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

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83
good
136 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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 neckbeered
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Pens1967
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of samturner
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of sneezye
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of pants678
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, not transparent, thin white head.

Smells of biscuit, brown and roasted malt.

Hearty, malty, minimal hop presence. Sorta sweet, some nut and toffee but could stand to be harsher.

Tad bit of astringency but otherwise easy going medium body.

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Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of irthesteve
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of evbro
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ToddKehoe
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ChaseBeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mp756
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of CMOrak
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of prock180
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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 s4s
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bricology
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
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 DOCRW
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of FrizWhiz
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Jameswoody
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Nut Brown Ale (Pub Series) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.65 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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