Nut Brown Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

BA SCORE
82
good
441 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
441
Reviews:
217
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kmt314
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Slashytits
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Vonhinx
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Adanner
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy ice tea brown with a rocky tan head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Potent aroma of caramel and mocha

Taste: Opens with a bit of a German chocolate cake flavor; nutty aspect arrives at mid-palate, with a bit of bitter nut skin, too; after the swallow the chocolate flavors return and provide a long finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: Maybe not quite to style and tastes a bit like a really nice dunkel, but still a very tasty brew that I really enjoyed drinking

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Photo of rdoggg
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, deep reddish brown with a very small head that dissipated after about 20 seconds. It was almost black like a porter.

Nose: cocoa, hazelnut and other nuts, sweet candi sugars

Taste: alcohol (suprisingly), sweet with a spicy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, clean finish

Drinkability: heady feel makes it hard to pound a few of these in one night

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Photo of templar316
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours well with a deep ruby red color, and a quickly fading tan head. A little lacing on the the side of the glass, but the smell is what really gets me excited about the beer. A delicious malty, nutty aroma, which the flavor can't quite deliver on... Perhaps a little too much bitterness at the end, or not enough hops to balance the malt, maybe a little too much carbonation. However if you breathe deep, it would be easy to drink trying to figure it out.

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Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Handsome looking beer. It's a dark amber hue with a one-inch off-white head. Holding it up to the light reveals some reddishness, and it's clear. It looks like an inviting brown ale.

Aroma: It smells of roasted malt and nuts. The maltiness and nuttiness are equal. It's not super strong on the nose, and alcohol is very faint. It's mild.

Taste: Now this is a tasty beer. The nuttiness is right up front and there's some enjoyable toffee notes. It's very smooth, and very easy to drink. The finish is good. On the whole, it's malty and mild, with a strong nutty character. Pretty great; pairs well with chocolate, and I could see it going well with some roasted vegetables or a burger.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking. There's nothing off-putting about the experience of drinking this.

Overall: Terrific brown ale. I got this in a mixed six and would get a full six pack for sure. The perfect beer for a chilly autumn or winter night.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Nice subtle smokiness behind a nice malt start. Mouthfeel is good for a bottled beer, and this one is very drinkable. Ithaca stuff has recently been introduced to Litchfield County, CT--so far this one and the Apricot Wheat are my faves. This one is a good version of an English Brown.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely mahogany with a ruby hue. A fat creamy head of tan foam that fell fast but I tasted some and it was darn creamy. Clear and beautiful beer. Nose is roast, toast a bit of fruit and a bit of coffee. A hint of nuttiness and toffee that comes forward as the beer warms. Taste is mild, roast with an almost burnt edge to it and a slight bitterness. Toast that is breaddy but the breaddiness does not become heavy. Smooth coffee flavor and a hoppy bitterness on the tongue but it has no real flavor if you know what I mean.. Light nutty flavor at first that turns to toffee and nuts as it warms. Easy drinking good character. There is an overall fruity backnote to this beer that I found lovely. Finishes with a malty sweetness to bring it home and a bit of slickness form the medium mouthfeel.

Best I have had of this beer in quite a while. Good job Ithaca.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark cola brown large tan head retention is decent leaves behind light sparse lacing unevenly around my glass.

Aroma herbal earthy hops start things off here creamy nutty edge with toasted caramelized malt and some oatmeal character great stuff, hops really stand out the more you smell that green zesty freshness really makes the beer appealing.

Flavor is a refreshing roasty creaminess incredibly smooth flow going on caramel nuttiness touch of milk chocolate herbal and earthy hop components provide moderate bitterness with great flavor, somebody figured out how to make this style really drinkable.

Mouthfeel is creamy carbonation is ample definitely not overdone flavors really stick around on the palate the roasted nut edge stays with you as well as the hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability possibly one of the most drinkable American brewed Nut Brown ales I've come across the secret of course is hops in my eyes takes the rough edges of these colored malts and blends them perfectly together a delicate hard to pull off style Ithaca has done a great job here go try one and compare it with some of the classic versions ie Brooklyn, Sam Smith's, and for me Wildgoose.

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Photo of stage_master
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra from israel a while back. Thanks, man! Into my Stone pint glass. The notch on the bottle tells me I'm drinking this a couple of months past I should have

A: Deep ruddy brown with a solid mocha-colored head that fills the rest of the glass before settling to a disk. Crystal clear.

S: Leafy earthy hops up front with some pleasing butterscotch and nutty, toffee malts coming through. Rather robust

T: Starts off with a solid earthy and leafy hop character with a pleasing mild sweetness with a mild nutty character coming though. Dries up on the finish, leaving a light bitterness. Good stuff

M: Light to medium, well carbonated and nice finish

D: I'd drink another and regret not drinking this sooner

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2016 from bottle in pint glass. Drank it about 4 months after the bottled date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown color, medium size dark tan head that lasted for less than a minute. No remnants on the side of the glass from the head.

Smell: Sweet & malty with strong toasted coffee aromas, also some hops. Some smoke and caramel aroma as well.

Taste: Medium-bodied with nice balance of malt and hops and alcohol. Dominated by coffee and burnt malt flavors, but with a little bitterness and kick from the hops. There is also a very little sweet flavor like caramel. Overall a nice combination.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but very smooth. Matched 5.4% on the label.

Overall: Nice brown ale. Easy to drink, but still has some interesting flavors. I would drink this again.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark brown color, and nice head formed on it.

smell - Roasted nut smell, and some malt.

taste - Bit of a roasted taste, with a nutty taste and the sweetness of malts.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with some sweetness.

drinkability - Real nutty taste, nice sweet malt, I liked that. Would purchase this again.

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark coffee colored brew with a healthy tan head and average lacing. The smell is wholesome nut brown ale stuff. A little toffee, hint of chocolate. And mostly it's that good old nuttiness that you taste. A very smooth feel with perfect carbonation for the style, refreshing but tastey. I got a touch of bitter finish but not much. This is just a nice, pleasant brown ale, probably a good introduction for the uninitiated, on the sweet side. Very nice.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Red's in Seneca Falls. This is definitely a brown ale you have to try. Pours a dark mahogany with a thick off-white head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and nuts all mixed into one. The taste of this delightful brew is of carmel with strong malt character. I'm not normally one for malty beers, but the drinkability is amazing with how smooth it flows down your throat. Surprisingly it is quite refreshing as well.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of bdaggett
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 441 ratings.
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