Classic Nut Brown Ale | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Classic Nut Brown AleClassic Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by IronDjinn on 06-25-2003

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by TerryW:
Photo of TerryW
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Moderate head, some lace, clear tea brown. Slightly sour on the nose, some malt. Noticeably sour, some sweetness and malt to finish. Thin bodied. Big glass of meh.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of MJ63
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, part of the current Okanagan Springs mixed pack - they must just be bringing this one back (hence the 'classic' nomenclature, I suppose), since I've not seen it here in the past decade, or so.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with one rather skinny-ass finger of wispy, and barely bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some disintegrating ice shelf lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells weakly of bready caramel malt, pithy, indistinct nuts, a twinge of day-old coffee acerbity, some ethereal dark fruity notes, and a very low-key earthy bitterness. The taste is grainy, lightly crackery caramel malt, subtle creamed coffee bitters, a tame buttery nut character, fading black orchard fruit, and a gentle earthy, weedy, and leafy hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty heady in their evolving fizzy and frothy stature, the body on the light side of any respectable middleweight, and so-so smooth - kind of, but not noticeably so. It finishes off-dry, the gritty caramel and blase nuttiness hoping to still make it work - silly monkeys.

Yeah, nothing special going on here, just a simple, kind of neutered-seeming brown ale, one whose nutty countenance should surely be verified by, well, someone other than me. Drinkable, I suppose, if you're stuck at a seasonal shindig, and that well-meaning in-law of yours shows up with this particular 'Winter Craft Pack'.

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Photo of jcubz
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Momon
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IronDjinn
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent crisply clear brown ale, not much carbonation action, which therefore explains the near lack of any head worth mentioning, nor any head retention, although it does form a ring and some small lacing. Fantastic nose of sweet buttery, nutty coffee, with the smallest hint of cherry in there. The taste doesn't quite follow this up, yet still contains the roasted nut and coffeelike flavours attributed to this style. It has a pleasant round mouthfeel to it, not watery like a Newcastle.

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Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigBry
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had full head, and left nice lacing down glass (have they improved this since last reviews?) even from a can.

Clear, amber in color.
Full body and taste, hoppy finish. Not overly strong flavor, but still has hint of roasted nuts.
Tastey, and enjoyable to drink.
Another good effort from Okanagan Springs.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341 mL bottle from a sampler picked up at TBS; bottled Sept 25 2015 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a deep, clear copper-amber colour, with one finger of creamy-looking, bone white-coloured foam seated atop. Good retention/lacing, and it also bequeaths a dense, thin cap rimmed by a nitro-quality foamy collar. Looks the part, but the aroma is uninspired at best - thin caramel and toffee, with some lightly toasted bread and faint hints of nutty malt.

The bland smell had me worried, but the first sip provided some relief - this is a decent, if run-of-the-mill English brown. The malt backing consists of bready, toasted malts with notes of hazelnut, toffee and the slightest hint of chocolate. Weakly grassy, leafy hop flavours on the back end, with a lightly sweet caramelized aftertaste. Light-medium in body, with middling carbonation levels that provide a soft bite, and smooth, borderline-creamy mouthfeel, and exceptional drinkability. Not a particularly interesting beer, but I would take this over their flagship pale ale any day.

Final Grade: 3.49, a B-. This nut brown is a respectable example of one of my long-time favourite British styles, and probably one of Okanagan Spring's better seasonals. Probably not an award winner, but serviceable enough, and because of its superior mouthfeel I'd probably take OSB Classic Nut Brown over Trad - though that endorsement doesn't carry nearly as much weight as it might have 6-10 years ago. I'd drink it again, and would be interested in trying it on-tap, but it's not something I'd actively seek out more of.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle poured into tulip 4/12/15.
A dark amber liquid with ots of slow bubbles feeding a thick well sustained film that leaves a coupe partial rings

S lot of soggy cereal, metallic notes, cold old coffee, sour plum, faint nutella, pretty meh

T purple candy of all things to go along with what I smell, nutty toffee as it warms

M lighter side of medium, bubbles give it life but it as a slimy loogie inducing thing going, pennies linger on the finish

O this one just doesn't do it for me, nothing really offensive but nothing impresses at any point

Maybe I just got lucky with my last beer from these guys, this one has a ways to go catching up to the chili porter

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Photo of Electros
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunman3
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A throwback to the days when Spring was King in the BC craft market. I've been drinking this beer for over 20 years and I'm excited to see its return in a mixer pack. Overall, it's nothing more than an average nut brown, but I'll take that over a Molson Canadian any day.

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Classic Nut Brown Ale from Okanagan Spring Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 15 ratings