Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale | Oak Creek Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by stirgy on 11-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of benweinfeld
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of mhaugo
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of matcris
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Mahogany, tea-like, up to the light. 1/2 a finger of eggshell head that fades fast with minor spotty lacing. It does smell like roasted nuts, so that's a good sign. Also a bit of that classic brown ale smell, but not a dark roasted rich smell. Malty and a bit sweet. There is a bit of an off/rotten flavor in this. Malt and bread crust. Average carbonation, dry on finish and medium thin body. Approaching a drain pour because of this nasty rotten meat flavor. Yuck.

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Photo of mmciz
2.41/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sedona's Oak Creek isn't my favorite northern Arizona brewery. Or my second favorite. Or.... well, you get the idea. But the brewery has pretty wide distribution in Arizona and you've gotta love that bottlecap, which re-creates the state's colorful flag.

Oh, about the beer itself... The Nut Brown has always seemed to me to be the brewery's flagship since it's the one you see everywhere. On their web site, Oak Creek claims this thing won two medals at the North American Brewers' Association competition. HOWEVER, they also put the ABV at 6% in their description -- my bottle says 5.5%. Different recipe? I'd love to know.

A: Pours from a bottle purchased at Total Wine with very little head. A thin rim of foam is all that remains within a minute of pouring. The beer is almost the same color as the brown bottle it comes in -- so at least that is pretty much dead-center for the style.

S: The "nuts" must be those orange circus peanuts. Simultaneously very sweet and disappointingly stale on the nose, it doesn't really cry out for sipping.

T: Like the nose, it's far from complex, with a bit of vanilla and a maple syrup finish. Little to no bitterness -- I'd greatly prefer something more along the lines of Sierra Nevada's excellent Tumbler (Fall seasonal), which had lots of earthy malts but also added enough hops to balance things out.

M: Watery for the style.

D: Barely remember drinking one.

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Photo of Miller138
2.54/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured out of the bottle. Color and overall appearance was promising with a nice tan head. Some toasted notes in the nose, but not as nutty as I would have expected. I found the flavor to lack complexity, especially in the malt character and minimal contribution from the yeast. Perhaps the sample had been on the store shelf too long

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Photo of Kranders
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't think that there was a lot going on here. It was super malty and a little sweet, but I think it lacked a lot of depth and variety of flavor. It's one of those beers you can drink and forget to notice while having a sip. Could for sure use just a tad of hops.

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Photo of Hunter
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Some leeway given here for being a local brewery for me...some, not a lot. I'm not crazy about nut browns, but this isn't bad. Nice red-brown color, low carbonation and non-existent head. Big hit of malt in the aroma, some spice. Taste is sweet and mild, typical of the style. It's not a chore to drink, but it won't make the rotation of usual brews I buy.

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Photo of Tertullian007
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of CWVegas
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a somewhat hazy deep brown color, head average in size, frothy, fair sheets of lace, and both a light beige color. Malt nose, slightly fruit sweet, start sweet, top is middling, the finish modestly hopped, middle of the road carbonation, dry aftertaste, as with their amber, drinkable, but overly sweet.

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Photo of thornburyslasher
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of gbrill
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of teraflx
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of PSUDREW
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hmmm, how to describe this, it is nice, but, in a way, non descript. very interesting beer, as it were.

Pours a dark ruby color. little head, even less lacing.

smells nutty and roasted.

It taste, well, it taste like a sweet roasted nut. It has the prevelent malt taste, hints of hops, and a sweet aftertaste. Hint of spice go all the way through. Nice beer, it could go well with almost everything, and, IMO can be used for both session and ocnversion. mmm. Nicve beer, not great, but nice

thank to nvsblman for this

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3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lucent pecan brown that develops a significant maroon influence when backlit. The several finger head is pale golden beige in color and features a layer of large, delicate bubbles that create deep craters when they pop. A short collar of lace follows the beer down the glass, but is too melty to exist in isolation.

The nose is brown ale average. It's mildly cocoa-like with the merest hint of black coffee. The English brown ale style is rarely an olfactory go-getter and this beer is no exception. It's too mild-mannered and simple to impress.

The mild personality is more of an issue on the palate. More malt would be welcome since more body, more sweetness and more flavor in general would result in a better beer. The flavor profile is weakly chocolate-like, is faintly reminiscent of bitter coffee grounds and is slightly toasted walnut nutty. There's also a mineral-like character (that isn't metallic) that suggests the use of hard water.

I can detect no hop flavor, although something is lending a mild-moderate bitterness to the proceedings. The finish is short and ultra-clean. The light body (even for the style) does this beer no favors. It does, however, make it extra quaffable if one enjoys the flavor more than I do.

Oak Creek Brewing Company has given us a simple, no frills, light-bodied brown ale that is as unlikely to offend as it is to impress. As microbrews go, Nut Brown Ale is about as safe and as middle of the road as it gets. It is, however, spry enough to avoid being Arizona highway roadkill.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rated from 2001 notes. I had this at Rod's Steak House in Williams, AZ on our Rt. 66 trip. It impressed me as having a very complex earthy and chocolate palate which overcame an initial grassy note. It was a good choice for a local beer to match with Rod's steak.

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Photo of bschinelli
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark brown with about an inch of foamy tan head that disappeared quickly. Nice big roasty and nutty notes come out in the aroma. Lots of chocolate and malt up front but very smooth to. Good brown overall. I could drink a lot of these. Recommended by me.

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Photo of toothirsty
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ppoitras
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from nvsblman as part of BIF 19. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" beige head above the dark amber brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average lacing at best. Aroma is nutty malts, with a bit of a fruity tinge. Taste has the nuttiness you expect, but little else, and leaves you both with a chalky aftertaste and wanting something more. Mouthfeel is not too bad, except for the chalky thing, with reasonable drinkability when all is said and done. Wanted more out of this, but not the worst nut brown to come down the pike either...

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Photo of dbrownnn1
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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