt backbone.

M: Smooth, light body and low carbonation, clean finish.

D: I enjoyed this brown ale, the sweet smell. Mild, could have several in a row.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Musky brown with a nice hefty inch of fluffy white head.

S - Smells of hazelnuts, caramel, toffee and a touch of coffee.

T - Hope forward but tastes of sweet caramel, toasted nuts and even a hint of chocolate was noticeable. Creamy.

M - Light to medium. I sipped it and enjoyed the flavor.

D - One of the more drinkable Brown ales I had. Hops were nice and flavor was natural and creamy. Overall a great brown ale that is mighty tasty.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: this brew is brown, as the label suggests, with a resilient white head, and some pretty decent lacing.

S: the bouquet is a bit shy, but hints of caramel, hops, and coffee prevail.

T: flavor is dry, accented by toast, hops, and a touch of coffee.

M: light body with a good amount of fizz.

D: a decent beer overall, but the hop flavor is a tad high for the style. It seems as though there was an unnecessary hop addition around the middle of the boil that gave this way too much emphasis on the hop flavor. Overall, not bad, but the recipe needs tweaking.

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Photo of PubliusII
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Red, brown appearance with one finger head.

Smell- A heavy smell of honey, malt, and alcohol.

Taste- Has a very complex tastes that evolves as it crosses the palate. Starts off with bitterness of an ale with a sour alcoholic flavor, then morphs into a roasted nutty taste as it reaches the back of the mouth. I detect hints of coconut and chestnut of all things.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body with heavy carbonation. Has a crisp finish.

Drinkability- Great brew! Has a complex, evolving taste that makes the nuttiness of the beer a subtle flavor to search for rather than one that smacks you in the mouth. I would buy a few of these.

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Photo of jimbutlermusic
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the Peak Organic Sampler 12 pk. $12.99 in Keene, New Hampshire, poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Tiny Bubbles, Medium Reddish Brown, very small amount of foam, but remnants of the foam sticks to the side of the glass.

S: There wasn't a lot of aroma, maybe a little bit of caramel.

T: Very Good. A nice clean balance of flavors. A mixture of nuts and a little chocolate.

M: Tingles on the tongue.

D: Very..I really enjoyed this beer. I could see having a few of these and not feeling too full. Goes down very smooth, no real aftertaste.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Unusually light for a brown ale. Color is close to almond. Great and long lasting head. Lacing was relatively low.

S: Pretty standard. Some nuttiness and butteriness with plenty of sweet malt.

T: Not the overload of malt than I usually associate with the style. Still very standard. On the drier side with that bit of nuttiness to it. No hop bitterness at all. Slight essence of alcohol esters in there though, which is normal, but not usually in so-called "Nut Browns." Adds a bit of character, but I'd rather not have it in a Nut Brown. Still pretty good overall.

M: Much too thin for the style. Appropriate carbonation though.

O: Very non-offensive. Plus side of the thin mouth feel is that it isn't a meal in a bottle.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a rich yet translucent amber color that alludes to the depth of the brew. Very little amount creamy head is produced when poured out of the bottle (perhaps not my best pour)

S: A very deep and rich scent of smoked nuts and perhaps a slight hint of maple syrup?

T: Very nice representation of the nut brown style. Doesn't have the overly strong nutty or even smoked flavors that some nut brown brews produce.

M: Really not much to comment on here, slight tongue tingle but really not much else

D: A nice drinking brew that goes down smooth

Overall I enjoyed this brew and thought it a great representation of the nut brown style. It warms the body from the first sight of the color after it is poured to the last drop gliding across the tongue.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with a small off-white head that leaves a ring of lace and a bit of foam.

Smell: Buttery sweetness, caramel, and strong nut.

Taste: Begins with nutty flavors and a bit of toasty bitterness, finishing with buttery sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation and a sticky finish that also has slight dryness.

Drinkability: A nice beer- nothing outstanding, but very solid. Tasty and highly sessionable.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark red orang color; thin head; lacing spotty
S: slightly sweet smell, mainly of the hops
T: starts off with a watery flavor, but soon expands into a classic brown ale flavor with overtones of horehound; tapers into a slightly metallic taste (I find common in this style)
M: rather average
D: inviting for repeats

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Peak Organic Nut Brown a GustOrganics in NYC...

Appearance-luscious brown color, out of the bottle into pint glass releases a small white to tan head, head disappears quickly, ok carbonation.

Smell-sweet grain, coffee notes,, toasted bready notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel- as the name suggests a lot of nuttiness mixed in with normal sweet bread notes, nice residual sweetness, malty on the back end, very smooth.

Drinkability- Smooth, balanced, drinkable.

Overall-Ignoring the politics, this is well done. Another keeper, not outstanding but holds up to other versions of the style. I find the flavor similar to Troegs Nut Brown Ale, a nice beer to be similar too.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, 12 oz. bottle. This beer treads a very fine line between amber and brown in my opinion, especially when held up to the light When you do so it has nothing to hide with excellent clarity. In the initial pour there is a light off-white creamy colored head that slowly fades throughout the session, small amounts of lace slowly tread and trickle back to the liquid after each sip. The smell is good, like most in this style it's well malted, slight hints of toffee, hops make themselves known but don't exactly jump out at you, some slight herbal tea aromas as well. Tastes better than it smells. Again well malted possibly some chocolate malts here. I think there are certainly some blended malts here, both roasted and smoked, possibly peat but as strong as it tends to be. Like English Browns the malts outweigh the hops but hops are present and provide a good combination of all the flavors, burps up nice too. The mouthfeel is good, slightly lighter than I expected, but still good. I find some of this style to be a little buttery at times but this one is mostly clean, well certainly finishes that way. Drinkablility is good.

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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 BeerNinja007
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 12-bottle sampler pack, $14.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Twist-off cap, label notched as best by November 2010. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Brown brew generates a 1/2" tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer.

S/T: Malty, semi-sweet brown sugar, bit of porter-like smoke. Taste has a bitter smoke and hop finish.

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, dry finish. Fairly drinkable. Pretty unremarkable, nothing great. Not much to say about it. A bit of a let-down compared to other Peak brews I've had.

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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 CHickman
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with a 1/2 inch tan head and decent lacing.

Smells of malt, toasted grains, nut and light caramel; basic nut brown ale aroma, but not very impressive.

Tastes of roasted malt, nut, grains, smoked wood, caramel, brown sugar, light citrus hops, coffee, toast and a slight funky syrup finish that's on the dry side. Overall good taste.

Medium body, light carbonation and a very light, crisp feel overall. East to drink and a potential session beer.

One of the lightest nut brown ales I can recall, but still very tasty and highly drinkable. It's not the most exciting beer, but it was very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 389 ratings