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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: 430
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: 430
Photo of mstyne
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of bigone4
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date to be found. No real head retention but it had a decent tan off-white color when it first was poured. No real lacing present. Smells of roasted malts and a slight chocolate scent in the back ground. Hints of toffee sweetness and maybe some caramel tones. The taste is smooth and malty with a sweet caramel aftertaste. The flavor had a touch of roasted malt flavor. Some chocolate tones were detected. Not a very full bodied beer, I found it to be rather thin. It is smooth and drinkable no real outstanding notes. It was enjoyable but not my favorite brown ale.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful brown with a highly carbonated head that goes away quickly. Smells very nutty and earthy.

The taste is a lot of nutty roasted malt, as you'd expect by the name. It's also got a certain sweetness and a little pear at the end. Hops appear to be an afterthought, but that really adds to this beer's smoothness. Carbonation is just wee bit too much for a malty dog like this one. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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?

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Photo of jmpizzo
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass...

A - Reddish brown around the outside, deep brown inside

S - Immediately hit with a mild roast coffee smell, followed by a combo chestnut and caramel. Definitely my favorite part of the beer. Reminds me of a cool fall afternoon.

T - The coffee tones come racing through followed by a bitter sweetness. Smooth and enjoyable.

M - Thin with little to no carbonation or lacing.

O - It's a great nut brown. Definitely one worth trying if this is a style you enjoy.

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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of mjw06
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown, almost black in color with thick frothy offwhite two-finger sized head with good retention but little lacing.

very rich, bready, malt smell of caramel and toffee.

rich roasted sweet toffee-ish taste with sweet dark chocolaty undertones and a slightly nutty bite. also some notes that resemble the taste of a coke. slightly watery as well. the taste doesnt seem authentic, and doesnt mesh with brew. taste is also not very true to the style and too sweet at times. some breweries would brand this as one of their porters. light in carbonation with a medium body.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a quickly forming 1 finger, semi-fine, brown head that fades quickly but maintains a nice film atop the brew. Beer is a clear, reddish-brown. Patchy lacing forms volcano-like patterns above the foam.

S: Smoky coffee beans, caramel, slight bit of licquorice, and a hint of sour nuttiness that is difficult to place.

T: Deep and thick charred nut character with a hint of roasted coffee beans. Burnt caramel and bitter toffee is also present. Slight sour notes right at the end. Aftertaste is a viscous, slightly boozy coffee/toffee combination that's hard to place. This lasts a bit longer than is necessary though.

M: Medium bodied, carbonated and coarse, but smoothes out quickly as it warms. Rather silky in the mouth with a sticky and lingering finish that is a bit over the top given the style and the flavor profile. It's good, but I its not a flavor I want to stain my palate.

D: Pretty drinkable and nothing out of the ordinary. I thought it was actually more complex than the standard brown ale... perhaps that's a downgrade if reviewed to style? Not in my opinion though. Feel makes it go down easy though the aftertaste is just slightly offensive. I'd have this again.


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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

very dependable brew, but do not expect something mind blowing here. Just a basic brown ale. Color was dark mahogony with an off-white head. Smell was roasted without too much in the way of distinction. Taste had a nutty beginning moving more into a roasted malts taste in the middle with a small hop bite in the finish. Carbonation was a problem here as there was waaaay too much of it considering the style. Good beer to wash down some BBQ with and I did just that.

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Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on a visit to the Finger Lakes. Overall perception is of chocolate malt and roasted grains. Deep brown color with very little head. Not much in the way of hops. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery brown color with a short-lived beige head. Grassy, nutty and malty aromas with some hints of chocolate-coated hazelnut and brown sugar. Initially sweet, then turning oddly astringent in its malt, maybe it's hops, though not completely detectable. Nuttiness pretty non-existent in its taste. Leafy hoppiness showing up more as it warms. Pretty good, but not the best example of its style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ithaca Memorial Day weekend 2011.

Pours a dark brown color with a moderate off-white head and a slight bit of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a bit of lightly-roasted malt plus chocolate and a touch of coffee. The flavor has some brown malt and mild sweetness. Some caramel and a bit of brown sugar. Light chocolate and a bit of a dry roast coming through toward the finish. Actually, a bit too dry for what the flavor had. Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty standard brown; I'd have it again.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse.

This pint arrived at my table with a one finger head still in place. Eventually this broke down and was I left with some swirls of foam and a little lacing.

The smell was brown ale all the way...malts and nuts and coffee.

The taste is like the nose...with malts being at the fore. It is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter.

Mouth feel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overall not a bad pint to be enjoyed with some good BBQ on a Saturday afternoon. It would make an fairly decent session beer on a cool fall afternoon.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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)

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Distinctly reddish burnt umber/dark chestnut that is quite clear with garnet highlights. Okay-size light tan head that settles fast and leaves just barely decent lace.

S: Roasty malts with chocolate & coffee notes. Faint touch of molasses / burnt sugar sweetness. Soft earthy nutty notes. Odd sort of spicy note. Edge of metallic sour note.

T: Thinner than aroma would hint. Hits the right notes, but lacks depth & substance. Sort of weak open of sweet malt, steely caramel, and almost extract nutty tones. Improves and becomes more rounded as darker roast notes malts appear, linger & grow - mostly chocolate, but also coffee and even burnt hints and a ghostly impression of dark fruits. End and finish have an overall malt chocolate – whoopers - impression. Barely noticeably balancing herbal hops.

M: A bit under medium body with firm but relaxed carbonation. Not much for dextrins. Semi-dry finish mostly from roasty grains.

D: A tad thin and clean. Not really watery, but at times it feels that it is leaning that direction. Needs more malt backbone – maybe with a nice toasty grain & biscuity flavor. Still it does grow on you and is not bad overall. I really do like the roastiness.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy and hazy, mahogany color brew. On a vigorous pour I got a scant head, tan and plain. Carbo's were desent though.
Aroma is as one might expect: I malty front with a bit of nuttiness say hazelnuts and a bit of chocolate.
Flavorful at first with some nuttiness, probably hazelnuts since thats what it tastes like, and choco. After that the taste falls along the malty graininess side.
on the palette the beer is weak and watery and has a slightly harsh finish.
overall I'd say it's a weak offering. It's good but lacks complexity and flavor. That being said I'd still drink another. Probably at some chain restaurant.

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Photo of curasowa
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy and dark red, with 1 finger of head that fades to a thin cap.

Aroma: Deep roasted malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee and a slight smokiness.

Taste: Slightly thin upfront, but building to a huge malt finish. Very nutty with grain husk and roasted, almost burnt malt notes and just a hint of earthy hops. The finish is lingering with an astringent, nutty flavor.

The Rest: A decent nut brown that suffers from being just a touch too thin which is surprising given all of the malt flavor and aroma in this beer.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I never have been sure what the excitement about Ithaca beers is all about, and this one just summarizes my opinion of their offerings - it's perfectly drinkable, technically well-executed, and not bad in any way. It just fails to rise above OK.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin head and slight lacing. It smells slight and roasted, toasty and a little bready. The flavor is of toasted nut and roasted malt, woody and bready. The mouthfeel is thin but refreshing.

Not bad.

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Photo of neorunner
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown in color, but with a touch of dark red. The head goes away quickly. Can't really see through it, formidable.

Malty smell. Burnt, roasted. Very much a brown ale. Even a hint of coffee bean. Dark and actually kind of complex. Almost smells like a mild porter.

Nutty brown malt flavor, with a hint of toffee and caramel. Slightly sweet, but balanced by the roasted malt. Coffee flavor comes out as it warms up. Nice, bittersweet aftertaste.

Medium thickness, quite dry for a brown. Nice feel; not too thick or bitter. Smooth and even a bit buttery. A solid brown, strong but not too much. Healthy, "meaty" ... but drinkable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep chestnut color. Pours a 1 finger beige head that disepates quickly. Laced in thin, inconsistent patches.

S: Nuts and roasted malt with some caramel and coffee. Did not detect any hop characteristics.

T: Consistent with smell with caramel and roasted nuts. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate follow.

M: Medium body. Cabonation in good balance. Smooth and creamy. Not as big and "chewy" as some others.

D: Low abv and light bitterness make this easily drinkable.

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Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a variety case purchased at Breski's.

A: The ale is a solid nut brown color, dark with red highlights at the narrower points of the glass. The head exceeded 4 fingers on the first attempt to pour and a full three attempts were required. Despite the big head, there is little lacing.

S: The nose lives up to type as well, offering a caramel and nutty aroma that is strong on chocolate notes.

T: The first sip is heavy on the caramel, giving the taste a distinct sweetness. That sweetness is fairly shortlived though, quickly evaporating into a thin grainy malt flavor. The trick, as I soon discovered, is to take a sip and swallow immediately, rather than let it sit on the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel is decent, nothing groundbreaking just an enjoyable drink.

T: If the caramel and nut flavors were stronger in the middle, I'd be ecstatic.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 07/02/06. Review from notes.

A: Pours a reddish brown with a half finger off white head that has slight retention on the sides of the glass. Semi good lace.
S: Aromas of caramel and chocolate malt flavors with sweet butterscotch quaffs. Grassy hops in there also.
T/M: Tastes of burnt caramel malts with a secondary invasion of grassy hop flavors. A sweetness pervades after a hefty carbonation. Creamy and soft on the palate and goes down smooth. Slight bitterness in the ending with a fruity hop presence. Medium body and well balanced.
D: Drinkable Nut Brown, but a bit too ordinary. Not many things stood out on this one for me, but still worth a try.

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