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Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

398 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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RandyJ

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-16-2011 04:04:29 | More by RandyJ
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oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

On tap at Mammoser's here in Hamburg,poured a medium chesnut brown with a tight but thinner slight off white head.Mild aromas a touch of roastiness and hints of cocoa mainly,basic brown flavors somewhat roasted with a faint cocoa flavor that lingers nicely fo a bit and rather food friendly it went well with some bbq grilled wings.A basic but flavorful brown ale and it warmed me up a bit wich is always a plus.

01-19-2007 23:39:56 | More by oberon
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: A medium pour results in a solid head of tight bubbles. 1/2 finger of head remains for a few minutes. Deep caramel brown color with only traces of light permeating.

Aroma: Pwerful Hazlenut,caramel & even chocolate noted in the aroma. Definitely nutty aroma dominant. Sweet with no hop profile detected.

Taste: Rich, flavorful brown ale. Caramel malts contribute to sweet, nutty flavor. Nutty aroma comes through in the flavor as well. Slight bitterness in the middle & finish makes it very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation makes this refreshing. Crish & clean on the palette.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Very smooth & refreshing. Not overly heavy on the palette & not cloying at all.

Comments: I truly enjoed this, my first sample of Ithaca's lineup. Very full flavored without being too heavy or cloying. Very nicely balanced. Look out for this brown ale. Its worth it!

08-27-2006 23:43:40 | More by JMD71
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Todd

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark, murky, chestnut brown with a thin tan whisp of a head -- a bit of a let down. Clears up after sitting and warming up.

Smell: Interesting touch of an oregano-like aroma, touch of nuttiness, earth and background coffee and chocolate.

Taste: A fairly medium-bodied ale with tingly carbonation and a malty smoothness underneath. A tad sharp in the beginning with a flash of hop rind-like sour bitterness, which is amplified by the crisp carbonation. Malt flavours smooth together to include dry chocolate, slick caramel in the back and more coffee flavours towards the finish. Mineral/metallic notes. Light roasted, raisin and a somewhat dry-ish nutty finish with lingering herbal flavours.

Notes: Not a bad brown ale, but not entirely inspiring. It's basic to its core, but that's just fine with me. Still tasty and worth a try.

09-16-2002 18:01:16 | More by Todd
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generallee

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The month of March is notched out as a "BEST BEFORE" date and it was sampled in February.

Appearance: It has a hazy chestnut colored body with a light tan head on top. The head is thick and creamy, tall but slow fading to a thin covering that hangs on till the finish and makes for some slick lacing.

Smell: There is a big sweet nose on this one. Sweet caramel and rich bready notes fill the nose and hops add some light spice as well.

Taste/Palate: Up front there is a big sweet caramel and buttery presence with some light mineral and green leafy/herbal hop bitterness moving into the middle. The hop notes struggle to come though but sweet creamy caramel and bready maltiness now with a hint of roasted nuttiness dominates and leads into the finish. I am also getting some dark fruity notes like raison or overripe plum as well. On the palate it has a smooth silky texture with light carbonation and a sturdy medium body.

Notes: There is a lot of sweetness in this one but for me it just stayed on the good side of cloying.

05-11-2010 12:32:28 | More by generallee
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-24-2012 19:01:02 | More by TimoP
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

12 ounce bottle, best before dating notched onto the label, but come on, if you only have notches for months and nothing about the friggin' year, what good is that ?!? Pours pretty typical brownish amber, typical dark tan head/ring/minor lace. Mostly some bread and also chocolate in the nose. Pleasant enough, chocolaty brown. Easy going sessioner, worked pretty well in a marinade of some chicken. Enjoyable, balanced brown. I like. Decent beer to turn on some newbies with.

02-05-2009 02:11:29 | More by Billolick
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-15-2011 16:26:34 | More by mjtiernan
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25%

01-22-2012 01:55:45 | More by Milkysunshine
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 01:18:47 | More by bpfrush
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dogfishandi

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. best before FEB notched on the side of the label.

pours out a fairly clear brown color, reddish hues in the light. looks like cola. one finger of fizzy light tan colored head that faded in less than a minute to a ring, and then absolutly nothing.

lots of nice lightly roasted malt in the aroma. behind that theres some chocolate, coffee, caramel, and light fruits. just a hint metallic.

not as enjoyable as the aroma, but still decent. metallic with some slight mineral notes. lightly roasted malt, bits of chocolate and coffee. dry finish with a decent amount of herbal bitterness. a little acidic.

light bodied, a bit overcarbonated and sparkly on the tongue. bitterness lingers.

very easy to drink and quite sessionable. overall, a pretty average nut brown, the best part of this for me was the aroma.

02-11-2011 01:40:25 | More by dogfishandi
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far333

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

Clear ruby-chestnut colo with a beige retiring head. Inviting aroma of sweet toasted malt and some hops. flavor is surprisingly smokey upfront, some toasted malt and resinous powdered cocoa, charred bark, and faint hints of honey and maple syrup. mouthfeel is smooth but somewhat tannic, moderately carbed. Surprised by the smoke in a nut brown, but it's a decent drinkable beer.

02-05-2006 14:18:03 | More by far333
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a beautiful brown with a highly carbonated head that goes away quickly. Smells very nutty and earthy.

The taste is a lot of nutty roasted malt, as you'd expect by the name. It's also got a certain sweetness and a little pear at the end. Hops appear to be an afterthought, but that really adds to this beer's smoothness. Carbonation is just wee bit too much for a malty dog like this one. A very drinkable beer.

10-30-2003 01:02:57 | More by yankeeheel
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-27-2012 23:55:47 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

Appears a dark cola brown large tan head retention is decent leaves behind light sparse lacing unevenly around my glass.

Aroma herbal earthy hops start things off here creamy nutty edge with toasted caramelized malt and some oatmeal character great stuff, hops really stand out the more you smell that green zesty freshness really makes the beer appealing.

Flavor is a refreshing roasty creaminess incredibly smooth flow going on caramel nuttiness touch of milk chocolate herbal and earthy hop components provide moderate bitterness with great flavor, somebody figured out how to make this style really drinkable.

Mouthfeel is creamy carbonation is ample definitely not overdone flavors really stick around on the palate the roasted nut edge stays with you as well as the hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability possibly one of the most drinkable American brewed Nut Brown ales I've come across the secret of course is hops in my eyes takes the rough edges of these colored malts and blends them perfectly together a delicate hard to pull off style Ithaca has done a great job here go try one and compare it with some of the classic versions ie Brooklyn, Sam Smith's, and for me Wildgoose.

07-07-2007 18:04:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +25.8%

(Served in an American pint glass)
best before April (it was)
A- This beer has a hazy glowing brown body with a sticky light beige head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The nutty toasted malt aroma has just the slightest hint of coffee roasted malt and a nice dry caramel malt nose in the finish.

T- This beer has a rich nutty dark toasted malt flavor with a touch of roasted malt blended in with some dark biscuit toasted notes also in there. The finish is a dry crisp finish with just a touch of grainy tartness which does not linger.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz that is just a bit to strong and scrubs away the finish.

O- This is a wonderful beer that really captures the nut brown malts and has so much depth that it makes me want to drink more and more. Great session beer and I can't imagine this on cask but I would love to try it. It seems like the bottle was gone before I even realized it.

06-14-2011 13:21:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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Brenden

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

The appearance is weaker than I've come to expect from Ithaca. The color is a clear light brown. A small but creamy and compact head forms and dissipates after some time, leaving a thin ring of lacing at the top of the glass and no lacing otherwise.
The nose is prominently malts with a light caramel character and notes of roasted grains and perhaps chocolate. It's a little sweet with the light stringency some nut browns unfortunately tend toward.
The flavor is a bit better than the aroma. There's a bit more of a coffee note, the chocolate, while pretty weak, is stronger than on the nose, and the astringency in the nose seems to fade out of the flavor early on.
The mouthfeel is something of a letdown: pale, thin, and somewhat overly carbonated. The body is lighter than it ought to be.
Especially after Cascazilla, this one is completely unimpressive.

01-06-2010 13:34:39 | More by Brenden
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benalbert

New York

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-02-2014 19:47:05 | More by benalbert
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dhmxray

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-19-2013 15:43:39 | More by dhmxray
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Andragos

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-18-2013 05:08:41 | More by Andragos
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Situation: oiling the gears for New Year's Eve...
Glassware: Howard's Pub pint...
Appearance: dark cola body allows a swiftly setting brown head; far more dark than the average brown...
Aroma: the buttery, nutty tones are tuned down, almost to a subtle whisper; crisp hops perhaps do the trick?
Palate: fizzy, provocative texture that peppers the teeth; medium-bodied and rich in effervescence; unlike a cola, short in retention and aftertaste...
Taste: the nuts are subdued (as in the aroma)--more of the browning malts seem to create a bedrock of solid flavor...
Overall: this fits the case well, as did the Cold Front--warms and reveals texture as the glass drains...nice ale-ish activity at the finish...however, nothing really sets this beer apart from its class or its competition...

01-10-2010 05:04:01 | More by dacrza1
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ABokononist

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-16-2012 17:20:28 | More by ABokononist
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.1%

AP: Dark brown with ruby-red hues...looks a bit like rootbeer. Also features a nice constant, mocha colored head dssipates slow and remains very foamy with minor lacing.

Nose: Roasty coffee, nutty malt, brown sugar, zesty and lively hops.

Flavor: A honey-roasted coffee malt delight with a subtle current of vanilla and peanut butter and a very nice peppery bite-like hop finish. Very effective.

Feel: Medium bodied, crisp but soft and smooth going down.

DA: This is a good brown ale.

08-18-2007 17:15:04 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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prdstmnky

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

*review from notes on 10/1/10*

Poured into a clear pint glass, this ale has a dark brown, translucent body with a finger of tan head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing. A nice aroma consisting of roasted nuts and sweet malts. It has a real nutty taste to it, walnuts / hazelnuts / almonds. I also get some dark chocolate hints with the toffee-like sweetness that rounds out this Brown Ale. It is a bit thin in the mouth, but has nice carbonation for the style and is easy drinking.

**I used a bottle of this for a couple red meat marinades, and worked out well there too.**

12-06-2010 02:07:13 | More by prdstmnky
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

This pours a dark brown with a smallish white head that's gone quickly. The smell has coffee aroma that's almost like a porter. The taste has a creamy coffee flavor that's very strong.. Yet I wonder how natural the flavors are? The m/f is light and the flavors are well mixed. This is a decent brown ale,but the strong flavors make it hard to have more than one at a time.

05-23-2006 05:32:08 | More by jmz62565
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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.