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Nut Hugger Brown - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 17
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamesS on 04-06-2008)
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Reviews by greybeardloon:
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

on tap at lounge 5280 in DIA. The beer is identified on the receipt as "seasonal" and on the tap handle as "Brown No. 3", so I'm not positive this is the right beer.

A: Clear brown. Served with little head but there is some lacing.

S: Roast, chocolate, some nuttiness. The aroma is fairly mild but what there is is good.

T: Slightly sweet, roast, chocolate and vanilla, some nuts with bitterness on the finish. There's no discernible hop character. The finish really makes this beer--without it, it would probably be too sweet, but as it is, I could drink this all night.

M: Full and silky with minimal carbonation. Really nice.

O: I hope to have the opportunity to try this beer again, because I'm afraid I'm over-impressed because I'm at an airport bar towards the end (I hope) of a very hellish trip. If my senses are reliable, this is a fantastic beer.

03-13-2012 03:15:04 | More by greybeardloon
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mverity

Florida

3.19/5  rDev -17.6%

Clead reddy-brown in color, with some light tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma is of caramel and hazelnut nuttiness. Taste is caramel and the same nuttiness. Extremely high carbonation for a brown. Slightly watery too. I hate this 250 character minimum!!!!

11-18-2013 02:18:51 | More by mverity
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Deep hazed brown hue, thin yet staying off white lacing. Nutty maltiness, hint of brown sugar, yeast, and dried grass in the nose. Great smoothness meets a semi-chewy body. Love the maltiness in this brew, toasty with grassy highlights. Modest hopping with just enough bitterness to bring things together.

A solid brown ale from start to finish, very drinkable as well.

01-22-2014 03:03:04 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some nutty brown ale notes. The flavor is nuts, toffee, tea and some earthy and dirt-like hops. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

07-10-2010 05:33:23 | More by Mora2000
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acknight

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

10-19-2012 20:27:57 | More by acknight
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dsauter

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-19-2013 21:52:55 | More by dsauter
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Tawny caramel brown, with a nice and creamy tan foam. Lovely lace, even.

Scent is mouth-wateringly nutty. Sweet malts, but not overpowering. Good.

Taste is brisk and even a little bitter, which is good. Too many brown ales seem overly malted to me, but this one's not too sweet. Well-balanced, with good flavor. Quite a drinkable brown ale, and one of my favorites from Upland. And who can resist the awesome label art? Too cool.

04-13-2011 02:28:45 | More by secondtooth
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dirtylou

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9%

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: interesting label - a squirrel with a brown ale in its grasp and cheefing on a cig. poured into an imperial pint glass, nice mahogany body with garnet hues. creamy beige lace and good retention

smell: strong woody and nutty aromas - roasted grain, toasted malt

taste: very nice brown - creamy and very flavorful. woody with distinct cocoa highlights, walnut, toasted sourdough, a splash of coffee, cola. greatly exceeded expectations based on the other upland stuff i have had

mouthfeel: creamy, rich medium body

drinkability: good

09-04-2009 03:24:44 | More by dirtylou
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SeasonalBrew

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Had on-tap at the Fickle Peach in Muncie, IN

A: A roasted-looking brown color with an inch of head. Lacing was surprisingly fantastic all the way through this beer.

S: Not very strong, but you can definitely pick up the scent of roasted chestnuts and sweet malts.

T: Lives up to the name.. roasted nuts with a sweet finish. Not much else to it, but still not disappointing at all.

M: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth. I expected a bigger body, honestly.

D: This pint was gone before I knew it. Another great beer from Upland.

07-23-2010 01:31:22 | More by SeasonalBrew
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

A - Pours light copper brown with a small pillow of head. Very little lacing left on the glass.

S - Roasted nuts are the predominant smell here. Little else discernable in the nose. Kinda disappointing.

T - Strong flavor or roasted nuts, orange peel and slight caramel like sweetness

M - Probably the best feature of this beer, very bubbly, almost champagne like dryness.

O - Decent beer, not my favorite. Not Horrible. Won't go out of my way to get more, but worth trying. So far the biggest disappointment from Upland that I've had.

12-31-2011 00:40:43 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-25-2012 05:04:52 | More by BigJim5021
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mdvatab

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Ordered an imperial pint on-draught at the Upland Brewpub.

Aroma: Pretty straight-forward aroma profile. A piney hop note supported by roasted malt, carmelized brown sugar, and an earthy note.

Appearance: The pint arrived with about a 1/2 finger light tan head. Lacing is fairly minimal between drinks. The body of the beer is a hazy medium-to-dark chocolate brown.

Flavor: Decent light herbal hop flavor up front. Just enough nutty/malty sweetness to balance out the earthy, nutty bitterness, which appears to be drived from hops, malt, and water adjustment. A light mineral quality on the back end, and a slightly bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation suits this one well. Body is on just the full side of medium.

Overall: A very drinkable brown ale, which also has enough substance in the areas of aroma and flavor to keep one's interest. This one paired excellently with Upland's Blue Flame Buffalo Burger!

10-19-2011 13:28:16 | More by mdvatab
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AlexandAbi

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-30-2012 21:13:55 | More by AlexandAbi
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to Heliosphann for this 12 oz. bottle. I've seen Upland on sveral episodes of "Parks and Recreation".

A: The brown ale lives up to its moniker, a murky chestnut color that looks live several horses that we saw at the PA Farm Show today. The color is deep enough to be opaque. Head? Yes, but it never exceeds a quarter finger. Light lacing ensues.

S: The aroma is bright, a nice eye-opener on a Sunday. Caramel and nuts, a dash of toffee, all adding to the bready scent.

T: An imperial nut brown? The ale starts off with a malty bang. The caramel and nuttiness from the nose are present in spades. Matched with them is a roasted flavor, reminiscent of a stout for its ability to linger. The ale is rather creamy, as several other reviewers have noted, adding to my enjoyment.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy despite the strength of the malts. A brown ale that tastes like much more than a brown ale.

D: A very pleasant introduction to Upland. I'd sip on this beer all day long.

01-10-2010 18:58:50 | More by akorsak
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -7%

12 ounce bottle, bottled in April 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with an inch light tan head. The head doesn't stay around long, but there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly sweet, the brew smells like caramel, nuts, toffee, bready malt and a bit of herbal hops. The taste is a little more bitter than I thought it would be. It tastes like nuts, caramel, herbal/leafy hops, and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's well carbonated. I think it's a decent enough brew, and I'd like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future.

11-11-2011 00:19:37 | More by bluejacket74
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-13-2012 13:48:19 | More by LJWalker
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Preismj

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

a: brown with a bit of yeast floating around. nice rich foamy tan head.

s: nutty, hazelnut and/or almond here. earthy dirt aroma comes off the glass here. malty sweetness as well.

t: wonderful taste here on this brown. delicious nutty profile opens the gates to a earthy dirt/grass/leather and wraps up with a malt profile that isn't overly sweet but screams toffee, coffee and cocoa. wonder taste on the finish...one of the best closes to a brown i've had.

m: rich, smooth, creamy. nice fizz for the style...not too much. crisp and refreshing all around.

o: just delicious. The taste on this is the strong point by far and finishes quite well. the aftertaste of toffee lingers on and on and on....

08-06-2011 01:05:36 | More by Preismj
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-31-2013 23:40:18 | More by enelson
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bgreg3

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

This is a damn fine beer pours a beatiful brown with some foam , smells of sweet malt and some caramel. The taste is very similar but incredibly balanced very malty sweet at the beginning but very well balanced, The taste is of oak , malt , hop balance , and caramel in there as well pretty light mouthfeel as well. Medium finish. This one's easy to drink.

Pick it up if you get the chance.

08-31-2009 21:37:49 | More by bgreg3
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jsanford

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Generously received as an extra from heliosphann . Thanks, Scott!

A - Dark brown with reddish hues, very creamy 1/2 finger tan head. Pretty lacing.

S - I like this smell a lot! Roasted malts, roasted nuts, milk chocolate and a slight hint of oak.

T - Tons of roasted, almost burnt, malt right off the bat. Definite toffee sweetness and more roasted nuts. Bit of oaky vanilla flavors lingering around as well.

M - Very creamy and smooth with nice, fizzy carbonation.

D - Nicely drinkable, incredibly smooth. Good introduction to Upland, a brewer I had zero experience with!

07-20-2010 05:09:01 | More by jsanford
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together with a nice clean, slightly dry finish

11-05-2011 14:28:38 | More by mikesgroove
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Huntingtonbasser

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-21-2012 21:06:15 | More by Huntingtonbasser
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

A-Semi cloudy brown, ruby around the edges. Two finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, caramel, nuts, some spice.

T-A great balance between the roasted malt and nuts. Some cinnamon, ends with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, tad watery with some carbonation.

O-A really good brown ale. Good balance and the right amount of bitterness.

08-04-2012 22:31:28 | More by rlee1390
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky but slightly transparent caramel brown color. 3 fingers of head with nice sheets of lacing.

S: Coffee, light sweet malts, and a strong nuttiness. Nice intense smell I was not expecting from a brown ale.

T: Nuttiness is strong upfront - leaving an almost peanut butter aftertastes. Also a nice bitterness here - playing against the light malts. Coffee notes also linger.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Nuttiness lingers heavily. Dry upfront and creamy in the finish.

D: Very good brown ale. Nut flavor is a little strong and overwhelming, but still pleasant.

08-01-2010 21:20:00 | More by kirkpjr
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

A - clear color of dark caramel; off white head stayed thin and hung around as a thin cap
S - very light aroma with suggestions of toffee, earth, nuts
T - semi-dry with almond and cashew nut flavors becoming more apparent toward the end and during the linger
M - crisp and well carbonated with fine bubbles; thin bodied; short aftertaste of nut, vanilla, wood
D - this was a very drinkable beer with a sophisticated palate; would love to try again!

10-11-2011 21:22:18 | More by cwguy5
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Nut Hugger Brown from Upland Brewing Company
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