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 DmanGTR
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: the bottle I had expired a month ago so I will re-review this again the next time I have the chance

A - poured deep transparent brown with 1/2" tan head that disappeared soon after. Very little, if any, lacing

S - malty, bready, slightly nutty, and some dark chocolatey tones

T - coffee, roasted malts, very light hops. Somewhat nutty but the flavor on the whole seemed very washed down. Clean finish

M - light bodied, medium/heavy carbonation

D - decent drinkability, it is well carbonated and has the potential to be quite flavorful

Overall - This particular batch, like I said, was expired last month, although I don't know how much one month's difference will affect the taste. It tastes rather washed down but has lots of potential. Hopefully my next tasting of this beer will be better.

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Photo of galante27
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pouring reveals a dark, dark amber color, with good head retention.

S-Aroma is sweet with some nutty tones.

T- caramel malts, a bit bready. Somewhat sweet. Touch of coffee, dry dark chocolate in the finish.

M-Smooth.

D-This is a drinker, tasty and enjoyable.

Recommended!!

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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 Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dark brown with copper highlights; not quite opaque, but pretty hard to see through. Quarter inch off-white head thinned into a consistent skim of foam. Generous watery lacing with some spotty adherence. Scent of malt and slightly nutty, but fruity esters are also detectable (reminded me of a belgian-style brew for some reason) in the nose. More flavors of malt; caramel flavoring is now pronounced, with a touch of sweet nutty goodness. Slightly effervescent mouthfeel makes this a very good session brown.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as variety pack from Westy's in Mechanicsburg, PA.

A- dark yet very clear

T- enticing and flavorful

M-it had the feel of pure beer in my mouth and i loved it.

D-six pack of this beer would be nice if there wasnt any other good brews.

O- i like the brews that Ithaca has and this is a good buy in my case.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 2 oz. sample poured from the tap at the brewery into a glass tasting glass (much better than the plastic cups that some breweries use). Pours a medium amber color with a white head which dissipates. Minimal to no lacing. Aroma of hazlenut and roasted barley. Flavor of roasted barley, malt sweetness with the hazlenut and hop flavors coming through in the finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel and a slight malt sweetness lead to a decent drinkability.

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Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown color with a a short light caramel colored head. The aroma is of sweet caramel and some nut flavors. The taste is just that. A sweet malty base with tones of caramel and some nice nut flavoring. It is has a nice smooth feel and it isn't over or under carbonated. I could drink alot of these if I were so inclined which makes this beer pretty drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but very dark ruby with no head. Nose is subdued. Just barely a touch of nut, but not much else really going on. Flavor is nutty, but oddly sweet at the same time. There isn’t much going on with that either. Unfortunately. Feel is kind of thick with a slight syrupy feel. When it first hit my mouth, my genera; reaction was - ick. Drinkable I guess. Could be sessionable. But overall it is pretty boring and leaves a bit to be desired.

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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 ffejherb
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into stein on 11/14/07. Best by date: Dec. 2007.

A - Deep brown with chestnut hues and small, beige head. Modest carbonation. Not much head retention and virtually no lacing.

S - Nutty malt aroma with traces of coffee and sweet caramel. Not much happening in the hops department.

T - First sips reveal caramel and roasted nuts, followed later by a slightly bitter coffee aspect and dark chocolate.

M - Creamy texture overall, though mildly prickly on the tongue and a tad bit thin on the palate. Not as bold or chewy as other nut brown ales I've had in the past.

D - The low alcohol and low hop bitterness make this easily drinkable. Would go well with a bowl of beef stew in the autumn months.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark Ruby Red. Not much head, dissipated rather quickly.

S - Malty with a hint of citrus.

T - Reminiscent of a spiced belgian. More flavorful than other nut browns I've had. Complex flavors, just a hint of citrus.

M - Very carbonated. Enjoyable.

D - Very drinkable. With the 5% abv could be a great session beer.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent, excellent, excelllent english brown ale! Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a thin foamy head. Considerable lacing on the glass. Taste is beautiful, with a chocolate, mocha coffee dominance. Sweet and JUST enough of a bitter kick to it. Can't say enough good things about this one.

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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 garbercury
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Pepsi like, not much head. Deep brown, nothing spectacular.
S--Nutty smell, not bad
T--Nutty flavor, malty
MF--beer, not very carbonated, almost a little flat.
D--I would not go out of my way to drink this beer, its ok but nothing to write home about. Certainly not a bad beer and worth a try if you are curious.

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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 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 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 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 beermanbrian
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cola brown color with just a tint of red around the edges. Tan head that dissapears instantly. No lacing to speak of. Faint cocoa smell and not really anything else. Taste of cocoa, toasted maltyness and a faintly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, also is a little flat on the carbonation side. Nothing special with this one and I wouldn't really recomend it.

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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 tugdriver7
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beige head that dies too quickly for my tastes. Light slippery lace. Nice reddish brown color, quite clear.

Excellent chocolate aromas. No hop smells, but smells great regardless.

Pleasant dark malt tastes, although the chocolate is far more muted here. The body is very good for the style. Hop bitterness shows up on the swallow.

This is an easily consumed ale. Very flavorful and aromatic--a beautiful brown.

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Photo of charlesw
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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...

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Photo of zdk9
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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