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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: 262
Photo of BUD
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This process took FOREVER, since the beers head was enormous right out the gate. I mean, I did this three times trying different pouring techniques and nothing stopped the head. Looked more like an ice-cream float rather than a beer. I was drooling on myself like Pavlovs dog waiting eagerly to drink this brew.

The smell of this beer is good, giving off a nuttish aroma. The taste and mouthfeel/drinkability was exceptional. If I was able to distinguish detailed scents and flavors at this time I would be more discriptive. Good brew, bottom line.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted nuts, caramel, vanilla, maple syrup and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste isn’t quite as malty or thick as most other beers of this style and also has a much more distinct hops presence than most English Brown Ales. There are flavors of nuts, caramel & maple mixed in as well. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, good representation of style while including a twist to make the beer a little bit different. It’s a very good beer to stick with for an evening.

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Photo of nota
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes on my blog Pilgrims Pub. This beer pours a paper bag brown, with two and a half finger tan head that spills over my glass from vigorous pour. The smell is quite sweet. The taste is toasted malt and a light almond like nuttiness. Soft and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Really easy and delicious brown ale. Great session beer.

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Photo of carlborch
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful mahogany brown with a 1.5 inch thick tan head that settles at 3/4 inch. The initial nose is appealing and inviting. Medium body with a caramel and malty lingering that is moreish. Well/formed yet moderate Belgian lace. The subsequent nose provides hints of yeast, chocolate and dried fruit. The finish is clean with delicate hop notes.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a sort of hazy deep brown and with a rather aggressive pour yields a frothy two and a half inch head the fades into a quater inch cap which bubbles down further into a thiner cap, some lacing but not much, the color is what saves this beer.

S: Super sweet caramal malt, is this a nut brown ale or a bock, please let me know, I'm not knocking it but I was blown away by how sweet and rich this beer smells. Molasses and maple sugar are some things I'm picking up here.

T/MF: Am I crazy or does this beer taste sour, maybe it's intense malt bitterness but when the beer initially hits the tongue it feels a bit sour to me and slap me in the face if I don't taste a little sharpness of cheese in here as well? I'll let it warm a bit, but in any case the carbonation is rather low. So as the beer warms the sourness subsides and the cheesiness goes away thankfully and becomes nutty instead with is probably why I thought this thing tasted cheesy in the first place. So supper nutty and a little on the heavier side of medium bodied. As the beer lingers there is a slight estery aspect that can be picked up, but this one focuses on the nuttier aspects of this style, there is a ton of malt bitterness and it can be readily felt on the roof of the mouth.

D: Not bad, complex but not as overall balanced as I would have liked, the nuttiness is there in spades, malt bitterness as well, not a beer to suck down, but a good beer overall. Enjoyable.

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Photo of johanvond
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautful deep ruby brown pour out of the 12oz bottle in to my imperial pint glass foming with a white head. Carmel malt sweetness mixed in with a roasted nuttyness wafes forth from the glass. This medium bodied brew has a nice hop bite ballenced by a toasty toffie and carmel malt profile. Theres a nice play with the tofie hops and sweetness.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice hazed dark brown body, big tan head, slow fade.

Taste: Rich roasted malts, very nutty and balanced carefully between sweet and dry. Cocoa and bitter hoppiness round things out. A good nut brown, I am starting to think Arcadia excels at the English styles.

Drinkability: I like it, enjoyable, sessionable, affordable.

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Photo of Smithj86
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep, dark brown, with a non-existent head. Nonetheless, it appears to be well-carbonated, with tiny bubbles rising in the glass. The ale has strong, sharp hops flavors, but no aftertaste and nary a hint of bitterness. Full, rich flavor; blend of malt and hops. Notably, this is highly drinkable and exceedingly smooth. One of the better brown ales I've had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid brown appearance, truth in advertising is upheld once more. Cocoa-tan head sits a spell and spindles down to size.

Nutty to beat the band in the aroma, with some maple, brown sugar, and light caramel undertones. Purty good.

Tastin' it...fills the mouth with confidence and dispenses a well-rounded, full-bodied sensation. Bitter hops at the front, fading back into a maltier feel. Fine balance here, an expert tango, and tasty, too. Nowhere as sweet as some versions, toasty and dry at the end.

Very approachable and companionable, this, a mellow and well-crafted brown ale that anyone can be comfortable with. A solid effort from Arcadia.

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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 soper2000
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a recent mixed six pack kick. Although I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, I thought that I'd give it a shot. It poured with an absolutely massive, creamy, off-white head, which didn't dissapate over time. Aroma is full of malts. There is a slight nuttiness to the flavor which balances well with a slight cocoa-ish malt taste. Not overly rich but this means the beer could be a good session brew. Nice medium body is also present. Worth a shot in my opinion.

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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 thegiggy86
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently enjoyed this cask conditioned brew over at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

This beer appeared darker than expected, but thats not a problem as dark beers are my preference.

Smells like a rich nutty beer.

Tasted excellent and was very easy to drink.

If you live near the Downtown BK area I recommend that you stop in and enjoy this delicious brew while its still being offered in their cask selection.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here ya go Colin - This ones for you. Poured out to a deep mahogany color with a huge off white head that calmed down after a few moments. Lace litters the interior of the glass. Aromas of roasted nuts and sweet earth fills the nose. Nice. Taste is high on the Yum scale; flavors of roasted nuts, mild malts, sweet spices and young hops blend together very well. This is a much better sample than my last one. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and smooth. Goes down very nice. A good level of drinkability. This is a good, easy drinking beer, and I thank my pal sopor for providing a fresh sample. Recommended.

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Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color, leaning toward burnt umber, clear. Big-bubbled head lasts only about half a minute, settles to a pale tan skim. Slipping thin sheets of lace, not a lot of stickiness. Pleasant aroma, sweet caramel bordering on toffee. Mouthfeel is less than medium but smooth with reserved carbonation. Flavor follows the aroma in most aspects, buttery diacetyl toffee tones with an unwavering profile. Lacks a hop signature as expected. Slight bit of raisin at the finish. Malty and fine for style, seems to be a well-brewed example from Arcadia and among their better beers in my opinion.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, rich brown. Hence the name Nut Brown. There are no nuts in it though which is strange. Minimal head at the onset, then not even a rimmer. Not much activity happening on the bubble side of things. A few random outcroppings hither and yon.

The nose gives off pleasant emissions of roasted character and nuttiness. Smells sweet and a bit creamy as well. A touch subdued, yet quite provocative. Faint suggestions of hop presence show up somewhere in the swirl.

Flavours begin with a smooth milky creaminess and then transition to a vaguely nutty and semi-bitter finish. Simple. Enjoyable. The toasty qualities go a long way to contribute character. I like to drink this, and I am unable to find anything that really bothers me as far as the flavour is concerned. Tastes good.

The mouthfeel is near medium with a slickness that works well. It feels roasty and robust, but is not overly thick and filling.

I would like another of these but I only purchased one. I had avoided this just on looks for the longest time. I think Arcadia could use a new label maker as I truly believe it would help their cause. As unfair as it seems, good soup served in a dirty bowl doesn't always get the credit it deserves.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a copper/garnet color with a thin khaki head. Ok retention as a collar and the lacing was consistent in thin bands. The aroma was sweet and notably nutty with toasted malt, caramel malt and a light floral hops presence. The flavors were at first a flash of caramel malt sweetness soon followed by doughy malt, then the toasted malt, nuts, and a long bitter finish that coated my tongue provided by the hops (similar to coffee but not quite so biting). A nice flavor arc and well balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation perfect. Quite sessionable and one of the best examples of a nut ale I've had; well worth a try.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a chestnut color with a beige head and some sticky and trailing lace.
A big sweet malt aroma along a bit of a fruity smell makes for a pleasant enough scent.
A sweet Brown ale-type malty sweetness has a bit of a maple taste. Toffee and a nutty quality, along with a hint of milk chocolate make for a good representation of the style.
Mild lemon and lime bitterness and a taste of pear bandy round out the authentic Nut Brown style.

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Photo of battlekow
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has possibly the worst bottle design I've ever seen. It's so incredibly bland and amateurish that I think I've unconsciously put off trying the couple of bottles I got from sopor in a trade simply because of the awfulness of the label. Thankfully, the label is by far the worst part. Pours a nice red-tinted dark brown with a pretty beige head and really excellent lacing throughout the drink. Not a whole lot of scent, a little roasty, a little mapley, but nothing jumps out. The taste is really good, a bitter, roasted base with sweet, mapley overtones. Aftertaste is quite pleasant, bitter with a little bit of the maple. Mouthfeel is exceptional; this beer is perfectly carbonated and goes exceedingly well with the flavors. Overall, this is a very tasty, smooth beer, sort of a lighter version of a porter.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a medium brown color, with amber highlights when held up to the light. Light tan head that quicky dissipates to very little head.

Smells grassy, with heavy notes of biscuit, honey, and malt. Mild caramel and toffee is present in the aroma as well; overall, a rather pleasant smelling beer.

This tasting, grassy up front, almost like straw, coupled with a mild bitterness like you would get from a salad green. Smokey malt follows, with a mild yeastiness coupled with toffee and burnt caramel. I suppose there is some nutty flavors to it, but they are not very prominent.

Medium bodied, this is not nearly as heavy tasting as it looks.

Pretty decent overall, this is yet another enjoyable brew from the Arcadia mixed 12 pack. I likely would not buy this on it's own, but as part of the mixed pack, I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of darklager
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice brown color with virtually no head and no lacing on the way down the glass. The aroma is a pleasant malt with hints of nuts. The flavor was a smooth maltiness with hints of chocolate and nuts. Like most brown ales I've had it isn't very heavily hopped and would probably benefit from more of a hop flavor. Overall a good beer, but there are better.

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Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a brown color with a one-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of nuts and malt.

T - It tasted of hazelnut and malt. Also, had a slight sweetness.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very good brown ale. Nice hazelnut notes.

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Photo of stoutman
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best brown ales I've had since they made the newcastles in brown stubbies. Nice nutty aroma with hints of raisin and wine. Pour was a nice deep brown with a thick frothy almost tan head. Taste was very nutty and delicious. Maple, caramel malt and wine with a nice thin mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy dark brown color with a big opague head, lots of foam from t his beer. the aroma is surprisingly hoppy for a nut brown ale, while it of course has some malty aroma, it has some nice mild hop aromas too. taste is a lot like the aroma a nice mixture of malt and hop flavors. taste is good overall, if it were more readily available, it probably would be a go to for me.

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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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