Hazelnut Brown Ale
River Rat Brewery

Hazelnut Brown AleHazelnut Brown Ale
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English Brown Ale
Ranked #239
Ranked #40,552
3.58 | pDev: 14.53%
River Rat Brewery
South Carolina, United States
Hazelnut Brown AleHazelnut Brown Ale
Notes: A traditional mild brown ale brewed with English malts, hops, and fresh Hazelnuts. Malty and nutty with a mild hop presence makes this Brown ale approachable for novice beer drinkers, but can satisfy those who like a malty dark ale.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 68
Photo of mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium brown producing 2+ fingers of tan, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a half inch wash of pasty lacing. This is a very nice beer but the appearance is its high point. Not that it's other aspects are bad in the fact they're quite good. Here we go: Aroma is sweet, heavy to roasted malt and nuts, caramel with a cocoa background. Taste similar with toffee and even more chocolate, dominated by roasted nuts from mid-palate into finish. Aftertaste is roast, deeply toasted brown bread, caramel, bitterness and astringent. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy and slightly chewy with a moderate prickle. Nice and nutty.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber/brown with medium head and persistent lacing.
Smell is roasted hazelnut and more nut.
Taste is toasty and nutty. Not overpowering.
Nuttiest beer I've had.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at The Smokehouse in Hilton Head Island for $5.00.

Beer was served brown with a nice white head.

Nose had hints of toasted nuts.

Taste was a nice malt nuttiness with enough hopping to balance things out nicely.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall a very nice beer to enjoy with a nice smoked barbecue lunch! Good choice by the restaurant for a beer-food pairing!

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine #121

Nutty, Clean, Balanced, Toasty
Brewed with English malts and hops, the brewer also opted to add fresh hazelnuts for more upfront nuttiness than just relying on malt would allow. The nutty character is pronounced and complements the malt character well. Toasty with a slight sweetness. Modestly hopped and only 5.4 percent ABV, this Brown Ale stays balanced. A beer that’s very much to style, and one that brings back memories of pub crawling in Northern England. [Jason]

Look 4.25 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.50 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Carolina Ale House in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a clear dark amber with a large white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass at rebel pie in Florence, SC.
A: pours a medium brown with a minor golden hue in the body, +1 finger white foam head
S: roasted malt, hazelnut, chocolate
M: medium body
T: wonderful nutty taste that is mild and pleasant, malty, some sweetness in the middle, sorta watery in the finish
O: solid brew that makes a great cool weather sipper, will drink again

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Photo of Zylod
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice brown and smells just like a nut brown should, doesn't follow through with the taste though and only goes part of the way. Malt and nuts are apparent but probably will not be enough to please most. Still I found it ok and the bottle does say good for the novice beer drinker and I would agree, nice as a gateway beer for those that have not already had a lot of browns.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.49/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Deep mahogany brown that looks black through the center. Not quite one finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but that's probably from the nuts. Not really lacing is left.

4.75 S: Hell ya, this is nuts done right. Deep lasting toastiness Sweet caramel underneath. I suspect that this would be fairly nutty without the hazelnuts and with them it's simply wonderful. Not overly complex, but forceful with the aromas it does offer.

4.75 T: The taste is simple more of the nose. So clean, yet so tasty and powerful. Primarily toasty with caramel underneath. Big nuttiness with the hazelnuts contribution warmly welcomed.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Active carbonation but within reason. A touch bity and only modestly creamy, but overall not bad.

4.5 D: Really loving this. If the mouthfeel was a bit better this could go on my "must-have" list.

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Photo of TheRaven
1.85/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Filled from a growler station about two miles from the brewery. Enjoyed with company while brewing, the collective review of this beer was unanimous: River Rat needs to go back to the drawing board on this brown ale. The look of the beer was spot on but it lacked in taste, especially on the back end, where the mildly malty impression gives way to a, well, watery finish. This is by no means an indictment of River Rat, who has some excellent offerings; I was just expecting a little more.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours clear, dark, red-brown with a small, weak tan head. Manages to leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: quite mild, with hints of roasted nuts, wood, and brown bread.

Flavor: mild up front, but a rather bold, nutty aftertast taste with a clear contribution from hazelnuts. Lightly sweet until the aftertaste.

O: a solid brown ale worth seeking out if you fancy this style or hazelnut ales.

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Hazelnut Brown Ale from River Rat Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 68 ratings