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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale
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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a copper/garnet color with a thin khaki head. Ok retention as a collar and the lacing was consistent in thin bands. The aroma was sweet and notably nutty with toasted malt, caramel malt and a light floral hops presence. The flavors were at first a flash of caramel malt sweetness soon followed by doughy malt, then the toasted malt, nuts, and a long bitter finish that coated my tongue provided by the hops (similar to coffee but not quite so biting). A nice flavor arc and well balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation perfect. Quite sessionable and one of the best examples of a nut ale I've had; well worth a try.

thekevlarkid, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a color similar to dark brewed tea no head very few bubbles around the rim of the glass which do leave some very slight lacing
smell is sweet and tart pick up mostly malt with a bit of peanut going on... overall kinda faint and lacking
taste is all malty a bit of a walnut note in there but not a whole lot going on just simple
mouth is full but not overly thick
very good session beer

sliverX, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice tree-bark brown with almost no head. Aroma is light of sweet brown sugar and toffee. Aroma is great but could just be a little stronger. Taste is dominated by a heavy dose of dark crystal malt. A little pleasant alcohol around the edges, but nothing extreme. Pretty sparing on any chocolate malt/roasted barley which keeps it nicely in the realm of a true British brown. Mouthfeel is dead on with a great amount of carbonation that is light on the tongue but prickly and cleansing down the throat. A very drinkable nut brown.. the kind you just want more and more of.

wiseguy142, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with two fingers of white frothy head that falls to a rim,spotty lacing.Aroma is malty,slightly fruity.Flavor is very crisp,malty,nutty,with hints of rasins and other sweet fruit,very balanced.Smooth mouthfeel,very drinkable,I could knock back several of these at one sitting.

WakeandBake, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of MrMonkey
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Novare Res in Portland, ME.

Pours a clear brown with a short-lived thin and bubbly light tan head. Not much lacing.

Not much in the nose, but there are hints of caramel and roasted nuts.

Taste is similar to the nose, with light notes of caramel and roasted nuts. Maybe a hint of almonds. Not much hop presence at all. Overall, pretty plain. Not bad, just boring.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost watery. None of the creaminess one would expect from a cask ale.

Easy to drink, and smooth, but overall, pretty unimpressive. Wouldn't mind trying it in the bottle to see how it compares.

MrMonkey, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of lamarr04
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

a: Brown with a thin white head that dissipates quickly

s: a nutty maltiness, some carmel

t: I bought this beer to session so I was not expecting huge flavor. Malty sweetness, both at first and back of tongue. minimal bitterness, just enough for the style. Fairly one dimensional.

m: relatively thin body, medium carbonation

d: I will be drinking 3 or 4 of these tonight, no problem.

lamarr04, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown-amber pour with a filmy tan head, little to no lacing. Enticing aroma lots of brown sugar and caramel. Medium bodied, kind of fizzy in the mouth, relatively smooth finish. Flavor is a reminder of the aroma, on the sweet side with a touch of sugary goodness, decent malt content. There aren't any prominant hop flavors present, this one seems to rely on the malt which is fine in a brown.

kinger, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice, think and foamy head stands a fingers width. Thin lacing sticks to the glass. Color is a deep, dark mahogany. Specks of sediment sing to the bottom.

Smell is a woody and roasted chestnut aroma. Hints of banana esters. Bananas are more prominent in the taste. Gives in almost a banana-nut bread flavor. There is some walnut characteristics. Smooth malty character.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body. Mild creamy texture and crisp carbonation.

bort11, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of kingothewoods
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was a very nice deep brown with a tan creamy head. Definite Brown Ale smells of roasts and carmel and little hints of hops. The tastes come through from the various smells of carmel and malts and yet the hops come into play. Very dry aftertaste on your tongue. I really liked this one and in fact ordered another from the bartender.

kingothewoods, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.35/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - uncaps with a rush of air. Pours a caramel brown color, two to three fingers of light tan head springing up quickly.

Aroma - brett through and through. Explains the burst of air on opening.

Taste - ugh, totally brett-influenced. Now if you like that kind of thing, this would be like an Imperial Orval I suppose. But I don't like it.

Mouthfeel - thinnish body, obviously *very* carbonated.

Drinkability - two sips and done, this was very harsh. Label code has notches on the D and the 6, FWIW.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a small tan head that maintains. Mild, speckled lacing on the glass.

Slightly sweet and mild aroma. Caramel malty with a slightly toasted and nutty smell. A bit of herbal hops is also present.

Caramel malty (but not sweet) upfront with a pleasant toasted nutty taste. Mild harbal hop flavor and slight bitterness. Finishes clean and dry.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

A nice, easy drinking, brown ale. Another solid brew from Arcadia.

MaltyGoodness, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of stoutman
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best brown ales I've had since they made the newcastles in brown stubbies. Nice nutty aroma with hints of raisin and wine. Pour was a nice deep brown with a thick frothy almost tan head. Taste was very nutty and delicious. Maple, caramel malt and wine with a nice thin mouthfeel. Delicious.

stoutman, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of templar316
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice deep amber with an off white head alot of foam which settles quickly, moderate lacing. The nose is soft, alot of apple cider, a little alcohol; nothing to get you really excited. The taste is cider again, but a nice nutty finish evidences the reason for the name. It's overcarbonated and too light bodied for a session, but the nutty finish is nice.

templar316, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of argock
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Typical deep brown color with medium-thick light tan head with low stickiness and a couple caps of lace.

S: Very, very light with soft toasted malt and cocoa aromas -- almost a Coca-Cola type of smell.

T: Also a little light, although warming brings out more toasted malt, light cocoa, and light hoppy crispness in the finish.

M: Way too light-bodied and carbonated for a brown ale. Aftertaste is soft and sweet malts.

D: Relatively average brown ale -- good but far from great.

argock, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
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?

pmcadamis, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with a 2 finger head of the off-white variety with mild lacing.

S-Hoppy and lightly malty at first smell.

T-Mild hoppiness, mild roasted malts. Nothing to specifically overwhelming.

M-Nice smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation.

D-A very mild dark ale which makes for enhanced session drinking. This is the first experiance with Arcadia and while its nothing spectacular, will probably try again.

Zadok, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of cichief
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- The beer pours a deep chestnut brown, with a decent light brown head.

S- Rather malty sweet, like dry fruits, maybe figs.

T- Again malty sweet, but not overly done. Hints of dried fruit prevail, with a dryish finish.

M- Medium body, well carbonated, lots of smallish bubbles.

D- Not over powering, and a good example of the style, so it becomes a decent session beer.

cichief, May 16, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland for $1.99...
White logo sticker with a squirrel / chimpmunk hoarding nuts...
Pours a deep-brown, mahogany hue with a minimal head that quickly receded and left a very small amount of lacing around the glass...
Faint aroma of peanut butter and nutty malts...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a thick suggestion of roasted malts, caramel, and licorice...
Mouthfeel was decent, but nothing above and beyond... Average drinkability, but a slight tinge of alcohol was detected...
Nothing above and beyond... Pretty mediocore...

dsa7783, May 11, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a semi cloudy amber with a tall almond head that holds nicely

S-nutty,fruity,caramel and oddly a little like baby powder

T-mostly malty,with some honey roasted sweetness,slight hop dryness on the tail end

M-medium body,but on the light side-kind of foamy feeling and not quite creamy,but close,it finishes with a mouth coating dryness that is neither bad nor good

D-this is a decent brew at best,not something I would seek out,but not one to avoid either

orangemoustache, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy dark brown color with a big opague head, lots of foam from t his beer. the aroma is surprisingly hoppy for a nut brown ale, while it of course has some malty aroma, it has some nice mild hop aromas too. taste is a lot like the aroma a nice mixture of malt and hop flavors. taste is good overall, if it were more readily available, it probably would be a go to for me.

1fastz28, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle toa pint glass the beer look great, brown liquid and well carbonated. The Head is 2 fingers, dark tan and leave some lace.

The smell is roasty and nutty, not bad.

The taste follows nice roasty malt with a good nutty ness. Some fruit notes and a nice fresh hopy finish.

The mouthfeel is good medium body at best and a good and crisp carbonated bite.

The drinkability is good a fine example of the brew.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of kbeals
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer produced a good two finger head, with decent lacing throughout the duration of the drink. The high point of the beer was that it has a nice dark amber color. Smell was somewhat lacking, some faint nuttiness, but almost seemed like a metallic smell. Taste was nothing exciting. Once again the nuttiness made an appearance, but nothing really stands out. Beer was a medium body with decent carbonation. Overall the drinkability was okay, I probably wouldn't buy it again though.

kbeals, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a sort of hazy deep brown and with a rather aggressive pour yields a frothy two and a half inch head the fades into a quater inch cap which bubbles down further into a thiner cap, some lacing but not much, the color is what saves this beer.

S: Super sweet caramal malt, is this a nut brown ale or a bock, please let me know, I'm not knocking it but I was blown away by how sweet and rich this beer smells. Molasses and maple sugar are some things I'm picking up here.

T/MF: Am I crazy or does this beer taste sour, maybe it's intense malt bitterness but when the beer initially hits the tongue it feels a bit sour to me and slap me in the face if I don't taste a little sharpness of cheese in here as well? I'll let it warm a bit, but in any case the carbonation is rather low. So as the beer warms the sourness subsides and the cheesiness goes away thankfully and becomes nutty instead with is probably why I thought this thing tasted cheesy in the first place. So supper nutty and a little on the heavier side of medium bodied. As the beer lingers there is a slight estery aspect that can be picked up, but this one focuses on the nuttier aspects of this style, there is a ton of malt bitterness and it can be readily felt on the roof of the mouth.

D: Not bad, complex but not as overall balanced as I would have liked, the nuttiness is there in spades, malt bitterness as well, not a beer to suck down, but a good beer overall. Enjoyable.

bluemoonswoon, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of gmfessen
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep amber brown with a soapy, two-finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. The smell is very light, not much to say about it - I think I can smell a bit of biscuity character and floral hops but that's about it. The taste is much sweeter than I had expected from a "nut" brown ale. It seems to lack the toasted, nutty character that one might expect from such an ale. There really isn't much of a hop presence to speak of either. It's not a bad beer, just difficult to classify in that it doesn't really have any discernable qualities about it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation. Drinkability of this one is pretty high, but I don't think I would call it a "nut" brown ale.

gmfessen, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of johanvond
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautful deep ruby brown pour out of the 12oz bottle in to my imperial pint glass foming with a white head. Carmel malt sweetness mixed in with a roasted nuttyness wafes forth from the glass. This medium bodied brew has a nice hop bite ballenced by a toasty toffie and carmel malt profile. Theres a nice play with the tofie hops and sweetness.

johanvond, Jan 12, 2008
Arcadia Nut Brown Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.