Nut Brown Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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82
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441 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:
441
Reviews:
217
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Photo of sabrills70
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a transparant brown/deep ruby color. Not much head but pretty good lace. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is of course roasted malt with coffee and chocolate tones but it also has a "fruityness" to it. I can't quite put my finger on it but its very unique. Adds another dimension to what would otherwise be an average brown ale. High carbonation. Leaves a nice roasted aftertaste on the sides of the tongue. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 generallee
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The month of March is notched out as a "BEST BEFORE" date and it was sampled in February.

Appearance: It has a hazy chestnut colored body with a light tan head on top. The head is thick and creamy, tall but slow fading to a thin covering that hangs on till the finish and makes for some slick lacing.

Smell: There is a big sweet nose on this one. Sweet caramel and rich bready notes fill the nose and hops add some light spice as well.

Taste/Palate: Up front there is a big sweet caramel and buttery presence with some light mineral and green leafy/herbal hop bitterness moving into the middle. The hop notes struggle to come though but sweet creamy caramel and bready maltiness now with a hint of roasted nuttiness dominates and leads into the finish. I am also getting some dark fruity notes like raison or overripe plum as well. On the palate it has a smooth silky texture with light carbonation and a sturdy medium body.

Notes: There is a lot of sweetness in this one but for me it just stayed on the good side of cloying.

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Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber lighter Porter-like color, creamy mocha-colored head, not much retention, but a good staying-put creaminess to the foam above the body.

Smell: Nuttiness, maple syrup sweetness, metallic bitterness, and dark roasted malts, which are highly prominent, which I like a lot.

Taste: A hint of maple sweetness, roasted malts, metalicness, and sharp citrus hop bitterness. More of a roasted malt presence, and almost lighter Porter-like, in taste than I'd have thought for the style.

Mouthfeel: A weird balance between a watery body and a late burst of unexpected, slightly raucous carbonation. Could be creamier, which would improve everything about the brew I'd imagine.

Drinkability: Not my favorite style in the world, but I like what they're doing with this and could easily drink a few, especially in the colder weather, as it seems like a good one for the upcoming fall since I'm now in New York.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Looks black, but when held to the light is actually brown.

S-Coffee and roasted malts

T-Starts with roasted malts and ends with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with no carbonation.

O-This beer starts well but seems to fall flat as you continue to drink it.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of pints of this at the Crowne Plaza’s State Street Pub in downtown Rochester.

The beer was served in a standard pint glass. It was a darkish brown with a beige head. There was some nice lace on the glass.

The nose is sweet with a bit of molasses with roasted grains.

The taste is a little sweet, a bit nutty and a hint of alcohol. I get some dark fruits later.

The mouth is just thick enough and the carbonation is a bit high. Mildly sessionable brown ale.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery in February, and has held up pretty well. Pours a hazy dark brown with red highlights not limited to the edge of the glass. A decent tan coloured head dissipates quickly with little lacing.

Impressive aroma of roasted dark malts, with espresso/coffee tones and even a hint of smoked oak. The flavour isn't as well balanced as I'd hoped, the toasted malt sweetness transitions rather abruptly into a bitter finish, with pleasant nuttiness in the aftertaste.`

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a thin head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell is toasted malt with a definite overtone of nuttiness. The taste starts off with a bit of citrusy hops that give way to some sweet toasted malt with some hazelnuttiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and slippery with a decent amount of carbonation. This is an interesting beer that frequently comes up in my rotation.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass.

L - chestnut brown color with a beige head that thinned to a ring.
S - chocolate malt and roasted nuts.
T - roasted nutty flavor upfront with a hint of chocolate and coffee tossed in.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D - easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely dark for a nut brown, almost opaque. Medium head. Smells sweet and malty with a touch of alcohol. Definitely on the sweet side, but maintains a fair balance. Rich malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Nuttiness shows up in the finish. What's weird to me is that the alcohol comes through strongly and is somewhat harsh. Not expected from a lower ABV. Would have thought it was nearer 8% or so. Thinnish body, also unexpected when considering the dark appearance. Overall pretty good and drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. best before FEB notched on the side of the label.

pours out a fairly clear brown color, reddish hues in the light. looks like cola. one finger of fizzy light tan colored head that faded in less than a minute to a ring, and then absolutly nothing.

lots of nice lightly roasted malt in the aroma. behind that theres some chocolate, coffee, caramel, and light fruits. just a hint metallic.

not as enjoyable as the aroma, but still decent. metallic with some slight mineral notes. lightly roasted malt, bits of chocolate and coffee. dry finish with a decent amount of herbal bitterness. a little acidic.

light bodied, a bit overcarbonated and sparkly on the tongue. bitterness lingers.

very easy to drink and quite sessionable. overall, a pretty average nut brown, the best part of this for me was the aroma.

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Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color, fairly light, small to average tan head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a light roasted malt, a nice nutty scent, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is of roasted chestnuts, brown bread malt, and a touch of metal and lemon. The feel is rather light and watery for the style, fizzy carbonation, finishes fairly balanced. A nice tasting brown ale, good nut flavors. The appearance and feel are a bit subpar. Overall a decent English Brown Ale, nice nut presence.

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Photo of wailingwench
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: Transparent brown with garnet red edges. Thick, pillowy, off white 2 finger head. Vanished quickly. Some retention on edges. Zero lacing.

The Nose Kows: Slight dark fruit up front, light sweet malts, hazelnut, and cocoa middle, finishes with a touch of sweet fruit and underlying hop.

Tongueland: Sweet, rich nut-like malts with hint of coffee and cocoa. Fruits beg to come out. Almost cloying, finishes brown sugar sweet with intermixed hazelnut. Creamy smooth, yet somehow slightly thin.

Bender Factor: Another sweet session brew from Ithaca. Interesting that the smell is so complex and the mouth is so intermixed. Perhaps some smoothing out in needed? I truly enjoy their sampler pack now it's available here in the B'lo. Looking forward to a long awaited trip to Ithaca Brewing.

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Photo of Phil_D_Growler
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jslot38
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 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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Photo of deapokid
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 8/27/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Opens with a huge tuft of cocoa brown foam, which fizzles down to a thin ring of white suds. Body is cola brown with deep reddish notes when held to light.

Whiffs of caramel, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, anise, licorice and other dessert flavors tickle the nostril. It manages to be light and unconfrontational, despite all the big aromas on display.

Flavor is dry, showing off coffee bean and leather up front, followed by a sweet caramel, a little pipe tobacco and a Dr. Pepper-esque conclusion. I'm also catching a mild plum sweetness on the backend.

The mouth is smooth at the opening, followed by a dry and sizzly conclusion. A mild espresso bitterness hits the back of the tongue, making for a nice diversification of flavors.

I was certainly impressed with this underrated entry into the brown ale category. It's complex and drinkable, making for one of the best of type available in my childhood stomping grounds of Central New York.

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