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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.

Added by Todd on 07-08-2003

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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 815
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a conical pint glass at the Yardhouse in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent amber (NOT brown).

Sm: Strong nuts, cream, and chocolate. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy nuts, cream, and malts. Decently balanced, but merely average in build. It's pretty good, but nowhere near as complex as I'd expect from a brewery like Alesmith.

Mf: Smooth (with enough coarseness to bring out the flavour) and wet. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming - especially for the brewery. I wouldn't get it again if other Alesmith beers were available. Brown ale fans will be satisfied.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Stone Bistro. A very good brown, rich and malty. Rather very good for the style. Nutty flavourfull, chocolate malt. Smooth middling mouthfeel, good drinkability when you are up for a sessionable beer that is not ultra-hoppy. It all helps to have understated carbonation.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Clear dark brown color with ruby tinges and a thin tan head.

S: Ground almonds/almond meal, caramel, roasted malt and some freshly ground coffee as it warms.

T: Lots of nutty malts, some day old coffee grounds, hazelnut and roasted malt. Something about the taste told me this beer was old. It seemed faded and I remember liking it a lot more the last time I tried it. I'll have to revisit this one.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown top with a red bottom and a 1/8 inch tan head with little to no retention

Smell: Lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate

Taste: The flavor starts out with a very light roasted malt. I expected more based on the nose but it's still good. Back end finishes off with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and medium carbonation

Overall: I really like this beer I might be a bit tough in the grading of this one but it is an enjoyable beer

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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

Last on-tap beer of San Diego trip, at the Hopping Pig during an amazing Game 6 of the World Series. Notes.

A- Dark brown body out of the tap and into a pint glass. Small light tan head and a creamy fine ring around the beer. Tons of lace.

S- Nutty and sweet caramel malts up front. Buttery toast and slight dark fruit as well.

T- More dark fruit forward than the nose with the caramel nutty toast malt being a bit more subdued. Somewhat buttery and cereal grain flavors as well.

MF- Creamy moderate body with silky moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

Solid nut brown with everything you pretty much expect in a brown ale. Not too rich but not thin, drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

854th Review on BA
Draft to Taster

@Boho Gastropub, Hollywood, CA

App- A melding of a good deep brown with a good amount of ruby/garnet edges. A 1-1/2 finger head recedes slowly with a very good amount of slide and cling.

Smell- A pretty good full nose on this one. A little roast with a little coffee and a little chocolate. Could've been a bit more full on the nose.

Taste- The taste drops from the nose a little with a unique prickly/bubbly roast and almond, pecan mix of flavors. It was good but just a tad different.

Mouth- A little bit of a medium body with a lighter medium carbonation level. A little bit of small roast flavors remain.

Drink- It wasn't the best Brown Ale but still pretty good. A bit watery and just a bit small. I'd like to give this another go with a full pint to see how it changes with temp.

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Photo of Cavery
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at stone, a pint glass in the afternoon.

A: Red brown with some clean stained glass clarity. Dark mohagony core with creamy off white beads of bubbles. Theme of dark reds dominates the character. 

S: Coffee infused toffee candies with a lingering sweetness. Nutty hazelnuts mix with brazil nots and fresh walnuts. Little bit of watery decaf coffees suggests a lightness that I wasn't expecting. Red berry notes are present but vague.

T: Nutty light coffees that feature a light soy cream. Light salt and caramel flavors. A nice transition towards roast nutty almonds. Some cranberry sauce. Saltiness mixes with nuts for a suggestion of pistachio. Simple but good flavors.

M: Medium body light sizzle in the front. Very light easy drinking for a brown. The salty sensations blend with the carb for an illusion of fullness. Otherwise pale ale lightness. Lightness favors drinkability.

O: Highly drinkable brown. Sessionability super high. Red berry flavors do the nuts justice. Sweet cranberry flavors up the ease of drinking. Not a typical brown, but good.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Pours a reddish brown with a small light tan head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a good almond nuttiness, some caramel, light brown sugar, some light peanut, and some light coffee. The initial taste is sweet with caramel, some brown sugar, then a strong almond nuttiness. The finish has a light coffee bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

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

On tap at O'Briens Pub - Kearny Mesa

A: My pour was a dark dark brown. Like it was made of rich mahogany. Seemed aprapos for San Diego. Nice 1 finger mocha tan head formed but ranked very low in the retention and lace factor.

S: Aromas are very typical for the sytle with a classic roasted nuttiness that is almost coffee-like.

T: Roasted nutty grains roll into a bit of a chocolaty flavor. Biscuity cracker. Slight acridness but low bitterness overall with a bit of a crisp finish to it. Perfect for the style.

M: Creamy texture and very light on it's feet. Low bitterness factor. Clean crisp finish.

D: I would rate this as world class for the style - prob one of the best brown ales out there. Very refreshing.

Personally I would prefer something with more hop factor but really done to perfection by AleSmith. I could drink this brew anytime.

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Photo of dvsbizzyb
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice amber color with a nice off white head.

Smell - A slight hop aroma with a bit of hazelnut lingering in the background.

Taste - A balance of sweet taste of malt, hazelnut, and I think a hint of walnuts.

Mouthfeel - Light body with a smooth feel. Medium carbonation.

Overall - With this full rich flavored and light body beer I could drink this year round.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes are cashews, almonds, brown malt, an ESB mixed with some rye, caramel, trail mix and peanuts. Smells like a good time at the pub with all your friends buying beer right there with you. I like this one because it's a good Brown from a great brewing company.

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Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into an over-sized shaker pint glass at Selma's in Rancho Santa Margarita.

A: Slightly hazy medium brown color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild roasted grain that comes across as fairly refined, if a little uninteresting.

T: Begins dry, with brown malt that provides deep nuttiness and milk chocolate alongside minimal acidity. A thread of raisin dried fruit develops in the middle, followed by earthy but restrained bitterness in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This English-style brown ale by Alesmith is exactly what one would hope for in such a beer, with an excellent and full flavor profile but no misplaced attempt to re-invent or modify the style. Nutty malts are showcased here, and are so satisfying to the palate. Acidity is careful to stay hidden, never felt or tasted in a distracting way. The smell seems a bit anemic, compared to the taste, imitating it without really advertising effectively. The reality of brown ales--especially those produced in brewpubs--is often a let-down, so this contribution from Alesmith is much-needed to shore up the reputation of the style. Anyone that enjoys a porter of average abv would find this beer satisfying.

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

Served on tap into a standard shaker pint glass. Pours a deep brown with red highlights. Relatively clear and bright with a thin cap of off white foam. Shows moderate retention yet with a sticky film and moderate lacing.

Nose is clean and nutty with a bit of coffee muddled with hazelnut and a hint of caramel. Flavor follows in suit with caramel notes more prominent than the aroma might suggest, along with some roasted malt flavors. Bit of lightly smoked/toasted flavors presenting themselves.

Nice feel, perhaps a bit dry from the roasted influence, and lacking the brightness of a Samuel Smith, yet solid nonetheless. Pleasant carbonation and well balanced, somewhat dry and smoky for the style.

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Photo of pavyaz19
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, this beer is only available on tap. Now I'm trying to clone it at home.

I really like this beer. It's very drinkable in my opinion, which can be dangerous as always.

For the mild beer drinker, you may be scared off by the look of Nautical Nut Brown. It's very dark. However, it's not thick, it's not too rich, it's just right and has a lot of flavor for a brown ale. If you dislike porters or maybe even stouts, don't be afraid to try this... it's not too powerful.

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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 Retsinis
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Tony's Darts Away on 2/2/11

Great pours at TDA's as always, with their rinse and honest pint system. Poured and served into an Imperial pint glass.

The appearance is a deep, dark, and rich brown, with about an inch of creamy tan head that retained better than expected for the style. Nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

The aroma's are of mild coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, range of roasted nuts, as well as a faint tinge of hops.

The flavors in the taste mirror the nose nicely. Range of roasted almonds and other nuts, lightly sweet malts, mocha cappucino, and a lasting, crisp, bitter hop finish that lingers. The complexity is a bit surprising from a brown ale, but man the combination of flavors, low ABV, and crisp finish make this drink great.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall, I would call this a session ale. Admit, it is above 4%, but by american expecations and standards, it has the ease of going down smooth, the low ABV to easily have more than one, and a complexity that is delicious.

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

On tap at the Yard House in LA.

A: Pours a deep brown with a one-finger tan head that leaves decent lacing.

S: Roast malt and some brown sugar.

T: Somewhat between a standard brown ale and a stout. The roasty flavors dominate, but the sweetness in the malt lends an overall balanced brew.

M: Creamy with medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable on a cool southern California evening.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cant find an Alesmith brew thats not simply amazing.

It poured a pretty dark almost black color along with a darker one inch head.

There was a nice roastiness to the malts but my main focus was on the lighter nutty taste. The mouthfeel was medium/light and almost a little sticky to it.

This is a great brown brew and cant wait to try it from a bottle!

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

Poured a coffee colored brown with a half finger of head that was light brown but left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a very nice greeted me at first whiff with mild roastiness I believe are from the malts, faint hazelnut, and a touch of chocolate notes to add to the sweet aroma.

T: the taste was also rich with chocolate nuttiness but had good roasty accents along with slight hazelnut notes and a little more sweetness from the malts. It also seemed to have some undelying oat grain notes as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, nutty, and creamy finish.

D: it drank very good and went pretty damn good paired with some cajun style gumbo. This is a great offering from alesmith and I hope one day I will see it in a bottle.

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Photo of pants678
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Body is a dark brown that borders on black while the head foam is a strong tan and retains well.

Hard to get a handle on the smell in a bar, but roasted malts stood out, nuts of course.

I'd almost call this Nautical Toffee Brown, that's what hits hardest. It's bitter, but no bother. Chocolate and caramel round this one out and, i must note, I could still taste this ten minutes or so after I left the bar. Fine with me. Imposingly defined but well balanced, not a hint of alcohol. I wish I could find this one on the shelves.

Carbonation is just right for a strong, medium bodied brew. I could gladly drink a few of these.

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

Had on tap at The Yard House in Long Beach, CA
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice chestnut brown with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head retains nicely and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Nose is hazlenut, caramel malts, and roasted malts.

T: Taste starts with a light caramel malt sweetness, toasted malts come in with a strong hazlenut flavoring. Finish is all nutty goodness blended with just a hint of smokiness.

M: Lighter side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, clean and smooth feel.

D: Nicely balanced, goes down easily, not very filling. I do enjoy a good brown ale, and this is definitely one that is worth sitting with all night.

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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 armock
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of toasted malt with nutty scents

T - Follows the nose toasted malt with a nutty flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall its a good everyday sort of brown ale nothing mind blowing just a good beer thats worth picking up sometime to try

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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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