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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.

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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 pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What happened to Nautical? Anyway, glad to see this finally bottled. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark but clear brown, a finger of beige head, with a splattering of lace and nice retention.

S: Nutty, grainy malt.

T: Similar, with maybe a little smokiness. The flavors are light, finishes dry. In the transition from refrigerator to room temp, it's got kind of a butterfinger thing going on. Neat.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: A lighter beer, very easy to drink, and versatile to pair with a range of entrees and desserts.

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

Deep chestnut color with a glint of ruby. Pours with a beige head in the chalice. Very nice fine carbonation in the mouth.

Dark flavors of roasted barley. Fairly malty, but the distinct dry nutty flavor is the main event. Fairly bitter with earthy hops, but some charred flavors like dark raisin bread toast. Light bodied and very flavorful. A little burnt pecan in the mix and a fruity hint with some bitterness, like pomegranate. There is that mineral taste along with the fruitiness that I associate with English styles.

The bottled version is new, having been introduced May 30, 2012 according to the brewery. It is listed at 5.0% ABV on the usual printed-on-the-glass type of label that AleSmith uses. NUT BROWN in giant letters. Cheers!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Vine Cottage
San Marcos, CA

A very dark brown with a small brown head that eventually leaves messy sheets of lace down the glass.

Pleasant, to-style aroma of distinct nutty elements, mild roast, biscuit, and mild toffee.

The flavor is similar, though more complex than the aroma. Along with the nutty, bready, and sweet elements, there's also distinct coffee flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A terrific brown.

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

Dark brown, thin cap of off0white head, some sticky rings. Toasted nuts, dark caramel, roasted coffee and toasted bread. Taste is quite malty, notes of dark caramel, toasted and roasted nuts and grain level off the sweetness, some coffee ground and cocoa notes. Medium bodied, slightly mouth coating, prefect carbonation level. Kept thinking of Dogfish Indian Brown the entire time and needed to remind myself of the disparity in ABVs. While not quite as complex, still full flavored. A very good beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark mahogany brown with a light tan head that slowly fades away into a mild cap.
Smell is of toasted nuts. Multigrain bread, and a touch of cocoa powder. Very hearty and upfront.
Taste is of the aromas with a doughy bread and nuttiness pulling forward.
Mouthfeel is even bodied, den drinking, and outright delicious in the swallow.

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

A-medium to dark brown color with a light tan head and some lacing

S-roasted malts and nutty aromas

T-roasted malt, hazelnuts, and slight hints of coffee and chocolate

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouth feel

O-a tasty brown ale with a nice balance of flavors, could drink a few pints of this

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Photo of pburland23
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a mug.

Picked up the growler on my way home from work. Glad to see more and more AleSmith products on the shelves.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown. Some bright reddish hues appear around the edges when held up to the light. Carbonation released about two fingers of light khaki colored head. Decent head retention with minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark malt notes with some hints of roastiness. Also some nutty notes and a touch of coffee perhaps.

Taste: Starts off which some huge chocolate malt flavors. There's a pronounced nuttiness throughout the sip. English yeast and English hops really set this up as an excellent interpretation of an English Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy at first but still fairly light in body. At 4.8%, this is a great sessionable pint. It reminds me of the brown ales I drank so often when living in the UK

Overall: I'm not a huge brown ale fan but this one could get me to change my opinion. Too many brown ales lack the body that I like in a beer. This isn't the case here. Big, bold flavors. A very well done take on the style.

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

On Tap at Whole Foods. Glad to see some new Alesmith flavors in the area.

Nautical Nut Brown Ale has a dark brown body that does not quite make it to black. A small dark tan head stuck around for a few minutes before capping, leaving some sticky lace. The smell consists of dark roasted malts, brown sugar and some old coffee. The taste is huge on the malts with alot of nuttiness. Some coffee with a nice amount of hops to round it out. The English yeast strain jumps out here and there making this even more layered The feel was just about as full as needed to be. A bit chewy towards the end which expanded the feels depth. The carb was pretty spot on as wel. I enjoyed my glass and drank it in no time. Im not a big fan of nutty brown ales but I could easily drink some more of this. Full of flavor and life..

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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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