Green Flash Nut Brown Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Nut Brown AleGreen Flash Nut Brown Ale
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Green Flash Nut Brown AleGreen Flash Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jcalabre on 08-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 93
Reviews by BrewMaster:
Photo of BrewMaster
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Reddish brown with a fizzy and stiff head. Decent head retention and a light creamy film on top of the head. The head is moderately sticky with even lacing.

Smell: Roasty malt nose, floral hop scent and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste: Toasty malt with some odd sourness and a sloppy, watery finish. A bit of alcohol flavor sits in the middle to the end. The middle also has the flavor of overly ripe berries and syrup. The lingering aftertaste is roasty and surprisingly nice.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and bit too dry and sticky.

Drinkability: Well, I can't say I'd recommend this beer. It's not terrible, but it's not good either. Unbalanced and uncharacteristic flavors take this beer from decent to sub-par. It's not worth the $2 I paid for the bottle. The is probably the last bottle I will buy from Green Flash. I've had several beers from them and not one that I liked.

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Photo of Dmann
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not been a huge fan of Green Flash brews in the past, but this one was quite good. The beer poured a great dark brown color and proceded to let off a great frothy head that left good lace on the glass. The smell was not the strongest but still had enough nutty maltiness to satisfy. I dug the taste of this one though. Sweet malt in the start and during the middle I detected a porter like dark chocolate flavor and the finish was a little dry but very nice. This beer rides a fine line between a light porter and a very dark brown ale but the flavor is great and I would definantly recommend it.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a decent fluffy off white head that goes to a film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains and a little chocolate with some vegetal notes.

The flavor is sweet nutty chocolate malts with a lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation.

Overall a solid brown ale. I'm not a big fan of the brown ales anymore unless they are hoppy though.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz stubby brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Reddish/brown color,clear with some hazieness. Light tan head dissapated fairly quick to a constiant coating of foam with some spotty lacing.

A good pleasing aroma,nutty,lots of dark fruityness,sweet carmell,a bit tart,candy-like aromas with a faint berry-like aromas also.

Complex malt tastes,very nutty,carmell/toffee with chocolaty overtones throughout.Some grassiness with fruity mid tastes.A smooth bitterness with a good tart finish. A very good tasting beer with a lot of maltiness.

Light mouthfeel,creamy with some grainyness. Easy drinking would like to drink more, just not all night.
I give this one a try especially if you like malty beers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears ruby brown forms a nice off white tan caramel head leaves even streaks of lacing. Aroma has a nutty caramel toasted malt character with herbal hops and some sweet bready nut tones as well. Taste is very nice mild soft chocolate toasted nuts created from the darker roasts somewhat creamy tone finishes with light herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated stays on the palate. Drinkability has a nice overall welcoming flavor not crazy for brown/nut brown ales but this is pretty nice and I could defintiely drink a few.

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

Green Flash- Nut Brown Ale

Appearance- Brownish black (like coca-cola) with a weak fizzy ead.
Smell- Roasted hazelnuts with a touch of chocolate.
Taste- Chocolate with a touch of roasted hazelnut.
Mouthfeel- soda carbonation up front but becoming smoother in the end.

Overall- A decent Nut Brown but the carbonation was a little too much for me. Not bad otherwise.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malty beer, with a somewhat sweet but dry and unsatisfying finish. Medium brown colour with a bit of foaming head. Malty nutty aroma. Smooth drinking and creaminess in medium mouthfeel. Drinkable..once. A touch of kola bean, but not a very intensive flavour beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brown and nutty looking with a small but persistent beige head. Little lace is left on the glass, and swirling doesn't help the head much.

S - Nuts embedded in toffee and drizzled with caramel...wrapped up in a bundle of hop leaves. Yup, that's what I smell.

T - This has a nice hop presence for a brown ale, and the tight grassy hop flavors help keep this from being to sweet. I love the caramel and toffee covered nut flavors!

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, hoppy finish. Nice!

D - This has session written all over it. Not mind-blowingly complex or anything, this is an outstandingly drinkinkable beer. Fantabulous!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a garnet color with ruby highlights, topped by an inch of sturdy tan head. Pleasant, rich aroma of roasted malt, with notes of caramel, bread, and hazelnut. Palate is rich and sweet, full of roasted caramel malt. Body is a touch creamy, conveying the sweetness of the malt well. A tasty, if not particularly complex, brew.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich autumnal brown with red tinge. Head quickly dissipates but retains a thin layer and leaves lacings around glass. Big nutty, cocoa/chocolate, coffee, with faint toasty caramel aroma and taste. Aroma is melded together perfectly as is the flavor. Very sweet. Chewy malt. Hops are employed solely to balance. Watery feel on the palate. Slightly dry finish.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Pours orange/red with a fluffy 2 fingers+ tan head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Toasted malt & a hint of nuttyness

T: Toasted malts, nuts & a woody dryness up front. Sweetness (brown sugar) & choclate creeps in on the back of the throat as it warms. Finshes a little grainy & dry

MF: Slightly thin, prickly & overcarbonated with a light/medium body

Drinks pretty good, but a little more malt profile is needed to round this out or maybe hops to yank it in another direction, worth a try

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Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep copper amber with a bit of haze. Head dissipates swiftly and offers temporary lacing down the glass.

Smells of deep roasted malts, a bit nutty but not overwhelmingly so. Sweet roasted coffee flavors linger.

Taste is smooth and slightly malty, albeit too carbonated initially. This soon balances and yields a nice chewy malt structure which enhances the feel of the brew.

Drinkability is decent. After a few I think I would long for a drier finish. Though quite fitting for the style.

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

Based off my notes from my LA trip. Pours a chestnut brown color with an average light tan head that dissipated into a slight cap. The aroma is a tad faint, I pick up some light roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is of toasted malt, some roasted malt, and a nice chestnut flavor. A mild, grassy hop followed in the end. The feel was moderate and finished well balanced. Overall a good nut brown ale.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to pint glass. The liquid is brown with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers dark tan and leaves little lace.

The smell slight hops over a typical nutty brown.

The taste follows Nutty roasted malt with an extra bit of APA hops. An odd mix that does not work real well.

Mouthfeel is medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok I'll drink it but I won't buy more. MK

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a burnt amber with chestnut brown hues and a slight tan head.

S: a nutty sweet caramel roasting with some light chocolate hints.

T: The flavor started out semi-sweet with some toffee and a light buttery nuttiness which was followed by some dark coffee, chocolate and a light caramel cherry sweetness. The hopping was earthy but was the malt palate that stood out the most for this beer.

M: medium body, with some light chewy notes and a good roasted nuttiness lacing.

D: Good drinkability, nothing to extreme, just a honest good nut brown.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a Green Flash variety case purchased at Westy's.

A: The ale is a deep muddy brown color with reddish highlights. There was a moderate-sized head on the pour that has completely dissipated to a small white ring.

S: The ale has a nutty malt aroma that is punctuated by toffee notes. The hops don't do a lot here.

T: The ale is a chewy dense pool of malts. There are sweet toffee flavors and drier toasted nut flavors. The transition from toffee to nut is smooth and does not jar the taste buds. There aren't a lot of hops here, but they really aren't missed.

M: The variety of malts is very enjoyable to sip.

D: Pretty close to a session beer, the beer has a lower-tasting abv (the brewery's website does not divulge the info) and a pleasant malt body that sits mildly in the mouth.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. No freshness date noted.

Reddish brown, 1 finger tan head. Spotty lacing.

Roasty malt, caramel notes, light sugar. Flavor is lightly nutty, burnt sugar, touch of sourness.

Nothing spectacular, but a decent beer. I would drink again if given one, or if it was a choice between this and Newcastle.

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Photo of PeatReek
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper brown body, clear pour, thin lid of off-white head. Taste has a bizarre metallic sweetness, followed by a slightly sour hop flavor. Definitely toward the mild end, bitterness-wize, but that just lets the malt profile shine through. Hm... not a big fan.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Clear dark brown coloring, moderate carbonation, and a decent 1" light tan head that sputtered down to a small ring leaving no lace.

Nose had a mix of caramel malt and a vague buttery veggie note. The taste had a decent roasted malt flavor and a touch of nutty buttery flavor that evoked memories of Newcastle Brown Ale. Still sweet in the finish as the hops stay tame and let the malt aspect carry throughout. Hint of veggie in the finish. Feel was medium and a tad watery.

Overall, not bad but nothing great. Not a brew I'm gonna rush out to find again.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty nice looking brownish-amber colour with a good sized head that dissolves after a short while, leaving a decent amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is faint: malt, earth and but dominate the little aroma that's here. Not unpleasant just bland and boring for an average aroma overall.

The flavour is more of the same bland averageness: Nut flavour shines through a bit more overall but it is still fairly faint. There's a bit of caramel and cocoa here that was not present in the aroma, but again these flavours are mild and hard to detect for the most part. Mouthfeel is a tad watery and, you guessed it, average.

This one treads water. It does nothing wrong but really doesn't do anything right. Bland all the way for a safe, middle of the road brown ale as the final result.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deeper clay red coloured pour, a somewhat creamy head that doesn't stick around too long.

S: A nice, straight forward, slightly sweet nutty and malty aroma. A little biscuity, and perhaps some very light signs of oxidation setting in.

T: Not quite as sweet as I thought it would be from the aroma. A rather simple toasted malt and oily nut profile.

M + D: A bit of a draft soda feel. A little burst of carbonation that kind of flattens out toward the end for a little bit of a sticky sensation - like it wanted to finish up dry, but just fell a little short. A decent anytime beer, at the very least.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown, not much lacing, frothy white lace sticks to the glass around the outside all the way down.

Hoppy, chocolate, burnt malts smell.

Tastes of chocolate, nutty, lingering cocoa, mild hops.

Mouthfeel is weak.

I used to drink this beer years ago in San Diego when they were just starting out. I thought it was ok then, and it's still ok now.

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Photo of kernalklink
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking brew on the pour- ruby-red brown with a some murkiness and a nice head. Cool, clean malt aromas come through as do some hops and flowery esters. Boozy sweet caramel taste, slightly artificial but not extremely distracting. My problem was that the ester and the caramel sweetness mix was unappetizing and the finish was almost unpleasant. I love great flavor in beer, but there has to be something said for subtlety. Ill stick with my dogfish indian brown.

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on draught at Stone's 7th Anniversary party.
Appearance: This pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan head.
Aroma: The nose on this beer is a nice roasty toasty smell.
Flavor: Up front, you're hit with a slight bit of maltiness and the finish is slightly hoppy.
I was expecting a lot more maltiness.

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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 100 ratings