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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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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-19-2011 16:58:09 | More by Rempo
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-16-2011 02:56:56 | More by bauermj
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 13:28:16 | More by mdvatab
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 21:22:18 | More by cwguy5
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Preismj

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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....

Serving type: on-tap

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

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Roasted hazelnut in color, moderate head and good lacing, translucent.

S: Nutty and earthy, with a muted sweetness. There are some subtle coffee notes, but nuttiness is dominant here.

T: Again, the nutty and earthy qualities dominate, with some coffee and hops in the background. These characteristics are allowed to shine since the sweetness is more restrained here than it was in the nose.

M: Light bodied with decent carbonation. I wish this had been a bit heavier.

D: Had I not been driving, I could have enjoyed a couple more of these. Subtle and easy to drink. This made me imagine autumn and cooler weather, and right now I really appreciate that.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 03:49:34 | More by EchoCharlieEcho
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 00:41:15 | More by tavernjef
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zrab11

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice copper brown color with a 1 finger off white head

S- has a nut aroma with hints of carmel and maybe some hops as well

T- Starts off nice and sweet the moves to a nutty flavor and finish's with a tiny bit of bitterness

M-Light bodied with ok carboantion

D-Overall this was a nice brown ale. Had alittle bit of a punch to it that some brown ales don't overall this was a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 17:07:45 | More by zrab11
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secondtooth

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 03:31:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
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aachrisman

Indiana

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Decent carbonation, rich amber-brown in color.

S - Rich, biscuity, caramel-hazelnut aroma!

T - Very forward earthy nut flavor with notes of sweet caramel and coffee. Very subtle hop flavor.

M - Silky smooth, drinks quickly!

D - What can I say? This is my idea of the PERFECT beer! I just wish I could count this among Upland's year-round availability brews. Great as a session ale or as an accompaniment to a good meal.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 00:28:21 | More by aachrisman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 14:37:12 | More by Thorpe429
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Casey10

Maine

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a extra from heliosphann as always thanks another nice extra.

The appearance is a chesnut brown with a minimal head nice lacing though.

S - Kind of a rich toffe nutty kind of smell.

T - Was okay, a buttery and toffe like was okay.

M - It was smoot and delicious

D - Another plus would have again and as is nice and smooth could have a lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 04:06:56 | More by Casey10
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 05:09:01 | More by jsanford
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 03:24:44 | More by dirtylou
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bgreg3

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 15:06:25 | More by JamesS
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