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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

403 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
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 BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Red's in Seneca Falls. This is definitely a brown ale you have to try. Pours a dark mahogany with a thick off-white head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and nuts all mixed into one. The taste of this delightful brew is of carmel with strong malt character. I'm not normally one for malty beers, but the drinkability is amazing with how smooth it flows down your throat. Surprisingly it is quite refreshing as well.

BeerTruth, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mammoser's here in Hamburg,poured a medium chesnut brown with a tight but thinner slight off white head.Mild aromas a touch of roastiness and hints of cocoa mainly,basic brown flavors somewhat roasted with a faint cocoa flavor that lingers nicely fo a bit and rather food friendly it went well with some bbq grilled wings.A basic but flavorful brown ale and it warmed me up a bit wich is always a plus.

oberon, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Hefe
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 12pk sampler picked up at Wegmans in Syracuse. Medium gold brown brew with an off white head. Aroma off sweet malt, and plummy fruit. Taste is nice and balanced, with malt flavors, plum, apricot, and lightly floral hops bringing up the rear. Nice medium body, with a slightly sweet finish. Well made and a solid brew.

Hefe, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown color with sparse off-white head.
Smell is a nice combination of chocolate, roasted malt and over-ripe fruit.
Taste also shows a dark fruitiness, along with some coffee and chocolate notes.
Rich and full in mouth with a nice nutty finish. A opleasant mild bitterness also begins to show through as the beer slowly warms.
Nice beer with good drinkability. Nothing out of the ordinary.

tgbljb, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an easy drinking beer with tasty toasted and cocoa flavors. Amora of light chocolate malts and grain. Just a good, quality English brown. Nothing amazing, but a great session beer. Sure beats the pants off of Newcastle. If you're really into the syle, give it a try, otherwise dont worry.

tempest, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, a somewhat aggressive pour yielded a brown ale with mahogany hues when held up to the light and a small off-white head that disappeared immediately, leaving no lacing. Some sediment "floaties" but almost no apparent carbonation.

Smelled of sweet malt: caramel, brown sugar and hazelnut came to mind.

Tasted similar to the nose -- the caramel malts dominate, with a hint of burnt sugar, caramel and hazelnut. No hops present up front, but a slight bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip. It finishes surprisingly clean and dry, however, given the prevailing sweetness otherwise.

The mouthfeel is an enigma. On the one hand the body seems watery and thin, like the kind of tea you'd get if you soaked the tea bag in 24 oz of hot water instead of just 8 oz. On the other hand, it really does finish very dry and clean for a sweet brown ale, and I attribute that to an appropriate level of carbonation -- even if no bubbles are apparent. Not sure whether to give it a 3 or a 3.5 . . . I'll err on the side of being generous and make it a 3.5.

As for drinkability: it's not a bad brown ale at all. The nice finish and sweet malt flavors save it from its watery thinness, but as a fairly light-bodied beer, I think it's pretty drinkable overall.

Kendo, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of stegmakk
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was a deep brown with ruby highlights in the light. Unfortunately the head was very little and what was there went away quick and had very little to no lacing.
Aroma was of roasted chocolatey malt coffee.
Taste was full of roasted chocolatey coffe with not much aftertaste at all. Very clean and dry.
Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy.
Drinkability is high. Crisp taste. Goes down easy. I could drink a bunch of these.

stegmakk, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of kkosmoski
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice dense tannish head atop a medium brown/red brew. Some pretty good stick to the side of the pint.

A very nice aromatic malt smell wafts out of the pint with toasty, caramel, and roasted qualities.

Some roasty malt flavors to start out followed by some sweeter undertones and a nice grainy base malt foundation. There are some 'nutty' flavors in there suggesting some toasted malts, as the name would suggest. A very malty brew, hops are barely recognized and only there for balancing out the malt.

A little more carbonation than I would like to see for an English Brown. Light to medium-bodied. This would make a pretty good session beer, nice flavor and drinkability.

kkosmoski, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of LarryV
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a disappointing head. Malty aroma with hints of molasses and caramel. Taste is robust with a big malt backbone, strong hints of molasses and overtones of caramel and chocolate. Not overly sweet, rather nicely balanced. Medium bodied mouthfeel with slightly agressive carbonation.

Seems like a well done version and one of the better nut browns that I've tried. Pretty easy to toss a few of these back.

LarryV, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of JMD71
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A medium pour results in a solid head of tight bubbles. 1/2 finger of head remains for a few minutes. Deep caramel brown color with only traces of light permeating.

Aroma: Pwerful Hazlenut,caramel & even chocolate noted in the aroma. Definitely nutty aroma dominant. Sweet with no hop profile detected.

Taste: Rich, flavorful brown ale. Caramel malts contribute to sweet, nutty flavor. Nutty aroma comes through in the flavor as well. Slight bitterness in the middle & finish makes it very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation makes this refreshing. Crish & clean on the palette.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Very smooth & refreshing. Not overly heavy on the palette & not cloying at all.

Comments: I truly enjoed this, my first sample of Ithaca's lineup. Very full flavored without being too heavy or cloying. Very nicely balanced. Look out for this brown ale. Its worth it!

JMD71, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle; no freshness date.

Hazlenut brown with a garnet hue. Fizzy, coffee-colored head that evaporates to a small island of a sheet rather quickly. Artificial lacing that doesn't hold.

Semi-sweet, bittered caramel. A dry oak and coffee bean aroma that makes for an odd, almost leather-like mustiness. Notes of raisin, powdered chocolate, and almond.

Roasted, near chewy malt character up front with flavors of walnut, bitter caramel, and powdered/unsweetened milk chocolate. Airy, chocolate flavored, toasted biscuit with a light musty quality. A mild, unsweetened bitterness followed by an aftertaste of dried nuts and cocoa.

Medium in body; dry and airy on the palate. A touch too much carbonation.

Artificial tasting; offensive at times, but mostly just an uninteresting version of the style. An average offering not worth another try.

NEhophead, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 07/02/06. Review from notes.

A: Pours a reddish brown with a half finger off white head that has slight retention on the sides of the glass. Semi good lace.
S: Aromas of caramel and chocolate malt flavors with sweet butterscotch quaffs. Grassy hops in there also.
T/M: Tastes of burnt caramel malts with a secondary invasion of grassy hop flavors. A sweetness pervades after a hefty carbonation. Creamy and soft on the palate and goes down smooth. Slight bitterness in the ending with a fruity hop presence. Medium body and well balanced.
D: Drinkable Nut Brown, but a bit too ordinary. Not many things stood out on this one for me, but still worth a try.

bjohnson, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a reddish brown color with a 1" head. The head lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose can picks up soft caramel and nut tones.

Taste: the caramel is up front, while there is a soft nuttiness and a bit of black plum lingering in the background. Light bitterness rounds out this basic brown ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Relatively clean finish for the style. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: overall an above average beer, but not one I thought I could quaff all day.

Gavage, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of pints of this at the Crowne Plaza’s State Street Pub in downtown Rochester.

The beer was served in a standard pint glass. It was a darkish brown with a beige head. There was some nice lace on the glass.

The nose is sweet with a bit of molasses with roasted grains.

The taste is a little sweet, a bit nutty and a hint of alcohol. I get some dark fruits later.

The mouth is just thick enough and the carbonation is a bit high. Mildly sessionable brown ale.

Redrover, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a solid brown hue with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention, but poor lacing.

The smell was a subtle sweet malt chocolate aroma. Mild biscuity aroma with some hints of hazelnut.

The taste was a very dry roasted grain experience. A bit of sweetness upfront, which was quickly overpowered by the extremely dry finish.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side. Not bad though. The thiness may be attributable to the super dry finish.

Very drinkable. Because this brew is so dry, you are forced to quickly take your next sip. It's going down fast and furious.

plaid75, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of number1bum
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark brown color, thin head that holds on just barely throghout. You can see and hear the high level of carbonation when you pour - lot's of bubbles. Smells earthy and nutty; very satisfying. Surprisingly smooth, with a nice hop/malt balance, but tastes almost a little syrupy. A few other reviews wondered if the nut flavor was natural, and I do too. Stays sweet on the tongue and the nut flavor lingers, leading me to believe that it's an extract. A little too sweet and too much carbonation for my taste, but not bad. <I'm editing my score down a bit because the more I drink this beer, the less I like it...and I only bought a 6 pack>

number1bum, May 26, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown with a smallish white head that's gone quickly. The smell has coffee aroma that's almost like a porter. The taste has a creamy coffee flavor that's very strong.. Yet I wonder how natural the flavors are? The m/f is light and the flavors are well mixed. This is a decent brown ale,but the strong flavors make it hard to have more than one at a time.

jmz62565, May 23, 2006
Photo of kennyo
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not a bad looking beer, crystal clear brown ale with nice white head that is there for the entire beer. Malty taste, some chocolate, nice taste. Nothing amazin or actually very good but thisis a nice drinkable beer. I wouldn't be dissapointed if I had t drink this in a bar.

kennyo, May 17, 2006
Photo of JCBears
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at a real nice resturant/bar in Newark NY My frst impression was the weak head how ever once getting a wif of this ale i couldnt help but think of deep rich wanut trees. The lacking mouthfeel was more than made up for in flavor however I was hoping the whole time this was naturally produced flavor and not from extract. Nice brew worth another one just for the smell.

JCBears, May 03, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As nut browns go I feel this is on top of the list. With most of the Nuttys I have had this one is not to seet and has great mouthfeel. It is actually one of the smoothest beers i have ever had. Dont know if I could sit down and drink a lot of them in one sitting but still very very good.

TrickKnee, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Liquids
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Onyx brown that is hardly transparent red in the light with a creamy head that becomes slightly filmy as it dissipates. Well hopped aroma but smells stout like and piney. Tastes smooth and chocolaty, rather stout like for a brown in the sense that its watery (as opposed to syrupy like an imperial stout) yet flavorful for it's malt profile. Hops are more in the background but certainly present, and there seems to be a lot going on here. A little too heavy handed with the roasted malts, yet smooth and not as rough around the edges as a young stout. I kept thinking of stout flavors and not brown, though it's not stout at all-- it just leans toward stout-like background flavors.

It's very drinkable; not so watery that the flavor seems muted or diminished, but its easy going enough for two back to back in a short period of time. It's good drinking, and while I like this beer, I doubt my brown ale-loving friends would enjoy it, as it would be too roasted malt for them. I like it for what it is, but it fails as a 'classic' brown, which to me, succeeds when it lets no one malt type dominates the flavor or aftertaste this noticeably. Otherwise, ignore the name and down a few of a tasty brew.

Liquids, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of sraimondi
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Nice subtle smokiness behind a nice malt start. Mouthfeel is good for a bottled beer, and this one is very drinkable. Ithaca stuff has recently been introduced to Litchfield County, CT--so far this one and the Apricot Wheat are my faves. This one is a good version of an English Brown.

sraimondi, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruby-chestnut colo with a beige retiring head. Inviting aroma of sweet toasted malt and some hops. flavor is surprisingly smokey upfront, some toasted malt and resinous powdered cocoa, charred bark, and faint hints of honey and maple syrup. mouthfeel is smooth but somewhat tannic, moderately carbed. Surprised by the smoke in a nut brown, but it's a decent drinkable beer.

far333, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should preface this by saying that I'm not a big fan of brown ales, and therefore perhaps not the best authority on them. The appearance was my favorite part of this beer -- brilliant, deep, dark, clear brown with some golden highlights at the edge of the glass. Also has a nice head. Very pretty. The nose is huge and grainy, with little complexity -- not very appetizing. Taste is malty and quite sweet, with just a bit of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and hearty, with lots of frothy carbonation. Quite easy drinking. I would imagine fans of brown ales would like this one.

geexploitation, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a plain ole 12 oz'er without much more than a basic brown clear hue, but I give credit that this is fairly dark mahogany topped with a decent khaki cap.

Scents are good for a brown with plenty of grainy oatmeal and cereal.

First swigs: Toasted malt to perfection. Really bold toasted grain like Farinq breakfast cereal. Pure grainy brown here. Some caramel meets the nutty flavor. Some buttery toffee notes round out this brown. Slight nutty linger to the finish.

Medium bodied, with plenty of standard carbonation.

Last swigs: Brown ales tend to be boring, IMHO but this one actually has some grainy oatmeal goodness. Tasty but still a brown. Thanks to IthacaBaron for the chance to try this one.

blitheringidiot, Jan 03, 2006
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.