Beer Profile: Ithaca Nut Brown

Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA

pgaprofileithbrown Pours a lovely mahogany with a ruby hue. A fat creamy head of tan foam that fell fast but I tasted some and it was darn creamy. Clear and beautiful beer.

Nose is roast, toast a bit of fruit and a bit of coffee. A hint of nuttiness and toffee that comes forward as the beer warms. Taste is mild, roast with an almost burnt edge to it and a slight bitterness. Toast that is bread-y but the bready-ness does not become heavy.

Smooth coffee flavor and a hoppy bitterness on the tongue but it has no real flavor if you know what I mean.. Light nutty flavor at first that turns to toffee and nuts as it warms. Easy drinking good character. There is an overall fruity backnote to this beer that I found lovely. Finishes with a malty sweetness to bring it home and a bit of slickness from the medium mouthfeel.

Best I have had of this beer in quite a while. Good job Ithaca.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.

Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

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As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning… So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

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