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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

418 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Dark brown with ruby-red hues...looks a bit like rootbeer. Also features a nice constant, mocha colored head dssipates slow and remains very foamy with minor lacing.

Nose: Roasty coffee, nutty malt, brown sugar, zesty and lively hops.

Flavor: A honey-roasted coffee malt delight with a subtle current of vanilla and peanut butter and a very nice peppery bite-like hop finish. Very effective.

Feel: Medium bodied, crisp but soft and smooth going down.

DA: This is a good brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue. There's a 1/2" of brownish, thick, foamy head with decent retention. The nose has notes of caramel, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste nutty with notes of coffee and caramel. The coffee and roasted malts play a large role here. The nutty flavor is earthy and hangs around on the palate for quite a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a pretty good beer, but for the style the roasty, coffee-like notes are a little intense. It's definitely worth checking out.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all. Its seems very drinkable and I was suprised

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Eric

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca is definetly one of best brewers out of New York. Almost all their beers have been quite good. This is another solid outing from them. Here is my review:

A: Pours a very dark, brown. Almost opaque with just touches of red around the edges. Head is on the tan side, but is actually quite minimal.

S/T: The aroma is very robust. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, nuttyness, and toasted malts. Flavor is also robust and quite complex, which is uncommon for a Brown Ale. Lots of toasted and roasted malts. Also quite a bit of coffee, brown sugar, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. The nuttyness is also present. I am really surprised with this one. Loads of excellent malt flavor and complexity. Easily one of the best Brown Ales I have had to date.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Nice and creamy with a somewhat dry finish. Drinks very well. Like I said, this is one of the best Brown Ales I have had to date. So if you like Brown Ales, don't hesitate to pick this one up.

I wasn't expecting much from this brew, but I was more than impressed. Considering I have been drinking a lot of Imperial Stouts lately, I am still impressed with this beers strong, complex, and robust flavor. The only other Browns I like are Mikkeller Jackie Brown, Rogue Hazelnut, and Dogfish India Brown. This one is right up there with the best.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.