Deliciously refreshing, especially for a brown ale.
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar was a random choice; I walked up and down, staring at the wall of beer at Wegmans, unsure as to what I should pick up. I closed my eyes, pointed, and there it was… my next beer tasting choice. And oh, how glad I am to have grabbed this one up.
Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar pours a deep reddish brown with a nearly non-existent head and treats the nose to an aroma that’s sweet and light; nothing too fragrant. It offers a medium-light body with higher carbonation than other brown ales I’ve had, which adds a crispness that I can only describe as refreshing. This is an important point too; most of the time, I stay away from brews with higher carbonation because usually, they just don’t do it for me. But in the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, it was quite pleasurable.
Hops enter in at the beginning of the sip but smooth out to a sweet malt; an essence of butterscotch. Don’t be turned off by that though – this beer is in no way syrupy or over-sweet. When I say essence, I mean it.
This beer finishes with a rich, full flavor of nuts. Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar is very enjoyable – I could even see myself choosing it on a hot day. Definitely a sessionable brew for me, although at 6.20% ABV, it could creep up and toss me onto the floor if I’m not careful!
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