Nut Brown Ale | Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Photo of nater919
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love a good brown ale. Drank late on a trip to Ellicottville, I recall a balanced body, medium to dark brown color, and aromas and flavors all over the spectrum. Sweet but not overly, thankfully. It also was nutty, bitter, breadlike, roasty, with good yeast flavor and very slight hopping. Light enough for a summer day, but never too light, this one comes recommended.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served on tap at ButaPub in Rochester, New York. It arrived in Bell’s pint glasses, showing a thinned brown, taupe coloring, with watery lightness around the edges of the rim. A soft, frilly one finger head of mocha colored bubbles topped the liquid, but this retained only briefly. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave notes of cold brassy, envelope adhesives, nail polish remover, sugary sweet cloying brown and caramel malts, red grape skins, sarsaparilla rootiness, watered coffee malt roast, plastic phenols, medical gauze, green twigs, and brown sugar simple syrup. The taste followed with equal simplicity, but with a renewed sense of robustness, carrying loads of lightly smoked brown and black malts, granular brown sugar sweetness, empty sugar packets, farm road dustiness, chalked mallow dustiness, ultrafiltered water (going beyond to the point of tasting chemically), wax paper, crushed vitamin c tablets, warming hazelnut, the lightest peppery booziness, and Band-Aid phenols. The body was light to touch, and the carbonation was as well. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop were all light, and only peripherally contributory. The mouth was left coated with a stained, steely film. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was fine.

Overall, this is your simple and easy brown ale. It’s only a stretch up the thruway, so we feel safe enough calling this a “local” brew. For that, it is approachable, and versatile. This time of year, when the seasons truly begin to blend, you start looking for brews that are going to do you just as well, regardless of the time of day you walk into the bar. If it’s still a blazing hot afternoon, but you want something a bit darker, it is light enough to appease. If, several hours later, you’re ready to walk home through a brisker evening, it gives you enough sturdiness and warmth to see you on your way. Nothing through the profile is especially novel, but it ticks enough boxes to be pleasant enough all around.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Toasty, Crust, Nutty, Level

Very smooth, this Brown Ale smacks of nutty toasted malt. Clean, dry grassiness with some subtle balancing of hop bitterness and flavor make it quite the quaff. Medium bodied, we get loaf of bread on the palate, suggestions of unsweetened chocolate and brown bread as well. The brewers certainly nailed the style, although it would be difficult to pick this one out in a blind tasting when up against its counterparts.

STYLE: English Brown Ale | ABV: 5.4% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #99 (APR 2015)

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Photo of Hired_Goon
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is more of a porter than nut brown.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Mediczod
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I didn't really go into this one expecting much but a run of the mill brown, and I was pleasantly surprised. Poured an nice dark brown with very little head, but left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Very nutty smell, with some caramel and malt, and an odor of alcohol that was much less present on the mouth than in the nose. Nutty, not very malty or sweet, a very drinkable beer. Not as heavy or sweet as I expected it would be, but not weak by any means. Not the best brown ale I've ever had, but definitely above average. I'll absolutely be making this one of my regulars.

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only my second offering from this brewery but again I liked it.

A - Decent pour for a brown ale. It's brown and has a nice tan colored head with some slightly sticky lacing.

S - Wow that is pretty good. Brown malts, cashews and pecans covered in caramel.

T - I really like how they didn't load this beer with brown malt. This resulted in a very drinkable beer with slight cashews and walnuts and a smooth creamy sweet caramel finish.

M - Light to medium pretty on par with the style.

Overall if found again I would get it again. It's right up next to Samuel Smith's version and I liked the sweetness. Good beer.

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Photo of electtodefer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Nut Brown Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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