The Naughty Nurse
City Steam Brewery Café

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Bitter - English
Ranked #206
Ranked #45,631
3.5 | pDev: 14%
City Steam Brewery Café
Connecticut, United States
The Naughty NurseThe Naughty Nurse
Notes: The Naughty Nurse has become quite the popular lady in the Nutmeg State. With her classy and sensual elegance, combined with just the right amount of...ahem...bite, she has made many a friend both inside and outside of our brewpub. Don't let that "come hither" look fool you, though - she is all business when it comes to performance. In fact, she is our best seller! If the Nurse needs a match, it can be a nice beefy burger, or almost anything else on a pub style menu. And with her moderate alcohol content, she can stand alone and make your next Session last a long, long time! This fine ale is brewed for a spicy, slightly bittersweet finish using traditional English malt, hops, yeast and manners. Available short or tall, of course!
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber color with a decent head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma of caramel, malt, enticing. Taste is malty with strong caramel flavors, a little char, hops are subdued, avoids being overly sweet. This beer is all about balance, more of an English style and it accomplishes it nicely. Quite an enjoyable change from all of the hop bombs I usually drink.

Feb 06, 2019
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ordybill from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark clear Amber color with a small white head. The aroma is all malt. The taste is malt with a creamy texture.

Jul 15, 2018
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HoppyHatz from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably the most popular choice at CS and one of my personal favorite local beers. Nothing special but a good choice for someone who enjoys full flavored ales.

Nov 22, 2017
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Moir1994CT from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first this was not my thing, but it grew on me over time as many brews do. This was dull and boring to me at a time in which i was drinking mostly high ABV micro brew ipa's and double ipa's. But after i gave that a break i revisited this and found this to have a very nice taste the second go around. If you like bitterness that is. Not as bitter as some but its a good blend of mellow and bitter.

Oct 29, 2017
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movethroughspace from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Naughty Nurse

Appearance: Amber with a bit of haze. Poured with a nice head which fades into a consistent ring atop the beer. Nothing special but not displeasing. (3.5)

Smell: Smells a bit hoppy with some spicy and fruity notes. (3.5)

Taste: The sip begins with a malty, bitter introduction followed by a hoppy middle and chased with a sweet and mild caramel release. Finishes dry. I really do like the toasted hops which really show through in the middle of a taste. The bitterness and sweetness are well balanced. A pleasure to drink. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: The beer starts by warming the front of your palate and then transitions into a cool, dry feeling at the end. There is a slight crispness with mild carbonation. Smooth and medium-bodied. (3.75)

Overall: Overall the taste of the beer offered a little more than what the appearance gives off. The initial impression gives the sense that the beer is a safe choice. While The Naughty Nurse falls into the middle of the road, the flavor complexities bump the beer just a cut above. (3.75)

May 12, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: medium brown; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick ring; moderate lacing;

S: roasted grain; piney hops;

T: caramel malt and roasted grain through mid-palate; moderately bitter finish with some residual caramel sweetness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a nice beer; not special, but enjoyable;

Apr 10, 2016
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donniecuffs from New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased a 12oz bottle of this from The Cork in Torrington, CT. Into a pint glass, it poured a cloudy reddish amber, with a healthy dose of carbonation, one finger of sepia-colored head, and good retention and lacing. Smelled very bready/biscuit, with caramel, molasses, and a very feint hint of chocolate. The taste verified the nose; caramel and molasses with a very dry finish and a modest bitter hop bite. The feel was exceedingly carbonated, yet still medium-bodied. Very one-dimensional, and non-descript; this beer would benefit from either a more robust grain bill or a more varied hop presence.

Dec 23, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes from November 10th, 2015
Had [email protected] Shadrach's in The Heritage in Southbury, CT

Appearance - Served up in an ice cold pint, the brew is clear and brilliant copper red in color with a narrow, 1/4 finger width head. Fair retention, then breaks down to a near barren surface with a razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass, Lace is mostly streaky, with a few spots here and there.

Smell - Caramel malts and floral hop character. Maybe a trace of honey?

Taste - Caramel with soft floral hop notes. Mid-taste brings light notes of toasted grain and a hint of honey sweetness. Finishes with good all-around balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonatin. Smooth, quaffable quality.

Overall - I'm finding this brew quite agreeable. I dig that caramel/floral flavor combo that it has going for it. There's nothing here that's magical, but it's a very drinkable brew.

Dec 07, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber, left a frothy white head that dissipated quickly.

Smells a bit fruity, some toffee tones.

Taste is very middle of the road, a classic beer flavor with nothing special about it. No bitterness to be had, the malts don't really jump forward with any toasted flavors, and the hops are non existent. Tastes like the lowest common denominator of the flavor 'beer'.

Light bodied, crisp, extremely drinkable. Thirst quenching even.

Middle of the road beer, would not be bad on a hot summer's day after some hard work.

Nov 04, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This came to me in a CANQuest (tm) trade, although I am currently (mostly) on a trading hiatus due to a massive backlog here at Chez Woody. One of our local personalities, Miranda Wrights, earned the "Naughty Nurse" moniker several years ago, thanks to her Hallowe'en costume that year. I raise a toast to her with this beer!

From the CAN: "Amber Ale"; "Brewed with a large quantity of the finest quality Thos. Fawcette English crystal malt and traditional British hops, this beautiful amber beer has a sweet caramel-like aftertaste and a spicy and almost floral aroma. It is good for what ales you!"

The Nurse looks like a character out of Chester Gould's 1940's-era "Dick Tracy"!

She did not seem to mind when I Crack!ed her open, but I could not bring myself to invert her for the Glug. Instead, I was uncharacteristically gentle. Naughty or not, she doesn't deserve rough treatment. She was, indeed, naughty, foaming up through the vent, causing me to have to wait for her to settle down. I got a finger of fizzy, tawny head for my efforts, but it was rather short-lived. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a nutty sweetness, definitely borne of the malt. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was subdued, slightly nutty and easily drinkable. It had a mild bitterness, slightly grassy, leading me to wonder what variety(ies) of hops had been employed. Finish was semi-dry, with a nutty grassiness that was very refreshing on a hot summer's day.

Jul 12, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this beer at the actual brewery cafe, served in a pint. Being in CT, I hear about this beer all the time from the people who drink BMC. Most craft guys don't give this any attention. So let's dig in!

Nice appearance and amber color, head doesn't last long at all. Subtle aroma of malts and sweetness. Flavor is light and sweet with a touch of bitterness in the back. A little too sticky for me on the feel and the end result is a beer that isn't bad but isn't good.

Jun 16, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I honestly wasn't expecting much. It is very classically "beery" in the aroma and flavor department, the kind of beer you could give to a macro fan without explaining what it is. But more importantly it doesn't actually taste like the swill that most macro folks drink. Malt base is on the low side but it still has some body, pleasing toasty bread like aroma, and the hop flavors and residual bitterness are on point for the style. This is the kind of beer that people wasting their lives on BMC should gravitate towards.

May 23, 2015
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More of a disappointing amber than an English Bitter. A bit too sweet with a mild hop presence. I really wanted to like it as I like English Bitters and it is local to me. But I don't.

Mar 15, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours a nice amber color with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of toasted malt. The taste is nice and smooth with a lot of the malt giving caramel and toffee flavors while still having a nice aftertaste and isn't too sweet. A very good everyday kind of beer.

Dec 07, 2014
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose and flavor is mellow with hops balanced by caramel malt. $2.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Bottled 5/23/14.

Aug 19, 2014
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rdilauro from Connecticut

3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden semi-dark amber. No noticeable nose or aroma. My first taste was light, not much of a body. No real hop or malt taste, if anything a bit of malt and a hint of caramel and a touch of sweetness.

I am not sure on where I classify this type of beer.

Again with many that I have tasted, nothing fundamentally wrong, but there is also nothing that shines as being outstanding.

Jan 20, 2014
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a decent foam head and some lace.

What a unique nose on this one. Orange blossom, honeysuckle, flowers and some toasted malt. Unique perfume aroma. Wonderful.

Nice toasted malt and some moderate bitterness that does not seem like it is coming from the hops, but rather the malt. Bread crust, a juicy note too. Very different.

Medium bodied, ok carbonation.

Liked tho one more than I expected. Nose is terrific, and the flavor is solid.

Dec 15, 2013
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, nuts, a good amount of hops, some honey and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed by some mild sweetness from flavors of citrus, caramel and a touch of spice. The hops presence is strong for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer to session with for a long time.

Dec 08, 2013
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/19/13. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark amber with a finger thick off white head which dissipated very slowly to heavy even surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Mild malt

t; Significant hop bite over medium malt base. Caramel malt becomes more evident when it warms. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate, good body,

o: A good American amber (described as "Amber Ale" on the label), another that is a bit hoppier than I prefer for an amber or even an English Bitter (what it's called here) but the malt base is evident enough and it makes a good dinner or pub drink. Would buy it again but it is not easy to find and there are some I like a bit more. Let's put it this way: if none of my favorites were on tap but this one was, I'd probably pick The Naughty Nurse, and not just because asking for it would be worth a smile.

Dec 03, 2013
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through glass.

Smell: Toasted bready malts, a little chocolate, fruity notes, and a little caramel.

Taste: Toasted bready malts, some caramel, chocolate, a little fruity, and some bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little creamy, some bitterness, light to medium bodied, and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty average ESB or amber ale like the label says. It is more true to the bitter style.

Nov 22, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramel and toffee.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops and toffee; notes of cough syrup-like flavors become noticeable and linger through the finish. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: For being an English Bitter, this beer didn't have much in the way of bitterness. I would have liked this beer a lot better if it didn't taste like cough syrup.

Oct 08, 2013
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Large bubbled head that dies down to nothing. No lace. Neutral amber color and nearly clear.

More caramel and crystal malt nose than any hop. There's also a notable iron smell.

The sip is far more bitter than the smell indicates. The malt base is brief--it's not sweet but it has some elements of caramel and powdered malt. The hop provides bitterness but little complexity. The aftertaste is long. Thin bodied with an elevated level of carbonation.

Aug 31, 2013
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the source.
Comes to the table a clear amber color with a small head but a decent amount of lace. Smells of light caramel and brown sugar with a earthy spicy hop to provide some balance. The flavor is earth and spicy hop with a hint of skunk and a solid caramel malty backbone. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Nice approachable easy drinking ale.

Aug 18, 2013
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getmeabeer from Connecticut

3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

At Wood n Tap for dinner decided to go with a local brew on tap.

Appearance - Initial delivery was a cloudy amber with about an inch of creamy foam in a clean beer glass. Carbonation was light. Let the drink settle for a few minutes and the cloudiness turned to a crystal clear amber.

Smell - Pleasant smell with a hint of burnt caramel and bitter hops.

Taste - Initial sip was pleasant enhanced by notes of toffee and caramel. Bitter but pleasant and balanced after taste remained.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and drinkable with good carbonation.

Overall - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and ordered a follow up. Very drinkable english bitter ale.

Aug 03, 2013
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brewcifix from Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Naughty Nurse pours a slightly cloudy burnt amber with a decent off-white fizzy head that lends to little lacing. For a "Naughty Nurse", her head really doesn't go the distance.

S: The nose is pretty tame, exhibiting a little caramel, roasted malts, and hay. I'm picking up some mineral notes as well.

T: The flavor is a bit more complex- although, not by much. Nutty caramel, toffee, and roasted malts give way to slightly bitter hops- reminiscent of an English Bitter. This brew starts off kind of like a brown ale, and ends like a bitter. Very nice indeed. The aftertaste is malty and sweet. I'm not detecting any of the "bite" that the Brewer alludes to. This is a rather mild, drinkable beer. I don't feel that it's putting any hair on my chest.

M: This beer is light to medium weight with medium carbonation. Its drinkable mouthfeel and mellow flavor make this beer dangerously easy (as a naughty nurse should be). This beer will also pair nicely with food.

Overall, I think City Steam's Naughty Nurse is nothing spectacular, but, DEFINITELY nothing to reject. This is a fine brewed beer with nice flavor and versatility. Restaurants would be wise to have it on their menu. Personally, I'd find it hard to pass up to accompany a meal or hardy sandwich.

Jun 24, 2013
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