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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

392 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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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Redrover

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of pints of this at the Crowne Plaza’s State Street Pub in downtown Rochester.

The beer was served in a standard pint glass. It was a darkish brown with a beige head. There was some nice lace on the glass.

The nose is sweet with a bit of molasses with roasted grains.

The taste is a little sweet, a bit nutty and a hint of alcohol. I get some dark fruits later.

The mouth is just thick enough and the carbonation is a bit high. Mildly sessionable brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2006 17:53:51 | More by Redrover
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery in February, and has held up pretty well. Pours a hazy dark brown with red highlights not limited to the edge of the glass. A decent tan coloured head dissipates quickly with little lacing.

Impressive aroma of roasted dark malts, with espresso/coffee tones and even a hint of smoked oak. The flavour isn't as well balanced as I'd hoped, the toasted malt sweetness transitions rather abruptly into a bitter finish, with pleasant nuttiness in the aftertaste.`

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 20:55:12 | More by hopsolutely
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Hoagie1973

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely dark for a nut brown, almost opaque. Medium head. Smells sweet and malty with a touch of alcohol. Definitely on the sweet side, but maintains a fair balance. Rich malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Nuttiness shows up in the finish. What's weird to me is that the alcohol comes through strongly and is somewhat harsh. Not expected from a lower ABV. Would have thought it was nearer 8% or so. Thinnish body, also unexpected when considering the dark appearance. Overall pretty good and drinkable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 16:32:40 | More by Hoagie1973
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oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2007 23:39:56 | More by oberon
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jslot38

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, new bottle.

Appearance: Very Dark Brown with a top covering off white head. Limited transparency, a very dark oak color.

Smell: Not much going on here. Toasted oats and rye and thats about it.

Taste: Pretty nutty, biscuity, not much of a hops present.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Easily the best part of the beer, goes down nice and smooth with a good level of carbonation. I could easily drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 01:47:29 | More by jslot38
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TheTrevor

New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a thin head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell is toasted malt with a definite overtone of nuttiness. The taste starts off with a bit of citrusy hops that give way to some sweet toasted malt with some hazelnuttiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and slippery with a decent amount of carbonation. This is an interesting beer that frequently comes up in my rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 06:04:35 | More by TheTrevor
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style but really dug this beer. Poured a dark watery brown in color with a thick white head that evaporated quickly. Nose is malty and slightly earthy.

Flavor is malty sweet with a nice pungent peat flavor that lingers on the palate. Also picking out some nuts. Definitely hazelnut and something else my wife throws on salads--pecans I think. Medium body that is perhaps a touch watery. Perhaps a bit high in ABV but this would make a nice session beer.

Thanks to beertruth for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 23:49:38 | More by MuddyFeet
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass.

L - chestnut brown color with a beige head that thinned to a ring.
S - chocolate malt and roasted nuts.
T - roasted nutty flavor upfront with a hint of chocolate and coffee tossed in.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D - easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 02:55:17 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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sniper061

New York

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap in a pint glass. The head on this beer was thin upon initial presentation and didn't really lace at all. With the first sniff of this brown ale I was very excited about the smell of molasses, coffe, and chocolate. I am not going to say that I didn't enjoy this beer but I will tell you from the first smell to the last drop I was left less than fulfilled. It lacked the body to back up the nose. This would be an okay beer to finish a night of drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 20:47:15 | More by sniper061
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Hefe

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 12pk sampler picked up at Wegmans in Syracuse. Medium gold brown brew with an off white head. Aroma off sweet malt, and plummy fruit. Taste is nice and balanced, with malt flavors, plum, apricot, and lightly floral hops bringing up the rear. Nice medium body, with a slightly sweet finish. Well made and a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 00:21:36 | More by Hefe
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Buckeyes67

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Nut Brown and very easy to drink. It has a nice dark color to it with an off white head. It has a plesant nutty taste with a good aroma to the beer. It sits lightly on the palate and goes down smoothly. I will compare this to Indian Brown Ale by DogFish Head and Nut Brown Ale of RoosterFish brewing. In order I would drink RoosterFish, Indian Brown Ale, then Ithaca. Its a good beer and not to far behind the other two.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 15:20:34 | More by Buckeyes67
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stegmakk

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was a deep brown with ruby highlights in the light. Unfortunately the head was very little and what was there went away quick and had very little to no lacing.
Aroma was of roasted chocolatey malt coffee.
Taste was full of roasted chocolatey coffe with not much aftertaste at all. Very clean and dry.
Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy.
Drinkability is high. Crisp taste. Goes down easy. I could drink a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 00:01:20 | More by stegmakk
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metter98

New York

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear brownish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with some notes of chocolate malts and hints of coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but isn't quite as strong. Neither sweetness nor bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels rather medium-bodied and somewhat smooth (but a little thin) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I wished that this beer could have been a little heaver, but it is very easy to drink and has some nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:33:32 | More by metter98
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jsanford

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Part of a mixed 12-pack.

A - Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights and a 2-inch khaki-colored head that dissipates quickly, leaving some chunky haze and a slight ring.
S - Nice roasty aromas of chocolate, coffee and nuts with a bit of caramel and spice.
T - Quite similar to the nose, very roasty. More nuts, chocolate, caramel, and coffee with a good amount of sweetness.
M - Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and crisp carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, one of the better English Brown Ales I've encountered!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:37:26 | More by jsanford
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Liquids

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Onyx brown that is hardly transparent red in the light with a creamy head that becomes slightly filmy as it dissipates. Well hopped aroma but smells stout like and piney. Tastes smooth and chocolaty, rather stout like for a brown in the sense that its watery (as opposed to syrupy like an imperial stout) yet flavorful for it's malt profile. Hops are more in the background but certainly present, and there seems to be a lot going on here. A little too heavy handed with the roasted malts, yet smooth and not as rough around the edges as a young stout. I kept thinking of stout flavors and not brown, though it's not stout at all-- it just leans toward stout-like background flavors.

It's very drinkable; not so watery that the flavor seems muted or diminished, but its easy going enough for two back to back in a short period of time. It's good drinking, and while I like this beer, I doubt my brown ale-loving friends would enjoy it, as it would be too roasted malt for them. I like it for what it is, but it fails as a 'classic' brown, which to me, succeeds when it lets no one malt type dominates the flavor or aftertaste this noticeably. Otherwise, ignore the name and down a few of a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 21:57:17 | More by Liquids
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing chestnut maroon color with a tall light tan capping of frothy smoothed foam. Fades slowly to keep a great quarter inch skim the entire time and laces in thinnly placed inky patches.

Aroma is nutty/toasty, crisply dry; pale, breadish malts, and has a light dry wild grassyness.

Flavors are about what one would find out of a brown ale. Pale and toasted malts make up the main portions of the front and middle, slenderly sweet sided and well rounded nuttyness unsues into the finishing areas as does a light surge of drying grassy herbs and cocoa. Clean and respectfully subtle but a little understated.

Feel is smoothly set within a light/medium body with a easy carbonation thats not boastful for a brown. Toastyness is light and paled, nuttyness is touched on with grace and finishes better then it starts. A welcomeing little brown ale. Drinkable and sessionable with an open margin to boredom due to its lack of depth and light flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 18:54:18 | More by tavernjef
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a transparant brown/deep ruby color. Not much head but pretty good lace. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is of course roasted malt with coffee and chocolate tones but it also has a "fruityness" to it. I can't quite put my finger on it but its very unique. Adds another dimension to what would otherwise be an average brown ale. High carbonation. Leaves a nice roasted aftertaste on the sides of the tongue. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 00:47:10 | More by sabrills70
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 05:32:08 | More by jmz62565
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galante27

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pouring reveals a dark, dark amber color, with good head retention.

S-Aroma is sweet with some nutty tones.

T- caramel malts, a bit bready. Somewhat sweet. Touch of coffee, dry dark chocolate in the finish.

M-Smooth.

D-This is a drinker, tasty and enjoyable.

Recommended!!

Serving type: growler

05-19-2008 16:46:27 | More by galante27
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david18

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this at the Amsterdam Ale the other day. I wanted something low in alcohol and the Nut Brown was the lowest (not including bud or guiness).

I've always hear about the classic "english brown flavor) and how great it is and I was never a big proponent of the style. This one however was very enjoyable. The nut roasty flavor really shines through. Color was a classic brown with a lightish head. Aroma was a combination of roasted malt, nuttiness and hops. Flavor was excellent. Again, roast toast, nuts and hops.

A great winter drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 17:59:19 | More by david18
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auntfloyd

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a clear, ruby brown with minimal amounts of head and lacing. The nose is sweet, with notes of chocolate, malt, and a slight bready-ness. The flavor is classic brown ale: sweetish, with cocoa, coffee, caramel, and a slightly bitter nutty finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light, and drinkability is high.

Overall, a good brown ale; not the best, but good nonetheless. Also nice that it is from NYS.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 01:25:54 | More by auntfloyd
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Lepley

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from a variety pack.

A: Pours reddish-brown, almost maroon in color. Little to head head even after a relatively aggressive poor.
S: Sweet, malty, fruity.
T: Sweet like light fruits, berries, peach, malty, light bitterness.
M: Light and smooth.
D: THis beer is ok. It feels so light that you could probably drink a lot of them, but there are better brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:23:22 | More by Lepley
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 01:18:47 | More by bpfrush
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dhmxray

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-19-2013 15:43:39 | More by dhmxray
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Andragos

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-18-2013 05:08:41 | More by Andragos
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.