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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.

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.

Added by Todd on 07-08-2003

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Ratings: 880 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of teromous
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't see a date listed anywhere on the bottle. This is a 12 FL. OZ. bottle.

Appearance: The body is a dark brown color with just a hint of red as it is held up to the light. The head is very slim and it has a tobacco stained white color that forms a thin ring and a film across the surface.

Aroma: There is a nice, light chocolate cocoa aroma with a touch of hazelnut. It has a slightly toasty aroma to it which can be picked up before approaching the glass.

Taste: Up front a chocolate flavor is clearly present. This is shortly joined by a nice, slightly sweet, caramel and toffee flavor. Right after this is a bit of a stronger coffee flavor which piggybacks right off of the toffee flavor. The finish is slightly nutty.

Mouthfeel: It feels a tad over-carbonated and at right at the finish it feels a bit thin. the body is pretty light.

Overall: This would be a nice beer to drink during the crisp Autumn weather. I would drink it again, especially as the leaves are beginning to turn and things are starting to get a bit cooler. Although it is a bit lacking in body I would still recommend the beer overall. The drinking experience of this beer is very enjoyable.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Moderate carbonation and 1 finger of beige head.

Smells of nuts like walnuts and almonds, cocoa, Munich hops, slightly sweet and coke like.

Dark toasted notes, very nutty, bready and biscuit, Munich hops, long, bready finish that lingers.

Light body, moderate carbonation.

Got from Bangkok, drinking in Chiang Mai, June 27th, 2017. Great example of the style with a long, savourable finish.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown that lets ruby light through and a small head. Smells of nuts, roasted malt, and chocolate. Tastes of nuts, roasted malt, light chocolate, and maybe a little light coffee. Medium in body and light in carbonation. Overall it's a good beer, just a little light in flavor.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours chestnut brown with a frothy light brown head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasty toasty malt, soft cocoa, a hint of coffee, nutty, earthy, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty toasty malt, mild coffee, cocoa, and a hint burnt toast, nutty, earthy, faint fruity notes, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Why am I only just drinking this now? Really nice brown ale, right in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark ruddy brown color with a one finger off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute and a half but even after dissipation it still left a nice looking concave to valley-like looking cap of a wake of a head. Lacing moderately streamed itself around the glass. The smell started with some sweet and roasty nuts and entered into some nice light cocoa and coffee bitterness. The taste was moderately sweet through the nuts and the cocoa allowing to blend into the full flavor. There’s a slight lingering semi-sweet to roasty maltiness running into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a really nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs pretty light. Overall, as an English-styled brown ale, Alesmith did exactly what they wanted to with this one.

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Photo of Beerucee
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like how this brown is not so sweet. Better than magnolia pecan.

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Photo of RMW66
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid brown with hints of mahogany. A thin frothy film soon disapates. Not much by way of head retention or lace presence, however, I'm assuming that's common to the style.
In the aroma there is a cocoa sweetness, light roasted malts and an assortment of nuts such as peanuts (they add a salty quality) pecans and cashews. A toasted malt presence is prevalent throughout.
In the mouth it is smooth and silky, making for a very drinkable brew. This is a malt forward drink that coats the mouth with toasted malts, nutty qualities, hints of cocoa, light roast and a moderate and understated sweetness. There is a touch of earthy and dry tea leaf like hops bitterness that balances things off quite nicely. The finish is surprisingly zesty, even tart. The body is medium and the carbonation is gentle.
A nice example of an English Brown Ale. Elegantly simple, smooth and easy to drink. The low ABV makes it sessionable.

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Photo of cmsfish
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of akopczyk
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel. No bottle date or freshness date.

L: Ruby brown, thin beige head recedes into an island of bubbles.

S: Cocoa, maybe some bittersweet chocolate, a hint of roast coffee, roasted malts. Good aroma.

T: Starts with the sweeter cocoa and chocolate malt notes, then switches into a more bitter coffee profile. Faint earthen hops.

F: Light-Medium body (don't know where AleSmith gets this full body idea from), smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O: Solid Brown and a good beer from AleSmith.

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Photo of matcris
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clear mahogany/brown, with a finger of slowly receding, tan head that leaves a mild lacing. The aroma is nutty, so they got that right. Malty, and notes of chocolate and mild coffee. The flavor is sweet overall. Nutty, earthy, and mild chocolate are the standouts. Bitterness is almost imperceivable, but, for me, the beer is not too sweet. I like brown ales to be on that sweeter side. The feel is medium light, good carbonation, a little slick at first, but dries on the finish. Nice, easy going brown ale.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty brown color with a light tan head. Smell is malts ,caramel, and nuts Taste follows nose with toffee and malty nuttiness a sweet caramel malt finish. medium carbonation and a thin body sweet finish. Drinkable light brown ale .

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Photo of blissfulNemo
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good, if somewhat underwhelming aroma of roasted malt, the brown ale nuttiness, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of a good shot of the brown ale nuttiness, a lot of roasted malt, light chocolate notes (not quite enough in my opinion), light hops, some caramel, and a bit of toffee. As it is with a lot of beers, this one doesn't seem to be pushed to greatest lengths. It's quite tame by comparison to some. Not bad, but a little weak.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The English brown ale isn't a style that allows for great improvisation. Nonetheless, this one seems a little uninspired. Not without its good qualities, though.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-Line
22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger light tan head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nutty, roasty, with some chocolate/toffee, vanilla. The taste is really nice, malty, roasty, nutty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Man brown ale has to be one of the least appreciated styles in craft beer, and I'm guilty of it too. When I think of the best brown ales in the world, I think of my own ratings being only in the 4 out of 5 range. Something I routinely pass out for more favored styles.

Well, here is one of those upper echelon type of brown ales. Brown ale pours brown, lighter brown 3/4" head on the top, excellent retention. Usual nutty, walnut like aroma and brown malt.

Taste, smooth yet well hopped for style. Ample brown malt. Not thin like Newcastle. Caramel, toffee, nutty, mild chocolate, well carbonated.

Bomber format is a little rough price per oz wise.

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Photo of drews240
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of daem3384
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wamba
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Nut Brown pours a dark brown color with a very small bubbly head, like root beer. Mild aroma, with hints of toffee and nuts. Taste is very creamy and smooth, with hints of toffee and peanuts. A bit flat. Overall, a very tasty rich nut brown ale.

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Photo of soccrgump
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From January 22, 2016
A: Pours a copper-ish brown with a one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly
S: Roasted malt, toffee, maybe a little caramel
T: Nutty with some coffee, bitter chocolate
M: Thin and smooth

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Photo of B_B
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 880 ratings
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