Nut Brown Ale | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States
santafebrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Brown Ale style originated in the pubs of England, where beer drinkers desired a beer that was both flavorful and complex, but at the same time mild enough to be a session beer. The Santa Fe Brewing Company's interpretation of this style uses a combination of high mash temperature, hard water, and low-alpha acid hops to produce a product that is both true to the style and distinctly Santa Fe. Brewing jargon aside, Santa Fe Nut Brown Ale is an easy-drinking beer, mild, smooth, and always a favorite.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
290
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
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36
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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of skyman1972
5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of 3agle87
4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Schwager
4.69/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice and smooth. Easy drinking beer

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Photo of Beerucee
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At beetroot brewpub in Galveston. Smooth not bitter

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Photo of Jyubei
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Tan 1 in. head on a black body that attains burgundy edges in the light.

S. Malt and hops, with roasted nuts followed by a mead like smell.

T. Roasted malt and roasted nuts with a bit of hops. Then it gets sweeter with caramel or toffee. The aftertaste has a roasted and toasted panorama of flavors with an almost mocha finish.

M. Smooth feel that runs down the mouth and into the throat leaving a cloying stickiness.

D. A damn fine brew with more flavors as you drink.

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Photo of jake87
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L. Very dark with red edges in good light, has a small tan head
S. Light hops with nuts and malts
T. Nutty, malty, and then changes to a very pleasing caramel with a little chocolate
F. Moderate carbonation with a heavier body, very smooth.

Another good showing from Santa Fe, something you can have a couple of while sitting outside at night with your friends.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown color witha short off-white head that laces the glass a little bit all the way down. It had an aroma of deep roasted malts some faint hoppy bitterness and a hint of nuts. The taste was really good. It had flavors of roasted earthy roasted malts layered with some very faint hops followed by an aftertaste of nuts. The mouthfeel had a nice crisp and smooth feeling with the right amount of carbonation for a beer like this. The drinkability is good as I would definatley have a few of these before the night was over.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Just when I thought my New Mexico stockpile was dry, I find two more. This one pours a clear russet topped by about a finger or so of light ecru foam. The nose is a nicely mild melange of flowers, greens, wood, and walnuts, with what I think to be toffee hanging in the rafter, waiting for the chance to spook some Ghost Hunters wannabes. The taste tacks on a nice bit o' maple syrup and brown sugar, rounding things out rather nicely, I must say. This is some tasty nut brown goodness, baby! The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a very fluid feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty nut brown, the best of the NM bunch I've had so far. That Marble Red's got a lot to live up to...

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a sunburst finish gradient to mahogany color, it has a slightly nutty aroma and mild bread taste with a little must. It is mildly balanced with a decent mouthfeel. A nice beer overall, but not like Goose Island’s Nut Brown.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.11/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks dark brown in a glass. Foamy head.

Smells like dirt.

Very drikable. Obvious nutty, earthy character. Faint traces of some flavor like molasses… or possibly something like maple stripped of sugar.

Feels alright, little astringent.

I wouldn’t want to try and drink too many of these in a row. Pretty basic brown ale I think, but certainly not bad. Quite enjoyable, in small doses, actually.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy deep mahogany with a moderate, quite persistent off-white head, thick glass-coating lace, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Deep aroma of bitter chocolate and nuts, a faint note of vanilla, and a slight herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a nutty, bitter chocolate note, which carries throughout the taste. Beneath the malt there is a faint herbal hop presence, at once just ghostly, but at the end of the taste more prominent. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A quite wonderful English Brown Ale, quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Domingo
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I originally had this at "the Shed" in Santa Fe, but luckily found it was common around town. I brought back a 6-pack to Denver only to find that my local store now carries it, too!
It pours a medium to dark brown color and has a nice foamy head from both the tap or a bottle. At first it seems overly carbonated, but that passes quickly. I recommend letting it sit for a bit to warm and calm down a little.
Smell is of chocolate, walnuts, a little bit of sour yeast, and maybe a little hops in the finish.
Starts off really sweet and chocolaty, but then becomes more nutty, and finished clean and dry. A little bit of lingering bitterness, but not too much. Reminds me a little bit of a dunkel lager, actually, only with a little less sweetness and a drier finish.
Mouthfeel varies on tap vs. bottle. From a tap, the carbonation isn't so potent. From the bottle, I'd let it sit for a minute. I'll rate it based on the bottle, though.
After one sip, you'll find yourself wanting more right away. Within a few minutes, you'll then be wondering where another bottle is!
This brew makes a great pairing with a warm day or any kind of lively food. While southwestern food isn't really "hot" - it does have a lot of spice, and this compliments it wonderfully.
I really enjoyed this brew and plan on making it a staple in my fridge for summer.

FYI - After revisiting Santa Fe a few times, I have to mention that this beer is much better on tap, actually. I'm not sure what it is, but on draft this beer goes from pretty good, to virtually stellar. Just a heads up for anyone visiting the area. Luckily, this is like the Santa Fe version of Fat Tire. You can find it anywhere and everywhere there.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown color, 1/2 inch off white head, slight lacing

S: Bread, toast, chocolate, light hoppiness

T: Really sweet malty bread, moderate chocolate flavor, slight hoppiness on the end to offer a little balance

M: Medium

O: Man, I had pretty low expectations with the average being lower but I was pleasantly surprised. Smell came through pretty well and the flavor was there. A solid offering in my book.

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Photo of OCMutt
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Rootscipio
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep, reddish tinted brown being poured out and into the glass. Quite impressed with the nice hazelnut tone

sweet, with lots of caramel malts leading the charge on this one. Hints of nuts, and a touch of molasses as well had me going right away. As it warmed we then were able to pick up some notes of bready malts, nice rush of sweet caramel, and this was quickly coating the inside of the mouth, leaving everything with a nice sweet film to it. As it passed the aftertaste gave in to much of the nuttiness that I had been looking for. a nice vinous like bitter bite to it. Very interesting indeed. Some notes of bready malts, and grain in the back and a nice slightly hopped, and a touch dry finish to it

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Photo of Flashsp2
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe Nut Brown

Pours a deep mahogany/brown with a tan head of roughly half an inch
that leaves some trails of lace.

Fruity esters, roasted nuts, bakers cocoa, caramel on the nose. Nice
in the English style. Some smoke/ash.

Creamy chocolate, roasted cashews, dark caramels, some ash, dry woodiness.

Medium body with a soft carbonation.

Nice drinking brown with a solid complexity and a subtle English touch.

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Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Edie
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmaxtothemax
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of SicemWT
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +17%

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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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