Madtown Nutbrown
Ale Asylum

Madtown NutbrownMadtown Nutbrown
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #524
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,674
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 12.16%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
405
From:
Ale Asylum
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  86
SCORE
84
Good
Madtown NutbrownMadtown Nutbrown
Notes: A blend of seven unique malts give this brown ale an earthy aroma and a flavor reminiscent of caramel with a slightly creamy finish.
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 405
Reviews by KSMONHNYIL:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark reddish brown, hazy but not opaque, just looks a little muddy. Slightly off white head that dissipated quickly. I get a touch of nutty malt on the nose along with an earthiness I really like. Tastes of peanuts, caramel, maybe a bit of chocolate. Slightly sweet but not overbearing. Feel is quite smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation. This beer is boring at a glance, but nicely done overall. Definitely glad to have a brown ale besides Bender that I can get anywhere in MN now.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Thanby
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy honey/amber with a nice tan head that leaves some lacing. Smells just like the name, a nice malty scent with some nuttiness and some hops in the background. First taste reveals a wonderfully light but flavorful malt with some roasted almonds and a very mild banana flavor in the background, followed by a milder hop note and a fairly clean finish. Very easy to drink and somewhat lighter-bodied, this brew is surprisingly refreshing and very much fits Ale Asylums solid full-malt style. A perfect beer to enjoy while out on the town in Madison.

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Photo of Gaddabble
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Strix
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-dark brown with a slight head.

Vague caramel nutty smell.

Caramel, toffee, and roasted notes. On par for the style, fairly flavorful.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This wasn't anything revolutionary, but was well-balanced and an easy drinker. Simple and enjoyable.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pkgd 5/19/16. DFH tulip.

A: pours a medium brown, light penetrates as ruby red, ample carbonation and some fine sediment visible. 1/2 finger sandy head that recedes quickly.

S: chocolate tootsie rolls! Chocolatey and malty; like a chocolate malt milkshake.

T: drier than the nose would suggest; some toasty melanoidins and cocoa powder; a little sourdough bread. Mild English hop on the end. Cocoa or Colombian nutty coffee lingers on the finish.

M: mid-bodied, but carbonation makes it feel lighter. Not terribly viscous, but not a very clean ending.

O: This is a solid rendition of a fuller-bodied English brown. In that respect I like it, but it seems missing something essential. If I lived in Madison or Chicago I'd probably drink it often; but not worth seeking out next time I'm there.

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Photo of jds16
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looked like a slight leathery color. Nice look!

S: I couldn't really pick out one scent in there. But there was a touch of hop flavor and of course some nuttiness that was appealing. Not sure if the mystery scent was molasses, candi sugar?

T: It was nutty, malty, smooth. All things you'd want from a good nutbrown!

Not being the biggest fan of Nutbrowns, this is the one I buy when I'm in the mood for one! And it's local which is great!

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent brown with a moderately thick tan head that reduces pretty fast.

Nutty malt scent with a cocoa note.

A nutty malt taste as well with a chocolate milk presence. Nice light roast all the way into the aftertaste.

Just a touch thin. Mostly smooth.

A really nice example of a brown ale. No problem drinking several of these. Another good brew from Ale Asylum.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured smoothly, but no head. Color is an amber-rust, and there is a fine sediment swirling within.

S-Toasted malt, a touch of toasted mixed nuts, light hint of caramel, and something resembling freshly brewed black tea.

T-Prickly carbonation dominates the attack, which yields to toasted malty mid-palate and hints of caramel with hazelnut, and the finish is mostly clean with lingering sweet toast. I think I'm also picking up a tinge of hops, which is confirmed by a mini-belch.

M-This stuff is too frail to carry its flavors through. The light, watery body, coupled with fairly liberal carbonation, drowns out some of the flavors, and if you drink it quickly, the prickly carbonation carries over the entire tongue and doesn't fade until just before rounding out the tonsils. It's got the taste of a decent beer, and the texture of a flaccid handshake.

D-The least satisfying collection from this brewery I've yet had. The overall taste is enjoyable, and it's fairly smooth, but the lightness doesn't do justice to the flavors, and the ale has no equilibrium.

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Photo of Dovers
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delmarnate
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on on tap at the brewery. When poured it looks like nothing special but the taste offers a lot for a saturated beer style. Nice and hoppy at first sip, but the malts really come through at the back end. Very strong flavor for a brown ale while still being mellow. Easy to drink, but gets filling after a while. Nice beer to have sitting around in the winter.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%

From notes on 11/9/13

Nutty earthy taste. Maybe some caramel in there too. Dark brown color. Creamy white head. Ok beer. One of my least favorites from ale asylum.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wildman Joe for grabbing me some beer in Wisconsin!

Poured from a stubby brown bottle with some kind of date code that is smeared off of the bottle. A good looking beer for sure. Clear chestnut brown with a few floaties that lead me to think this one could be a tad past it's prime and a massive khaki head that settles slowly to soft peaks. Roasted almonds and barley in the aroma..nice. Roasty and malty flavors with pecan-like nuttiness and plenty of rich malt that is well balanced with mild floral hoppiness. Medium lean bodied and creamy with smooth carbonation. A tasty brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 405 ratings