Nut Brown Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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82
good
442 Ratings
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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:
442
Reviews:
218
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Photo of animalchin
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass.

A - The body has a heavy appearance, mostly attributable to nice darkness all around and the tan head that initially appears then dissipates. Some light exposes dim red shimmering at the bottom and around the glass.

S - Not so much nutty as it is spicy/floral in nature. All around the aromas are very slight, making it difficult to confidently identify.

T - Much more taste than I was expecting given the aroma and appearance. Very heavy tasting dark chocolate and espresso primarily, then breaks down into nutty/toffee characteristics. A bit dry all around as well, but this compliments the bitter nuttiness that is intended.

M - The carbonation feels a little coarse at first, but given some time, a little creaminess and mobility comes through.

D - I've had this on several occasions and have always had some feelings of ambivalence towards it. But this review has opened up some nice characteristics I haven't noticed before. Ithaca BC likes to put this in many of their sampler packs, and is a fine exhibition of their work. Well done.

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Photo of shamrock7
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be a very tasty brown ale. It pours to a rich deep dark brown color with a small, but nice head. It has a very pleasing coffee/mocha aroma. The taste is a mix of roasted chocolate with a nutty/coffee finish. It has a nice light mouthfeel - not what you would expect given it’s appearance and strong smell. It goes down surprisingly well.

It’s also a beer that can compliment a nice grilled steak – which is always a plus.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice dense tannish head atop a medium brown/red brew. Some pretty good stick to the side of the pint.

A very nice aromatic malt smell wafts out of the pint with toasty, caramel, and roasted qualities.

Some roasty malt flavors to start out followed by some sweeter undertones and a nice grainy base malt foundation. There are some 'nutty' flavors in there suggesting some toasted malts, as the name would suggest. A very malty brew, hops are barely recognized and only there for balancing out the malt.

A little more carbonation than I would like to see for an English Brown. Light to medium-bodied. This would make a pretty good session beer, nice flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Edwaka01
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint.

A - Dark brown. Garnet hues shining through when held to light. No head worth talking about, lacing on top of beer though.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, vanilla.

T - Coffee, toffee, roasted malts, hazlenut?, vanilla.

M - Full bodied, nothing special here.

O - One of the first craft beers I ever loved, so I'll always have a soft spot for this one, no matter how many better beers I try. All biases aside, this is still awesome.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Dark brown with ruby-red hues...looks a bit like rootbeer. Also features a nice constant, mocha colored head dssipates slow and remains very foamy with minor lacing.

Nose: Roasty coffee, nutty malt, brown sugar, zesty and lively hops.

Flavor: A honey-roasted coffee malt delight with a subtle current of vanilla and peanut butter and a very nice peppery bite-like hop finish. Very effective.

Feel: Medium bodied, crisp but soft and smooth going down.

DA: This is a good brown ale.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue. There's a 1/2" of brownish, thick, foamy head with decent retention. The nose has notes of caramel, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste nutty with notes of coffee and caramel. The coffee and roasted malts play a large role here. The nutty flavor is earthy and hangs around on the palate for quite a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a pretty good beer, but for the style the roasty, coffee-like notes are a little intense. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear, dark brown with a foamy tan head.

S: Caramel, darkly toasted brown bread, molasses, milk chocolate, peanuts, earth.

T: Caramel, toasted brown bread, peanut brittle, milk chocolate, almonds, peanuts, and earth. Finishes slightly sweet, but with a very subtle lingering earthy bitterness.

F: Smooth and creamy upfront, a bit watery near the finish, but ends flavorfully. Carbonation is medium and perfectly appropriate.

O: A solid brown ale. Satisfying.

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Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all. Its seems very drinkable and I was suprised

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Eric

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Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of good friend stopper! I am drinking a chilled sample in a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear mahogany that reveals deep ruby highlights when held to a light. A small beige colored fluffy head foams up easily and fades slowly.
Aroma is rich malty caramel and chocolate with some almond hints mixed in.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth body with average and rolling carbonation that fits with the general smooth texture of the beer.
Flavor is nice and malty. Roasted malt mixes with chocolate and caramel completely. The flavor is the same from start to finish. While not overly complex I really enjoy the taste and it is very easy to drink this beer. It is definitely on the sweet side, but not cloyingly IMO.
A well made and simple beer that I could drink quite a few of!
Give it a shot some day

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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