Redhook Nut Brown | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 229
Photo of redelephantdane
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- cola colored, no head, and no lace.

s- cola, caramel and some malts

t- more of the same, plus a little cherry and chocolate, sweet and malty

m- its refreshing and rather light for a beer this dark, i enjoyed this more than the taste

d- very easy drink i can drink alot of these, i would not buy this again but i still enjoyed it.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

born on date: 1/5/06

Pours out a deep dark redish amber, clear with a slightly tan head.

Smells. I was expecting a more malt, and there is a nice roasted malt aroma, but i can smell the distinct hop in this- a little creamy and floral. Also has a small smell of melted sweet chocolate.

Taste. Again, expected more malty flavor, but hops kinda jump on out. I get a little soapy taste to it. Small roasted malt to it, but not that much of a presence. After taste does have a bit of maltiness to it, earthy with its hops too.

Mouthfeel. I have to say the body is lacking, a bit on the thinner side. I get both hops and malts in this, but i still find it unbalanced. Decent carbonation.

Overall, i dont know about this one. I'm a fan of their esb, and it tastes they use the same hops. But i just think this one falls short of the style. Not bad though, and i will enjoy my other five, but dont think i will get this one again; perhaps next year.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a fairly good beer. It was a medium brown color with a tiny bit of red. It had a thick coffee-colored head with good lacing. It had a nutty, sweet smell. The taste was a little disappointing. It was mostly just sweet, with a minimal amount of hops. I couldn't discern the coffee/chocolate flavor that the banner claimed was there. Still, an OK beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After several years absence from the Texas market, it's returned, with a new label. Pours out a lovely clear brown color, with a modest head. Sweet, malty nose. Pleasant malt, mostly caramel, but with a nice nuttiness developing about halfway through. Finishes fairly clean with a tad of lingering malt. Moderate to light body, neutral texture.

Never one of my most favorite beers, but it is a good example of the style.

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

Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades quickly leaving a trace of lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight nutty nose. Starts on the sweet side with hops in background and finishes fairly smooth. $1.25 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Cocord, NH.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a toastey nut scent that boasts of crystal, bisquit, and victory malts. It's dry with a slight malty sweetness. The taste is good. It has a light, yet malty flavor that is smooth on the way down and dry on the finish. It has a light crystal malt sweetness and a nutty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I prefer a maltier beer with less carbonation, but this has good flavor and aroma as well as being quite drinkable.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(The bottle and label have changed for this season. It now has a green label and says "spring ale".)

Pours a dark brown color with copper tones and a minimal head.

Smells similar of apple juice leap from the glass. Very different. Quite a sweet smell. Odd that it smells like apple juice. I also notice something else that I cant quite figure out.

The taste is a bit appley as well. Almost like hard cider mixed with a weak tasting porter or something. Malty.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and easy, but is played out nicely by excellent carbonation. The drinkability is good as well. I think this one is groing on me the more I drink of it. Definitly worth a try.

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Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a small head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some toasted malts and some nuttiness along with a good bit of hops. Smells ok. The flavor is a little disappointing as it seems dulled down. Some toasted flavors and a little but of nuttiness, but it's just not very strong. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkaibility is good. Just needs some more flavor.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium-thin beige rocky head. Body is a deep brown, dark enough that you think it might be opaque until you hold it up to the light -- it's actually crystal clear.

Aroma: slightly yeasty, pronounced hop aroma; smells like something grassy, maybe Goldings, but nice and bright. Just a hint of caramel on the end of the sniff.

Taste & mouthfeel: upfront, the carbonation attacks the tongue immediately and with it comes the flavors of the hops I smelled earlier. Again the hop contribution is very bright, but nothing I would call citrusy; definitely pleasant. Not a whole lot of malt flavor, surprisingly; the body is light and towards the end of each sip a crisp breadiness comes accompanied by a lasting hop bitterness.

Overall, not at all what I'd call an "English Brown Ale." In fact, it doesn't even taste much like an American brown ale; the biscuit/nut flavors are very subdued. Perhaps if there were less hops this would be a passable mild, but as it stands, it's mostly just another American pale ale (but not so pale). Sigh.

Drinkability: Body is light and the hoppy crispness makes it pretty quaffable. The only thing is, it's rather boring and I probably wouldn't bother to have more than 1 or 2 unless somebody brought a box of this to a picnic and nothing else.

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

A - 1 1/2" beige head. Clean, bright dark brown. Head retains well at 1/2" and leaves some nice lace.

S - Earthy. Mild chocolate. Nice hops behind the malty aroma.

T - Fresh and malty. Sweet. Roasted cahews.

M - Thin, but not bad for the style.

D - The drinkability is OK. This is a pedestrian brown ale. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of Naes
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out brown in color with a decent tan head. Retention and lacing are acceptable.
The aroma is malty sweet with trace amounts of hops and nuttiness.
The flavor is surprisingly balanced. It starts out a bit toasty with malts then becomes slightly bitter with hops and remains slightly nutty throughout. Overall, the malts do take the front seat though.
The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and has just enough carbonation.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a creamy kakhi head with decent head retention. Pretty good lacing I might add. Taste is sourish. Tastes like a brown ale. Mouthfeel is sorta sticky. Drinkability is quite good. Just as long as you like the taste. I liked their ESB better but this is not impressive to me. I would say I like Turbodog or even Pete's Wicked as far as English Brown ales go. It is more intense than TurboDog by far.

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Photo of Graebner
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent medium-brown with almost no head. The head is silighty uneven and revives a bit when you take a sip, but still never approaches even a single finger.

The smell is like wheat, coca-cola, blueberries, and a little bit of butter and caramel.

Tastes smoky and caramel-like with some sourdough flavor on the end, and an herbal aftertaste a few minutes after the last sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a fair amount of carbonation that mostly hits on the back of the mouth. Feels kind of warm and foamy.

Overalll this is a pretty damned decent beer. A little too cloying for me to drink all night long, but it's good. I'd drink more than a couple.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep mahagony color with slightly off-white puffy head that feel to a thin ring. Left nice lacing on the side of the glass and was easily revived with gentle swirling. Smell is very mild with only a light maltiness present. Taste is pleasant enough with a light roasted maltiness and a mild bitterness in the background. Finish is also very mild with a light maltiness and light dryness to be found. A very middle-of-the -road beer that is not offensive, but not very exciting.

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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 BurnsTau
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark brown, about a finger of head.

Smells of sweet malts, a bit nutty with a hint of hops.

Tastes of sweet malts and english hops. A good balance overall, thought the malts shine through more so. A bit of a nutty flavor, overall pleasant though nothing is really very outstanding about the beer.

However, it's not a bad brew by any means. I actually picked this up on a really spring feeling day and it actually fit in pretty well.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear dark mahogany, with orange/ruby highlights. One finger head, semi-dense-not much retention and minimal lacing. The nose is a nice blend of english hops, caramel and a nutty aroma. Packed with crystal malt flavor and a mild nut taste in the back, the aftertaste shows both herbal english hop flavor and dry american citrus. Light to medium in body, with a smooth and even carbonation. Clean finish and a good balance of sweet malt to fresh hops makes this a great session ale.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the "better" offerings from RedHook, this pours out garnet brown with a frothy 2 fingers of off-white head that dissapears in the blink of an eye, leaving scant trailings of lace.

Aroma is a subdued melange of roasty, nutty malts, light caramel, and dirty, earthy hops.

Flavor similar, roasted grain, a hint of caramel, and nutty sweetness offset by earthy and faintly floral hops.

Body is lacking and feels barely above light, with a forced carbonation mouthfeel and smooth, crisp texture. A no-brainer and easy to drink.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to a dark brown almost purple hue. It looks like a flat grape soda.

Almost immediately noticeable is a pungent molasses aroma; and ther eis also a smell that is similar to black dry-cured olives.

The taste is consistent throughout. There is a strong molasses, brown-sugar that is prevalent- this is somewhat offset- but really complimented by a woody smokiness. Almost like a cedar or mesquite soaked wet wood chip taste. There is a nice hoppy balance to this, and the sweetness is not cloying, although the molasses can be a bit omni-present.

The mouthfeel is very good here- and the fullness, almost port wine quality of the mouthfeel brings on a long nutty finish.

Red Hook has succeeded in creating an American version of a British classic, with a beguiling taste and aroma that could be just what you are looking for when sweater weather comes around.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking ruby colour but the problem here is that the minimal head that forms on top of the liquid is gon in the blink of an eye.

The smell is a conglomerate of nut (surprise), earth, malt, caramel and other sweetness.

Overall, the flavour is more of the same, but the earth and nut flavouring dominates the sweetness moreseo here. Sweetness is present, but barely noticeable for the most part, and pretty much relegated to the finish, which has a hint of hop thrown into the mix for a second then closes out with a nutty sweetness. The mouthfeel is a tad thin overall, but not bad.

Overall, this is a decent brew from the RedHook folks, but nothing to rave about. I'd drink it again but it's not something to pick up on a regular basis.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Redhook Nut Brown Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on 02/02/2005
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

This beer pours a light brown color with some tan colored highlights on the bottom of the glass. I was able to pour this with a 1/2 inch head, but it didnt't sustain. The head quickly turned to a thin lace around the glass. Some spotted sticky lacings were nice to see.

The nose smells malty and grainy with some off colored scents in there too.

This is a pretty smooth and drinkable effort by Redhook. It lacks quality in many areas, but yet its very drinkable. I wish the body had some more backbone to it. Maybe increase the malts used in this beer? The mouthfeel is a little too thin. Nutty, malty dryness.

Not a bad American Nut Brown, but nothing special either.

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Photo of Luigi
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich brown amber color with a nice tan lace for a head. The aroma is dominated by a roasted malt and a sweet nuttiness. The taste is mild. Nothing is over done. A good blend of maltiness and grains. Has a toasted malt semi-dry aftertaste. Meduim mouthfeel with a little carbonation. Good drinkablility and is a great session beer.

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Photo of slyke
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep red-brown with an off-white head about a finger high.

Smell: Malty and a little grainy.

Taste: A little biscuity about what I expect in the style.

Mouthfeel: Hearty, full feel in the mouth, but nowhere near too thick.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I think I could nurse a few of these through an afternoon.

Will I buy it again? Sure. A good beer, nothing extra special, nothing objectionable.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nut Brown is dark brown in color with a nice-sized, light brown head. The aroma is rather weak and clean. Just a touch of hops and nuttiness are noted. Taste is very much of nutty malts, with an almost sugary sweet finish. Mild hops are noted and give the beer a little more personality. The mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture that stands out. Drinkability is pretty good, as this beer goes down really easy, however this isn't interesting enough to make me come running back for more.

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