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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
81
good

402 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
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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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Vonhinx, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Adanner, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Cooker_stp, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +17%

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

brentk56, May 06, 2008
Photo of sraimondi
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

sraimondi, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

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

ClavisAurea, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

fx20736, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of illpass78
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

illpass78, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of templar316
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

templar316, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.13/5  rDev +15%

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.

auxiliary, May 24, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

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

DefenCorps, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of animalchin
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

animalchin, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

Durge, Aug 19, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

BeerTruth, Jan 28, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

shamrock7, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my mugs. This beer pours a clear medium to dark brown color that sort of reminded me of Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper, etc. Nice tan head is about 1/2 inch when poured before settling to a decent, but spotty surface coating very quickly with a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Decent lace. Has earthy aromas of roasted nut and malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. Has a nice sweet flavor of roasted nut and malts upfront, followed with some coffee and chocolate notes. No discernible hops here. Nice thick, crisp, creamy full bodied mouth feel with a high degree of carbonation. Easy to drink, especially as it warms up a bit. An enjoyable beer, but I have had better brown ales.

Eric

neenerzig, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

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

sulldaddy, Jul 27, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

A- Pours a very dark brown color, almost black. Its has a brown head with excellent retention. Minimal lacing on this one.

S- Excellent nose. Sweet toasted caramel, dark fruits like raisins and plums. Semi sweet bitter chocolate comes through, and lots of roasted nuttiness. Very aromatic.

T- Very tasty. Mainly toasted oats, roasted coffee, and dark chocolates come through. The nutty quality come in towards the finish and leave a lingering toasty aftertaste.

M- A bit light bodied. Smooth and with medium carbonation.

D/N- This one has awesome drinkability. Its comparable to Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, one of my favorites.

depechemode1983, Jan 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 18, 2007
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

tdm168, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

beerman999999, Jan 30, 2012
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.