Hale's Irish Style Nut Brown Ale | Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Hale's Irish Style Nut Brown AleHale's Irish Style Nut Brown Ale
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Hale's Irish Style Nut Brown AleHale's Irish Style Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-31-2003

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. This tasty beverage pours a nice dark amber, with greater leanings towards the brown portion of the spectrum. A decent tan head accompanied the pour, but quickly disappeared.

A wonderful smell and flavor of melted caramel. Of course, true to the name, there is a nutty nuance that is the main feature to the flavor. Hints of vanilla and sugar round out the overall character of this brew. Mild hops provide a pleasant balance and the mouthfeel is silken and enjoyable.

I say "yes".

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to mug, the appearance was a semi-dark murky brown color with a one finger's white foamy head that settled to leave a collar of white foamy lace.
The aroma had some soft sweet nuts, somewhat roasty and sweet with a smooth caramel/toffee malt breadiness.
The flavor was mostly sweet underscored by a light breadiness and then the roast came in ever so slightly. Aftertaste was quick and malty sweet.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation actually felt just a tickle under but didn't seem to distract any "off" sort of feels about it. ABV felt spot on.
Overall, not a bad English brown ale. I'd come back to if I ever had the chance.

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Photo of Jredner
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There is a an off note in the aroma that is a little medicinal and a little vegetal and a lot sharp with sickly sweetness. Maybe some stale Irish moss. Body is a very light amber that never really goes brown and sports a quickly dimihsing white head. Slightly grape/apple fruit accented fore. Extremely watery mouthfeel and flavor. Dry/stale finish is almost expected. Perhaps Hales should follwo the English approach to Brown Ale cause if this is the Irish approach they suck at brown ales.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up today from the Boise Coop for $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Short lasting 1" light tan head left behind touches of lacing .. brew is fairly clear brown with deep red highlites when held to a light.

Toasty malts and big whiffs of yeastiness esters ... when it combines with the light aroma it sorta strikes me as metallic smelling... light caramel.

Toasty biscuity ... finally getting the "nutty" .. not very sweet at all.. more dry than expected .. not bad in any way ...but not too great either... drinkability is key... but no doubt I would get bored after 1-2. Fairly light viscosity ... and lower carbonation.

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Photo of Laklimell
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of 1whiskey
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a twisty cap. Nice label. Pours out a deep garnet color with very little in the way of a head.

Smells a little bit spicy with an herbal character, balanced well by some malt. Appealing.

Very dry on the palate...more herbal spice up front, followed by a biscuit malt backbone. Perhaps more "toasty" than "nutty", but really very pleasant. Well balanced and easy to drink...not overly malty or sweet. What's not to like? This is great.

It's so dry it makes my mouth pucker. I love that. Carbonation level is low overall, but fits the overall feel of the beer well. Drinkability is superb, it's limited only by the beer's seasonal status. I'd drink this all year if I could.

Very nice beer and a pleasant surprise. This is a nice departure from the usual mediocre brown ales. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Laces okay. Aroma is lightly of malts, and if I focus maybe there's some nuttiness in there, but I'm not sure if it's my imagination or not. Taste is sweetly of the caramel malts, with some nuttiness definitely noted here, with a somewhat tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability okay, but I wasn't wowed here.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Great looking beer. Cloudy dark brown with half a finger head with spotty lacing.

S: Not much... just some caramel malt

T: It kind of tastes like a typical wee heavy, except, it's unnessarily bitter at the end. All malt, no hop flavor detected.

M: It feels a bit too thin and a bit too much carbonation.

O: I wouldn't seek our for this. I tried it because it was local and buddy of mine gave me a bottle to try. Nothing special here.

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Photo of memphischas
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of RHVC59
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkdrummer
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you pour it right, a nice foamy head forms but soon dissipates into a good rim lace. Dark dark brown. Not much for aroma. Creamy texture. Really strong nutty taste and some hints of smoky peat. The mild bite of hops are present but keeps its place and doesn't overpower. Great Spring time warmer and is a good session ale for sure. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of MartyMaltose
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(2015 12oz bottle in pint glass) Refreshing in many ways: feels full and cold; nice antidote to sweeter, richer beers without having zero taste; sane ABV; and finally a brown ale that doesn't totally disappoint (they all *look* like they might be Samuel Smith's...but then...). It's currently making a great combination with a meaty pizza.

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Photo of TTTBeer
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Wiz99
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of woemad
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured a dark, brownish amber color, with a modest light tan head that didn't hang around more than a minute. Very little in the way of lace.

Smell was nutty and sweet in the way of brown sugar. Also a very slight note of iced tea, which was odd.

Taste began with the nutty aspect, coupled with a malty sweetness. There again is the slight iced tea taste which is a little bit out of place in a brown ale. In the finish there is a slight hoppy crispness, not much to speak of, but I'm not used to any hoppiness in a brown ale, so it seemed a little weird. Not unpleasant, though, just weird.

This seemed slightly too thin for a brown ale. I prefer them to have a little more body.

This is a perfectly drinkable brown ale that needs a little bit more tweaking before it can be considered outstanding. While I certainly didn't mind drinking this one, if I'm in a place where Newcastle is obtainable (to say nothing of Sam Smith) - never a difficult thing to find - there's really no reason to drink this.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear brown with 3/4 inch of medium brown head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was typically malty, earthy and a bit sweet.The flavors were also pretty typical, not as sweet as the aroma and had just a bit of a hop tickle on the finish.

The body was about average, medium and smooth. Drinkability was very good, you could easily have several of these in a session. Overall a nice beer that's worth shot if you see it.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hale's Ales Nut Brown Ale

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English dimpled pint. Served chilled.

A) Rich brown brew with a pretty small tan head, which settled to a wispy dusting, and eventually a thin collar. No lacing...

S) Dark malt, roasty, very faint chocolate and a bit of a nutty aroma.

T) A fair amount of medium roast. This is earthy and has some grassy hop bitterness. For a nut brown, I expected this to have a little more of a nutty flavor. It did pick up a bit with some warmth. Not the best aftertaste for a brown ale as far as I'm concerned.

M) Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A less than desirable lingering aftertaste disrupts the mouthfeel on this beer from my perspective.

O) Not terrible, but not a brown ale I would revisit.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This late winter brown ale features explosive lace and modest portions of targeted flavor. It is glowing mahogany and tastes nutty, woody, with a note of the wet cardboard oxidation blues. It is thin but workable with forward bittering in the northern English style. It's not clear to me why Hale's dubs it "Irish".

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark brown in color with a thin head and nill lace. Smell of lightly roasted malt, nutty with mild hop. Taste has a nutty roasted maltiness with a good spike of hop. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A little roasty for my buds, but overall not too bad.

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Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of henrysunset
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed after a mountain bike ride in the snow at St Edwards State Park.

Poured a dark brown with red tint, completely clear but with no head whatsoever. Might be a bit flat?

Scent is not very strong, a bit of a toasty, chocolatey nose.

Taste is nice, very mellow with a bit of that nutty quality, like hazlenut. darker flavors diminuish quickly, leaving very little aftertaste. Absolutely drinkable, but not in the slightest bit inspirational.

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Photo of Offa
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent, solid brown ale, very much in the mould of an English brown ale (despite similarities and shared history and commonality between English and Irish ales, this definitely leans to me more to the English side) but a little unbalanced and too overpowering on the sweet-sour side. It is, though, one of the better Hale's beers I've had, but I need to try more.

Very dark brown, almost black, it has a medium creamy tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some lace.

Aroma is very malty, toasty with moist & rich whole wheat bread and breadcrust, earhty with hints of wood, nut, dark toasty barley, and a hint of caramel. The aroma is quite strong and quite good, rich and fairly complex.

Taste has similarities to the aroma and is strong, but, as noted, is a bit unbalanced and too intense on the sweet-sour quality, which thoroughly dominates the drink and leaves it rather one-dimensional, instead of being a part of a complex whole. It has a strong winey-toasty barley and bread up front with sour, turned plums and cherry, before a toasty, dry, woody bitterness joins in at the dry finish, dominated otherwise by . The sweet-sour woody-nutty-turned fruit quality thoroughly dominates it, except for the finish. It has some great elements, but needs restraint and better integration and balance of the elements. Dirnkability is, as a result, not high, although it is not bad.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, ruby color. Decent head at first that fades to a slight layer after a minute.

Kind of a malty, brown sugar aroma. Nut's are present, but faint.

Nothing real spectacular here, kinda sweet, kinda bland. Pretty easy drinker, a bit watery...

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