Nut Hugger Brown
Upland Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #207
Ranked #22,292
3.87 | pDev: 10.08%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
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RyanPoff from Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at brewery today.

A: a clear, dark brown with about a finger of hot chocolate color head and excellent lacing retention. Great.

S: toasted malts, caramel, hazelnut, sugar. Rich and complex for the style.

T: a creamy, malty, light coffee flavored, reasonably thick brown. Hazelnut and a bit of bitterness as the beer warms. Really good.

M: medium bodied, fresh, carbonated. Not slick and just the right body.

One of the best upland seasonals and the best brown I've had this season.

Nov 01, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, mostly transparent, with a light head of off white. Not much head on pour but with a persistent ring and lacing.

S - Quiet malt, some roast and minerality.

T - Nutty with a subtle toasted bread flavor, closing on a very light bitterness.

M - Crisp and light, without lingering dryness.

O - Solid brown. Not particularly complex, but clean and tasty.

Jan 19, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Deep hazed brown hue, thin yet staying off white lacing. Nutty maltiness, hint of brown sugar, yeast, and dried grass in the nose. Great smoothness meets a semi-chewy body. Love the maltiness in this brew, toasty with grassy highlights. Modest hopping with just enough bitterness to bring things together.

A solid brown ale from start to finish, very drinkable as well.

Jan 22, 2014
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mverity from Florida

3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clead reddy-brown in color, with some light tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma is of caramel and hazelnut nuttiness. Taste is caramel and the same nuttiness. Extremely high carbonation for a brown. Slightly watery too. I hate this 250 character minimum!!!!

Nov 18, 2013
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Semi cloudy brown, ruby around the edges. Two finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, caramel, nuts, some spice.

T-A great balance between the roasted malt and nuts. Some cinnamon, ends with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, tad watery with some carbonation.

O-A really good brown ale. Good balance and the right amount of bitterness.

Aug 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served - bottle into Pint Glass

Rich brown color, Dark copper, with 1/4 in head that continues throughout.

Rich, nutty smell. Hazelnut with rich malts and slight hop scent.

Can really taste the nuts and the roasted malts. Sort of bitter on the back of the tongue. Orange peel, caramel. The taste really makes this beer.

Complex taste of nuts and malts that hits your mouth hard and leaves a bitter hoppy feel on the back of your tongue.

A great brown ale with an excellent taste. The taste really makes it. The aftertaste on the back of the tongue is complex with the taste of orange peel, roasted malts, nuts, and caramel.

Jun 10, 2012
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greybeardloon from Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at lounge 5280 in DIA. The beer is identified on the receipt as "seasonal" and on the tap handle as "Brown No. 3", so I'm not positive this is the right beer.

A: Clear brown. Served with little head but there is some lacing.

S: Roast, chocolate, some nuttiness. The aroma is fairly mild but what there is is good.

T: Slightly sweet, roast, chocolate and vanilla, some nuts with bitterness on the finish. There's no discernible hop character. The finish really makes this beer--without it, it would probably be too sweet, but as it is, I could drink this all night.

M: Full and silky with minimal carbonation. Really nice.

O: I hope to have the opportunity to try this beer again, because I'm afraid I'm over-impressed because I'm at an airport bar towards the end (I hope) of a very hellish trip. If my senses are reliable, this is a fantastic beer.

Mar 13, 2012
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RocPorterFanatic from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours light copper brown with a small pillow of head. Very little lacing left on the glass.

S - Roasted nuts are the predominant smell here. Little else discernable in the nose. Kinda disappointing.

T - Strong flavor or roasted nuts, orange peel and slight caramel like sweetness

M - Probably the best feature of this beer, very bubbly, almost champagne like dryness.

O - Decent beer, not my favorite. Not Horrible. Won't go out of my way to get more, but worth trying. So far the biggest disappointment from Upland that I've had.

Dec 31, 2011
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled in April 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with an inch light tan head. The head doesn't stay around long, but there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly sweet, the brew smells like caramel, nuts, toffee, bready malt and a bit of herbal hops. The taste is a little more bitter than I thought it would be. It tastes like nuts, caramel, herbal/leafy hops, and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's well carbonated. I think it's a decent enough brew, and I'd like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future.

Nov 11, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together with a nice clean, slightly dry finish

Nov 05, 2011
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mdvatab from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered an imperial pint on-draught at the Upland Brewpub.

Aroma: Pretty straight-forward aroma profile. A piney hop note supported by roasted malt, carmelized brown sugar, and an earthy note.

Appearance: The pint arrived with about a 1/2 finger light tan head. Lacing is fairly minimal between drinks. The body of the beer is a hazy medium-to-dark chocolate brown.

Flavor: Decent light herbal hop flavor up front. Just enough nutty/malty sweetness to balance out the earthy, nutty bitterness, which appears to be drived from hops, malt, and water adjustment. A light mineral quality on the back end, and a slightly bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation suits this one well. Body is on just the full side of medium.

Overall: A very drinkable brown ale, which also has enough substance in the areas of aroma and flavor to keep one's interest. This one paired excellently with Upland's Blue Flame Buffalo Burger!

Oct 19, 2011
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cwguy5 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear color of dark caramel; off white head stayed thin and hung around as a thin cap
S - very light aroma with suggestions of toffee, earth, nuts
T - semi-dry with almond and cashew nut flavors becoming more apparent toward the end and during the linger
M - crisp and well carbonated with fine bubbles; thin bodied; short aftertaste of nut, vanilla, wood
D - this was a very drinkable beer with a sophisticated palate; would love to try again!

Oct 11, 2011
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Preismj from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: brown with a bit of yeast floating around. nice rich foamy tan head.

s: nutty, hazelnut and/or almond here. earthy dirt aroma comes off the glass here. malty sweetness as well.

t: wonderful taste here on this brown. delicious nutty profile opens the gates to a earthy dirt/grass/leather and wraps up with a malt profile that isn't overly sweet but screams toffee, coffee and cocoa. wonder taste on the of the best closes to a brown i've had.

m: rich, smooth, creamy. nice fizz for the style...not too much. crisp and refreshing all around.

o: just delicious. The taste on this is the strong point by far and finishes quite well. the aftertaste of toffee lingers on and on and on....

Aug 06, 2011
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EchoCharlieEcho from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Roasted hazelnut in color, moderate head and good lacing, translucent.

S: Nutty and earthy, with a muted sweetness. There are some subtle coffee notes, but nuttiness is dominant here.

T: Again, the nutty and earthy qualities dominate, with some coffee and hops in the background. These characteristics are allowed to shine since the sweetness is more restrained here than it was in the nose.

M: Light bodied with decent carbonation. I wish this had been a bit heavier.

D: Had I not been driving, I could have enjoyed a couple more of these. Subtle and easy to drink. This made me imagine autumn and cooler weather, and right now I really appreciate that.

Aug 04, 2011
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale dark caramel brown with a moderately hazey-like body with a small tender crown of dark ivory foam on top. Proportionately distributed lacing in a seizmic needle graphed pattern draws across the glass.

Nut Hugger hugs in a good amount of nuts in the aroma. Very rounded and easy to find on the nose compared to most other browns that usually have barely a wiff. This has a nice tone of nuts to it, toasted hazelnuts and unshelled sunflower seeds mixing well with a bit of soft caramel and light breadyness.

Taste is just as good and likeable with a big hug of nuttyness holding the palate well while caramel and pale bready sweet malts soak in the middle. Touched ever so lightly with a brief carbonation and leafy, tea-like hoppy dryness. Just a tinge of coffee burntness floats off in the finish. Nice subtle complexity all the way through.

Firm, tenderly smooth, nutty sweet medium body with the noted carbonation making its way through the middle. Nice strong finish too. Especially for a brown.

Very solid brew by Upland and one that can mix with the other browns that can be found in the Midwest area. Which is saying alot.

Jul 28, 2011
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zrab11 from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice copper brown color with a 1 finger off white head

S- has a nut aroma with hints of carmel and maybe some hops as well

T- Starts off nice and sweet the moves to a nutty flavor and finish's with a tiny bit of bitterness

M-Light bodied with ok carboantion

D-Overall this was a nice brown ale. Had alittle bit of a punch to it that some brown ales don't overall this was a good beer.

May 27, 2011
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tawny caramel brown, with a nice and creamy tan foam. Lovely lace, even.

Scent is mouth-wateringly nutty. Sweet malts, but not overpowering. Good.

Taste is brisk and even a little bitter, which is good. Too many brown ales seem overly malted to me, but this one's not too sweet. Well-balanced, with good flavor. Quite a drinkable brown ale, and one of my favorites from Upland. And who can resist the awesome label art? Too cool.

Apr 13, 2011
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from tburkhart, courtesy of the Under 100 IV BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, nuts, maple and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, maple and nuts up front. Then a hearty malt character follows with some breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid brown ale worth drinking for a while.

Mar 03, 2011
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deleted_user_548830 from Indiana

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Decent carbonation, rich amber-brown in color.

S - Rich, biscuity, caramel-hazelnut aroma!

T - Very forward earthy nut flavor with notes of sweet caramel and coffee. Very subtle hop flavor.

M - Silky smooth, drinks quickly!

D - What can I say? This is my idea of the PERFECT beer! I just wish I could count this among Upland's year-round availability brews. Great as a session ale or as an accompaniment to a good meal.

Jan 15, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light to moderate brown color with a bit of a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is slightly nutty with some bready notes. The taste is fairly light without too many nutty characteristics coming through. Some light toffee and bread. Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Subtle and slightly sweet, this drinks pretty well.

Oct 24, 2010
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Casey10 from Maine

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a extra from heliosphann as always thanks another nice extra.

The appearance is a chesnut brown with a minimal head nice lacing though.

S - Kind of a rich toffe nutty kind of smell.

T - Was okay, a buttery and toffe like was okay.

M - It was smoot and delicious

D - Another plus would have again and as is nice and smooth could have a lot.

Oct 07, 2010
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kirkpjr from Alabama

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky but slightly transparent caramel brown color. 3 fingers of head with nice sheets of lacing.

S: Coffee, light sweet malts, and a strong nuttiness. Nice intense smell I was not expecting from a brown ale.

T: Nuttiness is strong upfront - leaving an almost peanut butter aftertastes. Also a nice bitterness here - playing against the light malts. Coffee notes also linger.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Nuttiness lingers heavily. Dry upfront and creamy in the finish.

D: Very good brown ale. Nut flavor is a little strong and overwhelming, but still pleasant.

Aug 01, 2010
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SeasonalBrew from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Fickle Peach in Muncie, IN

A: A roasted-looking brown color with an inch of head. Lacing was surprisingly fantastic all the way through this beer.

S: Not very strong, but you can definitely pick up the scent of roasted chestnuts and sweet malts.

T: Lives up to the name.. roasted nuts with a sweet finish. Not much else to it, but still not disappointing at all.

M: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth. I expected a bigger body, honestly.

D: This pint was gone before I knew it. Another great beer from Upland.

Jul 23, 2010
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jsanford from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generously received as an extra from heliosphann . Thanks, Scott!

A - Dark brown with reddish hues, very creamy 1/2 finger tan head. Pretty lacing.

S - I like this smell a lot! Roasted malts, roasted nuts, milk chocolate and a slight hint of oak.

T - Tons of roasted, almost burnt, malt right off the bat. Definite toffee sweetness and more roasted nuts. Bit of oaky vanilla flavors lingering around as well.

M - Very creamy and smooth with nice, fizzy carbonation.

D - Nicely drinkable, incredibly smooth. Good introduction to Upland, a brewer I had zero experience with!

Jul 20, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some nutty brown ale notes. The flavor is nuts, toffee, tea and some earthy and dirt-like hops. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jul 10, 2010
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