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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Nut Brown AleArcadia Nut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-25-2002

26 IBU
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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to an American Pint
Best by November 2010

A: A moderate pour elicited a 3.5 finger tan head that reduced to a 1/2 finger. Color was a dark mahogany brown, moderately clear. Some lace rings were left.

S: Light aroma but a nutty malt sweetness was present.

T: Bitter roasted flavors dominate. As the session progressed the flavor become more nutty sweet with lots of hop bitterness on finish. A hop-forward Brown Ale, more like an American Brown than an English to me.

M: Creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Smooth flavor and moderate ABV make this a palatable beer.

Arcadia markets as an English style brewery but to me this is an American Nut Brown with the hop-forward taste. Otherwise its a good brew.

Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Nesued
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep amber red clear in color, Nice two-finger head formed upon pour. Lively carbonation, nice lacing. The head resolved to a thin ring.

Smell - A very mild nose. Subtle malts but not much more. A bit disappointing not to get more out of this.

Taste - Opens with a continued mild presence. A tartness fills out the middle. Some lemon and some rind tastes continue to the finish. A bit of a crass bite at the end, almost metallic.

Mouthfeel - Thin body. Not much added by the carbonation. The memory quickly fades.

Drinkability - An easy drinker. Not much that makes you remember it however. Better than some, not a top tier however in my opinion.

Photo of carlborch
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful mahogany brown with a 1.5 inch thick tan head that settles at 3/4 inch. The initial nose is appealing and inviting. Medium body with a caramel and malty lingering that is moreish. Well/formed yet moderate Belgian lace. The subsequent nose provides hints of yeast, chocolate and dried fruit. The finish is clean with delicate hop notes.

Photo of hosehead83
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Cola/brown in color, with a moderate, off-white head of foam
Aroma-Faint chocolate and roasted malt notes
Taste-Subtle chocolate and caramel, rather thin-bodied, but easy to drink.
Overall, nothing special going on here, but a decent brown ale for the price

Photo of danielharper
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brown-orange, slightly hazy, with minimal head.

S: Nutty, malty, slightly sweet, hints of citrus. Probably fruity esters produced by the yeast. Kind of drying after a while.

T: Sweet nutty maltiness, slight citrus, with just a bit of dryness on the finish.

M: Moderate thickness, low carbonation, low hops.

D: A bit bland, but inoffensive. You could give this to just about anyone and they'd probably drink it.

Photo of n0315
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First beer I had that night. Appearance is good, a lighter brown than I was expecting and not much head retention. Smell was a little on the weak side. You can make out hints of nuts but a bit of the weak side. Taste was average. Not strong enough from what I like to see in a brown ale. Taste of nuts and a bit of smokyness. Mouth feel was too light for my taste as well. nothing to really lwake-up up the senses. I think its their worst brew, but its not "bad", just their weakest effort. I'll take a new caslte over this brew honestly.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brilliantly clear chestnut brown with a dark red hue. The white head quickly diminished but left a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is moderately malty, grainy, nutty with a hint of spicy hop. The flavor is highly malty, bittersweet and a bit of nuts then a bit of alcohol emerges at the swallow. The carbonation is medium-low and body medium. Overall a decent nut brown but nothing spectacular.

Photo of adamette
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured from tap at the brewery 10 15 09 into a clean, clear glass.

A Medium brown Tranlucent body with brief head that lasted about 60 seconds and reduced to a ring around the top of the beer. Nice, nutty color. 3.5

S Not much smell. Some nutty malt maybe. 3.0

T Nice, basic brown ale. I did not pick up too much "nutty" flavors as I have experienced in other "Nut brown Ales." Anyway, nice medium malt, little hops. 3.5

M Light to medium feel with that medium roast malt, little hops. Not physically creamy smooth but the nice medium malt creates a nice smooth feel. 3.5

D Good, which is, I think, the point of this beer. 4.0

Photo of Smithj86
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep, dark brown, with a non-existent head. Nonetheless, it appears to be well-carbonated, with tiny bubbles rising in the glass. The ale has strong, sharp hops flavors, but no aftertaste and nary a hint of bitterness. Full, rich flavor; blend of malt and hops. Notably, this is highly drinkable and exceedingly smooth. One of the better brown ales I've had.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby red with a big head of tan foam. Nose is sweet and somewhat crisp. Some musty malt, medicine, and herbal notes. Fairly fruity with a soft butter and nuts. Quite acidic, with a bit of a coffee edge. Toasted character loses out to tartness, but still managed to stick around some. Some astringency on the tongue with a moderate carbonation. A bit of a punchy brew. OK drinkability.

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 HardTarget
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Hazy brown glass holds a thick 1/2 finger head for as long as it takes to finish it

S) Mild leathery dark cherry note with a background of roasted malt

T) Old cherry, roasted barley, thin alcohol, bitter hops, all come together to form a well blended taste. I didn't get a lot of nut, but I rarely do.

M) Very fizzy with a smacking dry finish that encouraged the next pull

O) This was an older sample from Pegasus' massive cross country beer haul (Thanks btw!). I'm sure the hops have faded out a bit, but still a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of wiseguy142
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of MrMonkey
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of lamarr04
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of kinger
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of bort11
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.4/5  rDev -59.3%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of stoutman
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Arcadia Nut Brown Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.