Grandma's Pecan - The Dudes' Brewing Company

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Dudes' Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 04-16-2013

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep ruddy brown look to it, ruby caramel highlights come thru when held toward the light but the Dude's Brewing is making a pretty dark Grandma's Pecan English style brown ale. Big billowing cloudy textured head forms nice chunky sporadically layered lacing. Aroma roasted malts, nice earthy pecans, hint of dark fruit and alcohol weighing in at 6.9% abv a bit more booze than your average brown ale. Flavor has roasted malt slightly bitter acrid notes, earthy nut filled pecan notes very dry and not sweet like I was expecting by the flavor. Roasted malt a bit muddled, pecans aren't as expressive as I was hoping overall it's a brown ale. Mouthfeel is medium to full, pretty sturdy carbonation a bit of alcohol on the backend of the flavor but nothing over the top in the booze department. Overall, I'm excited to try this stuff...a great beer and cigar guy David Ford aka deford sent these out my way for me to try, much obliged I'm hoping he likes the return fire.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a fine two finger light tan head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted biscuit and caramel malt, nuts with a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is light toasted malt, nuts and grassy hops, finishing with light herbal grassy hop bitterness. Nutty, but not particularly pecan flavored. Medium bodied. A mild, well balanced brown ale with a bit of a hop bite in the finish. Although the flavor appears subtle, the ABV is well covered. A nicely made brown ale that with neither any notable flaws nor much intensity. My grandma would have liked this, I think, and I had no problem appreciating it either. The "Better than a $1 check on your birthday" quote on the can is pretty good. Can't argue.

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Boneyard Bistro, Sherman Oaks, CA

A: The beer is clear very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a half finger high light tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose—pecans stand out in particular.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of pecans and nutty malts. Neither sweetness nor bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer if you like nuts as they completely dominate the smell and taste.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours from a 16 ounce can brown with a one-inch thick tan head which leaves rings and spots of lace.

N: Roasty, earthy, malty/bready, slight nutty.

T: Slightly roasted nutty pecans with a slight herbal/vegetal note.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Somewhat thin with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Had higher expectations for this.

Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet with a strong patent malt aroma. I can smell the pecan but it isn't much. Little bit of caramel and a slight berry aroma.

Starts out slightly sweet and well burnt malt. Can't taste the pecan. Low bitterness this is much like a milk stout.

Mouthfeel is OK, seems a little thin.

Overall it is smooth but not a super flavorful beer.

Photo of dradair
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

One of the nastiest beers I have ever eaten.

Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown, but not quite black beer, this has a small head and an amazing nut arema: pecans, for sure, but also scents of almond and walnut....nice, backed with lots of malt. The tast is a little sweet int the front, but not rich, as I expected from the smell. Some malt, a little hop balance, but quiet. The mouthfeel is medium and a little thinner than it would have been nice. Okay, but not great.

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big foam-up in the narrow nonic. Glass still has piles of whipped-cream head ten minutes later. Color is an attractive deep chestnut brown with gold around the edges of the glass. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Smell is a little musty and English-hop-fruity.

Flavor is roasted and scorched barley with some nutty taste. Slightly sweet and quite full of malt. It tastes bigger and richer than the moderate body would suggest, but the alcohol comes through rather boldly. It keeps on sudsing with every pour. Rather biter after some sipping. I don't taste pecans specifically, but there is a nice nutty flavor of some sort. From the 16 oz can bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some nutty pecan aromas. Taste is much the same with a nutty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice nutty presence in the aromas and flavors.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Slater's 50/50 (Anaheim), on to the beer:

Dark leather brown colored and topped with an inch of head before slowly dropping to a lace and leaving a few spots around the glass. The aroma smells of toffee, nuts, fudge, candy shoppe goodness. This brown ale shines with an overall sweet flavor, lead by caramel and hazelnut notes, which begs the question whether or not this counts as dessert. It doesn't taste "intense" as its 6.9% ABV would suggest, nor does it kick you down with its alcohol (though you may feel the effect after a 22 ounce helping).

Big surprise here. If my grandma's pecan were like this beer, I would have asked her to bake one every time I saw her.

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: REALLY dark reddish-brown with tan lacing that sticks around the whole way down.

Smell: Pretty strong toasty caramel.

Taste: Sweet malts up front, into slight bitterness, then finishing with a woody, slightly sour alcohol flavor. The end reminded me of white wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness and plenty of carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good, although I was not a fan of the alcohol taste. I don't mind an alcohol burn, but this one came out too much like solvent to me. It deserves some credit for being unique, though.

Photo of yesmynameisjosh
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%

Popped a can open from Total Wine in Northridge.
It seems with the rise of the California IPA that the lone brown ale has been forgotten about. So glad to see the Dudes make a great beer style their flagship product.

A- Dark brown, near opaque in appearance, creamy head bursted through with the opening of the can, you can tell this has a full body.

S- Smell is delightful, small hops but mostly dark malts mixed with nuts and a small hint of caramel butteriness.

T- Gosh darn, does thing hit and taste like heaven. Full bodied malt flavor with slight carbonic bite at the end, would love to mix this beer with Wyders pear hard cider to create a fruit pie flavor.

A great brown ale that puts Newcastle to the 10 count and out. Can't wait to see more beers being produced by this brewery.

Photo of EdTheEdge
2.45/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Too much coffee and never had a brown ale taste so sour. Tried one can was disappointed, but to be fair I gave another can a try, same thing. Color was the only thing likable about this beer. Smell was musty. Couldn't hardly taste any hops due to the strong coffee flavors. I'll pass on this next time.

Photo of alisadk
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First sip at Naja's Redondo Beach 2013

Photo of smb
2.62/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great full typical brown ale color in the glass, with a staying 1mm head.

Smell is amazing and aromatic, very full rich pecan and almonds. Right on par with Rogue's hazelnut nectar.

The taste is at first somewhat pleasant and almost immediately thereafter, acrid, chemical and disgusting. Has a tiny hint of ginger ale or root beer, but very tiny. One of the strangest and most unpleasant chemical tastes I've experienced in a beer. Diacytel?

Overall a huge disappointment, especially after the amazing nose. Oh well.

Photo of lazy8
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can poured into pint glass.

Clear, very dark brown beer with think tan head. Head lasts with lacing on the glass.

Nutty and malty smell with insiginificnat hop aroma

Taste overpowered by burnt malt, much more so that the English Brown Ales suggested on the can. Noticeable hop bite. Not as full-bodied as I expected. Overall the beer was good, but with a stronger earthy, burnt taste than expected.

Photo of whatthehull
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wine/snifter/tulip

A - Very sleek deep brown/mahogany. 1 1/2 - 2 finger very tan head and some sugar legs

S - Man, you can smell the pecans. Not as sweet as a pie by any means but very lovely and a bit toasted. Brown sugar, very malty and grainy. A slight coffee note, very earthy, some wood and wet wood, a slight hop note and all around robust

T - Sugar, malt and pecan (with a bit of roastiness) straight off the bat. Some nice earthy hop notes, molasses? A bit of coffee, more pecans, bready yeast, lots of oily soil notes, some sap and a medicinal type note, probably comes from the hops.

M - Medium minus body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity and a great sugary pecan from start to finish

D/O - Very easy to drink, refreshing and still gets you where you are going. This is something you can drink all day everyday at any time of year. For summer this is a great BBQ beer and grilling I suppose. Autumn more of the same and throw in some thanksgiving dinner. Winter, perfect desert and/or by the fire ale and for spring a nice Waldorf salad or a perfectly cooked steak. Definitely one of my favorite brown ale styles.

Final thoughts - 16oz and 4 cans per at $8 isn't bad and when you add in a 6.9 % abv and some nice refreshment. This one goes a long way. Straight from the can or in your favorite glass!

Photo of MarriedAtGI
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seems more like a porter than a brown ale. Dark brown color and rich mouthfeel. Aroma and flavor are predominantly chocolate with a hint of pecan. The pecan becomes more distinct and noticeable as the beer warms. Overall, a very pleasant dark beer, a good one to end a drinking session with. I would probably try to bring one or two more of these home with if I make it out to LA again.

Grandma's Pecan from The Dudes' Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.