Brunette Nut Brown Ale
Nebraska Brewing Company

Brunette Nut Brown AleBrunette Nut Brown Ale
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Style:
English Brown Ale
Ranked #291
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,126
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 11.02%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
303
From:
Nebraska Brewing Company
 
Nebraska, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  59
SCORE
81
Good
Brunette Nut Brown AleBrunette Nut Brown Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 303 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - This is a decent looking body, dark brown but mostly transparent, a hint of red highlight. Minimal tan head, no real lacing.

S - Strong nose of sweet malt and bitter tea, a hint of caramel.

T - Following the nose, with an open primarily of brown bread, hints of molasses, a steeped tea hit, and lingering bitterness on the close.

M - A bit prickly at the start from carbonation, a bit dry in the finish.

O - The nose is a beautiful traditional brown, but I think some of the corners have been smoothed off of the flavor, making it a tasty but not spectacular brew.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brunette has a thick, beige head, a hazy, brown-copper appearance, some bubbles, and a bit of glass lacing. Aroma is of a faint brown bread crust. Some sweet caramel candy, too? Taste is of sourish brown bread, metallic notes, and perhaps pecan shell. Mouthfeel is medium, and Brunette finishes wet and dull.

RJT

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Photo of omahawk
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby brown with little head. Mild malt aroma. Taste is malt forward, with Carmel and chocolate most prevalent, and a hint of roast on the backend. Not much hop presence, so it’s definitely not a West Coast brown ale. Overall a good and drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of superwho24
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great looking ale. As soon as I opened the can I could smell maple syrup in the small room I was in, but with the nose up to the glass I’m not picking up much. Taste - salted, caramel popcorn.

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Photo of feuematt
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head. Taste is caramel and nuttiness on the finish...there is a sour bitterness that I don't like too much. Overall though a decent beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From an aluminum can, this brew is a dark, ruby-brown color...clear, with a slim white-ish head. The aroma is of toffee, brown sugar, toffee, and dark malt. The taste is medium-dry, with a little hop bitterness in the mid-taste. Medium in body, soft palate. Finish is flavorful and it is very drinkable. Nice.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; mahogany when held up to the light; 1 finger beige head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: nuts, milk chocolate, sweet malt;

T: milk chocolate up front; nuttiness mixes in quickly and becomes predominant toward the end; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: a little too sweet for my taste;

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a semi-dark rugged brown color with a thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated pretty quick. Sly messy lacing. The aroma takes the sweet roasted nuttiness to blend with the caramel and toffee malts. Smooth light milk chocolate. Subtle roasty coffee bean. The flavor brings about the roasty qualities to glide into the smooth sweet malts. Nuttiness is there and leads into a gentle aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Nicely carbonated. Smooth roasty notes hit my tongue nicely. Overall, this one was a very nice brown ale that I would have again.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nebraska Brewing Brunette Nut Brown Ale, 4.8% ABV, 15 IBU. Pours thin and dark brown with no head. Nose is malty and very slightly nutty. Taste follows, with a bit of over-carbonation tanginess, with very little bitterness, though a bit of a dry finish. Mouthfeel was just OK due to being thin and over-carbonated. Overall good. What blew me away though was the can - had seen pictures of those, but never had one. Talk about ultimate wide-mouth container - nearly the whole top comes off as a big pull-tab.

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Photo of Sicknimmons518
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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 GuyFawkes
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -19.8%
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 -5.6%
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 SD-Alefan
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -1.1%
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 Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
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 -11.6%
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 BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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 +6.5%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1/2 growler fill

looks pretty much typical brown ale, malty sniff, malty brew with some nuttyness and chocolate notes....A bit on the thin side =, both flavor wise and body wise...ehh...not the best brown ale, but surely decent and worth a try

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, no freshness date.

Reddish brown color and clear with a small white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Mild nutty and caramel aroma with an odd green apple fruitiness to it. Toasted malt flavor, but pretty mild. Medium bodied and a little bitter. Overall, very mild flavors with not a lot going on. There are better brown ales out there.

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Photo of puck1225
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Poured from a can into a snifter. Nice clear brown color with a good head and lacy. Roasted malt smell and taste. Clean, crisp feel. Pleasant nuttiness with a hint of chocolate.

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Photo of stephens101
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large tan froth with staying power. Dark brown with crimson hues at the light. Caramel and roasted grain to the nose. Sweet, roasty and slightly metallic just as expected. Drier than most with a light body. Good.

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Photo of avalon07
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of malt, hops, and sugar.

T: Tasted of malt, brown sugar, light hops, and a nutty quality. The main problem with the flavor is that it's simply too thin and under developed. It has a watery quality that is inescapable. The brown sugar is a good addition, but like the other ingredients there needed to be more of it.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The English Brown Ale doesn't have a fundamental complexity to it, but this one doesn't do much to improve on it. Could have been better.

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Brunette Nut Brown Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 303 ratings