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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale
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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 beveritt
1.53/5  rDev -55.4%
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.

beveritt, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

BBM, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of WesWes
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
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?

WesWes, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Wasatch, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

letsgopens, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Billolick, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 05, 2007
Photo of adams82
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

adams82, May 03, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Vancer, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.88/5  rDev -16%
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.

jcdiflorio, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

RedChrome, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

xav33, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

zeff80, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Infamous7100
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Infamous7100, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of thegiggy86
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

thegiggy86, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of adammills
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent brown. It pours a rich brown with a very small head, yellow in color. Smells of just a hint of hop, with toasty malt, maybe a bit of caramel. Tastes just about the same. A real dry nut flavor is present. It is a clean drinker, average all round beer, quite easy to quaff. Not as smooth as it could be, but overall it isnt bad, but there are other browns out there worth drinking more than this.

adammills, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a husky grain element with solid caramel malt and subtle chocolate malt aromas.

The taste consisted of a raw graininess coupled with a caramel malt sweetness. The flavor dried out with a bit of floral hop.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp with good carbonation.

Overall a good drinkable brown ale. Sessionable for sure, but for the most part uneventful.

plaid75, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of montageman
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass - deep brown with a moderately sized fluffy tan head. Good retention. Smells malty with a slight touch of caramel maybe a little nut as well. Taste is nutty and malty, kind of creamy. However, it stills feel thin - too much carbonation, not enough of the creamy texture. Not the most drinkable, but nothing to throw down the drain either. Give it a shot.

montageman, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice hazed dark brown body, big tan head, slow fade.

Taste: Rich roasted malts, very nutty and balanced carefully between sweet and dry. Cocoa and bitter hoppiness round things out. A good nut brown, I am starting to think Arcadia excels at the English styles.

Drinkability: I like it, enjoyable, sessionable, affordable.

TastyTaste, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid brown appearance, truth in advertising is upheld once more. Cocoa-tan head sits a spell and spindles down to size.

Nutty to beat the band in the aroma, with some maple, brown sugar, and light caramel undertones. Purty good.

Tastin' it...fills the mouth with confidence and dispenses a well-rounded, full-bodied sensation. Bitter hops at the front, fading back into a maltier feel. Fine balance here, an expert tango, and tasty, too. Nowhere as sweet as some versions, toasty and dry at the end.

Very approachable and companionable, this, a mellow and well-crafted brown ale that anyone can be comfortable with. A solid effort from Arcadia.

feloniousmonk, Apr 19, 2006
Arcadia Nut Brown Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.