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Nut Hugger Brown - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 18
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamesS on 04-06-2008)
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light to moderate brown color with a bit of a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is slightly nutty with some bready notes. The taste is fairly light without too many nutty characteristics coming through. Some light toffee and bread. Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Subtle and slightly sweet, this drinks pretty well.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

mikesgroove, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Jason, Jan 22, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from tburkhart, courtesy of the Under 100 IV BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, nuts, maple and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, maple and nuts up front. Then a hearty malt character follows with some breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid brown ale worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 03, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

akorsak, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

dirtylou, Sep 04, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

vfgccp, Mar 15, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bluejacket74, Nov 11, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale dark caramel brown with a moderately hazey-like body with a small tender crown of dark ivory foam on top. Proportionately distributed lacing in a seizmic needle graphed pattern draws across the glass.

Nut Hugger hugs in a good amount of nuts in the aroma. Very rounded and easy to find on the nose compared to most other browns that usually have barely a wiff. This has a nice tone of nuts to it, toasted hazelnuts and unshelled sunflower seeds mixing well with a bit of soft caramel and light breadyness.

Taste is just as good and likeable with a big hug of nuttyness holding the palate well while caramel and pale bready sweet malts soak in the middle. Touched ever so lightly with a brief carbonation and leafy, tea-like hoppy dryness. Just a tinge of coffee burntness floats off in the finish. Nice subtle complexity all the way through.

Firm, tenderly smooth, nutty sweet medium body with the noted carbonation making its way through the middle. Nice strong finish too. Especially for a brown.

Very solid brew by Upland and one that can mix with the other browns that can be found in the Midwest area. Which is saying alot.

tavernjef, Jul 28, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

barnzy78, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

enelson, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

MSandahl23, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Exiled, Dec 09, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ADTaber, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

jsanford, Jul 20, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rlee1390, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hilgart1, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

fredmugs, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a great brown color with good head and good lacing. Has an excellent scent, a nice maltiness to it. Excellent taste, a wonderful brown ale with great nut flavors, it's well balanced with just a little aftertaste. Goes down well. An excellent nut brown ale, well worth a try if you find yourself in Bloomington, IN.

JamesS, Apr 06, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mpayne5, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

LJWalker, Jun 13, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

secondtooth, Apr 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

neckbracesub, Jun 24, 2012
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Nut Hugger Brown from Upland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.