Nut Brown Ale | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States | website

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

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129
Ratings:
275
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
19.3%
 
 
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Photo of BeerSox
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Egg-nog colored head that holds decently then settles to a thin cap. Sticky lacing.

Dark malts that are on the sweeter side with a low presence of hops.

Dark clean grain flavors. Thin bodied with low carbonation giving it a smooth feel. A mostly clean finish, with dark grain lingering.

Pretty average Brown Ale. Seems a little thin and not bursting with any flavor or complexity.

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Photo of stephens101
2.53/5  rDev -26%
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 stumac
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Photo of brewskifan55
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my wife for picking this up in Alberquerque
Poured into a snifter

A: Cola brown with a tan half finger head that quickly dissipates into a frothy ring.

S: Malts, nuts, leather, biscuity

T: A charge of bitter hops over a nut base. Toffee. Light chocolate finish. Robust, but too hoppy to be smooth.

M: light to medium with light carbonation.

O: Would be much better without the bitterness, but that's what you get in an English Nut Brown.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Jul 2008.

Small beige head. Cloudy dark coffee brown color. Aroma is light, buttery caramel sweet, almost like a candy bar. Taste is also light, chocolate toffee, caramel and hazelnut. Somewhat watery. Med light body. Slightly toasty finish. Alcohol slightly warming.

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color, with a few amber highlights when held to the light. Strong mocha colored head formation, up to 1/2" - breaks down to a well retained 2-3mm.

S - Caramel, nutty, toasted malts come through. Some light hopping and some bready yeast notes are present. Comes across more from the specialty malts, instead of being sweet.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, then the caramel and crystal malts come in. Toasted and nutty - very grainy tastes. Bitter balance comes in, still malt forward. Light amount of hops, mainly grapefruit. Finishes clean, with a light nutty aftertaste.

M - moderate body and strong carbonation. Not very tongue grabbing, only a light hint of bitterness sticks to the tongue.

D - Very easy drinking, especially in the winter. The nutty and malty profiles feel almost winter warmer like. ABV is easily manageable. Flavors are well integrated.

Good choice - certainly seems "brown" enough for me.

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Photo of colts9016
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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 EagleTalon
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a permanent head that laces well. Aroma is brown, crystal and chocolate malts with nutty, roasty notes. Flavor is more of the same with a nice balancing low-impact hop bitterness that is distinctly English. Dry, crisp, nutty finish. Mouthfeel is medium and CO2 is on the high side for style. Overall a pleasing Brown.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Great clarity shows active carbonation and dark brown, red-toned body. Head is big, tan, and sticks around to leave some impressive lacing.

S- Smell is metallic and toasty with a hint of nut and toffee. Overall unimpressive.

T- A bit bland and watery with a mineral aspect, but there is some pleasing malt characteristics of light roast and caramel. Hops are subdued, but noticeable with a all-around mix of woody, citric, and herbal characteristics.

M- Medium-heavy body with a sticky characteristic and silky carbonation

D- Good, sweet drinker without anything offensive

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Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark hazelnut with constant cascading bubbles and a thick khaki head that leaves some raised rings of lace on the glass. Aroma is a mix of chocolate, walnuts, dried fruits, and just lots of fruity esters in general. Caramel is really big in the nose. I think I get some melon in there as well. The darker malts don't hold much presence in the flavor aside from a fleeting chocolate character in the finish. Mostly, what I taste is a mix of stone fruits and nuts. Maybe a little maple syrup too. Hops quietly appear in the aftertaste. Finishes kind of sweet. Mouthfeel is fulsome and the carbonation is really smooth. Drinkability is just fine. There's not much special about this beer, but it would be good for just when you want a couple.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a dark brown color with mahogany highlights. The head was just over 1 finger and tannish. It settled to a collar with a constant carb fountain in the center. The smell was toasted malts with an underlying nuttiness. The taste was above average and had a good nutty bite but was a bit bland. It's not an overwhelmingly flavorful beer but does go down smooth. It would be a good candidate for a session - probably even for your friends who live the macros. (3.5, RB-BOT, T, Y)

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Photo of Treebs
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
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 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 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 coldmeat23
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx. 50 degrees

Pours dark brown with amber tinted edges in front of a light. Nice two finger head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

The nose is promising. Quite nutty with a hint of caramel sweetness lurking about. A little malty presence peaking through.

Toasted nut flavors dominate the almost nonexistant sweet malts and hops. Not much to it, really.

Mouth is really quite thin and waterey. I like 'em quite a bit more to the thick side.

All in all, this is very easy to drink and I could consume many in a session, but I wouldn't.

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Photo of deebo
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a bit of a hazy/murky ruddy brownish red color with a small but dense head that skims the pint glass a bit.

S-Typical roasted sweet malt aroma dominates. Nutty/brown notes.

T-Roasted malt-pretty 1 dimensional, but nice clean flavor, no hops detected.

M-Heavily carbonated, thin/medium bodied, quick finish.

D-Easy to drink with a nice clean flavor.

O-An easy to drink, quick finishing brown ale with some nice toasted sweet character. Not overly complex, but a nice clean beer.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Clearish brown with tiny off white head.

S - Caramel, roasted malt, toffee, bread.

T - Has a good sweet roasted malt flavor up front, rounding out with caramel, toffee, and a sort of bready/biscuity malt. Sweet and roasty.

M - On the thin side, with low-to-moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, that's for sure.

O - Better than I was expecting, and this was my first Santa Fe brew. A good solid brown ale, not too sweet or roasty, but lacking a bit in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Auraan
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a rich, semi-clear amber brown with a thin off-white head that stuck around. Quite nice looking, very true to style. Scents of nutty, faint caramel and bready malt, along with a slight hint of toasted bread. A light and malty aroma, true to style, but not the best. Flavor begins moderately malty sweet, with nutty and slight caramel malt flavors, balanced with a medium-low level of bitterness with a low floral hop character. This moves into toasted malt flavors and some toffee along with nutty flavors, balanced again by a medium-low bitterness. Finish is toasted and nutty malt flavors with the same medium-low level of bitterness and some slight floral hop flavors offsetting some malty sweetness. Aftertaste is nutty and toasted malt with a medium-low bitterness. A good malt-hop balance throughout, malty sweet with a balance of medium-low bitterness, not bad. Good and true to style, but not the best flavor for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. The body is true to style, but the light carbonation hurts the feel. Still nicely drinkable. Overall this is a good English Brown Ale, that fits the style well enough. It just doesn't do enough to stand out. Still a good session ale, and I don't regret having it.

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Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Smell is of toasted malt and faintly of brown sugar. Taste is malty and earthy, with hints of coffee. A slightly yeasty character is there as well. There is also a slight sour twang, though nothing offensive. The hops are there but mild (as should be for a brown ale). Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but not bad. Pretty drinkable beer, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark caramel brown in color with a reddish hue and hazy. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Roasted malt aromas with hints of nuts and charred malt. Medium bodied with a smooth feel through the middle and a tangy, crisp, dry finish. Sweet roasted and toasted malt flavors from beginning to through the middle. Bitter hop flavors just before the crisp dry finish. A solid brown ale. Easy to drink with nice flavors.

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Photo of Kromes
2.04/5  rDev -40.4%
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 tjsdomer2
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Definitely moderately brown in color. A bit flat, but there's nice foam.

Smell: Some roasted nuts with metallic and minerally properties.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good smokey notes backing the roasted nuts. Decent mouthfeel, but a bit cloying.

Overall Drinkability: Not my favorite brown ale.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet malt toffee/caramel. Really light floral herbal hop.

Dark deep red hue. Clear. Low light brown head.

Gentle sweet malt nut/caramel. Light floral hop touch. Good balanced with light bitterness. Finishes medium dry.

Medium to medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Okay. Not highly flavorful. Shows some of those Northern English Brown qualities. Could be more solid.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Minkybut
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very black and since I ama nut brown nut I was ver hopeful of this new beer. Thetaste was a littlr malty with a nuttiness ever so slightly. The taste was faintly sweet. It was an okay beer but tasted fake to me like not real flavours. I will not buy again.

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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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