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Naramata Nut Brown Ale | Cannery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This velvety soft ale has a stubbornly loyal following. Rich dark malts are layered in a seamless manner. Fine tuning with a blend of bittering, aroma, and flavour hops produce an amazingly smooth finish and a lingering taste. This is a full bodied ale with a rich and gentle flavour.

Added by 49degrees on 02-23-2003

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31
Ratings:
62
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
14.63%
 
 
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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, ruby-brown. Pours with plenty of off-white head, but there's not much retention, though it does leave a nice lace.

S: Not a lot of nose, but it is nice. Caramel & nutty malt with a little fruityness from the yeast.

T: Starts slightly sweet, finishes slightly bitter. Perfect balance. Nice, mild fruity flavour. Zero hop flavour. This one's mainly about the malt (bread, caramel, nut).

M: The moderate body has a smooth, creamy feel that's slightly syrupy. Carbonation is moderate. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of elricorico
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. The head has no staying power. Nothing too exciting here.

Smell is better, it is a nutty toffee smell and is fairly rich. Maybe just a whiff of chocolate hidden in there. Smells nice.

Taste is fairly nice as well. Makes me debate between roasted and crystal malts. A bit of toffee and a hint of smokiness to it. Lightly hopped, this one is more about a smooth and semi sweet flavour. The aftertaste almost hints at milk chocolate again.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, and the carbonation I find a bit too sharp. I'd say it is lacking in this area.

It is an easy beer to get into, with enough flavour to keep you interested. Certainly not going to break into my favourites, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of BigBry
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was able to sample this at a tasting some time ago, but finally found the real thing - a 650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with burnt orange hilights when held up to the light, a very rich and deep color. Appearance was just what I was expecting. 2 fingers worth of light brown head of creamy foam. Good head stability thoufh it didn't quite last for the whole glass. Thin and sticky strands of lace were left on the side of my pint glass. It has some smell of roasted malts, some nuts and a touch of smokiness. No real hop or floral smells, more deep and earthy aromas. Smooth flavor with toasted grains, nuttiness, some caramel and more smoke. No real bitterness to speak of, but not overly sweet either. The body might be a little thin, but if it was too much it would coat your mouth and become oily. I thought it was very drinkable and my big bottle disappeared too soon.

Apr 2011 - had another big bottle (gift from some work friends). Thoroughly enjoyed again. A very well put together Brown Ale.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from the big 650ml bottle with a great picture of the Okanagan Valley on it, Naramata boasts a great fluffy light brown head which is quite thick and sports tight creamy bubbles. It churns to a protective layer, leaving its little islands of lace, and stayed solid throughout the drink. The colour is fantastic: the beer straddles the border of rich ruby, red bordering on purple, and a rosewood brown. The appearance is much better than a large host of brown ales I have tried. The aroma is very similar to Big Rock's Dark Alberta Stout, which does not really impress me much. I get the same sourish wort or hard water smell from both these beers, and it definitely limits the beer's potential aroma. In close I get some better malty smells, dry and roasted. The dark malts DO smell fresh, but the aroma is more like a stout than a brown ale. Spices and licorice, tobacco, and tangy leather all have their part too--I just wish that lactaid sourness would go away. The taste is thankfully better: mainly a lot of dry maltiness, but it is tasty. The sourness is there in the taste too. There is not a great deal of complexity, but I get some flavours of nuts, smoked meat, seasoning salt, and leather. Very little hop profile is detectable, which did not surprise me. Maybe in the finish a dash of grassy hops exists, if you really taste contemplatively. This beer also needs just a bit more body--I was expecting richer, maltier, creamier thickness. What this beer is missing is sweetness in the malt flavour. Instead of caramel-like candy malts which I would expect from a brown, roasted dryness predominates. The sourness limits its drinkability. Verdict: this could have been much better. All the elements are there for a good brown ale, it just needs more complexity and body. I mean it is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination; it simply does not reach its full potential. Plus it has more in common with a dry stout(or a roasted porter for that matter) than a brown ale. I have to concede however, this beer's appearance is superb.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650 ml bottle, the B and the 2 are punched out on the side of the label regarding either bottling or freshness date, I couldn't decipher. 2 fingers of foamy beige head on the pour, the body is a deep chestnut colour, a bright mahogany when held up to the light. Mild aroma, toasted malt, some nuttiness, and a bit of a soapy character as well. The flavour is overpowered by that soapiness as well, the roasted malt and underlying chocolate flavour cannot compete with it. Still an okay brown due to that, but nothing noteworthy, and nothing I'd buy again unless they can clean up what I take to be a bottling issue. The mouthfeel suffers from this as well, the carbonation adds some body, but otherwise feels pretty watery, with a soapy texture. A disappointing first experience with a favorite style from a brewery new to me.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Cannery Brewing Company is one of the province's newest microbreweries. Located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Cannery swung open its doors in October 2001. While the area itself has fast become world renowned for its high-class wines, the Okanagan Valley (or "Interior" as it is often referred to here in Vancouver) has also seen an abundant growth in the microbrewery community.

The Naramata Nut Brown ale is perhaps the catchiest release (taste wise) from this newbie brewer, as they've recently released this ale in an unorthodox 1000ml (1 litre) flip-top bottle. My particular bottle was hand stamped as Bottle #020746, which is a relatively high number for a micro brew in British Columbia, considering they don’t offer their brews in anything less than a 650ml bottle. Many other regional microbrewies have recently unveiled offerings in the sub 10,000 bottle range, so this one at 20K+, in addition to being the first time I've run across it, is a fairly big endeavor.

As for the beer itself, I was pleasantly surprised. The Nut Brown Ale seems to be a popular jumping off point for local breweries, who have generally pigeon holed themselves in the Pale Ale, Amber, Lager, and Cream Ale varieties. Sadly, most of the Nut Brown releases of late have had a varying degree of success. This one thankfully, would be rated amongst the better quality releases.

Naramata pours a very deep amber-toned brown color with a super large head. The head is very slow to dissipate, never lowering itself below a 1/6" sturdy surface foam. Lacing on the glass is quite hefty for this style featuring long streaming foam patches along the glass.

Aroma-wise, this one presents a nice even blend of malts along with a hearty punch of roasted nuts and even a slight hint of chocolate. Little to no hop factor is present in the bouquet but that makes room for plenty of sweetness including an almost toffeeish tinge.

Taste-wise, the carbonation factor is reasonable for this one, which really helps ensure that the malt combinations don’t overpower the brew itself rendering it as flat mess. Cannery has sufficiently addressed the flatness factor that sometimes plagues this style.

This is a reasonably impressive beer from a market newbie. I anticipate future opportunities to enjoy their beer and hope that finding something on draught will be a reality at some point soon.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 1000 ml bottle / ABV: 5.5% / PRICE: $7.40 CAD ~ $4.87 USD ]

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Naramata Nut Brown Ale from Cannery Brewing Company
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