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City Steam Brewery Café
Connecticut, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 316
Photo of KTCamm
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from single bottle (courtesy of Ancona's mix-a-six) into a pint glass.

Dark brown, with reddish hints, very little foam. Some white around the edges. Floral malty smell. Faint licorice/anise smell. Bold malty taste with a robust flavor. Subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, and other spices swirled in. Really solid flavor, I was really surprised at how good I thought this was. Some cola too. Lightish carbination but balanced well.

Really good beer, very drinkable. Will seek out again.

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Photo of pbecsu2008
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint and then took a growler home straight from brewery. Reviewing growler next day.

Appearance: Amber slightly red. Frothy head mostly settles... last bit lingers throughout pint.

Smell: Don't know what to say... good? Makes me want to take a sip.

Mouth feel: light to medium bodied, somewhat bitter, some hop. Lost some carbonation on pour... from tap it was moderately carbonated.

Taste: A lighter tasting beer with a unique flavor. Instantly became one of my favorites.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at TD Homer's in Southington, Conn.

A: Poured a medium, burnt orange, amber color with a slight chilled haze and a thin, creamy head of frothy white foam which left a little bit of lacing.

S: Smells sweet, bready and bitter, with a floral, fruity aroma of citrus, apple and pear as well.

T: Dry, bittersweet and clean pale malts show first, with a slightly smoky, burnt and earthy peat quality to go with them. Sips a bit like Old Burnside Ten Penny Ale at first. this gives in to a little bit of floral bitterness and dried apricot flavors. Finishes a little sticky sweet and musty, with some mild, residual hop flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, slightly creamy and earthy for an English pale ale/bitter.

D: Pretty smooth choice for the sourdough Swiss burger I had and for quaffing back in the fading sunset of an early summer day as was the scenario this evening. Not off the charts in terms of flavor, but quite serviceable and a nice take on the pint of English bitter.

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Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
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 thespaceman
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap, a nice golden color, with a decent head and excellent lacing. Aromas are of citrus, a bit of wheat and some grassy like elements. This one has a nice tinge of maltiness in the back upon tasting, the grapefruit flavors compliments the malt up front. Mouthfeel is perfect, a nice bitter finish accomapnies a well carbonated brew. Overall, enjoyable, but I still liked the Carpenter's Ale better.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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Photo of palma
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
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 socon67
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Tolland CT.

A - Amber color, with a cloudy haze in the pint glass it was served in. A significant amount of foam.

S - Very floral. Smells like some variety of baking spices. Kinda funky, but in a good way.

T - Malty right from the get-go. Also a bit of spicyness mixed in. Noto so much sweet as bittery hoppienss. Finishes with a distinctive malty taste as well.

M - Medium bodied, with little carbonation.

D - Very much so. Kinda wish I had this available on tap when I wanted a fresh ESB.

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Photo of nukem5
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a great dark amber color with a very solid foamy cap.

S: Light malts and a touch of something sweet like caramel .

T: Taste is that of Malt caramel and some floral hops on the side.

M: Medium bodied with a carbonation level of perfection, A swirl of the glass and the foamy head returns just as strong as when poured. Decent lacing.

O: Defeinitly would have another but sadley only have this one, thanks Okey.

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Photo of HoppyHatz
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice clear amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces the glass a bit on the way down as it fades pretty fast.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, and hints of citrus and floral hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, hints of citrus, followed by bready aromas, then a nice floral and citrus-y hop finish.
M: Crisp, clean, light to medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, nice mix of flavors, nice body, and overall a nice beer. I am glad they started bottling this, it's nice to have more local stuff.

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Photo of movethroughspace
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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)

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Photo of WhaleHopper
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprisingly good brew. I had on draft at XL center in Hartford during a Huskies game and another on tap at City Steam - I found it to be a refreshing, easy drinking alternative to the other Macros on draft at XL. I then bought this in bottle six pack and was equally impressed, actually more impressed. As far as ambers go, it holds up in all categories. Ambers aren't my go to, but I'm always curious to see what's available as a local brew. Overall, a quality and satisfying beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampling a room temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a clear chestnut to mahogany hue with eggshell white creamy head of 1 cm fading to a sturdy surface layer fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is caramel and biscuit malts with just some hints of earthy hops.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation and a silky texture, but the beer seems to thin out on each swallow.
Flavor is sweet caramel and some graininess, again with just a bit of earthy hops that come back grassy on the burps.
No hints of ABV and a very easy to drink brew.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The naughtly nurse is a popular beer at City Steam, some part due to it's mischievous name no doubt. In truth, its a decent, well balanced pale ale, nothing amazing but very drinkable. Color is a light brown to amber, a little bit of white head that doesn't stick around long. Smells like a lighter pale ale, aroma of subtle hops and malt, which matches the taste indeed. The Nurse goes down quite well :-), without any bitterness or major aftertaste. This is a beer you can drink a fair amount of, not too strong, but fairly smooth and mellow. Pretty good for a standard City Steam beer, but I much prefer some of their special brews.

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Photo of LarryV
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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 TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at Ancona`s in Ridgefield.

Appearance is an amber tone with a one finger head.
Smell has a small amount of citrus hops, caramel and grain. Naughty Nurse tastes fairly sweet, sugar, light on the hops. MF is medium, no strong aftertaste of any kind. Drinkability is fairly good in this offering from City Steam out of Hartford. I have enjoyed this on-tap at their brewpub there a couple years ago. Now, it is nice to have the option to pick this up at the local package store.

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Photo of Durge
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at the Red Door in my home town of Watertown, CT. This amber ale is a deep copper color, clear and fairly quiet. The head is just a thin off-white cover but the lacing is decent. The aroma brings a solid molasses caramel malt that seems promising. The flavor says much the same with more of the distinctive molasses with peachy fruit highlights and a subtle pinch of herbal hop. It’s medium-light bodied with modest carbonation and a slightly chalky feel. It’s not bad, certainly a bit of a statement compared to the average amber ale. But I think it could do with just a little bit more of the molasses power to make this better than simply distinctive. It seems a little watery at times but not enough to ruin it. A different sort of amber and well worth a try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at jm Curley in Boston, MA

A: Pours a clear dark reddish amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a one finger tall frothy off-white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the suface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toffee and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and light amounts of fruity yeasts. Very light notes of earthy hops.

T: Mild amounts of sweetness from the toffee and caramel notes from the malts. There is a light amount of fruitiness from the yeast and some light earthy hop flavors. Light amounts of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I thought this beer was pretty easy to drink and could be sessionable, though I probably was not a big enough fan to have more than a couple of these - I was hoping for a little more grassy/earth hops that I expect for the style.

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City Steam The Naughty Nurse from City Steam Brewery Café
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 316 ratings