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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
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a translucent chestnut brown with thick foamy off-white head. Head quickly dwindles down to a nice collar. Leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- Nutty smell with sweet caramel malt.

T- Very rich nutty taste with sweet caramel malt background. Finish is consistent with the initial taste and a rich nutty aftertaste lingers.

M- Medium carbonation and medium weight body. Very smooth finish. Mouthfeel accompanies the richness of this brew.

D- This was a very good English Brown. Taste is much stronger than most that I have had. Its richness, however, makes it hard to drink more than one of these.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent brown ale. Not one of my favorites, but it has its moments.

The beer pours to a nice dark mahogany color, ruby when held to the light, with a thin off-white head. The head dies down to a thin centimeter film and retains for the duration of the glass. Lacing is alright, but could be better. Plenty of active carbonation, as revealed by a back light.

The smell is the weakest link. Has a feint reminder of DMS, though it is such a subtle amount that it almost doesn't register as an off-flavor. Has a strong caramel malt sweetness with a very subtle sour toasted grain aroma, and a hint of nuts and smoke.

The taste is better, revealing more of the roasty grain flavors. Tastes like chocolate malt with a smidge of black patent, perhaps. Still plenty of caramel and its accompanying sweetness, though the sweetness is more rounded by the dark malts in the flavor. The DMS flavor seems better covered up by the dark malt as well. Has a huge nutty finish with a hint of smoke. A dry chalky/ashy and chocolate aftertaste lingers on.

The body is thin and prickly from too much carbonation. Has a slightly acrid sourness to it. Kind of a mid-ground between sweet and dry. No trace of hops. Has potential, but definitely not one of the best brown ales out there.

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

Poured a crystal clear medium red-brinish color with massive tannish head.
Smell is of roasted malt with some pleasant caramel and molasses tones.
Taste is more of the roasted malt character with some more caramel and toffee essences.
Finishes with a naice malt sweetness with a touch of balancing malt.
A nicely done, easy-to-drink brown ale.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Green Flash's IPA and thought the Barleywine was good. I knwo these aren't really any indicators for how good an English Brown'll be but either way I've been looking forward to trying this brew.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - A very deep amber color. About a finger of light tan head. Head fades a little but remains fairly substantial and leaces the glass pretty well.

S - Smell is quite subdued. What you do get is some tiny aromas of roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate.

T - A pretty nice flavor overall. Sweet malts with some tiny fruitiness. A touch of chocolate in there. Finishes pretty clean.

M - Pretty nice feel. A medium body.

D - Not the best nut brown but exactly what you want in this style. Smooth and malty. Easy to drink.

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

Pours a deep brown color with ruby red hues, a light tan head consisting of big bubbles that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some spotty lacing. Smells mostly of malt with some toffee and cocoa hints. Taste begins sweet like caramel with a hint of toffee glazed nuts before finishing with a dry hopped presence. Medium in body with a bit of a chewiness. A good nut brown ale, very middle of the road. Not an extreme beer, but also not lacking anything, very sessionable.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

plain clear brown ale with a lovelly creamy,large tan head. Slightly nutty,malty aroma but its quite tame. very dark chocolate styled malt taste, coffeeish even, slightly nutty, some sourness( maybe the Belgian part) Nice mouthfeel, quite livelly carbonation. Overall a nice brown, its almost like a Porter Lite, well drinkable.

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +10.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -4.7%
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 -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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 DogFood11
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -1.1%
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 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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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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