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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

419 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

The rich mahogany hue of the Nut Brown is the first thing you will notice. You’ll find subtle hints of both chocolate & coffee. We delicately blend chocolate & caramel malts with four others to make this flavorful, easy drinking beer. The malt character will appeal to those looking for a moderate dark ale, but the smoothness is what will surprise all.
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Ratings: 419 | Reviews: 211
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Sipchue
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of sevenarts
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of MrOH
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of zdk9
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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!

Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of scaliasux
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of kennyo
3.16/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle; no freshness date.

Hazlenut brown with a garnet hue. Fizzy, coffee-colored head that evaporates to a small island of a sheet rather quickly. Artificial lacing that doesn't hold.

Semi-sweet, bittered caramel. A dry oak and coffee bean aroma that makes for an odd, almost leather-like mustiness. Notes of raisin, powdered chocolate, and almond.

Roasted, near chewy malt character up front with flavors of walnut, bitter caramel, and powdered/unsweetened milk chocolate. Airy, chocolate flavored, toasted biscuit with a light musty quality. A mild, unsweetened bitterness followed by an aftertaste of dried nuts and cocoa.

Medium in body; dry and airy on the palate. A touch too much carbonation.

Artificial tasting; offensive at times, but mostly just an uninteresting version of the style. An average offering not worth another try.

Photo of number1bum
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
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>

Photo of dacrza1
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: oiling the gears for New Year's Eve...
Glassware: Howard's Pub pint...
Appearance: dark cola body allows a swiftly setting brown head; far more dark than the average brown...
Aroma: the buttery, nutty tones are tuned down, almost to a subtle whisper; crisp hops perhaps do the trick?
Palate: fizzy, provocative texture that peppers the teeth; medium-bodied and rich in effervescence; unlike a cola, short in retention and aftertaste...
Taste: the nuts are subdued (as in the aroma)--more of the browning malts seem to create a bedrock of solid flavor...
Overall: this fits the case well, as did the Cold Front--warms and reveals texture as the glass drains...nice ale-ish activity at the finish...however, nothing really sets this beer apart from its class or its competition...

Photo of THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger head

smell: roast, malts,

taste: roast, chocolate, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a basic brown ale. enjoyed it, didn't love it. would of expected alittle more nuttiness.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of HeyJim
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Soda pop Sweet brown, not my type of beer. Above average carbonation. Tiny wisp of a head. Nutty aroma. They advertise, and I get only a minimum of:chocolate malt, caramel malt, and four other malts , and hints of coffee. Northdown and Fuggles hops, but I do not get much hops.

Photo of bilhelm
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.