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Kuka - Banana Nut Brown Ale | Andean Brewing Company

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3.57/5
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112 Ratings
Kuka - Banana Nut Brown AleKuka - Banana Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Andean Brewing Company
New York, United States
kukablog.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rab53 on 06-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,733
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
112
pDev:
17.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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11
Gots:
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Photo of Craven
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JonDeutsch
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of armock
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
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

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Photo of Campodog
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmaskell33
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFC21
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abluepig
2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of edthehead
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of allistermcg
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Almasi_
4.54/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of theBubba
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of PStaff716
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mahak213
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

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Photo of Homebrew
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Kuka - Banana Nut Brown Ale from Andean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 112 ratings
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