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Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

376 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 376
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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yesyouam

New York

1.85/5  rDev -48.6%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 15:58:42 | More by yesyouam
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brdc

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 02:45:24 | More by brdc
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Bellabananas

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:06:51 | More by Bellabananas
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wac9

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 01:42:29 | More by wac9
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 13:11:35 | More by WanderingFool
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MikeyA

New York

2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2013 02:00:14 | More by MikeyA
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krberg

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 22:29:08 | More by krberg
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Thickfreakness

New York

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 03:59:51 | More by Thickfreakness
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MrOH

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 04:52:28 | More by MrOH
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Why-P-A

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 21:49:16 | More by Why-P-A
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CBFanWish

New York

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is a middle of the road ut brown. It's not bad, but it had a few flaws that could easily be fixed. The taste was chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. I was slightly bothered by a slight metalic taste.It kind of tasted mediciney. The colour was nice dark brown with a thin tan head that didn't last too long. The smell was of chocolate. I don't feel good drinking it. I feel very uncomfortable with it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2004 19:15:53 | More by CBFanWish
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DmanGTR

New York

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: the bottle I had expired a month ago so I will re-review this again the next time I have the chance

A - poured deep transparent brown with 1/2" tan head that disappeared soon after. Very little, if any, lacing

S - malty, bready, slightly nutty, and some dark chocolatey tones

T - coffee, roasted malts, very light hops. Somewhat nutty but the flavor on the whole seemed very washed down. Clean finish

M - light bodied, medium/heavy carbonation

D - decent drinkability, it is well carbonated and has the potential to be quite flavorful

Overall - This particular batch, like I said, was expired last month, although I don't know how much one month's difference will affect the taste. It tastes rather washed down but has lots of potential. Hopefully my next tasting of this beer will be better.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 21:45:30 | More by DmanGTR
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homebrew311

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received via trade with BriMaster56.

A: pours a slightly cloudy light brown, no head to speak of, appears rather lifeless in the glass

S: nose features healthy dose of roasted malts, mild caramel notes, no hops

T: taste is nothing like the nose promised, very thin and watery up front, muted ashy malts, bad balance, not quite as enjoyable as I had hoped

MF: very light body, mild carbonation

O: the nose is quite nice with this brew, but that's where it ends. The taste just doesn't add up, very bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:03:22 | More by homebrew311
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sevenarts

New York

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Translucent cola brown. Very very little head with no retention and no lacing - it soon entirely fades away as though it was never there at all.

S: Mild and malty aromas of caramel, vanilla, hazelnut.

T/M: Again, very mild but pleasant flavors. Vanilla, a slight nuttiness, sweet caramel malts, some tea-like flavors that linger at the end of a sip. Body is a little on the thin side.

O: This goes down really easy and is pleasant in its unassuming way, but there's no oomph to it, nothing special. Easy to drink and totally inoffensive. A little more body and better head/carbonation would go some ways towards making it an entirely average brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 23:10:28 | More by sevenarts
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riversider76

New York

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was just average for me.Pours a nice brown color. Tan head went away too quick.The beer was a bit too sweet for me. It has a dry finish that left a chalky taste in my mouth. It think this is a personal taste issue with me. Other folks my like this beer,so give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 18:45:48 | More by riversider76
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zdk9

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An overall average beer with strong nuttiness, but nothing to back that up.

A- Pours out a dark mahagony with slightly ruby highlights. Head was almost non existant, and this lack of carbination carried over into the beer (and of course no lacing with no head).

S- Toasty malts and a slightly raisiny sweetness. After a couple more wiffs I can detect even more fruity flavors, more like grape and blueberry.

T- A very nutty taste that dominates any other flavors. The back of the mouth is able to disect the nuts to find roasted malts, but hops are nowhere to be found.

M- Very watery and lacking carbination which I think would brighten up the flavor. Instead I'm considering how fast you could chug this beer given it's lack of body.

D- It's nice to know that a beer can be this nutty. It's not all that nice to drink more than one beer which is this nutty. If the carbination issue was fixed I would enjoy this brew much more right now its more like an Almond Joy Corona.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 06:33:34 | More by zdk9
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by January notched on label -

Pours brown - murky, but mostly covered by darkness, with a head that is short-lived. It becomes a vanishing island. Not much in way of lacing.

The smell is of roasted, slightly burnt chestnuts with some caramel and sweet graininess.

The taste is of sweetened coffee - slightly burnt, with chestnuts - also slightly burnr and hazelnut and walnuts. Nutty, but reminds me of the nuts that, when cracked, you look at and think... "It's just a bit too burnt looking" but eat anyway...and want to open another hoping it's not as flawed. There is some graininess - caramelish, with a touch of earthy bitterness. The main characteristic is overroasted nuts.

It is medium-bodied with ample, though not aggressive, carbonation.

Too burnt for my tastes - though it does have a "nut" character. Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 18:43:52 | More by jwc215
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tumbler glass

Got straight from the brewery last week

Best by September

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of fluffy khaki head that sticks around.

S- Roasted malts and toast up front with slight notes of nuts, coffee, smoke.

T- Flavors real thin up front and kind of disappointing. The roasted malts and coffee flavors are most dominate with subtle chocolate and nuts.

M- Light watery thin body with moderate carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

Overall this beer to me tastes like you poured half the glass with beer and brought it to the sink and filled the rest with water. The body is very thin and the flavor is kind of washed out tasting. The smoke and roastiness is there but not enough.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:36:42 | More by Arenbeer
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.06/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:47:57 | More by scaliasux
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep mahogany, more towards the red side, a fiery glow when backlit. Very clear, topped with a thin, fizzy almond foam. The head thins to a patchy mist, leaving just a couple small blobs of lace on the glass.
The aroma is very nutty and chocolatey, with a pleasant, underlying caramel maltiness. Mild coffee, slightly grainy, with just a hint of woodsy, earthy hops. Rather clean, with little fruitiness. Pretty much just roasty malt.
The flavor starts with a dextrin sweetness up front, floating upon a chocolatey caramel maltiness. Slight coffee into the middle, along with a bit of nuttiness continuing into a lightly hopped finish. A bit of herbal hop flavor, without much bitterness. A mildly dry finish, a bit of graininess adding a rough edge that's mostly cancelled by the dextrin sweetness, leaving you with a bit of sweetish, lightly roasted malt in the aftertaste. The body is thin and light, easily carried by moderate, unassuming carbonation.
Not a stellar brown ale, but I didn't hate it. I had this and their apricot wheat in the same sitting, and I actually liked the wheat ale better. A bit more body would help immensely, with a lower, more english style carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 09:17:11 | More by UnionMade
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cola brown color with just a tint of red around the edges. Tan head that dissapears instantly. No lacing to speak of. Faint cocoa smell and not really anything else. Taste of cocoa, toasted maltyness and a faintly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, also is a little flat on the carbonation side. Nothing special with this one and I wouldn't really recomend it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 00:12:08 | More by beermanbrian
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwc215 for the chance to try this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a pale, translucent brown with a slight beige cap that quickly disappears and leaves just a little bit of lacing. The aroma is a bit of a let down. Honestly is smells watery. There is a slight toasted grain aroma mixed with just a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder and a hint of cola. Not much nuttiness or bready aspects involved. Really the cocoa powder is the, I use this term loosely, dominant aroma. The flavor is much the same. Unsweetened cocoa powder, just a slight nuttiness, and toasted grains. Due to a rather thin body for the beer, the toasted grains give just a slight astringency to it that's noticeable on the finish. The mouthfeel, as stated before, is rather thin with a medium carbonation. This is an OK nut brown, more on the light brown side of things.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 01:59:54 | More by hwwty4
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A brown body that lets light through at all times, and a small off-white head that has some fairly good retention, but fails to leave behind any lacing.

The aroma has a hint of chocolate, with some toasted (not roasted, just lightly toasted) grains. There are some pale sweet malts in there too, but they do not quite constitute a caramel scent.

Ithaca Nut Brown has a hint of chocolate, a light nuttiness, and some toasted grain. Really the flavor is mostly pale malt that adds some sweetness. I like it, but it lacks the strong flavors to be a great brown ale.

The body is really light; I would like to see a little bit more heft to it.

Overall, a decent beer, but not one of my favorites from Ithaca.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 23:15:35 | More by Hojaminbag
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kennyo

New York

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not a bad looking beer, crystal clear brown ale with nice white head that is there for the entire beer. Malty taste, some chocolate, nice taste. Nothing amazin or actually very good but thisis a nice drinkable beer. I wouldn't be dissapointed if I had t drink this in a bar.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 02:49:54 | More by kennyo
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark brown color, thin head that holds on just barely throghout. You can see and hear the high level of carbonation when you pour - lot's of bubbles. Smells earthy and nutty; very satisfying. Surprisingly smooth, with a nice hop/malt balance, but tastes almost a little syrupy. A few other reviews wondered if the nut flavor was natural, and I do too. Stays sweet on the tongue and the nut flavor lingers, leading me to believe that it's an extract. A little too sweet and too much carbonation for my taste, but not bad. <I'm editing my score down a bit because the more I drink this beer, the less I like it...and I only bought a 6 pack>

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 02:29:01 | More by number1bum
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