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 StevieW
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I didn't have the wet-dog smell mentioned before thank goodness. Pours a nice medium brown color, but more clear than I expected. Nice tan head, settled very fast. Smell was just as advertised on the bottle, coffee, roasted barley, some chocholate. Tasted just the same, all the flavors present. Easy to drink, but I thought it also was a bit thin. I have had only a couple nut browns, and have had better. Even the "Hops" restuarant chain version was a little better. (I know, Shocking !)

Ed.'s note: add a pinch of granulated brown sugar right after the pour, let it settle into the head. Adds a nice big fluffy tan head and balances the watery finish. Happened by accident as I was cleaning my kitchen.

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Photo of Viking
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I've never had a beer that smelled this bad while tasting so good. It had a caramel scent, with very heavy undertones of wet dog. At this point I was sure I'd hate it, even though it looked pretty appetizing (nice dark reddish amber, with a healthy head). Anyhoo, bottoms up. Surprisingly, the brew tasted pretty good. Chocolate and hazelnut flavors combine to form a smooth, tasty beer. Maybe I should actually drink this from the bottle?

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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 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 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 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 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 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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