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Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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3.63/5
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136 Ratings
Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series)Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mactrail on 12-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,787
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
136
pDev:
10.19%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Photo of Basoos1
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of bricology
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

The phrase "nut brown ale" is music to my ears, given my enjoyment of those from Newcastle, Samuel Smith, et al. So when I saw that Trader Joe's had Full Sail's version for $6 for a sixer, I was optimistic about it being worth trying. Alas, the only thing Full Sail's version has in common with Sam Smith's vastly superior NBA is the name.

Bottle poured into 1 pint ale glass.

Appearance: root beer brown body with minimal and fugitive head.

Smell: toffee, molasses, faint bitter chocolate note, and yes -- root beer.

Taste: very roasted malty, slightly bitter, just off-dry, not very complex or rich.

Mouthfeel: thin and brittle, with a carbonation bite, rather like cola or Dr. Pepper. This is the area where the ale is most let down. The mouthfeel is about as lacking in pleasure as one can imagine in an ale.

Overall: not an experience I'd be interested in repeating.

Nut brown ale is a specifically British style. If you're going to call your product "nut brown ale", you should use Sam Smith as a benchmark and try to improve on it. Full Sail does nothing of the sort with their effort; it's a thin, rather dull product with little to recommend it, especially when compared with Sam Smith's product.

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Photo of harrymel
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 13JUN13

Lovely crystal brown with a near complete tan sheet. Smells of nuts, cocoa, roasted malts, a hint of low impact, earthy hops and just a hint of cinnamon. Taste is bitter, slightly sweet, roasty, toasty and maybe a little astringent. There's something a little off in the flavor. Medium bodied with fine, velvet carb and an off dry finish. Decent.

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Photo of DOCRW
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of mscudder
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Tunoso
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wonder if this is the same recipe as the brewmaster reserve series from a couple years back? Red-brown color, a little lace, so-so head. Aroma is slightly fruity, malty, bit of nut bread. Flavor is ore fruitiness, hint of malt specifically the malt flavor from malt vinegar. Overall not bad but not great. I would not purchase this again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours chestnut with a finger of tan head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Slight woody & nutty notes
T: Nuttyness, dryness, some herbal hops up front & some woodyness. Woody hops as this warms, with some toastyness & dryness, slight sulphur tinge to this as well. Finishes woody & toasty with a touch of hazel nut & whisper of toffee

MF: Firm carbonation with a slight body

A fairly average brown, not one I'd reccomend, but not hard to drink

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Photo of buzzed
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of klawburke
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bongobeer
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Brendog9
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a rich chestnut color with a big cap of beige head. Good retention and exceptional lace.

Nose is a bit muted with some hazelnuts and sweet caramel and hint of roast. Hops are there more so than most brown ales.

Taste is decent, but I don’t find it to be very nutty. Good balance of roast and chocolate malt flavors and hops are clean and leafy. The mouthfeel might be the weakest part of this beer as it lacks body, sweetness and some sort of nuttiness (to cal itself a nut brown). Flavors are good, but too muted and just kind of flows down the hatch un-memorably. It’s ok, but I was actually expecting a bit more.

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Photo of bump8628
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love me some brown ale, and they seem to be increasingly difficult to find in the current craft world of super hoppy, high ABV, barrel aged, sour/funky beers. This one pours russet brown with a thin khaki head. Aroma is muted with just a faint metallic caramel note and a wiff of herbal hoppiness. Things open up a bit on the palate - dark fruits, toffee, more caramel, faint diner coffee and milk chocolate, more of that metallic note on the finish, and a pop of herbal hop flavor. Balance leans to the malt side of things with just a hint of bitterness to balance. Not a true English-style Nut Brown in my opinion, but a decent and drinkable American brown. I was hoping for a bit more, but you can't beat the value of Full Sail. A nice addition for weekday drinking and I look forward to the next Pub Series brew.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Deep chestnut brown with red highlights. Has 1/2 a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Hazelnut and caramel with touches of chocolate and brown sugar.

Taste
Overripe plum and red grape. Brown sugar with touches of hazelnut and caramel. Hints of earthy roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and somewhat dry.

Overall
Sweet notes of dark fruit that dry up with a roasty bitterness. I would prefer to see more of a nutty/chocolaty character. It's aaiiiggghht.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is light overall, consisting mainly of some sweeter caramel and a little bit of roast. Along with these smells comes a little bit of nut and a hint of coffee.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter roasted malt flavor mixed with a little bit of a nutty taste. As the taste advances the roastiness decreases to some extent, all the while being replaced by more caramel sweetness and taking on a more rich nutty taste. With a little bit of a brown bread taste and a hint of grain that come at the end, one is left with a rather sweet and smooth nut brown flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average and has a carbonation level that is actually a little high for a nut brown ale. I would have liked a bit less carbonation and a bit more body for the style, but even with that said the feel was not bad, and the thinner and more carbonated style did do a decent job for the sweeter caramel tastes of the beer overall.

Overall – An easy drinking and fairly sweeter nut brown. Not a bad brew overall.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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