Nut Brown Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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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 williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown in color, but with a touch of dark red. The head goes away quickly. Can't really see through it, formidable.

Malty smell. Burnt, roasted. Very much a brown ale. Even a hint of coffee bean. Dark and actually kind of complex. Almost smells like a mild porter.

Nutty brown malt flavor, with a hint of toffee and caramel. Slightly sweet, but balanced by the roasted malt. Coffee flavor comes out as it warms up. Nice, bittersweet aftertaste.

Medium thickness, quite dry for a brown. Nice feel; not too thick or bitter. Smooth and even a bit buttery. A solid brown, strong but not too much. Healthy, "meaty" ... but drinkable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep chestnut color. Pours a 1 finger beige head that disepates quickly. Laced in thin, inconsistent patches.

S: Nuts and roasted malt with some caramel and coffee. Did not detect any hop characteristics.

T: Consistent with smell with caramel and roasted nuts. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate follow.

M: Medium body. Cabonation in good balance. Smooth and creamy. Not as big and "chewy" as some others.

D: Low abv and light bitterness make this easily drinkable.

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Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a variety case purchased at Breski's.

A: The ale is a solid nut brown color, dark with red highlights at the narrower points of the glass. The head exceeded 4 fingers on the first attempt to pour and a full three attempts were required. Despite the big head, there is little lacing.

S: The nose lives up to type as well, offering a caramel and nutty aroma that is strong on chocolate notes.

T: The first sip is heavy on the caramel, giving the taste a distinct sweetness. That sweetness is fairly shortlived though, quickly evaporating into a thin grainy malt flavor. The trick, as I soon discovered, is to take a sip and swallow immediately, rather than let it sit on the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel is decent, nothing groundbreaking just an enjoyable drink.

T: If the caramel and nut flavors were stronger in the middle, I'd be ecstatic.

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Photo of jdelano
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bjohnson
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 07/02/06. Review from notes.

A: Pours a reddish brown with a half finger off white head that has slight retention on the sides of the glass. Semi good lace.
S: Aromas of caramel and chocolate malt flavors with sweet butterscotch quaffs. Grassy hops in there also.
T/M: Tastes of burnt caramel malts with a secondary invasion of grassy hop flavors. A sweetness pervades after a hefty carbonation. Creamy and soft on the palate and goes down smooth. Slight bitterness in the ending with a fruity hop presence. Medium body and well balanced.
D: Drinkable Nut Brown, but a bit too ordinary. Not many things stood out on this one for me, but still worth a try.

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Photo of largecar73
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an Ithaca Beer Co. variety pack that included the Apricot Wheat, Pale Ale, Cascazilla Red Ale, and this Nut Brown Ale. 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Got a one finger head after a decent pour. Lacing is sparse. Nice dark brown color with a touch of amber around the edges.

S: I'm picking up some roasted malt, chocolate, and some toffee

T: More of the same of what I got in the nose. Also some nuts, and a little bit of dark fruits. The finish is a little watery which is slightly unpleasant.

M: Thin mouthfeel with about the right amount of carbonation.

D: I could drink a few of these and the 5% ABV is right on for a session.

There are better Nut Browns out there, but there are also a lot worse. I would pick this up again if in the mood for the style.

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Photo of younger35
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew (along with a few other Ithaca brews) from BeerTruth in the Fight Club BIF. I've had the oaked version of this and it was tasty. Drank from my Port pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish amber with a half finger dirty tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving almost no cap and a super thin collar. Itty bitty spots of lacing are left but they disappear fairly quickly.
Smell- Lightly yeasty with a light hop presence that surprised me. Didn't expect to smell a light lemon zest kick. Slightly malty at times but I don't get much of the nuttiness for which the beer is named. Perhaps a little bit of cocoa and caramel but not much.
Taste- A bit more of that nuttiness that the nose was missing. Light chocolate and even hints of coffee are present along with a healthy does of caramel malt. A bit bitter at times but not really in any familiar hop sort. Just sort of a mildly astringent citrus kick. Finishes with a lightly chocolaty, hazelnut like bite that does linger for quite some time.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin and acidic with that strange astringent zing and very light carbonation. Not great.
Drinkability- I read a few of the recent reviews and I think they were a bit unfair to this brew. It's a nice nutty brown ale that really satisfies what I was looking for. Good drinkable brew that could be above average if it just had a little more body. Thanks again to Adam for his never ending generosity.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of mooseo
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark brown/mahogany with a small light tan head.

S - Toasted malt, hazelnut, caramel, and a hint of sweet chocolate.

T - Sweet toasted malt with a pleasant nuttiness throughout. Subtle dark chocolate and toffee. A touch of earthy hops on the finish, but not much. Burnt grains and nutty flavors linger in the mouth.

M - Light-medium body, creamy and relatively smooth going down. Mild carbonation, and perhaps a bit watery.

O - A decent nut brown, very easy to drink. The overall flavor is a tad too subtle and the hops are buried by the malt, but it's still a relatively tasty beer.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, red amber glow up to light, light coffee left alone. Decent head retains for most of the session, barely lacing. Aroma is faint, light hazelnut and milk chocolate; really have to dig in to retrieve it. The taste is soft, notes of chocolate, hazelnut, hint of light roast ending with a slight tang. Quite airy and conservative. Mouthfeel and drinkability remain positive due to the straight line this ale walks. Very English and not adventurous but satisfying nonetheless.

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Photo of cooter
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle which I paired with Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar. I promise not to let the cheese affect my review; I just love browns with cheddar. :)

Color is brown crossed with blood. Inch-high head decreased quickly to an even, bubbly, persistent quarter-inch head. Little lacing. First taste is earthy, sweet, and of berries. Malt dominates, with sugars and roasted flavors towards the back. Definitely some solid but muted caramel and very light chocolate flavors.

It may have been affected by travel and storage, but the mouthfeel, carbonation, body, and texture of the beer seem bruised. Dangerously close to (but not actually) syrupy, not enough bubbles, and thin in some unidentifiable sense. I remember enjoying the first bottles of this sixer a lot more than this one. Reminds me of the Czech lagers I had that tried to mimic a roasted ale's tastes. The chocolate does mix VERY well with the cheese, I'll say.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of cbl2
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Brown with hints of garnet; little to no head.

Smell:

Nutty and somewhat chocolatey.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Good malt characteristics, slightly nutty though not overtly. Little to no hops. Pleasant everyday brew, that I wish I had had more of while up in Ithaca for college...

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Photo of LucaBrasi
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well its been a while....

This one poured right out of the bottle-
Appears a midline brown but when held to the light lets red hues shine though.
The head was minimal and quickly dissipated into the beer leaving only a thin tan ring around my Rohrbach's pint glass. When sipped upon thin sheet of lacing would cling and quickly fade back into its small ring.
Smell is healthy like roasted nuts hints of chocolate or coffee beans.
Taste is bold flavorful and nutty with a nice aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth with small carbonated tingles.

Drinkablity is good, this is another great product from the brewery and would recommend it to anyone.

I've brought this beer to a few gatherings and all the people that have tried it have enjoyed it.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a plain ole 12 oz'er without much more than a basic brown clear hue, but I give credit that this is fairly dark mahogany topped with a decent khaki cap.

Scents are good for a brown with plenty of grainy oatmeal and cereal.

First swigs: Toasted malt to perfection. Really bold toasted grain like Farinq breakfast cereal. Pure grainy brown here. Some caramel meets the nutty flavor. Some buttery toffee notes round out this brown. Slight nutty linger to the finish.

Medium bodied, with plenty of standard carbonation.

Last swigs: Brown ales tend to be boring, IMHO but this one actually has some grainy oatmeal goodness. Tasty but still a brown. Thanks to IthacaBaron for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of jmalex
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of suspect
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a rugged burnt dark amber close to brown color. Sly little white head. Messy lace. The aroma takes on nutty to light chocolate maltiness. Big caramel / toffee tones and a clean earthy to grassy quality. The flavor leans nutty sweet with the chocolate, caramel and toffee notes combining sweetly. Sly crisp earthy, and malty aftertaste slyly moving into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Low carbonation feels good. Overall, nice English styled brown ale that I would have again.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should preface this by saying that I'm not a big fan of brown ales, and therefore perhaps not the best authority on them. The appearance was my favorite part of this beer -- brilliant, deep, dark, clear brown with some golden highlights at the edge of the glass. Also has a nice head. Very pretty. The nose is huge and grainy, with little complexity -- not very appetizing. Taste is malty and quite sweet, with just a bit of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and hearty, with lots of frothy carbonation. Quite easy drinking. I would imagine fans of brown ales would like this one.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ohoove
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown pepsi type look with average head and lacing . Instant smell of toffee and Worthers candies,nice. Mouthfeel was medium texture but did fizz on my tongue, was expecting more mellowness. Taste was of toffe and coffe a bit of chocolate and sweet but not overwhelming. Solid. Looking forward to more brown ales with summer winding down here in New England.

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Photo of stevehagy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of stegmakk
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was a deep brown with ruby highlights in the light. Unfortunately the head was very little and what was there went away quick and had very little to no lacing.
Aroma was of roasted chocolatey malt coffee.
Taste was full of roasted chocolatey coffe with not much aftertaste at all. Very clean and dry.
Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy.
Drinkability is high. Crisp taste. Goes down easy. I could drink a bunch of these.

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