Redhook Nut Brown | Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Nut BrownRedhook Nut Brown
229 Ratings
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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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out to a beautiful brown/red color with a lacey off white creamy head that quickly dissipated. Scent of sweet roasted nuts was most noted. Complex sweet flavor of nuts, with a touch of hops and a slightly sour after taste. A very drinkable brew that I would recommend to those who like oatmeal stouts and other brews of this sort. I really enjoyed this beer, and taking into mind that this was brewed under a semi-mass produced guise, i'm very impressed.

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Photo of KoG
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very mellow brown ale to say the least.

Good dark brown color gives off a hazelnut aura with little head and pretty good lacing.

Smell is not much of anything but some sweet malt. Not bad and there are definately worse out there.

Taste is very mellow. No hop character to speak of but a nice sweet malt fills in.

Not so bad if you want a lighter interpretation of the style, just not very complex at all.

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Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say I just don't like browns...
Nice looking brew, deep brown/red, thick voluminous tan, frothy head with good staying power, smell is roasty, taste is tobaccoey, sticky, sweet that gets you in the back of your throat, I think there is a distant hop presence but it doesn't really matter, hops won't help here, once again I just don't like browns.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
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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Photo of bignick
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reedhook Nut Brown pours a brown color with a medium head. I enjoyed this beer. Its flavor is by no means overpowering, but the nutty and malty taste are quite pleasant. The creaminess of the beer gives it a nice mouthfeel. This is definitely one of Redhook's better offerings.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Dmann
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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 CBFanWish
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from Acme Bar and Pizza. Poured a reddish brown with a moderate head. The aroma was nutty with a slight hint of hops. The taste was nutty. It lacked the hop kiick that I was looking for, but it was malty. Not bad, but not great. Something I would buy if I was limited on choice. I should have gone with the Ubu.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Redhook Nut Brown pint glass. It pours a deep reddish brown color with one finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing left over. The smell is malty and nutty, not too much hops present. The aromas aren't very strong. The taste is more on the malty side, just a little nuttiness coming through. Only a small bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light and watery. The drinkability is pretty good though. Just an average nut brown.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle from a $4.99 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1/2" light brown head on top of a clear brown hued brew. Aroma is malty, with the scent of hops evident as well. Taste shows lack of body, but does illustrate an attempt at a malty flavor, with little bitterness present. This is not as good as the sample I remembered having on tap last spring, but I have to review what I have in front of me. It is easy drinking and smooth, but seems to be lacking in that brown ale heartiness that one might expect.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby chestnut brown tone with a nice sized creamy tan head, leaves behind lacing strung evenly. Aroma: Mellow nut tone rich malty ale some fruit tones peek through not bad at all. Taste: Clean unoffensive some caramel malts touch of nut with amild hop bitterness decent option from Redhook much better than their IPA. Mouthfeel: Medium light body slight creamy texture. Drinkability: Easy drinking could have a few, was glad to try it but nothing will keep reeling me back to this one just a decent beer.

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Photo of maccroz
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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 woemad
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured a reddish dark brown. Very modest off-white head. Slight lacing.

Smell is of brown sugar and mollasses with a little bit of hazelnut.

Taste is mostly swet maltiness. There is a vague hazelnut flavor hovering in the background. At the finish there is a slight, crisp piney note. That's about as hoppy as it gets.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and a little bit more carbonation than most brown ales I've had, but not off-putting.

This is a nice, drinkable brown ale. Is it earthshattering? No. But it goes down easy, and might function as an introductory dark ale for someone who equates dark with bitter.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce Bottle, bottled on date of 010504, FRESH! Pours almond with an off white head, nice malty, yeasty nose. Malty, nutty flavor, hops also, tastes of under roasted chessnuts. Oily, grainy, bready mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied. Decent malty ale, pleasant quaffer.

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Photo of jlh8643
2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
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 mschofield
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange highlighted brown, with a 2 finger small bubbled creamy tan head, laces in partial sudsy webs.
Nutty aroma, mild malt presence, some minor earthy/grassy hops.
Nutty, toasted taste, mildly bitter, tangerine, toast, maybe some crystal malt.
A mellow, medium bodied, smooth feel, a very nice session beer off the cask.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured to a dark brown with almost no head. Carbonation is also very mild. There's definitely nuts of a brown variety evident in the taste. It tastes a little rich, but the flavor is decent. It seemed to improve as it warmed, at least to a point.

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Photo of palma
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown reddish color body with a thin tan color head. Smell is sweet consisting of roasted malt and caramel notes. Aroma is not hoppy at all. Taste is of roasted nuts with a sweet and mellow maltiness. Slightly sour in the end. The nut flavor is a little artificial. Taste is not even in the same ballpark as the other great brown ales out there. Tasted a lot like New Castle - just not as sweet. A mild tasting brew with a smooth mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of Charthepirate
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring this beer I found it's color and offwhite head both very appealing. The lacing clung down the beer very nicely, and the head retained a good portion of the way down.

Stuffy nose, so the smell was a little tough. There were definate caramel, nutty, mild fruityness and roasted to the smell.

First touch on the toungue was bitter, followed by a kind of nutty sweetness. It reminded me of caramel coated roasted nuts. It's generally very mild. The hops come back at the back of the mouth.

Weakest point is the watery mouthfeel. A little bite to it from carbonation or heaviness to the beer would have been fantastic.


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Photo of RoyalT
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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 genaro
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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 beerguy101
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly nutty. A lighter bodied brown ale. Malts are slightly roasted, nutty and somewhat sweet. Hops are mild, slightly bitter, and a touch citrusy. Taste is a little thin. It's a VERY drinkable beer, but not really very interesting. That's not meant to be a rip. It's a nice beer, but it doesn't really have any distinguishing character to it. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of UnionMade
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep warm brown color, with little head.
Aroma is distinctly american brown ale, very mild, sweet and malty, but with a more prominent hoppiness. Slight esteriness, with a bit of caramel and perhaps toasted malts.
Flavor is also malty, slightly roasty, with a bit of hopping throughout and a touch of burnt caramel flavor. Mild esters. Well done, but uncomplex and a little uninteresting.
A pretty nice beer, if a little dull. A good party beer, something to drink when you want flavor, but are more concerned with being social rather than paying attention to your beer.

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Photo of TripelJ
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Redhook Nut Brown from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 229 ratings
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