Nut Brown Ale | The St. George Brewing Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
BA SCORE
3.43/5
99 Ratings
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
stgeorgebrewingco.com

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
Ranking:
#40,432
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
99
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Boone757
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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 oberon
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light to medium brown with a fizzy almost non existent head,aromas of caramel lightly roasted malt and raw nut mainly.This is a dryer brown here wich is nice,flavors start out lightly sweet that of brown sugar and caramel but really dryes out midway thru very earhty and nutty in the finish.A decent brown to be had not my favorite style but this is decent shot at an American style brown,in alot of ways like their American brown hmm what a coincedance

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of smithj4
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Again...why am I awake? Ahem. This beer pours a clear copper-amber topped by a healthy ecru froth. The nose comprises orange peel and fluffy toffee. It's insanely simple, but also pretty good. The taste echoes the smell, with a firm haymaker of hoppy citrus being backed by a rather sweet bit o' toffee and caramel. Frankly, this seems closer to a standard pale ale than a brown, but I guess this is slightly maltier... I dunno. The body is a solid medium, with a heavy-ish moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, not a bad brew, but not as "brown" as I'd like. If that makes any sense.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.02/5  rDev -12%
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 Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
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 lupercmda
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color with a decent light beige head and nice active carbonation. Cocoa powder aroma and flavor dominates. Some light nutty and husky grain character in flavor and smooth enough. Light-medium bodied with a light malt and light cocoa finish.

Nice smooth English Brown Ale ... easy drinking.

Per Label: 5.0% ABV

Tasted: 05/14/07

($9.99 / mixed 6-pack "Dragon Pack")

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Photo of rfgetz
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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 bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is 1/6th of a Dragon Pack served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cold.

A: Brown with hints of coppery red. Small head and thin ring of lace.

S: Pronounced nuttiness in nose, one that conjures up unsalted peanuts.

T: Flavor is a dry nutty malt and is well carbonated (almost too much so). The hops are very subtle, providing little in the way of flavor but allowing the nuttiness to shine through.

M: The nuttiness is a change of pace, as I rarely dig into English-style ales, but this is pleasant.

D: Decent session beer, the nuttiness can be a tad overwhelming at times.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
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 rderedin
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of argock
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Clear with a light amber hue, small head, and no lacing.

S: Great aromas of hazelnuts, cocoa, and sweet caramel.

T: The taste is very malty with lots of sweet caramel and a bit of toasted malt flavor and a touch of hops bitterness in the finish. Not terribly original but good. Unfortunately none of the nutty flavors made it through.

M: Good coating and low to medium carbonation presents a nice feel. Mildly dry and bitter finish and aftertaste.

D: Solid and drinkable but not terribly interesting.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.71/5  rDev -21%
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 avisong
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of snaotheus
3.19/5  rDev -7%
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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Nut Brown Ale from The St. George Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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