Nut Brown Ale | Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 08-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Dilbert65
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Beertracker
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger, light tan head that fades to a shallow layer leaving some lace. Mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Bitter chocolate nose. Flavor is sweet bitter chocolate, with a roasted coffee finish. Unusual brown but good. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of Naes
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is very dark brown with a one inch layer of light tan head which does not lace much.
The aroma is roasty and nutty.
The flavor is a sweet blend of toffee, coffee and roasted malt. There is no real hop presence to speak of.
Mouth feel is medium in body and highly carbonated.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/22/06- Had at a friends house while watching the NFL games.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Brown colored pour with some reddish highlights. Larger inch plus foamy off white head. Light lacing left behind.

Smell- This one has a really nice scent. Some very sweet chocolaty caramel toasted or roasted malt. Smells a touch bready and nutty as well. Can't really pick up any hops though.

Taste- Well, the hops certainly come through in the flavor though. Nice bitter, maybe too bitter for this style. Some chocolate notes and some almond or some kind of nut flavor. Bit metallic as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not bad, in fact tastier than expected. A bit too hoppy in this style for my tastes to be a sessionable brew, but wouldn't be bad every once and a while.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the lone survivor of a six pack at my buddy's house. We had burritos and switched back and forth between the bowl game and Devils hockey. Just a good lazy Thursday night for having a few of these dog themed beers.
This is a terrific looking beer with a thick tan head and a dark walnut colorwith pleasant tones of malt, caramel, hops, and allcohol. Not a typical brown ale feel but not bad at all.
This taste is extremely interesting: a deep nutty taste that abruptly stops and mellows into round coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth but stimulating. Nice hop balance for a brown ale.
This is decent, eclectic ale and the price was reasonable; give it a shot.

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Photo of germaniac
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out of the bottle more like a porter- deep., dark brown, almost black, with light penetrating around the edges. Smells, well, nutty. Fresh pecans comes to mind. Combined with aroma of sweet malt- pretty nice. Taste is a mishmash of sweet caramel malts and nutty roasted malt, with just the slightest hint of chocolate. Nothing too exciting here, just a decent, medium bodied, smooth drinking brown ale at a great price- 3.99 a sixer at Grocery Outlet.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Calling this beer a nut brown ale seems a misnomer for this robust beer. Pours chestnut tinged with ruby. Big malt, with some chocolate and coffee. Much more hopping than customary, this really struck me as more in line with the robust porter flavor profile than the usually meek brown ale. Lots of substance and body, with a satisfying roasted/bitter finish. Quite a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice, solid brown with a hint of deep crimson red when held up to the light. Head got up around 1 1/2 fingers thick but disappeared quickly, just like the bubbles/ring around the edge of the glass after sips. Decent taste - some chocolate, toffee, and various nut flavors mixed with an underlying metallic hint can be found here, but the aftertaste was very watery and didn't linger for any duration.

Not a bad brown ale to start with, but this one wouldn't turn anyone on to the craft beer movement unless they were a fan of it beforehand. Slightly resembles a stout in taste, but is too light and superficial to form a lasting impression on the palate or the mind.

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Photo of walleye
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured a nice mahogany with a light tan head. aroma bitter sweet chocolate, malts, and sweet fruitness. falvor weak chocolate, malts and did pick up a hint of apple, and got some sweetness out of it as it warmed a bit.this was better than the raspberry ale I just got done with

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet and roasted malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, victory, bisquit, and roasted malts. It has a bisquity aroma as well as a mild nuttiness; very nice. The taste is good. It has a smooth and flavorful taste that goes down easy and finishes slightly sweet and toasted. It has a good nutty flavor. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good brown ale. It has a complex taste as well as an enviting aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of LucaBrasi
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a dark brown with a ruby red tinge when given light. Large tan head full of carbonation, that diminishes but rings around the glass after each sip. The rings don’t stick around either they sink back into the brew. From what I can sense it has a sweet roasted carmel aroma. The first taste was almost metallic, after a few more sips I found a slight roasted malty taste. The mouthfeel was light, watery, and very little carbonation. Still a drinkable beer just on the lower end of my spectrum.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice chocolatey brown with ruby red infused throughout. A decent 1" head comosed of small bubbles drops fast to a film, leaving no lace.
Smell is toasty, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, lt. hops.
Taste is malty, roasty, toasty, toffee, caramel.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body and a lingering maltiness in the aftertaste.
Drinkability: a good brew, nice balance and flavor from start to finish.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent pecan shell brown with amber-bronze highlights. The head is peanut shell beige in color and is dense enough to persist for a bit. The finely dimpled surface loses altitude gradually and doesn't give up much lace; a short collar is all.

While it isn't a bad nut brown nose, I'm far from dazzled. It's mildly malty with cocoa powder notes and a barely toasted nuttiness. There's a suggestion of fruit with no overt hoppiness. The aroma could stand to be more aromatic.

Like the nose, Nut Brown Ale is okay beer, better than average beer, but is no great shakes. It's still chocolate malty with a powdery, dry bitterness that is much closer to dark chocolate than to milk chocolate. The nuts taste more heavily toasted on the palate; I'll go with pecans.

The flavor ends a little too abruptly and leaves a mild metallic tang in its wake; not horrible, but noticeable. Although the mouthfeel favors the light end of the style spectrum, it probably isn't too far out of line.

Spanish Peaks Nut Brown Ale is a decent craft brew. There aren't any real high points, but then there aren't any glaring faults either. It's a pleasant little drinker if you're in the mood for a brown ale. Better versions shouldn't be too hard to find however.

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Photo of maxpower
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown with a small foamy tan head that leaves some lacing in my glass, roasty nutty-bready aromas. Nutty caramel flavors, finishes on the sweet side. Medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel, I am not a big fan of this style, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of cooter
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy, purdy head despite an underpour on my part. Nose is a rich nut, with distinct malt (just barely roasted). Walnut, peanut, cashew, chocolate all pleasantly present.

Smooth, subdued taste on first taste. Creamy, chocolate-milkshake aftertaste (mmm...). Very chocolatey for a nut brown, definitely a well-done combination of malt, nut, and dark chocolate flavors. Hops not really present at all.

Beautifully smooth bitters in the late aftertaste. Sweet, chewy, low carbonation works well. Texture is brilliant. Head is totally unaffected halfway through, still a thoroughly creamy tan, 1/4 inch thick. Purdy lacing, color of the beer itself is an almost totally black shade of brown.

All told, this is an incredible showing for the style. I'm very impressed.

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Photo of putnam
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown. Aromas of roasted korns and brown sugar wine. Very fizzy. Blanched, driftwood-flavored tannins offset thin malt-flavored maltiness. The finish is browned starchy, astringent and short. Exceedingly predictable beer. There's just nothing to say.

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Photo of beernut7
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lightly colored American brown ale possesses a very buttery sweet aroma with powerful roasted and caramel malt flavors. It has a good hop spice balance. I usually prefer a dry brown ale, but this one is hard not to like

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Nut Brown Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 21 ratings