Nut Brown Ale
AleSmith Brewing Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #4
ABV:
5%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,073
Avg:
4 | pDev: 10%
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
943
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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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Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

Jun 03, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aww, I'm only review 99, almost the 100th review and I'd win some great reward, according to the malty voices in my head at least.

The pour gives an erupting 1.5 finger head life, a chestnut brown colored head, fluffy with some bigger bubbles, fades at a med pace with enough lacing to leave a layer of it on the sides of the glass, eventually stops fading and leaves a thick frothy 1/4 finger head covering that jiggles a bit, with the lacing leaving a history of the beer, and a dark mahogany beer with a bit of light sneaking through and some ruby light streaming through it.

Nose wafts out a nice nutty aroma. Starting with a nice slightly sweet caramel like base, some brown sugar and molasses base the sweetness. With the caramel is the typical toffee and candy like demeanor. The nutty malt gives way to a light biscuit and bready malt, and a hint of cocoa or more like a bit of chocolate malt. There is also a light toasty biscuit malt like aroma.

Taste creams into my mouth... wait that sounded bad... it comes into my mouth... wait that was worse... anyways, the flavor explod... ok all jokes aside, this flavor is good. Nice toasted malt at first, light biscuit and toasted brown malts, plenty of caramel, little toffee, and nice nutty malt flavors. I wouldn't call it a straight nut flavor, but a nutty earthy like flavor, a halfway to peanut with a light chestnut and cashew like blend. A light sweetness comes with the nice malty flavor, with a light creamy like malt in the overall profile, hence the initial bad sounding sentence. The big caramel flavor increases as it warms and moves towards the finish. A light earthy hop bitterness also starts to come through, and ramps a bit on the dry finish, as well as more earthy malts, root like nutty flavors lingering, more caramel except quite dry, almost bone (shut up on the innuendos), bone dry.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, decent carb.

Overall a nice beer, well done nut brown ale, one of the first beer styles I really liked when I first got into beer. It's hard to find a good nut brown beer these days, doesn't seem like anyone really makes it outside of England. It's a nice type of beer for cooler style weather, a rainy day, or when you need a nice malty beer without a big profile and sweetness. It's a well done nut brown too, so Cheers to Alesmith for continuing to makes some great beers and lesser made styles.

Sep 29, 2012
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womencantsail from California

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alesmith

A: The pour is a deep, opaque brown color with a mild cream colored head.

S: The nose is very nutty, as you would expect. There are some nice toffee and toasted, biscuity malt aromas as well, along with some caramel sweetness.

T: A rich nutty and toffee flavor with a hint of coffee, perhaps. The sweetness of the bready malts is the backbone of the beer.

M: A medium body with a moderate level of carbonation with a slight creaminess.

D: I'm not always the biggest fan of brown ales as they tend to be a bit sweet, but this had a nice combination of nutty and toasted flavors that I found inviting.

Feb 28, 2010
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some nutty aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and slight coffee on the finish. A nice mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good brown ale with an awesome flavor to it.

Feb 20, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color with copper highlights and bright clarity, lasting tan foam with good coverage spotty lacing around the edges.

Nutty with a bit of yeast esters, faint plum or fruit jam oddly enough.

Dry with a mild bitterness, toasty malt, straightforward flavors. Clean and flavorful, light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Simple but nuanced. A standard example of the style.

Thanks Jay for picking this up downstate!

Feb 11, 2013
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largadeer from California

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Stone Bistro, and later at Alesmith.

Appearance: Dark chestnut, slightly translucent with an off-white head that didn't last long.

Smell: Very malty; caramel and dark fruit, slightly roasty.

Taste and mouthfeel: Mild sweetness, nutty and roasty, a bit earthy. Full-flavored but fairly light-bodied.

Drinkability: This is extremely sessionable stuff; it's full-flavored but light on the alcohol, and not so one-dimensional that it would get boring very quickly.

Jul 09, 2007
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NickMunford from Wyoming

3/5  rDev -25%

Jan 22, 2012
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent example of an English brown ale.

Apr 23, 2015
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LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 29, 2015
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EXScotT from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dec 25, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this bottle from Grain + Verse enjoyed chilled in a stout glass

The color is cocoa brown with thick pale tan head with fine bead and good retention. The smell has a moderately roasted nutty aroma which has a slight sweet scent. The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation toasted texture with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with a nice roast level with subtle sweetness and light yeast with relatively low bitterness in the flavor with slight creamy and toasted malt quality with very mild hop with slight herbal element. This is a great beer -it is nice to have since when Craft beer 1st started becoming popular the brown style was more available but now that IPA's have usurped the market this is one of the few. I recommend this to anyone since it is a great example of the style

Mar 04, 2016
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CaptDavyJones from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Oct 25, 2012
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shehateme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%

Jan 25, 2013
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Jcorn from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 02, 2015
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sneaks2210 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Jan 30, 2013
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - brown with clarity, 1/2 a finger of head and some minor lacing

S - chocolate, peanuts, roastiness

T - roasty caramel, nuts, light caramel

F - light body and medium carbonation

O - a tasty light brown ale

Aug 28, 2016
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Mike099 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Oct 20, 2013
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edthehead from New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 27, 2018
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rich brown in color with a huge tan head that stayed on top forever! Seriously this had to have looked better then damn near anything else I have run across recently, no joke. Just perfect. Aroma is dark fruits, lots of sweet brown sugary notes, hints of clove and light earthy hops, all mixing together nearly perfectly at this point in time. Nice smooth, even carbonation and feel here now as well, really well placed I have to admit. Rich warm flavor here, nice mix of pear, light spice, hints at brown sugar and a nice even caramel flavored dry finish

Nov 11, 2011
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Nrod from Argentina

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 06, 2017
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Ruby dark brown with two fingers of tan head some medium sized patches of lacing
S - Roasted hazelnut and almond, some dried flowers, light earthy hop scents.
T - If you drink this at medium cold to room temp you get the best flavor out of it, really big roasted malt and grains, toasted hazelnut is really nice here, some very faint traces of a nice earthy bitter hop
M - Creamy smooth, almost silky, still is lighter in feel so you can drink more.
O - I love nut brown ales, and this is definitely an example why, extremely rich feeling without being high in ABV, good flavor, and excellent texture.

Dec 08, 2013
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent nut brown ale in the traditional English style. Very dark brown. Sweet and malty, subtle hops. Incredibly drinkable.

Mar 18, 2016
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BWH3 from Pennsylvania

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

Spot on for style

Jan 03, 2016
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25%

Nov 22, 2013
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AMCPhD from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 08, 2017
Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 943 ratings