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Colorful Beer Week: Full Sail Nut Brown Ale

Full Sail Brewing periodically releases their “Brewmaster Reserve” series of beers, and their Nut Brown Ale is one of the more recent (released in March originally).

This is a pretty straightforward Brown Ale, nice and nutty, and comes in at 6% alcohol. (Remember, even special releases don’t have to be monster beers, despite what some trends might indicate!)

Appearance: Ruby-tinged brown with a creamy tan head.

Smell: Sweet and nutty with coffee notes, but also “bright”—lightly fruity and crisp.

Taste: Roasted nuts, some of that coffee character, some deep chocolate comes through. A bar touch of almost lactic astringency, or sort of an acidity like you’d expect from a coffee (perhaps mocha-latte-ish). Almost smoky.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied but with a thin presence right down the middle. Finishes a little dry even as it quenches a thirst.

Overall: Rich and roasty and dry, and almost dark enough to qualify as a porter. I like it well enough, but I’ll be honest and say it’s not the best I’ve had.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of B+. On RateBeer, it scores 3.49 out of 5 and is in their 83rd percentile.