Kuka - Banana Nut Brown Ale
Andean Brewing Company / Nap Time Liquid Creation

Kuka - Banana Nut Brown AleKuka - Banana Nut Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #233
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,768
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 16.67%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
115
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Andean Brewing Company / Nap Time Liquid Creation
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Based on review notes from 2013. Had this on draft.
A: pours dark brown body with white head with ok retention and lacing
S: smells like runts with some nut notes
T: tastes somewhat sweet; banana taste with some nutty aftertaste
M: medium bodied and fairly smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; pretty decent overall

Dec 31, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Andean Brewing Co. "Kuka - Banana Nut Brown Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Very dark brown but not to the point of becoming black. It's mostly clear with glowing orange highlights at the base of the glass. The head has already died down to just a thin tan collar. Disappointing in that respect. The aroma is surprisingly chocolatey - I was expecting banana. The flavor, however, offers a good deal of banana. It's not fake, although there is some "natural banana flavor added", and it's not sweet, it's more like a just turning ripe banana. And that mixes well with the lightly cocoa-ish and nutty malt. I'm really quite surprised at how good this is! To be able to get that balance is pretty amazing; and I should also have noted earlier that real bananas are used as well as the flavoring. There's something else to it as well. There's a light touch of some other fruitiness from the yeast (apples, berries), and some clove, but more importantly, something that's almost spicy - I'm guessing that's the Maca root but I'm not sure as I've never tasted it. It's medium bodied and gently crisp across the palate. It's got a moderate bitterness yet it still finishes dry, nutty, toasty, and almost roasty. Nothing is overdone, and the flavors come forward in a progression: cocoa, banana, fruit, clove, spiciness, moe cocoa, nuts, bitterness, more green banana, walnuts, spice. I'm pleasantly surprised, and the head retention and lacing are it's only downfalls, but I assume that's due to the lower carbonation that's there, and which is probably necessary to get the flavors to balance correctly. I was expecting it to be gimmicky but it's actually probably the best banana nut brown ale I've ever had. Also, I thought it would be banana with a brown ale backing but it's really not, it's a solid English-style brown ale with added banana character that gives it an added dimension. It's unique and interesting, and although it's not a beer I'd want to have all of the time I'd certainly enjoy one every now and again. Well done! Kudos to Kuka!

3.5/4/4.25/3.5/4 = 4.02

Jul 17, 2017
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theBubba from New York

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice coppery brown in my 3 Philosophers glass with a half inch head that lasted less than a minute though the lacing went on 'til the end. Carbonation was lacking. Kind of flat on the palate. Taste was of course BANANA. I didn't get the nut like flavor other reviewers have mentioned though I did get some nuttyness in the nose. Hazelnut?

Overall this was not a disappointment nor was it a must have again tomorrow. An interesting take on a brown ale. You should try it at least once.

Nov 05, 2015
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ajilllau from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great, complex brown ale with tastes of nut and banana that was not fake tasting. Had a great feel to it and the malt lingered in the finish. I wish it was still available out easier to get in my area. We get requests for it quite a bit and we haven't had it on draft in over six months.

Oct 22, 2015
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mixed feelings about this. One of these is very enjoyable, but I always distrust flavor-added brews. Pours nice dark brown with little head. Unsurprisingly, banana on the nose. Taste is initial banana, and ripe fruit, but followed closely by very nice malt smoothness and rich nuttiness. Finish is fairly clean, with nice banana bread aftertaste.

Sep 14, 2015
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mahak213 from New York

4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exquisite beer. It leaves a wonderful feeling on the palate of light banana and notes of rich walnut. It's a lovely brown color and not too malty. If you're a fan of banana nut muffins you will love this.

Aug 04, 2015
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JAFoley from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -16.7%

A - Dark brown body with thin tan head. Quick dissipation and little to no lacing.

S - Sweet fruits, nutty malts, and banana

T - Sweet and sour fruits upfront quickly get steamrolled by banana and nut flavors.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O - Yeah, this isn't for me. I'd prefer this to be a great beer first and banana flavored second. But like many flavored beers, this focuses on the addition of flavors first which makes this almost undrinkable for me.

Nov 29, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

The smell is very banana-like. The taste is like a liquid banana Laffy Taffy candy, with a slight nutty aftertaste. Decent tasting, but I cannot see myself reaching for this all that often. Worth a try.

Sep 15, 2014
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seedyone from New York

4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

01/18/17 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Noticable coconut mixed with the vague banana distinguishes this brew. Would be interested about pairing with food. Could be a challange.

02/05/14 On tap at Rattle n HUm, NYC. Really nice stuff. Flavorful but nothing was trying too hard for attention. Like the old expression "...seen but not heard" the elements here were there, but not all shouty. A class act.

That being said it's not the only beer I'd like to have for a session. Great in a mix but not in the singular.

Sep 11, 2014
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mountdew1 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Color was a very dark brown, looked almost like a thin stout. No real head to speak of, thin lacings on top with a few collected on the sides. Dominant smell was banana. Smelled very much of banana bread with the hints of nuts of wheat. Small hint of lactose sugar as well. Flavor was a fake sweet banana, with a bit of brown bread in the back. The sweet was almost too much, made it more a savoring beer. Once again, mouth feel reminded me of a stout more than a brown ale. Overall, not bad. A much sweeter beer than expected, but not at all bad.

Sep 01, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 30, 2014.

It pours a dark brown with a lingering tan head that leaves plenty of lacing as it fades.

That aroma is something else! Bananas, nuttiness, and roasted chocolate. No bitter hops to talk about but these other esters are fascinating as a team.

Medium body.

And here come those bananas in the taste which jump out in front of the pack. The nuttiness and chocolate characters express themselves but not as forward as the bananas. To me this is what craft beer is all about. Merging together some unexpected ingredients and seeing what happens. And in this case it was a success. Not my regular cup of tea (or pint of beer) but definitely interesting.

Aug 30, 2014
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.1%

5 oz on tap at Top Hops NYC

A- Mid brown
S- Banana, pecans, malts
T- Boom, the banana hits, but then is washed by malts and toasted nuts. Vivid imagination of digging into banana bread. Spot on.
M- Good, medium brown

O- loved the 5 oz pour, but could get too much too fast.

Aug 20, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/5/2014 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong maple and banana along with chocolate, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, chocolate and bananas. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good variation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the flavoring.

Aug 05, 2014
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farrago from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yields a finger’s worth of deep tan foam, mostly dense, tiny bubbles with an even surface, slightly poor retention, the lacing is a thin sheet which gently slides down the glass in one piece. The liquid is a semi-murky yellowish brown, at times you might mistake the particulate for the fat bubbles which are scattered throughout. The nose could not possibly smell more like banana bread to Entenmann’s banana crumb loaf, loaded with chocolate and caramel accents, glazed nuts, then a dollop of plum to maraschino cherry fruit, dense nostril presence and quite long as well. Full-bodied, thankfully those big bubbles translate into active carbonation which relieves excess weight during the mouth entry. That said, sweetness rules with banana, banana, banana and chocolate, caramel, vanilla bean, and a roasted quality which is reminiscent of coffee beans. The fruit flavors less distinct and receded here. There’s also something vegetal going on, but in a fresh “garden” vegetables way, not a flaw per se and a minor element. As one would expect, a beer to be consumed with certain expectations and used for clear purposes, not a “just pop a frosty” option. Taken at face value, it delivers what it promises.

May 24, 2014
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CHickman from New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown color with reddish highlights where light hits it and a massive 3 finger tan foamy head that was thick and faded very slowly, leaving very good lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, roasted chestnuts and other nuts, caramel, sweet malt and other sweet fruit notes; really nice and sweet like dessert, it was a solid complex aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted chestnuts and other nuts up front, toasted malts, chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, peat moss, caramel, molasses, wheat bread, hay or earthy notes, dark fruit like plum or a raisin, and then finally the banana; the sweet banana and fruit flavors have a funky yeast twinge to it but manage to still taste like a piece of burnt banana nut bread. It really is like drinking burnt banana nut bread, and I find this very tasty and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy with light carbonation, a slick feel and a medium body that is in the thin side but packed with roasted malt and nutty flavors.

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised at how good this beer was, and for a real niche almost gimmick brew it was very tasty and achieved the goal of tasting like an actual piece of banana nut bread. This is not a beer for everyone, nor a session beer, but it was good overall and worth trying for any adventurous beer drinker.

May 07, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a solid dark brown with garnet highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that dissipates rather quickly. My God that smells exactly like banana bread, that is an awesome aroma! Sweet caramelized brown sugar and banana with hints of nuts and vanilla with a touch of earthiness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Loved the aroma, the earthiness in the flavor which I assume is the maca root distracts me a bit from enjoying this more.

Apr 05, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Dark brown with a finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Really over ripe banana, some roasted nuttiness, sweet caramel, and toffee notes.
T - Tastes like really artificial banana flavor, not subtle at all, Very sugary and sweet caramel malt, there is a little nutty quality at the end, a touch of dark herbal bitterness too.
M - Sticky and chewy.
O - I mean hey, its name should tell you what you're going to get, sure its a one off novelty, I'd like to see a more roasted and nutty quality come out in this, to help balance out the sweetness, though I might take this over Well's banana bread beer.

Dec 31, 2013
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Huffs from New York

3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a medium head with a tan color which has god retention and some lacing. Color was a nice dark brown to mahogany color. Aroma was very sweet and fruity with strong notes of banana and malt. Taste was sweet and fruity with strong banana and some malt and chocolate notes with a hint of spice. Nice medium to full mouth feel with a dry bitter / sweet aftertaste.

Dec 21, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Ick. This tastes like blended up banana but bread that is then filtered and put into a beer. Whereas the flavor is spot on, it's just...weird. Not really something I am looking for in a brew. Too much novelty and not enough proper punch. Could have dealt with the assault on my senses.

Sep 04, 2013
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socon67 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola brown pour with a tan colored foam. Lacing rolls down the glass. Foam retention is solid.

S - Strong notes of fresh banana, and some caramel. Light malt aroma finishes off an impressive smell.

T - Certainly tastes like bananas. Notes of caramel and pecans make this a tasty brown ale. Finish has a malty sweetness.

M - I found while this was a nice beer, I could not see myself having more than one. Too sweet to be sessionable.

O - Great beer to have for banana flavoring. Similar to Wells, but with more flavor at the expense of being less smooth.

Aug 13, 2013
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rab53 from Washington

2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Stopped at DeCicco's in Brewster on my way back to MA. Noticed several beers by this new brewery, and chose this one for its uniqueness.

Pours a medium chestnut brown with off-white 2-finger head.
Immediately smells of overripe banana, like warm banana bread. However, as the beer warms, I begin to get odd plastic and metallic aromas mixed with artificial banana. At other times it smells like real banana. I kept wanting to like the smell, but it was weirdly off-putting.
Taste was a mix of plastic banana and mild nutty malts. Again, after each sip I swung between enjoyment and displeasure.
Medium carbonation, appropriate for style.
I wanted to like this beer, but couldn't get past the fake banana flavors. Ended up pouring out the last third of my glass.

Jun 04, 2013
Kuka - Banana Nut Brown Ale from Andean Brewing Company / Nap Time Liquid Creation
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 115 ratings