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Madtown Nutbrown | Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
3.69/5
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379 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:
#29,893
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
379
pDev:
12.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
79
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of cokes
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark orange-tinted tan with a sturdy rise of beige foam.
Nose of cocoa powder with a growing contingent of orangey hops as it sits.
Tastewise, it begins with a bran-like sense of grain, sprinkled with brown sugar. Traces of cocoa. It goes semi-flaccid in the middle, with only some vague lingering toasty sweetness lapping up against a light sour apple yeastiness. Hopping carries a fair amount of reedy bitterness, which carries through with a dried grass and tea flavor, along with a closing yelp of citrus.
It's medium-light in body, with a sluggish carbonation. It's not refreshing enough to be a quaffer nor meaty enough to stand on its own as a warmer.
It's not a terrible stab at a brown ale, but there are things here that don't quite mesh. It's easily the weakest link in Ale Asylum's bottled line. I'd vote to bench this and put Big Slick Stout in mass production...or Sticky McDoogle...or, really, anything else.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium-dark brown. Looks a little hazy. Short off white head with little persistence.

Smell - Sweet medium roasted malts. Caramel, toffee, raisin. Not getting much in the way of hops.

Taste - Principally sweet medium roasted malt. Light sweet toast, chocolate, coffee flavors. A little bitterness and a little watery. Light citrus finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Smells like its going to taste better. Not awful, but not worth looking for.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't find this beer to be all that nutty...it was decent and lightly toffee-ish, but not particularly nutty nor was it overwhelmingly flavorful. Still, this was far from a bad beer, and I think I would rate it above average.

This beer pured a nice red color with a tan head. Aroma was a bit of light caramel but was not overly odoriferous. Flavor was a bit light and a bit of toffee and caramel. Body was light and there was not a tremendous amount of mouthfeel. Not bad, and recommended, but far from spectacular.

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Photo of smartin121356
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheArtOfWort
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. A thin layer of retention leaves a nice cascade of lacing behind. The aroma smells like cocoa, bread, roasted nuts, some citrus, and earthy hops.

The taste is a smooth blend of toasted malts, caramel sweetness, some nutty bitterness, and a bit of a prominant hop in the backend. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a creamy and mellow feel.

Not bad. While the aroma and flavors were pretty tight for the style, I wish that they could have been a bit more assertive and the overall feel could had been just a touch beefier to help support them better. This was my first beer from Ale Asylum and I look forward to better selections from them down the road.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color. Light shines through easily. Small head...rim bubbles only. No lace.

Mild aroma of weak coffee and darker malts.

Sweet and toasty flavor. There's a good hop presence, especially for this style. Moderate to thin body with a high carbonation.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of barnzy78
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no freshness date even though the label leaves a space for something to be imprinted. New to the Chicago area, I've had some of their stuff in the past and enjoyed thoroughly.
L - cloudy brown ale capped with a thinner ivory head
S - caramel, bread, chocolate, yeast
T - brown malt, nutty, bready, caramel, spicy earthy hops
F - creamy and smooth mouth feel. Fairly clean finish.
O - good nut brown ale here. Nothing exceptional, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown color. Mild smell of toasted malts. Taste is nutty with caramel and chocolate notes, and fairly sweet (sweeter than other brown ales I've had). Mild bitterness imparted by spicy hops (more apparent in the finish). Smooth, creamy, and medium bodied. Low carbonation, feels a bit flat against the creamy body. A pretty decent brown ale.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber color, with a small tan head. The smell was weak, but had some maltyness. The taste was malty, no nut flavor as the name implies, and a bit light for a brown ale. There could have been more flavor, but easy to drink. Overall not a bad beer, but not a good beer either.

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Photo of blackearth
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Poured a very dark ruby red body with an off white head that falls to a cap. Aroma is of sweet toffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with flavors of brown sugar and a very sweet finish. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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 Atron67
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a pretty hazy amber brown with a light red hue. had a fluffier tannish head that settled pretty quickly to a thin film.

S- smells pretty malty, a nice nutty flavor on the bottom, but is not that strong

T- pretty light creamy flavor, only a light nutty flavor, but still pretty solid maltiness of nice complexity.

M- creamy body, light carbonation, pretty nice

D- pretty good but not all that great, drinkable

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PlacementSix
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Bighuge
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear auburn body. Thin and dense beige head. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is nutty and malty (toffee). Flavor is nicely rounded, if not inspired. Nutty and malty flavor with ghostly notes of roast. Mellow and agreeble in flavor and body. Decent enough beer.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Big caramel nose with a hint of chocolate
Pours slightly hazy medium brown under a thin off-white head.
The palate begins with mildly sweet light caramel flavors and then finishes dry with a touch of chocolate.
This is a refreshing medium body, medium to medium low carbonation session beer.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Alex_Weinard
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was not "mad" about the Madtown Nutbrown. Definitely di not rank in my top ten for brown ales. The beer pour a nice brownish amber with ok head that did not lace. The scent carried earthy and malt aromas but nothing out of control. The taste was more like a watered caramel coffee. The mouthfeel was light in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was just ok....definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Bonna
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 379 ratings
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