Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Alesmith Nut Brown

type: brown ale
origin: San Diego, CA
price: $5?/22oz
ABV: 5%
NSP: 6.5
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The bottle description is spot on: malt forward, biscuity, and earthy hops.  It's definitely brown, and the crema-like head is reminiscent of Hop in the Dark, which collectively makes this a brown, tasty ale -- a brown ale, if you will.  But I disagree about this being a "sessionable" beer, as the label states, if only because there's no effing way I'm drinking two or more brown ales in a row.

Until now I had no idea what a great brown ale should taste like (especially when Newcastle is the standard).  This is  thoroughly enjoyable, and even at the end of a 22 -- nearing room temperature -- the flavors are still complex and pleasant.

Brats and I were at Alesmith recently, and they had a bourbon barrel version of this.  I remember thinking that was maybe the best "barrel aged" version of something I've ever had, which is likely a testament to the quality of this beer.

2 comments:

  1. That bourbon barrel aged one is the best bourbon barrel aged anything I've had. Its actually better than the original

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  2. Also, that Newcastle review was one of my first, and I still stand completely by it. Man that shit sucks bollocks

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