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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
Ranking:
#41,761
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
296
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
Gots:
41
Trade:
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Ratings: 296 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, maple, nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of nuts, caramel and maple along with a very hearty malt backbone. The hops presence is very mild but it’s not really missed in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. This is a good beer to pound for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark brown with a fairly healthy head that settles to a ring. Very roasty smelling- a bit more than usual even for those brown ales that have that characteristic. Some sweet malt in the background as well. Tastes a little more balanced. The roastiness is there, but there is also a larger hit of sweet malt to even things out a bit, as well as some gentle hops. Fairly robust for a brown, but not extreme by any stretch. Fairly nice. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and a ttouch sweet without being sticky at all. Drinks nicely, a fairly dsolidd brown ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a ruby tint. A small, khaki-colored head emerged and left behind minimal traces of lace.

S - It smelled very nutty and of sweet breads. There was a mild grassy and floral aroma.

T - Overall, the taste had a strong nuttiness with a good dose of caramel and bready malts. There were mild fruit flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a solid nut brown ale. It doesn't bring a potent hop bite, but I don't think this style should. It is a very quaffable brown ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottles, bottles, bottles. At least, I am moving through them at a pretty good pace. This is becoming a Nut Brown afternoon, following up He'Brew's Messiah.

I was heavy-handed in my pour until I realized that this one held a good bit of carbonation and I had to back down fairly quickly. I still got a pseudo-cascade which settled into two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a lighter shade of brown than in the Messiah (SRM = > 17, < 22), but with NE-quality clarity and copper highlights. Nose had a distinct cocoa powder quality. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was fairly sweet, like chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow. You might think that I would dislike this, being a resident hophead, but I actually thought that this was more aligned with the style. I liked it more than I did with Messiah, frankly. The finish was relatively sweet, but it is what I expect in the style. It was mostly chocolate, but I was still getting a nuttiness, especially on the extreme finish.

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Photo of Amp
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a dark brown with a creamy white head that melts into a thin layer after a few seconds. Aroma is slightly nutty (duh) and then goes into a sweet malty aroma. Taste is slightly chocolaty with nuts, and cream. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. This is an extremely sessionable brown ale.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a murky garnet-tinted brown color with a fluffy offwhite head. Aroma is primarily malt, with pleasant but light toffeeness. Sweet tasting, with caramel and toffee and a touch of nuttiness. Hops are given a light touch, just enough bitterness to be barely apparent. Yeast character is moderately fruity. Finishes with a roasted note. Creamy, silky mouthfeel.

Decent brown ale, quite drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Santa Fe

Pours rich brown/ chestnut with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Toasted malt & a little nuttyness that stays persistent throughout the sample

T: Toasted malt, nutttyness & some grainyness up front. Malt depth picks up as this warms along with sme chocolate notes. Finishes a little dry, toasty & a little grainy

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty good, not a great brown, but not bad. I've had this before when it wasn't too fresh, I'd say this was an improvement

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Photo of colts9016
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep reddish brown hue a thick head but dissolves quickly. The aroma is malty earthy caramel with nutty hints. The tastes is a nice nutty roasted malty taste with a smooth finish. Very east to drink but I thought it was a bit thin. Will drink again

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Knobs303
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elguero1
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nzerbe
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jw4free
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip pint glass. Beer is brown with a thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, no lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is a little roasty and a little leathery.

Beer is medium in body, nutty and tobacco on the palate, an interesting beer with a nice nonbitter finish. Not the best brown out there but great on the flavor profile.

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Photo of puck1225
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Clear mahogany brown with a good but short lived head and decent lacing. Sweet nutty smell. Taste of hazelnut, caramel, and toasted malt. Good overall brown ale, maybe a bit too sweet.

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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 296 ratings
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