City Steam The Naughty Nurse
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Style:
English Bitter
Ranked #205
ABV:
5%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,304
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 14%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
318
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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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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 318
Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of horshack7
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a dark amber with a light frothy head.

Aroma: Nice and sweet in the front. Light notes of dates, golden raisins, a little bit bready.

Taste: Lots of malt, bready, dried dark fruits, brown bread, raisins, spice. Twinges of toffee towards the back end and a light sticky mouthfeel.

Notes: Quite drinkable a good smooth finish. Cheers.

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Photo of predikit
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.

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Photo of palma
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chestnut color body. Light tan small head. A good lasting lace.

Clean malt aroma. Light biscuit notes. Cleaner than other malty English style beers. Caramel as the beer warms up. I like it.

Nice rich malt profile. Nutty. Caramel. Nice crystal malt flavors. Mild. Very light herbal hops. Flavor is not complex, but it's juicy and satisfying.

Slightly over carbonated in my opinion.

A nice American made bitter.. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Solid beer.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of cohenjm33
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Nicholas_Gates
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of matthewmo
4.2/5  rDev +20%

Photo of SCW
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

City Steam Naughty Nurse Pale Ale...great name!

Appearance-more of a dark amber with a touch of gold, decent head.

Smell-light malt, alcohol appears, some dark spice from Crystal malt, other spices too.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light fairly clean taste, pleasent malt and spice and a nice smoothness. Tart on the finish.

Drinkability-nice light finish and as drinkable as any bitter.

Overall-professional bitter, if not spectacular.

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Photo of xtonytx
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into pint glass

Appearance--deep amber color, bordering on light brown. Not much head to speak of

Smell--Quite malty.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Malty overall taste. Bitter notes slightly musky . I enjoyed this one more on the second try. A bit week on the carbonation.

This one was much better the second time around. A pretty unique beer to have as a "flagship" brew.

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Photo of Dcfoley
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of dgherm
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTFalcon
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the first thing you notice is the dark red color. This was tasted in a tulip glass and head retension was decent.

the smell was sweet and sugary, some hints of floral in the background. Upon first taste the first thing that you will notice is the Super Lite mouth feel. The next thing you're going to notice is sweetness, a touch of alcohol and some floral notes in the finish.

The light mouthfeel and sweet taste makes you want to have another and finish the glass. This is certainly a session ale, and one has to wonder whether the sweetness is not balanced out with enough bitterness. The bitterness is there its on the palate somewhat similar to a good English ale, but the wet soapy sweet mouth feel craves some balance .

Perhaps balance can be found by paring this with spicy Chinese food or perhaps with dessert. Adding something citrus may be another good idea. I would certainly try this again as it was well above average.

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Photo of LucilleToo
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjdrewry
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Templewill
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of GregSemenza
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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City Steam The Naughty Nurse from City Steam Brewery Café
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 318 ratings