Green Flash Nut Brown Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 100
Photo of jomo
2.61/5  rDev -27.7%
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 ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a slightly murky medium brown color with about an inch of tan head. Smells of nuts and caramel malts. Tastes of sweet chocolate, hazelnuts, and fruity hops. Rich and creamy with medium carbonation. This is a rather tasty brown ale. Recommended.

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Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Clear, brown/copper color. Large, light tan head. Some good carb action going on.

Toast and roast notes greet the nose. Raisins and caramel carry the sweet component. Just a touch of citrus balances. Finally, there is an underlying earthy smell.

A bit richer than Sweetwater's Georgia Brown, and a touch more bitterness. Coffee & burnt toast come in mainly at the finish, and increase in the aftertaste as you drink. Only real flaw is that this might get annoying after a couple, but this pretty minor.

Medium in body and carbonation. A bit drying.

Good, a nice, solid session beer. Full flavored and highly drinkable. Wonder what the ABV is.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muted reddish/brown color. Not a lot of head. Bready and nutty aroma. Slight sort of "wang" in there. Quite nutty flavor. Moderate malt level with a slight cocoa bitterness to it. Quite dry in the finish. Average body. Certainly not up to the level of Green Flash's IPAs or barleywine. Ok effort. You might need to make your own deciscion.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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 jcdiflorio
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
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 cerveza5150
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
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 mentor
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 goschool
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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 mrasskicktastic
2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
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 DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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 arizcards
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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 SixpointJMH
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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 DogFood11
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12 oz bottle into a small tulip. It builds up an average off white head that falls to a thin skim on top of a light brown body. Shiney and clear. Traces of string lace.

Deep roasted malts leave behind a powdery coating on the palate. Chocolate is involved but far from a theme just as a layer of depth. Leans on the heavily bitter side for a brown. Spritzy carbonation tends to chop down the malt bill a bit in the middle. Finishes lingering in roasted and chocolate malt and again a bit chalky or powdered.

Notes: I enjoyed this. A little thin at the start but it definitely gets its point across. Nice roasty bitterness, light charred edge. I've had good browns and bad and generally not a big fan but this was in the good category for me. I liked the back and forth play of flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Minkybut
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Illinick
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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 jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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 tonistruth
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
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 akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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 ArtD
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this on a whim here on the east coast, wanting to try something different.

It's as good as Newcastle with more character, freshness and slightly more hops. Half-inch light tan head after a vigorous pour. Color is brown with a slight red tint. Smell has a decent hop aroma with only the slightest vegetal notes. Taste is very good, with good maltiness but not too sweet, with just enough hops. Mouthfeel is right on for this style, not thick or chewy, with good carbonation.

Text on label: "This medium-bodied, English-style brown ale is marked by its sweet, nutty flavor and mild hop character. Locally brewed and? [sic] bottled in San Diego? [sic] County. Our premium ales are hand-crafted using only the finest, all-natural ingerdients."

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
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 russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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