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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Andean Brewing Company / Nap Time Liquid Creation
 
New York, United States
Style:
English Brown Ale
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 16.85%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
94
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 30, 2020
Added:
Jun 04, 2013
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  37
SCORE
81
Good
Kuka - Banana Nut Brown AleKuka - Banana Nut Brown Ale
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Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Apr 30, 2020
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.81 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Sep 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.57 by Craven from New York

Nov 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.68 by JonDeutsch from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by armock from New York

Jul 17, 2017
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.23 by Campodog from Spain

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by jmaskell33 from New York

Oct 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.87 by SFC21 from Florida

Jun 27, 2016
 
Rated: 2.4 by abluepig from New York

Jun 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by edthehead from New York

Jun 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Jun 09, 2016
 
Rated: 2.87 by AD17 from New Jersey

Apr 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by allistermcg from New York

Mar 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.86 by BarrelAgedG from California

Mar 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.54 by Almasi_ from New York

Jan 05, 2016
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Reviewed by theBubba from New York

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Reviewed by ajilllau from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.51 by PStaff716 from New York

Oct 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by TheBeerMaster1 from New York

Oct 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.18 by Cooker_stp from New York

Oct 13, 2015
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.34 by Casterbridge from Connecticut

Aug 07, 2015
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Reviewed by mahak213 from New York

4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.33 by Homebrew from Connecticut

Jul 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by bluntedboywonder from New York

Jun 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.81 by Ksilver2 from New York

May 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by ELECTRONICAnonymous from Massachusetts

May 05, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by deonreds from New York

Apr 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.73 by grahuba from Connecticut

Apr 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

Apr 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.28 by REEK from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2015
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Rated by frankwoj from Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2
Is this beer? Terrible! Yikes!
Feb 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by probert from New York

Feb 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.72 by Goldndomer from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.33 by R11415 from New York

Jan 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.23 by KrissyKat6 from New York

Jan 18, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by Juanito from New York

Dec 13, 2014
Kuka - Banana Nut Brown Ale from Andean Brewing Company / Nap Time Liquid Creation
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 115 ratings