Nut Brown Ale | Oak Pond Brewing Company

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86
very good
37 Ratings
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oak Pond Brewing Company
Maine, United States
oakpondbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
For Trade:
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Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkest persimmon with a brick red influence when backlit with sunshine. The golden ecru colored crown is attractive. The foam is firmly creamy, is a good color match for the beer beneath, and is beginning to lay down a wide band of BB-shot lace. So far, so good.

The nose was appreciated (and enjoyed) as soon as beer began splashing into glass. It's even better up close. Too bad all English brown ales don't have this combination of cocoa, caramel, butter toffee and sugar-crusted nuts. This is shaping up to be a damn fine ale.

Unfortunately, OPB Nut Brown doesn't taste as wonderful as it smells. It's more tart than expected and doesn't have enough malt to carry the day (despite using eight different varieties). That said, it's still a decent version and should be an enjoyable 22 ounces.

The fact that this Oak Pond offering is 4.5% and was built as a session ale means that it deserves some slack. I don't care what anyone says, most low-ABV beer isn't as complex as most high-ABV beer. Warming helps, but can only do so much.

The flavor profile features sour fruit, thin caramel, vanilla and oven-toasted nuts. What malt sugars are present are easily countered by both British and American hops whose bitterness is more prominent than their flavor.

If sessioning was the goal, then the mouthfeel has been well-calibrated. Still, a little bit bigger would have been the way to go. The amount of carbonation easily fits within the broad range of acceptable.

Even though I prefer bigger, maltier brown ales (like Bell's Best Brown and Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale), Oak Pond Nut Brown Ale gets the job done. Solid, but unspectacular.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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 joepais
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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 jbear725
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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 ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from brewery and sampled same day (sampled? finished I mean...)

Pours a muddy nut brown color with a thin (1/4 inch) tan head. Smells of nutty sweet malt (walnuts or chestnuts aroma if you can beleive it).

Taste is much the same. Nutty sweet maltiness followed with just the right amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouth is crisp, a bit overcarbonated for my taste but nothing that takes away from the beer. Light sweet caramel aftertaste. Straightforward and richly decadent at the same time. Easy drinker and the best brown I've had in some time.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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 ecoboy
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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 beernut7
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 MaineBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer with a rich brown color and a nice head of off white bubbles. Hoppy aroma with some malt and maybe a bit of caramel in the background. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a toasty, not sweet malt flavor. Some hop bitterness pops up in the finish. Tasty, easy drinking brew, my glass was empty way too fast.

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Photo of Todd
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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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Nut Brown Ale from Oak Pond Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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