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Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

377 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%


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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NaLoGra

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tall frozen beer glass. Great 1 inch head, decent lacing.

A - Very dark brown - blackish look to it.

S - Smells awesomely like malt-chocolate, gives you a great preparation for what is to come when you take the first sip.

T - Wow. Great amounts of malt, caramel and chocolate to it. This yells premium brown ale.

M - Such a great smooth flavor to it, not too much carbonation...very light. Nice medium body to the taste of malts. Very balanced.

O - Fantastic beer. I'm a stout/porter lover, and this is right up my ally. Nut brown from Ithaca is a beer I will absolutely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 05:01:27 | More by NaLoGra
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Bkuz

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

I drank this about 2 weeks ago and after seeing that it was not rated a 4+ I felt compelled to write my own review.

Very tasty beer had one with my steak dinner and man did it add a lot to my meal. Dark coffee color, can not remember exactly but I do not recall head or lace.

Smell was a bit nuttier than I thought it was going to be. Could also pick up coffee and coco a bit sweeter than I thought.

Taste was very good. I wouldn't call it complex because my mouth was over taken by nut, the coffee to me was not as heavy as most porters. Roasted nut could sum this up for me.

Also was a bit lighter on the tounge that most porters. Very drinkable, great with flame cooked meat.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 01:49:43 | More by Bkuz
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 13:21:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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Tbn2

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into newly purchased Ithaca Brewing Company pint glass.

A-Clear, deep brown/ruby red in color. Not too much of a head to speak off. A very small ring out the outer edge that leaves spotty lacing.

S-Mostly of burnt sugars, caramel, and a nutty flavor. Faint aromas of toasted grains and I'm detecting a slight yeast flavor.

T/M-Very good. Very similar to the smell. Finishes with a great smoky, nut flavor. Has a great creamy mouthfeel that makes this beer very smooth.

Overall, this is on of my favorite beers from one of my favorite NY breweries. This one is great. Pick it up in any form, you'll enjoy it.

Also, if you are ever up in Ithaca, go visit the brewery. They have free on-tap samples, good homebrew supplies, cool T-shirts, and some cool guys working there.

Enjoy...

Serving type: growler

07-04-2008 17:49:40 | More by Tbn2
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ithacabaron

California

4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery's tap to my growler, into the car for five minutes, and then into me.

A deep, clear brown with hints of red around the edges. Pours an even head that quickly fades. Aroma is of sugar-coated peanuts and brazil nuts, with a confident hop overtone (northdown and fuggle).

Taste is very smooth, malty and sweet, almost a bit over-sweet (but still delicious, and I don't really have a sweet tooth at all). Slightly nutty (there go the brazil nuts again). The taste brings to mind the color of mahogany wood, if that makes any sense. It finishes cleanly, with a nice hop end that asks you to take another sip without being overbearing.

This is a perfect session beer, especially if you're looking for something more malty on a given day. Drinkable by the growler. Would be perfect to take out to a tailgate before a college football game (or heck, if you can get it in, while you watch the game).

Definately my favorite offering from the brewery, and one that I like more and more each time I drink it. The definition of a solid, dependable ale.

I should note, I've heard this is not nearly as good in the bottle as it is on tap. Since I live 5 minutes from the brewery, I've only ever had this on-tap. I will buy a bottle soon and do another review for that, so that I may address these questions.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2003 01:32:49 | More by ithacabaron
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by dec. 2009

Appearance: Pours a brown color, transparent, with orange edges and 2.5" light tan head. It shows good retention, with it's pancake-like bubbles. Very little lace.

Smell: Strong oatmeal/wheatena/brown sugar aroma is deep and roasted. Pecan, walnut, split hardwood, almond and even some dried pipe tobacco. Nice.

Taste: Roasted flavor of corn flakes, golden grahams and freshly made granola. Almond and walnut oils truly are silky and mouth-coating. A roasty/hoppy bitterness dries out the finish. This is an excellent flavor for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Butty, roasty, malty flavors reside within a medium body, with a perfect sugar content. Smooth, with a little bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: I really, really like this beer. The malty and roasted flavors make this an excellent drinker with plenty of flavor. I will seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 16:04:05 | More by Risser09
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halo21

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this rich dark mahogany beer, with creamy mocha colored head into an Ithaca Beer Co. pint glass. It looks like it has some body, and is rich and almost opaque, but still lets some light through. Very inviting on this cold night

Smell: Rich and inviting roasted malts, with a smooth coffee hint, and a little yeast. Opens up to some earthy chocolate and slightest heat.

Taste: Smooth, nutty and earthy, with a drying espresso finish balanced by a malty sweetness. Very complex; one of my favorites!

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth, which is nice because it still maintains a hefty flavor. It is much like a light, airy, whipped dessert after dinner can still have a full flavor.

Drinkability: Medium to high. This has some weight and ingredients that make it a but heavier, but one goes down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:27:47 | More by halo21
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow! This is a dessert beer if I ever saw one! It is like eating a bar of chocolate.

This beer is just pure, unadulterated chocolate. So much, so so much. There is a nice pinch of toffee with it, and a little bit of walnut and hazelnut. I dig that. The carbonation is faint enough to bring out the beer's natural sweetness while still ensuring your tongue gets that wonderful tingle.

As the beer warms, a nice light fruitiness starts to come out. I'm thinking sweet cherries. At this point, the beer is like a liquid Schwarzwald torte. Really impressive.

Wow.

Really pretty mindblowing. If they serve this on cask, I'd love to have it. But as it is, the beer is simply fantastic. I don't think I could have more than one in a single sitting -- the beer is too rich for that, but wow.

Who says you need to be big to bring on the flavor? This beer is more flavorfull than some impy stouts I've had. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 22:24:45 | More by shbobdb
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent, excellent, excelllent english brown ale! Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a thin foamy head. Considerable lacing on the glass. Taste is beautiful, with a chocolate, mocha coffee dominance. Sweet and JUST enough of a bitter kick to it. Can't say enough good things about this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 00:32:33 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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erosier

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown color with a a short light caramel colored head. The aroma is of sweet caramel and some nut flavors. The taste is just that. A sweet malty base with tones of caramel and some nice nut flavoring. It is has a nice smooth feel and it isn't over or under carbonated. I could drink alot of these if I were so inclined which makes this beer pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 23:56:22 | More by erosier
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to pint glass

A - Medium brown colour that was ever-so-slightly translucent. Small amount of light brown head.

S - Hazelnut and sweet caramel with some toffee. A very robust nose.

T - A generous but not overwhelming nut flavour with some sweet caramel. I've been disappointed by many nut brown ales that barely had a discernible nut flavour, and this certainly does not fall in to that category.

M - Light body with some chew.

D - An excellent example of this style. Will definitely buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 19:42:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy ice tea brown with a rocky tan head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Potent aroma of caramel and mocha

Taste: Opens with a bit of a German chocolate cake flavor; nutty aspect arrives at mid-palate, with a bit of bitter nut skin, too; after the swallow the chocolate flavors return and provide a long finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: Maybe not quite to style and tastes a bit like a really nice dunkel, but still a very tasty brew that I really enjoyed drinking

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 22:10:28 | More by brentk56
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sraimondi

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Nice subtle smokiness behind a nice malt start. Mouthfeel is good for a bottled beer, and this one is very drinkable. Ithaca stuff has recently been introduced to Litchfield County, CT--so far this one and the Apricot Wheat are my faves. This one is a good version of an English Brown.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 21:24:55 | More by sraimondi
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ClavisAurea

New York

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, deep reddish brown with a very small head that dissipated after about 20 seconds. It was almost black like a porter.

Nose: cocoa, hazelnut and other nuts, sweet candi sugars

Taste: alcohol (suprisingly), sweet with a spicy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, clean finish

Drinkability: heady feel makes it hard to pound a few of these in one night

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 13:38:36 | More by ClavisAurea
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fx20736

New York

4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint, served at room temp.

appearance: turbid chestnut brown with a pretty creme brulee khaki head that doesn't stick around long. spotty lacing.

aroma: light toasted caramel, herbal hops, faint diacetyl and some alcohol esters. it is all rounded together in a nice bundle.

mouthfeel: is good, soft and full.

taste: takes a while to get going but lightly toasted malt with a kiss of caramel vanilla sweetness and a nutty quality like hazelnuts or pecans.

notes; like the Dundee this is a nice, simple malty brown from Upstate NY with just a touch of sweetness. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 11:48:10 | More by fx20736
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illpass78

Maine

4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Handsome looking beer. It's a dark amber hue with a one-inch off-white head. Holding it up to the light reveals some reddishness, and it's clear. It looks like an inviting brown ale.

Aroma: It smells of roasted malt and nuts. The maltiness and nuttiness are equal. It's not super strong on the nose, and alcohol is very faint. It's mild.

Taste: Now this is a tasty beer. The nuttiness is right up front and there's some enjoyable toffee notes. It's very smooth, and very easy to drink. The finish is good. On the whole, it's malty and mild, with a strong nutty character. Pretty great; pairs well with chocolate, and I could see it going well with some roasted vegetables or a burger.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking. There's nothing off-putting about the experience of drinking this.

Overall: Terrific brown ale. I got this in a mixed six and would get a full six pack for sure. The perfect beer for a chilly autumn or winter night.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 03:21:00 | More by illpass78
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours well with a deep ruby red color, and a quickly fading tan head. A little lacing on the the side of the glass, but the smell is what really gets me excited about the beer. A delicious malty, nutty aroma, which the flavor can't quite deliver on... Perhaps a little too much bitterness at the end, or not enough hops to balance the malt, maybe a little too much carbonation. However if you breathe deep, it would be easy to drink trying to figure it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 03:40:02 | More by templar316
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark brown color, and nice head formed on it.

smell - Roasted nut smell, and some malt.

taste - Bit of a roasted taste, with a nutty taste and the sweetness of malts.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with some sweetness.

drinkability - Real nutty taste, nice sweet malt, I liked that. Would purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 02:40:52 | More by auxiliary
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra from israel a while back. Thanks, man! Into my Stone pint glass. The notch on the bottle tells me I'm drinking this a couple of months past I should have

A: Deep ruddy brown with a solid mocha-colored head that fills the rest of the glass before settling to a disk. Crystal clear.

S: Leafy earthy hops up front with some pleasing butterscotch and nutty, toffee malts coming through. Rather robust

T: Starts off with a solid earthy and leafy hop character with a pleasing mild sweetness with a mild nutty character coming though. Dries up on the finish, leaving a light bitterness. Good stuff

M: Light to medium, well carbonated and nice finish

D: I'd drink another and regret not drinking this sooner

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 23:22:46 | More by DefenCorps
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animalchin

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass.

A - The body has a heavy appearance, mostly attributable to nice darkness all around and the tan head that initially appears then dissipates. Some light exposes dim red shimmering at the bottom and around the glass.

S - Not so much nutty as it is spicy/floral in nature. All around the aromas are very slight, making it difficult to confidently identify.

T - Much more taste than I was expecting given the aroma and appearance. Very heavy tasting dark chocolate and espresso primarily, then breaks down into nutty/toffee characteristics. A bit dry all around as well, but this compliments the bitter nuttiness that is intended.

M - The carbonation feels a little coarse at first, but given some time, a little creaminess and mobility comes through.

D - I've had this on several occasions and have always had some feelings of ambivalence towards it. But this review has opened up some nice characteristics I haven't noticed before. Ithaca BC likes to put this in many of their sampler packs, and is a fine exhibition of their work. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 17:55:02 | More by animalchin
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Red's in Seneca Falls. This is definitely a brown ale you have to try. Pours a dark mahogany with a thick off-white head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and nuts all mixed into one. The taste of this delightful brew is of carmel with strong malt character. I'm not normally one for malty beers, but the drinkability is amazing with how smooth it flows down your throat. Surprisingly it is quite refreshing as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 21:25:18 | More by BeerTruth
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Durge

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark coffee colored brew with a healthy tan head and average lacing. The smell is wholesome nut brown ale stuff. A little toffee, hint of chocolate. And mostly it's that good old nuttiness that you taste. A very smooth feel with perfect carbonation for the style, refreshing but tastey. I got a touch of bitter finish but not much. This is just a nice, pleasant brown ale, probably a good introduction for the uninitiated, on the sweet side. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 23:37:03 | More by Durge
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of good friend stopper! I am drinking a chilled sample in a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear mahogany that reveals deep ruby highlights when held to a light. A small beige colored fluffy head foams up easily and fades slowly.
Aroma is rich malty caramel and chocolate with some almond hints mixed in.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth body with average and rolling carbonation that fits with the general smooth texture of the beer.
Flavor is nice and malty. Roasted malt mixes with chocolate and caramel completely. The flavor is the same from start to finish. While not overly complex I really enjoy the taste and it is very easy to drink this beer. It is definitely on the sweet side, but not cloyingly IMO.
A well made and simple beer that I could drink quite a few of!
Give it a shot some day

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 01:35:39 | More by sulldaddy
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shamrock7

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be a very tasty brown ale. It pours to a rich deep dark brown color with a small, but nice head. It has a very pleasing coffee/mocha aroma. The taste is a mix of roasted chocolate with a nutty/coffee finish. It has a nice light mouthfeel - not what you would expect given it’s appearance and strong smell. It goes down surprisingly well.

It’s also a beer that can compliment a nice grilled steak – which is always a plus.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2007 23:09:19 | More by shamrock7
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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.