Friday, December 17, 2010

City Steam - The Naughty Nurse

City Steam - The Naughty Nurse
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a City Steam Naughty Nurse pint glass
I’ve been hoping to visit local breweries and brewpubs and post about them. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to that yet. If I ever do, City Steam, located in Hartford, CT will definitely be one of them. The beer is totally solid and the food is good as well, although I’ve ordered a few things I wasn’t in love with. Either way, I’m very happy to have a dependable local brewpub within walking distance.
The Naughty Nurse, is, apparently, City Steam’s best selling beer. I think its mostly for the name. Based on the general beer-drinking public, this is doesn’t exactly carry mass-market appeal. The body is a fairly-dark brownish-amber with a mild red glow and a medium-sized frothy head. The nose is full of sweet malts, very light hop aroma, and a cellary tone. The malt has a fresh, almost unfermented scent to it.
This beer is a malt bomb! Malts are front and center, and from my observation, quite off-putting to many drinkers. The crunchy, earthy flavors are the main feature, but seem a bit off. The hops are very light and sneak in with the subtle drying finish. The mouthfeel is quite full, but doesn’t have a ton of tingling carbonation.
Interesting seeing this beer bottled up. The release in six-packs is a very recent development. And, seeing that is brewed and bottled up in Saratoga Springs, NY, this bottle is much different than having it on tap at the brew pub.
Final Verdict: C+


  1. I had a totally different experince when I tried it last night. I belive it is being brewed in Bloomfield at Thomad Hooker now I wonder if that is the differnce.

    1. I'll have to try a bottled version again. I've heard good things about the newer runs. I've also heard that a lot of the City Steam brews have moved down to Two Roads in Stratford.

      I also had a bottled Innocence IPA from the first run at Hooker and it was hugely disappointing, but that too has improved apparently.