Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by Kendo:
3.8/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Into a pint glass, a somewhat aggressive pour yielded a brown ale with mahogany hues when held up to the light and a small off-white head that disappeared immediately, leaving no lacing. Some sediment "floaties" but almost no apparent carbonation.
Smelled of sweet malt: caramel, brown sugar and hazelnut came to mind.
Tasted similar to the nose -- the caramel malts dominate, with a hint of burnt sugar, caramel and hazelnut. No hops present up front, but a slight bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip. It finishes surprisingly clean and dry, however, given the prevailing sweetness otherwise.
The mouthfeel is an enigma. On the one hand the body seems watery and thin, like the kind of tea you'd get if you soaked the tea bag in 24 oz of hot water instead of just 8 oz. On the other hand, it really does finish very dry and clean for a sweet brown ale, and I attribute that to an appropriate level of carbonation -- even if no bubbles are apparent. Not sure whether to give it a 3 or a 3.5 . . . I'll err on the side of being generous and make it a 3.5.
As for drinkability: it's not a bad brown ale at all. The nice finish and sweet malt flavors save it from its watery thinness, but as a fairly light-bodied beer, I think it's pretty drinkable overall.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2006 19:21:01 | More by Kendo
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