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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 Brenden
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is weaker than I've come to expect from Ithaca. The color is a clear light brown. A small but creamy and compact head forms and dissipates after some time, leaving a thin ring of lacing at the top of the glass and no lacing otherwise.
The nose is prominently malts with a light caramel character and notes of roasted grains and perhaps chocolate. It's a little sweet with the light stringency some nut browns unfortunately tend toward.
The flavor is a bit better than the aroma. There's a bit more of a coffee note, the chocolate, while pretty weak, is stronger than on the nose, and the astringency in the nose seems to fade out of the flavor early on.
The mouthfeel is something of a letdown: pale, thin, and somewhat overly carbonated. The body is lighter than it ought to be.
Especially after Cascazilla, this one is completely unimpressive.

Brenden, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of matty
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is cocoa and nuts.Taste is chocolate,club soda and nuts.The taste is kind of watery and a bit weak.This is a slightly above average beer which probably will not wow anybody.It's probably nice to try once but there is no need to try two.

matty, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a dark brown-amber but is very clear. There is a reasonably thick dirty white head that leaves no substantial lacing.

The aroma is slightly sour with a malty sweetness.

The taste is very deep even if not multi-layered. It has some roasted chocolate and coffee flavors plus a woodsy, earthy and mineral aftertaste. It is more bitter in the mouth than it is in the nose with only a faint lingering toasty sweetness. There is a lactose aftertaste that creeps through. The hops is balancing and provides some bitterness but harmonizes well with the darker flavor.

It has a thin mouth feel however it is very drinkable. It is smooth on the palate, light in alcohol and very approachable for both a malt and hop lover.

Minotaur, Jan 01, 2010
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.

hwwty4, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, deep reddish brown with a very small head that dissipated after about 20 seconds. It was almost black like a porter.

Nose: cocoa, hazelnut and other nuts, sweet candi sugars

Taste: alcohol (suprisingly), sweet with a spicy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, clean finish

Drinkability: heady feel makes it hard to pound a few of these in one night

ClavisAurea, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Buckeyes67
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Nut Brown and very easy to drink. It has a nice dark color to it with an off white head. It has a plesant nutty taste with a good aroma to the beer. It sits lightly on the palate and goes down smoothly. I will compare this to Indian Brown Ale by DogFish Head and Nut Brown Ale of RoosterFish brewing. In order I would drink RoosterFish, Indian Brown Ale, then Ithaca. Its a good beer and not to far behind the other two.

Buckeyes67, Dec 11, 2009
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.

jwc215, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of scottg
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beertruth

12oz botttle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 fnger off white head that dissipated quickly with no lacing. Nutty aromas-hazelnut, chestnut with roasted malt and molasses all very sweet. Strong nutty flavor as well with toffee, light roasted malt and some sweet chocolate. Medium carbonation, light bodied there is a syrupy mouthfeel. Solid drinkability, the aromas and flavors match really well enhancing this beer.

scottg, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark, hazy (almost opaque) red-brown body with a little tan head. Light on lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt, coffee and some hazelnut is present. Caramel and molasses, and something that reminds me of maple syrup. Some vague hops in the background.

Taste- Some crisp hops in the foreground, accentuated by carbonation. A lot of roasty malt and more coffee and hazelnut. Pretty well-balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with lots of fizzy carbonation. Could be a little fuller.

Drinkability- Overall, pretty refreshing and well-balanced.

endincolorado, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I came home today to find a nice package from beertruth which included this as an extra. To my suprise I also found that my dog was not doing too good.

Well I just got back from the emergency vet where I had to put him down. Seems as though a tumor in his stomach exploded.

For my brown friend I decided to drink a brown ale to remember him.

A: Pours a dark nutty brown hue with a nice creamy tan head. Nice retention and lace.

S: Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and lots of roasted malt.

T: Nutty toffee, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Nice roasty quality as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.

D: Good, enjoy sipping this one as I remember my old friend.

Cheers, Dexter. We loved you and will miss you my big brown long eared friend!

tpd975, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by dec. 2009

Appearance: Pours a brown color, transparent, with orange edges and 2.5" light tan head. It shows good retention, with it's pancake-like bubbles. Very little lace.

Smell: Strong oatmeal/wheatena/brown sugar aroma is deep and roasted. Pecan, walnut, split hardwood, almond and even some dried pipe tobacco. Nice.

Taste: Roasted flavor of corn flakes, golden grahams and freshly made granola. Almond and walnut oils truly are silky and mouth-coating. A roasty/hoppy bitterness dries out the finish. This is an excellent flavor for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Butty, roasty, malty flavors reside within a medium body, with a perfect sugar content. Smooth, with a little bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: I really, really like this beer. The malty and roasted flavors make this an excellent drinker with plenty of flavor. I will seek this out again.

Risser09, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of asabreed
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber lighter Porter-like color, creamy mocha-colored head, not much retention, but a good staying-put creaminess to the foam above the body.

Smell: Nuttiness, maple syrup sweetness, metallic bitterness, and dark roasted malts, which are highly prominent, which I like a lot.

Taste: A hint of maple sweetness, roasted malts, metalicness, and sharp citrus hop bitterness. More of a roasted malt presence, and almost lighter Porter-like, in taste than I'd have thought for the style.

Mouthfeel: A weird balance between a watery body and a late burst of unexpected, slightly raucous carbonation. Could be creamier, which would improve everything about the brew I'd imagine.

Drinkability: Not my favorite style in the world, but I like what they're doing with this and could easily drink a few, especially in the colder weather, as it seems like a good one for the upcoming fall since I'm now in New York.

asabreed, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just finishing off this nut brown with the label on upside down for some reason, and thought i should mention it... actually I'll give you points on the appearance for that... but with the dark color, nice highlights, and bit of tan head that's quickly sinking away... the aroma is chocolate roasted goodness, the taste is malty with hint of nut in the dry finish. the mouthfeel is a bit light, but then it's a brown, so good for you. good co2, a pretty good drinker.

almychristopher, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of zymurgy4all
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown color and has a nice tight white head that leave a little lacing. It smells like roasted toffey, making you want to take a sip. The taste is pretty good, but the bottle I have may be a little old. It has a firm bitterness to back up the beer with a slight bit of astringency. It has a decent body, and a nice creamy mouthfeel. This is a pretty good beer overall--I would love to try it on tap for sure.

zymurgy4all, May 28, 2009
Photo of mjw06
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown, almost black in color with thick frothy offwhite two-finger sized head with good retention but little lacing.

very rich, bready, malt smell of caramel and toffee.

rich roasted sweet toffee-ish taste with sweet dark chocolaty undertones and a slightly nutty bite. also some notes that resemble the taste of a coke. slightly watery as well. the taste doesnt seem authentic, and doesnt mesh with brew. taste is also not very true to the style and too sweet at times. some breweries would brand this as one of their porters. light in carbonation with a medium body.

mjw06, May 25, 2009
Photo of largecar73
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an Ithaca Beer Co. variety pack that included the Apricot Wheat, Pale Ale, Cascazilla Red Ale, and this Nut Brown Ale. 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Got a one finger head after a decent pour. Lacing is sparse. Nice dark brown color with a touch of amber around the edges.

S: I'm picking up some roasted malt, chocolate, and some toffee

T: More of the same of what I got in the nose. Also some nuts, and a little bit of dark fruits. The finish is a little watery which is slightly unpleasant.

M: Thin mouthfeel with about the right amount of carbonation.

D: I could drink a few of these and the 5% ABV is right on for a session.

There are better Nut Browns out there, but there are also a lot worse. I would pick this up again if in the mood for the style.

largecar73, Apr 10, 2009
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 Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Billolick, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of SeanRedd
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

SeanRedd, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Lepley
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Lepley, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Proteus93, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
1.85/5  rDev -48.5%
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)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Seanibus, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Haybeerman, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of younger35
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

younger35, Dec 05, 2008
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.