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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.

Added by Todd on 07-08-2003

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Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an excellent dark brown with off white head that looks ruby red when held up to a light. The scent was excellent, rich roasted malt, toffee, nutty notes and a bit of dark coffee were all present on the nose. Very enticing. The flavor delivered on this promise, beginning with a hit of roast malt, moving into toffee and roast malt, and finishing with rich nutty notes and a slight coffee like aftertaste. The mouthfeel was good, with a medium carbonation that made the beer quite easy to drink. The body was medium-light which contributed to this ease. An all around excellent brown ale, easily the best I've tried as of this date.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +24.4%

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color with two full fingers of oatmeal-colored head that dissolved into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt and dark bread, with some brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Roasty, malty, nutty, delicious! Lots of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread like pumpernickel, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness, and finished with some nicely balanced hops. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Some good carbonation to slightly tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is one of the best American made versions of an English Nut Brown Ale that I’ve ever had! It’s absolutely delicious!! Fans of brown ales should definitely give it a try. I’m certainly going to get some more of this!!

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Photo of coati858
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't tell you how fortunate I feel to live close enough to AleSmith to get growlers of this. It's a shame it doesn't appear to be available in bottles from stores.

Absolutely delicious -- the "Goldilocks" of the browns, at least for me.

All the flavors perfectly in balance. Enough hops to have make their presence known subtly rather than them running around the beer like a bull in a china shop. Lots of darker malt/grain (but not really sweet) flavor without any particular roasting note overriding the chorus.

Started drinking this poured out of the growler at refrigerator temp out of a standard pint glass. Finished some of the last of a glass at near-room temp. The flavors brightened up as it warmed, but it was great all the way through the range.

If I only had one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would fit the bill nicely.

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Photo of jeffjohns29
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer. Great mouth feel and has a great finish. Hands down one of the best Brown Ales i've tried today... And I've drank almost 20 different brown ales today. Cheers!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer rests in my glass with a thick tan head and a bright brown color. This beer has a subtle nutty aroma to it. There is a nice caramel malt sweetness here that is backed up by toasted malt flavors and a nuttiness that is found in the finish. This beer is packed with solid malt flavors that just jump out of my glass. This is one of the best Nut Brown ales that I have ever had, probably is the best. It is just so enjoyable and so well integrated.

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Photo of Bricelyn
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like milk from a Growler (The only way to get head from a growler) it produces on fingers worth of head, this beer separates the light into three darker ambers like an out of focus monochrome Abstract. Beatifull or maybe I've allready had too much! It's smell is like fire roasted nuts and a slight maltiness. Taste is similar to a smoked porter but lighter and there are definitely some nuts in there somewhere I just can't get to them. Light Carbonation and very dry this beer is very drinkable and I am sessionning it to my wifes dismay! Gotta love the Alesmilth guys and gals!!

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

The beer pours a very clear and clean brown with a powerful head. The aromas of caramel, sour dough, almonds, and milk chocolate rise out of the glass. The flavor is very balanced between sweet, chocolaty notes, and more restrained, dry bread and nutty flavors. The mouthfeel is a perfect middle ground, neither to thick nor too thin. This is a genius brown ale, and I would happily consume if frequently.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the Liar's Club. I have never seen it anywhere else, so I am happy that it is always at the Liar's Club.

This beer pours a redish brown color with a nice looking ruby tint. It has a light tan head, that fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a nice toasted malt aroma. It smells nutty. It also has a good caramel sweet aroma to it. Not much hop presence.

This beer tastes much like the aroma leads on. It is pleasently nutty, with a mild toasted malt flavor. Caramel sweetness in present. As with the aroma, the hop profile is rather low.

This beer is quite refreshing. It goes down very smooth, leaving a nutty aftertaste. This beer is perfectly carbonated.

I think this beer would make a perfect session beer if you could find it. It is low in alcohol, and that can be nice. Also, it has a great flavor, and wouldnt get overbearing.

Overall: I really like this beer. It is easy to drink with the low alcohol. I wish it was more available. It is a winner.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler into a tulip.

A: dark brown with a thin white head. The head fades to a white ring on the edge. Slight lacing on the edge of glass.

S: Nutty roasty smell.

T: Dark caramel, roast, toasted nuts, lingering sweetness. Super tasty.

M: Great mouthfeel but a little watery for my taste.

D: Very drinkable tasty session brown.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I really like brown ales, especially english brown ales... and this is the best one I've ever had.

Appearance: Pretty casual brown with a below average head. Frustratingly the head dissappeared shortly after the beer was served.

Smell: Nutty, chocolatey and fully malty, this beer smelled like it was a malt lovers dream.

Taste: I was expecting an unbalanced malt fest from the smell, and I didn't get it... awesome. Everything from the aroma was present, the chocolate tasting amazing, like sweet milk chocolate. However, there was also a subtle hop characteristic: not fruity, not plantlike, but soothing to the malt tastes.

Mouthfeel: The smoothness and heavier body (than most brown ales) made this almost perfect, but the bitterness at the end was perfect... not overbearing and not understated.

Drinkability: I guzzled this down, and would gladly choose this if I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very dark brown hue, moderate tan creamy head that is mostly diminishing, fair lacing throughout
S- Nose is dominated by a range of nuts including hazelnut, pecans, and almonds, roasted malts, tones of coffee and cocoa/milk chocolate, some light hops too
T- Initial taste is of roasted nuts and malts as expected, followed by sweet chocolate tinged with espresso, finishes with crisp hop bitterness in the lasting finish, very well-balanced and complex brown!
M- Light-medium bodied, creamy to watery texture, good carbonation
D- At under 5%abv, this is a standout brown session ale that is smooth and delicious, I recently drank about 6 pints over the course of a few hours at a local lounge and was feeling fine all night long, this is one of only two "core" styles that Alesmith doesn't bottle, but I look forward to drinking it whenever I stumble upon it at fine SD bars and eateries

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't generally like brown ales but I made porcini mushroom risotto and someone recommended a brown ale with mushroom risotto so I got it. Great decision- complimented the earthy subtle mushroom flavors with a mild roasted malt flavor, crisp from the appropriate use of hops, and cleansing for the palate. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a darker brew that doesn't have too much of a flavor impact.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown hue, but not so dark that you can't see through it with sufficient light. Body is lightly hazy and the head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass. Very nearly a paragon for the style.

Smell: very nutty, lightly caramelly and lightly toasty malt aroma. Not much in the way of hops, which works well here. One of the few truly "nutty" smelling beers I've had -- there is a beautiful hazelnut quality here which is not overly sweet. It's growing on me; it's quite awesome.

Taste: more of that hazelnut right up front, followed by a more porter-like roasted malt character. There's a hint of chocolate in the mix, but it's just a supporting role. Magically, through all this, it's not overly acidic or astringent; this is one beer which has exemplary balance. A tiny bitterness and green hop character comes in at the end, but it's not vegetal or overdone or anything. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. In most beers, this would be a hallmark; in this beer, it's a merely "good" part of an otherwise amazing brew.

Overall: this is probably my favorite English-style brown ale. Easily rivals Hazelnut Brown Nectar in the Brown Ale category, and is just generally delightful. I rarely come across a beer which so wonderfully represents its claimed style *and* is, simply, super-tasty to boot. There are almost certainly recipe tweaks which could make this beer better -- but I sure can't tell you what they are.

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Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seems an appropriate beer for a grey-skyed evening turned wet with fog and drizzle. Though I've sampled the beer in the past, I don't have a strong memory of it, and this bottle was a pleasant surprise on my latest shopping trip. Nice looking label. Screen-printing and clean graphic design. It's a shame they dropped the nautical theme, but you can't have everything.

As for the beer, it's got a nice look, too. She's a dark brunette with a khaki hat of creamy bubbles. I see a fly fisherman in the foam clinging to the walls, but it might be one of those deep sea fish with the night light lures and jaws full of teeth.

It smells like a clean pub hosting a bake sale. Snickerdoodles, toffee squares, chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, crumbly shortbread and just enough beer to ease the mind. I could really go for some shortbread.

The taste is an entirely different beast. There's a mild acridity, like the inner skin of a nut, or perhaps, the bold font on the bottle is starting to influence my perception. The blandly tart lemon hop note is forgiven as it does an admirable job cutting through the sugary malt background. Perhaps, the beer doesn't quite need this level of hop pucker and could rest on the laurels of its chocolate toffee body, but that doesn't take away from the end product. It's a brown ale made in San Diego.

The mouthfeel is distinctly... uhh... beer-ish. I don't know. Carbonation is normal. It might be a teensy tiny bit sticky, but I'm just grasping at straws, here.

This is a good beer. Nut Brown is an excellent American take on an English brown ale. It gives a pleasant spin to the style without overly challenging the palate and still packing each sip and whiff with flavor. This probably isn't a beer that will ever be part of a fad or have legions of fans, and that's understandable. However, it is exactly the sort of beer that one could happily drink day in and day out.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pors a deep, chestnut brown in color with a decent amount of red peeking through the body, A pretty good sized head forms and retains for a good while. The head is very light tan to off white in color. Lacing is also very good. Just a solid looking pour in the glass.

S- This smells exactly like it should for the style. A deep, malty scent with a prominent dose of caramel malts and a good dose of nuttiness makes this a delicious smelling brew. The overall impression of the scent plays somewhere between nutty and malty, but displays both qualities and also shows off some brown sugar sweetness. Just a tremendous smelling beer.

T- Right off the bat, the scent translates to the taste. I have had a lot of brown ales in various settings, from brew pubs to industrial breweries, but this one has one of the best flavors. It starts out with a deep, caramel malt flavor that moves quickly to sweeter, brown sugar flavors. Then the nuttiness kicks in and gives just a hint of chestnut bite. The malts ramp up again on the back end and darken the flavor up a bit, leaving the caramel malts as the prominent flavor on the tongue.

M- This beer is light in body and incredibly easy to drink, while at the same time being very creamy in feel. This is basically the perfect weight for a good brown ale.

Overall, this is among the best brown ales I have ever had. The flavors and feel are all quality and just exemplify what the style is supposed to be like. If you want an easy drinking brown ale, this is it. I can't even begin to imagine how awesome this brew is on draught.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Stone. Appears dark brown with a frothy beige head. The aroma is of toasted malt with a decided nuttiness and a restrained yet elegant sweetness. The flavor portrays a light sweetness with a moderate toasted nut and a toasted malt presence. There's a light earthy hop presence and bitterness. The full flavor belies the modest ABV. A truly great beer, especially when considering the low ABV. Perfect for one of the two allowable drinking periods in England that were imposed on shell production workers during World War I.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

This beer arrived a dark leatherly brown with shimmering hues of ruby red. The aroma is sweet, lots of toffee and some butterscotch. The taste is more of the same. Sweet upfront, then the toffee and butterscotch comes on in while a minor note of hops plays second fiddle. Unlike a number of American-made brown ales, this one hs an excellent balance between the malt and the hops. Just plain easy to drink, and I wish they bottled this brew.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear medium brown color with a small white head. Nose is nuts, malts and caramel. Taste is so smooth, caramel, maybe some syrup and nuts. A slight cocoa, roastiness on the end with caramel, maple syrup and more nuts. A very good Nut Brown! Not my favorite style but I could drink this beer all day long at 4.6 ABV!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with some red highlights. Aroma is nutty and malty, no hops. Taste is also nutty, some dark fruits and very mild hops. Very nice brown ale, a forgotten style.

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Photo of Dmann
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best nut brown I've had since Samuel Smith. The apperance was great with a dark chocolate brown color and slightly off white head. The smell was great with a smell of nutella and malt. The flavor was very smoothe and refreshing with a great blend of nuttiness, malts and just a slight hint of hops in the finnish. A excelent brown and extremly drinkable!

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bready with slights hints of coffee and lightly roasted almonds, this beer looks amazing in the glass light brown with a white head. Dry but with a touch of sweetness and super drinkable.

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Photo of MILECO
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house, poured into a 20-ounce imperial pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown color while still allowing light through. Solid head that dissolves slowly. Average lacing that sticks to the side throughout.

Smell - Great nut and caramel odor. Almost a "beer-neutral" without sour or sweet extremes.

Taste - Immediate caramel, with the faintest of chocolate, and balanced nut. Invites large mouthfuls. Exactly what I expect from a medium-alcohol brown ale.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant, smooth character, allowing an easy drink. Not layered, but can definitely pick out individual flavors. Depth is enough to want to hold it in long enough to savor.

Overall - Compare to New Belgium Fat Tire, with more mouthfeel and highlighting individual flavors. A good afternoon beer; light enough to not be overwhelming, heavy enough to taste and enjoy the flavors.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alrighty, then. This is the best thing I've ever had that called itself nutbrown. Wow. Alesmith had a superb reputation but I have one had a few of theirs. This one is exceptional.

It is brown and has only a small amount of fine head. The aroma is mild and sweet, nice.

The taste is a balanced blast of nutty malts, hops, etc. It is slightly bitter and roasty tasting. A gret mix. The aftertaste is more of that roasted malts taste.

I love it. The taste is unique and exceptionally good. Highly recommended.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the very best browns I've ever had. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, billowy, foamy, tan head that settled down after a bit to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a clear amber cherry with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, cocoa, old leather, tobacco. Flavor's slightly sweet, with a very good balance between that, bitter, and carbonic tang; also malt, cocoa, and a bit of roast. Body is just right, full, yet very drinkable and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor; session, and just plain very tasty stuff.

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Photo of garuda
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby with clear, brighter highlights around the edges. Khaki head has good retention, little lacing.

S/T - Roasty and smokey, with some pecan/almond coming out as it warms up. Pine hops finish it out.

M - Medium/light in body, but still has a rich texture, drinking very smooth.

O - Solid brown ale, with a very nice roast characteristic without having that roast bitterness, letting the hops come through nicely.

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