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.

Added by pezoids on 11-15-2002

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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 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 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 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 blitz134
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small, just off-white head, reduced to a thin bubble layer sporadically floating on the top. Dark brown body, really clear, redish highlights show through.

Sweet malty aroma, nutty, hazlenut mostly. A touch of floral hops to round it out. Simple, but nice.

Sweet and biscuity malts, nuts and chocolate just after the swallow. Finish has a touch of bitterness, earthy hops. Decent flavor, simple and nice again. Actually a little alcohol comes through at the end, but it doesn't really detract too much.

Mouthfeel is typical of most browns I've had, usually a bit thin to me. This one is no different. Pretty good drinkability, on par with many other browns. Decent flavor and aroma, pretty easy to put down.

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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 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 phisig137
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with a thin head. Little cap on top of the glass, and no lacing

Aroma is roasty, filled with coffee notes. Other than that, a little thin.

Flavor is much the same, lightly roasted, no hops, and grainy. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy, and drinkability is good.

A pretty good beer.... not the greatest of the style, but pretty tasty overall.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
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 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 meathookjones
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a brownish red with about an inch of foamy tan head. Head drops out of sight quickly leaving just about no lace. Nice big roasty and nutty notes come out in the aroma. Underlying light caramel sweetness is there as well. Sweet caramel and nutty undertones make up most of the flavor. Caramel is big and there are noticeable toasty notes. A bit creamy on the palette but a bit light in feel. Easy drinking and a good amount of flavor make this an easy drinker. Not much going on in complexity so that would limit its appeal over the long term sessions. Solid all around. Thanks goes to secret bunny and nvsblman for the brew.

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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 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 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 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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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 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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