Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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A great all-around beer: it's easy to brew (its dark color and rich flavor make it forgiving of mistakes), it's mild enough for light beer drinkers, but characterful enough for more experienced brewers and beer lovers.

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Nut Brown Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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Styled after southern English brown ales, our Nut Brown Ale kit is a great all-around beer: it's easy to brew (its dark color and rich flavor make it forgiving of mistakes), it's mild enough for light beer drinkers, but characterful enough for more experienced brewers and beer lovers. The finished product exhibits a deep copper color, fruity/caramelly flavor and aroma with toasty, chocolaty notes; and it tastes great after just a few weeks.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style Brown Ale
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1044
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Great mild taste Review by Tony
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I really like this beer. The taste and body are much lighter than I expected, but that's not a criticism. Easy to make and easy to drink; the way every recipe should be! (Posted on 9/24/14)
Full Nutty and Smooth Review by Gavin
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I am a new brewer also. This was my 4th batch. I used a full boil and racked to secondary for a week after the krausen had dissipated but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. My OG came out a little higher than the recipe but temperature of the sample and/or my use of a refractometer may have acounted for that. I do not see the need for any additions of fermentables to the recipe. The result was a really smooth full flavored nutty ale with a deep brown color. The ABV was 5+/- 0.2%. I used a 1 liter starter and the Neobritannia Wyeast I had previously harvested from the NB oatmeal stout extract kit (Also good). Overall very pleased with the result and after just 4 weeks. (Posted on 8/13/14)
Tasty beer the Girls Love!! Review by Scott
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I add 2lbs of light brown sugar at the boil, ferment for 2 weeks and just gets better as time goes. The girls love this one and I enjoy it from a 22ozer. Has a kick, if you know what I mean. Good buy...enjoy! (Posted on 8/4/14)
GREAT fall beer! Review by Ed
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I know the subject header is "GREAT fall beer!" but in all honesty, this could be enjoyed 12 months/year. It was my 10th or so extract kit and I was told by others who have sampled all the other kits that this was the best I've done thus far. I did the NeoBritania liquid yeast (no starter) and added a pound of honey at flameout. I conditioned it in secondary for 3 weeks and at 3 weeks in the bottle it was fully carbed, mellow and had a WONDERFUL flavor. My brother-in-law is already talking about brewing this kit after sampling mine. GREAT beer kit for football season and a great value from NB given its low price! (Posted on 8/4/14)
A Fast Brew for First-Timers Review by Kirk in NC
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Like most folks here, this was my first batch with a new kit from NB. Four weeks total from start to prying off my first bottle cap...not a bad turnaround for new homebrewers excited - and impatient - to get things going. Like many of the other reviewers suggested, I added dark brown sugar with 10 minutes left in the boil, and used NB's priming sugar calculator (super handy!) to measure more dark brown sugar as a primer on bottling day 2 1/2 weeks later. 1 1/2 more weeks of conditioning, and the first beers taste great. Can't wait to try a few more another couple weeks down the road. Brews #2 and #3 are already in the works. Thanks NB...what an awesomely satisfying hobby. (Posted on 7/31/14)
A nice brown ale Review by Tim
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My boil came in at 1.050 (I added 0.5 pound of brown sugar at flame out), and I used the Nottingham yeast and left the beer for three weeks in the primary at 68F. The gravity was 1.009 at the end. I bottled with corn sugar (4 oz) and things carved up in about a week at 70F. This was an easy brew, and a fast turn around. The product was excellent. It had a great aroma, and tasted really good after about 2 weeks in the bottle. I had lots of compliments from friends on this one, as the flavor is light enough that even fans of light beer can enjoy it. It would have been good to have a little more of a full mouthfeel, but I think my brown sugar probably thinned the taste a bit. Overall, it is a very good kit and makes a fast and delicious beer. (Posted on 7/3/14)
On the lighter side. Review by Dave
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My american light lager drinking friends really enjoyed this one. Easy brew, great toasty/nutty flavors, but a bit too light bodied for me personally. Perfect as a session brew in late summer/early fall. You might want to consider the Caribou Slobber for a higher gravity, brown, crowd pleasing ale. (Posted on 5/30/14)
First home brew since 1991 Review by Kyle
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The instructions were easy to follow and the end result was a tasty Nut Brown Ale. I plan to brew this batch again and add some brown sugar to the boil as recommended by other reviewers. All I kept saying after tasting was"My beer is good, my beer is actually good!" Unlike the batch in '91 that tasted like a mixture of feet and Flintstone vitamins. (Posted on 5/16/14)
Interesting take on a Nut Ale Review by Erik
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I brewed this kit with a different strain of yeast than was recommended due to not finding the recommended at my local brew shop. The brew turned out very clean and tasted good however I wish it was a little nuttier. Next time I plan on using the recommended yeast. (Posted on 5/9/14)
nice brown ale Review by Patrick
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i just brewed this for the second time. this time, i added 1 lb of gambrinus honey malt to the specialty grains and 2 lbs of honey at flameout. it turned out awesome, a little bit of sweetness to round out the nuttiness. this is a popular ale with all who try it. (Posted on 5/4/14)
great way to start brewing - nice rounded brown Review by jennifer
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like many other, this was my first brew with NB - Brewed 1/23 with the nottingham yeast , I followed the directions to the letter, kept it in primary for 3 weeks and bottled. After 2 weeks it was a good brown, a little bitter at the finish. 6 weeks in the bottle and now it tastes amazing - definitely rivals any standard brown ale at the local microbrews. No bells and whistles on this one, just a nice, well rounded brown ale, with a caramel sweetness to it that keeps it balanced without overwhelming - the fruitiness is also starting to come out. I've already brewed 4 other ales since this one, so I think it's safe to say this hooked me :) (Posted on 3/16/14)
Great Starter Review by Matthew
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A nicely rounded beer, with light yet full flavor. Also has a great caramel aroma. This was my first batch ever, and and it came out as good as expected. (Posted on 3/9/14)
Fantastic and lasting taste with perfect carbonation. Review by Michael
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This is the first brew I've done from Northern Brewer. Love Nut Brown Ale and this is by far the best I've ever had. Added 8 oz. of light brown sugar and bumped the abv. to 5.5 %. Great lasting flavor and would recommend this Ale to anyone. My wife is no beer drinker but she flipped over the great taste. Never thought it would be this easy to brew. (Posted on 3/6/14)
Nice little brown Review by Bugaboo Brew
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This is a nice little brown ale. Mild, and very drinkable. I've put mine thru a 1wk 2nd fermentation (mainly for clarity). Everyone seems to like this one, even those who do not drink darker beers. (Posted on 3/5/14)
Solid starter kit but no wow factor Review by Alex
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This was my first brew having finally purchased my own set of equipment. It was very easy to brew and I'd say the results are solid, but nothing that knocks my socks off.

I used the Wyeast 1098 strain (via a yeast starter) and only modification I made to the recipe was to add 1lb of dark brown sugar (based on previous reviews) with 15min left in the boil. I also did a 1 week secondary after 9 days in the primary. O.G. was 1.055 and F.G. was 1.010 upon racking to secondary. Ended up with a beer that had Aprox ABV of 5.9%, which was a little higher than I expected/aimed for even with the addition of the extra dark brown sugar.

I like beers with some body and while the flavor profile on this brew is OK (aka similar to its formal description), I think the higher alcohol content may have impacted the overall flavor/body of the beer.

As of the writing of this review its been in the bottle for about 5 weeks and I think its still improving, so hopefully as it ages more it will simply get that much better and fill in the blanks that I feel it has currently..fingers crossed! (Posted on 3/5/14)
This was my first and it got me hooked! Review by Ken in MN
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I received this kit as a Christmas gift from my wife, along with the Northern Brewer Deluxe Starter kit. Everything went according to the directions, with one week in primary, one week in secondary and two weeks of bottle conditioning. Great clarity, great color and great taste! Easy drinking, yet flavorful with a slightly bitter finish and perfectly carbonated, which yielded a thick, creamy head and bubbles that lasted until the last drink. Low ABV means I can enjoy several of these a night without any regrets. Now I'm hooked on home brewing, and will definitely make this kit again! (Posted on 2/20/14)
great taste Review by Jesse
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This taste just like a local micro brews beer. It has a solid taste, and is very drinkable. Fitting for a fall beer. Everyone seemed to like it! (Posted on 2/16/14)
Great with age Review by Russell
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I brewed with the Danstar Nottingham, steeped the grains for a full 30 mins, added 2/3 lb of light brown sugar with 20 mins left, 9 days primary, 7 days secondary. Strong fermentation, took a little over 3 weeks to fully carbonate. The beer came out dark and dry with an amazing nose (everyone so far comments on how great this one smells). It's very good young, but even after only a few weeks of aging this one has turned out great. Let this one sit for a few months and you've got an absolute winner. (Posted on 2/15/14)
Really Great Review by Kyle
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Made this with the Wyeast Thames Valley strain, and it came out fantastic. Primary for two weeks, and then bottled. I was impatient, and tried it after only 7 days of bottle conditioning--it was already great! I go to the NERAX (New England Real Ale) festival twice a year, and try all those great cask-conditioned ales from the UK. This ale compared favorably with those. I would say flavor-wise it's about halfway between a standard bitter and a porter or stout. When I bottled it, I thought it was a little thin, but after a week of conditioning I didn't notice that--although it's still in the range of a session ale, I'd say. In keeping with the style, I went very light on the priming sugar to keep the carbonation low, and it came out just like I hoped. Just a great English pub ale. (Posted on 2/8/14)
Very nice Review by Patrick
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I did not like it quite as much as the Caribou Slobber but still a nice brown ale. I might go a little bit higher on the priming sugar next time, as the recommended dose came up a little light on carbonation. (Posted on 2/3/14)
great holiday beer Review by Sean
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This is a well balanced beer. I brewed this back in October to have it ready for the holidays. I started a new job and decided to bottle it and take a case to work and pass some around as a Christmas gift and it was a big hit with the commercial lite beer drinkers. hopefully I converted some of them to drink better beer. I added a 1/2 pound of brown sugar at boil that gave it a nice flavor. I'm ordering another one to make and put into a keg so my wife and I can enjoy. (Posted on 1/27/14)
Complex taste Review by Teresa
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My first brew! Very easy, the wort smelled amazing. Is a smooth drinking beer. (Posted on 1/18/14)
Drinks easy Review by brian
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The beer turned out pretty decent. It's easy to brew and produces and very drinkable beer. It's not real hoppy or malty but has a very good balance. Typical brown ale alcohol level. Mine came out at 4.5abv. I didn't add anything extra to it. (Posted on 1/14/14)
easy cooker Review by Nate
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Used this mix as my starting point in the art. Not a bad brew but not big on flavor. Tweaked it a bit and now it.is perfect. (Posted on 1/9/14)
Follow Recipe not Bag of Priming Sugar Review by Erik
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This goes for all recipes not just this one. The recipe sheet says mix the priming sugar with 16oz water. The package of priming sugar itself says mix with 12 oz of water.

12 oz makes an extremely viscous liquid that doesn't pour or mix well with the beer.

I have mixed 16oz of water to 5oz priming sugar with all other recipes and have had excellent carbonation. I mixed 12oz of water to 5oz priming sugar for this beer (not having the recipe sheet close by during bottling and took the instructions on the side of the priming sugar for face value) and got inconsistent carbonation. I believe this came from the priming liquid not fully incorporating into the entire beer as it was so sludgy.

Not a knock to this recipe, it was actually a really nice flavorful balanced beer. However, follow the directions on the recipe sheet, not the bag of priming sugar! (Posted on 1/6/14)
Not bad for my first NB batch. Review by Brendan
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Very clean and crisp, but it was a tad light for my taste. My wife likes it. It was an easy brew for someone like me who was only making his third batch ever. (Posted on 1/4/14)
Good & Drinkable Beer Review by Jeff
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I decided to brew this kit as a lighter (yet still flavorful) alternative for those family and friends that don't appreciate the IPAs and dark beers as much as I do. The beer came out good and has a nice smooth character but isn't nearly as flavorful as I had expected based on the description and other reviews. It's definitely drinkable but this is one of those kits that I most likely won't brew again. (Posted on 1/2/14)
Lighter than expected Review by Michael
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I thought it should have stronger malt profile. Maybe adding some brown sugar or molasses. But friends found a very drinkable beer. (Posted on 12/30/13)
Great flavor Review by Christopher
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This beer has great flavor and fermented fast. cant wait to drink it once it carbonates. gave a few away as Christmas gifts. (Posted on 12/22/13)
pleasantly surprised Review by Garrett
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I got this kit on sale and didn't expect it to turn out as good as it did. It is probably the favorite of all the brown ales I've made so far. It doesn't compare to the expensive kits like the White House honey ale, but for the price, it's awesome.. I always throw in a little brown sugar during the boil to pump up the alcohol. I also cut the hops in half since I don't really like strongly hopped beers. I carb my kegs with 5 oz of brown sugar for extra flavor. This will be one on my regularly brewed kits. (Posted on 12/20/13)
Everyone Loves This Review by Jared
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I bottled my first Nut Brown about two months ago. I dumped a pound of light brown sugar in about 15 minutes until the end of boil.

I got just under %6.5 alcohol and a nutty/molasses flavor.

After two weeks of conditioning this beer was easily drinkable and became my fiance's favorite. Everyone rants and raves about it and asks for more after their first.

If you let it sit a while longer the beer only gets better. I took other reviewer's advice and stashed some away. Now we open 1-2 on a weekly basis and it seems to just get better and better.

Slight warning, if you put a whole pound of brown sugar in be ready for a nearly jet black and dryer beer. (Posted on 12/19/13)
i luv this kit! Review by steve
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great kit, cant talk bad about this... i did change a few things on this last kit ! 1 lb of brown suger 15mins left in boil, 1/2 tsp of wyeast nutrient 10 mins left in boil, added coca nibs the last week of ferment. also changed the hops. bought and used (Willamette Hop Pellets 1 oz) 60 mins, then used the 1 oz of fuggle hops that comes with this kit 2-5 mins left in boil. Thanks to steve from N.B for the tips on a few questions i had! this brew is in the cony keg and waiting for the other cony keg of Honey Kolsch to finish! (Posted on 12/11/13)
Drinkable first time brew. Review by Andy
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Plenty of rookie mistakes on my part as this was my first batch ever. Came out good, not great. Will order again and update this review to give a more accurate and fair assessment. (Posted on 12/9/13)
Simple and Delicious Review by levi
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This is a great quick and easy beer to keep the beer flowing when you don't have a lot of time. I brew this when I am overloaded at work and just need some good beer. (Posted on 12/5/13)
Good Beer Review by Dave
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Good straight forward kit, I ordered 2. First one made good beer. Maybe a little lighter than I expected. 1.5 lbs of turbinado (unrefined cane sugar) was added to the second batch. Can't wait to give that a try. It's still fermenting and I will give that 3-4 weeks before bottling. (Posted on 12/1/13)
Eh Review by Randy
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This was the first kit from NB that I made and it is ok. It's a lot lighter than I expected it to be. Maybe I'll pick up some other nut browns from the store for comparisons. I am looking forward to the dead ringer small batch that I made. It smelled awesome when I was brewing it. (Posted on 11/18/13)
Looks Good Review by Brian
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Brewed 11/11/13 and still in Primary - Looks good. I took the advice of other reviews and added a cup of light brown sugar at 20 min left and 1 oz of Apollo hops with 15 min left. looking forward to a test bottle for Thanksgiving. SUPER Easy Kit. (Posted on 11/18/13)
Amazing Review by justin
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This beer was fun from the making to the tasting but when it came to sharing the keg was gone in one night..... i either need new friends or hide the nut brown ale (Posted on 11/14/13)
Easy kit Review by Benjamin
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Great for making a simple brown ale. I tweaked it by adding in some additional ground nuts. (Posted on 11/13/13)
Tasty and easy Review by Jeffrey
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Just how I like it. (Posted on 11/13/13)
Easy solid brew Review by Mason
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Very easy to brew, solid ingredients and doesn't take too much time. Worst part about the beer is the low abv; I added some extra pale dry malt extract to my most recent batch to increase the initial gravity; I'll let y'all know how it turns out! (Posted on 11/13/13)
A fantastic brew to cut your teeth on and more Review by Hookdriver
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The nut brown kit really has the ability to perform. The sky is really the limit with this one. If you do nothing but open the box and brew it the end result is awesome. The second time I brewed this kit I made it into a pumpkin ale. It was amazing. Awesome mouth feel and perfect hopping! If you decide to experiment with this one Safale us-05 dampens the dynamic of the brew just enough to give you an idea of what your changes did. Cheers. (Posted on 11/13/13)
Solid brewskis Review by Richard
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Pretty simple kit. Great taste. Will order this one again. (Posted on 11/13/13)
An easy favorite brew Review by Dan
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A favorite of family friends, this is one I brew quite often and take to family reunions, tailgating or just to have on hand at home. One of the easiest kits to brew, I add Irish moss in the last 15 minutes of the boil to get nice clarity. (Posted on 11/12/13)
So far so good Review by Tyler
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Ordered this kit and got it shipped fast. Came in a nice little box full of excitement with clear instructions. But what real beer loving man needs instructions?? Anyways they're good to have once you've had a few and need a plan. I have the soon to be deliciousness in the bubblah right now. Added some brown sugar and molasses just like some of the reviews and bam my OG was 1.062. Hope the neobritannia can handle all that sucrose. (Posted on 11/11/13)
A bit light Review by CW
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The recipe was easy to follow, and the beer is drinkable for the most part. The only exception is that it was quite a bit lighter than I expected flavor-wise. (Posted on 11/11/13)
Great kit with a holiday twist Review by James
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So this is my second time with this kit, the first time opened my eyes to yet another great kit. Since trying it the first time I wanted to twist this just a bit, I replaced the yeast with WYeast 3068 and added 2 TBSP of banana extract and turned it into a banana nut holiday ale. I did two weeks primary, two weeks secondary, then bottled for three weeks. It turned out quite well! The description fits perfect to being very forgiving of mistakes! Great beer! I will definitely be buying more of this kit to have on hand! (Posted on 11/11/13)
Yummy English ale Review by Robert
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This was my first English brown ale. Also first time using Nottingham yeast. The kit worked out great. Love the yeast, love the beer. This definitely on for making again. (Posted on 11/11/13)
cheap and easy to use Review by STEVE
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very good flavor,cant beat the price.one of my favorite brews (Posted on 11/5/13)
great tasting and good for craft brew virgins Review by shawn
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super easy to brew, no problems. had next day fermentation with the 1098 and bubbled away for about 3 days. the yeast cake was completely sunk by day 5. transferred to secondary on day 7, to keg on day 9, and drinking today on day 11. low abv (mine clocked in around 4%) so makes a great session beer.
my only complaint is it tastes a little light. (Posted on 11/4/13)
Easy to follow directions. Review by Robert
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The kit had everything I needed and the instructions are super easy to follow. Brew day yesterday, I started the ale yeast 36 hours prior, fermentor bubbling away today. OG target is 1.044. I added 2 cups of brown sugar during the boil and my actual OG came in at 1.054. Looking forward to trying the beer when ready. I will report back then. (Posted on 11/1/13)
Getting back to the basics Review by Finley
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Ive been all grain brewing for over a year now. I brewed this for simplicities sake and put in on nitro...this is a really good beer. (Posted on 10/30/13)
Great, drinkable beer Review by Dave
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I brewed my first batch of Nut Brown Ale, and it's a great drink. It's quick and easy to brew, and when it's done, it's quick to disappear - once you start drinking one, it's gone before you know it. Mine measured 3% ABV, so you can have another. So many different beers, so little time... (Posted on 10/27/13)
Easy drinking, great beer Review by Joshua
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I have brewed this recipe more than any other. It is a simple, easy to brew, great tasting beer. All of my family and friends enjoy drinking this beer, regardless of their individual tastes and preferences. (Posted on 10/23/13)
Good beer for the Price Review by Stephen
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This is my second batch of Nut Brown Ale. I kegged the first batch and served it at a family gathering back late June. Needless to say, they drank all of it. Tjere's nothing fancy about this beer. It's just a good drinkable nut brown ale at a great price and easy to brew. (Posted on 10/21/13)
Great into kit Review by John
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Brewed it per the instuctions and it came out great! Next batch I am going to add some brown sugar as others have done to give it a little something more. (Posted on 10/18/13)
Great beer. Easy to brew. Great price Review by Patrick
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I've brewed this beer twice now. In the past year I've made about 9 different batches of beer. Some ranging from $25 kits to $45 kits. The Nut Brown Ale ranks neat the top of the list for beers I've made. The dark ale is forgiving if you mess up and always tastes great. I'll probably be buying another Nut Brown Ale kit in the near future. (Posted on 10/9/13)
Excellent Nut Brown Ale Review by Matt
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Easy to brew, and delicious. If bottling, let it condition for at least 3-4 weeks. (Posted on 10/7/13)
Great brown ale Review by Andrew
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Very easy to brew and came out really well. (Posted on 10/5/13)
Good every day beer Review by Earl
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This is a good overall beer. It is something you can drink and not feel hung over the next day. (Posted on 10/4/13)
A drier brown ale Review by Brad
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I'll start by saying that the Caribou Slobber is my first pick among the 10 brews I've made so far. The Nut Brown is a nice beer, but I'll go back to the Caribou Slobber next time. The Nut Brown is a little drier and thinner than the Caribou Slobber. I brewed the Nut Brown with the Wyeast 1098 British Ale and the Caribou with the Danstar dry yeast. The Nut Brown bubbled for 6 days. I did 2 weeks in the primary and 1 in the secondary. It pours a nice deep brown ale with a short head. (Posted on 9/27/13)
Nut Brown Ale Brews quick and easy; tastes great Review by EVAN
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NB Nut Brown Ale brews and ferments quickly and easily. It also has a great "dry" taste that everyone enjoys on a hot day.

This is a case where the easiest and quickest is also great tasting. And it does not have to be super cold to taste good. Just below room temperature is probably the best... (Posted on 9/14/13)
Good beer Review by Erik
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This is one of my favorites, it is simple to brew and tastes great, all at an affordable price! (Posted on 9/7/13)
Great kit for an intro brewer Review by Kevin
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I haven't brewed that many batches so far (having a kid right after buying your gear will do that!) and I'm just to the point of starting to make my own planned brews. That said, I still like to do a kit every other time, to keep my head on straight. This was an easy brew, and it came out great, even after I let it stay in the carboy for toooo long (about 7 weeks until I could bottle). Good stuff! (Posted on 8/29/13)
Easy and Delicious Review by Gary
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Easy to brew and ready in 4 weeks ! Wait longer and it gets better tasting ! Besides it is a real bargain price wise. I was never a amber or dark beer drinker till I brewed my own using this and other kits from Northern Brewer. PS I love the fast shipping ! (Posted on 8/27/13)
A Really Good Brown Ale Review by Willie
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From the first bottle to the last (and it went fast), it was great. Smooth, good nutty flavor, great head and thanks to NB its inexpensive!
I think next time I might steep the grains a little longer and ad some brown sugar. But thats just to satisfy my own taste.
If your a new brewer and want to impress your friends, buy this kit. (Posted on 8/26/13)
Nut Brown Ale Review by Joe
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Easy to brew. Very smooth Ale. I followed recipe but added 1/2 cup light brown sugar at 15 minute mark. Turned out great will brew again. (Posted on 8/24/13)
good beer Review by shayne
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good ever day beer, quick fermentation (Posted on 8/20/13)
Great Kit Review by Timothy
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First Kit I did. Turned out great. Love the taste. But will do a secondary from now on as to miniumize and eliminate residue on bottom of bottle. I am thankful for well water and not chlorinated water. God bless (Posted on 8/17/13)
Good Stuff! Review by steve
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a good brew! added 1 lb of honey to flame out and 1/2 oz hops 25 mins left in boil (golding). keg the brew after two weeks in the fermenting stage! just awsome! (Posted on 8/8/13)
All Around Favorite Review by Todd
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Everyone that has tasted it has loved it. My only regret is that I didn't do a full 5 gallon boil to get some extra flavor out of it but I will definitely be brewing this one again soon! (Posted on 5/28/13)
All Around Favorite Review by Todd
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Everyone that has tasted it has loved it. My only regret is that I didn't do a full 5 gallon boil to get some extra flavor out of it but I will definitely be brewing this one again soon! (Posted on 5/28/13)
Don't get impatient with this one! Review by Polk
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I followed the recipe for the most part. I added some extra light brown sugar to the wort and added the priming sugar to fresh brewed coffee. The coffee flavor gives a lot of character to this beer! I wasn't sure how it would work but leave this in the bottle for at least a month or more and in the fridge to condition for another few days and this one had not only character but an interesting coffee finish. Not overwhelming, but a hint of Kahlua! (Posted on 5/24/13)
2nd kit I brewed -- very tasty and a good base Review by bikefor
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I brewed this as my second brewing attempt. AFter reading up I decided to dump in a pound of honey during the boil to kick up the alcohol. Bottled after a couple weeks. During conditioning when I first tried it had a vinegary aftertaste. I let it sit and it developed into a very very tasty honey brown! I think this is a good cheap base kit to experiement with. I've ordered another and am going to add some more DME and some extra hops since there is almost no hoppiness to it. Good kit. (Posted on 3/21/13)
Best session beer I've ever had Review by Patrick
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Made this in January as my first foray in to home brewing. It was very easy to make and even more delicious. Very smooth, easy drinkability and nice dense head. Will brew again but will use liqiud yeast next time. (Posted on 3/10/13)
This is very good Review by Stephen
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First off, I was not a big brown fan before I decided to brew this up. I thought my wife would enjoy it more than the pales that I love. I did modify the recipe a tad.

Added a pound of lite DME at the beginning of a 5 gallon boil. Added the 6 lbs Marris Otter at flame out. Left in primary for 1 month. Primed with 3.5 oz of corn sugar dissolved in 2 cups of fresh brewed coffee at bottling. After two and a half weeks this beer is awesome! (Posted on 3/6/13)
A good starter brew Review by Matthew
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Second beer I ever brewed, first home brew I drank. Overall, a nice starter beer. Not an overpowering flavor profile, which makes it very drinkable. However, the secret to this kit is that it can be easily modified and works as a good base for experimenting with.

I bought this kit a second time, but added Apollo hops with 20 minutes left in the 60 minute boil. Now I have a beer I can be proud of. Flavor profile is close to that of Surly Furious. Also, fermented for 1 week in primary and 2 weeks in secondary. Very excited to brew this again and to experiment further with other additions and tweaks. (Posted on 3/6/13)
A little extra addition and WOW Review by Ryan
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This is a great kit. After tasting this brew a friend made I decided to add a little body and alcohol content. I added ¾ pound of light brown sugar at 60 minutes, 12oz of unsulphered molasses at 15 min, and ¼ pound of light brown sugar at 15 min. Fermenting started within an hour and within two hours at 72 degrees I placed the carboy in a swamp cooler and reduced the temp to 64 degrees to keep from having a blow off. I had bubbling in the air lock for 16 days. Although not needed I transferred to a secondary at day 17 so I could brew another batch. I took a SGR during transfer and another at day 21, both were the same so I bottled into 47 12oz bottles, and one 3 liter bottle.

I transferred the 3-liter bottle into a tap a draft after 3 days and forced carbonated. After 24 hours in the tap a draft the taste is awesome, wonderful head retention, and an alcohol content of 5.8% makes this my best home brew yet. I will make this again! One of my favorites and although the taste is similar to New Castle Brown Ale it has much more body and a lot more of a kick. (Posted on 3/1/13)
modified with orange blossom honey Review by terry
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I added 1 1/2 pounds of orange blossom honey at the end of the boil that I had left from a honey wheat batch. 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, 2 weeks bottle conditioning, then 4 weeks in the fridge, Man what a beer! smooth creamy taste and did it go down smooth. I bottled it in 16 oz Grolsch brown bottles which meant that it didnt last long due to the lower bottle count. Everybody that had one wanted more will have to buy another 2 kits and hide it so it can age. definitely better with the long sit in the fridge (Posted on 3/1/13)
Really Like This!! Review by Mudflap
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This is now my second favorite brew (behind a Black Lager). I agree with some of the other reviews in that it reminds me of the Newcastle Brown. Very easy to make, very easy to drink! Will definitely be making more of this. (Posted on 2/5/13)
Great! Review by Carl K
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Brewed this as my 3rd batch where I did a much better job controlling steeping temps. Just poured a pint from the keg and I finally have a beer I can be proud to serve to my friends! This spent 2 weeks in primary, 2 weeks in a keg at room temp then chilled and carbed. Really smooth brew with a nice roasted nut finish. Will be bringing a 2.5 gal keg of this to the Super Bowl party. My wife mentioned that this was my best brew yet and reminded her of Sam Adams Winter Lager.. I'll take that as a compliment! Good times! (Posted on 1/28/13)
Awesome Kit! Review by Patrick
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This turned out great! I only used .5oz of the hops because I like my beers to be sweeter. I was told by an employee of a local (and well known) micro brewery, that this beer was actually better than their version of a nut brown. Nice! Will order again for sure. (Posted on 1/21/13)
Good beginner beer Review by Kyle
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This was the second batch that I ever made and it was pretty good compared to my usual nut brown I drink. I compared it to New Glarus Fat Squirrel, and it is a very close comparison. Left 2 weeks in primary and 10 days in bottle before first taste and was good. A good quick beer to make. (Posted on 1/21/13)
Nice Brown Ale Review by Brent
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Really enjoyed this beer with the Maris Otter extract. Easy drinking session beer. I brewed this one, threw it in a fermenter bucket for about 3 weeks. I usually rack into a secondary, but didn't with this as I was running out of beer. Straight into the keg, force-carbed and the beer was really good immediately. Good easy brew session, would be a nice beer for a first-timer. Recommend this kit. (Posted on 1/16/13)
Great smooth brown ale Review by Craig
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This kit was easy to brew. It's very smooth and easy to drink. I gave out some as Christmas gifts this year, and everyone has loved it, even those who prefer light beer. (Posted on 1/7/13)
Best one yet Review by Whitney
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This was our first brew. It was easy and amazingly tasty. Better than any commercial nut brown--even better than our local brewer's. This will be an annual purchase. (Posted on 1/4/13)
Great easy to drink brown ale Review by Kevin
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Couldn't be happier! I haven't brewed or drank much brown ale in years. This was a perfect re-introduction. Brewed on 11/25, racked to keg on 12/2, drinking on 12/5.

Note that I tweeked this recipe a bit- to boost body I added .5lb of Carapils, and to boost alcohol .5lb of light brown sugar. Highly recommend both. Also, as always, made a starter, which is a good idea on any beer not just lagers and high alcohol beers. And like other extract kits, I did a late boil addition of the wort, with ~10 minutes left in the boil...not that a little scorching of wort would hurt this beer.

End result is a beer that is smooth, with hints of chocolate and toasti-ness, and not too heavy but not too light. The single hop addition means a low-key and not assertive hop character.

While this beer won't make hop-heads happy, if you like brown ales you should be more than happy with this recipe. (Posted on 12/10/12)
Good stuff Review by Justin
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This is my 2nd home brew and I'm quite pleased. I do hope it gets better with time but either way, I'm still enjoying the Nut Brown Ale. My wife really liked the beer but not because of the taste...she said it smelled like cookies when I was brewing. (Posted on 11/13/12)
Kinda sorta like Newcastle Brown Ale Review by JohnG911
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Great tasting easy beer. Even my daughter, who doesn't like my heavy beers, "loves it." It remindes me of Newcastle's Brown Ale. (Posted on 10/23/12)
Great Beer! Review by Mike
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I've done about 6 different kits now and this one was definitely one of my favorites. I'm contemplating doing another batch of this. (Posted on 10/7/12)
Good Beer Review by Bryan
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Like many others this was my first batch of homebrew and i decided to do a full boil instead of a partial. What i didn't know is that you need to adjust your hopps for the full boi so i think mine turned out a little more bitter than intended but i like it. I will have to say this beer doesn't have a big nutty flavor like some of my favorite nut browns but after reading some reviews comparing it to Sam Smith Nut Brown i tried mine next to it and was very suprised how close i got, actually i like mine better. Dont judge flavor of the green beer as mine tasted very watery, but after only 1 week in the bottle i am already really enjoying it. On to the Irish Dry Stout (Posted on 10/6/12)
now that is nice Review by Nick
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So, before this beer, I didn't like brown ales, but I wanted to like them. And now, I do. I added .25 oz Magnum hops and boiled 60 minutes, other than that, followed the recipe right on. Added two gallons of distilled water to top it off after boil, fermented around 66F for one month, then kegged it. Let me say, this is not a super intense brown ale, but it is a great introduction to the style. My advice: add some more hops. (Posted on 8/9/12)
Not bad, easy to brew Review by John
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VERY easy to brew, so a great one for a first timer. Also doesn't require much time for fermentation - 1-2 weeks.

Tastes very much like Leiny's Fireside Nut Ale and not really like Newcastle at all, as previous commentators mentioned. Don't pick up too much of the chocolate flavor (it is there though), but the nutty flavor is there for sure. (Posted on 7/13/12)
Good Beer wish it had more body Review by Sam
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Good easy drinking beer, I with it had more body though, and next time im going to only do about a 30 to 45 min boil on the hops. I recommend waiting (if possable) at least 3 weeks to let it bottle condition. I tried it after two weeks and it still had a pretty good bite, now after 3 it has mellowed out alot and the flavours are getting better every day. (Posted on 7/13/12)
Great with cold brewed coffee Review by Benjamin
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Add about 8 or 10 oz of cold brewed coffee to this beer a few days before bottling/kegging and this makes a fantastic coffee brown ale.

That has become my "House brew" (Posted on 7/5/12)
Good house beer! Review by Angel R
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Very forgiving recipe that finishes into a great tasting beer. It was one of the favorites during my last beer club meeting. Definitely will be one of my house beers. (Posted on 5/9/12)
deliciousness Review by Jordan
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So good the first time i bought it again! this flavorful but easy drinking brew is going to be a mainstay in the brewing cycle. The wife loves it too! (Posted on 5/5/12)
easy to make and very smooth Review by Edward
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Light beer drinkers love this beer. Easy to make and is ready to drink quickly. Great Spring beer to make and drink after drinking the winter ales. (Posted on 4/20/12)
easy to make and very smooth Review by Edward
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Light beer drinkers love this beer. Easy to make and is ready to drink quickly. Great Spring beer to make and drink after drinking the winter ales. (Posted on 4/20/12)
wow Review by olavski
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After three weeks in the bottle I tried one of these and I have to say, this is a really good brew. (Posted on 4/19/12)
Addendum to earlier review Review by Aaron Ramson
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My batch has now bottle conditioned for 4 weeks and the taste is AMAZING. People. Any get enough of this beer. It sent from mild with sweet coffe/chocolate notes at 2 weeks, to smoky, bold and slightly hoppy at 4 weeks of bottle conditioning. My final rating is 5 stars IF it's allowed to condition for a month. (Posted on 4/5/12)
Very good beer Review by William
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This was a very easy beer to brew. Very nice color and aroma. Similar to Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown, although a little lighter. It's only been bottle conditioned for 2 weeks at this point, I plan on letting it go another 1-2 weeks before I refrigerate it. Future plans include doing an all grain version of this beer, which should be even better. (Posted on 4/3/12)
Good, not great, delivers what is advertised Review by Aaron
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Light without too much body, still very flavorful. It tastes like coffee, chocolate and bold malts. I expected it to be similar to a Newcastle but it wasn't. This was lighter, less body, more chocolate and coffee notes than a Newcastle. I don't know if I under primed it but it seemed to have very little carbonation. About as carbonated as a Newcastle actually. It bottle conditioned for 3 weeks and it would probably be even better in another week or two. I am very proud to serve this to beer loving friends. (Posted on 4/1/12)
great easy brown ale Review by kevin
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Brewed this beer using Danstar Nottingham turned out great. Nice rich brown color, good aroma, dry with a subtle sweet aroma. (Posted on 3/9/12)
Better Than Newcastle Brown Ale Review by Andy
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This beer is easy to make and easy to drink. I served it at a party alongside Newcastle's Brown Ale and everyone preferred NB's Nut Brown Ale. (Posted on 3/7/12)
Bang for Your Buck Review by chicagojosh
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Been brewing for a few years now, and needed something cheap, quick, and simple for a party the wife and I were throwing (what can I say? Even homebrewers get lazy sometimes.)
Two weeks in the primary and force carbed. Everyone loved it. (Posted on 3/5/12)
Malty goodness Review by Djbradle
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I did a full volume boil but altered the recipe by adding 1 lb light brown sugar at 60 min., 3/4 cup light brown sugar at 15 min., and 12 oz unsulphered molasses at 15 min. Bottom line: after 4 weeks primary, bottling with 2.5 ounces corn sugar, and conditioning at 70 degrees for 2 weeks this brew is simply phenomenol! Brew it and enjoy.

After another month or two I can't imagine how much better it can get...... Seriously this thing has caused me to turn my back on Smuttys old brown dog and DF Indian brown ale. 7.6 abv bomber, nuff said. (Posted on 2/21/12)
Great simple brown Review by Brian
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A painfully easy brew for noobies like myself, came out great. It was perfectly drinkable at 4 weeks but had a slightly fruity character, at six weeks it has a much maltier flavor, tastes awesome! Couldn't recommend any higher for someone to try out as their first beer. I will probably try out the "honey brown" or the "nukey brown" next time around. (Posted on 2/20/12)
Easy to brew, easy to drink Review by Brian
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This was my second brew ever. Because I have no patience I invested in a dual 5 gal keg kit. Great investment. 7 days in primary, 7 days in secondary, forced carbonated at 35 psi for one day and BAM.......NUT BROWN ALE after 15 days! Not overly complex but just the right amount of nutty malt flavor to seperate it from the mundane. The light beer drinkers will like it because of its color and flavors. They will think they are now beer snobs! I'll keep it in rotation every other month but will try Caribou Slobber next. Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy! (Posted on 2/13/12)
great Review by gary
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Tast great but not enough alcohol (Posted on 2/13/12)
Great Beer. Review by Bart
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My friends could not get enough of this beer. Very easy brew. (Posted on 2/13/12)
still the standard.... Review by MattN
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I've brewed this 3 or 4 times now. It never fails to impress. It is so clean and simple and....good. Everyone comments its better than any store bought. I made the Mild Ale and after I bottled it I put this right on top of the yeast cake (NB1945) and had vigorous fermentation in less than 6 hours. I have made other brown kits, but I always come back to this one. I like the low gravity because I can drink 2 or 3 and not get hammered (and boy do I like drinking 2 or 3, YUM!) My only problem is they disappear too fast and I can't see what one tastes like after 8+ weeks in the bottle.... (Posted on 2/5/12)
Easy drinker Review by flytyer
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Brewed this as per kit instructions using a 4th generation harvested 1945 Neo Brit. Primary 2 weeks, secondary 2 weeks, to keg. Clear mahogony brown body, tan head, sweet malty aroma. Not as complex in flavors as Caribou Slobber, but that wasn't expected. Everyone likes this especially people who are afraid of trying a dark beer. Light in body, but not in flavor. (Posted on 1/12/12)
Hard to screw this one up Review by ken
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I have brewed 5 or 6 batches of this beer at various fermentation temperatures and it comes out great every time. A good session beer that everyone loves. I am going to do the all grain version next time and compare. (Posted on 12/14/11)
Excellent Brew Review by Mike Prez
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This was my first brew on my own, Turned out better than a brew I did as part of a class. Brought this to a Family Memorial Day Party, And we finished the 5 gallon keg that day, Everyone who had it Loved it. (Posted on 11/21/11)
Great Beer! Review by BJ
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First of my extract kits from Northern Brewer. Turned out great. Nice color, very smooth, good head retention. The flavor is nice and mellow. Will definitely brew this one again. (Posted on 11/10/11)
Nutty Brown Goodness Review by Ken
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This was my 4th kit and the flavor is awesome. So far all the extract kits have been very easy and the results as good as the commercial stuff. My only complaint is that the head disappears very quickly. (Posted on 10/26/11)
Very Good First Brew Review by Stephen
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Brewed this kit as my first homebrew and started drinking it after two weeks in the bottle and it was a little harsh. Drinking it now at the four week mark and it mellowed out nicely. Very good...smooth and nutty. Just don't touch it until at least four weeks in the bottle and you'll be happy. (Posted on 10/25/11)
Great taste, less alcohol Review by Mr. Kelly
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I'm happy with the ease of brewing, quickness, color, and taste.
With my first batch of this, I got about 3.6ABV and it didn't have the head I was looking for. A little lighter color too. My second batch was down around 2.7ABV.
Need something stronger, but still like it for the flavor. (Posted on 10/24/11)
Good'n'easy Review by Loyd
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I bought this for my first attempt at brewing and was quite pleased with the results: a smooth, easy drinking session beer.

I would recommend the use of sugar rather than carbonation tablets. (Posted on 10/17/11)
WOW Review by Prelude
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First brew I made. Primary 2 weeks, no secondary. Bottled 2 weeks, good brew. After 4 weeks bottled even better. Let a 12pack sit for 8 weeks, awsome!!!! (Posted on 9/27/11)
A great quick brew Review by Bishop
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I brewed this following the directions included. 9 days primary fermentation, 2 weeks in bottle wasn't bad. At three weeks it's really good. I expect it to improve and smooth out even more as it ages. If you find yourself running low in the pipeline this is a good one quickly replace stock. (Posted on 9/11/11)
Great First Beer Review by Jen
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This was our first attempt to homebrew. After the recommended time in fermentation we siphoned it to a second carboy to take it off the yeast while we prepared the keg. The next day it went into the keg and we force carbonated. At first it was a little green, but as it sits in the keg it gets better and better. It has never once had a bit of sediment - clear as commercial beer. It is a low alcohol beer and very easy to start. The taste after a month in the keg is great.

One thing I noticed was a bit of a sugar taste when it was first in the keg. Later on I still detect the sweetness, but nobody else does. I think we tend to remember tastes and nitpick them out later - everyone else thinks it is a solid beer. I find myself heading to the tap and choosing this one more and more often. (Posted on 9/5/11)
I brewed at too high a temp. Review by Scott
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@ 3 weeks in the bottle w/brewers best cond tabs this beer didn't impess me at all. Fermented at ~74 (hot weather-July)in my basement. This most likely led to some off flavors. Also, I won't be using the cond tabs(white ones) any more. They didn't work well and left slot of residue. I will try coopers cond tabs next, if they stink I will add the sugar in the bottling bucket. I did this as my first brew and was very disappointed. I feel bad giving it to mt friends! But I will drink it because I don't want to be wasteful. (Posted on 9/1/11)
very good, very smooth Review by morbo
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I let this sit in the primary for 4 weeks, then bottles for 2 weeks. It came out great.
so far everyone that has tried it has liked it (except my wife, who doesn't like beer anyway). I was very pleased and impressed with myself on this one. I think the longer it sits the better it is. (Posted on 8/17/11)
good stuff Review by McDavers
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This is always a great brew. i add about 1# of honey to the recipe and it is an all around great drinker. piss beer drinkers even enjoy this 1. Thanks Northern Brewer! Good stuff! (Posted on 8/5/11)
Nutty Good! Review by brewmaster Speeg
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this was my 2nd brew with my Deluxe kit. Very easy to brew and even easier to drink! Very pleased and will brew again! Looking forward to trying at 6,8 and 10 weeks if there is any left....... (Posted on 7/8/11)
Yum Review by Brewgal
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A nicely-balanced nut brown. Easy to brew, easy to drink! Will definitely make it again. (Posted on 6/10/11)
Needs time to age for best taste Review by jdmcomp
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More time in the bottle helps the taste quite a bit. I did add 1/8 teaspoon of grains of paradise and the results are just like Sam Adams Summer brew. Will not be making this one again, as I want a fuller body beer with a stout head. I will be looking for a beer with greater malt content next.

Easy to brew, OG and FG were perfect and right on the numbers for the beer. I do insist you give it time to develop flavor, so brew ahead and enjoy at your leisure. (Posted on 5/29/11)
Delicious Brown Ale Review by Brandon
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I brewed this batch back in February. After a month in the bottles I was less than thrilled with the taste. So I decided to leave this batch alone until the first of may. The added aging made a world of difference. If you are looking for an easy drinking batch to brew, this is a great kit to consider. I will definitely brew this one again! (Posted on 5/6/11)
Recommended Review by Skyler
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Easy to brew, great taste not overwhelming. Chose this for my second homebrew and was not disappointed. (Posted on 5/3/11)
Excellent choice for the price Review by Ryan
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I had a hard time sharing this one with friends and family!!! I took the base ingredients and made this into a hoppy honey nut brown. I added 1 1/2 pounds of honey(late addition) and 2 additional ounces of hops to bolster up the recipe a bit and it turned out excellent. After two weeks primary, one week secondary, and two weeks into bottles they were really good. It has gotten even better over time, unfortunately I am running out. Guess it is time to do another batch, thanks Northern Brewer. (Posted on 5/3/11)
Nice to experiment with Review by Prophious
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I took the recipe and tweaked it.I took out the special grains and substituted them for smoked grains and added french oak chips in the secondary for A week.I love it like drinking next to A campfire. (Posted on 4/28/11)
a solid brew Review by sponzere
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This was my second batch of brew. Followed the instructions, but I decided to prime the bottles with molasses (2/3 cup, would try 1/2 cup instead). It's a tad overcarbed (3 weeks in bottles) but is definitely an acceptable beer, and it was very easy to get good results with the kit. (Posted on 4/22/11)
All positive feedback Review by Matt
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This is an update to my 3/1 review. My batch turned out fantastic. Everyone I gave a bottle to had embarassingly positive things to say. My neighbor liked it so much, he's comissioned me to make an entire batch just for him. This stuff drinks so easy I could be through 2-3 before I knew it. It goes fast! For those of you having problems: follow the directions to the letter, watch your sanitation/cleanliness, and this is a can't-miss beer. (Posted on 4/20/11)
Ok for the first batch. Review by Charles
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This is my first brew so perhaps as I get more seasoned I might return to this recipe and give it a chance at redemption. I find it now after fully carbonating to be fairly blah in flavor, I'm now looking forward to the job of drinking up the 5 gal. of mediocre beer with some trepidation. My krausen lasted 15 days and only fell because I moved the carboy into another room to prep to go to secondary and the shaking broke up the foam. I'm not saying this is a bad beer, just not what I was hoping for. Here's to the next batch. Sláinte. (Posted on 4/18/11)
My first beer ... turned out quite well Review by Roc Doc
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I had a little different experience than some of the other posters here, some of it due to this being my first homebrew. The krausen fell after 4 days, so I went ahead and did a secondary fermentation. I left it in the secondary fermenter for 10 days, then bottled. So it was still two weeks (as per the recipe) from making the wort and bottling, but I probably jumped the gun on going to a secondary fermentation (not in the recipe). I was so anxious to taste that I popped open a beer after only 11 days in the bottle - this was a mistake as the beer hadn't yet developed the proper amount of carbonation. I waited another 6 days (4 weeks, 3 days after wort-making) and popped open a bottle today - fantastic! I'm on my 3rd beer right now (please excuse any digital slurring). I'll have to make sure to wait for the beer to condition more, as per other posters' suggestions. (Posted on 3/31/11)
great Review by Dave
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This beer turned out awesome-everyone that tried it liked it.A good guzzler (Posted on 3/19/11)
Great Session Beer Review by NP
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True to the kit's claims, this beer is a great all-round session beer. This was my first NB kit and it turned out great. Had it in the primary for 2 weeks and bottled it according to instructions. After about 6 weeks in the bottle, this beer really developed its true character. It's been hard to resist drinking it all, and I'm hoping my self control will allow me to taste a few after 3 months in the bottle. Will definitely brew this again as a crowd pleaser. (Posted on 3/18/11)
Not Bad Not Great Review by Gabriel
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I liked this but it seemed to lack flavor. It was kinda a blah after some of the other killer kits on here Like "Irish Heavy" and "Black IPA."

But this was good I might make it again. This is a maybe one. (Posted on 3/14/11)
surprisingly good Review by Brendan
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I was very surprised at how well this beer turned out, I was looking for a session beer that I could carry to parties, this fit the bill perfectly. These can be drank all night long without any worries in ther AM. Surprisingly smooth taste considering this thing is a baby compared to my other brews, This ranks right up there with some of my killer bitters for all night guzzling-ability...... (Posted on 3/7/11)
Great 1st beer for novices Review by Matt
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I have brewed for years with my brother, but for Christmas I finally got my own deluxe starters kit. This is my first batch and I picked it because it was easy, straightforward, and only requires single-stage fermentation. Perfect for a beginner. This was also the first time I've every brewed with induction cooking coils, and it went remarkably well. Zero scorching on the bottom of the kettle and temperature control was significantly faster and more accurate than gas or electric eyes. If you have a stainless kettle and access to an induction stove/cooktop, I highly recommend you go this route.

On deck: German wheat. yum.... (Posted on 3/1/11)
Great Beer, Change Directions! Review by SD Slim
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I was teaching my brother to brew beer and decided to purchase this kit for him, I felt teaching him all grain at this stage would be too much to take it. The end product was great, however I took issue with the instructions...I brought temp to 155 stepped grains for 30 minutes, sparged them, removed pot from flame, added extract, put back on flame brought to a boil and then added the fuggle for a 60 minute boil...your directions seemed overly complicated for a simple process....however this is the only negative thing I can say about your products and company, other than these instructions you guys are amazing! (Posted on 2/19/11)
Very good Review by We all put the yeast in
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This was my first experience brewing beer. It was hard to wait the two weeks for the bottle conditioning but after the wait, it came out great. Now I have a couple of kegs, I have reduced my "carbonation time" to about 2 days. I will brew this one again. (Posted on 2/13/11)
Everybody likes this one. Review by Frankie
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This was my first brew. I've brewed three batches now and will brew more. It blew my mind how close it was to a "Sammy" Smith Nut Brown. It is actually better than that beer, which is one of my faves. I have gradually reduced priming sugar down to half the recommendation. It was way too fizzy for a British beer, in my opinion. I have also substituted amarillo hops and thought that gave it a nice kick, I won't do it every time though. (Posted on 1/29/11)
Awesome Beer Review by Tony
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For whatever reason, the wort spent 3 1/2 weeks in primary. The foam just did not want to drop. I was concerned after about 3 weeks and the great guys at Northern gave me some great support. I put this beer in a taste test with about 8 other home brews and it come in 4th (Phat Tyre, Mai-bock and Cream Ale ahead of it). 3.79 ABV and a great drinkable beer. Definitely going to do this one again! (Posted on 1/10/11)
Perfect Review by Vance
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Perfect. Got tons of compliments. Everyone agreed this was my best so far. I recommend to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks after bottling before serving. It takes a while to mellow and for all the flavors to gel.. (Posted on 1/9/11)
Tasty Review by BierMe
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This kit turned out great, the flavors blended nicely after about a week and a half cold conditioning in the keg, did about two weeks in the primary. A good bigger bodied session beer (Posted on 12/31/10)
Very impressed. Review by Frank
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This was my first brew. I probably took some shortcuts. My procedures/equipment are amateur at best. But, the beer is delicious. It will also be my second brew, but I'm thinking of increasing the hops. (Posted on 12/21/10)
Great first beer! Review by Travis
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Three of us pitched in to purchase brewing equipment and got this beer kit because of its 'forgiving' nature. The beer turned out great and I would recommend it to anyone. If you're looking for your first beer to make, this is a good choice because it's easy and it's got a flavor that I think most people are agreeable to. It's not super light, not super dark, it's a good mix with decent flavor. Very happy with Northern Brewer. (Posted on 12/13/10)
Good, but not what I was looking for... Review by Bob
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I have this beer on tap right now, alongside Caribou Slobber.

The Nut Brown Ale is tasty enough, but it's got less body and mouthfeel than does the Caribou Slobber, and as a result, it seems almost watered down to me. It's probably just the side-by-side comparison, but while this beer is good enough, I won't be making it again. (Posted on 12/9/10)
All gone Review by Ray
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This is my first batch of homebrew so I was unsure what to expect, but I was really curious so see how Id done. My brew was done just before thanksgiving and is all but gone. It was a smash hit with everyone. Great flavor and feel. I will brew this again and again. (Posted on 11/30/10)
added maple, was great Review by tyguy351
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i added maple syrup to this kit, 2.5 cups. i added in the last few mins of the boil. it come out great. i would make it again (Posted on 11/17/10)
great smoooth Review by crash
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I love this kit,tastes great,less filling..lol (Posted on 11/11/10)
This Brew is GOOOD!! Review by Shawn
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This Nut Brown Ale was my first brew and I was told numerous times "This is better than the local brewery". I guess that could be the best compliment I could get considering the town I grew up in has a very well known Massachusetts brewery. I also added 1 1/2 lbs. of basswood honey to this kit and it gave the beer a sweet finish. The ABV. was about 8%-9%. I will buy this kit again for the Holidays.....thanx Shawn (Posted on 10/31/10)
As good or better than commercial comps. Review by Rich
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Ordered 2 kits. Both were great the second was slightly better than the first. Probably, because I had it in secondary for 2 weeks. Top notch home brew everyone enjoyed. (Posted on 10/8/10)
Ehhh Review by Michelle in Parkton
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This was our first nut brown. I've only ever tasted a commercial nut brown once. It was good, but not something I'm chomping at the bit to make again. (Posted on 9/29/10)
Great!!! Review by Louie728
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I did one week Primary one week secondary and two weeks in the bottle... Almost didn't measure the priming sugar and used the whole package, but then read directions and used 2/3 cup.... Came out great... Everyone who tries it loves it... Will brew again.. (Posted on 9/15/10)
Great Dark beer Review by Homebrew
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Dark and delicious. I highly reccommend this ale as my dad and i successfully brewed it as out first beer making kit and it tasted great. It carbonated very nicely as well after about 2 weeks of the priming sugar in the bottle. (Posted on 8/8/10)
Great beer Review by Slainte23
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I made this to be ready for the 4th and glad I did. I was the most popular guy at the neighborhood party. This is a great beer, similar to popular amber ales. I will absolutely make this again. (Posted on 7/10/10)
Another favorite among friends Review by Jon
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Great flavor, malty with smooth aftertaste. Medium color, not overhopped. Used the dry nottingham yeast and had a nice, active fermentation. First batch didn't last long, and I am brewing batch 2 of this tonight. Probably going to be another that is kept on tap at all times. 5 pints here! (Posted on 5/17/10)
very good Review by cajastu
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I bought this kit wanting something quick that didn't require much time aging. I used the wyeast and fermented it around 63 deg. F. After 1 1/2 weeks in primary and 10 days in the keg it far exceeded my expectations, very, very good. I will definitely do this one again. (Posted on 5/6/10)
good Review by bobedobe
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This is the second beer that i have ever brewed from northern brewer, the 1st one I did was the extra pale ale and it came out excellent.

I couldnt beleive that making the extra pale ale with the dry us-05 yeast came out as good as it did.

Ok now to the Nut Brown Ale... The nut brown ale has just finished fermentation and has now been in the bottles for 5 days, I think this will turn out really smooth and easy to drink because after only 5 days in the bottle the flavor is right on it just needs more carbonation.


To any new extract brewer out there one thing i can tell you is that when bottling your beer never use table sugar always use corn sugar, I have found you get a better ending product if you use corn sugar. (Posted on 4/27/10)
My brother and I loved it! Review by Garry
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I brewed the Nut Brown for my little brother who is in the navy. I knew that he was coming home and brewed it about 5 months ahead of time. I kept one case back (as hard as it was to do) for his return. It was the second home brew of mine that he had had. Though he loved the Irish Red that I had before, he told me that this beer was amazing. He couldn't get over how much better it was than store bought beer. Needless to say, we destroyed the case and relived some good ol' days. Thanks Northern Brewer! (Posted on 4/26/10)
Great Beer Review by Eric
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This was my first brew and it turned very well. Surprisingly complex malt character with a scrumptous nutty finish and aftertaste. They just keep getting better as they age (which isn't much because I can't seem to stay out them). I will most certainly brew this beer again. (Posted on 4/21/10)
A little mild but good Review by Aaron
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I brewed this one and thought it was a little on the mild side, but still good. I did a 2 week secondary ferment on it as well, and it has a great head and good flavor. (Posted on 4/1/10)
Great Tasting and Easy to brew Review by Michael
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I made this up for a buddy's BBQ contest tent party. I went ahead and kegged it so I wouldn't have to track my bottles all night. I'm proud to say that the Nut Brown was a hit! I had total strangers seek me out to complement me on the beer! We went through the 5 gallons in just a few hours. Even my Mich Ultra drinking wife loved it. I'll be sure to make this one again and often. (Posted on 3/30/10)
tons of flavor Review by Bockenfardtz
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this was the first of my homebrews to get in a keg and it was so good i had to ration it or it would have been gone in a couple weeks. I had some relatives try it and they all drink lite beer(flavored water I say) and they all raved about it.I will definately be making this again and again. (Posted on 3/24/10)
Great Simple Brew Review by borealis
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Just cracked the first one--great simple brew as advertised. Mellow flavor and smooth. Brewed with the nottingham and came out great. Excellent value. Will do again. (Posted on 2/27/10)

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