Redhook Nut Brown | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Nut BrownRedhook Nut Brown

Brewed by:
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 DrJay
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear brown with an orange/reddish hue and a thin skim of a cap -- mostly just a collar around the glass. Sweet aroma, nutty and brown sugar, bread and biscuit. The flavour was thin, bitterness was higher and more aggressive than the malt could balance. Notes of grass and mint. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit coarse. Not something I'll go in search of, but not all bad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, maple and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of nuts and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of maple, caramel and honey. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several other beers in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden brown color with a khaki colored airy head that quickly disipates into a light ring.

The aroma is of a sweet bready malt, with hints of raisin. Noticable toffee notes and a hint of chocolate. A little sweet for my liking.

Taste is similar. Big bready flavor, honey and toffee notes provide sweet flavors. The raisin presence is still there and is a bit odd for a brown ale. Some tea and lemony notes are present which is typical for the style. A light grassy and apricot hop flavor.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, sits nicely on the palate. Mainly sweet on the palate but does finish quite dry with a light grassy bitterness.

Pretty standard english brown. A bit on the sweet side would prefer some more earthy characteristics.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with no head or lace. The aroma is caramel with hints of nuts and wood. The flavor is caramel and nutty with root beer barrel candy flavor in the finish. There's also a mild hop bite at the front that fades as it warms. It's mouthfeel is light and a bit watery. Redhook Nut Brown is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is a clead red-amber with almost no head. Smells like a red ale: dry leaves, toffee, hint of roasted nut. Taste is light, nutty, floral, very easy to drink, with an earthy graininess.

Decent brown at a decent price. wouldn't mind tipping a few back in the olleee man cave, amirite guys??? *elbow poke*elbow poke*

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

12oz bottle. Pours a nutty medium brown color with no head. Zero lacing. Aromas of earth, brown sugar, malts, and chocolate. Taste is a sweet caramel malt flavor up front with some earth and hints of chocolate. Liight, thin mouthfeel. Caramel malt aftertaste. Not much elsee to say about this one. Overall, nothing special and no need to have it again.

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Photo of shand
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours out a red-brown color with a small head. The aroma is weak, and primarily chocolatey and malty with a touch of nuttiness. A bit thin smelling. The taste is that of a solid brown ale - a solid malty backbone, a bit of chocolate, a slight amount of coffee, and a bit of nuttiness on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is relatively smooth with a low level of carbonation. The drinkability is quite good. Overall, it's an alright and fairly enjoyable beer, but there's nothing here to hook into you.

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Photo of budgood1
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a deep ruby/garnet/mahoghany colour with a thin beige head and little lace. smoky chocolate aroma, a bit nutty with nougat and a touch of red ripe fruit. the taste profile is about the same as what i experienced in the nose but with a decent dose of bittering hops. the usual suspects of the nougat/caramel/choco variety all have a say on the tongue. the spicy bittering hops seem a touch out of place, but i'm not complaining. there is a touch of alcohol, too. finished dry. medium bodied at best, with a crisp texture and structered nuance. drinkability is ok...a pedestrian nut brown.

overall just another twist on a style that isn't well respected. i love a well constructed brown ale, as they can be delicious. this isn't one of them.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber bordering on garnet reddish brown in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation at the sides of the glass near the surface. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering about 40% of the surface of the beer in a single patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: The overall aroma of this beer is quite light but the only discernable smell that comes through is quite nutty.

T: There are notes of toasted malts as well as a malty nuttiness that also has a very light bitterness associated with it. This nicely balances out the normal malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Nothing overly special to note about the flavor or aroma of this beer though the nuttiness is pleasantly pronounced.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a Carmel brown with a large (2-3 finger) light tan rocky head that quickly receded to a thin spotty film and a very small collar with some very light spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, a very mild resin hop and a doughy yeast with notes of caramel, a light cocoa and a mild nuttiness.

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a mild hint of a caramel sweetness at first and then had a light bitter presence with a hint of cocoa and a mild nutty feel towards the end. The flavor was around for a little while and was of a mildly bitter caramel taste.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty basic beer, which was actually quite drinkable but nothing special...

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

This beer poured a caramel colored body with a small head and a small umbrella of lacing. Smell was on the weak side other then some roasted nuts, caramel, and a slight hop aroma. Taste followed closely behind but the finish is somewhat unpleasing. My guess is it was overpowered by the spices. Still, not a bad tasting brew. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and an overall decent beer.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Good lacing.

S: Nutty and caramel malt. Mild.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Caramel malt and nuttiness like the nose.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth.

O: Looks and feels good but lacks taste and smell.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a medium white head, light lace, good retention.

S: Real nice nutty malty smell, reminds me of Nautical Nut Brown which is always a good thing.

T: Walnuts, brown malt, upfront tasty malt flavours, no real complexity.

M: Light-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, easy drinking, clean.

O: Well made, nice flavour, just wish there was something more to it. A good introduction to the style.

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

Produced a 1 finger tan head. The beer color is medium amber. The aroma was of biscuit, nut, and malts.
The taste was similar, but with a little more of a roasted malt taste. It had a medium mouth-feel, and medium carbonation.
It's easy drinking, and decent tasting, but...I expected better from Redhook. It could have a deeper flavor, and thicker mouth-feel.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz stubby bottled on 1/11/2012

Pours a rusty brown color with off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving trace lacing on the glass. Aromas are artificial chocolate and caramel. Tastes are more of the artificial chocolate flavorings, somewhat medicinal, with some caramel & brown sugar, and faint nuttiness in the mix, finishing with some herbal hops. Thin body, decent carbonation. Overall, nothing special going on here. Kind of bland, and I can't get over the artificial flavors I'm getting.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives this a big light brown head rests above a clear red amber colored beer.

A light earthy nutty blended with a lightly roasted sweet caramel malt aroma.

The taste is a earthy nut blended with a roasted sweet caramel malt .

A medium bodied ale with a light nut roasted malt dryish aftertaste.

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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 zhanson88
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear ruby-hazelnut color. A fine film of off white head forms that sticks around pretty well. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells of some caramel malt and nuttiness. The nuttiness is pretty nice. Not much in the way of hop character or anything else.

Taste: See smell. Caramel malt and nuttiness are the most prevalent aspects of the taste. I don't get much else.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad. Overall, an okay brown that is pretty drinkable, but I'd choose another option given the chance.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark copper color with a light cream colored head that dissipates soon. Little, if any lacing is found. The beer smells of faint toffee, caramel, and malts. The beer tastes malty up front, then the caramel and toffee sweetness takes over. A very subtle dry hop finish can be detected. The mouthfeel is light bodied, much lighter than I'd expect.

Overall, as a whole, this is a decent nut brown ale. It feels a little too light bodied, but it has a good taste profile and is very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a thin, dense ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of nutty malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather nutty and also has some notes of toasted malt flavors. An ever so slight hint of bitterness is detectable, which masks any malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, although there’s nothing overly special in the taste except for it being quite nutty.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light brown, some ability to see through. Very little foam. Nutty chocolately smell. Nutty taste - hazelnut in particular. Some vanilla , some toffee. Pretty good blend.

Very light carbonation. Easy drinker, nice taste. Nicely done.

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Photo of Hopswagger
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

P: Placid transluscent realitively clear dark brown body with no head whatsoever.

S: Apples, ananas, cinnamon, grassy hops, hints of wood, roasty malts and gingerbread.

T/M: Medium bodied witha stickiness that lays way for the earthy hay, wood, and honey. Not as sweet as the nose and has a overwhelming alchohol presensce. The finish is dry with cinnamon and wood lingering on the palate. Once warmed this beer delivers a huge astringent alcohol taste the trumps all and is off balance especially for the ABV.

O: Smell is better than the taste, but it is a decent beer. Warming it is is sufficient however the alcohol bite not well hidden and is too much for me.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- clear coppery brown with orange highlights, creamy beige foam that is pretty stable and leaves behind some decent bubbly lace. Lighter in color than prime examples.

S- metallic water, fruity tartness, Some sweet malt and an underlying nuttiness. Maybe some earthy lemony hops. Nothing major.

T- weak flavor. Beery tasting without complexity. Toasted and caramel malts with a bit of grain husk nutty flavor, but with an overall bland and watered down taste. Like a bran flake cereal. Finishes with lingering generic malt flavor. Not too sweet.

MF- body is on the light side. Way light. Tight bubbles are the high point of this beer's feel.

D- more akin to a euro dark lager, considering the body and relative straight laced grain only flavor profile. Not offensive however, and pretty drinkable. Head to head with Sammy or hobgoblin or any English brown, and most American offerings, this one would be a figgity fizzail. (or fizz-ale)

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Photo of blakelive784
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

Note: My bottle lists the ABV at 5.8%

A - Pours a brown/amber color. I only can coax half a finger of light tan head even after an aggressive pour. Retention is awful.

S - Sweet caramel, toasted malts, toffee, and some subtle fruit notes. Smells entirely too sweet and unbalanced. Moderate strength.

T - I think the brewers expended all their energy on the nose instead of the taste. It's watery. There are hints of toasted malts and not a whole lot else. Weak, uninviting, and really just not very good.

M - Slick, medium bodied and smooth. It's ok.

D - It's got some (read: hints) of potential, though as is, it's not good at all. I'll pass in the future. I have to ask: Where do the "nuts" come in? It's not nutty at all.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown with some reddish hues a nice 1/2 inch tan head and good retention

Smell: A bit malty backed up by some a touch of nuttyness and coffee

Taste: Some malt and a mild nutty flavor pretty lack luster

Mouthfeel: Almost medium body with mild carbonation and leaves a nice coating in your mouth

Overall: Not a bad brown ale although I thought it was a bit lacking in flavor

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