Nut Brown Ale
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #65
Ranked #29,824
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +3.2%
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%
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 Mediczod
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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 tdm168
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, copper-amber with 1/2" of thick, dense, foamy head that has good retention. The nose is faint caramel, nutty malt. The taste is light caramel malt but little else. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

In my opinion a fuller body and a heavier malt content would have gone a long way to improve this one. It was OK.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly boring looking clear brown color. There is very little carbonation and almost no head.
Smell is much better than the look. Very nutty smell. A strong malt smell and really nice nuttiness (is that a word?).
Taste is very complex on this English brown ale. Strong malt taste and really good nutty taste. Complex sip even has a nice hop tinge at the end.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking. It goes down thin, but I generally like a little more of a mouthful on a nut brown.
Drinkability is very good on this nut brown. It goes down real smooth and has a lot of complex tastes to it. I wasn't too sure about this beer at first, but the more I drink, the more I like it. This is a great beer for fall or any time you feel like a nut brown...

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Photo of Kendo
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small off-white head that recedes quickly.

S: The best part of this beer is the nose - some toffee and hints of hazelnut. Touch of brown sugar as well. Hint of florally hops is more noticed as it warms.

T: A bit of burnt brown sugar and toast up front; also graham crackers. Malt is followed by an earthy and metallic bitterness that doesn't seem to gel well with the malt, leaving a burnt, bitter aftertaste.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, carbonation is a bit fizzy and sharp.

O: This one's OK; nothing special. I've had better . . . and worse.

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Mr. Goodbar's. Big brown sweetness with some spice. Not necessary but I just like to have a beer here. Reddish brown colour, only a whisp of head. Toated caramel, some burnt sugar. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation right there. Not greatly drinkable.

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Photo of crhensel
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into mug (sampled 6/20/10). Poured a clear medium brown with a one finger short lasting head. Aroma pulled in some nice nutty notes with a hint of the hops and a little sugar in there too -- very interesting. Very smooth in the mouth and while the malt sweetness was present it wasn't as overpowering as I thought it would be and the hops added the right amount of bite at the finish to keep this refreshing. Overall a pretty good one!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper hue with fizzy eggshell white head foaming up 2 cm and fading slowly to a sturdy surface layer. The head sticks around throughout the sampling.
Aroma is caramel malt and a bit of grain, maybe almond scents or maybe my imagination. A little earthy hops blended in but overall the nose is fairly mild.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine gentle rolling carbonation, slightly creamy texture makes the beer very easy to drink.
Flavor is some grainy malt and a bit of brown sugar or maple syrup sweetness but far from cloying in fact very mild sweet more the flavors than the sweetness of those products. I get some grassy and herbal hops on the finish that are just a hint of bitterness. The beer is exceptionally easy to drink and I could have several of these in a sitting. Not overly complex, but definitely no flaws in this bottle either. A well balanced and drinkable beer. i would drink this one again.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ellicottville Nut Brown is a very clear copper ale with a foamy, waxy, bubbly khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a toasty, nutty aroma with notes of grass and flowers. It's pretty light bodied and a little sharp. The finish is chewy. It has a light but well balanced taste, not sweet or dry. It's toasty and nutty, just like the aroma. The finish is a little bitter with herbs and grass. The aftertaste is nutty. This is very drinkable. This would be an acceptable session ale.

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Photo of alexkeil
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this while I made my own brown ale from a Charlie Papazian recipe. Pours reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is hops with a hint of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and not too carbonated. Initial flavor is heavy on the hops which is surprising but then finishes with a nutty, coffee, chocolate which lingers. I enjoyed the subtlety of the main flavor but I suppose the hoppiness of the initial taste could be disappointing for some who are looking for a more traditional dark beer. This is the style of the brewery though as the Blueberry ale is a nice balanced flavor and not overpowering. This is a well crafted middle of the road beer that I would have again when I'm looking to have a few.

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Photo of kwjd
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Cole's in Buffalo. I had never heard of this brewery and I like trying out new places. Pours a bit closer to amber-orange than brown I think. Small white head, some lacing on the glass. Smells of faint chocolate and toasted malt. Very malty sweet flavour, no bitterness at all. Smooth enough mouthfeel. Just an average brown ale.

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Photo of kimbo33
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prolly the best Nut Brown on the market. GREAT malty backbone. Not too smokey either...just a nice sweetness...but not too sweet. Perfect balance. Nice hop flavor too which is hard to do for the style. This is a must drink everytime I go to the brewpub.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear garnet color with lots of rising carbonation. The one finger of pale-beige colored foam retained well as a collar and left adequate lacing. The aroma was of toasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, light nuts and a hint of oxidation (sadly) in this case. The flavors were very nutty with the taste of hazelnuts especially coming though along with some toasted walnuts as well. I also tasted toasted grains, chocolate, hints of dough and charcoal. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation fair.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at around cellar temp poured into pint glass. no freshness date. "brewed and bottled by the southern tier brewing company for the ellciottville brewing company" on the side of the bottle.

pours out a clear, deep brown color with reddish hughs in the light. big frothy slightly tan head with some decent lace and decent retention.

not a huge aroma, metallic malts mostly noticable. behind that i find some light chocolate, very lightly roasted/ toasted malts, caramel/ toffee, a decent hazlenut as it warms, and some light hops.

light semi watery mouthfeel. metallic lightly roasted malts, light chocolate, a bit of nuttiness, just a touch of spice and some decent hop bitterness. not much going on here.

as far as drinkability goes, its great and a cheap beer in the WNY region. just because this is one of my favorite local breweries keeps me coming back, if i never heard of this beer and had it, i prolly wouldnt recommend it.

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Photo of albern
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Point blank this beer has too much hazelnut in it, or at least that is what it tastes like. The beer is also a bit too over processed for my taste. It looks decent with a nice clear amber brown hue, a creamy and slightly foamy white head some retention, a touch of lace. The nose is malty, nutty, with plenty of brown malts, some slight roasted notes. The nose is okay, not great, but okay.

The beer is on the lighter side of medium bodied, it has a strong nutty, hazelnut taste, and a drying hop in the finish. It lacks the sweetness of a good brown ale. The beer is decent enough and not a bad beer just too flawed to really give it high ratings.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this beer in a mix a 6 well before the expiration date, so why not.

Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger tan head. Head fades fast but leaves a nice lacing down the glass

Smells nutty, malty, lightly floral. Mainly malt but has a hop backbone.

Taste is malty and roasty. Nutty is definitely there on the end. Not very bitter.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, low enough (abv) to have a few more and I would drink more if I had.

Good brew, personally I think its better than most other nut browns.

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Photo of tchenery
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer looks good. Poured from a bottle to pint glass. It looks like a lighter brown ale in color, with hints of dark reds. The head on the beer disappeared quickly, but there is a film of head remaining.

The smell is not very distinct in my opinion. There is a slight malt smell and a slight nut smell, but I almost wonder if that's because I was expecting them.

It tastes pretty nutty. I can't exactly pinpoint which nut is best represented but it tastes like peanut butter cookies, or just peanut butter in general. It's not bitter at all, but they let the malt and nuttiness shine through. There's a bit of a toasty taste later on which is nice. It tastes like nutter butter cookies.

It's a pretty medium to heavy bodied beer. There are no foul aftertastes and it leaves you wanting more.

Well done. If there were only a way to get that nuttiness in the smell.

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Photo of zebco
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my...uh oh...Budweiser pint glass. I'm sorry. Anyway, it poured to a kind of dark-red-brown color. The head was tall, sticky, and tannish in color. Good lacing throughout the brew. Hops hit me first on the nose. Rolled into some citrus notes and then some roastiness. Definitely roasty flavor. Nutty obviously with a nice, light hop taste. A light, crisp mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. I like this nut brown. Very drinkable, I just wish this wasn't my last one.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A recent BOTMC arrival, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields an arid hoppy smell with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Pours to an orangeish root beer colour with a light tan head made up of medium sized bubbles. Taste is consistent with smell, good malt backbone, slightly roasted, well balanced with sme dry bitter hops. Carbonation seems slightly high but burns off fast. This brew has a distinct American twist to the bitterness as it is not quite as unpronounced as it would be in an actual English ale. There is some nutiness also as one would expect from the name, I detect hints of roasted macadamias and of course some roasted chestnuts. A tasty selection, BOTMC is improving its selections.

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Photo of CHickman
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came with the Beer of the Month Club.

Pours clear reddish brown with a 1 finger creamy tan head, with decent lacing.

Smells of nut, sweet roasted malt, caramel, citrus, floral hops and yeast.

Tastes of sweet malt, roasted grains, caramel, lemon, orange peel, nut, brown sugar, syrup, floral hops, vanilla, biscuit, pepper and spices; the nut flavor makes a nice appearance up front but the hops dominate the finish and leave a spicy mix with the sweet malt and roasted grains, making for a dry bitter finish; overall it's a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and on the smooth side, with medium carbonation and medium body. Feels lighter than it actually is.

Even though this beer has some spicy and citrus zest, it's highly drinkable and quite enjoyable; it's a very good beer that's well balanced with a real nice combo of malts, hops and grains to give it body, flavor and drinking appeal.

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Photo of RickS95
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brown with a couple fingers of fluffy beige head.

A biscuity smell with a peppery hop presence.

Mostly just a peppery hop taste as well.

The feel is complex, with several things going on. Initially, there is a sweetness, but it's drowned out by an earthy bitter finish, with the hops noticeable well into the swallow.

This ale gives good lacing. It has a nice feel and goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a clear hazel with a 2 finger white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet and grassy. The flavor is spot on for an English Brown Ale. The flavor is sweet and nutty, with just enough hops for balance. It has a dry finish. Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. A solid brown ale.

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Nut Brown Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 86 ratings