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Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%

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:
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Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nut Brown Ale | on-tap | 5.4 % ABV | May 2011

Brewer: Ithaca Beer Company
Style: English Brown Ale
Glass: pint

Lithe chestnut brown body with a tan crown.

Chocolate, hazelnuts, roasted malts.

The nutty flavors break forth from their roasted malt prison midsip. That's when this beer piqued my interest. Hazelnut is well-defined, and the finish has a rounded toffee sweetness about it that is quite nice. Too bad the rest of the flavor is so bland.

Watery, grainy, medium-bodied, a bit dry.

I like the nut flavor and the toffee, everything else a lot less.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: on-tap May 2011
Served: May 19, 2011

Price = $4.00 at The Stag's Head (NYC)

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 05:07:55 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into fluted pint glass, nice dark solid brown, with hints of amber on the edges of the glass; nice tan head, but it dissipates quickly.

Smell is feint, light caramely malt, hint of roasted/nuttiness. Light floral contribution from the hops.

Taste is a somewhat biting twang of malt sweetness, flavors range from roasted, coffee types to sweeter caramel. Lightly lingering nutty type flavor.

Mouthfeel is balanced, good carbonation and flavors throughout, a touch on the cloying sweet side.

Overall, nicely nut brown ale, flavors are all there and balance well together.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 23:13:48 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of animalchin

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass.

A - The body has a heavy appearance, mostly attributable to nice darkness all around and the tan head that initially appears then dissipates. Some light exposes dim red shimmering at the bottom and around the glass.

S - Not so much nutty as it is spicy/floral in nature. All around the aromas are very slight, making it difficult to confidently identify.

T - Much more taste than I was expecting given the aroma and appearance. Very heavy tasting dark chocolate and espresso primarily, then breaks down into nutty/toffee characteristics. A bit dry all around as well, but this compliments the bitter nuttiness that is intended.

M - The carbonation feels a little coarse at first, but given some time, a little creaminess and mobility comes through.

D - I've had this on several occasions and have always had some feelings of ambivalence towards it. But this review has opened up some nice characteristics I haven't noticed before. Ithaca BC likes to put this in many of their sampler packs, and is a fine exhibition of their work. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 17:55:02 | More by animalchin
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Blind Beer #__ - http://flic.kr/p/9prrkV

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this gem in Blind Beer BIF #4.

No number on this one. 12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue glass. Dark black, not jet oil but not dirty dish water either, very little head just residual stains on the edges of the glass. Aroma is malt, coffee, and nuts all the way. Taste is very hop forward, citrusy but with a lactose finish. Mouthfeel is very wet and clean, quaffable or poundable would be proper adjectives here. I like to drink coffee with frangelico and this beer reminds me of a light version of this.

My guess is a hoppy brown ale.

The reveal - Ithaca Nut Brown Ale. I get it, its got nuts and a backbone. Any single ladies would be best to jump on this one. This is a great gateway craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 03:39:26 | More by neorunner
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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Part of a mixed 12-pack.

A - Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights and a 2-inch khaki-colored head that dissipates quickly, leaving some chunky haze and a slight ring.
S - Nice roasty aromas of chocolate, coffee and nuts with a bit of caramel and spice.
T - Quite similar to the nose, very roasty. More nuts, chocolate, caramel, and coffee with a good amount of sweetness.
M - Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and crisp carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, one of the better English Brown Ales I've encountered!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:37:26 | More by jsanford
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3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle notched right between "J" and "F" on the "Best Before" section of the label. not sure when that means it was bottled.

appears a deep chocolate brown color with ruby highlights. white head that fades to a collar. aroma of sweet brown sugar.

tastes of sweet bready malt, maybe some hazelnut flavor in there. no trace of any hops as expected. thicker body for a brown ale.

just kinda average. maybe it was better when fresh?

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 03:48:51 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. best before FEB notched on the side of the label.

pours out a fairly clear brown color, reddish hues in the light. looks like cola. one finger of fizzy light tan colored head that faded in less than a minute to a ring, and then absolutly nothing.

lots of nice lightly roasted malt in the aroma. behind that theres some chocolate, coffee, caramel, and light fruits. just a hint metallic.

not as enjoyable as the aroma, but still decent. metallic with some slight mineral notes. lightly roasted malt, bits of chocolate and coffee. dry finish with a decent amount of herbal bitterness. a little acidic.

light bodied, a bit overcarbonated and sparkly on the tongue. bitterness lingers.

very easy to drink and quite sessionable. overall, a pretty average nut brown, the best part of this for me was the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 01:40:25 | More by dogfishandi
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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown color, almost black. Its has a brown head with excellent retention. Minimal lacing on this one.

S- Excellent nose. Sweet toasted caramel, dark fruits like raisins and plums. Semi sweet bitter chocolate comes through, and lots of roasted nuttiness. Very aromatic.

T- Very tasty. Mainly toasted oats, roasted coffee, and dark chocolates come through. The nutty quality come in towards the finish and leave a lingering toasty aftertaste.

M- A bit light bodied. Smooth and with medium carbonation.

D/N- This one has awesome drinkability. Its comparable to Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:11:08 | More by depechemode1983
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a medium brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and coffee. Promising. Taste predominantly sour. Thin in texture with a tinny aftertaste. OK, but not great. The taste never delivered the richness of the aroma. The malts were not as predominant as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:12:01 | More by chickenflea
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with foamy, short lived, brown head. Aroma of nuts chocolate malt with hints of bread and molasses. Medium body, slightly crisp, some sore notes. Nutty, dark fruit and brown sugar flavor with some hints of citrusy hops. Medium finish is dominated by chocolate and sweet dark fruit. Some metallic notes throw off the impression at the end. Otherwise tasty (although very average), easy drinking brown.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 20:47:26 | More by mikeg67
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 10/1/10*

Poured into a clear pint glass, this ale has a dark brown, translucent body with a finger of tan head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing. A nice aroma consisting of roasted nuts and sweet malts. It has a real nutty taste to it, walnuts / hazelnuts / almonds. I also get some dark chocolate hints with the toffee-like sweetness that rounds out this Brown Ale. It is a bit thin in the mouth, but has nice carbonation for the style and is easy drinking.

**I used a bottle of this for a couple red meat marinades, and worked out well there too.**

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 02:07:13 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown almost black colour with an average size fizzy light brown head. I can't see much carbonation due to the darkness, and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for only a minute or two before it began to disappear.

Smell - burnt nuts, chocolate, coffee, malts, cherries

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the palette and the beer feels light yet creamy. I can really taste roasted almonds and coffee mixed with chocolate. There is also a lot of malt flavour. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

Drink - I was on the fence with this one, I think it might have a little too much carbonation but it was still a decent beer. Probably worth a try if you haven't tasted it already.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 14:12:51 | More by spinrsx
Photo of david18

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this at the Amsterdam Ale the other day. I wanted something low in alcohol and the Nut Brown was the lowest (not including bud or guiness).

I've always hear about the classic "english brown flavor) and how great it is and I was never a big proponent of the style. This one however was very enjoyable. The nut roasty flavor really shines through. Color was a classic brown with a lightish head. Aroma was a combination of roasted malt, nuttiness and hops. Flavor was excellent. Again, roast toast, nuts and hops.

A great winter drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 17:59:19 | More by david18
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This has an amazingly dark pour. I was very aggressive and poured into an Guiness glass. The head dissipated very quickly with a very nice faint lacing. The taste is an amazing dark Chocolate flavor. almost as if someone burnt the chocolate. finishes kinda nutty, but has a distinct coffee aftertaste. I wasn't all that sold on the mouthfeel. seems to have too much carbonation in it. Drinkability is normal. Definatly would be good ham or some other kinda pork product. I didn't allow this beer to have a bitter bottom because i drank the last fourth all together. I did however think it finished VERY well.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 07:45:28 | More by IIKaRuII
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3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a tan colored finger-thick lace that recedes to a thin clumpy layer on top.

Smells nutty, roasted caramel and chocolate.

Tastes of mild chocolate and caramel malts with a hint of coffee.

Medium mouthfeel, a lot of carbonation.

Drinkable enough, but a bit thin and overly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:37:17 | More by ujsplace
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour with minimal head, heavy carbonation with audible foaming.

S: Spicy orange, nutty aroma with slight flowery background.

T: Nutty malt bitterness upfront, small hint of chocolate. Citrussy hop finish with a dark lingering bitterness. Alcohol gives a mild bite.

M: Light to medium bodied drink, vigorous carbonation

D: Thought this beer had a Dunkel-y sweetness to it, which I don't necessarily look for. But it's a decent fall beer, you could easily drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 19:03:38 | More by moester13
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey dark brown with a tan head.

The scent is chocolate and raisens and coffee.

The taste is a lot of coffee as well, reminding me very much of a porter or stout. Notes of burnt malts and caramel, grain and mocha.

If not for the thinner mouth feel I would say that this beer is mislabeled as a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 03:04:00 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: pours dark brown with a brown head. Not much retention and not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: caramel malt and some hints of roastiness. Toffee comes out as the beer gets warmer.

Taste: roasty chocolate in the flavor to begin and the roasted flavors come to dominate more and more as it heats up.

Feel: very watery and bitter. Carbonation is light.

Drink: easy enough to drink but nothing special in the drinkability department.

Overall, it was okay. I wouldn't want to have more than 1 in a sitting and there are other brown ales out there that are a lot better. I'm glad I tried it but probably will not have again once our six pack of it is killed.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 12:14:06 | More by SkunkWorks
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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my mugs. This beer pours a clear medium to dark brown color that sort of reminded me of Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper, etc. Nice tan head is about 1/2 inch when poured before settling to a decent, but spotty surface coating very quickly with a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Decent lace. Has earthy aromas of roasted nut and malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. Has a nice sweet flavor of roasted nut and malts upfront, followed with some coffee and chocolate notes. No discernible hops here. Nice thick, crisp, creamy full bodied mouth feel with a high degree of carbonation. Easy to drink, especially as it warms up a bit. An enjoyable beer, but I have had better brown ales.


Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 02:51:32 | More by neenerzig
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark brown with an average light brown head. Aroma of nuts and coco. Taste starts off with some unsweetened chocolate and a bit of earthy hops. Nuttty malt kicks in next. A good deal of hazelnut was noticeable. Solid flavor profile, well balanced, good nut flavor. Nice, creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 21:47:01 | More by uustal
Photo of halo21

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this rich dark mahogany beer, with creamy mocha colored head into an Ithaca Beer Co. pint glass. It looks like it has some body, and is rich and almost opaque, but still lets some light through. Very inviting on this cold night

Smell: Rich and inviting roasted malts, with a smooth coffee hint, and a little yeast. Opens up to some earthy chocolate and slightest heat.

Taste: Smooth, nutty and earthy, with a drying espresso finish balanced by a malty sweetness. Very complex; one of my favorites!

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth, which is nice because it still maintains a hefty flavor. It is much like a light, airy, whipped dessert after dinner can still have a full flavor.

Drinkability: Medium to high. This has some weight and ingredients that make it a but heavier, but one goes down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:27:47 | More by halo21
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6-pack from Beverage Mart on NY 66. Best before October (2010, I hope!).

Fond memories of this brew from my college days inspired this purchase.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a decent head. Malty, chocolatey scent. Decent head but almost no lacing. No overpowering flavors here, really kind of hard to pull anything out to be frank. Maybe I'm coming down with something?

It's not unpleasant, but there doesn't seem to be too much going on here. Easy to drink, though.

Ithaca has better offerings for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 01:14:14 | More by mstyne
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to pint glass

A - Medium brown colour that was ever-so-slightly translucent. Small amount of light brown head.

S - Hazelnut and sweet caramel with some toffee. A very robust nose.

T - A generous but not overwhelming nut flavour with some sweet caramel. I've been disappointed by many nut brown ales that barely had a discernible nut flavour, and this certainly does not fall in to that category.

M - Light body with some chew.

D - An excellent example of this style. Will definitely buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 19:42:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An initially good Brown Ale that suffers from weakness and astringency late.

A hazy brown beer forms a creamy though light, tan head and no real lacing. An average appearance but it needs more muscle.

Chocolatey aromas dominate early and with subtle hints of nuts, roast, and toffee later as the beer warms.

The same chocolate, nuts, and toffee flavors come through in the initial sips. But soon after, a grainy and roasted character comes through with a rough edge to the taste. Light bitterness seems to be both hops and grain derived.

Expecting the malty rich textures of a Brown, the mouthfeel instead quickly falls to watery, thin, grainy, and astringent. The body suffers quite a bit to the overall beer.

This Brown has good potential in flavor but the thin body, astringent graininess, and lack of true malt base leaves the beer unnecessairly harsh, roasty, bitter, and bitey.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 02:57:08 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The month of March is notched out as a "BEST BEFORE" date and it was sampled in February.

Appearance: It has a hazy chestnut colored body with a light tan head on top. The head is thick and creamy, tall but slow fading to a thin covering that hangs on till the finish and makes for some slick lacing.

Smell: There is a big sweet nose on this one. Sweet caramel and rich bready notes fill the nose and hops add some light spice as well.

Taste/Palate: Up front there is a big sweet caramel and buttery presence with some light mineral and green leafy/herbal hop bitterness moving into the middle. The hop notes struggle to come though but sweet creamy caramel and bready maltiness now with a hint of roasted nuttiness dominates and leads into the finish. I am also getting some dark fruity notes like raison or overripe plum as well. On the palate it has a smooth silky texture with light carbonation and a sturdy medium body.

Notes: There is a lot of sweetness in this one but for me it just stayed on the good side of cloying.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 12:32:28 | More by generallee
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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