Anniversary Sixteen - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
02-16-2014 02:36:36 | More by jlindros
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Excellent Belgian style made in America. Ale pours a deep DARK brown with tight beaded tan head and light lacing. Lots of character in the nose....dark plum, Belgian candy, strong esters and clove, fresh bread, and brown sugar. Taste has a lot going on as well. Belgian candy and honey up front and on the sides, plums, raisins, and hint of herbal spiciness from coriander comes thorough in a wave of excellent melodies on the back. Dry mouthfeel; highly carbonated, with an alcoholic warmth on the finish. A most excellent ale. Cheers.
08-02-2014 21:17:15 | More by Brutaltruth
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
A-Black in the glass, clear amber when pouring. Three finger tan head that leaves nice lacing.
S-Plums and other dark fruits, bananas, clove and then some honey.
T-Starts with belgian notes: dark fruits and clove. The honey is there but not as much as I was expecting. Semi well balanced.
M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.
O-Better than I was expecting. The honey isn't very present though which I enjoyed.
08-09-2014 00:42:16 | More by rlee1390
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
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!
01-29-2014 00:48:13 | More by 120minuteman
4.43/5 rDev +19.7%
750mL bottle served in a tulip.
A- Black body and a huggggeee light tan head that hangs around for a few minutes. Spotty lacing all the way down the glass.
S- Wow, this is a remarkable delightful nose. Equal parts Belgian yeast, citrus, and honey. A well-balanced aroma I suppose. It's actually a bit like smelling hot cocoa mix, oddly enough.
T- Creamy and citrusy at the same time right up front. Dry towards the end and the honey appears in the middle.
M- Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Tingly carbonation but not so much that its champagne-like. Medium creamy feel. Where is the alcohol in this one? I don't get it at all.
O- Just a great beer by Ithaca. Don't even hesitate if you see it.
05-20-2014 02:53:25 | More by tviz33
Anniversary Sixteen from Ithaca Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.