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

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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 bditty187
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a translucent reddish-brown, long-lasting (excellent retention) beige head, loads of lace… eye-candy in a glass. Clean, malty nose, sort of weak in aroma. Malty, nutty… clean palate, faint bitterness, and kind of dry with only minor lingering sweetness. Medium-light body, thin, creamy mouthfeel. Above-average but nothing I’d seek out, drinkable. I’d have it again in a pinch.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a dark reddish-brown color. nice head, but it pops away quickly to almost nothing. Seems to be very carbonated. Smells woodsy and a little like chocolate. Taste: not enough umph, but malty and smooth. Weighty, but not thick. keeps the palate clean. Nearly perfect weight and aftertaste, very appealing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful dark brown to an almost dark red in color.Maintained a half inch thick solid white head.I was very surprised at the appearance for being a Redhook beer.Showed a good amount of lacing while still retaining some head.The aroma had a bready,earthy,and very malty smell.Leaves a long bitter after taste.Full-bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.Nothing watery about this one,,Its plenty thick.The overall taste isnt too appealing to me.It has a strange finish that I cannot make out as far as taste.The appearance really impressed me though.The only time I drink anything from Redhook is either at a hockey,baseball,or football game.

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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 BeerAngel
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with orange highlights and is wearing a tan 1-finger hat of head. The aromas of a nutty esters, malty notes, and light butter flow from the head of this beer. The taste is not a repeat of the aroma as this beer is on the watery side. It has a light roasty and earthy grain taste with barely any nutty flavors. After the nice aroma, I was slightly disappointed in this brew. This is a light bodied beer that finishes watery thin. Cheers!

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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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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 Reidrover
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of this at the local grocery..was thirsty after a hard day manual work and though a Nut Brown ale would go down just right and for under $5 this looked appetizing!
Its actually not too bad a beer to look at, a nice amber /brown colour with a little carrbonation strings..a small head but a pretty one..light tan colour which dissapates to leave a goodly sized lace down my mug..nice.
The smell though was a disapointment very feeble..but not offensive..average.
Taste while not hardly exciting..plain malt taste dominates though at the end there is a "nuttiness"..nice bite of bitternes tooo but well masked till after I have swallowed..
Pretty good on the tongue..not too much carbonation..taste lingers on the back portion of the tongue for a good time.
Actually though bland in some departments this is an excellent beer to have 5 or 6 of after 9 hours of physical work!!

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

The standard looking brown ale,nice medium brown color with minimal tan coloed head.Smeled nutty like the name says with malty sweetness coming through.Taste was a little bland compared to alot of others of the style I have had,sweet but I like a more earthy taste in my brown ales.This like alot of brown ales was too watery thin at the bottem of the glass.A more mass produced version of the style,but drinkable I guess.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is amber brown with a light head, sort of lacey. Smell had a light, sweet malty tang. Taste was very clean and smooth with some slight caramal malt flavor and a small sweetness. Light feel of sweetness and tang at the finish, light-medium body, somewhat watery. This is a very mild brown without much going on. It can be sucked down very easily. I drank half before I could really start making out anything. Lightly flavored and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's reddish-brown, throwing off a smallish head that leaves lace all the way down the side of the glass. Little is happening in the smell: a trace of malt sweetness and barely noticeable carmel. The taste is also a bit lacking. Nut(?) Brown Ale? If the nutty flavor is there, it has concealed itself well. A bit of carmel flavor comes through and the hop bitterness helps to liven things just a bit. The mouthfeel is on the light side, but it does go down pretty easily. I'd gladly pay more for Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep burgandy in color. A thin beige head disappears rather quickly. Lace patterns are sporadic at best. Some citrusy cascade-like hops accentuate the chocolate qualities on the nose nicely. There's a slight nuttiness to the flavor, but not as much as I'd prefer. The roasted quallities are dim and the hop profile is not as big as the nose leads you to believe. Body is about medium and the carbonation a little high. Not a bad beverage, but not one I will seek either.

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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 kbub6f
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/29/2002 bottle date, bought locally (grocery store refrigerated shelves), 2-3 weeks in my refrigerator, served cold.

Moderate coarse light cream-colored head collapses fairly quickly. Lacing is kind of runny. The color is dark reddish brown mahogany. Nice.

Initial smell is sweet cardboard and alcohol, a little roastiness, a little chocolate. Slight undertone of yeast. The beer is still a little too cold to be fair, but I like to drink them slow and taste them bloom.

Starts sweet and nutty, but gets tart and thin fast. Nice hop in the finish, but I miss the front... I wish it would have lasted longer. The middle is a little too physically stimulating in the mouth, distracting my tastebuds. This really needs to warm up....

Ok, it's getting there. Close to room temp the malt and cocoa last a little longer. Strange that there seems to be some alcohol in the finish. This is a decent beer, but I think it's too light and thin for a brown. It needs a little more everything.

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Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear cinnamony brown color, decent 1/2 inch light tan head on a hard pour, fairly heterogeneous bubble sizes. Drippy laces. Slight berry aromas, mostly blueberry, along with a vague toasty maltiness. Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. A decent amount of caramel and cocoa (not chocolate) malt flavor with a bit of nutmeg. Really, little sense of hops at all, fine as accompanying the gentle malt sense. Finishes similar in body as it starts. Redhook brews never excite me, but this one is one of their better examples, fine as a pleasant (if unchallenging) Brown Ale (with a bit of wheat pitched in).

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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 Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brown color on the pour, the head modest in size, frothy consistency, lace adequate, both a light beige color. Malt dominates the slightly nutty sweet nose. Sweet start, relatively skimpy top, delicately hopped, sparingly acidic, dry aftertaste, I’ve had both the bottle and draught versions, seem to be about the same to me, drinkable, and would make a good session beer.

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Photo of Jon
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale pours a nice, dark brown color off the tap, but there's no head to speak of. Tastes of sweet maltiness and possesses a nutty character, as well. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, leaving much to be desired. Due to the rather watery mouthfeel, this drinks easily, but it isn't one that I plan on coming back to in the future. Fairly standard fare all the way around.

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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 pbrian
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good in the glass. Smells like, well, beer. Not a terrible malty brew, with hops barely peeking its head now and again.

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