Nut Brown Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut 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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Photo of MILECO
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +7.3%
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 -2.5%
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 +8%
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 +2.8%
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 +8%
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 +15.8%
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 -12.1%
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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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with a thin covering of smooth off-white froth. This stays fairly rich, leaving a smooth foamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is sticky chocolate and caramel malts in the nose, with a fairly pronounced roasted nut smell to it, along with some earthy hops along the back. Addtional notes of roast and coffee round this out. Nice full flavors here to the aroma.

The taste is sweet malts, a hefty dose of earthy bitterness, roast, and more of that nuttiness, which lingers rather strongly in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big firm carbonation to it that spreads out nicely in the mouth, helping carry all of those big flavors down.

This is one of those draft-only Alesmith releases that I always seem to pass up on visits to San Diego but I'm really glad that I decided to give it a shot this time around. While not overly complex, this had a full richness of flavor to it that really made this a pleasant quaff. Nicely done

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alesmith

A: The pour is a deep, opaque brown color with a mild cream colored head.

S: The nose is very nutty, as you would expect. There are some nice toffee and toasted, biscuity malt aromas as well, along with some caramel sweetness.

T: A rich nutty and toffee flavor with a hint of coffee, perhaps. The sweetness of the bready malts is the backbone of the beer.

M: A medium body with a moderate level of carbonation with a slight creaminess.

D: I'm not always the biggest fan of brown ales as they tend to be a bit sweet, but this had a nice combination of nutty and toasted flavors that I found inviting.

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Photo of SDHoffers
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They took their time when they crafted this beer. Maltiness and roast are spot on. I can't tell you how many people I've switched from Newcastle to Nautical. If I'm in a joint for the first time and I see this on tap I know that I'm safe. I may look for others that I haven't tried first but I know that I can always have a nautical and be completely satisfied. Not much carbonation and very smooth. The nutty smoothness is a little dangerous because you can drink a lot of these. Toasty smell and lingering malt are exactly what I look for in brown ale and this brew always exceeds my needs. An absolute staple at my bar.

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Photo of mjl21
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse at LA Live. Poured into a pint glass. Unsure of abv.

A-Pours a lighter colored brown. It has a half finger off white head that dissolves fairly quickly.

S-Lots of roast malt and nuttiness. There is a touch of breadiness and a little bit of sweetness.

T-The taste mimics the nose. There is roast malt, toasted pale malt, and a little bit of sweetness. The roast malt results in a lot of coffee flavor.

M-Falls on the lower end of the medium spectrum. Smooth and silky.

D-Goes down quite easily. Very sessionable if you like brown ales.

I was glad to try this tap only offering that never makes it up north. It is a well crafted brown ale.

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Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with a thin tan cap. Good head retention and there was a bit of spotty lace that clung to the glass. Malty aroma, chocolate and slight roast, a bit nutty. Solid bitterness without being out of balance, chocolate and cocoa with mild roasted grains. There was a lingering citrus bitterness as well. Medium to light bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and a little bit of dry astringency. A great lighter beer. It's got lots of flavour, but is still very approachable.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught at Fathers Office. Dark brown with a medium beige head. Toasted bread, light roast, coffee, and light spicy hop aromas. The flavor has light toffee and sweet caramel with coffee and light burnt/roasted flavors and some dark chocolate. Medium-light body with overly fizzy carbonation. The flavor profile is spot on, but the malt could be a little more substantial and the carbonation was too high.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a bright brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with sweet caramel aromas and a hint of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Toasted and caramel malt flavors kick things off and carry through until a crisp and slightly bitter ending. As with the smell there's a small amount of citrus hops that makes an appearance but the malts are front and center throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more of these, especially at 4.8%.

Overall this is one of the better brown ales I recall having. A solid brown that doesn't try and overpower the subtle flavors. Certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of tyanow
2.81/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A little paler than what I would call a prototypical brown ale, with some reddish hues. Nice tan head that sticks a bit.

S: bready, a little bit of choco/caramel maltiness.

T: Nothing stands out but there is a muddled concoction of bread, dark malt, light hop....

M: Fizzy, lively, watery

D: If you want the look of a brown ale without quite so much heft, and the nuttiness of a typical brown ale is not desired or needed, one could drink a bunch of these 4.8% beers. Keep them cold as once this one warms up it loses all of it's already thin appeal.

I find this beer to be vastly overrated. I think nut brown is referring to the color and not the taste - shame. It lacks the rich smoothness that i expect from a brown ale. It is not terrible - obviously a lot of you like it, based on reviews but I find it thin and watery and lacking inspiration.

For the record - I am not 100% certain that I understand what is meant by "average" here. For a brown ale is that Newcastle? Sam Smith? Downtown brown? or is this average in overall beers?

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Photo of wd40
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz pint served on tap at JJ Brewsky's

Dark brown, opaque appearance.

This is a fantastic brown ale! Very sweet roasted malt flavors with coffee, chocolate and caramel undertones. A very smooth brew with a soft and creamy head.

With it's low ABV I could drink this all night!

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.06/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A harbinger: I am not a big fan of Brown Ales.

Enjoyed on 06.26.09 from the tap, on recommendation from our server at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo, CA. Served in a 16oz pint glass (dubbed "large").

A: Dark'ish brown w/ a disappointing head (hardly any). For an English brown I suppose it might border on average.

S: Nuts. Chocolate. Malt. As expected. Ok, maybe a ton more malt than I expected.

T: Uneventful. Really. I talked it through with my girlfriend (who didn't have this brew, but is well-versed in the finer points of craft brewing), and I couldn't come up with any other points regarding its taste that weren't typical brown ale comments.

M: Smooth & heavier than most browns. I really didn't feel the bitterness as most other reviewers found.

D: I couldn't wait to order a different brew. Sorry Alesmith, I love SOOO many of your brews (Decadence (several yrs), Speedways, Grand Cru, Horny D, Old Numb, et al.), but you let me down here...

Oh well, the Wee Heavy in my fridge will be well enjoyed in the near future!

For the record, I am a devout Alesmith fan (Tod, keep it up, I blame the distro!), I love your work.

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Photo of Bricelyn
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
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 barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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 tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alesmith.

A: pours a nice nutty brown hue with a brownish white head. okay retention with no lace.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas with hints of chocolate and nuts.

T: Nutty caramel goodness with a touch of floral hops. Nice roasted quality adds enjoyment.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Not my favorite style but pretty tasty.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the York in Highland Park.

Poured a nice clear brown color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma was kinda standard for a brown ale - nutty roasted almond smell, caramel, and a bit of tin-like hop bitterness.

Flavor paralleled the aroma. Caramel-like flavor is followed up immediately by dry metallic aftertaste. A bit hoppy in my opinion for an English brown ale.

Medium bodied brew, good flavor, well carbonated and smooth. The tin-like aftertaste did not stick around too long on the palate which I actually consider a good thing - I don't want too much hop bitterness in my brown ale.

Good drinkability overall. Average abv for a brown ale, not too heavy on the palate and not too bitter either. I think I still prefer Newcastle over this one, but I wouldn't pass up on the opportunity for a little more Nautical Brown Ale!

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Photo of Lunchmade
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Went to AleSmith today to fill my growler. Tasted a few and the Nautical was my last (maybe could have weakened my palate a bit). I wasn't too impressed with the brown and usually, browns I dig. Nice color, smelled better than tasted. It did have some good nutty flavors and a mild hoppy finish, but that is what AleSmith strives for. Was hoping that it tasted as good as my olfactory sensed, but fell a little short. I would have it again but not in the top ranks of browns I love.

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