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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 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 Lepley
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from a variety pack.

A: Pours reddish-brown, almost maroon in color. Little to head head even after a relatively aggressive poor.
S: Sweet, malty, fruity.
T: Sweet like light fruits, berries, peach, malty, light bitterness.
M: Light and smooth.
D: THis beer is ok. It feels so light that you could probably drink a lot of them, but there are better brown ales.

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

6-pack from Beverage Mart on NY 66. Best before October (2010, I hope!).

Fond memories of this brew from my college days inspired this purchase.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a decent head. Malty, chocolatey scent. Decent head but almost no lacing. No overpowering flavors here, really kind of hard to pull anything out to be frank. Maybe I'm coming down with something?

It's not unpleasant, but there doesn't seem to be too much going on here. Easy to drink, though.

Ithaca has better offerings for sure.

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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 Why-P-A
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice solid brown color, nor overly red or black with minimal cloudiness.

S: Caramel and sweet grain notes which are similar to of aromas generated during the mashing process.

T: The main component of this beer is the malts as it should be. This beer trends toward the sweeter side with a very minimal bitter finish which could come from either bittering hops or the darker malts, likely the later.

M: Very light in body and mouthfeel, which combined with the average ABV makes this especially smooth and easy to drink.

O: This was one of the 4 original beers offered by Ithaca beer. No outstanding qualities but a solid brown ale. Hard to find on tap but readily available in bottles in the Northeast.

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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 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 Buckeyes67
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Nut Brown and very easy to drink. It has a nice dark color to it with an off white head. It has a plesant nutty taste with a good aroma to the beer. It sits lightly on the palate and goes down smoothly. I will compare this to Indian Brown Ale by DogFish Head and Nut Brown Ale of RoosterFish brewing. In order I would drink RoosterFish, Indian Brown Ale, then Ithaca. Its a good beer and not to far behind the other two.

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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 stxp
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: cloudy brown, no head, un-carbonated looking, no lace, slightly flat?

smell: toasty biscuit, nutty, slight alcohol, bready

taste: slight roast, not overpowering, slight burnt, very bready malty, undetectable bitterness

mouthfeel: thin, gets a bit creamy on the end, not thick like the style, sloghtly oily

overall: great malty toasty taste with a touch of roast, easy to drink, goes down smooth, mine was very flat

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Photo of shamrock7
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be a very tasty brown ale. It pours to a rich deep dark brown color with a small, but nice head. It has a very pleasing coffee/mocha aroma. The taste is a mix of roasted chocolate with a nutty/coffee finish. It has a nice light mouthfeel - not what you would expect given it’s appearance and strong smell. It goes down surprisingly well.

It’s also a beer that can compliment a nice grilled steak – which is always a plus.

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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 katdaddy210
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at RoguesHarbor in Landsing. Served in a typical pint serving tumbler. When it came to my table, it had a dull off white ,flat head. It was a dark ruby/brown color held up to the light. The head quickly faded and with little fanfare. Not much lacing. It had a nice malt smell, a great start. Not much of a bitter hint to it at all, although not much of a nut flavor (not like a Troegs nut brown) Hops were toned down nicely. It had a delightful semi-creamy mouthfeel and went down way to easy. Although,at this point there wasn't much carbonation left. Don't know if it was the tap system or the brew itself. Overall, I would have another, and am excited to try one out of the bottle this weekend. A nice,yet uneventful product.

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Photo of largecar73
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an Ithaca Beer Co. variety pack that included the Apricot Wheat, Pale Ale, Cascazilla Red Ale, and this Nut Brown Ale. 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Got a one finger head after a decent pour. Lacing is sparse. Nice dark brown color with a touch of amber around the edges.

S: I'm picking up some roasted malt, chocolate, and some toffee

T: More of the same of what I got in the nose. Also some nuts, and a little bit of dark fruits. The finish is a little watery which is slightly unpleasant.

M: Thin mouthfeel with about the right amount of carbonation.

D: I could drink a few of these and the 5% ABV is right on for a session.

There are better Nut Browns out there, but there are also a lot worse. I would pick this up again if in the mood for the style.

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Photo of galante27
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pouring reveals a dark, dark amber color, with good head retention.

S-Aroma is sweet with some nutty tones.

T- caramel malts, a bit bready. Somewhat sweet. Touch of coffee, dry dark chocolate in the finish.

M-Smooth.

D-This is a drinker, tasty and enjoyable.

Recommended!!

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Photo of Bkuz
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

I drank this about 2 weeks ago and after seeing that it was not rated a 4+ I felt compelled to write my own review.

Very tasty beer had one with my steak dinner and man did it add a lot to my meal. Dark coffee color, can not remember exactly but I do not recall head or lace.

Smell was a bit nuttier than I thought it was going to be. Could also pick up coffee and coco a bit sweeter than I thought.

Taste was very good. I wouldn't call it complex because my mouth was over taken by nut, the coffee to me was not as heavy as most porters. Roasted nut could sum this up for me.

Also was a bit lighter on the tounge that most porters. Very drinkable, great with flame cooked meat.

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Nut Brown Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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