Nut Brown Ale | Oak Pond Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Oak Pond Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nut Brown Ale uses eight different malts to give it complexity with a slightly toasted flavor and coffee-like tones. Imported English hops provide a full and pleasant hop profile. It is a smooth and creamy ale with a clean and comfortable flavor. Brewed in the tradition of a true English “session” , this is an ale for the times when you want more than one.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2000

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by beyah:
Photo of beyah
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweeter and breadier, less hops flavor than Samuel Smiths.
Very nice, some head, very little lacing.
Smell a bit malt, very little hops.
Mouthfeel is very good, has a bit of roasted malt flavor.
Taste is very good, but a little sweet for this style.
Nice beer for about $2.50 per 22oz bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Slightly hazed medium amber with a thin off-white ring lace. Fine carbonation, slightly sticky on the glass.

Smell: Fruity nose with raw and toasted grain aromas.

Taste: Medium to light bodied with an upfront dry graininess. Thin malt profile with a minimal malt sweetness and a pronounced roasted grain flavours, semi-astringent when mixed with a light citrus hop character. Earthy and leafy notes. Gets a bit toasty, very yeasty/bready, with background coffee-like flavours as the brew warms. Finishes a tad dry and very clean.

Notes: A pretty decent Nut Brown Ale, very drinkable, fresh and clean. Nice representation of the style.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the brewery, it is a dark mahogany brown color and a very thick head. It has a typical malty and caramel smell. The highlight of this beer is the taste. It starts malty sweet and finishes with a definitive nuttiness. The nuttiness comes in after the carbonation and finishes dry.

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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Suzu
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of imbibehour
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle in to a pint glass a big four finger sized tan head that seems to disappear rather quickly though. Walnut/red colored with good medium sized carbonation bubbles and fairly clear as well. Minimal lacing.

Smell is a wet malt and a faint floral soap character. A roast character of charred burnt toast, or burnt in the pan gravy, is in the background. Tanic roast nut shell also.

Taste is a bit too fizzy and carbonated unfortunately, with faint malt finish and brown bread burnt aftertaste. Has a burnt toast, burnt pan gravy, feel of that black carbon going on, with tannic dry nut qualities. If that's your thing you will probably very much enjoy it.

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Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to deltatauhobbit and the ugly duckling BIF.
Pours a dark brown with some auburn and red hues when held up to the light. A tease of a head that starts off a bubbly 2 fingers and fades as rapidly as Huckabee's run in the Republican race.
Nice aroma of caramel, brown sugar and roasted nuts. Thier is a slight musty smell that detracts a bit though.
Simple but yummy flavor of toasted nuts with some sweetness and a bit of a bitter finish.
Good mouthfeel but a bit too carbonated for my taste. That's being picky though.
Nice drinkable brown ale. Perfect for another episode of Lost.

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Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear brown with slight transparency. An average pour produces an inch and a half of off-white foam, which slowly settles into a ring.

Smell: Caramel-covered nuts. Lacking a bit in aroma - not much really jumps out for better or worse.

Taste & mouthfeel: Just a hint of nuttiness, but there is a lot of toast and caramel flavor, rich but not overly sweet. The body is on the lighter side of medium, just right for an English-style brown ale. Dry in the finish with a subtle note of coffee and a mild earthy hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable stuff, it took me no time at all to finish this one. It's balanced just right to be a great session beer.

Notes: Thanks to deltatauhobbit for tossing in an entire bomber of this stuff as an extra.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First had on-tap at the Lakes Brew Fest but waited since I can't remember much from the sample I had. Poured from a 22oz bottle bought at Lou's Beverage Barn so hopefully it's not too old.

Pours brown with lots of red hues when held up to the light. Decent head but fades fast.

Smells strong of malt, coffee and nuts. Something else as well, but couldn't quite make out what it is.

Strong malt and nutty flavor shines through, pretty sweet with a hop aftertaste. Nuttiness remains in the mouth long after drinking, I think this is the nuttiest brown ale I've had so far, really nice. Good amount of carbonation, bit high but I rather like it for this ale.

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Photo of ThePerks
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbear725
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
poured in 12oz pilsner glass

Toffee Toffee Toffee. This beer is loaded with a candy toffee taste and aroma. It's been a long time since I've had one of these at least 3 or 4 years. Might have even been before the new owners took over in 2003. I don't remember it being so bold with the toffee flavor. From recollection it was more nutty and dry like an English nut brown. That being said it's very tasty.

It poured a rich deep brown with a copper hue. The head is a light creamy white color that was medium in size that settled to a thin layer. Kept good head retention throughout the 12oz and didn't leave any lacing.

The taste is pretty bold on toffee with nutty, chocolate, caramel and roasty malt undertones. It's pretty sweet which enhances the toffee.

The aroma is mostly toffee and caramel. No noticeable hop presence in this one.

The mouthfeel is rather creamy but not thick. Despite the sweetness it doesn't leave a sticky sweet finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. Not as nutty and dry as I would expect but nice and tasty for what it is . It would be best as an after diner beer instead of having desert. More of a cool weather beer as well. Not something I would want to drink a lot of in the heat of summer.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured fresh from growler
oak pond brewery is open (it is currently 7-10-05) again, brewing familiar beers. great little place, extremely nice owners - i stop in weekly. anyways, the nut brown ale: deep brown with dark ruby at the bottom of the glass. fizzy head dissipated and the lacing slid slowly back into the brew. sweet caramel malt smell with a hint of brandy. taste echoes smell with sweet caramel at front of mouth, then some bitterness with a big delicious roasted hazlenut coffee taste that retains just enough of the initial caramel. great roasted nutty finish. rawness of flavor is what makes this stand out to me. medium-bodied with proper carbonation; not too chewy to make it over-filling. described correctly as an extremely effective session brew. im very partial to this favorite.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with a light tan head and some lacing.
Smells of dark fruit and maltiness.
A smooth taste of malt and nuttiness with a slightly hoppy ending.
Has a medium mouthfeel with carbonation.
Very drinkable beer. My favorite OPB. Can't wait to get up north
and have another.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A real nice Nut Brown. One can easily tell by the smell and the taste the careful blend of nut flavors that goes into this Brown Ale. I found it well-balanced and easily drinkable. a very credible interpretattion of an English Brown Ale. A nice find in the backwoods of Maine, Oak Pond beers will definitely surprise you the first time you taste them.

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Photo of KarlosT
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

liked this a bit better than their (Oak Pond) DoorYard.

But have found that I prefer most other brown ale micros.

Very drinkable. Sweet flavors of molassis, more malts. Detect little to no hoppy flavors.

Mouthfeel: perhaps a bit over carbonated. Like DoorYard, perhaps a bit watery (but less so than DoorYard). Not sure how else to describe. Like an overly light bodied wine.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, an old friend passes away and I write a eulogy. Ran out to buy the six-pack the day after I heard the brewing equipment was up for sale.

Reddish brown hue with a standard linear caramel malt aroma.

A round malt flavor sits with some liveliness (interesting, since I can be bored by the browns) atop a crisp malt bed. Oddly enough, over the life of the swallow, the sweet malt characteristic softens and steps back. Flavor notes of both coffee and vanilla.

The malt does build up on the tongue after mid-glass hampering drinkability, but I'm gonna miss this one.

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Photo of Schmuckles
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jonny41
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

My buddy Von brought this back for me. Since I had not heard of this brewery I was eager to try it and so far it's looking good. It's got a nice, rich brown color with a really dense, creamy inch-thick head that seems like it wants to hang out a while.

Right off the bat you get some malts that give off some pecan-like scents, treacle and a bit of earthiness. Hop presence is minimal and lightly floral. Smells sweet and tastes even sweeter which would put this more into the London-style of brown ales as those from the north of England tend to be drier. The taste is dominated by the malts with just a slight spicy hop counternote. This is a really nice representation of an English brown with all the key taste elements in place.

Really smooth and creamy with just a slight oiliness to the tongue. The carbonation can be felt and there is no discernible alcohol. The ABV is not listed above or on the bottle, but another beer rating site (which I will not name here) puts it at 4.5% which is right about where I guessed it would be.

Not a bad beer at all! A little more attenuation from the yeast would throw the ABV higher and balance out some of the sweetness but that is not the point of this style or what the brewmaster intended (see their is intended as a session ale), but I'd probably like it better.

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Photo of joepais
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured dark brown with a coco brown head that goes to lace quickly. Aromas of toasted malts and sweet carmel .mouthfeel is a little lite for me. Flavors of coffee , toasted nuts with a nice light hoppyness in the finish . Not a bad brown ale

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Photo of braican
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beernut7
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a nice nut brown color with a nutty malt aroma. The flavor is simple, dark roasted malt with a deeply nutty character that grows through the finish. Way too much carbonation with this brew. I’m surprised the flavors came through as mellow as they did.

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Photo of flgimp
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like this English brown ale. Pours dark rusty brown with a very active creamy head that leaves a light lace. Smell is bread and malt. Taste is well balanced and smooth; malty and sweet nutty bread with just a hint of hops. Body is just on the heavy side with abundant carbonation.
My friends son lives near this brewery and and brings this variety home when he visits. Lucky for me....

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Photo of trotnixon
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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