Green Flash Nut Brown Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Nut Brown AleGreen Flash Nut Brown Ale
100 Ratings
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
Photo of likeemdark
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of m1ked
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bittersweet review here. Sweet that I picked up a case for $20. Bitter is that is due to GF discontinuing their Nut Brown. I guess Chuck has to make room for the likes of the Double Stout (mmm, Homer Simpson salivation...Double Stout) and the Grand Cru also very saliva producing.

A- Pours a clear ruby red brown with a brief 1/2 inch sandy head that turns into a thin sandy layer. No real lacing to speak of here.

S- Malty sweetness clearly in the front, fading into a blend of caramel, and seems like a hint of chocolate. No real bitterness that I can appreciate. It makes me think of a cross between a bwine, and a stout....but subtle.

T- Ahh, the payoff...sweet caramel right away, with that almost creamy hint of chocolate. Once the sweetness fades it leaves a bit of balancing bitter on my tongue.

M- Some flavors almost seem creamy to me, but the carbonation really holds up without distracting my enjoyment.

D- I am so bummed that they are discontinuing this beer. Hopefully it will make a comeback....maybe a seasonal brew? This is such a tasty and easy drinking beer...I wish I had more. Easily a sessionable beer....while it lasts.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in to a Sam Adams glass.

A: Slightly cloudy redish brown body. Much redder than most brown ales I've seen. Slightly off white head, decent staying power, okay lacing.

S: Great caramel smell, maybe a hint a vanilla. Sweet malt dominates for sure.

T: Sweet caramel flavor, a nutty taste (a promised ) near the finish. Slight bitterness on the finish balances everything well. Hops aren't noticeable except for that bitterness.

M: Good thickness, but with too much carbonation for my taste

D: Really easy drinking, maybe a slight astringency or lingering bitterness.

Good everyday brown I'd say.

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours thin, with a small, dissapating chocolately brown head. Definate reminder of Newcastle, yet something is different. The color is reby red and the smell is nothing short of incredible chocolate.

Although it looks like a Newcastle, that's where the comparison ends. It's chocolately and rich, yet smooth enough to consider for a session beer. The hops are subtle, yet do enough to round it out. Definately one of the best 'Nut Brown' Ale's I've ever had. A real winner and one of my favorite ale's from Green Flash. Cheers!!

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Photo of AvgWhiteGuy
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of IllNate
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an appealing copper brown with nice highlighs. Decent amount of head, ok retention.

S - Nutty indeed, lots of nuttiness with some right caramel malt to back. Very nice.

T - Great nuttiness here again and some nice caramel and biscuit malts. Best example of the style I've had outside the UK I think.

M - As expected, a bit bit more carbonated than it should be I think.

O - A fine beer. I see they've brought it out of retirement, I wonder if they've made some tweeks, because it's deserving of a higher mark than it currently carries I think.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkish auburn red in the light, pleasant light brown in the shadows, moderate clarity - its not hazy, just a bit dense - topped by a thick finger table top of off-white foam.

Aroma is malty sweet, with a bit of candy, offset by coffee, chocolate and nuts. Very inviting.

Taste begins malty but not cloyingly sweet. Clear notes of coffee and chocolate and nuts. Mild hop nip builds to swallow and balances it all out.

Enjoyable mouthfeel, some body, but not too much. Nice drinkability. Downright sessionable.

A proper English style brown ale from San Diego ? Was the hop truck hijacked ? Nicely done and recommended.

And when your taste buds are lulled into a calm state, wash it down with their West Coast IPA for a whole other meaning of balance.

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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 tonistruth
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- somewhat cloudy brown w/ red hues, 1/2" tan head with little retent and little lacing

S- nutty, roasted malts, sweet, strong aromas

T- sweet, nutty and earthy, with a stale bitterness in the background. flat nutty finish

M- smooth except for a carbonation tickle here and there, bit over carbonated in my opinion. med/light body.

D- good flavor, simple easy drinking, strong aromas, i'll be coming back to this when i'm in the mood for an english brown.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz. Bottle. From the beer of the month club.

Pours a clear crimson with a dusty khaki head and slick lacing.

The nose is malty sweet with hints of almonds.

The flavor is smooth and malty with just enough bitterness in the finish for balance.

Nicely made and flavorful beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new arrival in Iowa. Could another San Diego-based brewer be next? Hint hint.

Pours a pretty dark brown with a rocky, retentive pinkish brown head. That's a damn strange shade 'a head, but it looks nice so what the hell.

Strong nutiness dominates the nose. Maybe the nuttiest nut brown I can recall. No real malt sweetness, certainly no hops, just big, sweet walnuts.

The hops are slightly more present in the nose, as is a sweet malt character. It starts out with dominate walnuts, very sweet, which moves into a more sour middle of toffee and corn syrup, which ends on a lingering sweetness pretty well balanced with hops.

I'm normally not a fan of the style; they often seem too reserved, like the brewer is holding something. But this one works, since it goes all out with its nutiness, embraces its nutiness.

A good crossover beer, it's got enough walnut goodness to sway your girlfriend over to our camp, while still having enough complexity to keep you entertained.

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Photo of dbONE
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Green Flash

A nice creamy head....then it is reduced to a ring in the glass on top of the deep dark ruby color.
Sweet nutty aroma is promonate with a touch of buscuits and toasted raw grain.I expecting a nuttier flavor from the aroma profile but it has a nice toasty taste. The sweetness is mild and refreshing. The hops a hidding a bit ( or GF they are camoflauged) behind the malt.
This is one that can be enjoyed just about anytime of day but you may get board with the profile after a few.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of SteveO1231
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 22oz. bomber no freshness date printed.

Poures a burnt sienna with some nice golden highlights. Moderate carbonation. Really nice chunky tan head. Some thick lacing.

Big roasted malt aroma. I trace of coffee and a scent of a chocolate milkshake.

Nice roasted and chocolate malt flavor, Dry nutty bitterness and a clean crisp finish. My favorite in the whole GF lineup.


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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was pored into a tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer had a good nut brown taste. Not as great as a Samuel Smith. but good. It was a nice rich brown color and has a decent fine smelling head that hinted at its brown goodness. My girlfriend who does not like brown beer even liked this one. A little light for a good nut, but I would purchase again.

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Photo of mentor
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by PatYoda...thanks for the opportunity. Pours a two finger dead-tan head over a clear dark liquid. Light mahogeny. head settles to a thin layer rapidly. Smells sweet. Nutty and chocolate. Some cherry sour from esters. Hops are cottony, like wmette...not quite fuggles. Mint of mint.

Tastes super sweet malt with nut and chocolate. Woody dry finish with some cherry sour. delicious chocolate malt aftertaste rises to greet. Md thick mouthfeel hard around on the tongue. Too much carbonation.

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Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to akorsak for hookin me up with another Green Flash Nut Brown Ale.

Appearance: Pours a deep red brown color with a light tan head and spotty lacing, a frothy cap.

Smell: Roasted malty nose, with caramel and toffee, hints of cocoa.

Taste: Caramel sweetness, sweet toffee nuts, cherry, raisins, a light breadiness and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant medium full chewy smooth feel.

Drinkability: Everything about this beer is moderate. It dose not show off with big bells and whistles, it is almost nothing special but it is approachable and it is quite sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Lincoln Market & Deli in SLO after I heard that it was being discontinued.

Appearance: Semi-opaque orangish brown with thin off-white head that leaves pretty good lacing down the walls of my glass.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on here. Faint chocolate and nuts with a little caramel. Smells clean I suppose

Taste: It's really sad they're discontinuing this. One of the best brown ales I've had. Same sentiments felt by my fellow wiseman. Initial chocolate flavor gives way to delicious peanut brittle and finishes dry and hoppy. I don't think I've ever had a brown ale that embraced the hops as much as this one... maybe that's why we liked it so much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very "clean" feeling. Dry aftertaste leaves you craving more.

Drinkability: Fairly light yet extremely flavorful. Could drink these guys forever. Will definitely buy more. Unfortunately, supplies are limited so we'll probably go down the street to Lincoln and buy the rest that they have.

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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 jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly clouded medium brown with a thin tan, bubbly head.

The smell is of cocoa, nut, some brown sugar - some dark fruitiness way in the back.

The taste is of toffee - sweet malt - nuttiness - mild fruity bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied - smooth in a creamy way.

Malty with some bitterness in the finish - this is fairly basic - nice enough to be "sessionable".

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Liquor Emporium in Lompoc. Poured deep, deep brown color.Aroma is slightly nutty with malty. Malts are different, seemed like caramel malts. Taste was crisp. Some choolate, caramel hints. Mouthfeel was nice, fresh and smooth. Not a big fan of browns but this one was nice.

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Photo of Phocion
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little something to help me celebrate the Chargers playoff win over Indy today. I'm a long way from home but thankfully I brought back a six-pack of this stuff from my visit over Christmas.

This thing pours into a matching Green Flash pint glass dark brown with a hint of copper when the lights hits the edge. Thin frothy light brown head which quickly sinks into a thin layer on top of my glass. Wet but very ample lacing around the edges.

Sweet maltiiness throughout the nose. Chocolate, roasted toffee, and nuts that are fortunately balanced pleasantly by the bittersweet dark fruit and floral hops.

The flavor is a little thin, but excellent. Roasted biscuit and nuts but with a somewhat heavy hoppiness for the style, although the malts still take control.

Very smooth mouthfeel and medium-bodied, though carbonation isn't all that great. All in all a mild but flavorful and very drinkable brew, even if nothing special. Worth a try.

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Photo of Offa
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly dry but tasty, well-balanced, smooth, nutty brown ale avoiding some weaknesses that I commonly find (one-dimensional character, off-balanced burnt-bitter character, extreme blandness).

Deep red-brown, it has a large tan head that slowly shrinks and leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is darkly toasted bread and nuts with hints of coffee, chocolate, and fruit, mostly raisins. It's good and not too sharp or burnt.

The taste is also nicely toasty and nutty without being burnt or sharp, although it's a bit subdued in flavour and is not very complex. It has a light fruity quality as well and is very smooth with nice balance. It has a lightly dry, toasty finish and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I heard a nasty rumor that this beer is being discontinued... that's a damn shame!!!

A: Slightly hazy semi-transparent brown color with a nice tan head. Minimal lacing, but a lasting retention inside the glass.

S: As the name suggests... this has the smell of nuts with a slight coffee scent thrown in for good measure.

T: Again, as the name suggests... nuttty flavor with a minimal influence of hops in the background.

M: Smooth, smooth, smooth... just thick enough, and just thin enough! Minimal carbonation which reminds me of the classic Newcastle Brown Ale.

D: All night long!!!

Sorry to see this one fall by the wayside! I guess in a world of extemes, it's just not good enough to walk down the middle of the road!!!


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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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