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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Ratings: 443 |  Reviews: 218
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Edwaka01
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint.

A - Dark brown. Garnet hues shining through when held to light. No head worth talking about, lacing on top of beer though.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, vanilla.

T - Coffee, toffee, roasted malts, hazlenut?, vanilla.

M - Full bodied, nothing special here.

O - One of the first craft beers I ever loved, so I'll always have a soft spot for this one, no matter how many better beers I try. All biases aside, this is still awesome.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

This is overall a very nice English brown ale! I got this bottle a few weeks ago in a trade.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks good, nice darkbrown fluid with a decent head. Nice carbonation and hardly no lacing.

Smell of coffee and dito coffee taste. I also thought that there were some hazelnuts in this beer. Soft sweet.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of modernartblues
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of mattbk
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks sort of thin, head disspiates quickly. The color is a very deep brown.
S: I really like this aroma. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, hazelnut. It's like a chocolate coffee.
T: Same in the flavor, with some bready sweetness to round it out. The sweetness is mild and balances the other flavors well.
M: This beer falls down a bit when it comes to mouthfeel. It should be quite a bit fuller I feel. The light body makes the finish very short. I'd like the taste to hang around my tongue a bit longer. The carbonation is appropriate.
O: I do like this beer quite a bit from a taste perspective. It's also very drinkable, half the beer is gone in a flash. But, while it is very good... it could have been great.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of TerrenceOBrien
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The dark almost porter-like appearance, along with the hints of coffee on the nose lead you to believe this will be a much heavier and stronger brew than it is. The very thin head should have been a dead give away that this would have a very light mouth feel. Overall it was very malty and I found it to be heavily carbonated. Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but nothing to write home about either. There are light notes of chocolate -- primarily in the aftertaste -- but they're easily lost in what is an overwhelmingly grainy and molasses-y flavor.

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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 443 ratings
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