Green Flash Nut Brown Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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:
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 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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Caramel, malted milk and a touch of nuts

Taste: Opens with a malted milk flavor that is quickly joined by a caramel aspect and moves in a bitter nutskin direction by mid-palate; a bit of fruity hops appear right after the swallow but the finish winds up with a bit of cocoa sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the best brown ale out there, but it hits on the style and adds a bit of west coast hop flair

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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 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 Slatetank
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

05/24/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber, chestnut, light brown colored pour. 1/2 inch head upon pour, settles at a light creamy rim. Leaves decent lace sheeting.

Smell- Not outgoing, but very nice nutty and chocolate nose. Smells like a rocky road milkshake.

Taste- Fairly well roasted nutty malt. Not sweet at all, a bit smokey as well. Chocolate scent is not detected in the flavor at all. Very very light hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Really not much of a aftertaste, maybe a bit of smokey malt. A bit of a seltzer-like carbonation.

Drinkability- I've had better English styles before, but it's still drinkable. Just your average beer. Worthy of a try? Sure, why not.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a very nice golden brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, which does leave some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel, slight toffee. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, lots of caramel, with some toffee thrown in. Medium body. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from GF, I really like this brewery.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear ruby brown color with a thick and fluffy 3" head that sticks around a while. Spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: caramel candy and mild nuttiness are easilt detectable.

Taste: a mellow but nicely simple flavorful beer here. Caramel, nuts, hint of chocolate, and a mild bitterness makes this a simple session beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry throughout. Very short aftertaste consisting mostly of nuts. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: for those expecting to be blown away don't bother trying this. For those who enjoy a simple and basic brown ale should give it a try.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of chocolate and crystal malts along with a nutty Victory malt aroma. It has a dry burnt toffee aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very dry, yet malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet and a bit bitter. It has a nutty character, but the hops drown out the malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent nut brown ale. It could use a little less hops. The malt sweetness in the aroma is not as pronounced in the flavor.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear reddish brown colored beer with a quite good light brown colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a good strong chocolate aroma and a touch of patent malt char. A little bit of toffee and some nuts.

The flavor begins as sweet and slightly nutty with a stronger patent malt char flavor. Sweetness is about right and the patent malt doesn't run your tongue over with the char bus either, this is balanced. Chocolate is less in the taste than the smell and is just a bit player here. The after taste is mostly nuts here and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is frankly a little light.

Not what you would expect from a brewery that is pretty much a hop bomb munitions factory. Not a bad brown ale but I would have expected some more herbal and buttery flavor in an English style ale. I can see drinking this again in the future.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that leaves a bit of lacing as it falls down. The beer is a dark, ruby highlighted, brown color that is almost brilliantly clear. The aroma is quite fruity, which is apparent as I pour this beer. As I go in for a deeper sniff, I get notes of woody cherries, roasted brown coffee, some notes of chocolate. The aroma is pretty nice, though nothing to die for.

The taste is quite sweet up front, which really plays up the fruit character; again I get notes of cherries, but it is joined by notes of sweet raisins, and a bit of fruity plum or perhaps even prune-like notes. The sweetness and fruit character carries through to the finish, where it fades relatively quickly. There is a nice, approaching subtle, nutty character here that is joined by a bit of roasted, brown malt character which lingers on in the finish after the sweet fruit notes disappear.

The sweetness of this beer also manifests itself in the slightly bigger body that this brown ale has. It is just approaching being chewy and in fact makes this beer almost not quaffable. It still is quaffable though, and this chewiness is certainly not a bad. This is a nice drinking beer, it is perhaps a tad to maltily sweet, but this adds a certain chewiness that is certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a small off-white head with good retention, light lacing, looks good in a pint glass.

S: The smell is strong with a hint of chocolate, and backbone of nuts and caramel malt.

T: Very nutty, the name says it all. Sugary, treacle like at time. Hops are restrained, with a bit of a spicy bite at the back end of the flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, quite drinkable, would be an easy be to quaff pints of.

D: A good brown ale, not as good as Alesmith's, but solid. Unfortunately it is getting discontinued apparently, but a nice example of how a San Diego County brewer making a mild, sessionable and flavourful ale.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Deep red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee/chocolate nose. Starts with a roasted chocolate flavor, some bitterness at finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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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 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 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 DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown with a short tan cap that produced some sticky lace as it receded. Fair retention. Malty aroma with some caramel and cocoa, plus light fruitiness. Low bitterness with quite a lot of fruit, mostly cherries. Malt hit at the mid, with some weak cocoa and toffee notes. Fairly dry finish. Body and CO2 were medium low, creamy carbonation. Decent, but nothing to really grab you either.

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

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Howard's Market in Tehachapi, CA. Pours a brownish-amber color with a thin light tan head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Toasted malt and nut aroma with a bit of hops. Medium, smooth body with flavors of nuts and caramel malt, plus a touch of hops and chocolate. The finish is nutty with a mild hops and semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

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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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Photo of arizcards
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in early January as part of the December MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a reddish brown with very little head on the pour. Nose has a hint of malts and nothing much more. Taste is good, a nice balance between the chocolate malts, hint of nuts and coffee, and a slight dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability is good. At 4.5 abv this is definitely a sessionable beer! This brown is a bit different as there is more of an emphasis of chocolate and coffee in the malting process than others I have had.

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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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