Brunette Nut Brown Ale | Nebraska Brewing Company

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Brunette Nut Brown AleBrunette Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our version of the classic English-style Brown Ale has a blend of six different malts and a hop schedule that results in a low hop character. The unique malt character brings to mind the taste of a blend of various nuts.

15 IBU

Added by beerhobo22 on 07-03-2009

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Photo of Sicknimmons518
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly more bitter and sharp than new castle, which is my baseline for a nut brown. Amber with good aroma, walnut or pecan, malt then slightly sweet towards the end.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dum3z
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jrobb6
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unknown vintage; drank 12/27/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Semi-opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small eggnog head; minimal lace.

Acorn, trash water & caramel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream & trash water flavors up front; caramel & acorn notes on the finish. Hopefully this is just a really old can? Gross regardless.

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Photo of chinchill
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz undated can purchased cold just a few days ago but possibly contaminated.
Dark reddish-brown body with a very good head and respectable lacing. The mouthfeel is good too, but the aroma and flavor not so much. The dank, earthy aroma is particularly disappointing while the flavor is partly redeemed by a decent finish.

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Photo of bwood06
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I decided to pick this one up on a recent trip out to Omaha. I forgot that I had not logged a review for this yet so luckily I had one beer left, and am therefore reviewing this one at long last.

A little bit of work is required to get a good 2 finger high head on this one but once it is produced it is foamy and dissipates rather quickly to a very thin lacing. The head is a very light tan color with the beer itself being a mahogany amber color. The beer is clear with moderate to high carbonation easily visible. 3.75/5 The aroma is quite malty and sweet with notes of toasted whole wheat bread, dates, raisins, and plums. There is a nutty, earthy quality to the aroma reminiscent of hazelnuts, along with a bit of fresh hay. Just a bit of herbal hops come through. 3.5/5 As with the aroma the flavor is fairly sweet with the malt really taking center stage. A very light caramel and sorghum both come out right away leading into toasted whole wheat bread. These notes marry into a combination of dates, hay, and moss, with a bit of a nutty earthiness. There is a light grassy bitterness on the back end that lingers lightly and remains noticeable for quite some time. There is a moderate metallic note along with the grassy hops that comes through. 3.25/5 The mouthfeel is fairly light despite this being a medium bodied beer. There is a moderate carbonation burn up front which transitions to a light drying which lingers lightly on the palate after swallowing. 3.25/5 I can't say that this is anywhere near my favorite nut-brown and I am a fan of nut-browns. The metallic off-note really takes away from the flavor for me and the mouthfeel is a bit too light. This beer comes off as a bit watery. It is easily a session beer in lightness and abv, as advertised. This one may be better with food. 3.25/5

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Photo of Edie
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium ruby-brown with a tan head that fades fairly quickly. The aroma is nutty and malty with a bit of toffee and a touch of fruit. Taste is malt-driven with lots of nuttines, some toffee and some fruit. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: October 20, 2016... OCCASION: SGO computed, time to mentally prepare for Friday... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... pours a dark chestnut brown, almost opaque body... forced before light, some bubbles show through... a single-finger off-white head holds strong to a foamy ring... the aroma is nutty--almonds, pecans--though the mango and grapefruit offer a welcome dimension... the toasted bread malts suggest a moderate sweetness... the body is smooth, effervescent at the throat, and mild at the teeth... sessionable as the label professes... frothy too, suggesting freshness... medium-bodied, but not weighty... the flavor profile is dominated by hazelnut and pecan, toasted oats and bread, while the hops suggest citrus--light mango, orange, lemon--to build a reasonably balanced taste... nothing bad to say about this offering--my first from Nebraska, I believe... a competent, serviceable brown ale that I wouldn't mind having again...

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Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours light ruby brown with a medium fluffy light tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is toasted chocolate malts with a little nuttiness.

The flavor is sweet toasted chocolate and caramel malts with some graininess and a bit of a metallic twang. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, an OK brown with some off notes.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown in color with a fingernail of tan resting on top. Light lacing. The aroma is of artificial caramel. I taste a very sharply astringent flavor of caramel malt. The mouth is very carbonated and there's a ginger like effervescence that seems out of place.

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Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: semi sweet brown sugar notes, nutty, malty, smooth mouth feel, toasted nut sweet nose.
Brown, clear, with a smaller tan head and lace. Medium body.

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Photo of Samputnam14
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pxlwix
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mgcarney
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this from the can chilled in a goblet.

The color has a ruby hue with dark caramel color with good clarity and thin white cap with fine bead. The smell is sweet with caramel and light nutty malt odors with a toast smell and mild yeast ester. The feel is decent with a goodly amount of malt and moderately low carbonation with light sweetish finish.

The taste is mostly malt with a subtle toasted flavor and slight sweet and nutty caramel taste with mellow bitterness level in the taste with a finish that has some dried fruit type flavor from yeast. This is a good English Style Brown - not over the top or astounding but solid example of the style.

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Close to three fingers of deep tan foam, good density and very slow to dissolve, the lacing forms one big ring around the glass. Reddish brown mahogany hued liquid, good many particles floating throughout adding to general translucency, barely any visible bubbles. The nose is almost fully malts, loaded with cocoa, cola bean, vanilla, caramel and challah bread, has a glazed nuts quality as well, maybe apricot or fig fruit, nothing really hoppy nor anything inclined to bringing an erect posture to it, at the same time it’s clean and not cloying. Medium-bodied, has a creamy texture and softly persistent carbonation. Again, no doubt it’s the nuts, bread, caramel, chocolate and cocoa which rule the roost. But there there is a lingering shadow of grassy hops as well as a welcome metallic touch. The finish is drier and has a leesy yeastiness to it. Overall, has a polished smoothness and good drinkability. This is just a style of beer which is not only out of vogue but probably never really had many fans in the US to begin with. It’s not like people who drink Newcastle are often looking to explore the style. Nothing against Newcastle, of course.

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Brunette Nut Brown Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
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