Arcadia Nut Brown Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Nut Brown AleArcadia Nut Brown Ale

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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 brewdlyhooked13
1.4/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - uncaps with a rush of air. Pours a caramel brown color, two to three fingers of light tan head springing up quickly.

Aroma - brett through and through. Explains the burst of air on opening.

Taste - ugh, totally brett-influenced. Now if you like that kind of thing, this would be like an Imperial Orval I suppose. But I don't like it.

Mouthfeel - thinnish body, obviously *very* carbonated.

Drinkability - two sips and done, this was very harsh. Label code has notches on the D and the 6, FWIW.

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Photo of beveritt
1.6/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a glass. Label is notched, looks like February and a 3. God I hope this things isn't from 2003. But it can't be it just came in to the local grocery and I thought I would buy the first micro I have ever seen them carry.

Appearance: Lots of foam. This bottle is part of a mix pack and several of the bottles poured as nothing but foam. It took 30 minutes for an amber to settle the other night. This one ended up about half foam and half liquid. Settles slowly, leaving nice lacing and a 1/4 inch of light tan head. The beer itself is a reddish brown, almost peach when held to the light. Lots of bubble activity and a fair amount of floaties.

Smell: A strong, acidic, almost sour tang, with hints of sweet molasses.

Taste: Sour and acidic upfront. Very yeasty with an herbal bitterness. Imagine a Flemish ale mixed with a nut brown. Not good at all.

Mouthfeel: Body is average. Carbonation is too high for this style.

Drinkability: This will probably be a drain pour. I have had other Arcadia ales and enjoyed them, so I can only assume something is wrong with this beer. But, nearly my entire mixed 12 pack has had carbonation issues. Maybe they are having some QC issues.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.16/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Uh-oh. I suspected trouble when I opened the bottle, took a whiff, and checked to make sure I didn't accidently open a bottle of grape soda. The two smells are indistinguishable. So then I pour it into a glass and become downright suspicious. With a gentle pour, I was left with a glass entirely filled with foam. This must be a bad bottle, right? But it was part of a sampler, and the other beers were fine (OK, not very good, but fine). So now I'm pretty convinced that this is how the beer is supposed to be. After several minutes of settling, this beer has a nice copper color with an off-white head. The aroma, as stated, is sweet and fruity, like grape juice. The flavor is not far off from grape juice either. It's sweet, fruity, and tangy. The yeast tastes sour. Another weak beer from a brewery that is really failing to impress.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.31/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - This is a good looking brown ale with a clear root beer hue and a beast of a head that went up to four fingers and then some. The khaki foam went right up over the edge of my imperial pint glass and ran down the side! The brew itself looks a little bit purple like wood varnish, and the head gets really rocky and crazy looking as it slowly snap crackle and pops it's way down to a solid two finger honeycomb web. I've really never seen a better looking brown.

S - Tart orange rind notes hit my nose right away, and I find this ab bit strange for the style. Acrid hops and some bitter metallic aromas are almost offensive. Thank God it's not very assertive in the nose. This looks so beautiful! WTF happened?

T - This tastes a lot like those orange-foam-filled-chocolates that can be found in an assorted "Forest Gump" box. Unfortunately, I really don't like those chocolates with the orange junk in the middle. Some cashew flavors are there too, but not in abundance.

M - Light bodied and acidic with some prickly carbonation. Not good.

D - "I don't really care for this one." That's what my wife tells me to say in public instead of "this sucks big fat hairy goat balls." Once, I told her in front of herfamily that her aunt's root vegetable salad "tasted like disease" instead I should have just said..."I really care for this." How can one of the best looking beers I've seen in a long time smell so offensive and taste so mediocre?

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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 Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks goes out to Vancer for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brownish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some nic sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slightly sour, lots of caramel. The taste is malty, sour/tangy, dark fruits, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, there's a pattern with these Arcadia brew's that I'm not really liken so far. Of the three I've had so far today, there is a tendency to be sour, when not called for, in my opinion. Maybe bad bottles or just not what I was expecting. So, I'm not a big fan of this brewery so far.

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Photo of rings
2.56/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured myself a pint and was immediately struck by the brightness and clarity of the glass--it appeared to be more of a deep amber or red than brown in color. The nose was also relatively aromatic as I suspect it was dry hopped. As I sunk into the pint, it was also apparent there was a little less body than I'd typically look for. Now, truth told, most true English browns that I've had ARE a little lighter in body than their North American brethren, so I'm sure this is an ode to style, but the lighter body, coupled with the rather sharp and potent hop bite was really quite different than expected. In fact, in my view, it was rather unpleasant. I detected no "nuttiness," "earthiness" and very little malt sweetness, despite a search party sent out to find it. To me, it was more of a hearty pale ale or IPA than a nut brown.

While the beer is clean, it lacked any semblance of balance and seemed to have been formulated with a heavy hand in the hop bucket.

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Photo of WesWes
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a brown color with a thin tan head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is less than average. It has a contaminated scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with a sour, spoiled yeast aroma. The taste is less than average as well. It has a weak and watery "brown" ale flavor that goes down quick butt sours in the finish. There is definately some contamination here. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This one's going down the drain. I really can't believe that a brewery would distribute all over the country, beer that is clearly subpar and bacteria exposed. Where's the quality control?

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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 drtacks37
2.66/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very little head with light lacing.

Light brown color.

Sweet, malty aroma.

Bitter flavor. Hoppy bite. Not enough carmel flavor to overpower the bitterness. More hops than I would prefer in this style.

This is one that I will not purchase again. The bitterness really overpowers this beer.

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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 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 jcdiflorio
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz browm long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Cloudy,reddish/brown with a 1" off-white head that dissapated quickly to a thin coating with a slight bit of spotty lacing.

Nutty,burnt carmell,chocolate no hop notes. Moderate malty nose nothing to get excited about.

Nutty,chocolaty,tart and fruity very clean,lots of English style and good balance with a dry,tart,fruity finish with crisp bitterness.

Light to medium mouthfeel with some grainyness. Not a bad beer,a bit boring,nothing here to make me want to drink more of it.

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Photo of n0315
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First beer I had that night. Appearance is good, a lighter brown than I was expecting and not much head retention. Smell was a little on the weak side. You can make out hints of nuts but a bit of the weak side. Taste was average. Not strong enough from what I like to see in a brown ale. Taste of nuts and a bit of smokyness. Mouth feel was too light for my taste as well. nothing to really lwake-up up the senses. I think its their worst brew, but its not "bad", just their weakest effort. I'll take a new caslte over this brew honestly.

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Photo of templar316
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice deep amber with an off white head alot of foam which settles quickly, moderate lacing. The nose is soft, alot of apple cider, a little alcohol; nothing to get you really excited. The taste is cider again, but a nice nutty finish evidences the reason for the name. It's overcarbonated and too light bodied for a session, but the nutty finish is nice.

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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 MrMonkey
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Novare Res in Portland, ME.

Pours a clear brown with a short-lived thin and bubbly light tan head. Not much lacing.

Not much in the nose, but there are hints of caramel and roasted nuts.

Taste is similar to the nose, with light notes of caramel and roasted nuts. Maybe a hint of almonds. Not much hop presence at all. Overall, pretty plain. Not bad, just boring.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost watery. None of the creaminess one would expect from a cask ale.

Easy to drink, and smooth, but overall, pretty unimpressive. Wouldn't mind trying it in the bottle to see how it compares.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what to make of this brew. It opens up with a half-malty, half-sour aroma reminsecent of Belgian Sour Brown Ales -- a possible contaminated bottle. The beer pours a solid brown / ruby beer with a trace of head retention, but withstanding nevertheless. Sweet flavors of chocolate malts and biscuit malts take hold, before being consumed wit strong tartness / souness and moderatly astringet mouthfeel. Hops even seem aged and gaining a raw earthiness. The second sip delivers the same musty, almost barnyard characters found in the first. Thin, as expected, in the body with gaining emphasis on a berry-tartness and a woody flavor. Finishes very clean, with a lingering astringency.

My guess is that this is not intended, but they should do this to more of their Brown Ales and package them under a different name. As an English Brown, I'd have to score this one quite low. As a Sour Brown, the scores would be near Jolly Pumpkin levels. But as a beer, it was only nice.

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Photo of adams82
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours fairly clear from the bottle, slight haze with a ruby/brown colour with a foamy off white head. Smell is a little weak, a light and sweet graininess is present with the backing of brown sugar, maybe a little hoppy in the background. The flavor is of toasty malts and nutty with brown sugar or molasses dominating the flavor profile, hops are hardly noticeable in the watery finish. This is a fairly light bodied beer and the Mouthfeel can really be described as watery. A decent offering from an otherwise very solid brewery.

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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 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 kmpitz2
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark ruby red to ruby brown color with a small ring of head. The nose is mostly caramel wtih a slight nutty quality, but not enough roastedness for me. The flavor is not all that good. It starts out with a slightly chemically, artificial flavor that moves to a slightly roasted nuttyness wtih an astringent aftertaste that really detracts from the brew. The feel is thin to light moderate with an active carbonation. Overall, this is one that I have been less than impressed with. The flavor and feel really don't do well for this. I won't be looking for this one again.

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Photo of montageman
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass - deep brown with a moderately sized fluffy tan head. Good retention. Smells malty with a slight touch of caramel maybe a little nut as well. Taste is nutty and malty, kind of creamy. However, it stills feel thin - too much carbonation, not enough of the creamy texture. Not the most drinkable, but nothing to throw down the drain either. Give it a shot.

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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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