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Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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376 Ratings

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of chickenflea


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
Photo of mikeg67

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
Photo of prdstmnky


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 IIKaRuII


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
Photo of ujsplace


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
Photo of moester13


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
Photo of donteatpoop


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
Photo of neenerzig


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 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
Photo of mstyne

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
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

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
Photo of BEERchitect


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
Photo of generallee

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
Photo of bigdeuce


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque colour. Not much head or lacing. Tastes of dark chocolate and nuts, and some coffee. Very nicely mixed. A bit of wateryness, but not much. A bit thin on the body but very easy to drink. It will be purchased again, probably for the fall!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 23:06:07 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

A- another dark brew with a decent head that disappears quickly.

S- coffee, chocolate, and pecans. Some earthy tones as well. I do like the presence of the pecans to make the theme credible.

T- dark malt and nutty themes. The malt overthrows some slightly bitter hops. The nut-like flavor remains which is good

M- creamy and filling

D- good brew. Not many profiles out there like this. The biggest advantage for me was that the beer stayed true to it's malty flavors that was expected. I recommend it

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 03:25:42 | More by lovindahops
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A brown body that lets light through at all times, and a small off-white head that has some fairly good retention, but fails to leave behind any lacing.

The aroma has a hint of chocolate, with some toasted (not roasted, just lightly toasted) grains. There are some pale sweet malts in there too, but they do not quite constitute a caramel scent.

Ithaca Nut Brown has a hint of chocolate, a light nuttiness, and some toasted grain. Really the flavor is mostly pale malt that adds some sweetness. I like it, but it lacks the strong flavors to be a great brown ale.

The body is really light; I would like to see a little bit more heft to it.

Overall, a decent beer, but not one of my favorites from Ithaca.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 23:15:35 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 02:55:17 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 21:57:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 20:43:53 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 05:04:01 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Brenden


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 13:34:39 | More by Brenden
Photo of matty


3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 10:11:07 | More by matty
Photo of Minotaur


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a dark brown-amber but is very clear. There is a reasonably thick dirty white head that leaves no substantial lacing.

The aroma is slightly sour with a malty sweetness.

The taste is very deep even if not multi-layered. It has some roasted chocolate and coffee flavors plus a woodsy, earthy and mineral aftertaste. It is more bitter in the mouth than it is in the nose with only a faint lingering toasty sweetness. There is a lactose aftertaste that creeps through. The hops is balancing and provides some bitterness but harmonizes well with the darker flavor.

It has a thin mouth feel however it is very drinkable. It is smooth on the palate, light in alcohol and very approachable for both a malt and hop lover.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 23:26:52 | More by Minotaur
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