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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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 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany with a creamy light tan head that holds well and keeps a very nice collar throughout the glass. The nose expresses a sweet cocoa-ish maltiness and a floral hoppiness. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor consists of a semi-sweet chocolatey malt that's well infused with floral and lightly citrusy hop flavor. It becomes sweeter with more cocoa-ish & toffee notes as it warms in the mouth, but they're quickly pushed aside by a rising, solid bitterness that ushers in a dry finish. More grassy hop flavor lingers in the finish. Very nicely balanced with the malt and hops working together but also appearing seperately throughout the tasting. Well done. I found it more enjoyable as it warmed and bitterness gave way to more of the sweetness of the malt. Definitely an American brown ale.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muddy orange on the coaster, dull cranberry when held up to my sunlit front window. In spite of a vigorous pour, the golden ecru cap reached a maxium height of about two fingers. It gets the job done, however, and lasts for a bit.

The nose is par for the brown ale course... toasted malty, nutty, faintly cocoa-like... and is low on power. I'll bump the score if it opens up with warming, but I'm not holding my breath (since it's hard to drink and hold your breath at the same time).

Nut Brown Ale is low on flavor as well. It's as if the flavor intensity knob has been cranked a quarter turn counter-clockwise. First of all, what reaches my taste buds is too sour for the style. I don't remember that as being a characteristic of Arcadia beer, but I could be wrong. Now that I go back and look at my review of Cocoa Loco, I see that it was present in that beer too.

The tartness is reminiscent of both unripe fruit (dates, figs) and overripe fruit (mushy apples). I used the word 'unripe' because there isn't much sweetness to be had. Although it's easy to identify the intended style, this sure isn't a classic nut brown. Otherwise: steely caramel, nut skins, lemon juice... that's about it.

I don't need much viscosity in an English brown ale, but I need more than this. The mouthfeel is too light, borders on watery on the finish, and is lacklusterly carbonated. It terms of mouth presence... well, there really isn't any.

Arcadia beer seems to be hit (London Porter, Imperial Stout, Hopmouth DIPA) or miss (all the rest). Unfortunately, Nut Brown Ale fits squarely into the latter category. I don't know if the sourness is intended or not, but it isn't a characteristic that complements very many styles. Better browns shouldn't be too hard to find.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Slight toasty malt & nuttyness

T: Toasty malt, dryness& leafy hops up front. More nuttyness as this warms along with slight grainyness & caramel. Finishes with toasty malt & grainyness

MF: Creamy, light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks easy, an okay brown, very sessionable

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Ah, more cask ale! This one pours a mostly clear amber-sienna topped by a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises green apple, cedar, light maple syrup, red grapes, and light ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of light maple syrup, light walnuts, brown sugar, figs, and dark greens. The body is a light medium, with a cask carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a nice little nut brown that seems to benefit nicely from the cask conditioning.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a ruby caramel brown forms a large tan head leaves uneven lacing around my pint, nice two finger depth at that. Aroma has herbal tobacco leaf hop profile with caramel toasted nut roastiness going on with a creamy sweet malt chocolate presence with a mild air of coffee roasts. Flavors some toasted almond with other roasted nut character a pleasant herbal earthy tone creamy flow altogether really tasty compared to most nut brown ales not a style I've gone for since Wildgoose started disappearing. Mouthfeel has a medium body even moderate carbonation rolls nicely definitely smooth session beer texure. Drinkability...English ale well done very comparable to the Wildgoose version I used to like so much.

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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 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 Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, no freshness indication, pours dark honey amber, semi cloudy, tan minor head and just a light smattering of lace left clinging to the glass. Malty nose with a wiff of an empty can of nuts. Softly sweet, more mild, musty nut notes, also with some cola and honey. Drinkable brown ale, works as a pleasing sessioner, with some nuts and cheese/crackers or would be fine in a marinade.

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Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight pale malt, slight nut, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight nut, slight pale malt, hint of grain, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

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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 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 plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a husky grain element with solid caramel malt and subtle chocolate malt aromas.

The taste consisted of a raw graininess coupled with a caramel malt sweetness. The flavor dried out with a bit of floral hop.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp with good carbonation.

Overall a good drinkable brown ale. Sessionable for sure, but for the most part uneventful.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- With a very gentle pour this beer fills the glass with 3/4 foam and a super strong carbonation in the warm brown body. The thick tan head rises above the glass and does not move.

S- The light toasted malt smell has a nice nutty note with some darker roasted malt notes in the background. There is a slight sour note that comes through as it warms.

T- The bitter dark malt flavor has a nougat flavor that is a bit off with a bitter finish combined with a carbonic bite. There is a soft chocolate malt note that starts to come through but is a bit off flavor also.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a strong fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer has some good flavors but has some off flavors that balance it.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, nut, and some hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light body, slightly sweet with bitter backbone

Drinkability: Above average nut brown. Could have a couple but nothing to go out of my way for.

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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 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 Gusler
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice somewhat murky deep ruby red, satisfactory beige head, with decent lace. Nose is malt, slight hints of roasted grain, very light nut-sweet tones also noticed. Begins malt sweet, the top thin, the finish is discriminatingly hopped and discerningly acidic, the aftertaste dry, and long lasting. Drinkable, but pretty much an average “Nut Brown”, but then that’s nothing to get upset about.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: pours a dark mahogany, cola-like, with a fizzy tan head and decent retention....standard for the style

smell: nice nuttiness, lightly toasted malt, apple sweetness, light caramel, light toffee, mild cola aroma, touch of earthy hoppage

taste: sweet lightly toasted malt backbone, smooth caramel, very nutty, slight woodiness, earthy, slight cola, toffee, roasted nut...i would rate the flavor above average for the style

mouthfeel: medium body, slightly high carbonation

drinkability: average to slightly above average

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in the Arcadia seasonal 12 pack, I have had this beer before but it was a long time ago and I can't remember what it was like so I am revisiting it. Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer Poured a nice mahogany color with a fingers worth of off white head that left a little lacing.

S- This one smells sweet and malty, there was a slight amount of nuttyness in the aroma but the real surprise was the strong scent of dark fruits most likely from the yeast used.

T- The malts are there, but there not as sweet as I expected, which is good. The nuttyness is faint but u can still tell it's there and the hops finally show up with a nice citrus twist at the end.

M- Medium bodied and slightly under carbonated.

D- This brew is an easy drinker, the flavors are well balanced and smooth which make it pretty drinkable for me.

Overall I thought this was a good nut brown, it was an easy drinker and was well balanced, but I could have gone for more nuttyness. I Liked this beer but fireside nut brown still holds the title as my favorite nut brown.

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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 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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