City Steam The Naughty Nurse
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Style:
English Bitter
Ranked #205
ABV:
5%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,284
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 14%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
318
From:
City Steam Brewery Café
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
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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
Photo of rudzud
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Had this at the Marlboro, MA festival.

A - Poured a light deep slightly cloudy amber hue with a thin almost nonexistent head. Rather mediocre.

S - Aromas are fairly average, albeit light. Sweet malts and some caramel. The hops are super, super faint. Almost nonexistent.

T - Taste is more of the same. More of the same sweet malts, caramel, toffee, finish is earthy and bitter. Not much in the way of hops though.

M - Mouthfeel is average, decent enough carbonation.

O - Overall, fairly average/standard beer. Would not buy a six pack of this.

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

Pours copper, a little hazy with chestnut hue. A fabulous head of soft creamy foam that fell off oh so slowly like a tease. It really does have a come hither look. Sticky lace and thick cap. Smells great with fat malt and light citrus. Lemon and floral are light as a feather on a bread & biscuit caramel malt spine. Malt opens up deep and sweet. Taste is gentle ,clean crystal malt with a good honey and butter sweetness, slightly nutty, alongside hops that are as gentle as a spring breeze with some earth and floral and not quite too bitter. Just enough bitter to lean in on the back palate. It was a touch watery and thin. Drank smooth and bittersweet and had a silky mouthfeel with just a bit of carbonation to tickle the throat. Really good.

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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 dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a decent fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, light lacing, semi clear amber cranberry reddish color.

Nose sweet malts, reddish candy malts slightly syrupy, some toffee and caramel, sweet juicy malt profile and hints of fruity hops.

Taste starts with sweet malts again toffee and caramel as well as plenty of candy malt flavors, when decent sweetness. Reddish toasty amber malts as well. Then light hops, a slight earthy grassy profile that brings mild bitterness, and an earthy dirty bitterness. Finish is drier but a little sweet still, lingering grassy hops and light reddish amber candy malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, this wouldn't be too bad for an underhopped English amber or red ale, but as a bitter this misses the mark but quite a bit. Hops are barely detectable and just a bit of earthy grassy flavors, way too much on the malt side for a bitter even if the hops were bigger, and malts seem too much on the candy caramel sweet side again for a bitter.

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Photo of cbutova
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- 12oz bottle poured into a standard goblet. The beer has an amber/dark-red body with an off-white head. The cap on the beer is about one finger in height and takes on a frothy texture. Head retention is decent and a foamy ring ends up depositing just a few tiny spots of lace for me.

S- Not a whole ton going on here. Light notes of dark fruit, caramel and some hops make it up for me, really stressing to pick anything up.

T- A fairly mild flavor which I sort of expected after my first few sniffs at the aroma. Mild sweetness comes through from the malts as well as some biscuit, caramel and light nutty hints. Spicy/Euro hops are the strongest thing in the taste with notes of grass, herbs and some citrus zest.

MF- Fairly silky feel to a mouthfeel with a light overall consistency. Carbonation is moderately high and appropriate for the flavors at hand. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate in the finish.

Mild and laid back but not bad, nothing off or abrasive here. Herbal and spicy hop forward with some decent malt backing.

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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 mnrider
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Has bottled on date.

A: Deep amber with a large off white head. Good retention and lacing. Looks good so far.

S: Malts, light hops, caramel, and some faint husky grains. Nothing stands out.

T/M: Hop bitterness, malts, some sweetness. All of the flavors are weak and forgettable.
Everything that us there is balanced pretty well. The finish is bitter. Has a nice smooth feel,
and an interesting metallic taste.

O: A good beer to session, but an average representation of the style. Even though I can get
it fresh I don't think I'll be seeking it out too often.

Cheers!

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Photo of Kooz
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly opaque amber color with no head poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Looks okay.

Not getting much from the nose--not too much there. Faintest hint of malt.

Tastes pretty good! Good from the moment where the maltiness coats the tongue to the slightly bitter finish, to the hints of cherry and caramel in the aftertaste. Nothing fantastic, but it was good.

Excellent mouthfeel. No bite, very smooth and mellow. It's got a lot of body, a nice foamy creaminess on a swish, and is an all-around complete beer mouthfeel-wise. Excellent.

I was happy with this beer and would gladly try it again. It wasn't good enough to seek it out, but was certainly good enough not to pass it up if offered.

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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 BirdsandHops
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with half a finger of light khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Caramel and crystal malt dominates with some bubblegum and candy notes as well. There is a light licorice aroma toward the finish.

T: Caramel and crystal malts here as well with some licorice. There is a light bitterness toward the finish with some caramelized sugar flavors.

M: Medium body with low, sudsy carbonation, this beer is light and avoids being watery.

O: An alright beer, overall. Nothing special, but not bad at all.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Delaney's.

A: Clear chestnut body under a thin, fizzy white head. No retention or lace to speak of. Pretty weak.

S: Husky malt, some caramel, and a bit of cheese. Not good.

T: Follows the nose. Boring, silo-esque malt and not much else. Husky, rough, and stultifying.

M: Frothy, soft medium body. Pretty nice.

O: Even if you want a boring beer, you can do way better than this one. Not recommended.

Cheers!

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a healthy dark amber color with a tan head of tiny bubbles.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and some sweetness present

T: Nice and sweet English bitter, balanced with a bitter twang at the finish. Caramel and sweet malt are present, its a pretty decent beer, one I would consider similar to Sam Adams boston Lager in comparison with more bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to thick mouthfeel which is very pleasant body.

O: This is a nice full bodied Amber Ale with decent malt presence and a little bitterness.

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Photo of WhaleHopper
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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 JMD
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with frothy off white head that fades slowly,

S: Light aroma of carmel and bready malt.

T: Sweet carmel malt upfront with light nuttiness. Lightly hopped as it finihes. Flavor is light but still pretty tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied.

D: This beer won't blow anyone away, but still enjoyable to drink. Naughty Nurse has good flavor and goes down easy. Great session beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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 Durge
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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 AleWatcher
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours an ambery orange color with a nearly white head of nearly 2 fingers. Settles down quickly and becomes a collar around the glass.
Smells of pale and crystal malt... Slight spicy hop note.
The flavor is pretty dry by the finish, but there was some sweetness up front. The biscuity and toast-like malt character leads into a spicy hop profile.
Medium body, good sturdy carbonation, and a nice bitter bite.

Overall, this isn't a style I would normally go for, but this beer isn't bad. If I were offered one, I would happily drink it. If it were available here, I would probably not ever buy it.

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Photo of nukem5
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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 tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, amber in color, clear

Smell: big caramel malt and some earth.

Taste: big caramel with earthy hops in the middleand a bready caramel end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a big bitter spike in the middle and a sweet end, high carbonation, light body

Overall: Not sure if this is good for a bitter or pale ale. When I was drinking it, I thought sweet amber ale. There is a nice mix, but the malt triumphs. Not out of the ordinary, but nothing to pass over either.

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Photo of surprenant1138
2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a gorgeous dark amber with small head and decent retention of lacing. Aroma is malty, with some hops and yeast. Mouthfeel is light. Taste is of hops, yeast and is just overall watered down tasting. It is just ok.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at City Steam Brewery, Hartford, CT

Not too bad, but not that great either. Pretty mild and smooth, but not too flavorful/memorable. Poured a light amber with a light head that settled quickly. Light, mildly hoppy aroma and taste. Easy drinking, light mouthfeel. Not something I'd reorder, but nice for those who don't live dangerously.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While in CT last weekend I wanted to pick up something small and local. This is what he beer store guy told me to get.

Hazy, rusted amber color with a thin white head. Sparse lace left by a fair layer of retention.

Aroma is lots and lots of crystal malts and an odd scent that's familiar but I can't quite identify. The bottleneck label says licorice aroma so I guess I'll go with that.

Taste is lots and lots of crystal. Some toast, brown sugar and cinnamon.

If you like caramel than this is your beer. Not much in the way of a bitter but nice just he same.

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Photo of pbecsu2008
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
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 KTCamm
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
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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City Steam The Naughty Nurse from City Steam Brewery Café
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 318 ratings