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Nut Brown Ale has been through several incarnations since its inception. Co-founders Ted and Skip first brewed the beer as a mild ale (lower-strength brown ale) to represent Q.U.A.F.F. (a local homebrew club) at the Southern California Homebrewers’ Festival in 1995. The beer was popular and well-liked so we adjusted the recipe to increase its body and strength. It was initially released as a seasonal brew named Brownie in the early spring of 1997. A year later, after several requests to brew it again, we made further recipe refinements, designed a new label, and renamed the beer Nut Brown Ale. It continues to gain popularity and win awards. Appearance: Deep brown but still translucent with a rich, chestnut to ruby hue. Its brilliant clarity and fine white foam make it almost as appealing to view as to drink. Flavor: Rich malty flavor balanced by a slight dryness provided by chocolate malt. The hops are subdued but present enough to keep the beer from being too sweet. Aroma: Clean, fresh malt aroma heightened by the nutty scent of the chocolate malt and fruit aromas from the hops and fermentation. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Smooth and lush yet dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Draft- Let me just say that I loved this beer more than the whole rest of the flight I enjoyed at the brewery, aside from the Horny Devil. Yes, it is not a "big beer", and it does not weigh in at over 6 percent. But, in terms of drinkability, it is incredible. Super chocolate, roasty, coffee smoothness, balanced by some noble English hops. I got a growler of the Oln Numbskull while at the brewery. If I had to do it over again, i would grab this, and I HATE brown ales.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2003
I had a sample of this on tap at the AleSmith brewery and really enjoyed it. It has a delicous, nutty flavor to it, almost like peanutbutter. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Beautiful color and head. An excellent ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sblair (37) - SD, California, USA - AUG 24, 2007
On Tap Hamiltons. The best nutbrown made. Rich viscosity with a deep hazelnut brown. Rich head and full bodied. flavors/aromas of hazelnut, toasted malt and lightly very lightly chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2269) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2012
One of the very best browns I’ve ever had. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, billowy, foamy, tan head that settled down after a bit to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a clear amber cherry with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, cocoa, old leather, tobacco. Flavor’s slightly sweet, with a very good balance between that, bitter, and carbonic tang; also malt, cocoa, and a bit of roast. Body is just right, full, yet very drinkable and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor; session, and just plain very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (3932) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Aroma is a mix of nutty, earthy and slightly grainy malts. The flavor is chocolate, mildly roasted malts, coffee and a tart/acidic finish. Not many brewers can make this style as great as this is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Really tasty beer. Very rich. Almost an Imperial english ale. Big toastiness. Grains come through nicely. Yeasty aroma. Caramel and mild hops. Slightly sweet with very little bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (826) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Pours dark brown with thick foamy tan head. Malt, nut, caramel, toffee and hop aromas. Malt, toffee, caramel, nut and fruit flavors. Malty dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgajdaczewa (553) - Katowice, POLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Jeśli piwo jest w smaku jednocześnie kremowe jak guinness, kawowe, podwędzane na torfie i karmelowo - czekoladowe: kupuję je! do tego to delikatne, orzechowe muśnięcie na finiszu... Genialne piwo! Doskonale pijalne, nienagannie ułożone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ocdrinker909 (33) - USA - APR 11, 2010
8 oz taster at brewery, Medium brown color with a light malty aroma. Body is smooth, sweet and nutty. Very lighty and appropriately hopped, especially coming from the west coast. Finish is roasted and long lasting. This is one of the best brown ales I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2006
I don’t usually post my stuff on RateBeer because I’m lazy but the guys at AleSmith were really great to talk with. This beer had nice color. It balances hops and sweet chocolate better than any beer I’ve seen. Another greaat accomplishment by my new favorite brewery.

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