Sunday, May 12, 2013

Oak Creek Brewing Company Nut Brown Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Oak Creek Brewing Company Nut Brown Ale. I had the chance to visit Oak Creek Brewing Company back in April last year (I tried their “Seven Dwarves” sampler) and found their beers to be very good.  On my recent trip to Phoenix I was glad to see this bottle in the shop so I could take it home…strictly for review purposes.

From the Oak Creek Brewing Company website: “Winner of both the Gold and Bronze Medal in the North American Brewers' Association competition. This northern Arizona favorite has a consistent nutty flavor with just a hint of spice in its depths. A slowly emerging bitterness crops up along the way and is unobtrusively incorporated into the smooth flow. It finishes with a gentle nuttiness and spiciness.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance:  Pours a transparent dark brown with a thin khaki colored head and decent lacing.
Aroma: Toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and roasted nuts.
Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts, roasted nuts (possibly hazelnut), toffee and a touch of spicy hops. Sweet, nutty and balanced.
Overall: Smooth and highly drinkable, Oak Creek Brewing Company Nut Brown Ale is a nice brown ale with strong nutty and malty flavors.  At 5.5% ABV this a beer I’d gladly have a few of if they were available locally.  If you find yourself in Arizona or more specifically Sedona check ‘em out.


Mark Harvey
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