Nut Brown Ale
AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #5
Ranked #7,810
4 | pDev: 10%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
Notes: 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.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft 6/5/21 @ the Beer Temple.

Flavorful, creamy & satisfying, while being very easy to drink. Not gonna take the world by storm but this is a damn fine brew.

Jun 07, 2021
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ThemThangs from California

4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought I'd tried this before, but I guess not. Came in a can.
Smells like honey, roasted nuts, fresh baked bread, and chocolate when pouring.
On taste it's pretty similar. Rich, with a smooth mouthfeel that makes it easy drinking. Nothing harsh or unpleasant here. I have always liked Alesmith, and I like English style beers, so it's no surprise I enjoyed this.

Sep 21, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Fathom on Shelter Island in San Diego. A good pairing with their homemade sausages and unique hotdogs. This has everything you want in a brown ale, with plenty of nutty roasted malt and a touch of hops in the finish. Drinks easy and light.

Jun 26, 2020
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Nass from Florida

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is dark & muddy brown. The taste is rich, mild cocoa, mild espresso, some caramel & a slight nutty quality leading towards the finish. Cheers! A-

Nov 17, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too shabby, flavorful brown ale with some depth and character but not as outstanding as the reviews would have led me to believe. Pours a lighter hazelnut brown color with just a little film of white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some nice caramel, malt, vanilla, roasted nuts and maybe a little milk chocolate. Taste follows the nose, nice balance of flavors. Smooth mild slightly thin mouthfeel, just enough carbonation. A solid beer but not outstanding.

Jul 25, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

L: Dark brown color, one finger tan colored head, excellent lacing, light carbonation.

S: Chocolate, malts.

T: Chocolate, sweet.

F: Light bodied, watery.

O: The lack of body makes this a no-go.

Jun 06, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 10/16/18. Nonic pint.

A: pours a dark but slightly translucent brown with two fingers of foamy light tan head. Rings of lacing as I drink it down. Retains a thick ring around the edge.

S: Earthy, toasty, minerally, slightly green hop note, too.

T: malty, toasted pumpernickel bread style arrival. Slightly sour, slightly sweet. Bready, toasty, dry cocoa, Herbal, earthy. Lingering mild green hop note.

M: lighter end of midweight; well carbonated, pretty clean finish for the style. Quite drinkable, actually.

O: I really underrated this last time I had it. A really exceptionally balanced, off-dry, very English-tasting brown. Sessionable texture and ABV. I will have to get more of this next time I get the chance.

May 04, 2019
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timon from California

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. I think I don't like this style, but we'll see once I try a warm one. The smell and look do nothing for me. They're just OK. The taste....sometimes I like, sometimes I love and sometimes I don't like at all. The mouthfeel is very thin and that ain't helping. I'm just not to excited about it, but it's drinkable and there are flashes of brilliance. Will see if a warm one is better and come back to edit this comment.

OK tried it warm and it's much better. Smell and taste and mouthfeel improved. I put it up from 3.53 as a cold beer to 3.83 as a warm one. I would give it a solid 4, but there is a milk stout taste at the end sometimes and I hate milk stouts. That taste is much diminished when it's warm, so that's good for people like me. A very nice beer, though, and another solid offering from my city's best brewery.

Mar 14, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a real talking about brown ale. Perfectly balanced this ale is a real English style brown ale. Esters and dextrins are present in.this yeast driven ale. Perfectly in style and drinkable

Oct 15, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Brown body, mostly opaque, hints of transparency on the edges, with a off-white head, short on pour and quick to fade, and lots of small bubble lacing.

S - Expected nose of caramel and toasted bread. It smells delicious.

T - It is pretty delicious. The bread and caramel notes underlie a more sour open, hints of grass and apples, with a close that introduces a tea aspect, minerality, and brings the bread flavors to the fore.

M - Brisk and light, with just a bit of stickiness, and enough dryness in the finish to invite easy drinking.

O - Pleasant and tasty, with all of my favorite brown notes, and enough acidity to keep it all clean. Yum!

Sep 22, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear chocolate brown with amber highlights. Thin off-white head that quickly dissipates into a ring.

Smell: Nutty and sweet toasted malt.

Taste: Very nutty and bready toasted flavor with little bitterness. Slight floral note.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker and more carbonated than average.

Overall: Drinkable, sweet, and interesting!

Sep 09, 2018
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augustgarage from California

3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat over 3 months since packaging, poured from a 12oz can into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Clear sienna/burnt umber liquid forms a shallow khaki head receding to a collar and surface slick. Sandy lacing; average retention.

Biscuity, toasty, malty, nutty aroma. Maybe some faint sweet/floral esters from the yeast - or gentle grassy notes from the hops.

Palate follows the nose, but adds more of a grainy element with some astringency in the mildly bitter, earthy (but almost dusty) finish. Almost too well attenuated for the style.

Crisp, drying mouth-feel, a bit thin perhaps.

Lovely aroma, but falls short of the better examples of the style. Would be curious to try this again on cask, but wouldn't go out of my way to try it again otherwise.

Aug 05, 2018
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hayesryan from Idaho

4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, 2 month old can, in 16oz Spiegelau tulip poured at 45*F.

Aroma: nutty Whoppers (chocolate malt balls), hints of toffee and caramel; not fruity, but try saying caramel apples and take a sniff.

Appearance: deep brown with ruby highlights; beautiful 2” light tan head that turned rocky while it persisted. Great lacing as I drank.

Flavor: moderate malt sweetness, mod-light caramel nutty center, smoothly and lightly dried to a chocolate finish.
Mouthfeel: round, smooth, mod-full body, clean and balanced.

Overall: would drink again on a rainy day with a Rueben maybe on rye, would be lovely on a date with a choice chocolate bar, and probably born for bangers & mash.

Jun 16, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into narrow water glass: color is brown, amber edges, head is light brown with fine bubbles and presents about 1/3 inch thick, then dissipates to a thin top.

Smell is toasty, nutty, maybe some toffee, light caramel.

Taste follows with toast, nuts, toffee, caramel, notable earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp, well carbonated, just a touch biting.

Overall a good nut brown ale, pleasant nutty and toffee flavors, mouthfeel is just a bit sharp.

Jun 04, 2018
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - A barely see-through dark brown. Short tan head that dissipated quickly to some mild lacing.

Smell - Light biscuit, molasses, caramel, some slight earthy hop tones. Very balanced and distinct aromas.

Taste - Pleasant malt sweetness, almond, a bit of salty buttery Ritz Cracker type taste. A lot of subtleties going on.

Feel - Thin body with a light tingly carbonation. On the verge of too fizzy for me.

Overall - A beer that's interesting enough to appreciate and dig into but not so strong and overpowering that you couldn't have it as a session beer.

Apr 28, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of nuttiness, caramel and toffee. Sweet caramel and toffee flavors with a mild bitter kick.

Nov 24, 2017
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

2.44/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice brown typical of nut brown ales.
Smells a bit flat, not a lot of smell
Tastes a bit flat as well, flavor of a bit brown is very mild and doesn’t have that usual smooth feel.
Feels ok, nothing extraordinary
Overall wouldn’t get again, plenty of other really good but browns that outshine this one.

Nov 04, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

8/23/2020. I just wanted to say that after having dozens and dozens (hundreds?) of Brown Ales, I can honestly say this is the best one out there. It's so well balanced and goes great with about any type of burger, sausage, or seafood, anything spicy - just throw whatever you can at it! It's a great challenge and you won't be sorry. By itself it's a silky delectable chocolate nutty treat. There is so much to love here. Absolute art. Nothing I'd change about it. Perfecto!

Original review :

Pours a delightful brown blush with some red accents, kind of like sipping that last bit of coffee as it gets transparent to the eye. The head is 1/2 finger and fluffy.

Aromas of freshly ground coffee, chocolate, and cashews. A heavy presence of Baird's Crisp Chocolate malts.

Flavor is incredibly balanced - sweet but not too sweet, earthy but not too earthy, dry but not too dry. Dark brown grains make up most of the base flavor, with nut, cashew, soy, pot coffee, and cocoa nibs. Acidic throughout. Well-done toast on the finish with some accentuated dryness.

Feel seeps into the tongue while buzzing on top, soaking into your tongue as if it were a sponge, and drying fast with roast and toast, acidity lingering along with the now louder dry profile as it finishes.

Overall, I loved this beer the first time I had it, and I love it still. It's a fabulous nut brown with tons of strengths and very little to be critical about. Possibly the best non-barrel aged Brown Ale in the states.

Sep 18, 2017
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BeanBump from California

4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Originally known as "Nautical Nut Brown," and I miss that nameFar and away my favorite brown ale. I feel like brown's dont get enough love, particularly when in the company of some killer stouts and Belgian inspired concoctions, both of which Alesmith excels at. This beer has been my go-to for years and it never disappoints. Smooth, creamy and a perfect balance of sweet and roasty tones. Relatively low ABV make this a veritable session beer and Im 100% ok with that. Can't go wrong with Nut Brown and if you ever come across the barrel-aged variety - dont be a chump. Get it.

Sep 15, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From Miguel. In Teku glass. After dinner. Excellent nose, nutty all along, but pretty worse in mouth: less nuts, slight acidity, too much neutralish bitterness and bothering carbonated feel. Low on foam

Aug 22, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint at about 50 degrees as bottle suggests, also take in mind this beer is aged. How aged hard to say as no date is on bottle but stumbled upon it in a liquor store. Just got 1 bottle:

Pour is dark brown with a cream head along with smells of chocolatey malt.

Nutty, chocolatey taste that is watered down

Overall not a huge fan of this. Perhaps if it was fresher I may enjoy it better but not the first Alesmith to disappoint me. It is ok but nothing special.

Aug 14, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From within a Pretentious Beer Glass Company dimpled mug, a murky dark old copper brown beer looks back at me. A thin beige hat quickly dissipates, leaving slight lacing.

Strong malt is revealed through sweet roasted cashews and a background of cola. Warmth brings out a hint of caramel.

As expected, the balance in this beer is excellent. One perceives toffee and white bread throughout the session. The long mild finish is accented with cashews.

Modest carbonation lifts the silky smooth medium body.

In my opinion, this beer closely follows the style guide, but more importantly is an exquisite drinking beer for relaxation. This pairs well while watching sports and I imagine it would do equally well with lively conversation and friends. Thank you Meghann and Wayne.

Aug 05, 2017
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ICTguy21 from Kansas

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown in color with a thick tan head that dissipates quickly into a thin one that sticks around. Smells faintly of hops and chocolate. Taste consist of chocolate, malt and a faint but noticeable hop and nut flavor. Not bad at all but not spectacular either, might buy again when I want a chocolate flavor but also a drink a bit more laid back than a porter.

Jul 26, 2017
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours exceedingly dark brown with near zero light penetrating it. A light tan head on top that drops quickly to a thin film.
Smell is heavily roasted, almost toasty with a whiff of char, nuts, a bit of hop, a faint hint of baking chocolate.
Taste is similar but the char is more noticeable. Nuts, a bit more of the hop breaking through.
Body is good, solidly medium, maybe a tick more. Carbonation prickles the tongue tip briefly then subsides. Hint of warmth, just barely.

Jul 04, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't see a date listed anywhere on the bottle. This is a 12 FL. OZ. bottle.

Appearance: The body is a dark brown color with just a hint of red as it is held up to the light. The head is very slim and it has a tobacco stained white color that forms a thin ring and a film across the surface.

Aroma: There is a nice, light chocolate cocoa aroma with a touch of hazelnut. It has a slightly toasty aroma to it which can be picked up before approaching the glass.

Taste: Up front a chocolate flavor is clearly present. This is shortly joined by a nice, slightly sweet, caramel and toffee flavor. Right after this is a bit of a stronger coffee flavor which piggybacks right off of the toffee flavor. The finish is slightly nutty.

Mouthfeel: It feels a tad over-carbonated and at right at the finish it feels a bit thin. the body is pretty light.

Overall: This would be a nice beer to drink during the crisp Autumn weather. I would drink it again, especially as the leaves are beginning to turn and things are starting to get a bit cooler. Although it is a bit lacking in body I would still recommend the beer overall. The drinking experience of this beer is very enjoyable.

Jul 02, 2017
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