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Dundee Nut Brown Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Dundee Nut Brown AleDundee Nut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.79%


Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jadjunk on 09-14-2011)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish-copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some slightly nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with malty and subdued nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:26:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark garnet-hued body with a sensibly sized, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Sweetish, malty notes of semi-sweet chocolate, pale malts, toasted caramel, and the addition of hazelnut over a thin dried herb backdrop.

Taste: Pale malts, chocolaty malts, and caramel-tasting malts melding together, along with the dash of hazelnut flavoring, to give an overall nutty taste, as one might expect and rightfully demand given a cheeky squirrel on the front label. Lightly spicy, faintly floral hops with a low bitterness. Sweetish, still reasonably nutty on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A pleasing nut brown ale; simple, but solidly structured. While it's not quite a Rogue Hazelnut Nectar, the entire Dundee 12-pack mixer cost me only a few quarters more than a six-pack of Rogue's.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:13:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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WesWes

New York

3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet caramel malt scent along with a touch of dry, nuttiness. The taste is average. It has a bone dry, caramel malt flavor along with a light hazelnut flavor. It seems artificial, and therefore loses it's appeal. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This an above average beer, but it's a weak example of a nut brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:18:22 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled nutty with some caramel and chocolate notes.

T - It tasted somewhat nutty with sweet caramel and chocolate flavors. A slightly bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was an okay nut brown ale. It works in a pinch but not something to rush out and stock up on.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:02:17 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a clear looking brown color with an off white head on top. The retention was pretty good on this beer but the lacing wasn't. The smell of the beer is earthy with toasted aromas and subtle chocolate. The taste is pretty basic with just a typical toasted flavor and subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel had a decent carbonation to it and it was lighter bodied. Overall it's an average beer, nothing too exciting but it was drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 14:09:28 | More by Knapp85
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep clear colored ruby chestnut brown, with a fine khaki head. Fine speckled lacing left behind after the head settles. Aroma has a subtle nuttiness to it but doesn't scream artificial flavor or syrup sweetness. Mild roasted malt character in the nose with an edge of herbal hops. Flavor is superbly balanced compared to what I was expecting some latent sweety syrup notes arise as a dry nuttines with herbal leafy hops coming in amongst the dark roasted malt character pretty interesting array of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is pretty sturdy feels pretty industrial with a craft kick to it all comparable to the Saranac lineup in that regard. These continue to sell because their around 12 bucks a sampler 12 pack, can't beat it for the new beer enthusiast who wants to make a low risk investment into the realm of flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 15:56:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the thirsty turtle, victor, ny. free glassware promotion and BMC alternatives coerced me to get a few of these. the beer is a lighter shade of brown, with plenty of light able to pass through, and about an inch of white foam rests on top, but dissipates quickly. i smell a lot of euro malt, caramel and something with a little toast to it. the sweetness stays in the flavor, and reminds me more of a bag of extract. i do smell and taste a little vanilla, as well as some standard ale yeast that gives the beer a little life. gentle chocolate tones in the finish as well, not a bad brown ale all up, but one that could be rounded out a little bit by fermenting some of this residual sugar to take the sweetness out of the finish and drive up the abv to a wintery level. good carbonation and a thinner body make this pretty drinkable, if a little bit unexciting. dundee is hindered by its large brewing capacity at genessee, but this is certainly a passable attempt.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 21:46:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My local trader, Tone77, brought over a whole buncha beers for me the other day and I am anxious to try all of them. I am not striving for fancy or chasing after the latest hot commodity, but instead sampling as widely and variously as possible.

From the bottle: "Originally brewed using the Yorkshire square system of fermentation, the nut brown ale calls the North of England home. A hint of hazelnut, a dash of rich caramel and a sprinkle of chocolate malt all intertwine with the flowery bouquet of Willamette hops to produce a round-bodied ale worthy of its homeland. Take a leaf out of our buddy, Cyril the red squirrel's book, and enjoy a Dundee Nut Brown Ale in your own drey. (Drey is a squirrel's nest. See, you learned something too.)"

Ha! I like learning while I drink. Cyril, by the way, is featured on the front label, in his smoking jacket with a lit pipe, an open nut brown ale and an acorn cap. I will be forced to make do with just a beer.

My aggro pour created a two-plus finger cap of fizzy light-tan head with moderate retention. I could really smell the hazelnut on the nose. Color was a deep-brown with NE-quality clarity. As the head subsided, I leaned in for a better whiff and the hazelnut was still very evident, but now with a chocolaty quality. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching, but not quite achieving creaminess. It was a sweet beer, to be sure, with the chocolate and hazelnut interacting nicely on the tongue to give it sort of a candy bar quality. It was on the finish that I caught the floweriness of the hops, and by flowers, they mean lilac, violet, or something equally perfume-like in its scent. Overall, not a bad beer, but just a bit too sweet for a self-avowed hophead.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 23:33:32 | More by woodychandler
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit on the malty side. Taste is malts, some nuttiness, just a touch of hops, mild but refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:02:10 | More by tone77
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

Pours a very clear brown. There is a decent tan head, but this retreats rapidly, leaving little more than a ring but good lacing on the glass.

Mouthfeel: well-chosen carbonation. Medium-thin body. Beyond crisp, this one is a bit harsh and acidic feeling. Nice, unusually dry (for style and ABV) finish.

Aroma: mild: toasted malt; nutty and lightly spicy.

Taste: a tad light for style; no serious flaws; nice dry nutty finish, perhaps in part to the "natural hazelnut flavors". Approaches 4.

O - Not a typical brown ale, but overall an average quality brown ale. Very good value as part of Dundee 'craftpack'.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 02:43:27 | More by chinchill
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the 12 fl. oz. bottle on November 19, 2011. The pour is darker amber about the color of chestnut with fine clarity and a long lasting, but smallish head. The aroma is fairly typical for the style with that small dash of hazelnut mixed in with the malts and sugar. The body is thin to medium.The hazelnut is not as noticeable in the taste which tends to be bitter and a little astringent at the end. As far as Nut Browns go this is adequate and a litle less costly than some. But it is not extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 23:06:07 | More by puboflyons
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium clear brown color with a billowing off white head with big carbonation bubbles entrapped within.. The head has good retention and eventually fades to leave a light level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is of brown bread, caramel and hazelnut; sweet roasted nut describes it best.

Taste – The taste is rather surprising. While I was expecting something of sweeter malt up front it was rather dry. A dry roasty biscuit flavor meets the tongue. While caramel is big in the nose it is not heavily present in the taste at all. The initial roasty biscuit flavors are meet with a roasted nut flavor more toward the middle of the taste. This mix of flavors lasts to the end of the taste where a little bitterness sits and lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body and carbonation are both very average. A thicker body would have suited the flavors better, but the lighter body makes it go down very easily. Overall average.

Overall – Not bad, but it lacks some of the caramel sweetness and thicker body that would likely have accentuated the taste of the beer. All in all it has a good roasty nuttiness, but is a little too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 00:16:28 | More by Darkmagus82
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass.

This brew pour a light clear brown, the shade of a copper penny. It starts off with a thick creamy head that diminishes to a thin collar. There is no lacing to speak of. The aroma features subtle roasted notes intertwined with sweeter caramel notes. Notes of cashew come through. The taste starts with some toasted grains and gives way to a sweet molasses and toffee character. The flavor is there, but tastes a tad watered down. The body is thin and the carbonation is low. This is the best brew from the Dundee mix pack that I have sampled.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:01:29 | More by homebrew311
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Redrover

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into my Leinenkugle Imperial Pint glass, revels a medium brown beer with a massive tan head. There is a bit of sticky lacing. Not a bad looker!

The beer has a nice smell of lightly roasted grains, a bit of toffee and whisper of hops (from the bottle, they are Willamette).

The beer is mildly sweet with brown sugar, Rollo and lightly roasted malts. A little nutty and fruity mid glass. No off or odd notes.

The mouth needs be thickened up a bit and I think this is the only real weakness in the beer.

This went well with my ham & cheese on a pretzel roll. I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 23:36:44 | More by Redrover
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass (also for some odd reason also had in a borrowed chalice, nothing changed):

A: dark brown colored body with a somewhat off-white frothy head with slight lacing that slides down the glass

S: sweet nutty malt with some caramel

T: slight coffee bitterness followed by some light nutty maltiness

M: light and has some harshness on the tongue, sessionable, no aftertaste and finish

O: a decent beer that I would have again, but would rather have it on tap if offered.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 18:10:54 | More by BeerKangaroo
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yesyouam

New York

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dundee Nut Brown Ale is a very clear, very sparkling brown ale with a dense, waxy, off white head that has great retention and lacing. It smells nutty, malty, a little sweet and metallic. It's light bodied and quite lively. The finish is pretty clean. The flavor is pretty well balanced. It's nutty with an herbal bitterness. There are notes of chocolate, metal and something Irish. It's really easy drinking. The metal flavor is a little distracting, but there's enough flavor to keep some interest. I could go through a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 15:01:57 | More by yesyouam
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at The Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house hefe glass glowing a golden amber brown. It held a one finger head of crisp, tannish bubbles. This showed nice retention, leaving spidery lacing down the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared average. The nose was light and sour, with sweetness of floral hops, and bitterness from medicinal phenols. The grain was cheap and adjuncty, with metallics. With warmth the sweetness of caramel malts and booze made it sniff much like a Scotch ale, but only milder. Our first impression was that the flavoring was on the light side, and interestingly sweet. As we sipped, soured grain of caramel and pale malts hit first. These paved the way for lemon rind, grit, and mineral, with light caramel sugars to balance. The peak showed faint banana esters, and more sweet roast to the caramel in the malts. A smoothness of walnut and coolness of mild honey pulled us to the finish, where the sourness of lemon and orange rind hit, with drying musk and light woody tannins. The aftertaste breathed more of the same, with sweetness of caramel, light roast, lemony tea, and musk. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip was wet and creamy, with decent froth, slurp, smack, and glug. Otherwise the mouth was cooled, with little coating other than a faint tannin pucker. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. With warmth it did truly smell like a baby Scotch ale. There was good sweetness and heat off the top, with a hearty depth to the malts. The problem was that it was a bit mild and washed through. The flavoring, however, was overly soured and inclusive of thick bitters of citric rind and a hollow sweetness to caramel malts. This left the palate unbalanced, and at times confused as to what the ultimate goal of the brewers was with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 02:20:40 | More by TheBrewo
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clean caramel-amber. Solid head of carbonation, exquisite lacing. Superb!

Aroma is thick and malty, as expected of the style. Seems faithful enough.

Taste is syrupy sweet, with tones of nuts, leaves, some caramel or toffee, even some chocolate in there...actually not bad at all.

As with the other Dundee brews (had this as part of a mix pack), not an outstanding beer, but certainly drinkable. Easily recommendable to craft beer novices (and those on a budget), as this 12-bottle, 4 style mix only set me back $10.49.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 07:17:58 | More by secondtooth
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours translucent dark brown, reddish tint around the edges, medium whitish head.

Smells of bready roasted malts, some brown sugar and chocolate-like bitterness.

Tastes of caramel and brown sugar malts, lightly toasted, and a bit nutty.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Pretty decent brown ale, nothing groundbreaking but it hit the spot. Wouldn't turn it down in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:39:31 | More by Cylinsier
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BucannonXC5

California

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a BevMo variety 8-pack (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: Dec. 31, 2013
Consumed: Jan. 4, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish amber clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Lots of uneven foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top.

Smelled a pleasant whiff of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, hazelnut, espresso, light chocolate and some honey. Not a lot, but very good.

Tasted pretty close to the nose, but not quite as good. Got roasted bitter nuts, hazelnut, espresso, caramel, toffee, honey and some metallic notes.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

This beer had its moments for sure. A couple of my ratings could have changed a tick or two either way, but the finish wasn’t matched by the start.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 06:39:55 | More by BucannonXC5
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mahogany color, decent head to it. Not much aroma to this one.. at all. Taste is medium bodied, not the best of mouthfeels. Taste has a bit of nuttiness and roastiness in it, with a tinge of hops, seem a bit out of balance. Finishes somewhat clean... pretty average, if not below average brown ale. One of my more liked styles, but this one doesn't really do it for me. Luckily it's part of a mixed pack and the other ones have been pretty good, I'd pass on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 05:38:43 | More by marlinsfan4
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therica

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= appropriate-to-style medium brown, modest off-white head.

S= mild fresh-laundry bleach malts nose, some nuttiness, floral hops.

T= pretty much according to style, not bad, a solid entry, not overly noteable. Nutty (light hazelnut is identifiable), some slightly dry nice malts, modest green grassy notes, adequate hops florals and bitters.

M= lightly dry with light nut.

O= a decent offering in its style.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 05:44:16 | More by therica
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a large foamy white head with minimal lacing.

Smell is surprisingly hoppy for a nut brown, they seem to dominate. I can barely even pick out any sweet malt at all. Other than that, not much else going on.

Taste- the malts are much more noticeable in the palate. Initial hazelnut comes through, followed by a dry chocolate taste. finishes with a honey-like sweetness, almost too sweet. There are some good flavors coming through, but the balance seems just a tad bit off.

Mouthfeel is good, silky and creamy.

Overall pretty decent. Smell was disappointing and the balance of tastes seemed a bit off, but still ok for a nut brown.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 03:23:31 | More by Treyliff
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark amber or medium brown in color, somewhat clear, with about two and a half fingers' worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - it smells much like it should, like that of a lager with a nutty favor to the aroma.

Taste - it tastes much like it smells, but there seems to be a more acrid, bitter taste which probably comes from a higher hop input. It finishes with a bit of a sweeter tinge to it.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced overall, not leaning more toward the watery side or the creamy side.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not terribly interesting to think about either.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:15:48 | More by Nerudamann
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this disappointing beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was coco-cola colored and poured a really weak thin head. The beer did have a nice big caramel malt smell but the taste was just not there. The head of the beer went away really fast and the beer was weak and flat tasting. A nut brown is bout my favorite beer in the world and this one just was not there even though I love Dundee Honey Brown.I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 15:13:09 | More by Minkybut
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Dundee Nut Brown Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.