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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 Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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>

Photo of jmz62565
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of kennyo
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of JCBears
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of TrickKnee
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Liquids
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of sraimondi
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing chestnut maroon color with a tall light tan capping of frothy smoothed foam. Fades slowly to keep a great quarter inch skim the entire time and laces in thinnly placed inky patches.

Aroma is nutty/toasty, crisply dry; pale, breadish malts, and has a light dry wild grassyness.

Flavors are about what one would find out of a brown ale. Pale and toasted malts make up the main portions of the front and middle, slenderly sweet sided and well rounded nuttyness unsues into the finishing areas as does a light surge of drying grassy herbs and cocoa. Clean and respectfully subtle but a little understated.

Feel is smoothly set within a light/medium body with a easy carbonation thats not boastful for a brown. Toastyness is light and paled, nuttyness is touched on with grace and finishes better then it starts. A welcomeing little brown ale. Drinkable and sessionable with an open margin to boredom due to its lack of depth and light flavors.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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