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Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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211 Reviews

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 429
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | 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

The rich mahogany hue of the Nut Brown is the first thing you will notice. You’ll find subtle hints of both chocolate & coffee. We delicately blend chocolate & caramel malts with four others to make this flavorful, easy drinking beer. The malt character will appeal to those looking for a moderate dark ale, but the smoothness is what will surprise all.
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Reviews: 211 | Hads: 429
Photo of number1bum
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
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>

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Photo of dacrza1
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: oiling the gears for New Year's Eve...
Glassware: Howard's Pub pint...
Appearance: dark cola body allows a swiftly setting brown head; far more dark than the average brown...
Aroma: the buttery, nutty tones are tuned down, almost to a subtle whisper; crisp hops perhaps do the trick?
Palate: fizzy, provocative texture that peppers the teeth; medium-bodied and rich in effervescence; unlike a cola, short in retention and aftertaste...
Taste: the nuts are subdued (as in the aroma)--more of the browning malts seem to create a bedrock of solid flavor...
Overall: this fits the case well, as did the Cold Front--warms and reveals texture as the glass drains...nice ale-ish activity at the finish...however, nothing really sets this beer apart from its class or its competition...

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Photo of THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger head

smell: roast, malts,

taste: roast, chocolate, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a basic brown ale. enjoyed it, didn't love it. would of expected alittle more nuttiness.


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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Soda pop Sweet brown, not my type of beer. Above average carbonation. Tiny wisp of a head. Nutty aroma. They advertise, and I get only a minimum of:chocolate malt, caramel malt, and four other malts , and hints of coffee. Northdown and Fuggles hops, but I do not get much hops.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer is slightly sweet and a little nutty. The taste of the beer is a little sweet up front that fades into a subtle toasted dry flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated and has a good drinkability to it. Overall this beer is well balanced and is easy enough to drink several in a sitting if you choose too.

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Photo of Naes
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of stxp
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: cloudy brown, no head, un-carbonated looking, no lace, slightly flat?

smell: toasty biscuit, nutty, slight alcohol, bready

taste: slight roast, not overpowering, slight burnt, very bready malty, undetectable bitterness

mouthfeel: thin, gets a bit creamy on the end, not thick like the style, sloghtly oily

overall: great malty toasty taste with a touch of roast, easy to drink, goes down smooth, mine was very flat

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Photo of charlesw
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown with a very small tight cream head that is gone quickly leaving very lasting lace. Clear enough that you can see through it (with some light, eh?). Smells sweetly of caramel but more sweet than really overbearing caramel. Yeah. Tastes, well. Sweet and caramel but not like caramel... There's a lot of other stuff going on in there. Roasted flavors - but none of the burnt business and way light on chocolate or coffee. Maybe just the bit of a tang of cascades as you're starting to swallow but the finish is all that roasty sweetness. Sorry if I give it low drinkability - it just seems a little off to me. I mean... I mean... That little tang (and the aftertaste) are a bit weird. And, oddly, it seems sweet without much body. Of course, the perception of sweetness could well just be hops...

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Photo of garbercury
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Pepsi like, not much head. Deep brown, nothing spectacular.
S--Nutty smell, not bad
T--Nutty flavor, malty
MF--beer, not very carbonated, almost a little flat.
D--I would not go out of my way to drink this beer, its ok but nothing to write home about. Certainly not a bad beer and worth a try if you are curious.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is weaker than I've come to expect from Ithaca. The color is a clear light brown. A small but creamy and compact head forms and dissipates after some time, leaving a thin ring of lacing at the top of the glass and no lacing otherwise.
The nose is prominently malts with a light caramel character and notes of roasted grains and perhaps chocolate. It's a little sweet with the light stringency some nut browns unfortunately tend toward.
The flavor is a bit better than the aroma. There's a bit more of a coffee note, the chocolate, while pretty weak, is stronger than on the nose, and the astringency in the nose seems to fade out of the flavor early on.
The mouthfeel is something of a letdown: pale, thin, and somewhat overly carbonated. The body is lighter than it ought to be.
Especially after Cascazilla, this one is completely unimpressive.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a gorgeous garnet color with two fingers of khaki-colored head. The retention was ok and the lacing in thin sheets. The aroma was of nuts, roasted malt and toasted malt. The flavors were similar with a delicious kick of nuts at the end. However, it was very one-sided and pretty watery. A session beer, sure, but not a good one. The mouthfeel was creamy but a bit slick, the body medium/watery and the carbonation medium/low.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of katdaddy210
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of TerrenceOBrien
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The dark almost porter-like appearance, along with the hints of coffee on the nose lead you to believe this will be a much heavier and stronger brew than it is. The very thin head should have been a dead give away that this would have a very light mouth feel. Overall it was very malty and I found it to be heavily carbonated. Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but nothing to write home about either. There are light notes of chocolate -- primarily in the aftertaste -- but they're easily lost in what is an overwhelmingly grainy and molasses-y flavor.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as variety pack from Westy's in Mechanicsburg, PA.

A- dark yet very clear

T- enticing and flavorful

M-it had the feel of pure beer in my mouth and i loved it.

D-six pack of this beer would be nice if there wasnt any other good brews.

O- i like the brews that Ithaca has and this is a good buy in my case.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but very dark ruby with no head. Nose is subdued. Just barely a touch of nut, but not much else really going on. Flavor is nutty, but oddly sweet at the same time. There isn’t much going on with that either. Unfortunately. Feel is kind of thick with a slight syrupy feel. When it first hit my mouth, my genera; reaction was - ick. Drinkable I guess. Could be sessionable. But overall it is pretty boring and leaves a bit to be desired.

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Photo of Todd
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is cocoa and nuts.Taste is chocolate,club soda and nuts.The taste is kind of watery and a bit weak.This is a slightly above average beer which probably will not wow anybody.It's probably nice to try once but there is no need to try two.

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Photo of Stimack
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler, the beer is an auburn-brown coloring with a filmy, yellowish ring of head. Aromas of roasted mocha and hazelnut. Flavors of hazelnut and peanut, blended with a coffee backbone that is dark and bitter. The aftertaste leans more towards the roasted coffee character, with a bit of an Amaretto type presence. Slick, roasted, and slightly bitter finish. Different.

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Photo of soju6
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that fades quickly and not real lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted nuts, abit of caramel and a soft sweetness.

T: Taste of mild nut and a bit caramel. There is a subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth and a bit creamy.

O: Nice casual beer for the style. Good for a couple.

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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.