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

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English Brown Ale
3.6 | pDev: 12.78%
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
Notes: 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
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 218
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3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a medium brown color, light enough to allow some light through showing true brown colors and just the hint of reddish highlights... The thinnish light tan head dies back all too quickly leaving no ring or lacing.

The nose is rather simple with a caramel malt aroma and just a hint of woodiness.

The flavor is also rather uncomplicated but what notes are present are done quite nicely. Main flavors are lightly caramelized sugar with a hint of chocolate and wood. No toasted grain notes that would make it more Porter than Brown. No hop notes at all and just a hint of residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good with a very creamy finish. Surprisingly no oily components to the medium bodied brew and just a bit of carbonation. Barely a touch of hop bitterness at the finish but the lingering experince is a creamy smoothness. For a sweet brew there's no cloying sugary aftertaste.

All in all it's a drinkable but unchallenging brown ale. It's competently executed with no overpowering notes or underlying sourness but calling this a Nut Brown Ale calls for comparison to other Nut Browns and there's really no comparison.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of kmpitz2.

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that thins. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty and nutty with some cocoa notes. Very nice.

Malty and nutty taste right upfront with hints of cocoa. Finishes rather clean with a lingering nutty/cocoa taste.

Body seems thin, carbonation is good.

Even with the somewhat thin body, this is still a very nice brown ale. I would gladly drink several more.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling courtesy of kmpitz2. Pouring a room temp bottle into a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep mahogany color with 2 cm of fluffy beige head foaming up easily. The aroma is not as sweet as I thought but does put up some caramel and toffee notes with a bit of faint herbal and grassy hops in the background.
The first sip reveals an average body with a rather slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Overall physically gentle on my palate.
The flavor is fairly malty with some caramel and toffee with just a hint of chocolate sliding in the back. No real hop flavors to find. I do get more chocolate and some lite roast after the swallow.
The flavor is mild overall and the beer is very easy to drink. This is a tasty beer that could be sessionable as it is not huge and is not overly sweet. Worth trying!

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Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with tinged ruby highlight. Hint of cocoa powder in the aroma. Moderate roasted malt flavor, with a distinctive chocolate malt note in the middle. Low hops bittering, which is appropriate for the style. Seemed a little on the thin side, which was the primary detraction. Not quite enough to hold my interest for a session beer, but a pleasant beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of cameraman
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A redish/ brown color, with a slight head. The scent of carmel sweetness and some nuttiness comes through. The taste is the same as the scent, sweetness and nutty flavor, with a hoppy finsh at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth going down. I would like to have less hoppiness at the and more of the nutty flavor. Still, this is a very good beer, and very drinkable. I think I will go have another one right now.

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light brown color with a small head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nutty with caramel notes and faint hints of fruit. Smells pretty good. The flavor is much the same. The taste is mostly caramel flavors with some nutty notes, some chocolate, and it has a slightly bitter finish from the hops. I would prefer a little more body and a stronger caramel flavor. Overall, this is a really nice beer and very drinkable. I'll probably buy this one again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 kmpitz2
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep mahogony color with a finger of light tan head that falls to a modest coat over top. Nose is awesome in my book. Big toasted nuttyness with chocolate and a hint of deeper roast. Very well balanced and very enticing. Flavor is very good as well. Dominated with the toasty nut character with light chocolate hanging behind it. Flavor is not as full as I expected. Feel is a light moderate with a light moderate carbonation. Could use a touch more body. Definately a drinkable beer here. Very good example of the style IMO. Balance is great. Very glad to see this one in bottles. I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 04/07/05 at the Bluegrass Brewing Co. Pub at the Cincinnati Airport.

Solid brown color with a low beige ring for a head and low carbonation. Nutty malt aroma and flavor really shines nicely. Medium-light bodied with a lightly dry roasty finish. A very nice session beer.

The best beer of the day here and should have stuck with htis vs. trying their Alt.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried a glass of this at the BBC in the Cincinnati airport. This was a lot better than the last time I tried it. This was their current seasonal selection. Clear dark brown with a medium thick beige head. Thin lacing. The aroma is very nutty, along with a touch of malt. Nicely smooth with a roasty and nutty character. Malt and hops are also present in the flavor. The finish is crisp and nutty. Overall my experience with the beer this time around was much more favorable.

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Nut Brown Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 218 ratings