Pecan Dream
Holy City Brewing

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #99
Ranked #12,563
4 | pDev: 13.25%
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: We don’t blame you if you don’t believe us, but this beer was born in a dream. Sean arrived at the brewery one day, having woken from a dream where we brewed two beers. One was made with boiled peanuts, and the other with pecans. For logistical reasons, among others, we decided we had to make with ones with pecans. After sourcing 150 lbs of them, we split them up amongst ourselves, roasting every last nut in our respective home ovens. 5 pounds of those home-roasted pecans were added per barrel of this American brown ale, imparting a great nutty nose that presents itself more as the beer warms up.

Feel free to consult your psychology textbooks for “dreams about nuts” at this point.

25 IBU
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pjhalifax from South Carolina

2.81/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a six pack at Charleston Beer Exchange and, from glancing at other reviews, I can only guess something has gone wildly wrong with the cans I got. The beer is overcarbed and has a sour note that makes me think there's been a packaging issue. I don't get much in the way of pecan even after letting the beer warm up -- tastes mostly like a brown ale that went off the tracks somewhere.

Dec 24, 2015
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JISurfer from South Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

Mar 25, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malty nutty brown ale, with some pecan taste, sweet and sticky. A big brown foamer. OK drinkability, maybe on a very hot day. Thanks for the extra can, Brian.

Apr 10, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cola brown color presents, without much of either head or lacing

Smell: Brown bread, with hints of chocolate and coffee; not picking up the pecans

Taste: Brown bread, with the chocolate and coffee flavors and nutty character that develops by mid-palate; a little grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was looking for a bit more pecan flavor; as it was, this tasted more like a middle of the road brown

Sep 22, 2012
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BeerZack from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown ale with light head that rises when swirled. Smells of nuts, toffee and chocolate malt balls. Taste is maybe not quite as complex, but still good. Lots of nutty and almost butter pecan syrup notes in the flavor. The finish is just a little boring. Its not quite sticky and its not quite dry, but there is no real lingering flavor besides an impression of sweetness.

Feb 14, 2013
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whitekiboko from South Carolina

3/5  rDev -25%

Dec 27, 2011
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, fluffy tan head that fades quickly. Smell is oaky, maple, nuts. Super sweet, nuttiness, smoke. Thin mouthfeel, a bit cloying aftertaste. Different, but a one and done for me.

Aug 25, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Had this one on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured in a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very nutty aroma, with a good deal of malt as well.

T: Tasted of pecans (very, very overtly), malt, and a hint of coffee. The pecans definitely add a new and welcome dimension to the tired old American brown ale style. A lot more flavor than you'd expect.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a different type of brown ale, but well worth your time.

Dec 16, 2011
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Can poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: A great deal overcarbonated - this took a half dozen pours to get a full glass. Deep brown practically black color. Head is a beige foam. Hard to judge retention on an overcarbed brew, but a short ring of lacing is left.

2.75 S: Dry, dusty toastiness. The pecans are rather tame and barely detectable. In fact, this is much less nutty than at least half of the browns out there that don't have nuts in them. Mild tangy caramel. Underwhelming here.

2.0 T: The tanginess is stronger in the taste. I'm not sure if this is due to an early infection, a stange manifestation of the overcarbonation, or just the way that it's supposed to be. In any case, it doesn't taste great. Again there's a dry toastiness and just a slight nuttiness.

1.75 M: Lighter medium body. Well overcarbonated. Somewhat watery rather than creamy.

1.75 D: Obviously not what the brewer intended, but I have to review the result rather and not the plan.

Jan 12, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: mahogany with a thin lacing tan head
S: faint nuttiness
T: caramel and malts without being too sweet
F: very creamy
I: another hit from Holy City, recommend

Feb 07, 2016
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Wrigfen from South Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 16, 2019
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TwinH from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +25%

Dec 18, 2011
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GRG1313 from California

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Sep 29, 2013
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RoryOMoore from New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

Mar 09, 2013
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jrohrbacher from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Oct 20, 2013
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mikeincharleston from North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

Nov 13, 2014
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ecmoon3 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Feb 02, 2012
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

Oct 13, 2014
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Apr 28, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had several of these on tap around King St. in Charleston. Pretty nice, lots of nutty notes, roasted malts, peanuts, chalk, cocoa notes. One of their better beers IMO.

Mar 12, 2015
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Aug 25, 2013
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sonofliberty2 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 14, 2016
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CarolinaKev from South Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

Jan 23, 2012
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GossageBrewery from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewery, poured a dark brown color, produced a thick tan head, excellent retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma of this Brown Ale consisted of roasted malt, and nuts. (dare I say Pecans?) Medium in body, this beer had a foundation of roasted malt, coffee and Pecans! One of the first ales that use pecans that I can say, actually tasted like a pecan! Outside the box take on a Brown Ale but that is why it's and American Brown Ale instead of a classic Brittish Brown Ale! Excellent session beer- If you get the chance, check this one out!

Sep 28, 2012
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Mattybz28 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Mar 19, 2012
Pecan Dream from Holy City Brewing
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