Nut Brown Ale | South Shore Brewery

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 101
Photo of mnstorm99
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is actually an English Mild (according to the website). I checked because I didn't find the full flavored brown ale in this.
Pours an amber brown with an almost white, tan head that doesn't last and doesn't lace much.
Aroma's of nutty, chocolate malts not much hops on the nose.
Taste is the same, nutty, dark malts.
Mouthfeel is lacking for style, thin and maybe even a little over carbonated.
I could definatly drink a few of these it is extremely sessionable and a good flavor overall.

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Photo of brdc
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Similar to the tap version, it is not exactly brown, but a murky reddish color, but the off-white head has less retention than the on-tap version.
The aroma is again quite good, perhaps better than the on-tap version, malty, earthy, nutty and fruity, even sweetish on the nose.
It is, however, just like the on-tap version, a bit thin on the mouth, and just nutty and malty, but lacks some of the complexity found on the nose.
All in all, a decent brown ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
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 Strix
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Deepwater. Pours a reddish brown with a medium head. Smell is malty. Taste is pretty much what I expect a brown ale to be, I can taste a slightly nutty taste if I use my imagination and some pleasant malt flavors. Mouthfeel smooth. Very drinkable and well balanced. A decent offering from South Shore.

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Photo of Chaz
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-murky golden brown in color, topped with a minimal off-white head (just a ring around the glass really.) The nose has the prerequisites going on, with roasted malt, a hint of unctiousness and a slight tang. SWEET rich malt from the get-go, as in sugar cane sweet, molasses sweet . . . sort of intense. For those of you who don't respond favorably to unbalanced, cloying sweetness, the good news is that it relents, yielding big notes of caramel accompanied by a toasty, nutty malt quality. At this point it settles in for a smooth, slightly creamy glide to the back of the palate with each passing sip, with mild diacetyl lazing around on the tail end of the palate (and in the aromatics). The nuttiness also lingers nicely once you've become inured to the sweetness, and the tanginess in this brew is tempered, perhaps a bit too attenuated to call this truly well-balanced. Although it's not a strong offering (and not-quite medium bodied) the effect of the alcohol is lightly boozy, and this could easily become 'warming' after a few pints. Back to the 'unctiousness' in the nose (signifier of the the oily, nutty character) - there are light tannic notes related to this aspect which definitely add to the overall complexity and drinkability. It's a quite drinkable Brown, a Breakfast Brown if you will, with a good taste and mouthfeel. It's really not a bad beer at all, and rather true to style. I've had this on draught several times over the years and several times in bottles as well, and it's been a solid, consistent drinker each time. I consider it my favorite of South Shore's year-round packaged offerings, but am not surprised it doesn't rate higher here. Still, good on South Shore for finally making it to the Twin Cities area! Hopefully we'll see some of their more adventuresome draughts in the future.

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Photo of botham
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler. pours a semi hazy, deep brownish amber. has one finger of tight white head that dissipates into a soapy ring.

smell is of malts, namely caramel and chocolate. not much for hops here. notes of coffee, citrus (very light), and mild bitter hops (distant), all atop a nutty base which is light, but present.

taste is also malty, with the same caramel and chocolate malts, but some pale malts as well. hops are reserved and mild, mainly bittering. the taste has a nutty base with a touch of coffee. almost synonymous with the smell.

aftertaste is light hops, nuts, cocoa and coffee. semi-dry with a slick mouthfeel. pleasant.

mouthfeel is slick and creamy. medium-bodied.

drinkability is decent. this brew has good concentration, but is a bit held back overall. there could have been more bold flavors to reduce the watered-down character, although it is still well balanced.

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Photo of tempest
2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
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 slyke
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

South Shore Brewery's Nut Brown Ale pours a hazy brown color with a finger of white head that fades to a thin cap. There is no lacing.

Aroma has a sweet malt character that is rather subtle.

Taste is sweet with a little hoppiness and roastiness. While I would characterize it as "tasty," nothing jumps out as a dominant element in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Just about right for a brown. Full in the mouth, but not coating.

Drinkability is better than average on this beer. It would fill the bill for a couple, but it won't become my beer of choice. This one is worth trying.

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Photo of pweis909
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not exciting. This is a pretty basic micro-brown offering. There is little going on in the way of aroma. The taste is slightly malty, not overly sweet, with a mild bitter finish. No aroma/flavor hopping detected. No complaints. Passsable session brew, nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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 zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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 gmfessen
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured beer from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a brown burgundy color with a smoky white head that dies down quickly. The beer has a very pleasant smell, nutty and malty sweet. The taste has a sort of smoky flavor to it, and also exudes nutty malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I would have to say this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +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 garymuchow
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
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 dfried
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Carmel-like color, with a slight head that didn't have much retention. The smell was more toward a brown ale, without a strong nutty charater, as was the taste. Molassas, slightly toasted flavor, quite sweet malt, slightly metalic flavor, but not to a bad point. Not a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but not something worth spending too much time on.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent bay. Head is small and off white. It quickly disappears to nothing.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate, dried nuts, and sweetness.

Taste: Caramel and dried pecans. Very sweet with a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Almost no bubbles.

Drinkablility: Pretty decent. I could drink a few but its not good enough to waste a night on it.

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Photo of battlekow
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium brown. Small, weak head. Cloudy, looks pretty carbonated. In this bright room, the beer practically glows; it looks pretty.

Smell: Pretty standard brown ale. Roasted, chocolatey, nutty.

Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is that there are definitely bananas lurking in here somewhere. It's a basic brown ale with a slight banana twist. The banana is more prominent in the aftertaste; burp and that's all you'll get. Not bitter at all, just nutty.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, not unsatisfying. Particulates.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, but not necessarily interesting. The banana is different, but I wouldn't exactly say that it's "good." Besides that, not a whole lot to distinguish it from other browns. Slightly above-average overall. Plenty of Wisconsin brewers make a better brown.

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Photo of Skidz
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out light orange-brown and sits sienna brown in the glass with a small off-white head that fades to a light skim.

Aroma is chocolately and full of caramel. Nuttiness makes up the background. Sweet maltiness is inviting and also provides some nice hop aomas.

Tastes of caramel and nuts. Hints of cocoa. Finishes mildly bitter with light acidicness and caramel-like sweetness.

Crisp yet creamy in the mouth, light carbonation. An easy brown, not outstanding.

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Photo of alexgash
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of trancefishy
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

filled the glass with a clear and brown colour, kind of light. small off white head that disappeared rather quickly. i can't pick out much from the smell other than a sweet malt. the smell is good and makes me want to take a big swig.
upon swigging said ale, i tasted a nuttiness and lots of malts. very little hops, which makes this a very sweet ale. it leaves a very malty aftertaste which lingers, with a bit of tang, agging you on to take another sip.
the drinkability of this is very good, and since i just now go availability, i may just pick up a 6'er for drinking out in the backyard while grilling zucchini and mushrooms.

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Photo of steorn
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany brown with a thin head.
Malty nose,nice ad mellow.
Sweet malt at first sip followed by a move to gentle hoppiness.Rather a thin mouthfeel,and a thin yet resilient head.
Short-lived aftertaste leaves me wanting. A little more to it as it warms,more malt.A very easy drinking ale.Certainly not the best Ive ever had,but it would be a great everyday beer.Not scary for the novice.A good session beer for when you are just drinkin.

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Photo of Winter
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of tavernjef
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
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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