Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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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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Photo of TheTrevor
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dating notched onto the label, but come on, if you only have notches for months and nothing about the friggin' year, what good is that ?!? Pours pretty typical brownish amber, typical dark tan head/ring/minor lace. Mostly some bread and also chocolate in the nose. Pleasant enough, chocolaty brown. Easy going sessioner, worked pretty well in a marinade of some chicken. Enjoyable, balanced brown. I like. Decent beer to turn on some newbies with. (476 characters)

Photo of SeanRedd
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, red amber glow up to light, light coffee left alone. Decent head retains for most of the session, barely lacing. Aroma is faint, light hazelnut and milk chocolate; really have to dig in to retrieve it. The taste is soft, notes of chocolate, hazelnut, hint of light roast ending with a slight tang. Quite airy and conservative. Mouthfeel and drinkability remain positive due to the straight line this ale walks. Very English and not adventurous but satisfying nonetheless. (477 characters)

Photo of Lepley
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A rusty brown, almost auburn, really. Head is a little cola-like... fizzy and doesn't last long, leaving a little trim of lace.

S: Lightly salted mixed nuts and toasted malts... a nice little blend of nutty aromas - peanut, hazelnut, almond, cashew... literally like a tin of mixed nuts.

T: Taste is similar to the flavour with a little hoppy touch added for good measure - kinda citrusy. Almond-like nuttiness with a little sweet touch.

M + D: A little sting on the front before smoothing out slightly with a somewhat oily body. The carbonation doesn't even totally mellow out, though, and continues to have some bite all the way down. I find this to be a pretty pleasant, and very approachable nut brown. Maybe not the best of the nut browns I've had, but a solid choice and one I'd happily go back to without hesitation. (832 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
1.98/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The beer is a deep raspberry brown with a creamy, lumpy tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma yields a little sweet malt, a little roast, a little medicinal hops. It is a medium-bodied beer that feels a bit watery and a bit chalky. Now, the flavor... ew. It's strangely chemically. I can't even tell what this is supposed to taste like. Something has gone awry. I just held my nose and chugged it just to get it down.
(rated Mar 6, 2007) (443 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I never have been sure what the excitement about Ithaca beers is all about, and this one just summarizes my opinion of their offerings - it's perfectly drinkable, technically well-executed, and not bad in any way. It just fails to rise above OK.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin head and slight lacing. It smells slight and roasted, toasty and a little bready. The flavor is of toasted nut and roasted malt, woody and bready. The mouthfeel is thin but refreshing.

Not bad. (480 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep chestnut color. Pours a 1 finger beige head that disepates quickly. Laced in thin, inconsistent patches.

S: Nuts and roasted malt with some caramel and coffee. Did not detect any hop characteristics.

T: Consistent with smell with caramel and roasted nuts. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate follow.

M: Medium body. Cabonation in good balance. Smooth and creamy. Not as big and "chewy" as some others.

D: Low abv and light bitterness make this easily drinkable. (472 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew (along with a few other Ithaca brews) from BeerTruth in the Fight Club BIF. I've had the oaked version of this and it was tasty. Drank from my Port pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish amber with a half finger dirty tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving almost no cap and a super thin collar. Itty bitty spots of lacing are left but they disappear fairly quickly.
Smell- Lightly yeasty with a light hop presence that surprised me. Didn't expect to smell a light lemon zest kick. Slightly malty at times but I don't get much of the nuttiness for which the beer is named. Perhaps a little bit of cocoa and caramel but not much.
Taste- A bit more of that nuttiness that the nose was missing. Light chocolate and even hints of coffee are present along with a healthy does of caramel malt. A bit bitter at times but not really in any familiar hop sort. Just sort of a mildly astringent citrus kick. Finishes with a lightly chocolaty, hazelnut like bite that does linger for quite some time.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin and acidic with that strange astringent zing and very light carbonation. Not great.
Drinkability- I read a few of the recent reviews and I think they were a bit unfair to this brew. It's a nice nutty brown ale that really satisfies what I was looking for. Good drinkable brew that could be above average if it just had a little more body. Thanks again to Adam for his never ending generosity. (1,442 characters)

Photo of brdc
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks azurelimits for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown, reddish highlights, minimal head with no retention or lacing.
Faint nutty aroma, thin on the palate with just faint caramel and nutty taste. Very weak, did not even finish mine. Disappointing. (285 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color, fairly light, small to average tan head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a light roasted malt, a nice nutty scent, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is of roasted chestnuts, brown bread malt, and a touch of metal and lemon. The feel is rather light and watery for the style, fizzy carbonation, finishes fairly balanced. A nice tasting brown ale, good nut flavors. The appearance and feel are a bit subpar. Overall a decent English Brown Ale, nice nut presence. (504 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Typical brown ale here... very drinkable and full of nutty goodness. This one seems to be carbonated sufficiently, because I've seen other brown ales having problems with that. It is what it is, a nice session beer that was in the mixed pack but I'm not sure if I'd go out of my way to buy on its own. (301 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger tan head and a nice brown body.The head falls to a tan patch.

Nice notes,malty and nutty.Smells very inviting.Very nice on a cool day.

Nutty and malty,taste very nice.Very enjoyable.The malt is bready.

Perfect carbonation and very smooth and easy going down.Creamy to a point.

Great beer and very nice.I would love this on cask.The abv is great also making this a great session beer. (398 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra from israel a while back. Thanks, man! Into my Stone pint glass. The notch on the bottle tells me I'm drinking this a couple of months past I should have

A: Deep ruddy brown with a solid mocha-colored head that fills the rest of the glass before settling to a disk. Crystal clear.

S: Leafy earthy hops up front with some pleasing butterscotch and nutty, toffee malts coming through. Rather robust

T: Starts off with a solid earthy and leafy hop character with a pleasing mild sweetness with a mild nutty character coming though. Dries up on the finish, leaving a light bitterness. Good stuff

M: Light to medium, well carbonated and nice finish

D: I'd drink another and regret not drinking this sooner (738 characters)

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep ruby red color with 2 fingers of bubbly tan head that settles into 1 finger of creamy tan head and good lacing. Smells of nuts, chocolate, roasted grain, and a hint of citrus. Tastes of molasses, nuts, toffee, chocolate, and roasted grain with a touch of citrusy hops in the finish. Medium in body with good carbonation, sweet, nutty, and roasty with a slight citrus finish. More sweet and less roasty than other nut brown ales, but quite enjoyable and easy to drink with a good balance of flavors. (517 characters)

Photo of Tbn2
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into newly purchased Ithaca Brewing Company pint glass.

A-Clear, deep brown/ruby red in color. Not too much of a head to speak off. A very small ring out the outer edge that leaves spotty lacing.

S-Mostly of burnt sugars, caramel, and a nutty flavor. Faint aromas of toasted grains and I'm detecting a slight yeast flavor.

T/M-Very good. Very similar to the smell. Finishes with a great smoky, nut flavor. Has a great creamy mouthfeel that makes this beer very smooth.

Overall, this is on of my favorite beers from one of my favorite NY breweries. This one is great. Pick it up in any form, you'll enjoy it.

Also, if you are ever up in Ithaca, go visit the brewery. They have free on-tap samples, good homebrew supplies, cool T-shirts, and some cool guys working there.

Enjoy... (804 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Slight nutty nose. Flavor starts malty, nutty and just on the sweet side, brief hops at finish. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (286 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow! This is a dessert beer if I ever saw one! It is like eating a bar of chocolate.

This beer is just pure, unadulterated chocolate. So much, so so much. There is a nice pinch of toffee with it, and a little bit of walnut and hazelnut. I dig that. The carbonation is faint enough to bring out the beer's natural sweetness while still ensuring your tongue gets that wonderful tingle.

As the beer warms, a nice light fruitiness starts to come out. I'm thinking sweet cherries. At this point, the beer is like a liquid Schwarzwald torte. Really impressive.

Wow.

Really pretty mindblowing. If they serve this on cask, I'd love to have it. But as it is, the beer is simply fantastic. I don't think I could have more than one in a single sitting -- the beer is too rich for that, but wow.

Who says you need to be big to bring on the flavor? This beer is more flavorfull than some impy stouts I've had. Good stuff. (915 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of galante27
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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!! (281 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy ice tea brown with a rocky tan head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Potent aroma of caramel and mocha

Taste: Opens with a bit of a German chocolate cake flavor; nutty aspect arrives at mid-palate, with a bit of bitter nut skin, too; after the swallow the chocolate flavors return and provide a long finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: Maybe not quite to style and tastes a bit like a really nice dunkel, but still a very tasty brew that I really enjoyed drinking (541 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dark brown with copper highlights; not quite opaque, but pretty hard to see through. Quarter inch off-white head thinned into a consistent skim of foam. Generous watery lacing with some spotty adherence. Scent of malt and slightly nutty, but fruity esters are also detectable (reminded me of a belgian-style brew for some reason) in the nose. More flavors of malt; caramel flavoring is now pronounced, with a touch of sweet nutty goodness. Slightly effervescent mouthfeel makes this a very good session brown. (551 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as variety pack from Westy's in Mechanicsburg, PA.

A- dark yet very clear

T- enticing and flavorful

M-it had the feel of pure beer in my mouth and i loved it.

D-six pack of this beer would be nice if there wasnt any other good brews.

O- i like the brews that Ithaca has and this is a good buy in my case. (319 characters)

Photo of TheBCrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 2 oz. sample poured from the tap at the brewery into a glass tasting glass (much better than the plastic cups that some breweries use). Pours a medium amber color with a white head which dissipates. Minimal to no lacing. Aroma of hazlenut and roasted barley. Flavor of roasted barley, malt sweetness with the hazlenut and hop flavors coming through in the finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel and a slight malt sweetness lead to a decent drinkability. (452 characters)

Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.