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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0
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Photo of Kips
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrborchert74
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of NewMexJim
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No ABV on the bottle, but the Santa Fe site tells us that it's 5.2%.

Pours a medium brown, slightly opaque body (no sediment as w/ bottle conditioning) with a tan/yellowish head that quickly dissipates but will leave some lacing on the glass. Nicely carbonated - just swirl the beer in the glass to get some more head.

Smell is a clean bit of yeast and a mild note of citrus.

Taste is a mild, nicely astringent but smooth. clean, slightly hoppy, ale bite in mouth that fades away quickly. This beer goes down quickly on a hot day leaving you looking for another.

Overall, a refreshing quaff that goes well by itself or w/ food. A very good beer from Santa Fe in my home state of New Mexico. I also like the art work of the mesa, clouds and blue sky - an attractive package.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a very small head that doesn't leave lacing. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, and subtle piney hops. Taste is a biscuit and toffee body with a hint of hops on the back of the tongue. The sweetness from the toffee lingers and is just a little stronger than the biscuit. Medium-light body with medium carbonation and no alcohol aftertaste. The body could be a bit more full, but it isn't too light.
It's a little light and a pinch too sweet for the style, but it tastes good and is pretty drinkable. When I'm in NM, I'll have 2 or 3 as I watch a game.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jhavs
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
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 bplabernie
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zotzot
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1Bonehed
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Poured into 25oz mug down the side & finishing with center pour. Left a little more than a finger of head, fizzy & light tan color which slowly dissipated leaving light spotty lacing. Light copper/amber/caramel body with slightly orange tint was cloudy but clean. Light easily penetrates through the body but wasn't clear & bubbles rose to the surface quickly.

SMELL: Roasted nutty/malty as well as an earthy hoppy smell. Sweetness resembled slight sugary aroma somewhat like freshly baked bread. Bitterness was a bit of a chocolate thing going with the hops.

TASTE: Interesting flavor profile. The hoppy characteristics were up front with a kind of piney/earthy flavor giving way to a surprisingly sweet roasted nutty malty flavor. Carbonation quickly cleans the palate making for a relatively dry crisp beer with almost no hint of alcohol.

FEEL: Lighter & more carbonated than I had anticipated. Very crisp & refreshingly light, but really didn't expect that from the appearance. Would have liked it to have been a bit heavier.

OVERALL: Descent "hang out" beer that would go well with just passing the time which, if not mistaken, is what this beer "session beer" is supposed to be about. That being said, it's exactly what Santa Fe Brewing Co. designed it to be, so can't complain.

Hope you enjoyed the review...CHEERS

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Photo of Johtro
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jlabs
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Determined_021
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sunsjammer
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bakkerman1
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of casapy
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amvrana
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schwager
4.69/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice and smooth. Easy drinking beer

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Photo of kpowledge
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwbetts
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 kylehay2004
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kermitthefrayer
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 12packpoet
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 285 ratings.
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