Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

423 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

The rich mahogany hue of the Nut Brown is the first thing you will notice. You’ll find subtle hints of both chocolate & coffee. We delicately blend chocolate & caramel malts with four others to make this flavorful, easy drinking beer. The malt character will appeal to those looking for a moderate dark ale, but the smoothness is what will surprise all.
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Ratings: 423 | Reviews: 211
Reviews by scaliasux:
Photo of scaliasux
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Dark brown, a hint of red. Appears clear. Virtually no head.

Smell - Moderately strong dark malt aroma. Chocolate, coffee, hazelnut.

Taste - Principally dark malt. Chocolate and hazelnut. Touch of burnt toast. Kind of watery. A little lemony hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Not awful, just not a stand out. Tends toward the quaffable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of JMD71
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Todd
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(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.

Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.**

Photo of jmz62565
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber lighter Porter-like color, creamy mocha-colored head, not much retention, but a good staying-put creaminess to the foam above the body.

Smell: Nuttiness, maple syrup sweetness, metallic bitterness, and dark roasted malts, which are highly prominent, which I like a lot.

Taste: A hint of maple sweetness, roasted malts, metalicness, and sharp citrus hop bitterness. More of a roasted malt presence, and almost lighter Porter-like, in taste than I'd have thought for the style.

Mouthfeel: A weird balance between a watery body and a late burst of unexpected, slightly raucous carbonation. Could be creamier, which would improve everything about the brew I'd imagine.

Drinkability: Not my favorite style in the world, but I like what they're doing with this and could easily drink a few, especially in the colder weather, as it seems like a good one for the upcoming fall since I'm now in New York.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Soda pop Sweet brown, not my type of beer. Above average carbonation. Tiny wisp of a head. Nutty aroma. They advertise, and I get only a minimum of:chocolate malt, caramel malt, and four other malts , and hints of coffee. Northdown and Fuggles hops, but I do not get much hops.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue. There's a 1/2" of brownish, thick, foamy head with decent retention. The nose has notes of caramel, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste nutty with notes of coffee and caramel. The coffee and roasted malts play a large role here. The nutty flavor is earthy and hangs around on the palate for quite a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a pretty good beer, but for the style the roasty, coffee-like notes are a little intense. It's definitely worth checking out.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a quickly forming 1 finger, semi-fine, brown head that fades quickly but maintains a nice film atop the brew. Beer is a clear, reddish-brown. Patchy lacing forms volcano-like patterns above the foam.

S: Smoky coffee beans, caramel, slight bit of licquorice, and a hint of sour nuttiness that is difficult to place.

T: Deep and thick charred nut character with a hint of roasted coffee beans. Burnt caramel and bitter toffee is also present. Slight sour notes right at the end. Aftertaste is a viscous, slightly boozy coffee/toffee combination that's hard to place. This lasts a bit longer than is necessary though.

M: Medium bodied, carbonated and coarse, but smoothes out quickly as it warms. Rather silky in the mouth with a sticky and lingering finish that is a bit over the top given the style and the flavor profile. It's good, but I its not a flavor I want to stain my palate.

D: Pretty drinkable and nothing out of the ordinary. I thought it was actually more complex than the standard brown ale... perhaps that's a downgrade if reviewed to style? Not in my opinion though. Feel makes it go down easy though the aftertaste is just slightly offensive. I'd have this again.

D:

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark Ruby Red. Not much head, dissipated rather quickly.

S - Malty with a hint of citrus.

T - Reminiscent of a spiced belgian. More flavorful than other nut browns I've had. Complex flavors, just a hint of citrus.

M - Very carbonated. Enjoyable.

D - Very drinkable. With the 5% abv could be a great session beer.

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an easy drinking beer with tasty toasted and cocoa flavors. Amora of light chocolate malts and grain. Just a good, quality English brown. Nothing amazing, but a great session beer. Sure beats the pants off of Newcastle. If you're really into the syle, give it a try, otherwise dont worry.

Photo of jmpizzo
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass...

A - Reddish brown around the outside, deep brown inside

S - Immediately hit with a mild roast coffee smell, followed by a combo chestnut and caramel. Definitely my favorite part of the beer. Reminds me of a cool fall afternoon.

T - The coffee tones come racing through followed by a bitter sweetness. Smooth and enjoyable.

M - Thin with little to no carbonation or lacing.

O - It's a great nut brown. Definitely one worth trying if this is a style you enjoy.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a cola color (brown/ruby pretty translucent around the edges) with a half finger head, minimal retention and no lacing.

Smell is not very strong- mostly dark malt and a little bittersweet chocolate and a little nutty.

Taste is consistent with smell- not too intense dark malt with a little bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is like a dry stout- medium bodied, a little watery, and nope actually no carbonation. I got a single bottle of this and I won't likely get it again.

Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color, fairly light, small to average tan head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a light roasted malt, a nice nutty scent, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is of roasted chestnuts, brown bread malt, and a touch of metal and lemon. The feel is rather light and watery for the style, fizzy carbonation, finishes fairly balanced. A nice tasting brown ale, good nut flavors. The appearance and feel are a bit subpar. Overall a decent English Brown Ale, nice nut presence.

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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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