Anniversary Sixteen - Ithaca Beer Company
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by 120minuteman:
4.4/5 rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Complex beer with lots of flavor and a candy like aroma. Purply/black color with light carbonation. You can definitely taste the honey in this beer. Mildly bitter, with notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, and a hint of orange rind. A tasty winter warmer on a 0 degree night.
Hope to repeat soon!
Serving type: on-tap
01-29-2014 00:48:13 | More by 120minuteman
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3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a huge fizzy slight fluffy 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace, nice fizzy messy lacing, pretty much pitch black beer with no real light getting through even on the thin parts.
Nose is interesting and unique, it mostly brings a Belgian base beer with mostly saison components, but also the nice toasty malt and grainy malts of a tripel, as well as big sweet Belgian candi sugar and little syrupy notes of like a Belgian strong, big floral phenols and spices, hint of orange peel too. Then comes a dark malt, a little bit of the dark malt but some caramel and toasty slightly roasty like dark malts, as well as a bit of mild fermented dry honey and mild esters.
Taste brings more of the same mix of Belgian beers and dark malts. First comes that saison note, wheat, grainy malts, toasty, etc. and into a bit of a blonde malt toasty flavor, as well as the mild dark malt flavors, caramel, hint of a roast like, mild fluffy nougat Carafa I think, but very light. The more Belgian flavors, a little candi sugar with a little syrupy note, and into the big yeast additions with plenty of phenols and some esters, as well as a warming booze character that gets slightly tingly with the phenols, and that seems to bring a slight hint of a honey character as well, and touches of spices and orange peel bitterness. Later a bit more bitterness comes through with a hint of an earthy spicy hop profile, but not much. The finish brings a bit more of the bitterness as it dries but stays sticky, a bit more tingly booze and phenols really come through on the finish, with a sticky dark malt flavor, hint of candi sugar and syrup.
Mouth is fuller bod, lots of fluffy tingly carbonation a bit too much, plenty of tingly warming booze as well, little syrupy.
Overall interesting, pretty tasty, a bit too much going on though as it's like every non-sour Belgian style beer mixed together with some dark malts and honey on top of it. But still nice characters and pretty tasty.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 02:36:36 | More by jlindros
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This pours dark and deep with a fat creamy head of tan foam that is slow to fall and leaves sheets of lace to look at. This beer will mesmerize you with both it's darkness and it's it's clarity. It is the color of black walnut but has lighter brown hues, golden honey highlights and a faint hint of ruby when you look into it deeply. The exceptional clarity causes it to glow a bit from the glass. Leaves sheets of lace as you drink.
The nose is tremendous and bright. It has an earthy belgian yest and a flaky and light biscuit malt. The fruit is powerful and fresh. Citrus with it's bright zest is like morning dew. The honey is light and sweet and very tempting to the nose. There are also dark fruits on this nose. They are defiantly light and there's even a hint of tart cherry. Lemongrass, crisp wheat and an airy smoothness.
The taste is pristine. Vibrant fruits with a breath of honey. The mouthfeel is amazing. It's well carbonated, sparkling carbonation. Yet it has a substantial mouthfeel. The malt is a light biscuit that is kissed by some sticky honey. Pleasantly sticky. The different malts in this have created a creaminess, a smoothness and a flavor that is unique. There is a chalky dryness to the middle that excites the palate and cleanses it for an aftertaste that leaves the citrus at the front and brings the dark fruits to the aftertaste with a bit of spice and pepper. It's juicy.
This is a terrific beer from Ithaca . it's dark as night yet aglow with flavors. It's complex and easy to drink. It's exciting as the beer drinks with so much character in each of it's aspects. You could talk about any one component at length. It unfolds and continues to delight with it's lightness and variations. This beer has texture and is layered so that it brings something a little different to the palate with each sip. Not a hint of alcohol either on the nose or in the drink and it's just wonderful..
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 15:19:44 | More by utopiajane
Anniversary Sixteen from Ithaca Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.