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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:
#41,724
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
296
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
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Gots:
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Photo of kojevergas
1.8/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

355ml brown glass bottle with perhaps the blandest label art I've seen in the last year and a branded yellow/red pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local grocery store and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low. No ABV is listed on the bottle. Reviewed as a brown ale for obvious reasons.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Lacks creaminess and thickness. Retention is poor; the head recedes fully in under a minute. No lacing. Overall, the head suffers from amateur execution.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of below average vibrance. Not brown by any means. No yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

The appearance is pretty bad for a brown ale, to be honest. For starters, it isn't brown and the head is damn near nonexistent. I'm unimpressed and am expecting a poor brew.

Sm: Confounding. Just confounding.

I get chili peppers (?), vinegar, and barley. That's it.

No hop profile, no yeast, no alcohol, no real malt presence, and certainly no nutty notes. I expected at least some weak attempt at a brown malt base with some nutty character thrown in, but this is just deplorable. Did they bottle the wrong beer?

An in-credible aroma of above average strength. I'm expecting the worst.

T: Vinegar/preservative solution, malt extract, and a hint of light chili heat on the climax. I guess there's some barley in there? This is watery garbage. I can't believe how bland and boring this is - not to mention downright uncharacteristic of beer as a beverage.

No yeast character, real malt character, or alcohol comes through. Painfully simple. No nuance, complexity, or subtlety whatsoever. Uninspired. Really low quality. Poorly executed.

Shockingly deplorable stuff. Doesn't even come close to the style.

*As it warms, I do pick up a faint nut note which is as weak and pathetic as the rest of the beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Well-carbonated - I'll give it that. Poor weight, body, and thickness on the palate. Poorly executed. Doesn't fit the style at all.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, or boozy.

Dr: I must have gotten an off bottle or something. No self-respecting brewer would allow this to come to market. I'll have to revisit it on-draught. As-is, it's one of the worst purported brown ales I've ever had the displeasure of consuming. I'm in no hurry to seek out Santa Fe's other beers having tried this. Avoid.

As always, with beers I rate this low, I want to remind all of you who purchased it to finish the damn bottle. Enough with this drainpouring nonsense.

Low D-

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Kromes
2.04/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a dark brown with a decent head that faded quickly. Did not smell right, kind of musty and smelled well....a little bit like urine. This had a sweet tangy metallic flavor that did not settle well. I noticed that there were crystals and gunk all under the cap and around the top of the bottle. Probably shouldn't had tried it after I saw this. Had to dump this one out. Maybe it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.14/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is sweet and malty, unfortunately that is the best thing about this beer! Poured a brownish amber body with a thin (1/4 inch) head. The head lasted fifteen seconds and there is no lacing of the glass whatsoever. The taste is ,I think unintentionaly, sour with notes of maybe Alka-Seltzer. The mouthfeel is slick and oily. Drain pour.

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Photo of g_jenkins
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of webbcreative
2.32/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour Medium Dark Brown color, 1 finger head that was light brown. Getting just a little bit of a nut aroma but not much. Taste is just a bit nutty again, but has a stronger metallic taste than anything, and oddly enough kinda of tart or sour taste going on. pretty light even for a brown ale. light mouthfeel. this is just okay, nothing special at all, probably the worst brown ale i have tried actually. this is only my second offering from santa fe, but neither were impressive.

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Photo of champ103
2.34/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brown color. A one finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Grainy, stale biscuit malt. A mineral and sulfur aroma.
T: A little better. Sweet grainy malt. Stale biscuit and burnt toast.
M/D: A light body with higher carbonation. Seltzer like. Not hard to put back, but one is more than enough.

I am not a fan of this. It reminds me of a bad bottle of Fat Tire. Nothing here to recommend.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
2.44/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of j0hnc2468
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of kvgomps
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Belittle
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of EddieJoe
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of stephens101
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A dark brown pour finishes off with a huge tan head. Some garnet hues skirt the edges. Retention is good, but there's not much in the way of lacing. Smells of stale nuts mixed in with some hops and pine. A certain mustiness pervades the aroma. Tastes of slightly toasted malts, sour apples, roasted nuts and some hops way in the back. Body is a little thinned out and watery, as is typical with this style. Not digging on this one.

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Photo of Bagman007
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown coloring with a decent amount of head.

S- Very nutty caramel and chocolate scent. Very strong. You can also very slightly smell the hops.

T- Extremely nutty caramel and chocolate taste. Can't really taste the hops at all in the beer due to the overpowering taste of the malts.

M- Very creamy beer. Not really that bitter, just overly creamy.

D- The malts in this beer are too overpowering to be that drinkable for me.

Overall I didn't really like this beer. Unbalanced. The malts were far too overpowering for me to really enjoy this brew.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.59/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: “Only the finest” (good, I hate when the brewer chooses crappy things) Water, malted barley, whole flower hops, and yeast. No other info, like a date, or abv, or well, anything.

Aroma: Roasted malt that has a slight extract note, not saying they use malt extract, but that’s the smell, and a hop note that has me thinking Fuggles (website lists Willamette, a Fuggle hybrid) . The beer smells a lot like a stout to me.

Appearance: Mahogany brown glass that shows good clarity with a strong backlight. Soda like head quickly retreated to a thin collar that doesn’t look promising (it failed about half way down).

Flavor: Thin overall flavor with a firm metallic note. Some mild caramel and toffee notes hint at what they were shooting for. There is also a strong husky note and a mild spice, almost seeds of paradise or coriander.

Mouthfeel: Light body, heavy carbonation bordering on fizzy, dry finish.

Overall Impression: British overtones, some enjoyable mild tastes, but the metallic edge and grainy husky notes coupled with the light fizzy texture really didn’t float my boat. I would look at water chemistry or exposed metal in the system and drop the mash temp (website lists a high mash temp) to address the husky note. Not trying to play brewer, just trying to give some positive feedback.

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Photo of jhavs
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A= Brown and clear. Off white to tan thin head, bubbly
S= Some malt, tried to get some nutty or toasty flavors, did not. Bit of sweet malt.
T= Some malt sweetness and caramel, nuttiness? not sure. Nothing wrong, but not much to make it stand out.
M= Appropriate carbonation.
O= Got this from a gifted beer of the month club, it tastes fine. No noticeable flaws, but I don't think I would buy one at a pub or package store, and I will be in Santa Fe this summer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light body, almost a dirty looking reddish amber, with practically no head, no sheen, and no collar. Can't say there's much goin' on here ...

Aroma: A definite sour, acetic note is the first note that arises out of this one, unfortunately. Maybe sort of like almonds? Does this beer smell like gangrene? Ahh. Seriously, this one smells like something I'd expect out of a wild ale.

Taste: A little better, though, still. A few sour notes, slight nuttiness, fruity, a few darker malt notes peeking through. This one's not that enjoyable - just a little bland, and sour.

Mouthfeel: Big and incredibly carbonated, crisp and large, resulting in something pretty uneven, fluffy, big.

Drinkability: Blek. Not much good about this one. Just, pretty bland, pretty sour, pretty broken. Maybe a fresh bottle would be better, and perhaps this one was bad, but still.

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Photo of Treebs
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on draft in Taos, NM at KTAO radio station bar. Poured into pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with some purplish hues around the edges. Off-white 1 finger caramel head with great retention. Sheets of gray lace down the edge.

S: Malts with some burnt caramel and toffee.

T: Same malts with same burnt caramel. A little more pronounced, but the taste exits the palate extremely quickly. Hard to get a read on the brew when I can barely finish swallowing before it's gone

M: Kind of crisp and oily. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. No real flavors left on the tongue to dissect.

O: I wasn't really impressed with this ale. It seemed true to style, but the flavor profiles were really lacking.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: upper quartile, but not top shelf. 4 flat

S: used frier oil and lard, damn.. 2

T: mineral water. Faint hint of those nuts though 2.75, hey, theres some terrible brews out there so yeah I'll give it a 2.75 so what

M: rich, full, kinda alcoholic but again, theres some terrible ales out there, son. 3.5

O: Hmmm, this is interesting. how about a 2.75: slightly under the average.

I enjoyed this beer more over the summer but my palate in changing.. for the better. Heck, I'd recommend this to someone if the other options were wither unknown or terrible. It's worth a drink i suppose :)

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Photo of Bones10
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Fnord
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Translucent brown with a decent-sized off-white head. A lot of effervescence.

Smell - Chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, and sour metallic.

Taste - Pretty much the same as the smell, except that sour note is even more noticeable. Too bad.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin with high carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good, I suppose, since that off flavor will probably become less noticeable the more you guzzle. Still, I'd rather it wasn't there in the first place.

Notes - This one had potential, but the sour, coppery taste is not good, and the mouthfeel isn't doing it for me either. I'm not planning on buying this again.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown in color. Tan frothy head, decent amount of sporadic lacing.

Smell is not impressive. Bits of roasted malt and maybe some caramel hints, but the nose is rather faint as a whole.

There's a sort of stark bitterness...which is prevalent to browns, but this doesn't have the added sweet, flavorful malt profile to back it up. There isn't much nuttiness either...maybe slightly, but not definitive at all.

The feel is slightly thin, even for the style.

It's a good drinker, not hard at all. But it's not the greatest of te style.

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Photo of Bizz88
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A clear dark rootbeer brown with a nice light two finger tan head which faded fast to some light lacing.

S- light nutty chocolate hints on the nose.

T- a dry nutty metallic finish is what stands out most.

M- a medium body with a slight carbonation tickle on the tongue.

D- wouldn't rule out trying again.

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Photo of stumac
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this brew pours up a dark brown color with a nice foamy tan head. the nose is faint metallic malts and a lil bit of booze. the taste is subtle dry chocolate malts and slight chewy malts in the finish (which I do enjoy in my Nut Brown Ales). light bodied, low carbo, a clean finish. Kinda boring but decent nonetheless.

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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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