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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale
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243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
26 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-25-2002)
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Reviews by mecummins:
Photo of mecummins
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a chestnut brown color with hints of ruby in it. A decent one finger head formed with whispers of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

A- I couldn't really smell much of anything at first. A bit of sweet malt and caramel, but it took some warming to get that.

T- The sweetness of the malts hit me to begin with. Then I noticed a bit of yeasty biscuit taste followed by maple & caramel flavors. The promised nuttiness came towards the middle and really helped to balance out all the sweetness. The bitter hops appeared on the back note. Not a terribly complex beer, but easy enough to drink.

M- It had a moderate mouth feel and a medium finish. Moderate carbonation as well.

This is the sort of beer that you would happily reach for if this was the only craft beer in a cooler of Bud or Coors. As it is, it's a decent enough brown ale, but there are better choices out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep ruby-red color, clarity around the edges allowing light to shine through - very good looking beer. Off-white head fades very, very fast to a puny ring around the glass and leaves basically no lacing at all. Aroma is full of caramel malts; toffee, caramel, and burnt brown sugar. A deep, roasty character is also noticeable. Very nutty flavor, touches of chocolate and cocoa powder. A nice onset of roasted wood chips starts to take over and is pretty pleasant - not quite smoky, but still earthy, nutty, and a bit woodsy. Midway through, the hop profile makes it's appearance; herbal, tea-like, dry. Touches of orange zest hit on the way out along with a grape flavored sweetness that isn't bad but doesn't necessarily mesh well with the previous flavors of the brew. Medium body with an average amount of carbonation.

Wasn't expecting much from this one, so it was actually a bit better than expected. Certainly not bad, but this beer falls under the category of "decent, but many better choices available" and gives no real reason to choose it again.

Photo of BUD
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This process took FOREVER, since the beers head was enormous right out the gate. I mean, I did this three times trying different pouring techniques and nothing stopped the head. Looked more like an ice-cream float rather than a beer. I was drooling on myself like Pavlovs dog waiting eagerly to drink this brew.

The smell of this beer is good, giving off a nuttish aroma. The taste and mouthfeel/drinkability was exceptional. If I was able to distinguish detailed scents and flavors at this time I would be more discriptive. Good brew, bottom line.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep chocolate brown pour that shows ruby red tones when held up to a light. A small head appears and quickly dissipates to leave a bubbly ring around the top. Slightly lactic roasted graininess along with a slight herbal, spicy hop zing. The nose really isn't doing much for me here...can't say I like it.

First sip brings a light roasted, tad smoky maltiness that does have a nutty character as well. Hints of fruit and cocoa weave in and out. Hops are subdued in the finish.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel...I could use some more body here. Carbonation is nice and works well. There was nothing that really stood out to me here. A decent brown ale that almost comes off as a lager to me. Not one I'll be seeking out in the future.

Photo of WuAnquo1
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, no freshness indication, pours dark honey amber, semi cloudy, tan minor head and just a light smattering of lace left clinging to the glass. Malty nose with a wiff of an empty can of nuts. Softly sweet, more mild, musty nut notes, also with some cola and honey. Drinkable brown ale, works as a pleasing sessioner, with some nuts and cheese/crackers or would be fine in a marinade.

Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, nut, and some hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light body, slightly sweet with bitter backbone

Drinkability: Above average nut brown. Could have a couple but nothing to go out of my way for.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz browm long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Cloudy,reddish/brown with a 1" off-white head that dissapated quickly to a thin coating with a slight bit of spotty lacing.

Nutty,burnt carmell,chocolate no hop notes. Moderate malty nose nothing to get excited about.

Nutty,chocolaty,tart and fruity very clean,lots of English style and good balance with a dry,tart,fruity finish with crisp bitterness.

Light to medium mouthfeel with some grainyness. Not a bad beer,a bit boring,nothing here to make me want to drink more of it.

Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color, leaning toward burnt umber, clear. Big-bubbled head lasts only about half a minute, settles to a pale tan skim. Slipping thin sheets of lace, not a lot of stickiness. Pleasant aroma, sweet caramel bordering on toffee. Mouthfeel is less than medium but smooth with reserved carbonation. Flavor follows the aroma in most aspects, buttery diacetyl toffee tones with an unwavering profile. Lacks a hop signature as expected. Slight bit of raisin at the finish. Malty and fine for style, seems to be a well-brewed example from Arcadia and among their better beers in my opinion.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a ruby caramel brown forms a large tan head leaves uneven lacing around my pint, nice two finger depth at that. Aroma has herbal tobacco leaf hop profile with caramel toasted nut roastiness going on with a creamy sweet malt chocolate presence with a mild air of coffee roasts. Flavors some toasted almond with other roasted nut character a pleasant herbal earthy tone creamy flow altogether really tasty compared to most nut brown ales not a style I've gone for since Wildgoose started disappearing. Mouthfeel has a medium body even moderate carbonation rolls nicely definitely smooth session beer texure. Drinkability...English ale well done very comparable to the Wildgoose version I used to like so much.

Photo of JIMTRK16
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- With a very gentle pour this beer fills the glass with 3/4 foam and a super strong carbonation in the warm brown body. The thick tan head rises above the glass and does not move.

S- The light toasted malt smell has a nice nutty note with some darker roasted malt notes in the background. There is a slight sour note that comes through as it warms.

T- The bitter dark malt flavor has a nougat flavor that is a bit off with a bitter finish combined with a carbonic bite. There is a soft chocolate malt note that starts to come through but is a bit off flavor also.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a strong fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer has some good flavors but has some off flavors that balance it.

Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can't dismiss the possibility of infection, but what's off in this bottle is just what was off the first time I tried it on tap, only amplified.

The pour produces a small light tan cap of head over a brown brew that displays burgundy or maroon hues and a more orange tint in the light. The head never completely dies but isn't stellar either. One ring and a bit of spotty lacing is deposited.
The smell is of malts with a toasty edge balanced by a touch of floral and herbal hops bitterness. Overripe dark fruits are also detected along with a ghost of cocoa powder. I know browns aren't heavy, but this is a little too light.
Sourness is a key note in the flavor. It almost melds with an herbal hops bitterness but doesn't quite. Nut is there as almost an afterthought. The finish is quite tart. The malt backbone is there but could be stronger. It meshes a little better as it warms.
Carbonation keeps the feel from flat and there's a smoothness, but I wouldn't call this beer lively. It does remain crisp all the way, but I want more creaminess too. The body is medium.

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a recent mixed six pack kick. Although I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, I thought that I'd give it a shot. It poured with an absolutely massive, creamy, off-white head, which didn't dissapate over time. Aroma is full of malts. There is a slight nuttiness to the flavor which balances well with a slight cocoa-ish malt taste. Not overly rich but this means the beer could be a good session brew. Nice medium body is also present. Worth a shot in my opinion.

Photo of dmorley21
1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

Photo of pmcadamis
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - This is a good looking brown ale with a clear root beer hue and a beast of a head that went up to four fingers and then some. The khaki foam went right up over the edge of my imperial pint glass and ran down the side! The brew itself looks a little bit purple like wood varnish, and the head gets really rocky and crazy looking as it slowly snap crackle and pops it's way down to a solid two finger honeycomb web. I've really never seen a better looking brown.

S - Tart orange rind notes hit my nose right away, and I find this ab bit strange for the style. Acrid hops and some bitter metallic aromas are almost offensive. Thank God it's not very assertive in the nose. This looks so beautiful! WTF happened?

T - This tastes a lot like those orange-foam-filled-chocolates that can be found in an assorted "Forest Gump" box. Unfortunately, I really don't like those chocolates with the orange junk in the middle. Some cashew flavors are there too, but not in abundance.

M - Light bodied and acidic with some prickly carbonation. Not good.

D - "I don't really care for this one." That's what my wife tells me to say in public instead of "this sucks big fat hairy goat balls." Once, I told her in front of herfamily that her aunt's root vegetable salad "tasted like disease" instead I should have just said..."I really care for this." How can one of the best looking beers I've seen in a long time smell so offensive and taste so mediocre?

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany with a creamy light tan head that holds well and keeps a very nice collar throughout the glass. The nose expresses a sweet cocoa-ish maltiness and a floral hoppiness. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor consists of a semi-sweet chocolatey malt that's well infused with floral and lightly citrusy hop flavor. It becomes sweeter with more cocoa-ish & toffee notes as it warms in the mouth, but they're quickly pushed aside by a rising, solid bitterness that ushers in a dry finish. More grassy hop flavor lingers in the finish. Very nicely balanced with the malt and hops working together but also appearing seperately throughout the tasting. Well done. I found it more enjoyable as it warmed and bitterness gave way to more of the sweetness of the malt. Definitely an American brown ale.

Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: pours a dark mahogany, cola-like, with a fizzy tan head and decent retention....standard for the style

smell: nice nuttiness, lightly toasted malt, apple sweetness, light caramel, light toffee, mild cola aroma, touch of earthy hoppage

taste: sweet lightly toasted malt backbone, smooth caramel, very nutty, slight woodiness, earthy, slight cola, toffee, roasted nut...i would rate the flavor above average for the style

mouthfeel: medium body, slightly high carbonation

drinkability: average to slightly above average

Photo of Beerthoven
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Slight toasty malt & nuttyness

T: Toasty malt, dryness& leafy hops up front. More nuttyness as this warms along with slight grainyness & caramel. Finishes with toasty malt & grainyness

MF: Creamy, light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks easy, an okay brown, very sessionable

Photo of Infamous7100
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At first glance of this beer in my glass, it was a brown/amber color. Darker than I expected. After pouring, there was nary a head to mention. The smell was not overpowering, yet not underwelming either. Definitley a hint of nuts along with a malty/hoppy smell. At first taste, I must admit, I was not a big fan (mostly because of what I was drinking before), but as I consumed more of this tasty beverage, my feelings started to change. It was very hoppy, a hint of caramel and malt as well. The more I consumed, the better it tasted. It had a very clean and crisp taste to it. All and all, a good beer and they have a fan in me.

Photo of studentofbeer
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out with barely a head. It's a murky brown with nice red highlights.

Smell is soothing-- bitter chocolate, caramel, some plum, a little butter, but not distracting. Earthy, muddy hop aroma. A very enjoyable, English style aroma.

Unfortunately, this one is lacking carbonation-- don't know if it is just a bad bottle or what. The body is light and slightly syrupy.

The taste is overall sweet, softly fruity, and slightly vinous, though a bit buttery in the middle. nonetheless, it is pretty easy drinking. The finish is pretty nice-- slightly earthy, salty hop finish with a little bitter chocolate.

Overall a middle of the road brew. I'll try another bottle and see if I get more carbonation.

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of beveritt
1.53/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a glass. Label is notched, looks like February and a 3. God I hope this things isn't from 2003. But it can't be it just came in to the local grocery and I thought I would buy the first micro I have ever seen them carry.

Appearance: Lots of foam. This bottle is part of a mix pack and several of the bottles poured as nothing but foam. It took 30 minutes for an amber to settle the other night. This one ended up about half foam and half liquid. Settles slowly, leaving nice lacing and a 1/4 inch of light tan head. The beer itself is a reddish brown, almost peach when held to the light. Lots of bubble activity and a fair amount of floaties.

Smell: A strong, acidic, almost sour tang, with hints of sweet molasses.

Taste: Sour and acidic upfront. Very yeasty with an herbal bitterness. Imagine a Flemish ale mixed with a nut brown. Not good at all.

Mouthfeel: Body is average. Carbonation is too high for this style.

Drinkability: This will probably be a drain pour. I have had other Arcadia ales and enjoyed them, so I can only assume something is wrong with this beer. But, nearly my entire mixed 12 pack has had carbonation issues. Maybe they are having some QC issues.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Throws a dark red accompanied by a decent yet thin brown head that will maintain a nice little sheet over this brew. Nose is very weak, yet some malts and toasted wheat crackers are detectable. Floral hops and toffee are noted up front; this brown is quite sweet. Nutty based body, some toffee and light coffee bean flavorings. A bit over-carbonated with fresh baked bread tastings left on the palate. All in all a decent brown.

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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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