Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale | Oak Creek Brewing Co.

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Oak Creek Nut Brown AleOak Creek Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Oak Creek Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Winner of both the Gold and Bronze Medal in the North American Brewers' Association competition. This northern Arizona favorite has a consistent nutty flavor with just a hint of spice in its depths. A slowly emerging bitterness crops up along the way and is unobtrusively incorporated into the smooth flow. It finishes with a gentle nuttiness and spiciness.

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 133
Photo of ncvbc
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one is a brown with ruby hues. A nice creamy head caps it off and leaves rings of lacing down the glass. Smell is fairly light but clean and inviting. Definitely a nutty presence with toasted malts. I'm ready for a sip. Damn. This stuff is good. A distinct nutty flavor but not overwhelmingly so. There is a strong supporting cast here. Again, lightly toasted malts. Some caramel and chocolate are present with the smallest nibble of hops that impart a somewhat spiced edge. Light fruity flavors compliment in the finish. Pretty light in body and very refreshing. This is a high quality brew for the style...I wish I had more than the two I enjoyed while in Sedona. Almost infinitely drinkable. If I had it locally, it could possibly be a new staple session brew. Scratch that, it would definitely be a staple. Flavorful, complex, and insanely drinkable. Damn, I miss this beer already!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this on-tap with dinner at a Chinese restaurant two days ago on my currently still ongoing vacation in Sedona, AZ. Served to me in a non-frosted pint glass. This beer has a clear, deep amber brown complexion that somewhat reminded me of root beer with deep ruby highlights when held to the light. The tan head was certainly over an inch thick when served to me, settling to a very nice tan surface coating lining the inside of my glass about 5 to 10 minutes after being brought to me. Had a nice thick ring lining the inside of my glass then too. Good lacing here. Aromas of roasted nut and caramel malt. No hop aroma at all. The taste pretty much follows suit, a nice toasted nut flavor and some caramelized malt along with a hint of chocolate and rounded out with a very slight touch of hops. Has a nice smooth and crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very nice indeed. This would certainly make a nice session beer. This went very well with my Chinese food and is easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be. I highly enjoyed this.


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Photo of FMetzger
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown body with slight red highlights. Nice creamy khaki head.
Smell: Fresh nutty aroma. Toasty grain. Fresh grains. No hops. At all.
Taste: Toasted hazelnut flavor at beginning is amazing, if you like that flavor. Taste is nutty and has a creaminess to it. Malt backbone is stong and really allows the nuttiness to come through.
Mouthfeel: Full on tongue, but not heavy. One word: smooth.
Drinkability: Really, one word. SMOOTH.

Pouring this beer and breathing the aroma lead you in to what you bill be tasting. No surprises. A brown ale with a strong malt presence with delicious nutty flavors throughout. The finish is a little short.

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Photo of Auraan
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice deep brown, but with very little head, and no lacing, I would've liked to have seen both. Scents of butterscotch, nuts and caramel malt. Flavor is nutty, with low bitterness, a slightly buttery flavor and some bready flavors, particularly on the finish. It's pretty good, but not as bitter and nutty as I like a brown ale to taste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. True to style, good enough. It's good, but could use a bit more bitterness to make it a bit less Newcastle like. Still, a good Arizona brew, worth trying.

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Photo of joecast
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap Pancho Mcguillicuddys. Nice bar.

Dark dark brown color. Thin tan head, low carbonation. Looks good.

Nice sweet nutty aroma without being syrupy. Being the English variety, hops are not assertive but this does well without them.

Good malt base here. Brown ales are really coming to the fore lately (for me at least) and this is a real nice example. Nuttiness is a subtle addition rather than an unwelcome distraction to the beer.

Great stuff. Smooth mouthfeel without being heavy. Nice well made easy drinker.

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Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a pretty good head.

Aromas are nice, a very roasted nutty nose. Somewhat smokey, with a spicy like character as well.

Nice subtle and smooth flavors. A mellow creamy milk chocolate taste, as well as some light cola notes, and a bit nutty as well. Finish is crisp, with a slight mineral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a bit lean feeling on the finish.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty and very easy to drink brown ale, very session worthy.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brown color that has ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a light brown head. A nutty, malty, toasted, biscuit aroma wafts from my glass. The beer is lightly sweet, and finishes with a toasted malt flavor and a bit of hop bitterness. Quite a good example of a brown ale. Seems to have a flavor hop contribution which perks up the fruit and malt in the middle. A roasted nutty flavor lightly spices this beer. Basically this is an absolutely wonderful session beer.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium brown with red-orange highlights. A finger's worth of tan head falls quickly. Aroma is moderate malts, bready. Taste follows with a full and smooth finish. Medium body.

A nice, easy drinking brown. Nice feel to it. I'm becoming more and more a fan of English style browns.

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Photo of uabigdaz
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber bottle, no freshness date. Small foaming head which has nice retention, about 3mm worth of head throughout the beer. Dark brown color with off-white head. Smells good, slightly like coffee, a little sweet, but also initially some bitterness in the smell. Taste's slightly sweet, again with hints of bitterness which balances nicely. Feels and tastes a little thin but it is quite refreshing. Not too heavy for the way that it appears in the glass which suites the flavor well. Worth a try, definately found one I will pick up again someday when I find a legitimate reason to spend $8 on a six pack. Nice beer to enjoy, not a session beer by any means, although it is thin/light enough.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber almost brown in color with a two finger head. Some moderate lacing developed.

Smell: nuttiness is definitely noticable with some softer malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: nice malt profile with some toasted nuts, raisin sweetness, and a mild bitterness. This is a nut brown that focuses on the nuttiness rather than muting the flavors.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short-lived. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one - basically a session ale if you are in a nutty mood.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a safeway in PHNX

Poured mahogany with a 2" tan head with average lacing & head retention

S: Malty & nutty

T: Sweet malt, nuts & choclate up front. Finishes nutty & slightlty fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & balance

Drank very easy, all in all not a bad little brown

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into a 24 oz mug (hell yeah) .A dark amber in color with good lacing. Roasted malt, toast, smoke and oak present in the aroma . Taste of bready malt and also very nutty. Hint of vanilla bean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly thin. I'd like to have more from this brewery. Good beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a pretty clear, crimson color with a light tan head. Retention is pretty nice.

Nose is fun...Nutty, bready, buttery, yeasty with a bit of butterscotch. Caramely and lightly sweet, flooding the nose with a wide variety of aromas. Yes, some of these are obvious brewing flaws, but all together they smell good for this particular beer.

Taste showcases the nuttiness well and melds well with the bready yeast. Real creamy on the mouthfeel, glides down the hatch with ease. Quite good, actually - a pleasant surprise. Not overly sweet, very mild fruitiness. I could down more than a couple pints of this overlooking a forest of saguaros and creosote brush.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Nut Brown Ale is a transparent medium brown color with a light tan head. In all 6 beers in the pack, I couldn't get the head to last more than a minute or so.

The main aroma I notice is bittersweet chocolate. This is accompanied by a general roasted flavor from the malt. There aren't any hops detectable to my nose.

The taste is similar to the aroma, but the roasted flavor is more prominent than a chocolate flavor. While the hops still aren't that detectable, they balance out the sweetness pretty evenly.

The mouthfeel is around a medium-body, maybe a little lighter. I would have enjoyed a thicker mouthfeel for this beer.

Overall, this is a good brown ale that I would drink again. While the beer isn't outstanding in any aspect, it isn't really bad in any area.

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Photo of xare
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Was served the Nut Brown Ale in a pint glass at the dining room of El Tovar Hotel, overlooking the Grand Canyon. Spectacular view of the Canyon, however, it didn't improve the appearance score one bit. Otherwise, it'd be a 10.0. But the beer came looking like a black beauty with a burnt tan head. Reminds me of Guinness but without the nitro-bubbles cascading down.

Aroma was nice, roasted malts, nutty aroma, and just a joy to smell. Couldn't wait to start drinking the beer - especially with the roasted-nutty flavor emanating from the glass.

Taste lived up to the promise that the aroma made. I was not disappointed. Nice nutty flavor, smoothly blended with roasted malts to create a marriage of flavor that just works.

Mouthfeel was the weak area - it got a bit thin towards the end, especially after the head went away. If the head was bigger or had more lasting power, the mouthfeel would be scored higher. Even with the head though, it wasn't much more than average. A bit of creaminess from the head and then smoothness. There wasn't much body to it.

Drinkability was excellent. Would easily drink this one again if I could get access to it again. Would also search this out again, it was easily sessionable and smooth-drinking, if you manage to gun it down before the head goes away. But it isn't a world-class beer, just a very solid beer that's very enjoyable.

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Photo of buffettfan
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at thier grill in Sedona. Nice setting, very busy. Nice stop after a morning of hiking Oak Creek Canyon.
Our server brought this too me in a nice tall pilsner glass. Good looking dark brown, with two fingers of tan head.
Nice earthy flavor (maybe that cam to mind just becuase we were in Sedona?) Very good brown ale, very drinkable. A great offering from Oak Creek!

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Photo of VonSands
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon the Oak Greek Nut Brown on tap the day before at our hotel in Sedona...My god thats what I needed after 8 hours on the road. The following day we took off to wander ... and what did we bounce into the actual Brewery ... They had a Sampler but we decided to try them all and relax and watch the day go by

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Photo of dstc
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with a ruby hint. Small, tan head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Aroma is of bitter roasted malt with mild hops.

Nice malt taste with a bit of a roasted finish. Slightly bitter in the finish as well.

Thin to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Decent enough and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of Domingo
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on a recent Phoenix trek.
Pretty good all the way around. Nothing amazing, but nothing really wrong either. Intentionally thinner as the climate warrants it.
Just a good go to session beer that's a definite big step above most of the common macros and imports.
I wouldn't really seek it out if there were similar options, but that shouldn't detract from it either.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, it pours a medium brown color with a coppery glow in the light. It is quite clear with no hazing, tiny bubbles that quickly build a half-finger thick head of off-white foam that dissipates just as quickly, and leaves minimal clean spotty lacing as it recedes.

It has a different aroma than I'm used to, and fits the autumn bill very well. There are hints of candied hazelnuts, a very light touch of chocolate, gently roasted malts and sweet caramel. Everything is followed up by the slightest bit of warmed brown sugar. The Nut Brown reminds me of the week before Christmas, when the house is a continual rotation of smells of sugary treats, pies, and just lots of down home cooking. Sounds of families mingling and laughing, compromising personal space to appreciate the one time a year everyone seems to get along...and this beer there to help it all go smoothly.

Speaking of smooth, though the initial tastes came across almost spicy and thick with carbonation on impact with my tongue, it quickly turned thin before I swallowed. The medium carbonation with a thin mouthfeel seem to make this beer a little more watery, but it's all rounded out with the taste. It presents a tangy nuttiness with sweetly toasted malts, a hint of chocolate again, and something buttery. There are virtually no hops present and therefore it lacks a certain bitterness I've come to love about beer.

Although both the smell and the taste are quite faint and lacking robustness in comparison to most of the other beers I've tried, this ale is really very quaffable and distinct in its own sweet nuttiness. Holding no aftertaste whatsoever, this is a great drink to have regardless of the situation, unless of course you're looking for something a little more interesting.

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Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, ruby-brown with tan influences; beige head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy collar. There was no subsequent lacing, bummer. Overall, this is a decent looking beer.

The nose is a lovely mix of chocolate, dried caramel, and nuts. While the bouquet lacks richness and the potency is moderately low I do smell everything I want in the style. It is not hoppy, fairly clean finish… if it was hoppier or dirtier the nose would have been great. “As is,” it is lovely, I’d call it inviting!

The palate is fairly mundane but not in an off-putting way. Minimal nuttiness, light caramel malt notes, hints of chocolate with a soft fruitiness at the finish. I am surprised this Brown Ale is 6% abv, beefy! It doesn’t taste all that big. While tasty there isn’t much memorable about it.

Medium in body, low and creamy carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing. I really like it.

Interesting beer, the higher than normal abv, sadly, deems this not a session beer. Conversely, it is not flavorful enough to motivate me to drink this singularly. But I can envision drinking a couple of these with a burger. It is easy to drink and just as likable. More please! I need to thank my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rick; they sent me this beer from AZ. Recommended.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not what I would call great, but still a little better than average for the style. The appearance was no more than average, with it's brown body and cream head that lasted for a few short minutes. The smell was nice, with slight caramel, chocolate, and some sort of smokey nutty smell. The taste was similar, but it was a little stronger in the smokey nutty finish, which was something I really liked. Overall a nice Nut Brown. Big thanks to Jess for gettin' this on her trip to Pheonix.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

apears mostly black, with dark ruby around the edges. small off white head that doens't last long.

aroma is a faint roasted malt.

taste is just like the aroma, light, and with bits of nuts, oak and citrus. a smidge roasty. a slightly dry finish.

mouthfeel is thinnish, and this is easy to drink, i'd imagine if you wanted more than one. I would opt for something else on the next pint though.

not a bad beer, just nothing wonderful

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Photo of Mickelswit
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one with some soft pretzels, onion rings, and a pizza at the Oak Creek Brewing Company. Usually I'm unimpressed with brown ales, but this was an award winner, so I figured I'd give it a go. I was not disappointed.

This had a nice note of roastiness backed up by sweet (not sickly) notes. The appearance is a deep brown-red. Not much in the way of smell, which is appropriate for the style. Mouthfeel is appropriately medium-thin. Drinkability was interesting: instead of the quaffable standard, this was more of a sipping drink, which was a pleasant change from Newcastle. Overall, well done.

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Photo of vurt
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill in Sedona, AZ, as part of their "Seven Dwarfs" sampler ("A highly entertaining presentation" of their beer range in miniature steins).

Good color-- a clear, dark reddish-brown with attractive amber highlights. Off-white head reduces to a thin ring which leaves lacing on the glass.

Rather sweet at the start. Chocolate and caramel with mild earthiness and roasted mixed nuts in the finish.

Once again, rather sweet at the start. More caramel than chocolate. The malty flavor dries out in the middle and leads to a lightly roasty finish with some spiciness (a little cinnamon) and nutty character (some almond and brazil nut).

Medium-bodied and smooth, but a bit too much carbonation. Would probably be very nice served on cask, through a beer engine.

A very enjoyable beer. Not complex, but appetizing.

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