Nut Brown Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

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

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Photo of LucaBrasi
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, with some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of toffee/caramel, slight bitterness/dryness in the finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brown ale, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style but really dug this beer. Poured a dark watery brown in color with a thick white head that evaporated quickly. Nose is malty and slightly earthy.

Flavor is malty sweet with a nice pungent peat flavor that lingers on the palate. Also picking out some nuts. Definitely hazelnut and something else my wife throws on salads--pecans I think. Medium body that is perhaps a touch watery. Perhaps a bit high in ABV but this would make a nice session beer.

Thanks to beertruth for this bottle.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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 jdg204
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a Beer of the Season Club my boss signed me up for as a thanks for a great year last year (great boss!). This was one of my first 4 and it was a great start.

Appearance - Beautiful mahogany color which radiates all that is nearby, topped off with a nice off-white head.

Smell - First sign of the sweetness, nice caramel and roasted nut odors do emerge.

Taste - Very nice roasted malts makes this feel like a darker beer than the style usually is. Caramel and nutty undertone make a very nice combo. I'd give it a higher score but the sweetness gets a bit overwhelming in the middle.

Mouthfeel - Consistency is pretty good but the sweetness really numbs the mouth a bit inhibiting enjoying the fine roasted flavors.

Drinkability - Definetly a worthy Brown Ale, and I one I can say I very much enjoyed despite not being the style's biggest fan (I'm coming around though). Prob a bit too sweet, but better than ending up on the other end of the spectrum. I'll give this the thumbs up and recco it if you're looking for a good Brown brew.

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Photo of ericj551
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ithaca Nut Brown Pours a deep red/brown with a wispy head. Aroma is grainy, almost sour and slightly astringent Taste is sweet lightly toasted malts with a rounded bitterness. Some nutty flavor as well, but that might be just because of the suggestion. Not bad overall.

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Photo of jslot38
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, new bottle.

Appearance: Very Dark Brown with a top covering off white head. Limited transparency, a very dark oak color.

Smell: Not much going on here. Toasted oats and rye and thats about it.

Taste: Pretty nutty, biscuity, not much of a hops present.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Easily the best part of the beer, goes down nice and smooth with a good level of carbonation. I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown color. More dark than most Nut Brown beers. Smaller size tan head that really doesn't last. Smell is a typical brown ale. Nice malt backbone with something chalky coming through.

Finally a bottle of brown ale that doesn't taste like butter. Taste is crisp and clean. Nutty and malty that is mostly sweet. Very little hops or any kind of bitterness exist. Aftertaste seems to last and last for a good 20 seconds.

With the exception of some brew pub browns, this is one of the best I have had. It isn't my favorite style but this one is good. This came in a mixed 12 pack but I would almost by it on it's own.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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 bigone4
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date to be found. No real head retention but it had a decent tan off-white color when it first was poured. No real lacing present. Smells of roasted malts and a slight chocolate scent in the back ground. Hints of toffee sweetness and maybe some caramel tones. The taste is smooth and malty with a sweet caramel aftertaste. The flavor had a touch of roasted malt flavor. Some chocolate tones were detected. Not a very full bodied beer, I found it to be rather thin. It is smooth and drinkable no real outstanding notes. It was enjoyable but not my favorite brown ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Soda pop Sweet brown, not my type of beer. Above average carbonation. Tiny wisp of a head. Nutty aroma. They advertise, and I get only a minimum of:chocolate malt, caramel malt, and four other malts , and hints of coffee. Northdown and Fuggles hops, but I do not get much hops.

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Photo of Bkuz
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

I drank this about 2 weeks ago and after seeing that it was not rated a 4+ I felt compelled to write my own review.

Very tasty beer had one with my steak dinner and man did it add a lot to my meal. Dark coffee color, can not remember exactly but I do not recall head or lace.

Smell was a bit nuttier than I thought it was going to be. Could also pick up coffee and coco a bit sweeter than I thought.

Taste was very good. I wouldn't call it complex because my mouth was over taken by nut, the coffee to me was not as heavy as most porters. Roasted nut could sum this up for me.

Also was a bit lighter on the tounge that most porters. Very drinkable, great with flame cooked meat.

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Photo of shamrock7
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with roasted nuts, caramel, dark malts, some chocolate and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is smoky and malty, with flavors of nuts, caramel and chocolate. There’s a little bit of hops in there. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet. This one certainly put the “nut” in “nut brown”.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, this is easily the second best beer in Ithaca’s mix 12-pack behind Cascazilla and one of the better beers that I’ve had in the style.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a clear, ruby brown with minimal amounts of head and lacing. The nose is sweet, with notes of chocolate, malt, and a slight bready-ness. The flavor is classic brown ale: sweetish, with cocoa, coffee, caramel, and a slightly bitter nutty finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light, and drinkability is high.

Overall, a good brown ale; not the best, but good nonetheless. Also nice that it is from NYS.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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 oberon
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mammoser's here in Hamburg,poured a medium chesnut brown with a tight but thinner slight off white head.Mild aromas a touch of roastiness and hints of cocoa mainly,basic brown flavors somewhat roasted with a faint cocoa flavor that lingers nicely fo a bit and rather food friendly it went well with some bbq grilled wings.A basic but flavorful brown ale and it warmed me up a bit wich is always a plus.

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Photo of Hefe
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 12pk sampler picked up at Wegmans in Syracuse. Medium gold brown brew with an off white head. Aroma off sweet malt, and plummy fruit. Taste is nice and balanced, with malt flavors, plum, apricot, and lightly floral hops bringing up the rear. Nice medium body, with a slightly sweet finish. Well made and a solid brew.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown color with sparse off-white head.
Smell is a nice combination of chocolate, roasted malt and over-ripe fruit.
Taste also shows a dark fruitiness, along with some coffee and chocolate notes.
Rich and full in mouth with a nice nutty finish. A opleasant mild bitterness also begins to show through as the beer slowly warms.
Nice beer with good drinkability. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an easy drinking beer with tasty toasted and cocoa flavors. Amora of light chocolate malts and grain. Just a good, quality English brown. Nothing amazing, but a great session beer. Sure beats the pants off of Newcastle. If you're really into the syle, give it a try, otherwise dont worry.

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Photo of Kendo
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, a somewhat aggressive pour yielded a brown ale with mahogany hues when held up to the light and a small off-white head that disappeared immediately, leaving no lacing. Some sediment "floaties" but almost no apparent carbonation.

Smelled of sweet malt: caramel, brown sugar and hazelnut came to mind.

Tasted similar to the nose -- the caramel malts dominate, with a hint of burnt sugar, caramel and hazelnut. No hops present up front, but a slight bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip. It finishes surprisingly clean and dry, however, given the prevailing sweetness otherwise.

The mouthfeel is an enigma. On the one hand the body seems watery and thin, like the kind of tea you'd get if you soaked the tea bag in 24 oz of hot water instead of just 8 oz. On the other hand, it really does finish very dry and clean for a sweet brown ale, and I attribute that to an appropriate level of carbonation -- even if no bubbles are apparent. Not sure whether to give it a 3 or a 3.5 . . . I'll err on the side of being generous and make it a 3.5.

As for drinkability: it's not a bad brown ale at all. The nice finish and sweet malt flavors save it from its watery thinness, but as a fairly light-bodied beer, I think it's pretty drinkable overall.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of kkosmoski
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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 LarryV
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a disappointing head. Malty aroma with hints of molasses and caramel. Taste is robust with a big malt backbone, strong hints of molasses and overtones of caramel and chocolate. Not overly sweet, rather nicely balanced. Medium bodied mouthfeel with slightly agressive carbonation.

Seems like a well done version and one of the better nut browns that I've tried. Pretty easy to toss a few of these back.

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Photo of JMD71
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A medium pour results in a solid head of tight bubbles. 1/2 finger of head remains for a few minutes. Deep caramel brown color with only traces of light permeating.

Aroma: Pwerful Hazlenut,caramel & even chocolate noted in the aroma. Definitely nutty aroma dominant. Sweet with no hop profile detected.

Taste: Rich, flavorful brown ale. Caramel malts contribute to sweet, nutty flavor. Nutty aroma comes through in the flavor as well. Slight bitterness in the middle & finish makes it very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation makes this refreshing. Crish & clean on the palette.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Very smooth & refreshing. Not overly heavy on the palette & not cloying at all.

Comments: I truly enjoed this, my first sample of Ithaca's lineup. Very full flavored without being too heavy or cloying. Very nicely balanced. Look out for this brown ale. Its worth it!

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