Arcadia Nut Brown Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Nut Brown AleArcadia Nut Brown Ale
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of barnzy78
1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this English Brown Ale on tap in a pint glass. Poured a very nice caramel color, thick tan head. Great head retention and decent lacing. The aroma was full of toasted malt and nuts. The taste of the ale was nice, nutty, dry, caramel, toasted malt and a nice amount of hops. Medium body, Wonderful session beer, very creamy, smooth. Very happy i gave this one a try....One of the best American craft versions of a English Brown that I have tried to this point.

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Photo of Jayli
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 5/26
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, almost watery looking brown with minimal head that recedes quickly. Wisps of lacing are left on the glass, though not much at all.

S: Nose is very biscuity with a lot of caramel and toffee sweetness. Minor nuttiness.

T: Taste starts a bit earthy and nutty up front. Middle fills with a good deal of biscuit notes. Finish is sweet caramel and toffee malts.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy with a bit of prickly carbonation.

O: Goes down ok, somewhat tasty, not too filling, not much of a kick, mediocre representation of style. This isn't a horrible beer, but it just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Dan3279
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle out of a six pack I had made up. I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a deep brown body with a white one inch head that left a lot of sticky lacing. The aroma has some sweet maltness to it with a few hints of dried fruits. The taste is heavy on the malt side, with some sweetness. There are also a few hints of booze and a few small hints of bitterness. In the mouth feel you notice the carbonation upfront, but it mellows out nicely.

Overall a good beer I can see why so many people would think that it is a good session beer. I enjoyed it would keep it in the back of my mind if I ever wanted to try the style again.

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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 Duhast500
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a dark brown with maroon highlights and thin finger of foamy brownish head.

The smell is nutty and sweet with some malty aroma and some dark fruit aroma as well in the nose.

The taste is caramel and a little peanut flavor at first with some dark fruits hanging to the back with some sweetness. A slight prune flavor and a peanut brittle flavor finishes things off here and even keeps most of any bitterness from pushing through.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and goes down well. IT has a nice drinkable feel but seems to stumble just for a moment but is gone and leaves a nice aftertaste.

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Photo of Roke87
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at a little colder than cellar temperature, bottled on 12/21/10.

Appearance - Pours a darkish brown colour, with very minimal head that almost immediately dissipates to almost no lacing.

Smell - The smell is sweet, earthy but fruity at the same time, some caramel flavour, and roasted malts at the same time.

Taste - Interesting taste, some hops shine through, has the nutty taste to it, smooth and crisp with a sweet taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel - Typical to the genre, but not a lot of carbonation if you ask me.

Overall - All in all a good brew, nice smell, with a sweet, hoppy taste. Would not be a go to for me personally but good none the less.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brown/deep red cloudy body, 1 finger cloudy head, fine lacing

S: mild toffee, roasted nuts, hint of malt

T: sweet nut, simmer malt middle, mild bitter finish

M: med/light, semi-dry finish

O: ordinary brown ale, not a must have, but not awful. This would be a fine session brew, but just nothing to get hyped.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a nice dark brown color with a creamy head.

Smell was very nice. Lots of roasty, nutty things happening with a little hops on the nose too.

Taste was pretty typical of the style. Nothing amazing. A well put together brown with the typical characteristics, but nothing above and beyond.

Mouthfeel was ok. A little thicker than I prefer with a brown but its lighter style made it fairly easy to drink.

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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 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 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 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 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 BehindtheFinBrew
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to an American Pint
Best by November 2010

A: A moderate pour elicited a 3.5 finger tan head that reduced to a 1/2 finger. Color was a dark mahogany brown, moderately clear. Some lace rings were left.

S: Light aroma but a nutty malt sweetness was present.

T: Bitter roasted flavors dominate. As the session progressed the flavor become more nutty sweet with lots of hop bitterness on finish. A hop-forward Brown Ale, more like an American Brown than an English to me.

M: Creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Smooth flavor and moderate ABV make this a palatable beer.

Arcadia markets as an English style brewery but to me this is an American Nut Brown with the hop-forward taste. Otherwise its a good brew.

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

Appearance - Deep amber red clear in color, Nice two-finger head formed upon pour. Lively carbonation, nice lacing. The head resolved to a thin ring.

Smell - A very mild nose. Subtle malts but not much more. A bit disappointing not to get more out of this.

Taste - Opens with a continued mild presence. A tartness fills out the middle. Some lemon and some rind tastes continue to the finish. A bit of a crass bite at the end, almost metallic.

Mouthfeel - Thin body. Not much added by the carbonation. The memory quickly fades.

Drinkability - An easy drinker. Not much that makes you remember it however. Better than some, not a top tier however in my opinion.

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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 hosehead83
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Cola/brown in color, with a moderate, off-white head of foam
Aroma-Faint chocolate and roasted malt notes
Taste-Subtle chocolate and caramel, rather thin-bodied, but easy to drink.
Overall, nothing special going on here, but a decent brown ale for the price

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Photo of danielharper
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brown-orange, slightly hazy, with minimal head.

S: Nutty, malty, slightly sweet, hints of citrus. Probably fruity esters produced by the yeast. Kind of drying after a while.

T: Sweet nutty maltiness, slight citrus, with just a bit of dryness on the finish.

M: Moderate thickness, low carbonation, low hops.

D: A bit bland, but inoffensive. You could give this to just about anyone and they'd probably drink 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 uwmgdman
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brilliantly clear chestnut brown with a dark red hue. The white head quickly diminished but left a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is moderately malty, grainy, nutty with a hint of spicy hop. The flavor is highly malty, bittersweet and a bit of nuts then a bit of alcohol emerges at the swallow. The carbonation is medium-low and body medium. Overall a decent nut brown but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of adamette
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured from tap at the brewery 10 15 09 into a clean, clear glass.

A Medium brown Tranlucent body with brief head that lasted about 60 seconds and reduced to a ring around the top of the beer. Nice, nutty color. 3.5

S Not much smell. Some nutty malt maybe. 3.0

T Nice, basic brown ale. I did not pick up too much "nutty" flavors as I have experienced in other "Nut brown Ales." Anyway, nice medium malt, little hops. 3.5

M Light to medium feel with that medium roast malt, little hops. Not physically creamy smooth but the nice medium malt creates a nice smooth feel. 3.5

D Good, which is, I think, the point of this beer. 4.0

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

Clear ruby red with a big head of tan foam. Nose is sweet and somewhat crisp. Some musty malt, medicine, and herbal notes. Fairly fruity with a soft butter and nuts. Quite acidic, with a bit of a coffee edge. Toasted character loses out to tartness, but still managed to stick around some. Some astringency on the tongue with a moderate carbonation. A bit of a punchy brew. OK drinkability.

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Arcadia Nut Brown Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 28.8% out of 100 with 264 ratings
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