Nut Brown Ale | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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

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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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks dark brown in a glass. Foamy head.

Smells like dirt.

Very drikable. Obvious nutty, earthy character. Faint traces of some flavor like molasses… or possibly something like maple stripped of sugar.

Feels alright, little astringent.

I wouldn’t want to try and drink too many of these in a row. Pretty basic brown ale I think, but certainly not bad. Quite enjoyable, in small doses, actually.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown ale looks brown. . . 1/2" beige head. Aroma has nuttiness. Appropriate for style.

Taste, some sweetness, breadiness. Tows the line between a few maltier and minimally sweet styles (brown ale, bocks, octoberfests). Smooth and mild.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheStoutLord
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: A shining brown color, very appealing. Thin head that leaves evenly.

S: Nutty and boozy. It almost seems like the boozy smell doesn't match the beer though because of the low ABV.

T: Honestly, I'm not big on brown ales, especially Nut Brown Ales, but this one is pretty good. No boozy taste, though the smell threw me off. Bitter and malty up front but that trails off pretty quick and gives way to just some light malt and nutty flavors.

M: Medium body, doesn't leave much in the mouthfeel department.

O: Not bad. I'll never turn this beer down, but I'll also probably never hunt it out. I would pick a lot of other beer from Santa Fe Brewing but this one is by no means a bad choice.

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Photo of SStein
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasted malts, not much else. Taste is nutty, toasted malts, dark bread, maybe some crackers. Feels medium bodierd in the mouth and overall is a unique and pretty good beer.

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Photo of Amp
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown color, 1/2 inch off white head, slight lacing

S: Bread, toast, chocolate, light hoppiness

T: Really sweet malty bread, moderate chocolate flavor, slight hoppiness on the end to offer a little balance

M: Medium

O: Man, I had pretty low expectations with the average being lower but I was pleasantly surprised. Smell came through pretty well and the flavor was there. A solid offering in my book.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a sunburst finish gradient to mahogany color, it has a slightly nutty aroma and mild bread taste with a little must. It is mildly balanced with a decent mouthfeel. A nice beer overall, but not like Goose Island’s Nut Brown.

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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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Landry's El Paso

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Photo of Kips
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrborchert74
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NewMexJim
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -1.5%
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 -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 bplabernie
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zotzot
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1Bonehed
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 299 ratings