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:
285
Reviews:
130
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
37
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Ratings: 285 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of M_chav
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Received in early March as part of the February MicroBeerClub February shipment.

Beer poured brown with ruby tones when held up to the light. Nose has hints of malts and flowery hops. Taste has hints of chocolate malts and nuts, finishing with a dry hop. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall drinkability is pretty good. This brew is not overly complex or thick but is an easy drinking session brew.

Update 11-7-10: Nose is different, almost a metallic nutty hop flower with malt base. Malts have a chocolate slant. Hopping used results in a nice dry finish. Nice beer for a Sunday afternoon after having too many at the Coyotes-Pens game last night!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body appears a brownish copper with lots of lively carbonation and a lasting, creamy, one-finger thick head. Dark malt sugar aroma; nuts; mildly charred grains. Fair dark malt flavors, much like the aroma; features a spicy hop bitterness; mildly phenolic. Medium body with a mostly dry finish.

A fair though unexciting brown ale. The flavors and mouthfeel appear on the weak side of things and lacks a certain 'oomph' as far as overall impact. The beer doesn't fail as far as coming across as a brown ale, just lacks depth and distinction.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Masters
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
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 ElGallo
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of dexterk1
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked it up at Trader Joe’s in Albuquerque, N.M. Poured from a bottle into a small glass (maybe eight ounces) that I had in the hotel room in Albuquerque, N.M. on 4/20. About two fingers of head. Color was a nice shade of hazy caramel brown. Tan/gray lacing on top that lasted a decent amount of time. Frosty, spongy film on the sides.

Smelled roasty and nutty malts. Some light caramel notes as well. Heavy on the malts.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Roasty, toasty and nutty malts. Very malty. Goes down easy.

Medium body. Creamy finish. Average carbonation. Long-lasting, smooth finish.

It was a good beer overall. Just smooth and consistent. Wanted to bump it a few of the ratings up a bit, but I couldn’t pull the trigger.

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Photo of Petegrieco
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev +17%

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 nrbw23
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a pretty thin light tan head. Not too much retention or lacing left behind.

S- Quite a bit of roasted malts, with toffee and light coffee. Nothing over powering and fairly light.

T- Fairly light overall. Pretty much no hops at all. Bready, a touch of nuts and light coffee.

M- Light in both body and carbonation.

O- Nothing special about this brew.

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Photo of flexabull
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper / brown color with a light swirling off white head.

Aromas are nutty, with some cola, minerals, and a dusty quality.

Taste comes of as dry and nutty. A light cola note, and with some sweetness from the malts. Finish is crisp with a mineral and soda water type of bite. Beer opens up a bit as it warms, sweetness and nutty malt flavors become more apparent. But this still has a strange finish.

Mouthfeel is prickly and over carbonated to me.

Drinkability is ok. This is pretty bland. Almost like a dark beer flavored soda water. It's not awful, but I'll pass on this next time.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nut Brown Ale pours a translucent almost transparent brown color, with a nice frothy head. There is a malty, nutty smell; not very strong. There is a nice full taste, a subtle malty flavor, but a nice hazelnut flavor. Not overpowering and rather easy to drink, and could easily go for another. Overall I found this very enjoyable, its not overpowering, it has a great blended taste, and the nut flavors fit very nicely.

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Photo of rorjets
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kmpitz2
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. The beer pours a nice deep brown color with a small coat of head over top that dissipates to islands over top. There is good clarity in this one and very few bubbles seen in the brew. I woulld like a larger head with the aggressive pour I gave it, but otherwise it looks nice. The aroma is solid, with nice caramel and nut coming through behind a fairly solid roasted malt. The roast is a little dominant in this one for a nut brown. The flavor brings more of what I am looking for. There is a decent nuty sweetness with some caramel notes laying below that. What I find interesting is that these flavors really take a long time into the aftertaste to really come through. Initially, this one just comes through as bubbly and neutral. I would like to be hit with more on the start and not have to wait for the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lower end of moderate with a modertae bunch of very fine bubbles attacking my tongue. Not too bad. Overall, this brew is servicable. To me, the flavor really needs to come through stronger initially. It could use a little boost all around I think.

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Photo of denver10
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A medium brown tone with slight head. A very smooth and subtle flavor profile to this one. Sweet and roasty malts are the emphasis with a touch of nuttiness to the flavor. A creamy, medium body. Overall, this is a very simple but smooth brown ale. Easily drinkable, though not bold and not very memorable.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.59/5  rDev -24.3%
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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Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 285 ratings.
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