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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

402 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a cola color (brown/ruby pretty translucent around the edges) with a half finger head, minimal retention and no lacing.

Smell is not very strong- mostly dark malt and a little bittersweet chocolate and a little nutty.

Taste is consistent with smell- not too intense dark malt with a little bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is like a dry stout- medium bodied, a little watery, and nope actually no carbonation. I got a single bottle of this and I won't likely get it again.

Hopdaemon39, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of tugdriver7
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of an Assortment 12-pack (4 different Ithaca brews) I picked-up at the Beer Zoo outside Hershey PA. This was one of the best of the 4, though it was a little bit one-dimensional in the taste. Dark brown color, little carbonation, though decent foam on top (didn't last long). Moderate mouthfeel, smooth with a lot of carmel roasted malt in the nose and in the taste. But that's about it. Like a thick Newcastle. Not a lot of complexity. Drinkable, however. I could enjoy this again. And I guess I will. I have the rest of the 12 pack to drink.

tugdriver7, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of sabrills70
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

sabrills70, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -16.4%

logicalparadox, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Naes
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a darker brown than I would have expected. The head is minimal, but light tan in color.

Its aroma is strong and inviting. Hints of brown sugar hit your nose with hazelnut mixed in there as well. A bit of coffee / toffee also dances under the nose.

The flavor matches its aroma quite well. It has coffee, chocolate and is nutty with hints of brown sugar. This one is complex and pleasing to the palate.

The nut brown is light to medium bodied. The only down side that I see in this category, is that it is a bit over carbonated for my likings.

Drinkability is medium, but is hindered by the carbonation and is far too sweet to be followed by a second.

Naes, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of TonyY
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

TonyY, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of jmalex
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the last bottles left from my Ithaca mixed 12-pack, but oddly I haven't had this one yet. Until tonight.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a clear ruddy brown with slight red and gold highlights. The head starts strong and gradually falls to a thick collar and large patch of bubbles in the center, presumably aided by the glass.

SMELL: The smell is a nice balance of caramel, breadiness, nuttiness, and even a slight roasty aroma, but nothing to intense. The beer is faintly estery and there is not hop aroma to speak of.

TASTE: The flavor takes a bit to kick in, but when it does, it's a sweet blast of caramel malts and a slight toastiness. Some faint hop flavor is present as well. The finish is a lasting sweetness coupled with a bit of diacetyl.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is somewhat thin and very low carbonated. But seeing as this is an English-style ale, it's fairly appropriate. There is a unique smoothness to this beer as it goes down.

DRINKABILITY: A decent take on the style. I feel it's a bit on the sweet side. Everything else seems true to form, and I would consider having another.

I think this is the beer I liked most out of my 12 pack, but definitely nothing to make me pick up that sampler again.

jmalex, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of zdk9
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

zdk9, May 28, 2007
Photo of donteatpoop
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey dark brown with a tan head.

The scent is chocolate and raisens and coffee.

The taste is a lot of coffee as well, reminding me very much of a porter or stout. Notes of burnt malts and caramel, grain and mocha.

If not for the thinner mouth feel I would say that this beer is mislabeled as a brown ale.

donteatpoop, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of suspect
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

suspect, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of whallgren
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

whallgren, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of squack
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

squack, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of TheTrevor
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

TheTrevor, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Lambocalrisien
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Lambocalrisien, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of ujsplace
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a tan colored finger-thick lace that recedes to a thin clumpy layer on top.

Smells nutty, roasted caramel and chocolate.

Tastes of mild chocolate and caramel malts with a hint of coffee.

Medium mouthfeel, a lot of carbonation.

Drinkable enough, but a bit thin and overly carbonated.

ujsplace, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of BryanK
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of BrewerB
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

BrewerB, May 25, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: pours dark brown with a brown head. Not much retention and not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: caramel malt and some hints of roastiness. Toffee comes out as the beer gets warmer.

Taste: roasty chocolate in the flavor to begin and the roasted flavors come to dominate more and more as it heats up.

Feel: very watery and bitter. Carbonation is light.

Drink: easy enough to drink but nothing special in the drinkability department.

Overall, it was okay. I wouldn't want to have more than 1 in a sitting and there are other brown ales out there that are a lot better. I'm glad I tried it but probably will not have again once our six pack of it is killed.

SkunkWorks, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Arenbeer
3.05/5  rDev -15%
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!

Arenbeer, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of aepb1
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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

aepb1, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of BugTownPub
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

BugTownPub, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of nodder
4/5  rDev +11.4%

nodder, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of charlesw
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown with a very small tight cream head that is gone quickly leaving very lasting lace. Clear enough that you can see through it (with some light, eh?). Smells sweetly of caramel but more sweet than really overbearing caramel. Yeah. Tastes, well. Sweet and caramel but not like caramel... There's a lot of other stuff going on in there. Roasted flavors - but none of the burnt business and way light on chocolate or coffee. Maybe just the bit of a tang of cascades as you're starting to swallow but the finish is all that roasty sweetness. Sorry if I give it low drinkability - it just seems a little off to me. I mean... I mean... That little tang (and the aftertaste) are a bit weird. And, oddly, it seems sweet without much body. Of course, the perception of sweetness could well just be hops...

charlesw, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

SickGnar, Jul 21, 2011
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.