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Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

377 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 377
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 377 | Reviews: 210 | Show All Ratings:
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TerrenceOBrien

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The dark almost porter-like appearance, along with the hints of coffee on the nose lead you to believe this will be a much heavier and stronger brew than it is. The very thin head should have been a dead give away that this would have a very light mouth feel. Overall it was very malty and I found it to be heavily carbonated. Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but nothing to write home about either. There are light notes of chocolate -- primarily in the aftertaste -- but they're easily lost in what is an overwhelmingly grainy and molasses-y flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 18:28:39 | More by TerrenceOBrien
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown, slightly malty looking head was roughly 1/2" came off a light tan.

Smell: smells off light coffee, not as strong as I would expect but definitely worth inhaling.

Taste: light coffee, slight chocolate. Easy to drink and very easy to love.

Mouth: medium carbonation might be heavy to some. Backwash of the taste if pretty evident.

Overall: one of my better favorites already when it comes to the brown ale category. I would say my 3rd favorite...might be a go to in almost any occasion, hope you enjoy....Cheers to all!

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 00:09:00 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Phelps

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A generous extra from inlimbo77, poured into my newcastle schooner.

Deep chestnut, almost completely opaque. The cream-colored head is about half an inch tall and fizzy, becoming a silky thin top layer within just a few seconds.

Nutty! The nose is a variety pack of peanuts, chestnuts, walnuts. Sweet wort and milk chocolate make up the other half of the aroma. Pretty fantastic.

The flavor is a more subdued, earthy version of the aroma. Nuts are softer, hops are bigger, and there’s a finish of tangy, dusty grain. Notes of milk chocolate linger in the background.

Carbonation is medium-high and pinching, bringing out just a bit of fizz. Body is velvety and medium. Mild bitterness.

Ithica’s Nut Brown isn’t a bad example of the style at all. Smells great but tastes just bit too tangy for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 06:09:44 | More by Phelps
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue. There's a 1/2" of brownish, thick, foamy head with decent retention. The nose has notes of caramel, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste nutty with notes of coffee and caramel. The coffee and roasted malts play a large role here. The nutty flavor is earthy and hangs around on the palate for quite a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a pretty good beer, but for the style the roasty, coffee-like notes are a little intense. It's definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 20:57:27 | More by tdm168
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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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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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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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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very small fizzy head dissipates almost instantly; leaving pretty much no lacing at all. Semi-opaque, reddish-brown color.

Nice nose full of dark malts, vaguely roasty and nutty. A hint of sweetness.

Taste follows the nose and is led by the dark malt, with a very subdued hops presence; extremely low bitterness. Lightly toasty and nutty with traces of caramel and maybe a little coffee in the finish.

Medium carbonation, fairly short and dry finish. Easy to drink, a nice brown, nothing earth-shattering but very pleasant on a cool fall evening in upstate New York.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 13:45:37 | More by tobelerone
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 8/27/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Opens with a huge tuft of cocoa brown foam, which fizzles down to a thin ring of white suds. Body is cola brown with deep reddish notes when held to light.

Whiffs of caramel, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, anise, licorice and other dessert flavors tickle the nostril. It manages to be light and unconfrontational, despite all the big aromas on display.

Flavor is dry, showing off coffee bean and leather up front, followed by a sweet caramel, a little pipe tobacco and a Dr. Pepper-esque conclusion. I'm also catching a mild plum sweetness on the backend.

The mouth is smooth at the opening, followed by a dry and sizzly conclusion. A mild espresso bitterness hits the back of the tongue, making for a nice diversification of flavors.

I was certainly impressed with this underrated entry into the brown ale category. It's complex and drinkable, making for one of the best of type available in my childhood stomping grounds of Central New York.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 04:24:27 | More by deapokid
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soju6

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that fades quickly and not real lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted nuts, abit of caramel and a soft sweetness.

T: Taste of mild nut and a bit caramel. There is a subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth and a bit creamy.

O: Nice casual beer for the style. Good for a couple.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:46:54 | More by soju6
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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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer is slightly sweet and a little nutty. The taste of the beer is a little sweet up front that fades into a subtle toasted dry flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated and has a good drinkability to it. Overall this beer is well balanced and is easy enough to drink several in a sitting if you choose too.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:24:35 | More by Knapp85
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown with moderate carbonation. Off-white head that diminished pretty quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Very nice roasted aroma. Hints of caramel.

Taste: Moderate bitterness with a slight sweetness that pops up in the finish. Nice roasted malt flavor. Hints of caramel, chocolate, and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that was dry but left a creamy feel. The carbonation was lively.

Overall: Disappointing head, but I loved the aroma and flavor, and found it to be very refreshing. Wish I had another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 23:45:19 | More by SolipsismalCat
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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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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Distinctly reddish burnt umber/dark chestnut that is quite clear with garnet highlights. Okay-size light tan head that settles fast and leaves just barely decent lace.

S: Roasty malts with chocolate & coffee notes. Faint touch of molasses / burnt sugar sweetness. Soft earthy nutty notes. Odd sort of spicy note. Edge of metallic sour note.

T: Thinner than aroma would hint. Hits the right notes, but lacks depth & substance. Sort of weak open of sweet malt, steely caramel, and almost extract nutty tones. Improves and becomes more rounded as darker roast notes malts appear, linger & grow - mostly chocolate, but also coffee and even burnt hints and a ghostly impression of dark fruits. End and finish have an overall malt chocolate – whoopers - impression. Barely noticeably balancing herbal hops.

M: A bit under medium body with firm but relaxed carbonation. Not much for dextrins. Semi-dry finish mostly from roasty grains.

D: A tad thin and clean. Not really watery, but at times it feels that it is leaning that direction. Needs more malt backbone – maybe with a nice toasty grain & biscuity flavor. Still it does grow on you and is not bad overall. I really do like the roastiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:06:08 | More by SickGnar
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jmpizzo

New York

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass...

A - Reddish brown around the outside, deep brown inside

S - Immediately hit with a mild roast coffee smell, followed by a combo chestnut and caramel. Definitely my favorite part of the beer. Reminds me of a cool fall afternoon.

T - The coffee tones come racing through followed by a bitter sweetness. Smooth and enjoyable.

M - Thin with little to no carbonation or lacing.

O - It's a great nut brown. Definitely one worth trying if this is a style you enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:44:52 | More by jmpizzo
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curasowa

New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy and dark red, with 1 finger of head that fades to a thin cap.

Aroma: Deep roasted malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee and a slight smokiness.

Taste: Slightly thin upfront, but building to a huge malt finish. Very nutty with grain husk and roasted, almost burnt malt notes and just a hint of earthy hops. The finish is lingering with an astringent, nutty flavor.

The Rest: A decent nut brown that suffers from being just a touch too thin which is surprising given all of the malt flavor and aroma in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 01:38:44 | More by curasowa
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NaLoGra

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tall frozen beer glass. Great 1 inch head, decent lacing.

A - Very dark brown - blackish look to it.

S - Smells awesomely like malt-chocolate, gives you a great preparation for what is to come when you take the first sip.

T - Wow. Great amounts of malt, caramel and chocolate to it. This yells premium brown ale.

M - Such a great smooth flavor to it, not too much carbonation...very light. Nice medium body to the taste of malts. Very balanced.

O - Fantastic beer. I'm a stout/porter lover, and this is right up my ally. Nut brown from Ithaca is a beer I will absolutely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 05:01:27 | More by NaLoGra
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in an American pint glass)
best before April (it was)
A- This beer has a hazy glowing brown body with a sticky light beige head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The nutty toasted malt aroma has just the slightest hint of coffee roasted malt and a nice dry caramel malt nose in the finish.

T- This beer has a rich nutty dark toasted malt flavor with a touch of roasted malt blended in with some dark biscuit toasted notes also in there. The finish is a dry crisp finish with just a touch of grainy tartness which does not linger.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz that is just a bit to strong and scrubs away the finish.

O- This is a wonderful beer that really captures the nut brown malts and has so much depth that it makes me want to drink more and more. Great session beer and I can't imagine this on cask but I would love to try it. It seems like the bottle was gone before I even realized it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 13:21:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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aepb1

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BA vapodge for letting me in on this one!

A- Deep brown body with a tan, airy head

S- Caramel and spice and a little hint of maltiness

T- Roasty caramel and coffee maltiness, sweet middle and a spicy finish

M- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

O- Not had such a big roasty presence in this style and I dig it

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 15:25:37 | More by aepb1
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ithaca Memorial Day weekend 2011.

Pours a dark brown color with a moderate off-white head and a slight bit of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a bit of lightly-roasted malt plus chocolate and a touch of coffee. The flavor has some brown malt and mild sweetness. Some caramel and a bit of brown sugar. Light chocolate and a bit of a dry roast coming through toward the finish. Actually, a bit too dry for what the flavor had. Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty standard brown; I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 13:06:50 | More by Thorpe429
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suspect

New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pure brown in color, aggressive pour leads to a one finger head that disappears very quickly. Leaves little to no lacing.

S: Nice toasted malts, caramel, nutty with some chocolate hidden in there as well.

T: Follows the nose almost die-rectly with very nice roasted malts, caramel, chocolate before the nuts here but it's a very nice flavor. Nice bitterness on the back end.

M: medium body, low carbonation but not flat. Creamy coating.

O: A very nice English Brown Ale. Not my favorite style but that doesn't mean this wasn't good. In fact, it was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 03:00:43 | More by suspect
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rlee1390

Indiana

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

A-Looks black, but when held to the light is actually brown.

S-Coffee and roasted malts

T-Starts with roasted malts and ends with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with no carbonation.

O-This beer starts well but seems to fall flat as you continue to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:38:12 | More by rlee1390
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BrewerB

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with reddish highlights. Thin off-white head, lacking retention. Moderately toasty caramel malty nose. Berry fruity esters very light, in background. Milk chocolate. Moderate bitterness. Caramel nips and toast continue through into palette. Butterscotch background. Short, dry finish. Medium bodied with a moderate/moderate high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 05:43:29 | More by BrewerB
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 17:52:35 | More by THECPJ
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.