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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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a brown/burgandy color with a small foamy head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Smelled of malt and very nutty.

T - Sweet and nutty with a good malt flavor.

M - It was dry and crisp. A medium-bodied brew.

D - I thought this was a pretty good version of a nut brown. It had a good sweet character.

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Photo of mothman
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dusky rustic orange with highlights of bronze and red. One of the great mysteries in this life, at least for me, is why brown ales aren't brown. The cap is a fetching shade that is roughly the color of golden brown sugar ice cream and has enough gumption to hang around for a bit. Arching strands of soft lace appear as the foam recedes.

Nut Brown has a pretty standard nut brown nose, but it's a pretty good one. It's lightly dark malty with plenty of earthiness, a modest sour fruitiness and a trace of untoasted nuts. No great shakes, but if the flavor follows suit, I'll be satisfied.

Good beer. Given the dictates of the style, I'd say that South Shore did a more than creditable job with this one. It's 'brown' malt dominant with flavors akin to the aromas noted above. If anything, there's more sweet nuttiness on the palate than there was in the nose. The sourness is easily managed and adds interest without intruding.

Along with the fruity sourness (fermented fallen apples) is a twinge of phenols, but they too are subtle and they too contribute in a positive way. Too much more of either one though and Nut Brown Ale would start to slide the other way on the drinkability scale. As well, I appreciate the tongue pleasing amount of flavor... for the style.

The body/mouthfeel fits well within the parameters of an English Brown Ale. It neither impresses nor disappoints and, in that sense, is a perfect match for the rest of the beer's attributes. Bigger would, of course, be better.

Nut Brown Ale is the second South Shore Brewery beer that I've had and I'd put it a nose in front of Honey Pils in terms of likeability. It isn't likely to blown anyone out of the water, but those Wisconsonites looking for a solid brown ale could do a helluva lot worse.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazed chestnut, decent lining of foam on top. Adequate.

Aroma plumb full of nuts and bread, a malty affair, nicely hopped, slightly sweet and just a bit fruity. Nice. I like.

Pleasant flavor, enters the mouth without a fuss, slips it's sweetness around and departs. Mainly malt again, medium body, fruit and nut finish that lingers just a little.

Very drinkable, but not impressive. Passable. I'd take it in a pinch, but can't really go out of my way to recommend it.

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

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of scruffwhor
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 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 Bighuge
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, almost like a burgandy. Very little head that is gone in less than 10 seconds. Not a lot on the nose. Maybe some nut aromas. This beer improves when you taste it. It has a full body and a viscous, creamy mouthfeel. It has a nice caramel malt flavor with a nice roasted nut accent. Very drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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 iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent by a friend in Wisconsin for a sampling, poured cold into a pint glass this nut brown ale shows a nice reddish brown clear color with a solid light tan head that settles but holds full and decent lacing. The aroma is a pleasant chocolate coffee malt and yes, some nuttiness detected, quite good as nut browns go. The flavor is malty sweet with some yeasty grain goodness, well carbonated for a lively yet near mid-bodied feel. I get the sourdough idea which settles into a near charcoal sense. Very refreshing and very drinkable. The hop aspect is somewhat muted but it comes through in grassy highlights of the finish, almost a dryness despite the sweet malt qualities. It's a somewhat aggressive effervescence which in some ways kills any hope for creaminess, bordering on astringent such that I may not want to pound these too much, but it's definitely decent and worth a try. I'm just not crazy about the finish, a little too grassy for me.

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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 Bunuelian
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy red-brown body under an inch of dense, creamy tan head. Strong retention, solid lace. Quite nice.

S: Pretty sweet, with candied hazelnuts, caramel, and toffee being the main components. Rich, but perhaps a bit unbalanced.

T: Nuttier and toastier than the nose, but still full of rich toffee + caramel sweetness; the sweetness and toastiness combine in a distinct flavor of toasted marshmallow. No hops presence to speak of, which is a shame, as the finish is decidedly too sweet.

M: Solid medium body with moderate, creamy carbonation. Lovely.

O: This was a tasty brew, and with some more hops it could have been really terrific. Underrated, if you ask me.

Cheers!

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Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with amber highlights, traces of patchy off-white skim.
Toffee notes on the nose, with vague suggestions of peanut brittle, and damp earth, and roasted grain. The nose is not strong, but it's pleasant.
The same can be said for the taste. Sweetish, at first with some caramel, sweet dough, and toffee. It's backed with toasted grain, and a flash of roastedness. Hops are negligible.
Light-medium bodied. It's pretty decent interpretation of a English Brown, and plenty drinkable. One of my more favorable experiences with South Shore.

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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 sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of alexgash
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The infamous Ashland brewpub—okay, maybe not infamous—but it is in a pretty town.
Light brown-orange body with a small, light-tan head.
Smells of mildly sweet, nutty cereal malts. Very little evidence of hops.
Toasty malt flavors with a honey sweetness start out. Mild, nutty bitterness comes in and the finish is faintly bitter with sweet malts hanging around. Medium-bodied ale, that comes off a little bit homebrewy, but not too bad.

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