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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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3.6/5  rDev 0%

Phil_D_Growler, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of deapokid
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 8/27/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Opens with a huge tuft of cocoa brown foam, which fizzles down to a thin ring of white suds. Body is cola brown with deep reddish notes when held to light.

Whiffs of caramel, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, anise, licorice and other dessert flavors tickle the nostril. It manages to be light and unconfrontational, despite all the big aromas on display.

Flavor is dry, showing off coffee bean and leather up front, followed by a sweet caramel, a little pipe tobacco and a Dr. Pepper-esque conclusion. I'm also catching a mild plum sweetness on the backend.

The mouth is smooth at the opening, followed by a dry and sizzly conclusion. A mild espresso bitterness hits the back of the tongue, making for a nice diversification of flavors.

I was certainly impressed with this underrated entry into the brown ale category. It's complex and drinkable, making for one of the best of type available in my childhood stomping grounds of Central New York.

deapokid, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of younger35
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew (along with a few other Ithaca brews) from BeerTruth in the Fight Club BIF. I've had the oaked version of this and it was tasty. Drank from my Port pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish amber with a half finger dirty tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving almost no cap and a super thin collar. Itty bitty spots of lacing are left but they disappear fairly quickly.
Smell- Lightly yeasty with a light hop presence that surprised me. Didn't expect to smell a light lemon zest kick. Slightly malty at times but I don't get much of the nuttiness for which the beer is named. Perhaps a little bit of cocoa and caramel but not much.
Taste- A bit more of that nuttiness that the nose was missing. Light chocolate and even hints of coffee are present along with a healthy does of caramel malt. A bit bitter at times but not really in any familiar hop sort. Just sort of a mildly astringent citrus kick. Finishes with a lightly chocolaty, hazelnut like bite that does linger for quite some time.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin and acidic with that strange astringent zing and very light carbonation. Not great.
Drinkability- I read a few of the recent reviews and I think they were a bit unfair to this brew. It's a nice nutty brown ale that really satisfies what I was looking for. Good drinkable brew that could be above average if it just had a little more body. Thanks again to Adam for his never ending generosity.

younger35, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of generallee
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.

generallee, May 11, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
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.

dogfishandi, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of asabreed
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber lighter Porter-like color, creamy mocha-colored head, not much retention, but a good staying-put creaminess to the foam above the body.

Smell: Nuttiness, maple syrup sweetness, metallic bitterness, and dark roasted malts, which are highly prominent, which I like a lot.

Taste: A hint of maple sweetness, roasted malts, metalicness, and sharp citrus hop bitterness. More of a roasted malt presence, and almost lighter Porter-like, in taste than I'd have thought for the style.

Mouthfeel: A weird balance between a watery body and a late burst of unexpected, slightly raucous carbonation. Could be creamier, which would improve everything about the brew I'd imagine.

Drinkability: Not my favorite style in the world, but I like what they're doing with this and could easily drink a few, especially in the colder weather, as it seems like a good one for the upcoming fall since I'm now in New York.

asabreed, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color, fairly light, small to average tan head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a light roasted malt, a nice nutty scent, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is of roasted chestnuts, brown bread malt, and a touch of metal and lemon. The feel is rather light and watery for the style, fizzy carbonation, finishes fairly balanced. A nice tasting brown ale, good nut flavors. The appearance and feel are a bit subpar. Overall a decent English Brown Ale, nice nut presence.

Gmann, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of rlee1390
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Looks black, but when held to the light is actually brown.

S-Coffee and roasted malts

T-Starts with roasted malts and ends with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with no carbonation.

O-This beer starts well but seems to fall flat as you continue to drink it.

rlee1390, Jun 01, 2011
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 hopsolutely
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery in February, and has held up pretty well. Pours a hazy dark brown with red highlights not limited to the edge of the glass. A decent tan coloured head dissipates quickly with little lacing.

Impressive aroma of roasted dark malts, with espresso/coffee tones and even a hint of smoked oak. The flavour isn't as well balanced as I'd hoped, the toasted malt sweetness transitions rather abruptly into a bitter finish, with pleasant nuttiness in the aftertaste.`

hopsolutely, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely dark for a nut brown, almost opaque. Medium head. Smells sweet and malty with a touch of alcohol. Definitely on the sweet side, but maintains a fair balance. Rich malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Nuttiness shows up in the finish. What's weird to me is that the alcohol comes through strongly and is somewhat harsh. Not expected from a lower ABV. Would have thought it was nearer 8% or so. Thinnish body, also unexpected when considering the dark appearance. Overall pretty good and drinkable. Worth a try.

Hoagie1973, Jul 12, 2008
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 jslot38
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, new bottle.

Appearance: Very Dark Brown with a top covering off white head. Limited transparency, a very dark oak color.

Smell: Not much going on here. Toasted oats and rye and thats about it.

Taste: Pretty nutty, biscuity, not much of a hops present.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Easily the best part of the beer, goes down nice and smooth with a good level of carbonation. I could easily drink a few of these.

jslot38, Apr 19, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a thin head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell is toasted malt with a definite overtone of nuttiness. The taste starts off with a bit of citrusy hops that give way to some sweet toasted malt with some hazelnuttiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and slippery with a decent amount of carbonation. This is an interesting beer that frequently comes up in my rotation.

TheTrevor, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style but really dug this beer. Poured a dark watery brown in color with a thick white head that evaporated quickly. Nose is malty and slightly earthy.

Flavor is malty sweet with a nice pungent peat flavor that lingers on the palate. Also picking out some nuts. Definitely hazelnut and something else my wife throws on salads--pecans I think. Medium body that is perhaps a touch watery. Perhaps a bit high in ABV but this would make a nice session beer.

Thanks to beertruth for this bottle.

MuddyFeet, May 25, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass.

L - chestnut brown color with a beige head that thinned to a ring.
S - chocolate malt and roasted nuts.
T - roasted nutty flavor upfront with a hint of chocolate and coffee tossed in.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D - easy drinking brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of sniper061
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap in a pint glass. The head on this beer was thin upon initial presentation and didn't really lace at all. With the first sniff of this brown ale I was very excited about the smell of molasses, coffe, and chocolate. I am not going to say that I didn't enjoy this beer but I will tell you from the first smell to the last drop I was left less than fulfilled. It lacked the body to back up the nose. This would be an okay beer to finish a night of drinking.

sniper061, Dec 08, 2011
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 Buckeyes67
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Nut Brown and very easy to drink. It has a nice dark color to it with an off white head. It has a plesant nutty taste with a good aroma to the beer. It sits lightly on the palate and goes down smoothly. I will compare this to Indian Brown Ale by DogFish Head and Nut Brown Ale of RoosterFish brewing. In order I would drink RoosterFish, Indian Brown Ale, then Ithaca. Its a good beer and not to far behind the other two.

Buckeyes67, Dec 11, 2009
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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 metter98
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear brownish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with some notes of chocolate malts and hints of coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but isn't quite as strong. Neither sweetness nor bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels rather medium-bodied and somewhat smooth (but a little thin) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I wished that this beer could have been a little heaver, but it is very easy to drink and has some nice flavors.

metter98, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of jsanford
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!

jsanford, Mar 03, 2011
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
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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

tavernjef, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.