Nutty Brunette | Frog Level Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Frog Level Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rifugium on 05-31-2013

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Frog Level

I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this one was actually quite good, and possibly my favorite offering from the brewery.

Slightly hazy, medium brown pour, with a tan ringlet on top that retained well. Bready aroma, caramel malts, toasted grains, nutshells. Sweet caramel malts balanced out with a bit of roasty bitterness and some earthy hops, with a good nutty profile. Pretty standard stuff, but quite good and non-offensive. None of the off-flavors that usually keep me away from the style. Medium body, and easily drinkable. Overall very solid and enjoyable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, brown color, with a filmy, slick, cream colored head. Nose of heavy roasted characteristics, nut sweetness, hints of chocolate and caramel. Flavors are roasted nut sweet forward, with grainy and bitter char highlights, chocolate notes, and a subtle hops bitterness at the end. Light and smooth, with a bittersweet aftertaste. The finish is light and smooth. Tasty, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of qcghost
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThunderingBrews
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of OldTime
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of this at Stella Brew recently. Worked out since my wife needed a Brown Ale for a recipe and I got to finish the rest on my own. Poured into a mug.

This is a really murky beer. Seems to be some light sediment resting on the bottom as well. Small cap of lace on top. Nice aroma of sweet bread, brown sugar, toasted nuts. Moderately smooth mouth with a touch of carbonation bite on the back end. The alcohol makes its presence known in the flavor to an unfortunate degree as it masks the nuttiness that I expected. Semi-sweet finish of sugar cookies, dark bread, and ethanol. Light nutty quality, but I'd like a bit more. Not bad. I'm interested in the other offerings from these guys. Stella carries about 4-5 of their others, so I'll be checking them out shortly.

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Photo of rabiddawg
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dbl_delta
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated 16 oz can purchased at the brewery into red Solo cup (hey, I'm on the road a don't have glassware). Pours an amber brown with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. There is some bitterness up front, along with roasted nut flavor and (way in the background) some caramel sweetness. Interestingly, the initial bitterness fades quickly and the sweetness lingers, so it ends up tasting about the opposite of what you'd think initially.
Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. I'm not a brown ale fan, but this is pretty decent stuff.

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Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of runawaycyborg
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can - $3.50 at Tasty Beverage Co. in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a hazed medium-to-dark brown body with a smallish, thin, ecru head. Lightly laced on the descent.

Smell: Softly sweet-smelling nose of moistened malted barley grains with a toasty bent to 'em, a little fruitiness akin to strawberry, with the hops registering as a bit subtle and subdued.

Taste: A taste of toasted breadcrust and biscuit with some crumbled brown sugar cookies and a bit of nutty-tasting caramel candy. Moderate sweetness. A firm vein of fruitiness running throughout. Leafy, herbal hops impart some bitterness, though it remains predominately sweet. Finishes malty (nutty) and still rather fruity with some lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A sweet-leaning brown that, like its moniker, is a bit nutty.

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Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of psmith161
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nutty Brunette from Frog Level Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.6% out of 100 with 19 ratings
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