Arcadia Nut Brown Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Nut Brown AleArcadia Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This English-style brown ale has an alluring mahogany color capped by a rich foam head. It is brewed with six different varieties of premium malted barley, creating a robust body and delicious flavor profile featuring hints of chocolate, raisins, dates and almonds. It's ripe fruit notes and malty, sweet finish are counterbalanced by a subtle hop bitterness and aroma.

26 IBU

Added by maxpower on 02-25-2002

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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 263
Photo of Boca-X
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Did not like this at all. Had no aroma and an odd vinegar aftertaste that I couldn't shake. It was so bad that I will force myself to try make sure it wasn't a bad bottle. I will change my review if that is the case.

I poured it down the drain after a half of glass...something I never do.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark Amber color with mild head and very little carbonation. Strong nutty aroma. Hints of burned wood and toasted malt. Hop flavors that I did not expect. Sweet. Mild flavor. Tart with a spice at the of the sip. Easy to drink. Not the worst but there are better out there.

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Photo of jewellrunner
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Kansas City Royals pint glass, but do not worry, the mediocrity of the team does not affect the beer. In this case, the beer was just mediocre. Thin, thin, thin and only slightly flavorful. Light brown in appearance (is this darker on tap?), and no head to speak of. Luckily, I only had one bottle of this in a mix-and-match 6'er. Won't try again from the bottle.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Fair head for a brown with some lingering lacing on the glass. Color is very clear for a brown. A very mild nutty aroma. Not impressive. Taste and mouth feel are extremely thin. There's really not much here to satisfy. Given Arcadia's strong distribution in Michigan, I expected a lot more from them. This is way too bland. Pass it up.

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Photo of Sark
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Hazier red brown with thin caramel head

Smell- toasty notes and hints of toffee and chocolate, sweeter breadiness and yeast as well

Taste- Lighter maltier and sweeter than most browns I've come accross, mid-mouth hint of diacetyl, perhaps this one was a bit too late, a littler cidery

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, on the lighter side

Overall- An interesting take on a brown, almost reminded me of a lighter bock at times, I'd like to have it fresh to truly give a definite say

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Green Dot Stables in Detroit. $3 for a 12oz mug. Hadn't had it before, so why not.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with a little, brown, creamy head. Not much lacing to be seen. A pretty average brown ale.

Smell: For some reason, I didn't pull much out. Maybe my sniffer was broken. Very faint, dirty malt aroma, with maybe some traces of coffee. Almost reminiscent of a stout, but then again, I always figure brown ales are just a small step behind a stout/porter.

Taste/feel: Average is as average does. It tastes like the smell... light on the aroma, light on the taste... easy drinking, but it's just a middle-of-the-road brown that's just not that interesting. Arcadia doesn't make the best beer, but they make typical examples of styles without trying to "change the rules", so to speak.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, dark reddish brown. The head was rather scant, disappearing quickly.

Smell: a slightly sweet bready aroma. Pleasant and toasty but with a very slight suggestion of burnt.

Taste: Toasty and slightly malty. A bit of sourness could be detected. There was a mild hoppy bitterness having a "rounded" taste. The overall taste was not as deep as hoped.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, a bit thin.

Overall: Not at all bad, but the thinness of the taste profile was a bit disappointing -- but not enough to keep me from drinking it again.

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Photo of jmendels
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Nut Brown pours as a richly brown coloured brew. I taste a decently complex brown ale here, some present but not overbearing roasted notes, mixed with some floral notes. The beer tastes brighter than it looks, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Overall, the carbonation reduces my enjoyment of an otherwise palatable beer. It has a touch of sourness to it, with a smooth finish that lightly coats the mouth.

I'd recommend this beer as something to at least experience but not when better options like New Holland Brewing or Samuel Smith are available.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/4/2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, cocoa, brown bread, light nuttiness, roasted malt, and floral hop earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, chocolate, dark bread, light nuttiness, roasted malt, light raisin, and floral hop earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, chocolate, dark bread, light nuttiness, roasted malt, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and robustness of malty flavors; with hardly any cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly slick, and earthy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice brown ale. Good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering; though not as nutty as I would expect given the nut brown title.

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Photo of mecummins
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a chestnut brown color with hints of ruby in it. A decent one finger head formed with whispers of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

A- I couldn't really smell much of anything at first. A bit of sweet malt and caramel, but it took some warming to get that.

T- The sweetness of the malts hit me to begin with. Then I noticed a bit of yeasty biscuit taste followed by maple & caramel flavors. The promised nuttiness came towards the middle and really helped to balance out all the sweetness. The bitter hops appeared on the back note. Not a terribly complex beer, but easy enough to drink.

M- It had a moderate mouth feel and a medium finish. Moderate carbonation as well.

This is the sort of beer that you would happily reach for if this was the only craft beer in a cooler of Bud or Coors. As it is, it's a decent enough brown ale, but there are better choices out there.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep ruby-red color, clarity around the edges allowing light to shine through - very good looking beer. Off-white head fades very, very fast to a puny ring around the glass and leaves basically no lacing at all. Aroma is full of caramel malts; toffee, caramel, and burnt brown sugar. A deep, roasty character is also noticeable. Very nutty flavor, touches of chocolate and cocoa powder. A nice onset of roasted wood chips starts to take over and is pretty pleasant - not quite smoky, but still earthy, nutty, and a bit woodsy. Midway through, the hop profile makes it's appearance; herbal, tea-like, dry. Touches of orange zest hit on the way out along with a grape flavored sweetness that isn't bad but doesn't necessarily mesh well with the previous flavors of the brew. Medium body with an average amount of carbonation.

Wasn't expecting much from this one, so it was actually a bit better than expected. Certainly not bad, but this beer falls under the category of "decent, but many better choices available" and gives no real reason to choose it again.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown color, with a fluffy tan quarter inch head, has some lacing

S: Smells like burnt sugar, slightly fruity, grainy

T: Tastes pretty sweet, has fruity qualities, little bit of spices, little hops

M: Medium carbonation, it's rich, and thick, it's good some good flavor going for it, has an interesting aftertaste like a mixture of hops and something else.

O: Overall, It's probably in the middle-upper range of brown ales that I've had, it's not the best but it's pretty good. Gotta drink the local beers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep dark brown with a red hue. Head is a 1/4 inch that quickly reduces to a slight lace ring which is thin.

S - Dark malts, touch of dark fruit, and a distinct nutty edge.

T - English malts, touch of herbal bitterness, nuttiness is pretty good too nothing off-putting a well crafted brown ale.

M - Medium bodied and somewhat creamy

Overall nothing exceptional maybe a touch bitter than it should be but it has enough sweet malts and nutty flavors to make for a pretty enjoyable experience.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pint glass. from notes.

a - pours chestnut in color with garnet highlights a a 2 finger, tan head. after calming, i get a thin cap of tan head that lasts for the duration and small, spotty lacing.

s - carmel, faint dark fruits.

t - mostly carmel malt, a little nutty with a pronounced spiciness. earthy/herbal hop bitterness for balance.

m - medium body with a little stickiness. plenty of carbonation, coarse co2 profile.

o - not bad, but not that good either. i'm a little put off by the spiciness actually. i don't think i'd turn one down if offered, but i likely won't purchase this again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You remember Jurassic Park? "So. There are supposed to be dinosaurs on this dinosaur tour?"

So. There are supposed to be nuts in this nut brown ale?

It works as a brown ale, but there really aren't many nut tones at all.

A decent brown ale, but doesn't work as a nut brown to me.

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Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy brown, nice fluffy slightly off-white head, great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of maple syrup. There are also hints of oak/wood, chocolate and caramel malts. There's an obvious nuttiness in the nose as well. The flavors match, but seem to be somewhat one dimensional. Still enjoyable though. More maple sap, which seems to be the star of the show. Vanilla and hazelnut is present. More chocolate and caramel. Bittersweet and finishes dry for the most part. There's a touch of heat, but it's basically non-existent. Mouthfeel is really nice. It's light, fluffy and creamy. Carbonation is active, making this one pretty quaffable. Nice..

This beer isn't bad. It's actually pretty good. It's not the best nut brown I've ever come across, but it's better than most. I'd be interested to try this one again when it's cold outside.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: This beer poured with no head at all, just a little bit of foam around the edges of the glass. Nice varnish brown color that you can't see through. Carbonation bubbles slowly make their way from the bottom to the top.

S: Some caramel and bready sweetness. Not strong smelling by any means.

T: The caramel and bready sweetness is obvious in the taste as well. That's really about all you get until this beer starts warming up. That's when you can pick up some slight toastiness from the malts and a fair nuttiness that you would expect from the name. You really have to let this warm if you really want to enjoy it. If I could give the taste a 3.75 I think I would, but I can't.

M: This one falls on the thinner side of medium, but the carbonation can make it seem more full at times.

O: A very decent beer that I think would be great to have with a meat and potatoes kind of meal.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cola and ruby brown color. Good two finger head after the pour that remains as a thick film of foam for all twelve ounces.

A little vingegar and super-ripe fruit. Just a whisper of roasted malt. Something must be wrong with this batch. I hope!

Tart, a little vinegary. Toasted mlat pops out in the middle and finish. Tart fruits and vinegar throughtout the whole flavor profile. Palate is light and tart. Odd for a brown ale.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.39/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark hazelnut brown. A little reddish. Head is creamy brown.
S: Light malty scent with overpowering alcohol notes that come out more as the beer warms.
T: Nutty flavor that quickly fades to alcohol. Very unbalanced.
M: Would have scored a 3 if it didn't get worse as it warmed.

Overall a rather poor showing. The nut flavor is there but overpowered by alcohol which is disappointing given the lower ABV.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark hazy mahogany color. A medium-dark cream colored head sits on top, and dissipates to a thin layer, with sheets of sticky lacing. The beer smells nutty, with malty bread overtones. The taste is also bready and malty. The hops are in the background for sure, but this is a well-done brown ale. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, this goes down smooth, and is very tasty. The bottle says it's 6% ABV, although the website states 5.6% ABV.

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Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can't dismiss the possibility of infection, but what's off in this bottle is just what was off the first time I tried it on tap, only amplified.

The pour produces a small light tan cap of head over a brown brew that displays burgundy or maroon hues and a more orange tint in the light. The head never completely dies but isn't stellar either. One ring and a bit of spotty lacing is deposited.
The smell is of malts with a toasty edge balanced by a touch of floral and herbal hops bitterness. Overripe dark fruits are also detected along with a ghost of cocoa powder. I know browns aren't heavy, but this is a little too light.
Sourness is a key note in the flavor. It almost melds with an herbal hops bitterness but doesn't quite. Nut is there as almost an afterthought. The finish is quite tart. The malt backbone is there but could be stronger. It meshes a little better as it warms.
Carbonation keeps the feel from flat and there's a smoothness, but I wouldn't call this beer lively. It does remain crisp all the way, but I want more creaminess too. The body is medium.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A moderate pour delivered a half finger of light cappuccino colored head. This shrank down to a mere ring in less than a minute. Body is an opaque medium brown.

Delicious roasted malt with a hint of caramel greets the nose first. A little toffee and some nuttiness also noted.

Nuttiness is first up on the flavor list, with biscuity malt coming soon after. Light caramel and a spice finish end this beer on a good note.

Beer is light to medium bodied. Coats the middle to back of the tongue, slight dry finish. Carbonation not very heavy, just enough to keep it going.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Chestnut brown, clear with a few streams of bubbles rising to small off-white cap of foam. Keeps a ring, but leaves next to no lacing.

S: Rich & robust nutty malts. Toasty grain & a hint of roast. Sweetness leaning to dark fruits. Background note of grassy & herbal hops.

T: Malts are firmly nutty but less robust than the aroma. More steely, less rich, and lacking in depth. Toasty grain is less, and roast is a touch more pronounced. Sweetness is dark fruits with a touch of minerally molasses. Hops are quite a bit more forward than nose. Herbal & medicinal with pretty firm bitterness. A bit astringent on the back end.

M: Medium body & average carbonation. Okay amount of chew with minimal sticky sugars. Some drying from hops, but still stays a touch semi-sweet.

D: Starts out good for look and aroma. Taste too thin on malt background. Hops are a bit astringent and even medicinal. Mineral background note. Still manages to be okay, but it could be better.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this review I did a while back while going through an old beer notebook of mine.

Got this one out of the arcadia sampler 12-pack.

This beer pours a clear orangish brown color. It has a nice 2-figner light tan head on it. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass. The nose is pretty faint overall. I am getting some toasted malt and nuttiness. There are also some caramel and faint chocolatey aromas. The taste starts off with some toasted malt. There are some flavors of caramel, nuts, and a small bit of smokiness. There is a very mild hop presence that just pokes through. The finish leaves some lingering toasted malt on the palate. This has a medium body, but it is a little on the thin side. The carbonation is average. There is some malty sweetness and just a touch of hop bitterness. This has decent drinkability. It goes down easy and the flavor is pretty good. The aroma is really lacking and the body is a bit on the thin side. Some of the flavors seem muted as well. It is worth a shot to try, but it isn't a stand out beer.

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Photo of Dirtbag2011
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle into a glass. Minimal head appeared and disappeared quickly. Carbonation is on the low side.

Nice almond brown color.

Malt aroma, no hop aroma detected, probably typical of this style.

Taste is good with no off flavors. Very smooth nutty malt flavor with a thin mouthfeel. I noticed the beer started to reveal a bit more complexity as it warmed up.

I liked this well enough to buy it again, though I like other Aradia offerings better.

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