AleSmith Nut Brown Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Nut Brown AleAleSmith Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.

AleSmith Nut Brown is a tribute to one of our favorite British styles. Deep mahogany in color, its rich, malt forward flavor profile balances notes of biscuit, mild cocoa and earthy hops. A creamy mouthfeel and full body enhances its drinkability, making Nut Brown an extremely sessionable, ale that embodies our commitment to quality.

Added by Todd on 07-08-2003

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Photo of RMW66
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid brown with hints of mahogany. A thin frothy film soon disapates. Not much by way of head retention or lace presence, however, I'm assuming that's common to the style.
In the aroma there is a cocoa sweetness, light roasted malts and an assortment of nuts such as peanuts (they add a salty quality) pecans and cashews. A toasted malt presence is prevalent throughout.
In the mouth it is smooth and silky, making for a very drinkable brew. This is a malt forward drink that coats the mouth with toasted malts, nutty qualities, hints of cocoa, light roast and a moderate and understated sweetness. There is a touch of earthy and dry tea leaf like hops bitterness that balances things off quite nicely. The finish is surprisingly zesty, even tart. The body is medium and the carbonation is gentle.
A nice example of an English Brown Ale. Elegantly simple, smooth and easy to drink. The low ABV makes it sessionable.

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Photo of cmsfish
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of akopczyk
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel. No bottle date or freshness date.

L: Ruby brown, thin beige head recedes into an island of bubbles.

S: Cocoa, maybe some bittersweet chocolate, a hint of roast coffee, roasted malts. Good aroma.

T: Starts with the sweeter cocoa and chocolate malt notes, then switches into a more bitter coffee profile. Faint earthen hops.

F: Light-Medium body (don't know where AleSmith gets this full body idea from), smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O: Solid Brown and a good beer from AleSmith.

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Photo of matcris
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clear mahogany/brown, with a finger of slowly receding, tan head that leaves a mild lacing. The aroma is nutty, so they got that right. Malty, and notes of chocolate and mild coffee. The flavor is sweet overall. Nutty, earthy, and mild chocolate are the standouts. Bitterness is almost imperceivable, but, for me, the beer is not too sweet. I like brown ales to be on that sweeter side. The feel is medium light, good carbonation, a little slick at first, but dries on the finish. Nice, easy going brown ale.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty brown color with a light tan head. Smell is malts ,caramel, and nuts Taste follows nose with toffee and malty nuttiness a sweet caramel malt finish. medium carbonation and a thin body sweet finish. Drinkable light brown ale .

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Photo of blissfulNemo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good, if somewhat underwhelming aroma of roasted malt, the brown ale nuttiness, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of a good shot of the brown ale nuttiness, a lot of roasted malt, light chocolate notes (not quite enough in my opinion), light hops, some caramel, and a bit of toffee. As it is with a lot of beers, this one doesn't seem to be pushed to greatest lengths. It's quite tame by comparison to some. Not bad, but a little weak.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The English brown ale isn't a style that allows for great improvisation. Nonetheless, this one seems a little uninspired. Not without its good qualities, though.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-Line
22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger light tan head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nutty, roasty, with some chocolate/toffee, vanilla. The taste is really nice, malty, roasty, nutty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Man brown ale has to be one of the least appreciated styles in craft beer, and I'm guilty of it too. When I think of the best brown ales in the world, I think of my own ratings being only in the 4 out of 5 range. Something I routinely pass out for more favored styles.

Well, here is one of those upper echelon type of brown ales. Brown ale pours brown, lighter brown 3/4" head on the top, excellent retention. Usual nutty, walnut like aroma and brown malt.

Taste, smooth yet well hopped for style. Ample brown malt. Not thin like Newcastle. Caramel, toffee, nutty, mild chocolate, well carbonated.

Bomber format is a little rough price per oz wise.

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Photo of drews240
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of daem3384
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wamba
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Nut Brown pours a dark brown color with a very small bubbly head, like root beer. Mild aroma, with hints of toffee and nuts. Taste is very creamy and smooth, with hints of toffee and peanuts. A bit flat. Overall, a very tasty rich nut brown ale.

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Photo of soccrgump
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From January 22, 2016
A: Pours a copper-ish brown with a one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly
S: Roasted malt, toffee, maybe a little caramel
T: Nutty with some coffee, bitter chocolate
M: Thin and smooth

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Photo of B_B
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mtn
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beaulabauve
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbertsch
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jordanian2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a nonic pint to a deep brown with some reddish highlights at the edges. Topped by a meager light tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of toasted malts and nuts with some hints of caramel
T: Taste is nice and nutty with some toasted malts and some caramel sweetness. There is a slight hop bitterness to add some balance as well. Swallow is more toasted malts and nuts with some slight coffee on the back end along with some roasted notes.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a semidry finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice brown ale with some great flavors and decent complexity. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for a sessionable brown.

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