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 | website

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:
439
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
18.18%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a cola color (brown/ruby pretty translucent around the edges) with a half finger head, minimal retention and no lacing.

Smell is not very strong- mostly dark malt and a little bittersweet chocolate and a little nutty.

Taste is consistent with smell- not too intense dark malt with a little bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is like a dry stout- medium bodied, a little watery, and nope actually no carbonation. I got a single bottle of this and I won't likely get it again.

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Photo of Edwaka01
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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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 mattbk
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of TerrenceOBrien
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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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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 Phelps
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A generous extra from inlimbo77, poured into my newcastle schooner.

Deep chestnut, almost completely opaque. The cream-colored head is about half an inch tall and fizzy, becoming a silky thin top layer within just a few seconds.

Nutty! The nose is a variety pack of peanuts, chestnuts, walnuts. Sweet wort and milk chocolate make up the other half of the aroma. Pretty fantastic.

The flavor is a more subdued, earthy version of the aroma. Nuts are softer, hops are bigger, and there’s a finish of tangy, dusty grain. Notes of milk chocolate linger in the background.

Carbonation is medium-high and pinching, bringing out just a bit of fizz. Body is velvety and medium. Mild bitterness.

Ithica’s Nut Brown isn’t a bad example of the style at all. Smells great but tastes just bit too tangy for me.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue. There's a 1/2" of brownish, thick, foamy head with decent retention. The nose has notes of caramel, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste nutty with notes of coffee and caramel. The coffee and roasted malts play a large role here. The nutty flavor is earthy and hangs around on the palate for quite a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a pretty good beer, but for the style the roasty, coffee-like notes are a little intense. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of sniper061
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap in a pint glass. The head on this beer was thin upon initial presentation and didn't really lace at all. With the first sniff of this brown ale I was very excited about the smell of molasses, coffe, and chocolate. I am not going to say that I didn't enjoy this beer but I will tell you from the first smell to the last drop I was left less than fulfilled. It lacked the body to back up the nose. This would be an okay beer to finish a night of drinking.

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Photo of Bellabananas
2.54/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Reddish tones, thin body with a head that dissipates quickly
S: Malty caramel tones, just as you would expect with a brown ale
T: Very thin in flavor, slight malt flavor and a bit of sweetness. After the nose the taste is a disappointment. Leaves a less than pleasant aftertaste
M: Very thin mouthfeel, just slides down your throat
O: Smells great but overall just a disappointment

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Photo of homebrew311
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received via trade with BriMaster56.

A: pours a slightly cloudy light brown, no head to speak of, appears rather lifeless in the glass

S: nose features healthy dose of roasted malts, mild caramel notes, no hops

T: taste is nothing like the nose promised, very thin and watery up front, muted ashy malts, bad balance, not quite as enjoyable as I had hoped

MF: very light body, mild carbonation

O: the nose is quite nice with this brew, but that's where it ends. The taste just doesn't add up, very bland.

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

Very small fizzy head dissipates almost instantly; leaving pretty much no lacing at all. Semi-opaque, reddish-brown color.

Nice nose full of dark malts, vaguely roasty and nutty. A hint of sweetness.

Taste follows the nose and is led by the dark malt, with a very subdued hops presence; extremely low bitterness. Lightly toasty and nutty with traces of caramel and maybe a little coffee in the finish.

Medium carbonation, fairly short and dry finish. Easy to drink, a nice brown, nothing earth-shattering but very pleasant on a cool fall evening in upstate New York.

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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 soju6
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that fades quickly and not real lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted nuts, abit of caramel and a soft sweetness.

T: Taste of mild nut and a bit caramel. There is a subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth and a bit creamy.

O: Nice casual beer for the style. Good for a couple.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Bought at the brewery last weekend. Deep dark brown/black... thin and whimpy tan head that disappears instantly and leaves no traces of lacing.

S- Roasted coffee, slight hints of cocoa, a mixed bag of roasted nuts. Nothing dramatic or fantastic, but pleasant none-the-less.

T- More black iced coffee than roasted nuts. A touch bitter but not overwhelming. Some roasty Macadamia nut/Walnut/Almond flavors shine thru as it warms up.

M- Kinda thin... a decent bitter-sweet blend. No carbonation to speak of. Lots of coffee flavor stands out and I do love a nice cup of coffee!

O- Certainly not a great brown ale by any means... worth a try for sure, but I've had way better. Nothing impressive here, a decent coffee/nutty taste.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer is slightly sweet and a little nutty. The taste of the beer is a little sweet up front that fades into a subtle toasted dry flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated and has a good drinkability to it. Overall this beer is well balanced and is easy enough to drink several in a sitting if you choose too.

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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 Arenbeer
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tumbler glass

Got straight from the brewery last week

Best by September

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of fluffy khaki head that sticks around.

S- Roasted malts and toast up front with slight notes of nuts, coffee, smoke.

T- Flavors real thin up front and kind of disappointing. The roasted malts and coffee flavors are most dominate with subtle chocolate and nuts.

M- Light watery thin body with moderate carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

Overall this beer to me tastes like you poured half the glass with beer and brought it to the sink and filled the rest with water. The body is very thin and the flavor is kind of washed out tasting. The smoke and roastiness is there but not enough.

SkÅL!

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Distinctly reddish burnt umber/dark chestnut that is quite clear with garnet highlights. Okay-size light tan head that settles fast and leaves just barely decent lace.

S: Roasty malts with chocolate & coffee notes. Faint touch of molasses / burnt sugar sweetness. Soft earthy nutty notes. Odd sort of spicy note. Edge of metallic sour note.

T: Thinner than aroma would hint. Hits the right notes, but lacks depth & substance. Sort of weak open of sweet malt, steely caramel, and almost extract nutty tones. Improves and becomes more rounded as darker roast notes malts appear, linger & grow - mostly chocolate, but also coffee and even burnt hints and a ghostly impression of dark fruits. End and finish have an overall malt chocolate – whoopers - impression. Barely noticeably balancing herbal hops.

M: A bit under medium body with firm but relaxed carbonation. Not much for dextrins. Semi-dry finish mostly from roasty grains.

D: A tad thin and clean. Not really watery, but at times it feels that it is leaning that direction. Needs more malt backbone – maybe with a nice toasty grain & biscuity flavor. Still it does grow on you and is not bad overall. I really do like the roastiness.

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Photo of jmpizzo
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass...

A - Reddish brown around the outside, deep brown inside

S - Immediately hit with a mild roast coffee smell, followed by a combo chestnut and caramel. Definitely my favorite part of the beer. Reminds me of a cool fall afternoon.

T - The coffee tones come racing through followed by a bitter sweetness. Smooth and enjoyable.

M - Thin with little to no carbonation or lacing.

O - It's a great nut brown. Definitely one worth trying if this is a style you enjoy.

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Photo of curasowa
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy and dark red, with 1 finger of head that fades to a thin cap.

Aroma: Deep roasted malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee and a slight smokiness.

Taste: Slightly thin upfront, but building to a huge malt finish. Very nutty with grain husk and roasted, almost burnt malt notes and just a hint of earthy hops. The finish is lingering with an astringent, nutty flavor.

The Rest: A decent nut brown that suffers from being just a touch too thin which is surprising given all of the malt flavor and aroma in this beer.

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Photo of NaLoGra
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tall frozen beer glass. Great 1 inch head, decent lacing.

A - Very dark brown - blackish look to it.

S - Smells awesomely like malt-chocolate, gives you a great preparation for what is to come when you take the first sip.

T - Wow. Great amounts of malt, caramel and chocolate to it. This yells premium brown ale.

M - Such a great smooth flavor to it, not too much carbonation...very light. Nice medium body to the taste of malts. Very balanced.

O - Fantastic beer. I'm a stout/porter lover, and this is right up my ally. Nut brown from Ithaca is a beer I will absolutely buy again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in an American pint glass)
best before April (it was)
A- This beer has a hazy glowing brown body with a sticky light beige head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The nutty toasted malt aroma has just the slightest hint of coffee roasted malt and a nice dry caramel malt nose in the finish.

T- This beer has a rich nutty dark toasted malt flavor with a touch of roasted malt blended in with some dark biscuit toasted notes also in there. The finish is a dry crisp finish with just a touch of grainy tartness which does not linger.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz that is just a bit to strong and scrubs away the finish.

O- This is a wonderful beer that really captures the nut brown malts and has so much depth that it makes me want to drink more and more. Great session beer and I can't imagine this on cask but I would love to try it. It seems like the bottle was gone before I even realized it.

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Photo of aepb1
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BA vapodge for letting me in on this one!

A- Deep brown body with a tan, airy head

S- Caramel and spice and a little hint of maltiness

T- Roasty caramel and coffee maltiness, sweet middle and a spicy finish

M- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

O- Not had such a big roasty presence in this style and I dig it

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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.
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