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:
No notes at this time.

Added by jcalabre on 08-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.39/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear auburn to crimson with a large head with about three minutes as a life span. Thin ring of lacing is around the glass.

S - Coffee and . . . something else. Chemical perhaps? Not a strong aroma and what is there is mediocre.

T - Strong coffee malts, hazelnuts, peanuts and almonds. A bit of caramel malt and very faint grassy hops. The aftertaste has a bit of chemical sharpness to it, but mostly a dry mesh of coffee bitterness and grassy bitterness. Way in the aftertaste it tastes a bit like old bananas. I don't really like the aftertaste much.

M - Not refreshing at all, I might even call it parching - it leaves my tongue feeling like a dried apricot. Carbonation is too high and the beer is thin. Toward the bottom of the glass it wasn't quite as lethally drying, but it was certainly not refreshing.

D - Well, it won't be difficult to finish, but this one was certainly a disappointment. When it first touched my tongue I thought, "By Jove! A brown ale!?! With Flavor?!?" It was downhill from that point. I will pass on this one in the future (of course, their barleywine is more than enough to have me at least TRY their entire line). The mouthfeel does a number here, plus the chemical bite in the flavor doesn't exactly have you coming back for more.

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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 jomo
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This nut brown pours a reddish brown. A tan head develops nicely, but dissipates quickly and in a lumpy manner.

The smell is sweet and malty. Like a whiskey fermenting. Kinda yeasty. Not appetizing to me.

The taste is similar to the smell, but lacking the sweetness and much weaker. Almost as if it is watered down. There is a hint of hops and the finish is dry.

Viscosity is somewhat thin, but with fine cabonation.

I found it hard to get "cozy" with this beer. A letdown, especially when their IPA is very good.

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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 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 Illinick
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Mad Mex Monroeville
A: Mahogany Brown with darker brown and some slight reddish hues. Big, off white tan head that sticks around nicely. Good lacing
S: I could smell this one as soon as it was put down. Huge butterscotch scents throughout with some sweet nut and sweet malt scents. Although aromatic, everything seems to be drowned out by the butterscotch.
T: I have to admit the same problem persists here. Huge butterscotch flavors that are present throughout drown out other flavors. Some sweet bread, sweet malt flavors as well as some roasted nut flavors. The roasted nut flavors, though sweet in nature, try to offset the butterscotch but fall short.
MF: Medium Light.
Overall: Not quite sure what to make of this one. The butterscotch flavors were off-putting to me. Unique take, but not sure one I would try again.

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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 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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Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown color. Small white head. Aroma is nutty and fairly sweet. A lighter bodied nut-brown ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy and a little drying. Hints of chocolate are there as well. A little thin and watery, but still some nice flavor components going on here. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and dry. Finish is slightly bitter

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Photo of SixpointJMH
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 Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint at the PB Tap Room a couple nights ago for four dollars, recommended by the bartender

Color was a medium brown with a lighter brown tint when held up to the light, a 1/2 inch light brown head, slight retention, but no real lacing

Smell had hints of chocolate, some faint hops, roasted nuts, mild cream, and hints of different fermented fruits

Taste was a little weaker than I expected but not bad, missing that nuttiness that I enjoy from a brown ale, hint of hops at the beginning cause a mild bitterness, as it warmed there was some milk chocolate in the finish but not enough to get excited about, malt was a little weak in this one, smell made this seem more promising, not much going on, just a dry thin ale that gets old after a few sips

Body was thin and the carbonation level was too high in my opinion, taste did not last long either, akward mouthfeel

Could drink much more than two glasses of this, pretty heavy stuff even though the ABV was only listed at 5.5% on the menu, taste gets old and not too smooth

Green Flash is a solid brewery but I think this one is one of their worst efforts, usually a fan of nut brown ales but this was just missing something and was too one dimensional, still better than some others, try it for yourself, cannot really decide on a recommendation for either way

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Beer pours into the glass with a beautiful clear light milk chocolate brown with rich red leathery highlights. Almost no head, but what is there soft white and finely bubbled.

Aroma is lightly fruity with just a hint of hop riding behind an oxidized chocolate finish.

Flavor matches the chocolate tone with a slightly spicy cinnamon flavor form the malt leading into sharply increasing bitterness that leads to a drying mineral finish with a slight buttered hazelnut character.

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Photo of hero27
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Not too much info on the label about this abv, ingredients, etc.. It just became available at my local store, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Obviously filtered, it pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin, foamy head. Nutty aroma is quite sweet, with toasted malts and a slight hop presence. The taste is sufficiently sweet and quite dry. There's a slight bitterness in the finish that blends it out a bit. It is a bit more chewy than expected..and it has enough muscle to it to carry the flavors pretty well. Overall..chances are you'll see many better nut browns at any decent beer store.

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Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brownish maroon pour with light tan had. Smell is nutty, with some hazlenut, coffee and metallic smells. Taste is fairly smooth nuttiness, with light bitterness, and is slightly thin. Okay mouthfeel, still for the style, and drinkable, but not my favorite Nut brown ale.

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Photo of goschool
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got three bottles as a part of the beer of the month club my friend signed me up for.

Appearance: The pour is brownish deep red with a very large tan head.

Smell: The nose is rather soft, in a bad way. There's some nuttiness and toasted, less coffee, and even less coca.

Taste: I don't get it. My first bottle was really good, I accidentally froze the second bottle, so it tasted like crap, and this one was treated nicely, but it isn't much better than the second one. If I review it last night I would've given this a 4, maybe even a 4.5. That one was nutty with milk chocolate and mocha. This one has much more muted flavors. It's still nutty and it has a bit of coffee, some generic brown ale toasted malt, a bit of brown sugar or maple syrup, and a little chocolate. A slight hop bitterness comes in for the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied and watery with low carbonation.

Drinkability: I might try another one in the future to see whether or not the first bottle was fluke.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transparent orange-bronze with a generous dose of red. The cap is light toffee in color and is reasonably creamyfirm. Its upper surface is finely bubbled, becoming finely pitted as I type, and is doing a pretty good job in the glass coverage department. There's nothing overly impressive about the look, but it nails the style, I'll give it that.

What I can appreciate of the nose is pleasant, I just wish there was more of it. The effect, like music that's turned down too low, is to mute the highs and the lows and to keep its true nature something of a secret. Moderately toasted, mildly cocoa-like, dried nutty... not much else. Pretty standard brown ale aroma.

Believe it or not, the flavor treads the same path. There are many beers that are weak of nose, but that come alive on the palate; or are at least more forceful. It's unusual, in my experience, to taste one that is also muted when it comes to flavor. It can't be that the beer is too cold since I started it out at 50 degrees and it's probably at or above 55 by now. Something is preventing my tastebuds from getting a firm grip though.

If the mouthfeel is an accurate barometer, there's plenty of malt in play. 'Brown' malty, still slightly cocoa-like, mildly nutty... nothing has really changed from the advance notice given by the nose. The beer is neither overly sweet, nor overly bitter. If forced to choose, I'd say that it favors bitter; especially on the back end. My tongue has a 'post hoppy' feel without ever having experienced the hop flavor in the first place. I guess that I can add dry to the list.

The body/mouthfeel is actually a tad more full than average considering the style. It's firmer than it is creamy though and is really nothing special. Simply put, its barely-above-average nature is perfectly in concert with the rest of its attributes. The drinkability score reflects my displeasure with a beer that, by all rights, should be more flavorful than it is. Why would I want to drink another bottle?

After drinking Green Flash's tasty Extra Pale Ale, I had guardedly high hopes for Nut Brown Ale. Something is definitely amiss though. Occam's Razor would suggest that the most likely explanation is that it simply isn't a very well-crafted brown ale.

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Photo of rowew
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. No freshness info, but this just showed up in Colorado so I assume it is fresh. Green flash (sunset) on the label.

Appearance: Pours dark reddish brown with a medium head. Fades fairly quickly. Almost no lacing

Smell: Sweet malt, just a bit of roasted aroma.

Taste: Taste starts out sweet with a bit of roasted and nut flavors. Hops are mild in the finish. Just a bit thinner than I would expect out of a brown.

Overall impression: Middle of the road brown ale - not bad, but I won't go out of my way for it again.

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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 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 yemenmocha
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy nut brown ale? Pours medium brown with tan head, and a great start from the looks of the beer. Nose is somewhat restrained, throwing a slight caramel scent. Palate offers a strange contrast of rather big roasty/chocolatey sweet flavors with quite a bit of hop bitterness. Slows down the drinking for sure, almost as if this one is a stout or porter wannabe.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear amber brown with a low tan head which lasted well to try and coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with an estery fruity presence, most notably cherries, and a nice chocolate maltiness with caramel thrown in.

The flavor was fruity with a chocolate flavor and very little bittering at all. The beer was relatively dry but devoid of character.

The finish was dry with just a lasting impression of chocolate remaining. The body was medium light and the carbonation a bit on the light side. This one is about as boring as a beer could be. A boost in the hop levels would make it much more interesting.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 15 May 2008.

Pours with a medium sized brown head. Deep reddish brown color, slightly cloudy. Smells like cinnamon raisin bread. Starts out very mild, faint caramel sweetness, some vanilla. Some hazelnut, earthy. Slightly bitter astringent aftertaste. Medium body. Light alcohol.

Decent session beer.

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Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Medium-brown color, barely transparent, with short off-white head with a bunch of lace streaming down the glass.

S: Cocoa butter smell with a bit of toasted malt. No hoppiness to speak of.

T: Very sweet chocolate milk flavor with slight nuttiness. Pretty smooth but no balance of hops contribution.

M: Reasonably smooth but a little thin in body and feel. Mild carbonation and sweet chocolate aftertaste.

D: Sweet and pleasant but unbalanced and thin. Disappointing given the other nice Green Flash brews.

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