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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 riversider76
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was just average for me.Pours a nice brown color. Tan head went away too quick.The beer was a bit too sweet for me. It has a dry finish that left a chalky taste in my mouth. It think this is a personal taste issue with me. Other folks my like this beer,so give it a shot.

riversider76, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of katdaddy210
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at RoguesHarbor in Landsing. Served in a typical pint serving tumbler. When it came to my table, it had a dull off white ,flat head. It was a dark ruby/brown color held up to the light. The head quickly faded and with little fanfare. Not much lacing. It had a nice malt smell, a great start. Not much of a bitter hint to it at all, although not much of a nut flavor (not like a Troegs nut brown) Hops were toned down nicely. It had a delightful semi-creamy mouthfeel and went down way to easy. Although,at this point there wasn't much carbonation left. Don't know if it was the tap system or the brew itself. Overall, I would have another, and am excited to try one out of the bottle this weekend. A nice,yet uneventful product.

katdaddy210, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of good friend stopper! I am drinking a chilled sample in a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear mahogany that reveals deep ruby highlights when held to a light. A small beige colored fluffy head foams up easily and fades slowly.
Aroma is rich malty caramel and chocolate with some almond hints mixed in.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth body with average and rolling carbonation that fits with the general smooth texture of the beer.
Flavor is nice and malty. Roasted malt mixes with chocolate and caramel completely. The flavor is the same from start to finish. While not overly complex I really enjoy the taste and it is very easy to drink this beer. It is definitely on the sweet side, but not cloyingly IMO.
A well made and simple beer that I could drink quite a few of!
Give it a shot some day

sulldaddy, Jul 27, 2005
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 kbnooshay
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasty. The smell is of coffee and chocolate and the head barely makes it to half an inch. It pours a really nice dark brown amber color. The taste is greatttt. I noticed chocolate flavors and nutty malts. Also a little coffee. It is smooth and syrupy while at the same time a tad watery. Im not really picking up the fruityness that the others are but this is really sweet. Anyways in my opinion this is so much better than a Newcastle plus you don't get that nasty English Sewege smell.

kbnooshay, May 02, 2005
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 wailingwench
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: Transparent brown with garnet red edges. Thick, pillowy, off white 2 finger head. Vanished quickly. Some retention on edges. Zero lacing.

The Nose Kows: Slight dark fruit up front, light sweet malts, hazelnut, and cocoa middle, finishes with a touch of sweet fruit and underlying hop.

Tongueland: Sweet, rich nut-like malts with hint of coffee and cocoa. Fruits beg to come out. Almost cloying, finishes brown sugar sweet with intermixed hazelnut. Creamy smooth, yet somehow slightly thin.

Bender Factor: Another sweet session brew from Ithaca. Interesting that the smell is so complex and the mouth is so intermixed. Perhaps some smoothing out in needed? I truly enjoy their sampler pack now it's available here in the B'lo. Looking forward to a long awaited trip to Ithaca Brewing.

wailingwench, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of krberg
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Big cream head over a Hires rootbeer body. Very carbonated; it even sounds like a soda.

I smell chocolate malt and no hops. That's about it.

Biscuity and somewhat like hazelnuts. Mildly sweet with little bitterness. Too much co2 bite.

Thin mouthfeel. I like a little richness to my browns.

Pure session beer. Not challenging. Very drinkable, although, I'm not sure you'd want to.

Boring. Probably good for someone who doesn't like "dark" beers. Might be a nice gateway brew.

krberg, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of Stimack
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this brew last evening, actually finished the 6 pack that I got a few weeks ago. The brew poured to a dark brown color with a nice thick off white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing around the top half of the beer glass. The aroma has what I call an earthy tone with highlights of coffee roasted malt and chocolate a pretty nice smelling brew. The tastes seem to be highlighted by chocolate, coffee and caramel that lead to a nutty like flavor. I do not notice much of a hop taste or aroma from this brew. Over all I like it, not a favorite but it is a New York product so I have an interest. I would get this again but it will not be one that I would go out of my way to locate.

Stimack, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucent ruddy brown with a smidgen of orange. The dark ecru head is firmly creamy enough to persist, no doubt due to the use of torrified wheat (torrified wheat is occasionally used in English bitters and pale ales to promote good head retention). Unfortunately the brewers forgot to add an ingredient that promotes lacing 'cause there ain't any.

The nose is a curious mix of weak chocolate and toasted grain. Nut Brown doesn't smell like a dark beer per se, more like a pale lager to which has been added cocoa powder or thin, unsweetened chocolate syrup. It's hard to describe accurately, but it isn't a nose that does the brown ale style proud.

On the palate, same thing; more like a dark lager both in terms of flavor and body. Again, powdered chocolate notes are present, a flavor sense that is reinforced by the lack of even a modicum of fullness or creaminess in terms of mouthfeel. Toasted grain is another member of the flavor profile, but doesn't get a chance to sink in since the too-light body spirits it away before it can really get a toehold on the taste buds. The finish is mildly bitter and slightly mineral-like.

Finger Lakes Nut Brown is a decent dark lager, but as an English brown ale it falls short. One could give it the benefit of the doubt and say that perhaps the brewers were shooting for the light end of the style spectrum, but I'm not inclined to be that generous. While not by a large margin, it's worse than (my) average.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of cooter
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle which I paired with Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar. I promise not to let the cheese affect my review; I just love browns with cheddar. :)

Color is brown crossed with blood. Inch-high head decreased quickly to an even, bubbly, persistent quarter-inch head. Little lacing. First taste is earthy, sweet, and of berries. Malt dominates, with sugars and roasted flavors towards the back. Definitely some solid but muted caramel and very light chocolate flavors.

It may have been affected by travel and storage, but the mouthfeel, carbonation, body, and texture of the beer seem bruised. Dangerously close to (but not actually) syrupy, not enough bubbles, and thin in some unidentifiable sense. I remember enjoying the first bottles of this sixer a lot more than this one. Reminds me of the Czech lagers I had that tried to mimic a roasted ale's tastes. The chocolate does mix VERY well with the cheese, I'll say.

cooter, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery brown color with a short-lived beige head. Grassy, nutty and malty aromas with some hints of chocolate-coated hazelnut and brown sugar. Initially sweet, then turning oddly astringent in its malt, maybe it's hops, though not completely detectable. Nuttiness pretty non-existent in its taste. Leafy hoppiness showing up more as it warms. Pretty good, but not the best example of its style.

crookedhalo, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

First imperial pint glass pours with a 1/2" beige head, which laces well. Deeply reddish brown brew, with a slightly nutty caramel malt aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, caramel malts with a slightly nutty aspect, but there is also a slightly sour fruity flavor. Mouthfeel is average, I would want a bit more heartiness of grain in a nut brown. Drinkability is a bit better, with some interesting flavors to catch your fancy, and smooth yet somewhat thin body that lets you enjoy one after another.

ppoitras, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Brown with hints of garnet; little to no head.

Smell:

Nutty and somewhat chocolatey.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Good malt characteristics, slightly nutty though not overtly. Little to no hops. Pleasant everyday brew, that I wish I had had more of while up in Ithaca for college...

cbl2, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown with light beige head without much R or L. Smells of herbal rum molasses with dark bittersweet chocolate. acidic roastiness. some A1 steak sauce. Flavor is a quick splash or roasted nuts that has flashes of coffee. Thin feel with medium carbonation, but pretty good.

Strange that the flavor could be so simple when the aroma was rather complex. A very nice beer that did not blow me away, but one that pleased me. Quaffable.

waughbrew, May 25, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep mahogany, more towards the red side, a fiery glow when backlit. Very clear, topped with a thin, fizzy almond foam. The head thins to a patchy mist, leaving just a couple small blobs of lace on the glass.
The aroma is very nutty and chocolatey, with a pleasant, underlying caramel maltiness. Mild coffee, slightly grainy, with just a hint of woodsy, earthy hops. Rather clean, with little fruitiness. Pretty much just roasty malt.
The flavor starts with a dextrin sweetness up front, floating upon a chocolatey caramel maltiness. Slight coffee into the middle, along with a bit of nuttiness continuing into a lightly hopped finish. A bit of herbal hop flavor, without much bitterness. A mildly dry finish, a bit of graininess adding a rough edge that's mostly cancelled by the dextrin sweetness, leaving you with a bit of sweetish, lightly roasted malt in the aftertaste. The body is thin and light, easily carried by moderate, unassuming carbonation.
Not a stellar brown ale, but I didn't hate it. I had this and their apricot wheat in the same sitting, and I actually liked the wheat ale better. A bit more body would help immensely, with a lower, more english style carbonation.

UnionMade, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is a middle of the road ut brown. It's not bad, but it had a few flaws that could easily be fixed. The taste was chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. I was slightly bothered by a slight metalic taste.It kind of tasted mediciney. The colour was nice dark brown with a thin tan head that didn't last too long. The smell was of chocolate. I don't feel good drinking it. I feel very uncomfortable with it.

CBFanWish, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

very dependable brew, but do not expect something mind blowing here. Just a basic brown ale. Color was dark mahogony with an off-white head. Smell was roasted without too much in the way of distinction. Taste had a nutty beginning moving more into a roasted malts taste in the middle with a small hop bite in the finish. Carbonation was a problem here as there was waaaay too much of it considering the style. Good beer to wash down some BBQ with and I did just that.

GreatPondBrewer, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful brown with a highly carbonated head that goes away quickly. Smells very nutty and earthy.

The taste is a lot of nutty roasted malt, as you'd expect by the name. It's also got a certain sweetness and a little pear at the end. Hops appear to be an afterthought, but that really adds to this beer's smoothness. Carbonation is just wee bit too much for a malty dog like this one. A very drinkable beer.

yankeeheel, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of ithacabaron
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery's tap to my growler, into the car for five minutes, and then into me.

A deep, clear brown with hints of red around the edges. Pours an even head that quickly fades. Aroma is of sugar-coated peanuts and brazil nuts, with a confident hop overtone (northdown and fuggle).

Taste is very smooth, malty and sweet, almost a bit over-sweet (but still delicious, and I don't really have a sweet tooth at all). Slightly nutty (there go the brazil nuts again). The taste brings to mind the color of mahogany wood, if that makes any sense. It finishes cleanly, with a nice hop end that asks you to take another sip without being overbearing.

This is a perfect session beer, especially if you're looking for something more malty on a given day. Drinkable by the growler. Would be perfect to take out to a tailgate before a college football game (or heck, if you can get it in, while you watch the game).

Definately my favorite offering from the brewery, and one that I like more and more each time I drink it. The definition of a solid, dependable ale.

I should note, I've heard this is not nearly as good in the bottle as it is on tap. Since I live 5 minutes from the brewery, I've only ever had this on-tap. I will buy a bottle soon and do another review for that, so that I may address these questions.

ithacabaron, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with an offwhite head that laces the top of the glass. The nose is of toasted malts and nuts. The taste is good. A nice balance between pale, crystal, and victory malts. There is low hopping and a nice "brown type" aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied and is quite drinkable. I'm from this area and drink this beer often. The Nut Brown Ale is one of their best sellers and best tasting beers. It's not the best one of this style, but it's also not the worst.

WesWes, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of Dantes
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz. shaker pint. Cost: $3. Also available in bottles.

Appearance: Caramel-brown translucent body. Even on draught, the crema-colored head was surprisingly sparse and disappeared into a thin ring around the periphery of the glass.

Smell: Nicely toasty aroma, with elements of roasted nuts, coffee, and burnt-sugar.

Taste: This is a nicely malty beer, with strong toffee notes that supplement the tastes of coffee, roasted nuts, and burnt sugar. The by-now-familiar Ithaca Brewing sweetly fruity backnotes round out the flavors of this nut brown ale, while the Fuggles hops are clearly distinguishable. My friends and I had the opportunity to taste this back-to-back with Newcastle on draught, and it proved interesting. We unanimously judged the Ithaca to be better-tasting, with a more complex flavor profile; but the Newcastle, while a bit more bitter and metallic, had better body, with a longer, drier finish.

Mouthfeel: On draught, this was finely carbonated and velvety in the mouth. Somewhat light-bodied, it suffered in the bottle, where the carbonation seemed harsher, and the thinness became more noticeable.

Drinkability: Another eminently drinkable offering from Ithaca Brewing. While I might not choose this first when in the metro area, it is a fine beer when fresh and on draught.

Another good effort from Ithaca Brewing. If they could tinker with their brewing process a bit in order to provide their brews with a bit more heft, they would really have a great product. Of the range, this is probably their best regular offering (The Flower Power and Anniversary Stout are seasonals). A beer I’d be glad to drink on a regular basis. Now if only we could convince them to try brewing a big porter. By the way, it goes very well with a good cigar.

Bottom Line: A good core offering from Ithaca Brewing.

Dantes, Jun 19, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of the Ithaca Nut Brown on a trip to Albany a while ago. It is a very dark brown color with ruby highlights and a foamy tan head that fades really fast. A few spots of lace are found on the glass as it empties. The aroma is faint, but mainly roasted malt, dried nuts and slightly earthy. Each sip of the medium bodied beer begins malty. Flavors of coffee and chocolate move in and it finishes slightly sour. Some malty flavors are left behind.

This is a good nut brown that is rather drinkable and would definitly buy again, however I think I was looking for stronger malt flavors and more lacing.

WanderingFool, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pier House restaurant in Geneva, New York.

By the time the beer arrived at the table, the whitish head was mostly gone, leaving a ring and film. Some spotty, runny lacing. The beer is dark brown, kind of a dark tar-like caramel. Nice.

There's toffee, malt and a little chocolate in the nose. The front is deep and malty toffee. A nice touch of fruit pops up in the middle: plums? There's also lots of chocolate and a little coffee with burnt sugar. The finish is fresh, leaving toasted grains, coffee and chocolate. I really quite like this.

kbub6f, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark, murky, chestnut brown with a thin tan whisp of a head -- a bit of a let down. Clears up after sitting and warming up.

Smell: Interesting touch of an oregano-like aroma, touch of nuttiness, earth and background coffee and chocolate.

Taste: A fairly medium-bodied ale with tingly carbonation and a malty smoothness underneath. A tad sharp in the beginning with a flash of hop rind-like sour bitterness, which is amplified by the crisp carbonation. Malt flavours smooth together to include dry chocolate, slick caramel in the back and more coffee flavours towards the finish. Mineral/metallic notes. Light roasted, raisin and a somewhat dry-ish nutty finish with lingering herbal flavours.

Notes: Not a bad brown ale, but not entirely inspiring. It's basic to its core, but that's just fine with me. Still tasty and worth a try.

Todd, Sep 16, 2002
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.