mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Itís awfully brown. Weak woody and mineral aroma. Thin, acidic on the palate. A few enjoyable malt notes, nutmeg and brown sugar. Not impressed, but hey, it sure is brown.
kidmartinek (4046) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown. White lacy head. Medium body amd brown malt flavor. Balanced well, not too malty or nutty. Cool on the palate. Good session brown that finishes with a nice little refreshing bitterness.
ronaldtheriot (1597) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full Sail Nut Brown Ale has a thick, off-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, red-brown appearance, with a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but the drinker can pick up some subtle brown bread crust and sweetness, however, there really isnít a lot there. Taste is of the same, with some sweetness an acceptable bitterness, and maybe some brown bread crust. Mouthfeel is light and watery (like lager), and Full Sail Nut Brown Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and rather boring. Oh, itís a very good beer, but for the price, one could do better with Icehouse, for instance, a beer that has a fuller, bolder presentation. Another example of a craft beer that makes the case for macro-lager. RJT
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - APR 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the bottle we see a medium brown-colored ale, quite distinct because it lacks any ruby or reddish undertones. Clear. Head is 1 shade past off-white, is rocky, and lingers. Aroma has distinct brown malt notes, nutty, lightly toasty, dusty, savory, woody, forest, hinting at cocoa but not roasted or burnt. Tastes spot-on to what an American Brown Ale should taste like. Balanced sweetness with a dry nuttiness. Carbonation gives it a clean finish with a slightly nutty aftertaste. A fine example of the style.
MikeJslc (769) - USA - APR 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, clear, beige head. Light aroma of nutty, biscuity malt. Flavor is nutty, chocolate, grainy finish. Clean.
gripweed57 (1107) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle. Deep reddish brown color. Small beige head. Faint roasted malt aroma with light nutty undertones. Tangy toasted malt flavor has light notes of nuts and cocoa. Thin bodied and one-dimensional. Light spicy hops in finish.
rougeau13 (2274) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear cola brown with a sudsy light beige head that laces lightly. Aroma of nuts and cocoa. Taste is nutty with a very faint sweetness and correspondingly faint bitterness. Light-medium bodied and pretty smooth. Decent, and easy drinking, but very plain.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I still have hope that there will be a few impressive beers from a brewery that I normally expect to mediocre beers. And this is why I keep reviewing Full Sail beers. This is, really, just as mediocre as most everything else that they make.
Although the beer itself isnít much to look at (well, nut brown ales arenít usually too pretty in general), it has a good-looking, fine off-white head that maintains very thinly, but still solid and dense, through the entire length of the glass. No lacing has a chance to form, as the head slides right down the edges of the glass. No, there isnít much residual sweetness in this beer and the only real character of sweetness comes from the nut/vanilla notes in the nose and in the flavor.
Although the aroma is pretty soft and muted, its flavor is much more characteristic, with a soft, gentle, light roasted malt flavor accompanied by some nut-like vanilla. That malty vanilla flavor carries through into the finish and settles into the tongue with notes of wet wood. If this was a little more intensely flavored and was a little sweeter, with a body that wasnít quite so flat, I would really enjoy this. But its shortcomings are too obvious to really enjoy.
There are so many ways to make a really great nut brown, but that requires you to have some creativity, a good palate, and the tenacity to produce it. Thereís no trace of that effort in this beer.
Pith (159) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours coca cola color with off white diminishing head. Aroma of sweet floral and roasted coconut or almond husk. Floral is super-sweet like lily. Roasted cashew and almond husk into bitter floral (not sweet). Dark roasted huskl end bitter nutty malt and end classic nut brown ale. Very complex. Still not sold on nut ales, but the best Iíve ever had.
Concealer (1003) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head. Smells of smoke and sweet malt. A nice smokey flavor with sweet malt just like in the nose. There are also hints of nuts.