Nut Brown Ale | South Shore Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
southshorebrewery.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
13.22%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of ZAP
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I visited this microbrewery/brewpub last summer and now have a few of their beers in my possesion to evaluate. My impression during my visit was "average" at best and it remains that way.

This beer has little to no carbonation...it is chestnut brown in color...it has very little smell...it tastes a bit watery and thin but does have some decent (although) subtle flavor to it...it actually tastes like a very thin watered down red...the taste, like I said is OK, but the mouthfeel is poor...it just doesn't have much character to it...Not to be harsh but I think someone brewing at home for the first or second time could duplicate this rather easily..Drinkable...but below average overall..

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with a rather fizzy-looking head.

Smell: What we have here is an odd, vaguely off-smelling caramel aroma. Good gracious, me.

Taste: More of that scant maltiness from the aroma with a weak, thin sweetness. Finishes with some questionable tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Totally lacks any nutty characters, or really any sort of character from the malt, hops, etc.

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Photo of tempest
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not that appealing of an appearance and the taste is too sweet. This brown ale is too simple. It reminds me of the Saranac Caramel Porter, but not as severely sugary. The malt profile taste more like maple syrup, I don't get any nut flavors, and there's no hops or bitterness to speak of.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed April 29, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Cloudy dark burnt orange pour, with a finger of quickly fading off-white head. Didn’t I have this beer yesterday? Crisp even malt and fruit aroma, light yeast behind. Carbonation is effervescent. Not light struck, but sour. Flavor starts of a little harsh and burnt, but finishes with a mouthful of sour yeasty malt. Aftertaste is much more pleasent with a faint woody nut flavor. Meh.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. South Shore Nut Brown pours out a partially hazy brown color topped with an inch of head. Strange herbal aroma with some fruitiness. The flavor is malty, but there is a sour off-flavor. This beer is not very nutty. Finishes very sweet. There is almost no carbonation in this beer. The sweetness and the lack of carbonation make the flavor cloying. Drinkability is average. I wasn't very impressed with this one.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried several bottles on multiple occasions from friends who rave about it. I just can't get on the wagon on this one.

It's dry, softly nutty, the maltiness is mild for a brown ale, gently hopped. Has a nice soft creamy feel but lacks any really deep biscuity, nutty, malty roastyness to savor. It just seems like it's lacking all around. You could drink a ton of them, but there is just no signature element to really get off on and keep you wanting more.

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Photo of Rihup
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this Nut Brown to be OK, but pretty unremarkable.

Appearance was a very hazy brown, which I didn't think all that appetizing, but with good head formation.

Aroma was lightly of caramel malt, but not much else. Flavor was of caramel malt, and just barely nutty. Mouthfeel was a bit two-sided: a bit watery with a bit of body underneath that. I thought this beer exhibited fairly average drinkability.

I wouldn't recommend this beer as being a great example of the style, but it won't stop me from trying other South Shore beers.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly sweet malt aroma that flattens out to be somewhat non-descript. Slightly toffe/caramel. No hops to speak of.
Reddish brown amber and pretty clear. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a off-white to tannish ring for most of the drink. Quite fizzy sounding.
Decent balance of malty sweetness with a hoppy bitterness/dryness. Definitely leans towards the sweetness, but the hops qualities are evident. Caramelly, slight fruit and a touch of nuttiness at times (it seems to vary bottle to bottle). This drink definitely moves towards sweetness and caramel. Later as it warmed a very strong diacetyl quality emerged that wasn't too pleasant.
Body is medium with a bit of a syrupy quality. Heavier on the carbonation makes is seem quite filling.
This was a nice beer to have available up north. Not a great drink, but tasty and a decent local offerning.

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Photo of maximum12
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two pints on tap in the friendly downtown of Shell Lake, WI. Definitely looked to be the best choice of the four taps at the local watering hole.

Pints arrived in an iced glass (no fault of the Nut Brown, of course), which caused weird patterns to form where the ice-cold beer met the frosted glass. The bartender recycled my glass for the second pint, which seemed a little better...anyways, a watery-brown-red with a bouyant, persistent white head. Smell is light & inoffensive, malty, nutty.

This Nute Brown Ale was designed not to offend. Light roasted malts are complemented by a whiff of nuttiness. Simple, but strangely heavy for the style, I had to work to get through that second glass.

A cut above average, this is your basic brown ale without any dress or high heels. What you see is what you get.

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Photo of Winter
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded brown in color with an off-white head. Aroma is light with some hints of nut and malt. Mouthfeel seems a little on the thin side for a Brown Ale. Taste consist of roasted malt with a light earthy nuttiness to it. Somewhat bland at times. Not the most flavorful example of a nut brown. Drinkable but nothing spectacular. Lacking in complexity.

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3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to lukaski for the hook up.

Pours a tawny walnut with sparse, slow bubbling rsing to a thin half ring of foam on the top. Faint nuts and toasted malts mix with a very meager, herbal hop aroma. The taste starts with some soft toasted malts that quickly moves to a slightly tart brazilian nut. The finish is a little sweet and caramelly. But still a little too tart for a nut brown. The palate is soft and tart with some nice and not so nice subtle flavors.

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Photo of chiapete
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown , dark cola color with red tint in the light.
Poured with a small head that left quickly , had a little lace but didn't hang on the glass long.

Aroma was slightly sweet , malty , woody or earthy .

taste was slightly sweet , very light chocolate , some malt taste but doesn't stand out , very light coffee taste in the back ground.

Slight bitter after taste that doesn't last long.

good mouth feel , would try this one again to see if I missed anything.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark caramel brown in color with a thin off-white head of foam, some small dotty lace. Smell is like nothing, just a barely there nut and malt, e-m-p-t-y. Taste is mellow of light hazelnut flavors somewhat soothing and warm, quite mild and easy. A noticeable slight roasty malt in the back with a slight airy dryness as well. Body is of a light fell and close to medium full but a bit empty and lacking. This brown is OK, its not a bad brew nor is it a good one in a outstanding sense. Passalbe.

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Photo of Cpt_splding
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djhowell
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Clear, reddish brown pour, little head. Malty, nutty, and brown sugar sweetness. A little simple, but not bad.

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Photo of d5001986
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of JasonSullivan
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of herman77
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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Nut Brown Ale from South Shore Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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