Review: Irish Style Nut Brown Ale, Hale's Ales

Irish Style Nut Brown Ale
Hale's Ales — Seattle, WA

  • Style:  Brown Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Malts:   Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Irish Style Nut Brown Ale Nut Brown Ale is made in the tradition of Irish 'session' beers.  Nut brown in color, this brew is nicely balanced, with a distinctive malty character that makes for very pleasant drinking." — Hales Ales

Random thoughts:   This is the 2nd beer I've tasted from Hale's. During the winter, I tasted their Wee Heavy Winter Ale.  This is part of my series on Spring Seasonals.

The tasting:  Dark reddish brown in color with tan head that dissipated slowly, leaving lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, and some light earthy hops.  Flavor similar to aroma with the addition of bready and caramelized malt that reminded me of a Scottish ale.  I didn't really notice a nutty aroma or flavor. It's light to medium in body and has a creamy mouth feel.  It finishes with sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. Very drinkable.  

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gave it to me.   This is a very nice beer.  I liked its heavier malt flavors combined with its lighter body.  I was surprised to see that this 4.2% ABV. Based on the aroma and flavor of alcohol, I expected it to be higher.  If you can find it, give it a try. 

Have you tried any Irish Style Nut Brown Ale or any other Hale's Ales?

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  1. What a coincidence. I just picked up a six-pack this week as it was on sale. I like this beer, especially for the price, $6.59. I lived in Spokane for a period of time and Hale's had a brewery there, which is now closed. Hale's Pale Ale is an icon. I like the Hazelnut Ale that Rogue brews and Newcastle.

  2. I have not seen the Hale's Pale around here, but I've noticed their Red Menace. I should give both a try. Thanks for the recommendation Mark.


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