Madtown Nutbrown | Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
3.69/5
Good
395 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
aleasylum.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of seven unique malts give this brown ale an earthy aroma and a flavor reminiscent of caramel with a slightly creamy finish.

Added by rhoadsrage on 06-29-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,070
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
395
pDev:
12.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
83
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Ratings: 395 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of JCastaBarry
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigsp
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer,could drink all night if available

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky orange with a considerable amount of coral red when backlit. I love this color. Frankly, the beer looks more like a barleywine than the stated style. The head is an attractive shade of golden beige and is more thickly creamy than one usually sees on a brown ale. I'm impressed.

The nose is very nice as well. For once, a nut brown that's both beautifully nutty (sugared pecans) and powerfully brown malty. I don't know what seven malts Ale Asylum used, but they chose well. They also added a significant amount of the more heavily toasted varieties if the nose is any indication. There's also a hint of butterscotchiness that adds even more depth.

Madtown Nut Brown is a classic example of an American brown ale. I could even see it as an English brown ale for whatever that's worth. The malt backbone isn't huge, but it provides an amazing amount of deliciousness. I taste toasted brown bread slathered with apple butter and caramel, then sprinked with crushed, oven-toasted pecans.

Sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw. If more malt was used, this would be a beer to be reckoned with. A little more sweetness and a more mouthfilling creaminess would put it into select company as far as I'm concerned. I'm fine with the slightly peppy carbonation since it settles down by mid-bottle.

I've heard good things about Ale Asylum. I wish I could have made it to the brewpub on my most recent trip to Madison, but I was able to locate a few bottles to ease the disappointment. If Madtown Nut Brown is representative, I'm even more excited about drinking the rest of their offerings than I was previously. This is good beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Roughly poured into an Imperial pint glass, Mad Town Nut Brown raises a massive head of frothy ivory-colored foam that holds throughout almost the entire glass and leaves walls of thin, scabrous lace that eventually erode into shotgun blasts of tiny spots. Seemingly bottle-conditioned, it has a yeasty haze within its chestnut and orange-ruby robe.

The nose is pretty straightforwardly cocoaish, toasty-nutty, and lightly fruity with soft red berries.

In the mouth it's delicately smooth and then just slightly creamy with a moderate carbonation and medium-light body.

As suggested by the aroma, cocoa, nuts, and soft berries definitely do appear in the flavor. It's softly sweet; gently malty with a dusty cocoa-ish and golden caramel side; and fruity with summer berries. The two sides balance nicely, and a subtle accent of grassy hops helps to round it along with a firm, underlying bitterness.

Sweetness may hinder its drinkability a bit, but it's quite welcoming and accessible. Nicely done!

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Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a pint glass
I also had this on tap and enjoyed it so much I picked up a 6 pack on the way out of Mad Town.
Look is a light brown with a tan head that reduces to a nice thin cap.
Smell is very nutty.
Taste is sweet and nutty very little if any bitterness.
Feel is maybe a little on the thin side and yet creamy.
Drink a mild but smooth drinkable beer.

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Photo of 0panther0
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - deep red brown, nice tan head, low carb
S - chocolate, grain/bread, some fruit
T - malty, sweet, citrus, some chocolate... toasty... slight bitter finish
F - smooth, great body, creamy... light carb
O - very good brown ale... malty, sweet... very enjoyable

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Photo of Lemke10
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6pk of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $8.

This American brown ale pours a dark brown color with a slight scent of hops. It has a slight hops taste as well but a more overpowering nutty flavor that reminded me of pecans. For being a more flavorful beer it drank rather smooth. Definetly a must try!

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Photo of ssinger
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is essentially everything I want in a nutbrown ale. Nutty, check. Malty, check. Carmel, check. Smooth, check. Poured a deep amber color and smelled somewhat like an nutty amber. I'm from Milwaukee and have been loving everything out of the Ale Asylum of Madison. It's great to see some brewerys outside of New Glarus make a good name for themselves in Wisconsin. We're known for our watered down sh*t beers, but brewerys like this will definitely help to change that.

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Photo of Thanby
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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 feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel brown color, , slim head...

Sweetness in the nose, plenty caramel, with cocoa and nut tones...malt-alicious!

On the tongue, more of the same, but dry-ish....nutty and chocolatey.
Smoothness reigns here. And flavor is in abundance. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, and the sweetness is tempered with light hops at each sip.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out as a darkish brown color with a slight head that receded moderately.

S - Smells faintly of carmel with a hint of nuttiness or perhaps a little chocolate savoriness?

T - Tastes wonderfully rich. The carmel notes are not overpowering , and the same can be said of the maltiness and nuttiness.

M - Not overly carbonated, which is a plus. The smooth and creamy feel of this beer is exactly what you want.

O - A very drinkable beer which pairs together the carmel and nut flavors very well. It doesn't leave too much of a lingering flavor, but that helps with the overall drinkability because of how smooth it feels as it is going down. The sweetness is also not overly demanding and thus it goes on the top of the list.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown, like all of Ale Asylums great creations it is extremely unfiltered like it should be!

smells very much like nuts, almonds, caramel, toffee with a slight roasty charachter

Taste is almonds, caramel, slight burnt coffee?, with a good roasty quality, no hops to be found here.

Mouthfeel is medium cabonations, medium-thin body as to be expected for the style and Abv.

It is a great Nut brown, while not my favorite style by any stretch it is still one I have around for just throwin a few back and with meals as Browns tend to go the best with food IMO.

New Glarus is not making Fat squriell this year but that is ok because we have this, good stuff!

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of B_G
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InVinoVeritas
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Sara_erickson89
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of FlyntFlossie
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of caustin90
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Netdogca
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tvv375ia
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of Jon1106
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 395 ratings