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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
275
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
19.3%
 
 
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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 275
Photo of tmitch75
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Beer of the Month Club selection for February.

Deep reddish brown color with thin head that leaves more lace than most brown ales.

Sweet, slightly roasty malt smell with a nice nuttiness.

Tastes the same with a light caramel flavor and slight hop finish.

Smooth and medium-bodied.

Solid if unspectacular example of the style. A good sessioner... as an English Brown Ale should be.

Tasted on 2/19/08.

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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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma 12-ounce bottle into a Sunset Grill & Tap pint glass.

A: Poured a dark ruby-brown with a very thin head of carbonation which left some lacing, but mostly dissipated.

S: Smells of very faint tree nuts and some roasted malts.

T: Taste is a bit watery, but is dominated by a blend of roasted nutty malts, a bit of burnt cocoa, some spices, and a slight bitter hop finish. Not really a strong taste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium and astringent, given the English nature of this ale and the ingredients used.

D: Not a bad brown, but I'll take a more complex one over this. The easy drinking nature and manageable ABV would make a good session for some, but there are better browns.

I wasn't too impressed with this brown ale, but it was very easy to drink, not that I particularly enjoyed any of it. It just went down rather quickly. So it has that going for itself.

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Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nutty brown color - very true to british tradition. Slightly darker than tan head - decent lace.

Nose is of nuts, and a hint of chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel on entry is a bit thin, but rolls in nicely. Flavors of nuts, decent maltiness, a hint of hops to balance. A bit spicy at times. Smooth yet flavorful.

A fine representation of a nut brown ale, tasty, easy drinking.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own home. Shipped to me as part of the microbrewed beer of the month club. From bottle to standard pint glass.

Appearance: Nice almost amber, brown.

Smell: Malty and sweet

Taste: As the smell suggestions. Malty and sweet. The aftertaste gets better as the beer warms. If you are really looking for it, you can taste a hint of raisens in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied

Drinkability: This is a pretty tasty beer. If this beer ever makes it to the midwest, could be a session beer for me.

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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 guinnessfan
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from beer club poured into Alewerks pint glass.

A: Reddish brown color, yeilding minimal head. Slight lacing, but no retention.

S: Some malted sweetness, not much. Weak.

T: Much better than smell. Sweet, nutty flavor. Very mild hop ending. Tastes English in style.

M: Thin body, but decent carbonation.

D: Good flavor, low ABV, easy to session.

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Photo of JDV
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Subtle fresh malty smell from a rich dark brown pour with average lasting head. Taste is a nice rich brown taste with very subtle bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and I can actually taste a nice walnut like nuttiness. I really like this beer. Its not too watery or rich, not artificial tasting, and is all around enjoyable and easy drinking. Leaves a subtle pleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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 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 Gusler
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer departs the 12-ounce bottle an opaque brown, the head a decent two fingers, tan in color, creamy in texture, as it fades away, the lacing provides a concealing sheet. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, caramel and a hint of Black Walnuts, clean and fresh. Front has a pleasing malt profile, with a touch of hop bitterness at the back, top feels moderate to the palate. Finish has a defined acidity, the hops gentle in their spiciness, very dry, and a drinkable brew, would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle no date coding noted.

Dark mahogany with a thin but lasting brown head. lace coats the glass in a sticky sheet.

aroma is roasty, nutty, malty sweet.

flavor is much more of the same, with a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly sticky finish, not too much to detract from the brew.

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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 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 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 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 dgallina
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle without dating or percentage of alcohol by volume.

Pours clear dark-brown with no head and very light lace. The aroma is light, with earth-toned caramel and a hint of metallic sourness. More flavorful than suggested by the smell. Husky grains blend into medium-toasted bread. Finished with burnt toast and hard water notes. Medium to light body is a bit strongly carbonated. Pleasing and drinkable, though not especially outstanding.

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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 russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, almost porter like in appearance when held away from the light. 1" beige head that retains at 1/4" for awhile. No lace.

S - Chocolate malt. Brown sugar. Yeasty.

T - Chocolate. Cocoa. Bready. Again - yeasty. Very earthy with a nuttiness that expands in the finish. No detectable hops in bitterness, flavor, or aroma. Fairly sweet finish.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied. Low carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. I like the full body and the chocolatey flavor on this one. A little sweet.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown ales are a tough nut to crack for a lot of brewers, and this is pretty tasty. I don't know if I'd pick it up on a regular basis to drink, but for a random whimsy it's not half bad. Not my favorite style but for a brown I've got to say one of the better one's I've had thus far in my drinking career. It's good enough to drown out the mindless fluff of One Tree Hill, or Dawson' whatever...that's playing in the other room.

Looks just like what everyone else says...but really when did you last have a brown ale that you took a drink of and thought...hmmm..tasty.

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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 tonistruth
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours dark brown, with lighter brown hues at bottom of glass, sports a 1/2" tan foamy head, just a bit of retent, some lacing, settles to a foam ring for a couple mintues.

S- light on the noise (see- not much scent), chocolate, nutty, sweet

T- warning: do not drink this brew til warmer!! feels rather dull flat and tasteless til then. When it is drinkable flavors are there but not strong. Unsweetened chocolate, nutty almond flavors, and some roasted malts.

M- thin and smooth, carbonation tickles

D- this brew just isn't doing it for me, seems to me, there are just not too many good brown ales out there. I'll pass over this one, unless i could try it fresh from the brewery, until then i'll be just fine.

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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 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
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