Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

416 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of prdstmnky
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.**

Photo of nodder
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of shbobdb
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow! This is a dessert beer if I ever saw one! It is like eating a bar of chocolate.

This beer is just pure, unadulterated chocolate. So much, so so much. There is a nice pinch of toffee with it, and a little bit of walnut and hazelnut. I dig that. The carbonation is faint enough to bring out the beer's natural sweetness while still ensuring your tongue gets that wonderful tingle.

As the beer warms, a nice light fruitiness starts to come out. I'm thinking sweet cherries. At this point, the beer is like a liquid Schwarzwald torte. Really impressive.

Wow.

Really pretty mindblowing. If they serve this on cask, I'd love to have it. But as it is, the beer is simply fantastic. I don't think I could have more than one in a single sitting -- the beer is too rich for that, but wow.

Who says you need to be big to bring on the flavor? This beer is more flavorfull than some impy stouts I've had. Good stuff.

Photo of zachary80
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of TonyY
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a cola color (brown/ruby pretty translucent around the edges) with a half finger head, minimal retention and no lacing.

Smell is not very strong- mostly dark malt and a little bittersweet chocolate and a little nutty.

Taste is consistent with smell- not too intense dark malt with a little bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is like a dry stout- medium bodied, a little watery, and nope actually no carbonation. I got a single bottle of this and I won't likely get it again.

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Bought at the brewery last weekend. Deep dark brown/black... thin and whimpy tan head that disappears instantly and leaves no traces of lacing.

S- Roasted coffee, slight hints of cocoa, a mixed bag of roasted nuts. Nothing dramatic or fantastic, but pleasant none-the-less.

T- More black iced coffee than roasted nuts. A touch bitter but not overwhelming. Some roasty Macadamia nut/Walnut/Almond flavors shine thru as it warms up.

M- Kinda thin... a decent bitter-sweet blend. No carbonation to speak of. Lots of coffee flavor stands out and I do love a nice cup of coffee!

O- Certainly not a great brown ale by any means... worth a try for sure, but I've had way better. Nothing impressive here, a decent coffee/nutty taste.

Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tugdriver7
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of an Assortment 12-pack (4 different Ithaca brews) I picked-up at the Beer Zoo outside Hershey PA. This was one of the best of the 4, though it was a little bit one-dimensional in the taste. Dark brown color, little carbonation, though decent foam on top (didn't last long). Moderate mouthfeel, smooth with a lot of carmel roasted malt in the nose and in the taste. But that's about it. Like a thick Newcastle. Not a lot of complexity. Drinkable, however. I could enjoy this again. And I guess I will. I have the rest of the 12 pack to drink.

Photo of squack
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of sabrills70
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Naes
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Wortman1998
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jmalex
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the last bottles left from my Ithaca mixed 12-pack, but oddly I haven't had this one yet. Until tonight.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a clear ruddy brown with slight red and gold highlights. The head starts strong and gradually falls to a thick collar and large patch of bubbles in the center, presumably aided by the glass.

SMELL: The smell is a nice balance of caramel, breadiness, nuttiness, and even a slight roasty aroma, but nothing to intense. The beer is faintly estery and there is not hop aroma to speak of.

TASTE: The flavor takes a bit to kick in, but when it does, it's a sweet blast of caramel malts and a slight toastiness. Some faint hop flavor is present as well. The finish is a lasting sweetness coupled with a bit of diacetyl.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is somewhat thin and very low carbonated. But seeing as this is an English-style ale, it's fairly appropriate. There is a unique smoothness to this beer as it goes down.

DRINKABILITY: A decent take on the style. I feel it's a bit on the sweet side. Everything else seems true to form, and I would consider having another.

I think this is the beer I liked most out of my 12 pack, but definitely nothing to make me pick up that sampler again.

Photo of zdk9
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An overall average beer with strong nuttiness, but nothing to back that up.

A- Pours out a dark mahagony with slightly ruby highlights. Head was almost non existant, and this lack of carbination carried over into the beer (and of course no lacing with no head).

S- Toasty malts and a slightly raisiny sweetness. After a couple more wiffs I can detect even more fruity flavors, more like grape and blueberry.

T- A very nutty taste that dominates any other flavors. The back of the mouth is able to disect the nuts to find roasted malts, but hops are nowhere to be found.

M- Very watery and lacking carbination which I think would brighten up the flavor. Instead I'm considering how fast you could chug this beer given it's lack of body.

D- It's nice to know that a beer can be this nutty. It's not all that nice to drink more than one beer which is this nutty. If the carbination issue was fixed I would enjoy this brew much more right now its more like an Almond Joy Corona.

Photo of russwilliam
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of donteatpoop
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Dougwillhike
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of suspect
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pure brown in color, aggressive pour leads to a one finger head that disappears very quickly. Leaves little to no lacing.

S: Nice toasted malts, caramel, nutty with some chocolate hidden in there as well.

T: Follows the nose almost die-rectly with very nice roasted malts, caramel, chocolate before the nuts here but it's a very nice flavor. Nice bitterness on the back end.

M: medium body, low carbonation but not flat. Creamy coating.

O: A very nice English Brown Ale. Not my favorite style but that doesn't mean this wasn't good. In fact, it was excellent.

Photo of whallgren
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BryanK
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of TheTrevor
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.