Luminous - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 45
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-04-2014)
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to dom and Kenny for hooking up this bottle when they heard I hadn't tried this one yet. Enjoyed from an Ithaca tulip.

a - de capped and popped the cork and poured the orange nectar into my glass. A huge head of fizzy bubbles appeared and fizzed away like there were pop rocks in the beer. Sounds like rice crispies, this brew has super lively carbonation. Champagne like.

s - nose is a soft funky tart. Tropical fruit. Smarties. Sweet and candy.

t/m - taste has that same nice tropical tart with a musty funk over the top and a mimosa like tingle to the mouth. Really feels like champagne it is so prickly.

o - overall this was a pleasant surprise. Happy to have the full bottle to myself, a really nice sweet and tart wild ale. No brute, no lebleu, but great beer.

More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Arrr
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit too much of an apple cider sweetness and Martinelli's meets champagne carbonation. Soft wheat body, prickly finish. The slightest hit of hay, falling shy of any real funk. Very pleasant but a bit too simple. I could see this benefiting from brett to amp up tropical flavors and add some real wildness.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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Luminous from Ithaca Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.