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.
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I recently moved out of Southern California and missed this delicious and light dark beer. I ordered some shipped to me and the first taste brought me right back. For a dark beer, it's light and treated like a session in our household. I will be ordering more and hoping for distribution to the East Coast!
Nut Brown Ale has a great flavor with hints of a coffee at the front of the palate and finishes with a nutty, very slight bitter finish. Most pleasing however, a little light on the boldness of flavors and a little milder than some other ales I have tried. Overall though a nice light refreshing brew.