Nut Brown Ale | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nut Brown Ale has a diverse grain bill which lends this traditional English ale a variety of flavors that coalesce into a remarkably smooth and pleasant drink. Additions of various pale, caramel and dark malts create a smooth, sweet malt profile with hints of roasted nuttiness. Multiple additions of English hops round out the flavors and give this classic beer a true flavor of the Old World.

29 IBU

Added by Dogbrick on 11-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 110
Reviews by ommegangpbr:
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasantly surprising little brown ale. It does actually remind me a little bit of Samuel Smith's nut brown ale. Pretty on the pour with a deep mahogany color. Scents are muted, mostly communicating a malty sweetness.
Flavor is obvious with the malty sweetness. We're approaching Malta Goya territory with the flavor profile, though not nearly as syrupy. Thin bodied with a light seltzer like carbonation that buzzes on the tongue. The nuttiness is nice.
Worth a shot if you like the style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a sparkling, clear ruby mahogany body with a small beige head which falls into a lasting collar with some minimal patch lacing. Aroma is mostly toasty and nutty malts, accented by some golden apple and ripe pear fruitiness. Mouthfeel is on the light side, with medium carbonation. Taste has a touch of smooth chocolate, toasted malt, a hint of ripe pears, and a vague nutty character that seems hazelnut. Hops are restrained, but add a delicate bitterness that provides a nice balance. Light bodied and tasty enough to be very sessionable, but lacks the depth and complexity of the tap version I sampled a few months ago at the brewpub. Still, a pretty good Kentucky brewed brown ale.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, clear, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: nut, caramel, and toasted malt

Taste: nut, caramel, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: light, sweet, smooth, medium light bodied, with a sharper end

Drinkability: Another good example of the style, I could drink several of these. Not the most complex version of a nut brown, but a solid flavor profile

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Photo of uconnalum2
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark reddish-brown with little head. The smell is pleasant with toasted malt and an earthy scent. The taste is a mild blend of roasted malt, chocolate and some nuttiness. The aftertaste is rather watery. The mouthfeel is thin and light to medium bodied. Drinkability is good because of the lightness. Overall, a decent beer but lacks character. This is not among my favorite brown ales.

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Photo of NoetheMatt
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of elBecko
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, notched to show a bottle don date of April 2013, served in a snifter.
Hazy dark reddish brown body; small partial head despie a vigouous pour, and most of this is soon gone.
Aroma: about spot on for style, with a nice bit of nutty roasted grains as well as sweet malts and toffee.
Flavor: largely follows the aroma, but is a bit sweeter than expected.
Feel: light body is a bit too thin. Smooth.

O: allowed to warm before serving but not enough; it continued to improve with further warming.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks!

Pours a deep brown color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet toasted malts with hints of toffee. Also present are hints of drier roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit mor one-dimensional. Slightly grainy toasted malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are hints of roasted malts. Very light hints of earthy hops come into play midway through the sip, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but there was nothing terribly off-putting. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

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Photo of monoXcide
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time with this style of beer and I like it. Nothing too special, but its good.

Appearance - Like a deep mahogany brown with a small light brown head and a little bit of lacing.

Smell - A nice noticeable caramel and malt.

Taste - I like it. Nutty and caramel. No bitterness to it at all and is very slightly sweet. It kinda needs to have more of its flavour. Feels like it could be more nutty and caramel but seems to play it safe. Perhaps I had it too cold.

Mouthfeel - Carbonization is just right but it does not have much of a presence in the mouth, which is slightly disappointing but not so much to knock off a few points but just enough worth mentioning.

Drinkability - Pretty good. It has session beer quality drinkability and would be something good to add a bit of variety to some of the other beers I consider session beers. I could knock a few of these back with no problem.

If you are looking for something complex then this is not your beer. If you're looking for something a little different but not too out there then this is a good choice to mix it up a bit.

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Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a murky brown that clears up quickly to leave a much clearer brown color. I can tell from looking at it that it may be a but thin. The head pours decently and dissipates to a thin film but is present throughout. Light lacing is also present.

The smell is different from anything I've had before. The yeast being so strong up front is surprising. A little maltiness with minimal hops and some nutty sweet notes as well.

The taste is similar. Yeast is strongest up front. Light caramel notes and a touch of nuttiness. Thinness is evident in the taste as it seems a bit watered-down. Not as well-balanced as it could be due to a real lack of hops character.

This one begins pretty heavily carbonated but calms down quite a bit. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery.

This one isn't too bad, but the main issues are the thinness and the watery taste and feel, and it could be better balanced for sure. I'd give it a try just to check it out, but I would pick a better nut brown for a regular.

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Photo of eweneek83
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This one pours a dark brown color with a light creamy looking tan head.

Smell - a Bit of barley smell with a sweet roasty molasses tones. a hint of dates or something as well.

Taste - tastes much like the smell. Comes on somewhat malty and then hints of English malts and a slight sweet brown ale taste comes through then evens out well, and a bit watery, but tasty.

mouthfeel- this beer has the perfect amount of carbonation and is very smooth and not too thick (like many brewers try to make up for a decent taste)

drinkability - this one is just light enough to drink a couple and tasty enough to eat at your next cookout. A solid BrownAle indeed.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me a beer from Kentucky!

A: Dark brown in color, nice one finger, egg white head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring of foam around the edge. Spotty lacing.

S: Very nutty and sweet. There is a good bit of malt, some caramel and a little bit of dough. As it warms some chocolate develops.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of caramel and nuts, there is also some toffee and a little bit of chocolate mixed in.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Leaves a slightly dry mouth.

O: I like this beer, very easy drinking and the caramel and nut flavor was really good. The hints of chocolate was a nice addition.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bluegrass- Nut Brown Ale

A- Light amber brown with a small non lacing head.
S- Sweet brown sugar malt with a touch of chocolate.
T- Sweet brown sugar and molasses malt with a dusting of chocolate powder.
M- Sweet and cloying. Very sugary with the mildest of a dry finish.

Overall- Nah, just didn't do it for me. Too sweet and cloying, very little flavor other than some malt and chocolate. Pass on this 1.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is just a nice brown ale. Color is a murky brown with decent enough head retention. Both the smell and taste are what you'd expect - very mild with caramel malt dominating. Very low bitterness. Smooth on the palate with a very sweet finish. If you're looking for a nice brown ale this one is worth a try.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany/amber brown with average foam. Thin, but present lace.

Aroma is caramel, nutty, strong and rich.

Seems thick-bodied and very malty, even sweet overall. I get some maple and toffee in the malts, with a slightly bitter hops finish. Reasonably balanced.

Tasty session beer. Not outstanding, but solid.

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Photo of prototypic
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks, man.

Appearance: This one's an orange stained brown color. I was expecting darker, but it's not bad. It features very active carbonation which yielded a slightly off-white head that wasn't quite a finger tall. It disappeared very quickly and left little lacing in its wake. Average overall.

Smell: The nose continues the average theme. It's not very strong. But, it does have some pretty good qualities. It's yeasty and biscuity initially. There's some toasted malt notes along with some light caramel/toffee malt. There's a nice nutty/prailine aroma that carries the day. It fits in very well and actually gives off a nice aroma. If it were a little stronger, it'd be much improved.

Taste: This one just keeps improving. I like the taste of this beer. It's not going to win any awards for depth or character, but it's still good. It is malty and sweet up front. A nice caramel/toffee flavor blends well with a very smooth prailine taste. The nutty flavor is definitely the x-factor. It's well done. There's a bit of a yeasty flavor to it. Absolutely no alcohol is noted. I suspect the abv is relatively modest, but it's blended well. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and relatively smooth. Carbonation is active and gets in the way a little, but it's nice overall. Drinkabiliity is good. I like the flavor and the abv seems to lend itself to good drinkability. I could handle a few of these.

Bluegrass did a pretty good job with this one. It's got a few flaws. The nose could use some work and I'd like to see some light hopping or something to add some character to it. But, overall, it's surprisingly pretty good. Better than I was expecting. Thanks, Chris.


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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bmoraymond
4.46/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of wrentmore
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Infamous7100
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark mahogany with hints of ruby. A thin carmel to brown head forms over the top. No lacing at all, but love the color scheme.
S: loads of malt, carmel, bread and nuts. Not picking up any hops or booze. Malt bomb?
T: Loving this. Huge malty backbone balanced by just a hint of crisp and bitter hops. All kinds of carmel notes with chocolate and toffee playing a role as well. Perfect amount of roasting.
M: decent amount of carbonation..silky with a clean finish that is made up mostly of roasted malt, slight char, and some bitterness.
O: an easy drinking ale with a complexity i didnt expect. Very smooth and very flavorful. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of nortmand
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mahogony pour, with some off white head.

Nice rich toffee aromas are balanced with a bit or resiny hops.

Slight roast mingles with solid caramel flavors. Ends with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Very, very clean.

Medium bodied, and very drinkable, this is a great, clean session beer.

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Photo of beveritt
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is different from that currently shown on BA with a tan and brown star pattern. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of tan head. This settles quickly to just a thin, nearly complete coating of foam. The beer itself is perfectly clear and the color of burnished copper. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of toffee and maple syrup.

Taste: Sugary sweet malt upfront, with an undertone of maple syrup and a slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Average plus carbonation level, maybe a little high for this style. Body is good.

Drinkability: Enjoyable, but overall a little too sweet. The sugar/candy like sweetness was excessive and not counterbalanced by enough of a malt backbone.

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Photo of Irish7r
2/5  rDev -44.3%

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