Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

210 Reviews
THE BROS
77
okay

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 425
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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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Reviews: 210 | Hads: 425
Photo of CBFanWish
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

very dependable brew, but do not expect something mind blowing here. Just a basic brown ale. Color was dark mahogony with an off-white head. Smell was roasted without too much in the way of distinction. Taste had a nutty beginning moving more into a roasted malts taste in the middle with a small hop bite in the finish. Carbonation was a problem here as there was waaaay too much of it considering the style. Good beer to wash down some BBQ with and I did just that. (467 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful brown with a highly carbonated head that goes away quickly. Smells very nutty and earthy.

The taste is a lot of nutty roasted malt, as you'd expect by the name. It's also got a certain sweetness and a little pear at the end. Hops appear to be an afterthought, but that really adds to this beer's smoothness. Carbonation is just wee bit too much for a malty dog like this one. A very drinkable beer. (419 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery's tap to my growler, into the car for five minutes, and then into me.

A deep, clear brown with hints of red around the edges. Pours an even head that quickly fades. Aroma is of sugar-coated peanuts and brazil nuts, with a confident hop overtone (northdown and fuggle).

Taste is very smooth, malty and sweet, almost a bit over-sweet (but still delicious, and I don't really have a sweet tooth at all). Slightly nutty (there go the brazil nuts again). The taste brings to mind the color of mahogany wood, if that makes any sense. It finishes cleanly, with a nice hop end that asks you to take another sip without being overbearing.

This is a perfect session beer, especially if you're looking for something more malty on a given day. Drinkable by the growler. Would be perfect to take out to a tailgate before a college football game (or heck, if you can get it in, while you watch the game).

Definately my favorite offering from the brewery, and one that I like more and more each time I drink it. The definition of a solid, dependable ale.

I should note, I've heard this is not nearly as good in the bottle as it is on tap. Since I live 5 minutes from the brewery, I've only ever had this on-tap. I will buy a bottle soon and do another review for that, so that I may address these questions. (1,324 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with an offwhite head that laces the top of the glass. The nose is of toasted malts and nuts. The taste is good. A nice balance between pale, crystal, and victory malts. There is low hopping and a nice "brown type" aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied and is quite drinkable. I'm from this area and drink this beer often. The Nut Brown Ale is one of their best sellers and best tasting beers. It's not the best one of this style, but it's also not the worst. (499 characters)

Photo of Dantes
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz. shaker pint. Cost: $3. Also available in bottles.

Appearance: Caramel-brown translucent body. Even on draught, the crema-colored head was surprisingly sparse and disappeared into a thin ring around the periphery of the glass.

Smell: Nicely toasty aroma, with elements of roasted nuts, coffee, and burnt-sugar.

Taste: This is a nicely malty beer, with strong toffee notes that supplement the tastes of coffee, roasted nuts, and burnt sugar. The by-now-familiar Ithaca Brewing sweetly fruity backnotes round out the flavors of this nut brown ale, while the Fuggles hops are clearly distinguishable. My friends and I had the opportunity to taste this back-to-back with Newcastle on draught, and it proved interesting. We unanimously judged the Ithaca to be better-tasting, with a more complex flavor profile; but the Newcastle, while a bit more bitter and metallic, had better body, with a longer, drier finish.

Mouthfeel: On draught, this was finely carbonated and velvety in the mouth. Somewhat light-bodied, it suffered in the bottle, where the carbonation seemed harsher, and the thinness became more noticeable.

Drinkability: Another eminently drinkable offering from Ithaca Brewing. While I might not choose this first when in the metro area, it is a fine beer when fresh and on draught.

Another good effort from Ithaca Brewing. If they could tinker with their brewing process a bit in order to provide their brews with a bit more heft, they would really have a great product. Of the range, this is probably their best regular offering (The Flower Power and Anniversary Stout are seasonals). A beer I’d be glad to drink on a regular basis. Now if only we could convince them to try brewing a big porter. By the way, it goes very well with a good cigar.

Bottom Line: A good core offering from Ithaca Brewing. (1,862 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pier House restaurant in Geneva, New York.

By the time the beer arrived at the table, the whitish head was mostly gone, leaving a ring and film. Some spotty, runny lacing. The beer is dark brown, kind of a dark tar-like caramel. Nice.

There's toffee, malt and a little chocolate in the nose. The front is deep and malty toffee. A nice touch of fruit pops up in the middle: plums? There's also lots of chocolate and a little coffee with burnt sugar. The finish is fresh, leaving toasted grains, coffee and chocolate. I really quite like this. (561 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark, murky, chestnut brown with a thin tan whisp of a head -- a bit of a let down. Clears up after sitting and warming up.

Smell: Interesting touch of an oregano-like aroma, touch of nuttiness, earth and background coffee and chocolate.

Taste: A fairly medium-bodied ale with tingly carbonation and a malty smoothness underneath. A tad sharp in the beginning with a flash of hop rind-like sour bitterness, which is amplified by the crisp carbonation. Malt flavours smooth together to include dry chocolate, slick caramel in the back and more coffee flavours towards the finish. Mineral/metallic notes. Light roasted, raisin and a somewhat dry-ish nutty finish with lingering herbal flavours.

Notes: Not a bad brown ale, but not entirely inspiring. It's basic to its core, but that's just fine with me. Still tasty and worth a try. (907 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on a visit to the Finger Lakes. Overall perception is of chocolate malt and roasted grains. Deep brown color with very little head. Not much in the way of hops. Enjoyable beer. (189 characters)

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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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