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Nut Roll Ale | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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3.58/5
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146 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hustlesworth on 11-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,727
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
146
pDev:
15.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
34
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of devo1980
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a decent brown ale. I don’t think you would call this great, but I like how subtle the spices are. Hardly any smell, which is a bit of a draw back. After taste has some cinnamon or nutmeg. Easy drinking on a cold night.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a non-frosted clear mug.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a two finger's worth of white foamy head that dissipated fairly well to leave some sly lace running here and there.
The aroma had some cinnamon and vanilla character up front over top of some sweet and roasty nuts. Light toffee/caramel malts. An even lighter cocoa powder to biscuit-like maltiness came out nicely.
The flavor was moderately sweet pulling in the cinnamon and vanilla in a nice even balance flowing just as I had hoped it would. Mild aftertaste of the nuts, caramel and vanilla start and then after more sips - more cinnamon seems to come in on the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sessionable quality about it. Carbonation felt spot on. ABV felt as projected. Finish was well balanced between spices and malts, nothing out of place.
Overall, as a brown ale it works with a fairly nice English twist on Pennsylvania Brewing Company's ingenuity. I'd have again.

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Photo of heddar33
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dodo2step
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- dark amber almost cola like color. Half finger bubbly head that leaves a hilly lacing.

S- cinnamon and vanilla

F- cinnamon and clove spice with hints of vanilla

M- creamy and chewy. Carbonated and bubbly

O- over carbonated and the spices dominate over the vanilla a tad much.

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Photo of tjmiller718
1.91/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Photo of bobpgh
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is dark amber to brown, head is tan with fine bubbles and presents 1 inch thick with some lacing.

Smell is vanilla, light cinnamon, then touch of cocoa and caramel malt.

Taste is similar to the aroma with moderate dose of vanilla and cinnamon first, then lighter chocolate malt/cocoa/caramel malt - a light maple like finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated, a bit dry on the tongue.

I was not too excited for this brew at first look, but the execution is better than the name may lead to believe. A sweeter brown ale with moderate but drinkable vanilla and cinnamon flavor.

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Photo of glass_house
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a fairly dark brown with a slight reddish undertone. The 1/2” light tan head leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes slowly but there is a ring of foam. Sipping creates a few scattered patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head soon recedes to an irregular shaped island on the liquid.

The aromas include some subtle medium roasted malt with chocolate, cinnamon and some vanilla in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with a toasted malt sweetness, almost like chocolate, up front against the background of cinnamon and vanilla. All of which become more noticeable as the beer warms. There's very little hop bitterness in the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly crisp with the moderate but persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the toasted malt flavor starts to fade, allowing the cinnamon and vanilla to play a more prominent role before they fade away, along with the sweetness, to leave a hint of bitterness that is more like roasted malt than hops.

Overall I liked this beer and thought it was well made. So I'll be looking to have another. The sweetness is well controlled, the spices are noticeable but not overdone. This one is reasonably temperature sensitive in that the prominence of different flavors seems to change as the beer warms. I also think I’d prefer just a bit more dry bitterness in the end since the sweetness does come close to being a too bit much.

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Photo of rdub
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zaktcc
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky copper color with a one finger white head that dissipates to a thin head. Moderate lacing. Aroma was a bit floral with a hint of malt. I did not notice the vanilla. Taste - Malt hit first followed by a spiciness like clove and cinnamon. Light-moderate carbonation. This beer is ok but it is not one that would seek.

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Photo of JDW4195
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of milesweaver
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrb378
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joshhersh
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zylod
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at the source, received in a pint glass.

3.5 A: It's dark in here, but I think it's a clear light brown color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Average retention and a few wisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: An almost musty sweet nuttiness. Sweet brown sugar with plenty of toastiness and maple syrup.

3.75 T: All of the above flavors but in different proportions. Less sweet than the nose with reasonable complexity.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Bity carbonation with moderate creaminess.

3.75 D: I'm a sucker for brown ales and the maple syrup thing does a good job drawing me in.

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Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with a huge head that ends up about two fingers high. The nose is as expected - nutty and bready. The nut roll essence also translates into the flavor profile. The deal-breaker for this offering is the somewhat fake flavor on the finish.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice light chocolate/caramel color with a creamy off-white head. Plenty of carbonation but very little lacing. Definitely smells of caramel, toffee and roasted malt. Initial taste is pleasant with hints of toffee, coffee and caramel also. It then mellows out to a sweet toffee finish. Overall this brew will hold its own with any brown/amber style ale, really enjoyed!

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Nut Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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