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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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 93
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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Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
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 mynie
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
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 hero27
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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 rowew
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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 PeatReek
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
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 Dmann
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not been a huge fan of Green Flash brews in the past, but this one was quite good. The beer poured a great dark brown color and proceded to let off a great frothy head that left good lace on the glass. The smell was not the strongest but still had enough nutty maltiness to satisfy. I dug the taste of this one though. Sweet malt in the start and during the middle I detected a porter like dark chocolate flavor and the finish was a little dry but very nice. This beer rides a fine line between a light porter and a very dark brown ale but the flavor is great and I would definantly recommend it.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a garnet color with ruby highlights, topped by an inch of sturdy tan head. Pleasant, rich aroma of roasted malt, with notes of caramel, bread, and hazelnut. Palate is rich and sweet, full of roasted caramel malt. Body is a touch creamy, conveying the sweetness of the malt well. A tasty, if not particularly complex, brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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 WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Boilermaker88
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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 SteveO1231
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BrewMaster
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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 drewbage
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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 beerguy101
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 jcalabre
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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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Green Flash Nut Brown Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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