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Nut Brown Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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392 Ratings

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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 polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 13:04:11 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of whallgren


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-04-2012 01:59:18 | More by whallgren
Photo of AMCimpi

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

05-27-2014 15:21:37 | More by AMCimpi
Photo of BodiesLexus

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-27-2013 02:28:42 | More by BodiesLexus
Photo of Lambocalrisien

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-10-2013 03:04:20 | More by Lambocalrisien
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 06:04:35 | More by TheTrevor
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 BrewerB


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with reddish highlights. Thin off-white head, lacking retention. Moderately toasty caramel malty nose. Berry fruity esters very light, in background. Milk chocolate. Moderate bitterness. Caramel nips and toast continue through into palette. Butterscotch background. Short, dry finish. Medium bodied with a moderate/moderate high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 05:43:29 | More by BrewerB
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 Arenbeer


3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tumbler glass

Got straight from the brewery last week

Best by September

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of fluffy khaki head that sticks around.

S- Roasted malts and toast up front with slight notes of nuts, coffee, smoke.

T- Flavors real thin up front and kind of disappointing. The roasted malts and coffee flavors are most dominate with subtle chocolate and nuts.

M- Light watery thin body with moderate carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

Overall this beer to me tastes like you poured half the glass with beer and brought it to the sink and filled the rest with water. The body is very thin and the flavor is kind of washed out tasting. The smoke and roastiness is there but not enough.


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:36:42 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of aepb1


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BA vapodge for letting me in on this one!

A- Deep brown body with a tan, airy head

S- Caramel and spice and a little hint of maltiness

T- Roasty caramel and coffee maltiness, sweet middle and a spicy finish

M- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

O- Not had such a big roasty presence in this style and I dig it

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 15:25:37 | More by aepb1
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

02-12-2013 04:53:11 | More by BugTownPub
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 23:38:35 | More by charlesw
Photo of KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-02-2013 01:30:02 | More by KeKeKumba
Photo of SickGnar


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:06:08 | More by SickGnar
Photo of KGarrett

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-18-2011 23:46:48 | More by KGarrett
Photo of MmmIPA


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger tan head and a nice brown body.The head falls to a tan patch.

Nice notes,malty and nutty.Smells very inviting.Very nice on a cool day.

Nutty and malty,taste very nice.Very enjoyable.The malt is bready.

Perfect carbonation and very smooth and easy going down.Creamy to a point.

Great beer and very nice.I would love this on cask.The abv is great also making this a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 17:22:06 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of Brown120


3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-05-2011 02:44:59 | More by Brown120
Photo of Sipchue


3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-29-2012 14:01:59 | More by Sipchue
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint, served at room temp.

appearance: turbid chestnut brown with a pretty creme brulee khaki head that doesn't stick around long. spotty lacing.

aroma: light toasted caramel, herbal hops, faint diacetyl and some alcohol esters. it is all rounded together in a nice bundle.

mouthfeel: is good, soft and full.

taste: takes a while to get going but lightly toasted malt with a kiss of caramel vanilla sweetness and a nutty quality like hazelnuts or pecans.

notes; like the Dundee this is a nice, simple malty brown from Upstate NY with just a touch of sweetness. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 11:48:10 | More by fx20736
Photo of alalvarez75

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-15-2011 05:12:47 | More by alalvarez75
Photo of depechemode1983


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown color, almost black. Its has a brown head with excellent retention. Minimal lacing on this one.

S- Excellent nose. Sweet toasted caramel, dark fruits like raisins and plums. Semi sweet bitter chocolate comes through, and lots of roasted nuttiness. Very aromatic.

T- Very tasty. Mainly toasted oats, roasted coffee, and dark chocolates come through. The nutty quality come in towards the finish and leave a lingering toasty aftertaste.

M- A bit light bodied. Smooth and with medium carbonation.

D/N- This one has awesome drinkability. Its comparable to Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:11:08 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of russwilliam

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

09-14-2013 02:37:27 | More by russwilliam
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 smithmd4

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-27-2011 05:31:11 | More by smithmd4
Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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