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Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The
Virginia, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
St. George Nut Brown Ale is a classic English-style Brown Ale with flavors reminiscent of biscuit and caramel that is well balanced by a mild hop character. This beer was traditionally served in taverns as their house beer. Our Nut Brown Ale is light brown in color with a thick creamy head.

Added by asabreed on 01-14-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
98
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
19.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 98
Photo of johnnyd10vt
1.68/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Odd beer. Doesn't really qualify as a nut brown in my book. Lighter than even an amber in color. SUPER sweet, but with very little complexity. Tastes like a sweet lager.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color...but not that dark. By brown ale standards, this is fairly light (though it's on par with Newcastle Brown). The head is off-white in shade and a finger high. It has a soft texture, but underwhelming retention. On the other hand, a nice ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Certainly, it's nutty. I get a strong walnut component throughout. Problem is, that's all there really is to it. I don't pick up much in the way of nuanced milk chocolate, caramel, or brown sugar. All told, it's a bit underwhelming aromatically. (2.75)

Taste: Again, blandness pervades throughout. A touch of nut flavor opens it up, while the finish is generically tangy. This is literally all I get. Okay, I lied: it's also a touch vegetal at times. Brown ales get a lot of crap for being bland - well, this beer is a microcosm of why the style is disliked by beer geeks. Just bland, bland, bland, and bland. (2.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly light and crisp for a brown ale. It also has powerful carbonation (maybe slightly too powerful?) and good attenuation. So it should be drinkable, right? The problem is, the flavor is so bland I don't feel the desire to drink it vigorously. Ah well. (3)

Overall: This is a very dull and boring brown ale. I've liked the other two beers I've had from St. George so far, unfortunately this is a misfire. At least it's decently drinkable - otherwise, I would have grilled this beer to hell and back. Still, I won't ever search this out again. (2.5)

2.59/5: First miss from St. George

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a white wine glass (that's all that was available) at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg.

A: 3.5
S: 2.5
T: 3.0
M: 2.0
D: 2.5

Super clear amber color. Little head. Weak grainy nose. Weak grainy taste with just a touch of nuttiness. Light and underbodied. Good moderate carbonation. Drinks like water.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up the Dragon pack, as I have tried Golden Ale on tap before, I've never really had a chance to sit down and enjoy their flavors, I poured this 12 oz bottle into a 14oz pilsner glass.

A - Looked like a watered down amber ale, reddish at the top, which faded down to light brown.

S - Very weak smell, although it had a slightly toasted aroma.

T - Roasted and kinda malty, initially quite good, yet it vanishes almost as quickly as it is swallowed.

M - Burned the back of my tongue slightly, then disappeared clean, not much to it.

D - Not too sure about this one, had the taste been a bit stronger and didn't finish so clean, this would have been quite good. I won't be seeking another anytime soon.

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Photo of slusk
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: pours a light copper with a decent white head that fades fairly quickly. good lacing

S: Not much aroma, some caramel. A bit of bread crust. Some woody hops.

T: A bit of weak caramel, nothing strong. Graham cracker and orange peel. Low bitterness and faint woody hop flavor. Starts a little sweet but finishes dry with a tiny bit of bread crust. Nutty flavor shows up after it warms a bit. Has a flavor of chewing on fresh English malt kernels.

M: Low carbonation, a fair amount of astringency. A bit puckering and thin bodied.

O: Not my favorite example of an English brown. A little too thin, more like an American amber without the hops. In fact if you dry hopped some cascade, this might make a decent amber. Needs a bit more malt flavor, more caramel and a bit more body would make this beer better. Otherwise it's solid, just not a standout for me.

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Photo of engagechad
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in a Dragon Pack from World Market in Charlottesville, VA - tulip - no freshness

Pours a really watery amber color with little head which is soapy and diminishing fast. Smells okay, kinda nutty and roasty. Tastes okay, malty and sweet. Feels kind of thing but not bad.

Over all this beer is forgettable and not at all brown.

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Photo of ohoove
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

murky copper in color with a tiny , fizzy, tan head that seperated into a ring. very light in appearance. thin body although it seemed a little oily.
ever so slight nut aroma, lightly roasted malts,and a grainy cereal presence in the nose and on the palate.
this wakes a bit as it warmed but overall pretty average if not weak.
could definitely pound these as is pretty light and not insulting to the mouth but in the end, it's forgettable , but not regrettable .

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, caramel coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, off white head with a decent lacing left on the glass. Aromas of subtle sweet caramel and toffee, nutty highlights, and not much else. Fairly lackluster nose. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, sugary and slightly roasted, with notes of caramel and nut. Light bodied, almost watery, with the sugary sweet notes going into the aftertaste. The finish has the same sweet linger, now cloying, on an otherwise effervesced, light ending. Meh.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle from my Dr. friend. Thanks Chris!
The nut brown pours a light amber color (?) in a pint glass with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick pool, thick ring, and nice lacing. Nose of walnuts, subtle brown sugars, and little else. Flavors follow the nose with nutty flavors featuring walnuts and a touch of sweet brown sugar that fades in the back to a subtly sweet aftertaste that ends subtly bitter from the malt and a touch of hops. Good carbonation but the finish is somewhat watery. Good for a session, but NOT a nut brown and not on my list to try again.

Cheers

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Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a 1/2" head that falls apart immediately. Some spots of lace develop on the glass during the session.

Smell: light caramel and hints of nuts are all the nose can detect.

Taste: caramel, ripe red fruit sweetness, and very soft nuttiness are the main flavors. Some milder bread-like qualities and hints of bitterness rounds it out. Compared to the American Brown Ale, this is weak all around.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Brief caramel and nutty aftertaste. A little lighter than a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so at best. This is not worth trying, get the American Brown instead.

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Photo of ebby82
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown into a pint glass.

A- Slight presence of malt, slight presence of hops, but not a whole lot of aroma either way.

T- mild hops, barely discernible malts.

M- Very light on the palate, medium carbonation and not much viscosity.

O- I prefer the regular brown ale, although in terms of drinkability, this beer is so light that it could be drank during any season. No one of St. George's standouts, but certainly not a disappointment.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours the color of almonds (skin on) with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a slight edge layer.

Aroma leaves alcohol lingering. A bit of roasted malts with a cascade hop smell that leaves a bitterness about it. A bit of roasted peanuts aroma and oak also come through on the nose (maybe the alcohol phenol smell actually).

Light flavored really. A bit of toasted malts hit my tongue right away along with some bittering, floral hops, and the carbonation really tingles my tongue a bit too much to get more flavor. However, the finish reveals a nice oak and roasted peanut flavor that reminds me of being at a baseball game.

Body is relatively light with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Tingly and a bit watery though.

Fairly drinkable brew. Easy to drink, but just not sure how much you'd truly want to drink if you can have something else in the same style. It's NOOO Troeg's Nut Brown, that's for sure.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear light brown with a creamy beige head that disappears quickly, leaving minimal lace.

Aroma is a subtle mix of light caramel, toasted bread, with some earthy hop character and a hint of ferrous metal.

Flavor likewise, solid caramel and bready malt with grassy, earthy (read dirty) hops in the metallic tainted finish.

Body barely above light, simply not enough presence. Easy enough to down nontheless.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Slightly opaque golden brown beer with almost no head, no visible carbonation. Smell is a pleasant heavy bready smell with some tea in the background.

Taste is somewhat watery and bland, sweetish tea with yeasty bread. Aftertaste is a medium bitterness which is not bad.

Mouthfeel is flat and boring. Drinkable, but not an exciting beer.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy bronze color, almost brown, but really murky bronze....thin tan colored head with minimal lace.
S- Sweet, roasted, nutty malts...
T- Roasted(or toasted) nutty malt...light hops....a kinda bitter chocolate after taste that lasts kind of long.
M/D- Carbonation is about average for this style, but the body was lighter than I expected and almost watery....not really what I look for in a brown ale. It was good to try the St. George mix pack, I now know what is worth picking up again.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber, little splashes of creamy white head. Scent mild with very light touches of roasted nuts', caramel and earthy hops. Taste and mouthfeel are light, thin and somewhat water - light caramel, nuts and earthy hops, some damp grain comes through in the end. More then moderate amounts of carbonation. Light and clean, not what is really desired from style.

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Photo of JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compared to the other St. George's I've tired, I was a little disappointed in this one. As a normal ale, it was quite good; but it wasn't what I would really consider a brown ale, let alone a nut brown.

The color was a nice copper, but again, it wasn't a nice deep brown. The head went away very fast, but it was a bottled beer. It does have a very nice aroma, even though it didn't have the rich nutty smell I was hoping for.

It does go down smooth and has a nice rich flavor, but there was really very little 'nuttiness' to it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Based on notes from my late march trip to DC/Northern VA

Pours amber with 1/4" white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A little sweet malt

T: Sweet malt & herbal hops bitterness up front. Finishes sweet & a little nutty

MF: Light bodied & medium cabonation

Drank okay, but one of the least satisfying beers in the variety sixer

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a relatively clear deep amber approaching brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass, light to moderate amounts of light yeast particles in suspension (medium to larger sized particles), and faint copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to large patch of thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel + toffee malts, toasted malts, and orange peel. Light hints of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted, biscuit, and caramel malts with a light amount of caramel + toffee sweetness. There is a light flavor of nuttiness and just a hint of earthy hops towards the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades away almsot instantly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This one definitely seems to be over-carbonated which makes it a little less enjoyable than I was expecting - I like an English Brown Ale. Nothing special or spectacular here, the flavors are pretty good though a hint too sweet for me. Probably would not grab this one again.

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Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Williamsburg Inn, poured into a standard shaker pint, the beer is dark gold bordering on tan & is very clear. It has a beige head with just traces of lace.

It has a fresh but slight aroma of milled grains and a bit of raisin.

Taste is also on the lighter side with very lightly roasted grains, a hint of toffee and a smidgen of dark fruit.

The mouth is also light and registers a solid 3.

It was easy to drink and my only other options were various macros and their light counterpoints, so it was an easy call to have a few.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste has some flavors of nutty malts with notes of butter and hints of caramel and fruity yeast. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as malty compared to most of the other nut brown ales that I've had—in some ways it's more like a hybrid between an English Pale Ale and an English Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Braudog
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rated this from under the Nut Brown label, an alias. It poured a clear medium brown with a very thin head. It produced a light toffee aroma. Flavor-wise: toasty, yet sweet, flavor ... hint of caramel, but not very much. Nice plaseant light brown ale from my favorite local brewer. (#2637 - 1/6/07)

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a watered down, very clear brown. It looks a lot like the color of iced tea. There is a one-finger head that dies too fast and leaves no lace.

The aroma has some nutty malt and a hint of earthy hops.

A little light on the mouthfeel. It's on the light side of medium. A bit watered down but there is some good nutty flavor, mildly sweet toffy and a good earthy hop balance. A beer I wouldn't turn down but also wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear brown with orange highlights - more coppery (tarnished copper) when held up to the light with some very tiny bubbles moving up through the beer. The head after a vigorous pour was an off-white in color, about 1/4" thick, but this died down to just about nothing - a thin ring around the edge. Some persistent lacing when cold, but as it warmed up that all disappeared as well.

Smell: When first poured, a bit metallic, but as it warmed up, it took on more of a cooked veggie smell with something with a very light metallic smell again. Not very appealing sadly.

Taste: Toasted malt right up front moving into a hint of caramel sweetness before a sharp English bitter flavor finishes up. Although sometimes the bitter finish takes on some pine flavors in some swallows, but not all of them. Also, some honey-like flavors show up along with more-pronounced malts with a deeper drink and swallow rather than a sip. Simple in flavor with a bit more of a balance to the bitter side. Got better by the end of the glass when it was quite warm, which tells me this is one of those 60+ F beers where the flavor really comes out.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue - more than a typical English ale. Beer is otherwise just thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: This one grew on me by the end of the glass, which also tells me that it needs to be pretty warm for me to like it, which may the sign that it's well within the English style. But - the smell still isn't that great and I've had better nut brown ales. I had this party with a meal (Welsh Rabbit) but also by itself, and I think it was better with the meal. I didn't last too long so it's certainly an okay beer, just not an outstanding one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber/brown color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, nuts and some herbal hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, it's worth trying.

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Nut Brown Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
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