Well, truth is “most” of you can’t get this delightful nutty sweetish brown ale from Bitterroot Brewing in Hamilton, Montana. So why bother doing a review? Well first of all it is a fine example of what a Nut Brown Ale should be, and secondly, like the old russian saying goes “men (or women) are not mountains.” Basically what this means is that we move around, we meet again, we have opportunities that we can create. Mountains never meet, they just sit there, and they are what they are until something else acts upon it to make it change. So enough Russian folklore, now onto the beer.
I used about 1/3 of this beer in some barbecue sauce I made for Chicken wings on Superbowl Sunday. Great BBQ Sauce, made better by this great beer. Then I drank the other 2/3 of it, and I must say this is by far the best Nut Brown Ale I’ve ever had. As you can see it poured with a colossal head. A nice rich brown, almost mahogany color beer with an off white foamy head that left so much lacing I wished I could reach my tongue into the glass and lick it out.
The mouthfeel on this brew was medium and felt appropriate for the style. The flavor is where this brew really shines. It was exactly as it says a nutty brown ale-y flavor. The first flavor you get is of a sweet, but not cloying, nut. I think of Filberts (Hazel Nuts for those of you back east) and possibly pecan, with a nice and natural sweetness. Then those big malty flavors come to the fore. This beer is brewed with Amber, Brown, and Honey malts and I swear I can taste each variety in the flavor of this brew. It finishes clean and doesn’t linger on you palate, but never feels watery or lacking in any way.
So again, why would I even bother to review this beer when it is only distributed in Spokane, a few parts of Western Montana, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho? Because if you are ever in one of those places you should get some! You all travel, this is good vacation country, it is quite conceivable that some of you will be able to grab up this great brew while you are on summer or winter travels. It is easy on your wallet, I think I paid about $5.00 for this 22 oz bomber, and it is really tasty beer. You all move around, and you may be in one of the places that actually has this beer. If you are, get some! It is what a Nut Brown Ale should be, and frankly I will make this brew a regular part of my beer rotation for both cooking and drinking, its that good.