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AleSmith Nut Brown AleAleSmith Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
823
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
19.15%
 
 
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Photo of Everydayoff
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Deep mahogany brown hue, the pour yields one finger of foamy tan head that stands for a while before subsiding to some long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface along with some spotty and patchy lace on the glass-side.

Solid malty goodness takes domination ranging from biscuit, brown bread, caramel, vanilla, mild cocoa, slight buttery and nut while there is some earthy and citrusy hop in the background. The overall aroma is sweet and creamy and is quite inviting.

Still it is malt here and there, biscuit, brown bread, caramel, vanilla, mild cocoa, slight buttery, and nut, all of these flavors travelling through the taste buds before hop adding in its citrus note to balance those kinds of sweet, creamy, and bready from malt.

Medium body with silky smooth mouthfeel from its proper amount of carbonation, the feeling is crisp and quite refreshing, dry finish.

This brew is dedicated to malty sake. It is rightly true to the style and I can’t find anything wrong with it, very good and packed with great quality.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark chestnut brown with tan head that never really goes away. Nice cling.

S - Nutty, caramel, malts, a bit smokey.

T - Rich creamy mouthfeel, malts, chocolate, balanced nicely in the back end with a bitter and dry finish.

O - Really solid brown ale with balance and a good feel.

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

I picked up a bottle of Alesmith's Nut Brown Ale for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. The more beers I try from this brewery the more I like them and I'm interested to see if this beer lives up to the good things I've heard about it, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little plain and simple and it ins't too eye catching. It poured a nice brown color that takes on more of a crimson and brown color when held to the light with a fingers and half of bubbly and creamy light tan head that died down a to a thick ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S= The aroma starts off with a medium sweetness with a little bit of ester yeast being the first to show up and that leads into the malts which impart a caramel, caramel malt, grainy, bread crust, brown bread and doughy aromas. Up next come a light nutty aroma followed by a light cocoa aroma. This beer has a good aroma, It's pretty much just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with just a little bit of that yeast being the first to show up and it leads into the malts which impart all the same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of cocoa followed by the same nutty aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it shows up a little more. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with a nice caramel malt and nutty aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it's true to style and it lives up to it's name.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style and it really lived up to it's name with that nice noticeable nutty flavor. This beer has a good drinkability, I could drink a few of these, especially in the fall time. What I like the most about this beer is how true to it's style and true to it's name it is, there's nothing that doesn't belong there. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there is not a single thing that sticks out about this beer as not being good, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Nut Brown Ale. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I was little impressed with how they nailed this style right on the head. It's my new favorite Alesmith beer and it's a very nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty Nut Brown Ale, keep it up.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy maroon red-brown with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like cherry, plum, dark berries, toasty bread, nutty caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, some spice, with mild earthy grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bread, nutty caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, dark fruits, mild spice, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice English brown ale.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. AleSmith Nut Brown Ale is a solid malty brown ale that is flavorful and highly drinkable beer that is very sessionable.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a very dark brown almost black in color with tan foamy head and decent lacing. Smells of roasted coffee, nuts, and some chocolate. Taste is a mix of bitter chocolate, nuttiness, molasses, and some coffee. The finish is good, very smooth and easy drinking beer. Flavors are a nice blend leaving you with wanting another sip. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Chimay goblet

L-Deep copper brown pour with sandy head. Decent retention.

S-Fruits and nuts, roasted barley

T-Sweet almond, hazelnut, chocolate, roasted malts

F-Thin, but the flavors stick with you. Smooth with a slightly stinging carbonation.

Complex without being heavy. A well balanced brown ale.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice mahogany with minimal, quick-disappeared tan head. Aroma is amazing, fully realizing the nut component with hazelnuts dominating a malty roast. Flavor is similar though there's a weakness and slight acidity. Finish is somewhat dry.

EDIT: On second try with clean palate, the flavor matches my aroma description. Great stuff - maybe my new favorite of the style.

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Photo of jaketaz
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Basically the polar opposite of their Speedway Stout, in my opinion. That beer is an absolute monster in every sense, and as a stout/porter devotee it was probably a mistake for me to have the Nut Brown while the Speedway was still fresh in my memory. I found this beer very bland and nondescript in every sense, and inferior to the Samuel Smith Nut Brown, or any number imperial nut browns such as Tommyknocker or Nut Sack.

Got a six-pack of bottles, tried them both poured into a glass and straight from the bottle. Brown beer with thin white head that vanishes fast, aroma and taste or both roasted malts all over with little discernible nut taste, and a bitter metallic quality. Light body and carbonation, not very much going on.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle filled 06-07-2016. Sampled on Aug. 27, 2016.

The pour is an attractive looking mahogany brown with reddish hues under a modes, short-lived head.

Very sweet aroma of roasted malts, caramel, nuts, but a low to no hop profile.

Medium body that is also a little acidic and carbonated.

The taste brings out the sweet roasted caramel malts along with the nuttiness of a good brown ale. The hop finish is earthy and quick but still low profile. I have always enjoyed the style and this one fits into the style very well.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown color with a 2-finger caramel head. The head dissipates quickly before settling into a nice golden ring around the top of the beer. Leaves plenty of cobweb lacing along the way.

The aroma brings notes of chocolate, hazelnut, and a touch of fresh coffee beans. Slightly toasted with minimal bitterness.

The taste follows the nose: Tons of milk chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee, followed by some roasted almonds and baked bread. There's a subtle caramel note as well. On the sweeter side for sure, but not overly so.

The feel is medium-light bodied with lighter carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy.

Overall, a damn good brown ale that packs a ton of flavor and drinks heavier than the relatively light mouthfeel would lead on. Just a lovely beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 2/11/16, so 6 months old.

amber brown body with a small fizzy head which dissipates, but resumes upon agitation. some lacing, also fine particulates.

malty, slightly nutty, some dried fruit on the nose.

A solid English brown ale taste, slightly nutty, no unpleasant aftertaste.

mouth is a little above medium.

overall, a good English Brown Ale

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Photo of colts9016
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees. A: A one finger light tan head with poor retention. The color of the beer is dark reddish brown and is opaque.

N: A nice nutty aroma with some coffee and subtle chocolate notes with yeast, bread, and some subtle fruity notes.

T: A very nice nutty flavor with a hint of coffee and light chocolate notes, with some yeast, and toasted crackers, caramel, and fruity esters.

M: A medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: A very nice Nut brown good flavors, and was well rounded. Solid brew to drink.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, dark brown color with a thin beige head and decent lacing. Smells of chocolate and malt. Taste is rich, chocolate and a bit of coffee. A bit thin feel but overall a nice beer.

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

I make a beer very similar to this with Amber malt. I drank this at the brewery itself. It was nice, I prefer these types of beers in the cold Canadian winters I have to endure!

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Photo of farrago
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest finger plus head of deep tan color, slightly irregular surface throughout, okay retention, has long, skinny streaks of lacing. Clear, if not quite transparent, brown hue with a yellow cast, you barely see the bubbles until the spread out before breaking the surface. Melted milk chocolate pours into your nostrils, caramel and coconut too, hazelnut, cola, raisin to fig fruit, seems like it might get bready but really the chocolate dominates so much that it probably never had a chance. Medium-bodied and closer to light than heavy, surprising given the richness of the nose, strong carbonation helps it lift off the palate. Nicely done that as fresh as it seems overall, the determinant factor remains the malty caramel, chocolate, toffee flavors. As it progresses in the mouth there is a mineral water component and very light charcoal to tar element which boosts the freshness further, almost salty too. The fruit stays in the fig, golden raisin to grape range, nothing sweeter or more concentrated. Any nuttiness most present retronasally at the end. For this imbiber this is a difficult category to make a favorable impression and this manages to hit most of the right notes.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5% ABV. 17 IBU, OG=1.054. 22oz bomber at Binnys in Chicago. No ingredients per the bottle or website. Pours out to a clear deep mahogany, forming a modest yellow head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of black walnut, toasted walnuts, a little cocoa, not a ton of "english" esters, which is good, IMO.The mouthfeel is a little acidic with a medium body. The taste is quite nice, good walnut and nut flavors, followed by a slight touch of roast, then a nice earthy bitterness, and leather in the finish. No off aromas or flavors or any appreciable faults.

Brown ales are one of my least favorite styles, but this one is quite nice, I only wish it wasn't quite so acidic and had just a few more points of residual sweetness to even out the body and the taste. Still, one of the best brown ales I've had. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bubble show reveals a translucent tea brown liquid capped by a rapidly fading tan head; a few dots a lace hang around

Smell: Brown bread, caramel and assorted nuts

Taste: Brown bread and caramel forward, with the nut flavors adding another dimension in the middle; a bit of the typical metallic finish I often detect in brown ales but the other flavors make up for it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I don't often drink brown ales but this is a nice diversion from my usual selection

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Photo of q33jeff
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**
06/21/2016
Bomber to tulip glass.
Look: dark brown, some sediment, big, big creamy white head. Looks beautiful. Head lasts.
Aroma: chestnut, hazelnut, malt, bread, wine, touch of yeast, raisin.
Taste: bread, barley, cereal, a bit more flavor would make this phenomenal.(barrel age?)
Feel: light and airy, but also creamy. Medium carbonation.

One of the better Brown ales I've had. Could use a bit more flavor, but it is still tasty. We'll see how it stacks up in the upcoming Brown ale tasting.

**

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle , date is blurry 03/02/16?... poured into a nonic)

L: pretty darn clear chestnut brown liquid, bit of sediment appeared to sneak in at the end of the pour... doesn't put up much foam, leaves a messy, spitty collar

S: hint of coffee, maybe a nip of brown sugar... chocolate malt aroma is very well-defined, smells like fresh product, pre-brew... certainly nutty... maybe a delicate whiff of grassy, leafy hop, but overall very little hop presence intruding in what's an altogether grist-y (American) malt smell

T: very grainy-malty - if you like chewing on your homebrew grains, that's what this tastes like... lightly-sweetened roasty coffee in a relatively dry finish... bitterness creeps up... the degree of dryness in the finish is what stands out to me... a light dusting of cocoa and spoonful of nutty yeast sprinkled in there, but this is predominantly naked grass nuts

F: light-medium bodied, little bit of oily viscosity, delicately powdery outflow, minimally acidic on the back end... quite drinkable - a bit stiff, but finishes clean and is fairly moreish

O: they can get away calling this an English brown simply because it's not hoppy - the malt flavors taste pretty domestic to me, and nothing in the ester profile seems unique or 'English'... this is the same standard brown that's brewed in countless brewpubs and homebrew competitions around the country, just without pungent pine or citrus... I've brewed a brown as good and occasionally better than this... at least add some interesting dark invert sugars or a large portion of a unique character malt, otherwise why push this on the east coast?

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

It pours a dark brown with the aroma of malts and chocolate. The flavor is sweetness of chocolate with a bit of dryness on the backend. Overall a excellent drink but to me more of a stout than a brown ale, still one of the better beers I have had lately.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel galss a clear dark brown with some reddish highlights and a 1/2” light tan head that soon begins to recede to a thin cover. Sipping creates lots of scattered small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include roasted malt and some roasted nut character along with something that seems a lot like dark caramel.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose with some roasted nuts and malt sowing up. In addition there is some chocolate or dark caramel in here as well. What sweetness is here is very controlled and well integrated with the other flavors so that refreshes and does not cloy. The bitterness that does show up also restrained and is part of the a complete package.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and smoothly with light persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the malt and nut flavors begin to recede laving a nice gentle almost roasted bitterness towards the back of the palate.

Overall this is well brewed beer and an excellent example of an English Brown Ale. Its very drinkable and I’ll definitely be looking to have it again. Nice to know a trip to the UK isn't needed to find one of these.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a dark brown with a one finger white head. The taste is very good but doesn't stand up to me favorite brown ale: Samuel Smith.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tough to compete against the flagship of this style which IMHO is Samuel Smith's Nut Brown. That being said, this is still a solid beer. Toffee and raisin notes in the flavor. A little harsher hop wise than SS. Still, it is pretty easy to get down. I would appreciate a little more "chewiness" to the mouthfeel. Right now, it is pretty watery, with little aftertaste.

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