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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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 1fastz28
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Photo of kbeals
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of gmfessen
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of johanvond
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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 BBM
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, deep brown into the pint glass. Nose is a bit tinny, which is distracting. As it warmed, a nice overripe apple aroma made its presence.

Truth be told, this is a fairly standard, completely average brown ale. It is a bit watery, but that's not even too distracting. All of your roasted nut flavors, burnt caramel, a slight hop bite are here, all doing their job adequately enough. There's nothing wrong with this beer, but then again there's nothing too exciting about it either. If you're a fan of the genre, and have one at your disposal, go for it. But I wouldn't go out of my way to find one.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muddy orange on the coaster, dull cranberry when held up to my sunlit front window. In spite of a vigorous pour, the golden ecru cap reached a maxium height of about two fingers. It gets the job done, however, and lasts for a bit.

The nose is par for the brown ale course... toasted malty, nutty, faintly cocoa-like... and is low on power. I'll bump the score if it opens up with warming, but I'm not holding my breath (since it's hard to drink and hold your breath at the same time).

Nut Brown Ale is low on flavor as well. It's as if the flavor intensity knob has been cranked a quarter turn counter-clockwise. First of all, what reaches my taste buds is too sour for the style. I don't remember that as being a characteristic of Arcadia beer, but I could be wrong. Now that I go back and look at my review of Cocoa Loco, I see that it was present in that beer too.

The tartness is reminiscent of both unripe fruit (dates, figs) and overripe fruit (mushy apples). I used the word 'unripe' because there isn't much sweetness to be had. Although it's easy to identify the intended style, this sure isn't a classic nut brown. Otherwise: steely caramel, nut skins, lemon juice... that's about it.

I don't need much viscosity in an English brown ale, but I need more than this. The mouthfeel is too light, borders on watery on the finish, and is lacklusterly carbonated. It terms of mouth presence... well, there really isn't any.

Arcadia beer seems to be hit (London Porter, Imperial Stout, Hopmouth DIPA) or miss (all the rest). Unfortunately, Nut Brown Ale fits squarely into the latter category. I don't know if the sourness is intended or not, but it isn't a characteristic that complements very many styles. Better browns shouldn't be too hard to find.

Photo of WesWes
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a brown color with a thin tan head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is less than average. It has a contaminated scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with a sour, spoiled yeast aroma. The taste is less than average as well. It has a weak and watery "brown" ale flavor that goes down quick butt sours in the finish. There is definately some contamination here. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This one's going down the drain. I really can't believe that a brewery would distribute all over the country, beer that is clearly subpar and bacteria exposed. Where's the quality control?

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks goes out to Vancer for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brownish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some nic sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slightly sour, lots of caramel. The taste is malty, sour/tangy, dark fruits, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, there's a pattern with these Arcadia brew's that I'm not really liken so far. Of the three I've had so far today, there is a tendency to be sour, when not called for, in my opinion. Maybe bad bottles or just not what I was expecting. So, I'm not a big fan of this brewery so far.

Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what to make of this brew. It opens up with a half-malty, half-sour aroma reminsecent of Belgian Sour Brown Ales -- a possible contaminated bottle. The beer pours a solid brown / ruby beer with a trace of head retention, but withstanding nevertheless. Sweet flavors of chocolate malts and biscuit malts take hold, before being consumed wit strong tartness / souness and moderatly astringet mouthfeel. Hops even seem aged and gaining a raw earthiness. The second sip delivers the same musty, almost barnyard characters found in the first. Thin, as expected, in the body with gaining emphasis on a berry-tartness and a woody flavor. Finishes very clean, with a lingering astringency.

My guess is that this is not intended, but they should do this to more of their Brown Ales and package them under a different name. As an English Brown, I'd have to score this one quite low. As a Sour Brown, the scores would be near Jolly Pumpkin levels. But as a beer, it was only nice.

Photo of letsgopens
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This English brown ale from Arcadia pours a deep woody brown with orange highlights. The dense, rocky tan head holds very well and leaves some spotty lace.

The aroma reveals hints of spicy malt, dark fruits: rasin, prune, and and sharp Belgian-style tanginess.

Flavorwise its interesting. Not exactly what I'd expected. Some bitter fruit, malt, and a briny sourness (possibly tart green apple). Not much in the way of hops and not as sweet/molassas as other nut browns (Goose Island, Samuel Smith).

Light and tangy on the tongue. Plenty carbonated, and a mild yet sharp finish. Not much smoothness and rather uncharacteristic of the style. Good though, very interesting.

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 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 adams82
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours fairly clear from the bottle, slight haze with a ruby/brown colour with a foamy off white head. Smell is a little weak, a light and sweet graininess is present with the backing of brown sugar, maybe a little hoppy in the background. The flavor is of toasty malts and nutty with brown sugar or molasses dominating the flavor profile, hops are hardly noticeable in the watery finish. This is a fairly light bodied beer and the Mouthfeel can really be described as watery. A decent offering from an otherwise very solid brewery.

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

A-nice brown body. with good white head that retains lacing.

S- not bad. lots of malt with some nutty and carmel sweetness.

T- very dull taste actually. malt is prevelant with a little bit of nut, carmel and the slightest bit of bitterness.

M- good. light body with medium carbonation-very smooth.

D- very drinkiable considering the light taste and the light body.

Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another good frosty from Arcadia – where did this brewery come from? The Nut Brown was a good performer and at a decent price.

Clear mahogany brown, tan head was kinda wimpy, and the aroma was on the subtle side of chocolate and walnuts. Quaff was a smooth and fine combination of aroma and tastes, even a bit of coffee in there. Medium bodied, finished fairly dry. A nice crossover or session brew.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted nuts, caramel, vanilla, maple syrup and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste isn’t quite as malty or thick as most other beers of this style and also has a much more distinct hops presence than most English Brown Ales. There are flavors of nuts, caramel & maple mixed in as well. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, good representation of style while including a twist to make the beer a little bit different. It’s a very good beer to stick with for an evening.

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 RedChrome
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very lightly clouded reddish brown color. Half inch head faded almost instantly to nothing. Very minimal bubbling to the surface. Lacing is thin spots which run back down.

Sweet malted aroma with a touch of brown sugar hit the nose first. A notable alcohol presence followed up in the first nose full. Traces of dark fruits come and go.

Taste has a presence of roasted almonds. Malt character is present and grainy. Hops bitterness is a little stronger then expected, but balanced well against the sweet flavors.

Thickness is slightly above average. Tingle from carbonation is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

A decent offering in the style. This one is great to enjoy with a pork chop dinner. Worth the try, especially if you can get the mixed pack t sample a few other offerings from the brewer.

Photo of xav33
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arcadia Nut Brown Ale
12 oz bottle
Unknown brewing, notched F3, nutted 02/03.
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured a hazy reddish brown with a medium off white fizzy somewhat lasting head.

Smelt of strong roasted nuts, light caramel.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet and bitter caramel, nuts and light grassiness followed by a moderate sweet cookie taste and light bitter grass hops on an average length finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, fizzy, oily and lightly astringent.

Overall, nothing special happening here. Just a sweet light brown ale. Refreshing though.

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a brown color with a one-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of nuts and malt.

T - It tasted of hazelnut and malt. Also, had a slight sweetness.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very good brown ale. Nice hazelnut notes.

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 thegiggy86
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently enjoyed this cask conditioned brew over at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

This beer appeared darker than expected, but thats not a problem as dark beers are my preference.

Smells like a rich nutty beer.

Tasted excellent and was very easy to drink.

If you live near the Downtown BK area I recommend that you stop in and enjoy this delicious brew while its still being offered in their cask selection.

Arcadia Nut Brown Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.