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Nut Brown Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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3.59/5
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442 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#37,938
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
442
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
3.37
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
34
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 442 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of squack
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of hwwty4
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwc215 for the chance to try this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a pale, translucent brown with a slight beige cap that quickly disappears and leaves just a little bit of lacing. The aroma is a bit of a let down. Honestly is smells watery. There is a slight toasted grain aroma mixed with just a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder and a hint of cola. Not much nuttiness or bready aspects involved. Really the cocoa powder is the, I use this term loosely, dominant aroma. The flavor is much the same. Unsweetened cocoa powder, just a slight nuttiness, and toasted grains. Due to a rather thin body for the beer, the toasted grains give just a slight astringency to it that's noticeable on the finish. The mouthfeel, as stated before, is rather thin with a medium carbonation. This is an OK nut brown, more on the light brown side of things.

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Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BodiesLexus
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Handsome looking beer. It's a dark amber hue with a one-inch off-white head. Holding it up to the light reveals some reddishness, and it's clear. It looks like an inviting brown ale.

Aroma: It smells of roasted malt and nuts. The maltiness and nuttiness are equal. It's not super strong on the nose, and alcohol is very faint. It's mild.

Taste: Now this is a tasty beer. The nuttiness is right up front and there's some enjoyable toffee notes. It's very smooth, and very easy to drink. The finish is good. On the whole, it's malty and mild, with a strong nutty character. Pretty great; pairs well with chocolate, and I could see it going well with some roasted vegetables or a burger.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking. There's nothing off-putting about the experience of drinking this.

Overall: Terrific brown ale. I got this in a mixed six and would get a full six pack for sure. The perfect beer for a chilly autumn or winter night.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of fscottkey
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.25] Nice dark brown color with lots of red hues. The head is 1 finger of off white small bubbles. The head recedes pretty quickly. The bottle has a clear brewed date (12/30/15). There is no ABV listing (it is 5.4% - I had to look it up)

S: [3.75] Chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, earthy malts and mild smoke.

T: [3.25] Nutty flavor up front like hazelnuts then cocoa. There is also a bit of smoke on the finish here.

M: [3.00] This is a bit watery. The carbonation level is pretty low which adds to the watery feeling. The finish is a little dry from the smoke flavor.

O: [3.25] This is a drinkable beer and is probably a middle of the road Brown Ale. The nose was really nice. The flavor was a bit less complex but was still ok. The body is a bit weak and could use some additional oomph. Last complaint No ABV? C'mon, usually I just pass on a beer with no date or ABV. Get it on there!

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Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Risser09
4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by dec. 2009

Appearance: Pours a brown color, transparent, with orange edges and 2.5" light tan head. It shows good retention, with it's pancake-like bubbles. Very little lace.

Smell: Strong oatmeal/wheatena/brown sugar aroma is deep and roasted. Pecan, walnut, split hardwood, almond and even some dried pipe tobacco. Nice.

Taste: Roasted flavor of corn flakes, golden grahams and freshly made granola. Almond and walnut oils truly are silky and mouth-coating. A roasty/hoppy bitterness dries out the finish. This is an excellent flavor for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Butty, roasty, malty flavors reside within a medium body, with a perfect sugar content. Smooth, with a little bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: I really, really like this beer. The malty and roasted flavors make this an excellent drinker with plenty of flavor. I will seek this out again.

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Photo of TonyY
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasty. The smell is of coffee and chocolate and the head barely makes it to half an inch. It pours a really nice dark brown amber color. The taste is greatttt. I noticed chocolate flavors and nutty malts. Also a little coffee. It is smooth and syrupy while at the same time a tad watery. Im not really picking up the fruityness that the others are but this is really sweet. Anyways in my opinion this is so much better than a Newcastle plus you don't get that nasty English Sewege smell.

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Photo of SteveB24
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of bigdeuce
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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 matty
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is cocoa and nuts.Taste is chocolate,club soda and nuts.The taste is kind of watery and a bit weak.This is a slightly above average beer which probably will not wow anybody.It's probably nice to try once but there is no need to try two.

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

L: Clear, dark brown with a foamy tan head.

S: Caramel, darkly toasted brown bread, molasses, milk chocolate, peanuts, earth.

T: Caramel, toasted brown bread, peanut brittle, milk chocolate, almonds, peanuts, and earth. Finishes slightly sweet, but with a very subtle lingering earthy bitterness.

F: Smooth and creamy upfront, a bit watery near the finish, but ends flavorfully. Carbonation is medium and perfectly appropriate.

O: A solid brown ale. Satisfying.

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Photo of throwback
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Evarigan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Wortman1998
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 beermanbrian
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cola brown color with just a tint of red around the edges. Tan head that dissapears instantly. No lacing to speak of. Faint cocoa smell and not really anything else. Taste of cocoa, toasted maltyness and a faintly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, also is a little flat on the carbonation side. Nothing special with this one and I wouldn't really recomend it.

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Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of scaliasux
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Dark brown, a hint of red. Appears clear. Virtually no head.

Smell - Moderately strong dark malt aroma. Chocolate, coffee, hazelnut.

Taste - Principally dark malt. Chocolate and hazelnut. Touch of burnt toast. Kind of watery. A little lemony hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Not awful, just not a stand out. Tends toward the quaffable.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown with light beige head without much R or L. Smells of herbal rum molasses with dark bittersweet chocolate. acidic roastiness. some A1 steak sauce. Flavor is a quick splash or roasted nuts that has flashes of coffee. Thin feel with medium carbonation, but pretty good.

Strange that the flavor could be so simple when the aroma was rather complex. A very nice beer that did not blow me away, but one that pleased me. Quaffable.

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Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 442 ratings
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