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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale - Michigan Brewing Company

Michigan Brewing Nut Brown AleMichigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%


Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-18-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 79 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by karengarys:
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karengarys

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 'fridge temp.

Pours hazy brown with a final rush of sediment at the end of the pour. Foams up about a finger, but dissipates. Little to no lacing. A fluffy foam ring remains for a while.

Smells good, with a healthy tone of malts. I enjoy that. Maybe a little floral is also present.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy at first, remains so until the end of the drink where it thins out at the back of the throat.

Tastes great, nice and malty, some dry hops to balance it out. No real bitterness, which I personally love.

It is slightly thin bodied for my tastes, but okay for the style.

Finish is very very clean with a bit of dry hops that totally cleanses the pallette leaving no bitter aftertaste. This is a very nice balancing act because it does not have too hoppy of a finish.

If you like browns, or somewhat malty beers, get this if you can find it! I want more, but can't find it around here!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 03:28:17 | More by karengarys
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Light and clear brown in color with a thin and lacy pale head. The aroma is subtle and gives off light toasted malt and maple syrup scents. The flavor is also light and hints of the toasted malt are tasted at the front of the drink while a very vague and weak nutty taste comes out in the finish before it ends quickly. The body is very light and watery with moderate carbonation. Sessionable.

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3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my sister for sending this one out with a bunch of others from the Detroit area.

This pours medium brown with a nice little head that rises and falls without much lace. The nose is quite weak, but there are roasted nuts here and maybe a little bit of chocolate. But it's all very faint. In the mouth the nuttiness melds with the other flavors, but again everything is pretty faint. The body is thin with maybe a touch too much carbonation, combining for a spritziness that doesn't sit well. I like my English ales on the low end of the carbonation spectrum.

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Appearance- a dark but clear brown with an amber glow to it with a slightly tan head
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taste- almost all malt flavor with some roast its a little lightly flavored in my opinion
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Appearance: Dark brown pour with deep amber highlights. A two-finger light tan head settles moderately slowly with mild head retention and a few spotty dollops of lace left behind.

Smell: The aroma is deliciously inviting and smells of rich toasty malts, deep nutty aromas (especially walnut), and some sweet malty and sugary aromas as well.

Taste: There is a deep nutty flavor along with a toasted malt flavor and some roasted nuts. Wow! This is a very delicious beer and I am impressed. The more I drink, the more the flavors meld and blend into a delicious toasty, nutty experience. This is a great beer.

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A - Pours a deep coppery transparent brown with a thin tan head

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Nice brown appearance with tan head.

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