Finger Lakes Nut Brown AleJuly 1, 2002 Ithaca, NY
Ithaca Beer Company
This ale is brewed with a combination of roasted malts (Munich, Victory, and Chocolate) and balanced with Northodown and Fuggles hops.
Alcohol by weight: 3.7
I really enjoyed this beer, with its smooth aromatics, and subtle but well-managed "nutty" effect, although I would be hard-pressed to identify the nut involved. Overall, this is a delicious, nicely-balanced beer, with a modest hop increment, contributing nicely to a very pleasing overall effect on the palate.
- Fred Eckhardt
This has a very pretty pale russet-brown color and stands a fine tan head. The nose is softly malty with some chocolate notes. Malt sweetness is offset by moderate hopping in a medium-bodied fruity center. The malt character is nice and juicy, showing caramel and a hint of chocolate. It dries out into a clean, clipped finish. Very tasty, well-balanced and flavorful, certainly more English than American. It got me hankering for a good rib-eye steak, with plenty of cracked black pepper.
- Garrett Oliver
Mahogany color. Demerara sugar, rum and dark chocolate in the aroma. Light but smooth in body. Toasted cookies and treacle toffee in the palate. Some yeasty acidity. Restrained and gentle. Reminiscent of the darker type of brown ale once made throughout England (as opposed to the paler, slightly drier, style made in Newcastle and the Northeast).
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer and Sake (USA).
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.