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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

410 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 211
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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Photo of brodah
1/5  rDev -72.1%

brodah, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
1.85/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The beer is a deep raspberry brown with a creamy, lumpy tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma yields a little sweet malt, a little roast, a little medicinal hops. It is a medium-bodied beer that feels a bit watery and a bit chalky. Now, the flavor... ew. It's strangely chemically. I can't even tell what this is supposed to taste like. Something has gone awry. I just held my nose and chugged it just to get it down.
(rated Mar 6, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Brushkanna
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Brushkanna, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of DuffMan23
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%

DuffMan23, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of microbe7
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

microbe7, Jan 27, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

tt0027, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of NooseJustice
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Mudawg
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Mudawg, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of wac9
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

well it looks great in a glass but that a about it if you like english brown ales look else this offers little to good drinking beers the last sip taste wonderful but the rest of the beer lacks my wanting to drink so move on and keep looking for some great beers pass on this on

wac9, Feb 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

BugTownPub, Feb 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Codytucker13, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of brdc
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks azurelimits for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown, reddish highlights, minimal head with no retention or lacing.
Faint nutty aroma, thin on the palate with just faint caramel and nutty taste. Very weak, did not even finish mine. Disappointing.

brdc, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Bellabananas
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Reddish tones, thin body with a head that dissipates quickly
S: Malty caramel tones, just as you would expect with a brown ale
T: Very thin in flavor, slight malt flavor and a bit of sweetness. After the nose the taste is a disappointment. Leaves a less than pleasant aftertaste
M: Very thin mouthfeel, just slides down your throat
O: Smells great but overall just a disappointment

Bellabananas, Dec 04, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

carnoustie7, Jun 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

TimRex, Feb 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

SteveB24, Oct 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

zachary80, Apr 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

lccrunchy, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of WanderingFool
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of the Ithaca Nut Brown on a trip to Albany a while ago. It is a very dark brown color with ruby highlights and a foamy tan head that fades really fast. A few spots of lace are found on the glass as it empties. The aroma is faint, but mainly roasted malt, dried nuts and slightly earthy. Each sip of the medium bodied beer begins malty. Flavors of coffee and chocolate move in and it finishes slightly sour. Some malty flavors are left behind.

This is a good nut brown that is rather drinkable and would definitly buy again, however I think I was looking for stronger malt flavors and more lacing.

WanderingFool, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of MikeyA
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's ok. I don't get much nut out of it. I was expecting more of a hazelnut-ey flavor. Not that great, but not bad. I wouldn't get it again but I'm not pissed that it's all I have to drink during this blizzard. Ooga chakka booga filling up space for two hundred fifty words.

MikeyA, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of krberg
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Big cream head over a Hires rootbeer body. Very carbonated; it even sounds like a soda.

I smell chocolate malt and no hops. That's about it.

Biscuity and somewhat like hazelnuts. Mildly sweet with little bitterness. Too much co2 bite.

Thin mouthfeel. I like a little richness to my browns.

Pure session beer. Not challenging. Very drinkable, although, I'm not sure you'd want to.

Boring. Probably good for someone who doesn't like "dark" beers. Might be a nice gateway brew.

krberg, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of Thickfreakness
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Bought at the brewery last weekend. Deep dark brown/black... thin and whimpy tan head that disappears instantly and leaves no traces of lacing.

S- Roasted coffee, slight hints of cocoa, a mixed bag of roasted nuts. Nothing dramatic or fantastic, but pleasant none-the-less.

T- More black iced coffee than roasted nuts. A touch bitter but not overwhelming. Some roasty Macadamia nut/Walnut/Almond flavors shine thru as it warms up.

M- Kinda thin... a decent bitter-sweet blend. No carbonation to speak of. Lots of coffee flavor stands out and I do love a nice cup of coffee!

O- Certainly not a great brown ale by any means... worth a try for sure, but I've had way better. Nothing impressive here, a decent coffee/nutty taste.

Thickfreakness, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of MrOH
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep russet with a single finger of light tan foam. Retention isn't so hot. Lacing isn't either.

Coffee, toast, some dark chocolate, roasting nuts. Deep, inviting, and soothing.

Deep malt, stale coffee, toasty, nutty. Pretty good, except for the acidic twang from the stale coffee note. Check yo mash pH when using dark malts, son!

Medium bodied, low carb, helps to keep it drinkable.

The stale coffee taste kinda ruins this beer. If it didn't have that acidic gas-station coffee twang, it would be damn good.

MrOH, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Why-P-A
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice solid brown color, nor overly red or black with minimal cloudiness.

S: Caramel and sweet grain notes which are similar to of aromas generated during the mashing process.

T: The main component of this beer is the malts as it should be. This beer trends toward the sweeter side with a very minimal bitter finish which could come from either bittering hops or the darker malts, likely the later.

M: Very light in body and mouthfeel, which combined with the average ABV makes this especially smooth and easy to drink.

O: This was one of the 4 original beers offered by Ithaca beer. No outstanding qualities but a solid brown ale. Hard to find on tap but readily available in bottles in the Northeast.

Why-P-A, Jun 02, 2013
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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.