Nut Hugger Brown | Upland Brewing Company

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Nut Hugger BrownNut Hugger Brown

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by JamesS on 04-06-2008

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of aachrisman
5/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

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Photo of acknight
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of RyanPoff
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of AlexandAbi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of zachpaschal
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgreg3
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a damn fine beer pours a beatiful brown with some foam , smells of sweet malt and some caramel. The taste is very similar but incredibly balanced very malty sweet at the beginning but very well balanced, The taste is of oak , malt , hop balance , and caramel in there as well pretty light mouthfeel as well. Medium finish. This one's easy to drink.

Pick it up if you get the chance.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Huntingtonbasser
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jnikkel
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Shrews
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: interesting label - a squirrel with a brown ale in its grasp and cheefing on a cig. poured into an imperial pint glass, nice mahogany body with garnet hues. creamy beige lace and good retention

smell: strong woody and nutty aromas - roasted grain, toasted malt

taste: very nice brown - creamy and very flavorful. woody with distinct cocoa highlights, walnut, toasted sourdough, a splash of coffee, cola. greatly exceeded expectations based on the other upland stuff i have had

mouthfeel: creamy, rich medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Heliosphann for this 12 oz. bottle. I've seen Upland on sveral episodes of "Parks and Recreation".

A: The brown ale lives up to its moniker, a murky chestnut color that looks live several horses that we saw at the PA Farm Show today. The color is deep enough to be opaque. Head? Yes, but it never exceeds a quarter finger. Light lacing ensues.

S: The aroma is bright, a nice eye-opener on a Sunday. Caramel and nuts, a dash of toffee, all adding to the bready scent.

T: An imperial nut brown? The ale starts off with a malty bang. The caramel and nuttiness from the nose are present in spades. Matched with them is a roasted flavor, reminiscent of a stout for its ability to linger. The ale is rather creamy, as several other reviewers have noted, adding to my enjoyment.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy despite the strength of the malts. A brown ale that tastes like much more than a brown ale.

D: A very pleasant introduction to Upland. I'd sip on this beer all day long.

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Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.17/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a great brown color with good head and good lacing. Has an excellent scent, a nice maltiness to it. Excellent taste, a wonderful brown ale with great nut flavors, it's well balanced with just a little aftertaste. Goes down well. An excellent nut brown ale, well worth a try if you find yourself in Bloomington, IN.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cwguy5
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Preismj
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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....

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of aasher
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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