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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
82
good

416 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Photo of brdc
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Tbn2
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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...

Photo of jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of shbobdb
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.98/5  rDev -17%
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.

Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.