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 flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a good clarity. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam. Quite nice!

Smell: light, dry malt aroma which is somewhat bready and nicely nutty. Plain but pretty nice.

Taste: good malty flavor; there's a caramel character, a hint of chocolate, a nice breadiness and a nice nuttiness. A subtle yet complex brown ale -- I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and an enjoyable creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is a quite tasty and pleasing brown ale. Understated, yet interestingly complex; it's stylistically spot-on and pretty tasty, too!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clean amber-brown complexion, with stylish, detailed lace.

Nose is robust, with a definite tone of nuts, molasses, and some toffee.

The taste is sweet but not overpowering. I consider this an enjoyable and representative brown ale. Well-done!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool old style bottle. i liked this one. pours a lighter shade for a brown ale, can tell its an english style right away. decent off white head. good aroma of medium roasted malts. flavor is well blanced, lighter than a lot of browns, but a nice palate. a little bittersweet in the finish, like mild hops meets semisweet chocolate chips. its pleasant and subtle. mouthfeel is a bit light for a brown in my book, but it works just fine here. nice carbonation and a good finish. an underrated beer on here in my opinion. very sessionable

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass

A: opaque, light brown with a 1.5 inch head that lingers. Big bubbles. Heavy lacing.

S: A malty, nutty combo with charred wood.

T: Follows nose with sweet caramel and bourbon. A nice, charred wood finish that lingers.

M: Light-medium with light carbonation.

O: Smooth, full bodied. A decent brown ale. A bit on the light side, but I'd drink again. Love the "antique bottle" look.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful finger of off-white head. Deep copper color, tending towards transparent.

Malty, hay smell.

A little nutty taste, but it's overpowered by bigger malt, kind of ripe red fruit taste, then touch of bitterness. It's a bit disjointed profile.

Crisp and medium body, moderate carbonation.

It doesn't really hit the "brown ale" category. Fairly average ale.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear brown with small fizzy head. Not very impressive looking so far.

Smell - some faint malt, caramel and brown ale qualities

Taste - Decent beer flavors. Somewhat very lacking/light for a nut brown. Very forgetable.

Mouthfeel - watery.

Overall - A sessionable beer, but very lackluster for the style.

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

Pouts a transparent hazelnut color with a one finger off white head composed of fairly large bubbles. Head retention is less than average, slight lacing is left in my glass. Aroma is roasty, sweet and earthy. Mouthfeel is a little on the light side for the style. Taste is of caramel malt, roasted malt, nuttiness, earthy hops. Carbonation is average. I think this beer is enjoyable, but it doesn't stack up against the leading brown ales. However, if you just want an enjoyable amber/brown beer red hook's nut brown would be a great choice.

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Photo of toastermm
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer- just found it at the local beer store in a six pack.

Well it looks like a nut brown, great head and lots of lacing.

The smell reminds me of nuts ans hops. They don't blend very well because I can pick up both scents separately. But it smells decent enough.

It tastes a bit thin- that might be because I'm used to thicker nut browns. I'm glad I picked up a six pack, because it is great beer.

Mouthfeel. This is where the beer excels. This beer delicately caresses your taste buds all the way down. If opening a beer wasn't counted as consent- this could be taken as a form of abuse because it is that good. In the middle of writing this review, I look down and find this bottle at my lips. I don't think a jury will buy that story though.

Definitely worth buying. Twice.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice garnet hued amber with a nice fluffy off white head that leaves ample lacing.

Grainy nutty earthy, not at all offensive. Right in the wheel house for the style.

Creamy nutty bready goodness, enuf said.

Medium bodied solid beer here, the pleasantness over rides any ill will this company has gained justly or otherwise. Solid effort on a huge scale, keep it up.

Can not argue with the price, these folks are converting large numbers and are due some respect.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Dark ruby coloration. Produced a medium head of froth. Mild retention and some spotted lacing.

S - Weak but nice aroma of toasted grains, brown sugar, and caramel malts.

T - Balanced and very mellow, but the sweet malts dominate here. Has a bit of a roasted nut quality and a slight hop backing.

M - Smooth light body, mild carbonation level. Finish is a bit earthy.

D - Pretty good take on the style, and an easy drinker. I haven't seen this one around lately though, I hope they don't stop making it.

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

The pour was simply great. Rich dark brown in color with some nice bits of light shining through on the bottom of the glass. A smallish head rises up from the bottom of the glass and gradually settles down into a thin, but nicely placed pad of foam. Aroma is caramel malts, hints of roasted nuts and a nice shot of piney hops. Well put together and definitly more robust then I thought it would be. As I take the first sip a light to medium body washes over me and thoroughly impresses with its depth. Caramel, bready tones, hints of light hops all seem to come together nearly perfectly as it fades in and out of the palate. Really easy to drink and superbly sessionable, I had no issue at all with finishing this one off

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice thick 1" head. Good lacing. It is clear and has a deep brown color.

Smell - Malty with a roasted nut and caramel coffee smell.

Taste - Like the smell malty wit a little bitterness of hops. A light coffee aftertaste. I do not detect the nutty flavor though.

Mouthfeel - Has the smooth toothy feel i was looking for with the other Redhook styles.

Drinkability - Very nice beer i would buy again. Goes down nice without the overbearing citric flavor Redhook has had in previous styles.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Redhook serves this brown ale on nitro in imperial pints at their brewery. As with most Redhook beers, the Nut Brown shows filtered clarity. It is chestnut colored with a buff head of nitro lather. A close inspection shows virtually no carbonation.

Nitro can often mask the aroma of a beer, and by extension, it's taste. That might appear to be the case here, as this ale has very little flavor to speak of, and this leaves some unfulfilled expectations for the style. All that can really be tasted is a dry, all-purpose flour and water mix with a sawdusted finish. It might be said that the minimal flavor at least achieves a certain benign cleanliness. But there's nothing sweet or nutty here and the malts lend no enticement or pizzazz.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pretty still clear reddish chestnut color with a small off white head that fell pretty quickly. There are only a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: The first impression that I got was of sweet caramel malt and subtle toasty undertones. As the beer warms, the beer gets more malty, and there is a subtle British hops coming out as a complimentary aromatic.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the sweetness. You get a sweet dark caramel that runs the show in the beginning of the sip and never really gives up control. Somewhere in the middle of the flavor profile you get a faint taste of what I believe are EKG hops, and then it fades into a sweet and somewhat cloying finish. There is a little bit of roast here that seems quite out of place, and unfortunately it stays with you long into the finish.

Opinion: This beer is alright. I am a big malt-head, so I like that it is malt balanced...however it is really underattenuated. I think that it could be a good bit more dry and leave out the roast...but that is just my opinion. I'll certainly finish my glass, but this isn't one that I will be seeking out in the future.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a reddish dark brown with a very modest off-white head and little lacing.

Smell - The major notes here are of brown sugar and molasses. There are hazelnut in the background.

Taste - The taste is of the sweet maltiness and brown sugar. The hazelnut is present but it is faint. Some mild pine y hops are present in the finish.

Mouthfeel - rather watery.

Drinkability - Easy to drink and goes down smooth, but it is not anything special.

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

This is certainly not a preferred brown ale of mine but as a fan of the style it is bearable. It is borderline though. I would much rather dozens of other brown ales over this one.

Appearance: This beer pours an attractive burgundy brown color. The head fades immediately. There is a tiny bit of lacing if you swirl for it.

Smell: Toasty malts, burnt caramel and dates.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Unfortunately not quite as rich in the mouth as in the nose. Simple cola-like flavors one two three malt sugar hop. Like a flavored Coca-Cola product has the artificial flavors in a line. Tasty but hardly harmonious. That is a round about way of saying The taste is bearable but uninspired. Through the fizzy carbonated body there is a hint of cherry syrup and a cola-like finish. The after taste barley has a lingering hint of nuts.

Drinkability: I suggest that you try Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown instead. This is okay though, and easily available.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought it was pretty decent beer, just weak in comparison to what I expect a good Brown Ale to be. Malty for sure with a light caramelly, toffee malt base and a mild nutty, chocolatey undertone. Balanced with bittering hops, but no real flavor or aroma from hops. Medium body, but thins toward the end. Finishes pretty clean and crisp for a malty beer. Weak looking, similar to a cola without the fizziness. Head retention wanted to stick around, but wasn't really able to. Would have again, but won't go far out of the way for it.

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

Pours an amberish light brown with about half of an inch in rather thick foam head on top. The head is a nice treat actually, not expected. Strong nutty aromas permeate the nostril cavities, along with a touch of caramel toffeeness. It's not a sock-loser, but no disappointment either. Mouthfeel is average, if a bit thin without being too watery. Flavor is dominated by a sweet buttery toffee, and a slight background of nuttiness. Finishing the swig is enough hop character to be noticed, not really expecting more than that for this style. All in all, seems to be a well balanced brew for the style, falls short of the brews from England, but is also cheaper than those brews, so there's a reason to try it, other than a slightly above average session brew here.

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Photo of hylton44
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, soft modest head with regular lacing. Nutty, earthy, toasty malt taste. Not too sweet, but carries very little bitterness. Smooth, but not particularly creamy. OK, but not amazing.

I think I could have stood for a little more carbonation in there.

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Photo of mcallister
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very bright brown like looking through glass. With a faint tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is very lackluster with not much going on. Some slight malt and hazlenut.

A creamy mouthfeel with hints of hazlenut, fig, and roasted malt. No noticeable hops. Not overly complex but good and smooth hence a drinkable beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a solid deep brown color with a light head over top that doesn't seem to want to go away. Clarity is excellent, with a healthy carbonation cascading up from from the bottom of the glass, helping maintain that head. Nose is caramel and brown sugar sweet, with a underlying nuttyness and melanoidan toastyness that meld well together. Its a good balance of roast/toast and sweet. Flavor is more dominated by the nutty charcter, but with a light brown sugary sweetness there to balance. It finishes very nutty, with a mild toasty melanoidan character. I like how the flavor really stays on into the finish. Its very clean, with nothing in there to get in the way. As I drink more of it and it warms up, there is an almost orange tinge to it, that I could do without. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. I could stand a touch more carbonation to keep it from feeling too thick and break things up a bit. Its not bad, just what I would do differently. Drinkability on this one is good for me. I'd like that orange character to not be there. Otherwise this is a nice brew.

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Photo of sarahbs
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not the best judge of a nut brown, but i would put this one up there with bell's brewery's nut brown. it has a lot going on and a fantastic kick at the end. I would encorage people to try it. I'm a big fan and i hope to have more chances to tast it.

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Photo of dfried
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gave this beer a try this spring. I didn't buy it with too many expectations, but I was pleasantly suprised. This is not your average nut brown, it has more of a herbal, refreshing taste to it than a nutty carmel flavor. It is great for what it is labeled for, enjoying on a spring day.

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Photo of mac56
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle with a date stamp indicating it was bottled on 1/30/06.

Appearance: ruddy, cola colored, with about a 1/4 inch tan head and a moderate amount of lace.

Smell: tangy, slightly fruity.

Taste: others have described it as chocolate and cherry. I think that sums it up nicely. I caught a slight bitter twang at the end, but overall it was just too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: a little watery.

Drinkability: Again, a little too sweet to be a session beer.

I really wanted to like this. I love a good brown ale (e.g., Hex Nut), and I really love Redhook's ESB. Just didn't do it for me. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of hanco005
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle that was bottled on 01 16 06 poured into a pint glass.

A—pours a dark caramel color, light barely makes it thought the liquid, about ½ inch tan fizzy head that disappears in no time, slight lacing is produced

S—sweet caramel and milk chocolate, some buttery smell, nothing really dominate and not very fragrant

T—sweet caramel, somewhat alkaline, bit of chocolate, some light butter in there too

M—fizzy, light/medium bodied, perhaps too much carbonation for this one

D—an o.k. brown ale, glad I tried it, but doubt I will have it again after I finish this 6 pack.

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Redhook Nut Brown from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.45 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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