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Luminous - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 104
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 27.71%
Wants: 43
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Luminous is a golden wild ale brewed with wheat and aged NYS hops. Fermented for over a year, this ale is a delightful meditation on uninhibited life; a celebration of esoteric flavors. Enjoy the simple, yet intriguing pineapple, cherry, mango, and hay aroma complemented by a bucolic funk. All cushioned by a dazzling effervescence and a light tartness, a truly wild ale reminiscent of the pastoral landscapes surrounding the Finger Lakes. ABV %6.0
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750 mL bottle. Orange body. Lots of carbonation. Smell is a touch oxidized. Tropical fruits. Wine. Taste is oaky. Sour. White wine. A little sweet. High carbonation. Straightforward sour. Heavily oaked. Classic golden sour style. At first I wasn't thrilled, but it's a very pleasant sour. Nothing that will knock your socks off.

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Bottle pour at the Rochester Tap Room. I have one bottle of this myself, but I'm not going to open it for a while, so I thought I'd see how it's doing now.

Pours a hazy golden yellow into a champagne glass, with a small, half inch fizzy head. Not a lot of lacing.

Smells like lemon, hay, vinegar, lactic acidity, etc.

The taste is similar. Not as sour as I'd thought, maybe this will pick up some sourness along the way, aging-wise. Mild acidity, with some peach, lemon, hay, slight grassiness. Fairly floral. Slightly watery.

Light bodied, crisp, airy mouthfeel, high carbonation, blocks some of the deeper flavors.

This was ok. It's no LeBleu (I've never tried Brute) but it's good to see Ithaca getting back on this horse again.

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Big thanks to UncleJazz for the bottle!

Pours a hazy, yellow-orange with a fizzy, white head. The nose hits with nondescript citrus and some sourness. The taste is of lemon, citrus, pale toasted malt, acidic sourness. It is highly carbonated with a medium-light body. This is an enjoyable beer, but it seemed a bit one note, simple when paired against other wild ales.

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A-Cloudy yellow-orange, nice carbonation and a one finger bubbly head that doesn't last.

S-Some mild tartness, lots of wheat, some grapes, lemon and grass.

T-More tart than sour. The wheat flavor dominates. Not much in the way of citrus but some lemon is there along with grass. Tad bit of oak.

M-Lighter, well carbonated, crisp, dry finish.

O-A good sour from Ithaca, having just a tad bit more citrus and more sourness would greatly improve the beer.

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Finally typing up my first review for this one.

750 mL bottle picked up at the brewery yesterday afternoon. Pours into my glass a dull yellow-orange, topped by about two fingers of bone white head that quickly fell down to just a half-finger around the edges. First hit on the aroma is huge on Bretty funk; classic barnyard, old gym socks, aged cheese. There's a lot underneath that, though; an almost floral character, hay/straw, citrus, stone fruit, some tropical fruit. I don't get the pineapple or cherry mentioned on the label. On the palate, more of the same. Some dried fruit and grass, lemon zest, the cheese coming through clearly. This is fairly dry and tart, but not as aggressively as a lot of sours. A bubbly, almost prickly carbonation, somewhat reminiscent of Champagne. Finishes crisp and sits on the palate for a minute after swallowing.

I have to admit, I was skeptical about how Ithaca's sour program was going to hold up after Jeff O'Neil's departure, but this is great stuff. I'll be very curious to revisit this one after it's had a year or two in the cellar.

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Luminous from Ithaca Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.