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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
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
440
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
18.18%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 440
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown, slightly malty looking head was roughly 1/2" came off a light tan.

Smell: smells off light coffee, not as strong as I would expect but definitely worth inhaling.

Taste: light coffee, slight chocolate. Easy to drink and very easy to love.

Mouth: medium carbonation might be heavy to some. Backwash of the taste if pretty evident.

Overall: one of my better favorites already when it comes to the brown ale category. I would say my 3rd favorite...might be a go to in almost any occasion, hope you enjoy....Cheers to all!

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Photo of JMD71
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of far333
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruby-chestnut colo with a beige retiring head. Inviting aroma of sweet toasted malt and some hops. flavor is surprisingly smokey upfront, some toasted malt and resinous powdered cocoa, charred bark, and faint hints of honey and maple syrup. mouthfeel is smooth but somewhat tannic, moderately carbed. Surprised by the smoke in a nut brown, but it's a decent drinkable beer.

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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 TrickKnee
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As nut browns go I feel this is on top of the list. With most of the Nuttys I have had this one is not to seet and has great mouthfeel. It is actually one of the smoothest beers i have ever had. Dont know if I could sit down and drink a lot of them in one sitting but still very very good.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with less than a finger of head. The nose is nicely nutty. The flavor is bready with a touch of caramel. The finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with reddish highlights. Thin off-white head, lacking retention. Moderately toasty caramel malty nose. Berry fruity esters very light, in background. Milk chocolate. Moderate bitterness. Caramel nips and toast continue through into palette. Butterscotch background. Short, dry finish. Medium bodied with a moderate/moderate high carbonation.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A rusty brown, almost auburn, really. Head is a little cola-like... fizzy and doesn't last long, leaving a little trim of lace.

S: Lightly salted mixed nuts and toasted malts... a nice little blend of nutty aromas - peanut, hazelnut, almond, cashew... literally like a tin of mixed nuts.

T: Taste is similar to the flavour with a little hoppy touch added for good measure - kinda citrusy. Almond-like nuttiness with a little sweet touch.

M + D: A little sting on the front before smoothing out slightly with a somewhat oily body. The carbonation doesn't even totally mellow out, though, and continues to have some bite all the way down. I find this to be a pretty pleasant, and very approachable nut brown. Maybe not the best of the nut browns I've had, but a solid choice and one I'd happily go back to without hesitation.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried this as part of a sample pack. Not disappointed.

Look: A darker beer, but slightly reddish and clearer around the edges. Bubbly head, dissipates quickly.

Smell: Malt, walnuts, light coffee.

Taste: Same as the smell. Malt, walnuts, and light coffee. Almost a chocolate, but not quite.

Feel: Smoother than most ales. Not a lot to it but more substantial than I expected.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. Some darker ales tend to be in between two worlds; not quite porter but not quite the typical ale either. This one splits it just right, bringing the freshness of an ale with hints of the darker flavors of a porter.

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

One finger tan head and a nice brown body.The head falls to a tan patch.

Nice notes,malty and nutty.Smells very inviting.Very nice on a cool day.

Nutty and malty,taste very nice.Very enjoyable.The malt is bready.

Perfect carbonation and very smooth and easy going down.Creamy to a point.

Great beer and very nice.I would love this on cask.The abv is great also making this a great session beer.

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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 CharlesRiver
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 almychristopher
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just finishing off this nut brown with the label on upside down for some reason, and thought i should mention it... actually I'll give you points on the appearance for that... but with the dark color, nice highlights, and bit of tan head that's quickly sinking away... the aroma is chocolate roasted goodness, the taste is malty with hint of nut in the dry finish. the mouthfeel is a bit light, but then it's a brown, so good for you. good co2, a pretty good drinker.

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Photo of moester13
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour with minimal head, heavy carbonation with audible foaming.

S: Spicy orange, nutty aroma with slight flowery background.

T: Nutty malt bitterness upfront, small hint of chocolate. Citrussy hop finish with a dark lingering bitterness. Alcohol gives a mild bite.

M: Light to medium bodied drink, vigorous carbonation

D: Thought this beer had a Dunkel-y sweetness to it, which I don't necessarily look for. But it's a decent fall beer, you could easily drink a few.

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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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I came home today to find a nice package from beertruth which included this as an extra. To my suprise I also found that my dog was not doing too good.

Well I just got back from the emergency vet where I had to put him down. Seems as though a tumor in his stomach exploded.

For my brown friend I decided to drink a brown ale to remember him.

A: Pours a dark nutty brown hue with a nice creamy tan head. Nice retention and lace.

S: Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and lots of roasted malt.

T: Nutty toffee, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Nice roasty quality as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.

D: Good, enjoy sipping this one as I remember my old friend.

Cheers, Dexter. We loved you and will miss you my big brown long eared friend!

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

Poured very dark brown with an average light brown head. Aroma of nuts and coco. Taste starts off with some unsweetened chocolate and a bit of earthy hops. Nuttty malt kicks in next. A good deal of hazelnut was noticeable. Solid flavor profile, well balanced, good nut flavor. Nice, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown with moderate carbonation. Off-white head that diminished pretty quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Very nice roasted aroma. Hints of caramel.

Taste: Moderate bitterness with a slight sweetness that pops up in the finish. Nice roasted malt flavor. Hints of caramel, chocolate, and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that was dry but left a creamy feel. The carbonation was lively.

Overall: Disappointing head, but I loved the aroma and flavor, and found it to be very refreshing. Wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of jdg204
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into fluted pint glass, nice dark solid brown, with hints of amber on the edges of the glass; nice tan head, but it dissipates quickly.

Smell is feint, light caramely malt, hint of roasted/nuttiness. Light floral contribution from the hops.

Taste is a somewhat biting twang of malt sweetness, flavors range from roasted, coffee types to sweeter caramel. Lightly lingering nutty type flavor.

Mouthfeel is balanced, good carbonation and flavors throughout, a touch on the cloying sweet side.

Overall, nicely nut brown ale, flavors are all there and balance well together.

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Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dating notched onto the label, but come on, if you only have notches for months and nothing about the friggin' year, what good is that ?!? Pours pretty typical brownish amber, typical dark tan head/ring/minor lace. Mostly some bread and also chocolate in the nose. Pleasant enough, chocolaty brown. Easy going sessioner, worked pretty well in a marinade of some chicken. Enjoyable, balanced brown. I like. Decent beer to turn on some newbies with.

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Photo of modernartblues
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip from Bottle
Purchased From Brewery 01.16.12

A: pours a coffee colored body, appears darker, closer to black in glass, head quickly recedes, not much lacing

S: roasty, maybe hints of coffee, nothing earth shattering, but pleasant

T: follows the nose, some roast and a touch of malt sweetness, not getting much nutty out of it, doesn't quite nail the style (seems more portery rather than a true nut brown), but I am enjoying it.

M: nice, smooth, plenty of carbonation, which is needed for this sort of light bodied beer

O: pretty good, would purchase again. nothing earth shattering here, but solid beer from a solid brewery

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque colour. Not much head or lacing. Tastes of dark chocolate and nuts, and some coffee. Very nicely mixed. A bit of wateryness, but not much. A bit thin on the body but very easy to drink. It will be purchased again, probably for the fall!

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 10/1/10*

Poured into a clear pint glass, this ale has a dark brown, translucent body with a finger of tan head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing. A nice aroma consisting of roasted nuts and sweet malts. It has a real nutty taste to it, walnuts / hazelnuts / almonds. I also get some dark chocolate hints with the toffee-like sweetness that rounds out this Brown Ale. It is a bit thin in the mouth, but has nice carbonation for the style and is easy drinking.

**I used a bottle of this for a couple red meat marinades, and worked out well there too.**

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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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