Redhook Nut Brown | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Nut BrownRedhook Nut Brown

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ah, Spring…the season that keeps us guessing. Will it rain, or will the sun be out? Do I take advantage of the last days of skiing, or the first days of hiking? Do I put on jeans, or dare break out the shorts? The season comes with enough uncertainty, so Redhook gives you something you can always count on…our Nut Brown Ale. This medium dark beer is layered with rich malty aromas and flavors of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla. Although it may be dark in color, it’s refreshingly smooth and highly sessionable. Nut Brown is the perfect beer for spring.

22 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-07-1998

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a low beige head. Leaves a bit of lace. Nutty malty aroma and a light roasty aroma. Tastes much like it smells; a bit nutty and a bit roasty. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall: a robust enjoyable brown ale.

Per Label: "Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, and Malted Wheat" & "Hersbrucker Hops"

Bottled: 01/09/02 Tasted: 01/18/03

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Photo of sarahbs
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not the best judge of a nut brown, but i would put this one up there with bell's brewery's nut brown. it has a lot going on and a fantastic kick at the end. I would encorage people to try it. I'm a big fan and i hope to have more chances to tast it.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish brown and has a tan head that leaves a bunch of lace. This is a very mild brown ale, a favorite of mine because of it's outstanding drinkability. When it warms it gradually becomes more flavorful, nutty flavors abound. This beer is definitely better at cellar temperatures. It is a great winter session beer for the nights when you want a mellow brown ale.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear dark mahogany, with orange/ruby highlights. One finger head, semi-dense-not much retention and minimal lacing. The nose is a nice blend of english hops, caramel and a nutty aroma. Packed with crystal malt flavor and a mild nut taste in the back, the aftertaste shows both herbal english hop flavor and dry american citrus. Light to medium in body, with a smooth and even carbonation. Clean finish and a good balance of sweet malt to fresh hops makes this a great session ale.

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Photo of dfried
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gave this beer a try this spring. I didn't buy it with too many expectations, but I was pleasantly suprised. This is not your average nut brown, it has more of a herbal, refreshing taste to it than a nutty carmel flavor. It is great for what it is labeled for, enjoying on a spring day.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When microbreweries were in their infancy stage, "Nut Brown Ale" seemed almost synonymous with the word "micro". It seems that the style has all but faded from the shelves of beer stores (packies) and been relegated to whimsically named brewpubs. I had to do a double take when I noticed a sixer of the subject of this review. This Nut Brown is true to the I remember it. Dark teak/red tint and medium to rich malty body. Ample citrusy hops. The Chocolaty and fruity aroma blends well with a trace of floral hop. The rich fluid body is nearly creamy and lightly nutty. Some fruit flavors and mouthfeel are noticed while the alcohol is barely noticeable. Not much of a head...just like I remembered.

Edit: I had to reduce my rating a bit on 4/9/05. This brew is a bit thinner than the last time I rated it. It's also a bit sweeter.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not real big (or real experienced) with brown ales, but I like this one as an easy drinking beverage. I love the toastiness of the malt..Not overly sweet either, and after binging on doppels the past month this hits the spot nicely. Not a powerhouse of flavor but pretty tasty for a brown. Easy drinking with a twinge of hop bite on the back of the tounge...seems very balanced and easy drinking. I really think this is pretty good compared to the handfull of brown ales I've tried.

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Photo of scottum
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice brown amber with a good head. A nice mellow malty brew with a good hoppy taste to it. It's got a great flavor to it. This may be a beer to lure the non BAs away from their wrongful ways with. Another great ale from Redhook! Try it on tap if you can get it.

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Photo of inebrius
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium-brown that poured a two-finger head and held a serious lace. Big time malt nose. Malt start with hints of chocolate and an underlying roasted barley flavor finishes with bitter hops. Well-balanced and toasty. A touch of roasted barley mixed in with the sweet malts give this beer its nutty taste. A fine American Brown. I'm honestly surprised the average review is as low as it is, This is a mighty tasty brown IMO.

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Photo of maccroz
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours smoothly and through my pint glass looks almost as if it were maple syrup. It may be psychological, but it seems to have a wonderful nutty taste almost like a snickers bar. It's not too heavy like some darker ales. It could stand to be a bit more bitter for how dark of an ale it is though.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice garnet hued amber with a nice fluffy off white head that leaves ample lacing.

Grainy nutty earthy, not at all offensive. Right in the wheel house for the style.

Creamy nutty bready goodness, enuf said.

Medium bodied solid beer here, the pleasantness over rides any ill will this company has gained justly or otherwise. Solid effort on a huge scale, keep it up.

Can not argue with the price, these folks are converting large numbers and are due some respect.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber in color with a very full light tan head, which soon collapses to scattered patches of foam.

Aroma: The aroma is wonderful rich, malty, and nutty.

Flavor: The flavor is a blend of light and dark malts with chocolate notes, a hint of nuts, and a brief burst of hops at the finish, complex - but in a quite pleasing way.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, with a hint of carbonation, reasonably full.

Drinkability/notes: Smooth and easy to drink, this is a very nice example of the style.

Nut Brown Ale is one of Redhooks' triumvirate of seasonal brews, along with Winterhook and Blonde Ale (ed. now there is a beer for the Autumn season, Autumn Ale). As such it is generally available only in the late winter and spring. This is a pity, as this fine beer should be available year-round.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a toastey nut scent that boasts of crystal, bisquit, and victory malts. It's dry with a slight malty sweetness. The taste is good. It has a light, yet malty flavor that is smooth on the way down and dry on the finish. It has a light crystal malt sweetness and a nutty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I prefer a maltier beer with less carbonation, but this has good flavor and aroma as well as being quite drinkable.

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Photo of Dmann
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The beer poured a deep brown color with a decent head that left a little lace here and there. The smell was very nutty and good. The flavor was very nice with great nutty taste and a sturdy malt backbone. The hops did not shine through that much but the smootheness of the beer made up for the lack of bitterness. A good offering from Redhook.

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Photo of genaro
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a transluscent brown/copper with a small short lived head. The aroma was a fragrant chocolate. It has a sweet nutty, chocolate taste with traces of caramel. Mouthfeel was smooth with some hop bite and some roasted malt taste.The not too dry finish was satisfying. According to the label some wheat malt was used and maybe that's what gave this beer the edge I liked.
I found this to be a good session beer. Unfortunately, when I went back for more I was told it was no longer being produced. At least I got to have one.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is more of a ruby brown with a very nice head that frothed up proudly and left damn near perfect lacing.

Smell – The toasty malts are complimented by a hint of nuttiness and a promise of hops.

Taste – The malts are very creamy and the nuts quite subtle. The hops are absent, which is my preference for a Brown Ale. Overall this is a nice brew.

Mouthfeel – This one has a terrific mouthfeel to it. The malts are creamy, the body light to medium, and the carbonation non-existent.

Drinkability – This is really (so far) the only Redhook offering that I’ve liked. It is flavorful, easy on the mouth, dead-on for the style, and with the low ABV makes a great session ale.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown twist with an English style looking label (plain). Explanation of the beer and "bottled on" date (as always) on the side.

Appearance: Brown-amber with a light tan lace which sticks a bit to the glass. Very clean and clear.

Smell: Lots of malty and grainy aromas, on the mild side (nicely done).

Taste: Mellow malts that blend pleasantly together. The hops are there to even out the sweetness perfectly. Slight dark malt flavour in the background.

Notes: Very drinkable, an excellent ale for light beer drinkers that want a little more.

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Photo of NickMN
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is a really great beer that is largely underrated. It is a nice take on the style and especially great for the value. I paid $7.49 for a 12 pack. I love buying cool expensive beer but it's nice to find a great tasting, reasonably priced beer. I may be biased as a lover of brown ales but I think this is a very nice beer. My only critique is that it might be a tiny tiny bit too sweet. Other than that, the taste is exactly what I was looking for: nutty, malty, with a tad bit of sweet chocolatey-ness.

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Photo of toastermm
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer- just found it at the local beer store in a six pack.

Well it looks like a nut brown, great head and lots of lacing.

The smell reminds me of nuts ans hops. They don't blend very well because I can pick up both scents separately. But it smells decent enough.

It tastes a bit thin- that might be because I'm used to thicker nut browns. I'm glad I picked up a six pack, because it is great beer.

Mouthfeel. This is where the beer excels. This beer delicately caresses your taste buds all the way down. If opening a beer wasn't counted as consent- this could be taken as a form of abuse because it is that good. In the middle of writing this review, I look down and find this bottle at my lips. I don't think a jury will buy that story though.

Definitely worth buying. Twice.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row Klages, Roasted barley, Chocolate malt, and wheat. Hopped with Northern Brewer and Yakima Hersbrucker. 21.2 IBU, 31.9 SRM, 5.57% ABV. OG=1.05487.
Longneck bottle version.

Pours out to a clear, very dark caramel brown, forming a small dark beige head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is striking with almonds and black walnut extract, some caramel malts, mild diacetyl, and distant earthy hops. Mouthfeel is very soft and creamy with a medium body. Mouthfeel is excellent. Taste begins with some initially spicy herbal flavor hops, melding into an earthy and woody malt body with strong flavors of roasted barley and chocolate malt, followed by a hint of fusels and metals, a mellow earthy bitterness and damp leaves, ending in a rounded, mellow tobacco finish.

A decent brown ale with an excellent mouthfeel. Not being a fan of the style in general, this was one of the better brown ales I've tried.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought it was pretty decent beer, just weak in comparison to what I expect a good Brown Ale to be. Malty for sure with a light caramelly, toffee malt base and a mild nutty, chocolatey undertone. Balanced with bittering hops, but no real flavor or aroma from hops. Medium body, but thins toward the end. Finishes pretty clean and crisp for a malty beer. Weak looking, similar to a cola without the fizziness. Head retention wanted to stick around, but wasn't really able to. Would have again, but won't go far out of the way for it.

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Photo of Morris729
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark burgundy in color with a thin tan colored head that quickly fades into a wispy lace. Nose is sweet chocolate with a touch of spice. Medium-bodied and the taste is sweet roasted chocolaty malts, caramel, nutmeg, and only a hint of nuttiness. Some notes of spicy hops come through towards the end but are fairly subdued. A pretty nice brown ale, though I was hoping for more of a nutty flavor. Still, it’s one of Redhook’s better brews.

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Photo of Murph
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with a light tan foamy head that sticks around pretty well. Smell is caramely with some roasted malt in the background. Roasted malt and some light hops are the first to hit the tongue. The hops are soon subdued by the caramel and background nutty flavor. Smooth across the palate and very drinkable. I really like this brewery. They don't ever make anything that blows my mind but all of their beers are at least great session brews. Consistent quality and very widely available. This or another Redhook brew are often what I fall back on when I am at a bar with poor choices.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a good clarity. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam. Quite nice!

Smell: light, dry malt aroma which is somewhat bready and nicely nutty. Plain but pretty nice.

Taste: good malty flavor; there's a caramel character, a hint of chocolate, a nice breadiness and a nice nuttiness. A subtle yet complex brown ale -- I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and an enjoyable creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is a quite tasty and pleasing brown ale. Understated, yet interestingly complex; it's stylistically spot-on and pretty tasty, too!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany body topped by a very fluffy ivory head. The lacing on this brew is quite impressive. Aroma is a blend of the strong malt base and some sense of the light hopping. The taste is very even and mild with a good sense of balance. Teamed with almost any kind of food this beer will be a great complement. Clean, crisp finish and very good drinkability.

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