Redhook Nut Brown | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Nut BrownRedhook Nut Brown
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of bucko
2.26/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a nice transparent reddish-brown color with a light, off-white two-finger head that drops quickly to a very thin, white head. The aroma is a bit fruity almost like stale nut and malt. Hrrm. (No, it's not expired.) Flavor is a bit creamy and nutty with an aftertaste that lingers and reminds me of a macrobrew attempt at a nut brown. Not terribly pleasing. The mouthfeel is thin, borderline watery. It's drinkable, but I don't know that I'd want to drink much of this. I have three bottles that I need to pass off on friends. Not remarkable.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Dark red-brown color light tan 1" head, appears somewhat sticky. Smell is very light of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Taste is murky with muted malt and minute hops. Body is way too thin. Tastes like a macro brewery trying to make a cheap brown ale.

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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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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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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of jlh8643
2.64/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled on date in Jan of this year. Poured into a pint glass with almost no head and left no lacing behind. The beer has a clear chestnut brown appearance with more than ample carbination. Too much in my opinion for this style. Has a slightly nutty, toffeeish malty aroma up front. The malt disappears fast in the middle and is overtaken by herbal hops. The finish leaves some of the nuttyness behind. I feel that the body is way too thin and the hops and carbination are taking centerstage where the malt should be. It would be something I could drink if I had a limited choice between this and macros but not something I will go out and pay for again.

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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 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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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Okay, I stayed away from this one as long as time permitted because I was reluctant to respond to the numerous (and mostly) positive reviews I heard regarding this particular Red Hook brew. Too sweet for a Nut Brown. Maybe thats just me, but Samuel Smith N.B. more accurately summarizes what I'm looking for in a nut brown ale. Nose is sweet (caramel), taste and mouthfeel are sweet and syrupy. I hate to reduce myself to making such statements, but this is a 'chick beer' at best. I might have enjoyed this a little more if it was the first beer of the evening.

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Photo of Jredner
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is sweet and cola tinged and even that is very low intensity. Dark brown body with reddish tinting holds a wispy pinky sized head. Fruity malt sweetness in the fore. Tastes very much like licking the frosting off a cheap 7’11 pastry. I’m not getting the nutty flavors that are supposed to be here just a sweet malty mildly yam tasting melange. I really want to like Redhook and I always buy their stupid seasonals, but they just always seem to mail it in with their beers.

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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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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 Jason
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinkable, not harsh at all but thin it is. More or less riding on the lightness with a slight toasted malt flavour. There are far better brown ales out there.

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Photo of Stubbie1
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark red / brown color gave off to an OK white head. The head fades fast with very little lace. A malty slightly nutty aroma. There is a slight hint of butterscotch in there. A slightly nutty taste with an all malt finish. I thought the taste was a bit week. Over all a close to average brew.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - weak head that left before I noticed what color it was, however the lacing is respectable despite that. Dark brown body.

Aroma - nose of faintly of dark fruit and a dark malty smell I have never smelled before.

Palate - Lightly of brazil nuts, medium hops, a dark malty taste, a touch of harshness. Hoppy yet not floral in any way. This is not a sweet beer, but there is sweetness hiding somewhere in there.

Mouthfeel - pleasant tiny bubbles.

drinkability - average

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3/5  rDev -13%

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Redhook Nut Brown from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 228 ratings