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Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series)Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series)
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Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mactrail on 12-20-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
18.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 133
Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There was unabashed, unrestrained joy in my heart when it was recently imparted to me that Full Sail was coming to PA, tempered only by my supposition that it would all be relegated to the Philthadelphia market and none would be seen where SEPTA does not run. Like Joe Namath upon winning SBIII, I was elated to be proven wrong! Elated, ya hear me? I was also elated when I dated Elaine until she heard about me and Eta and then I was delighted to break it off and take up with Delilah. You get the idea. The wife of one of my many friends (I know, hard to believe that I have friends, but I pay them handsomely and regularly, so it all works out) came up to me last night, unbidden, and started gushing about how she loves this new dark beer in little stubby grenade bottles. I had to laugh and told her that although Full Sail has existed for a while, they just recently made like Chris Columbus and "discovered" PA. Welcome, Full Sail and may you never forsake us as Three Floyds, Pretty Things and Rolling Rock have seen fit to do! Don't get me wrong - I love(d) them all and would be ecstatic to see them return, but for now, we are on the outs.

To get into one of their bottles, the crown cap reads, "Tools Required". I went over to the local frat house to see if they could help me, but they bristled at being labeled "Tools". I then consulted the Interweb and discovered that they were referring to the Six Basic Tools of Man, in this case, the Lever and the Fulcrum. I employed a coin as a Wedge between the two and Voila! an open bottle was before me.

From the bottle: "Limited Edition"; "FS Pub Series"; "Available for 90 days only".

I initially had a finger of light-brown head, but it quickly fell away to wisps. Color was a deep brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had both a walnut/chestnut nuttiness along with an underlying pininess. I used to dislike this style as it could be too malty for me, but now everybody is cutting sweetness with hops. Good on ya, lads! Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was riotous in a good way - chocolate, smoke, mint, freshly mown grass, chestnuts. This may be one of the best Browns that I have ever tasted! Finish was a semi-sweet dark chocolate with a lingering smokiness followed by a breathtakingly refreshing mintiness.

This beer was CRAP! Don't waste your $$$! Leave it all on the shelf for me!

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Photo of becktone
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Color is brown with deep garnet highlights. The beer is clear and has active looking carbonation. Head is about 1.5 fingers and is creamy looking with excellent retention.

Nose: Nice malty aroma, caramel aromas and nutty aromas as well. Overall clean aroma, not much in the way of esters.

Tongue: Malty flavor, finishing off balanced with a touch of sweetness. English variety hop flavor comes through with just enough bitterness and flavor to give this beer a nice balance. Malt profile is nutty with carmel tones. Body is medium and in my opinion the carbonation is a little high, but...that helps keep this beer from becoming too heavy and cloying on the palate. Not overly complicated, this is a simple beer and its a very nice one.

Drinkability: This is a beer I'd drink again any day. The price on it is good and it is a great beer. I'd recommend this one to a friend. Easy drinking beer and this one would be real nice to cook with or pair with the right dish.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Stamped "enjoy by 3/20/14", so we're good for freshness.

Appearance: rich, dark brown hue with no haze and a lazy effervescence. Head pours a thin finger of light tan foam; head doesn't have too much retention, but I love the color of the body.

Smell: rich, nutty aroma; I'm getting caramel, toasted malt and hazelnut. I would say it's more like a nice English brown rather than an American-style, but I really like it.

Taste: nice, dryish malt flavor, with a good toasty character, a good nuttiness and a light but appropriate hoppiness. I don't understand the lower ratings; this is a great brown ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. I quite like it.

Overall: a great brown ale and quite drinkable. I'd gladly quaff tons of this stuff.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty monstrous head, fair lacing, a dark-brown but clear beer, nice looking brown.

Aroma and taste are pretty spot-on for what I'd expect from the perfect "nut-brown" ale. Roasty, nutty, toasty, bready, biscuit, with a light hops presence, just enough to give the beer a nice balance.

Drink wise it's pretty darn drinkable and I'm trying not to drink it too fast, because it's so good! Light to medium body, crisp carbonation.

It's a fine beer. Full sail once again impresses me.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden brown in the glass with a nice sudsy head. Lots of fine carbonation without overdoing the spritziness. Great sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma of browned toast with some flowery hops.

A little buttery. Lots of the nutty roasted barley taste. Hops are not the stars, but there is a pleasant bitter tanginess. Warmly dark with a malty base. It's just a Brown Ale, but much better than average and highly drinkable. Clean and well made, as with most of the full Sail Brews.

Full Sail says this is one of the new Pub Series, a "rotating series of classic ales" available in 6-packs and draft. Brewed with pale, crystal and chocolate malts and Fuggle and Mt. Hood hops. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Utah State liquor store in Salt Lake.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice buff head that lasts. Clear medium brown color. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, bread, nuts, and a bit of alcohol. No hops discernable. Flavor is malty, crisp, slightly sweet and bready more than nutty. Clean slightly toffee finish. Mouthfeel is medium and "smooth". Low CO2 feels nice. A very good American Brown.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up tonight at the COOP... Poured into my little CC goblet... khaki head dies pretty quickly but has decent lacing... the brew is deep chestnut brown.

Nose is definitely "nutty".. more of an English brown ale than American... nose shows some slight spiciness from I guess a continental hop variety... a bit of cocoa with warmth.

Flavor has more cocoa and a definite toasty malt element.. good malt complexities... hops again are there only for a light bitter balance and add a minor hop flavor that gives way quickly back to the malts.

Body is light/medium... carbonation is sorta soft like an English brown.

Pretty good... I don't buy many brown ales, but I will continue to pick this one up periodically.

3.5/4/4/3.5/4

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Photo of RJLarse
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a six-pack of Full Sail Nut Brown in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a dark garnet red color with a modest off-white head.

Smell is an earthy aroma, smoke and roasted grain.

Taste is also smokey with a peat flavor, and a mild caramel sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated.

Overall a very drinkable brown ale. A littler like a Coke or a Pepsi without the sugary sweetness.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany brown color with a half of a finger of creamy white head that dissolved into a lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very malty with notes of freshly baked dark bread, like pumpernickel. I get hints of chocolate and coffee too.

Taste: Very roasty in flavor in the beginning, with lots of roasted malt and coffee beans. Like the aroma, there are hints of chocolate and toffee. The beer finishes with some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy, but with hardly any carbonation. With an ABV of only 6.0%, there is just the slightest presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good brown ale. I really enjoyed the roasted notes of the flavor which is nicely balanced by some sweetness and hoppy bitterness. I’d get it again.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep brown color with hints of ruby. A thin tan head.

S: A pretty mild smell, but I get some roasted malt, almond meal, banana and some cinnamon.

T: Opena with some light toasted malt and a trace of earthy hops, faint grass, cocoa, toffee. Ends with some bready malts and just a hint of earthy resin.

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Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I want to love Full Sail and its 47 employees who own the business. I see them all in a big ocean hull rowing out to sea at ebb tide. But so far, they're just middling for me.

12oz bottle marked 6-30-13 (uh oh better drink it!) poured into pint glass from a "craft 12pack" purchased at Whole F.

A: Beautiful reddish brown clear color with a finger of tight head. Good carbonation, and a little lacing. Lacing and head fade fast.

S: Much going on in the nose. Good! Start w nutty malts, caramel, coffee, oily seaside marina, grassy, west coast, rocky beach with tide pools.

T: Similar to smell, taste is dominated by nutty malts w/ notes of chocolate malts, roasted, grassy, caramel, cut grass. True to its name - nutty. Brown. Well carbonated. It's better and more complex than other brown ales I have tried (Ellies-Avery, etc)

M: Light-bodied and smooth, moderate amount of carbonation, leaves me in a good place. AND HUNGRY! So I expect it's a good before dinner and with dinner beer, in this case salmon in rice milk with steamed lemon chard.

O: Easy to drink, delivers a nutty taste, not sweet, and a must try for brown ale fans. A

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with deep red tones and a half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, nuts and a hint of vanilla. Flavor follows, with toasted malt with a hint of char, nuts, faint cocoa. Light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A mild brown ale that is very lightly hopped; hits all the flavor notes for the style, but flavor is fairly light and unexciting. Perhaps the pub series is an indication that this is meant to be a mellow, light session ale, and if so, it hits the mark. Tastes fine, but I'd like to see some more flavor intensity. Full Sail always makes good worksmanlike ales, but tends towards the safe and light side, often making them forgettable. I think they are capable of blowing me away, and I'd like see them do it.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with the best by date conspicuously absent. Glad to see other reviews so I know it ain't old as balls.

Very dark, clear amber. Smell is light grain, fruit. taste is musty and dusty like most full sail beers, but with a killer finish of roasted hazelnut and burnt leaves. feel is light and maybe overcarbonated.

this is a perfect beer for fall

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A finger of tan head formed on a dark brown colored body.
The aroma is wonderful, lots of roasted malt, chocolate and nutty.
Pretty good taste too. Roasted malt, bit of chocolate and the mildest bitterness to finish. Tended to be a little watery overall though.
The texture is smooth with a bit of bubbles, thinner body with moderate carbonation.
A little thicker and this is a big winner, still a good drink though.

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Photo of Docer
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- This puppy is filtered clear, and brown. Much like a dark sun-brewed tea, this beer screams brown ale. Not much of a head but an off white dusting in the glass and a small ring. Overall pretty simple looking but for the rich brown appearance.

Smell: (3.5)

- And of course, the always noticeable Full Sail yeast and grain aromas. Behind the nice bittering grassy hops does lye a slight chocolate and sweet quality. The hops are certainly present with an earthy herbal quality. The yeast is certainly overpowering though.

Taste: (4.0)

- Yep. It's a Full Sail beer. Not that that is a bad thing. Great roasted grainy and yeasty flavor. Sweet sugars and brown sugar finish. Light molasses and earthy biscuit flavors hit up front, and the light bitterness from the herbal and grassy hops really balance this number out. I do like this beer.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- It's a touch chewy and only slightly drying. It does have a slight syrupy effect, but not very noticeable. Overall it is well carbonated from there ever-evolving yeast. It's easy to drink, and leaves you wanting some more.

Overall: (3.5)

- It's a solid brown. Nothing more, nothing less. If you desire that Full Sail taste, this is certainly one to jump to first while you can. It certainly has some more complexities to it than some of their standards. It tastes great, is clean, and is always top quality.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best By: 4/17/13

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, with hints of toffee/chocolate. The taste is a little sweet, malty (lots), nice little touch of toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Overall a pretty tasty brew, glad to see it here.

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Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a huge, cascading tan head. Retention is excellent. Dark brown in color with bright red hues. A bit of roasted nuts to the nose followed by that ubiquitous brown ale metallic character and some subtle cocoa. Tastes involves some cherry sweetness, a nutty middle and some earthy hops mixed in for good measure. Light to medium bodied and not as smooth as expected. Nothing groundbreaking, but flavorful enough to urge a second round.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a pint glass.

A: light head formation and retention. Nice deep amber body with good clarity and red undertones.
S: aroma is soft with a good bit of nutty attributes. Hop presence is very low with a hint of saaz like spice.
T/M: the taste parrells the aroma with low amount of hop bitterness and spicy noble aroma. A malt forward presence is found and quite suitting for the style. Mouthfeel is nice and light with a low FG, making this very digestable.
O: really good brew and for the price a nice light nut brown. I would prefer a bit more sugar on the back end making it a slightly heavier brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Man that is one deep brown ale. Very dark chestnut brown almost pitch black except for some ruby hues in the base. Head is a 1/4 inch that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Mild nuts and roast, nut much brown malt. Smell is OK.
T - Crisp, clean and has a decent hop profile. Brown malts are their but not very pronounced. Has some roast and chocolate too.
M - Very easy to drink, hides the ABV well with a crisp hoppy finish.
Overall far from the best Brown I ever had but pretty tasty, and I am not the biggest fan of brown ales either.

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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Heady aroma of roasted grains mixed with carob-like scents rise from a dark brown body. Rich, creamy suds sit on top of the glass and plenty of good carbonation rises from the bottom. Brown sugar and nutty flavors combine with a decent hop bittering presence make for a tasty treat. Mouthfeel comes across light and a tad watery, but has a crisp, clean finish.

All in all, this is a nice beer. Perhaps not a prime example of the style, but enjoyable enough to warrant additional glasses.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with off-white, foamy head. Aroma is of nutty, bready malt, hints of coffee and prunes. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of bready, nutty malt, burned grain, earthy hops, prunes and brown sugar. Finish is medium, bitter. Nice Brown.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Pours out dark, but clear brown with soft, silky beige head. Roast malts are featured in the aroma, taste is more malt with a touch of molasses sweetness. All rounded out with a some nutty undertones. Smooth, mildly bitter, easy drinker.

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Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights and a foamy half inch khaki head that dissipates a little quickly, leaving little lacing.

Deeply toasted, nutty malt, a hint of roast, and dark fruit form the aroma. There's a touch of floral hops and light chocolate/coffee note.

Flavor follows suit. Deeply toasted nuts form the backbone, slightly sweet, finishing a touch roasty and a little sour. There's an underlying roast malt fruity character that detracts from the experience. The finish is a little bitter. Floral hops and phenols emerge in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate in weight, but has a watery impression. Carbonation is moderate.

Definitely nutty, toasty, and a little roasty, but the fruitiness/sourness is offputting.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-brown on the pour. Good clarity. No head to speak of. A thin broken ring of lacing eventually slides down into the beer and disappears.

S: Nutty and chocolatey. Brown cocoa powder, carob. Vanilla, cola. Light woody malt scent. Tight red berry fruitiness. Oily hops far in the background.

T: Carob and faint milk chocolate. Nutty and slightly woody. Wave of vanilla. Cola. Very tight red berry esters at its center. Hops add a balancing oily bitterness, but not much more. Cola and carob on the weak finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth. Mild prickling carbonation. Slightly astringent for some reason.

O: A middle of the pack brown ale. Nothing too special about it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 6/1/13.

Pours a clear super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some subdued nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly basic but easy to drink.

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