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Partly Sunny - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 08-25-2005)
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capaneus

New York

4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) i poured this into my watou's wit glass producing a golden-hued brew with a very faint amber quality. The head lacks much body, and is composed of large, soapy-looking bubbles which quickly recede to spotty lacing. i would've preferred my "partly sunny" was partly cloudy, but this was crystal-clear.

(S) i really enjoyed the aroma of this beer - very BELGIAN. the phenols mixed with wheat bread smells gave a rich spiced dough character, with less of the artificial citrus tones that plague some of this style.

(T) the taste reminds me of a spicy hefe, with a nice banana bread character. the hop character is slightly more pronounced than most wheats i've had, though skewed more towards bittering and not quite as much flavor as i'd like. that being said, the hops are pretty subtle here. the finish is mildly acidic. this is definitely working for me.

(M) the zingy carbonation paired with a somewhat more viscous mouthfeel than one would expect for the style produce a very satisfying feeling for each gulp.

(D) a perfectly adequate summer wheat, in fact, better than most overly-citric soda-like summer seasonals i've had the misfortune to encounter this year.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 04:21:53 | More by capaneus
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plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy light straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured elements of orange and lemon zest with a strong coriander and clove spice. Undertones of yeast and wheat malt as well.

The taste was upfront zesty citrus with a strong clove, coriander and grain of paradise spice. Chewy yeast and wheat flavors present toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was light yet rather chewy.

Overall an excellent wit and a great summer beer (although I sampled while watching the Fiesta Bowl). Very flavorful and highly quaffable. Another excellent upstate New York summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 01:58:54 | More by plaid75
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful wheat malt and yeast scent that is a bit dry and fruity. It also contains a moderate amount of coriander and bitter orange peel. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth and refreshing wheat flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit dry, yet fruity. It's spiced up with coriander and orange peel. I love the taste of this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good seasonal beer and another new offering from IBC. These guys are finally producing some top notch beers.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2005 23:10:19 | More by WesWes
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a strong swirl of the botle, poured a cloudy apricot color with massive white foamy head that lasted throughout the glass. Much attractive sticky lacing.
Smell is a bit light with some spiciness evident. Also a light lemon-orange aroma present.
Taste is tangy with oranges notes detected. The spiciness is very restrained, yet still enjoyable. A peppery bite at the finish is the perfect balance.
An very enjoyable beer. Easy to drink. Went well on a warm srping afternoon after all my chores and errands were completed.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 18:51:41 | More by tgbljb
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark orange and cloudy with a nice sized head. Light carbonation. Smells like wheat and spices with a little fruitiness. Nicely balanced flavors of spices and citrus; its more sweat than tart. The flavor is very good albeit on the mild side. It has a nice tiny zing on the tongue that livens it up and goes down incredibly smooth due to its lightness and is very refreshing and perfect for summer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:20:55 | More by Blanco
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded straw gold that has a nice white head that falls quickly. Nose is citrus and a bit of lemongrass as well. The scents are there, but not powerful or overly strong. Gives a rather smooth and calm fragrance. Flavor is thick with wheat and has a few good dashes of light citrus flavors. Not overly strong or complex though. Feel is nice and smooth on the liquid with small bubbles of carbonation hitting the tongue. Overall very drinkable. A smooth and calm witbier that is definitely worth trying. Nice job Ithaca!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 06:06:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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kevman527

New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - White foamy head 2 fingers worth, golden color or straw yello, good lacing.

S - Citrus, piney, brown sugary.

T - Brown sugar, banana, cirusy, with little to no aftertaste

M - Medium carbonation, light bodies, very smooth on the mouth.

D - Easy to drink, would recommend. A good summer wheat beer for those hot and hazy days.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 13:18:39 | More by kevman527
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had my Partly Sunny on a rainy cloudy day. Looking at the label I can only hope for a couple more warm sunny days. The beer pours with a fair sized head but has no retention or lacing. Has a straw color with a bit of haziness.

The nose is one of the high points of this brew (along with the quaffability factors). Smells of spices (cloves?), orange, citrus, and some wheat malt. My girlfriend thinks it smells like bologna, I do find it to slightly noticeable but not as much as her.

The taste has a spicy fruit like quality ( if that's even possible). A good wheat profile and the orange/citrus comes in to play as well. I think this a great summer time brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 02:26:12 | More by irishkyle21
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed yellow gold, small cap of white froth, gone quickly. Nice scent filled with citrus peel, tangy wheat and fragrant spices. Taste follows scent, surprised at how full the flavor profile is... lots of bitter citrus, fresh ground spice and tangy wheat malt, maybe a touch too strong for more then a pint at a time. Light bodied, bubbly. A full flavored wit with a lot of good going for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 14:06:23 | More by rfgetz
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TheDeuce

New York

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca Partly Sunny...

Appearance-light golden color, poured into my wit glass, hazy white head appears, medium height but it does stay.

Smell-spicy aroma, light malt, hazy wheat and grainy smells throughout.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium bodied, alcohol appears, nice mix of spice and grain, light hop finish with residual sweetness. Hazy alcoholic bang at at the end.

Drinkability-maybe a little spicy, but hell I like this kick every once in a while.

Overall-nice beer, the spiciness kicks it up a notch, has more going on than some others of the same style. Enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 18:25:32 | More by TheDeuce
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Celt44

New York

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy light yellow straw. Small head and thin lacing that last throughout.

Aroma - lemon zest with slight malts up front. Faint spice towards the end. Ginger...

Taste - Citrus lemon with a malt presence. Ginger pops its head up again....

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth - no suprises here. Designed to go down easy and fast on a hot summer day..

Drinkability - A very nice Witbier. Definitely will try this again. I've had more flavorful wits, but this hits the spot...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 00:56:36 | More by Celt44
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rarevos

New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into hexagonal Hoegaarden glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow. Maybe a bit more orange than that. One finger of head, dissipated quickly. This is NOT an unfiltered beer. A little hazy, but otherwise very clear, and no yeasty dregs to swirl. Kind of a turn-off, actually, as I like my wits unfiltered with plenty of peppery yeast.

S: Citrus at the front. SLIGHT hint of coriander in the nose. Has a perfume at the back that's somewhat sweet-smelling. It's an unindentifiable perfuminess.

T: Bit if wheat breadiness up front, with a citrus spike toward the back. Finish is spicy/perfumy, with a blend of black pepper and coriander, and something like lavender. The black pepper is the dominant spice.

M: Light-bodied and crisp.

D: Very. A solid, crisp summer refresher, and a nice wit that doesn't try and be a Hoegaarden clone. It also doesn't resemble Blue Moon, which tends to be another oft-cloned wit.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 01:11:41 | More by rarevos
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mstyne

New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice spicy/fruity aroma after prying off the cap. Significant light foamy head, at least an inch or so, little to no lace. A nice amber color in my pint glass.

Lemon and spice dominate, though they are not overpowering This is a very refreshing brew, and a nice seasonal from Ithaca. I've actually had it once previously but didn't review it at the time. I enjoyed it enough to buy more, if that puts it into perspective.

Looking forward to Ithaca's Fall and Winter offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 18:34:27 | More by mstyne
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riversider76

New York

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking bottle. Nice use of summer colors on the label. Pours cloudy golden. Thin head. Not much retention, and only a bit of lacing.Smell is of yeast,and spice with a hint of citrus. Body is malty,with good carbination. Taste is nicely spiced, and fruity. Refreshing. A good summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 00:01:03 | More by riversider76
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Kendo

New York

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a weizen glass, as I had originally thought this was another summer wheat beer. Body is clear golden yellow with a small whitish head that leaves no lace.

S: Lemon and lemon zest over cereal grains, with the lemony scents dominant. Also some sort of spice.

T: Good melding of ingredients here -- there's a wheat twang, some basic grainy malt, unidentified spice towards back end of the sip and then lemony bitterness lingering at the finish.

M: Bountiful fine carbonation crosses over into fizziness at times. Cleanses the palate, but at times feels too fizzy. Body is light.

D: Good. Bottle went down very quickly in the evening, I could see it disappearing instantly in the middle of a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 16:33:30 | More by Kendo
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beerdrinker4life

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got to try this on the way back from the fest. We picked up some rarer brews from upstate NY region.

This beer was a real nice drinkable treat. The beer poured with not that much head, but it lingered nicely. The taste was real clean, with a little bit of spice in the end. Overall, I liked it a lot, but it did not have enough character to really wow me.

It seemed to be dominated by spice and a little hops. Not much malt character at all.

I think this would be a great beer to just sip when you're not thinking about it, but I also feel its just a good beer to have on your side in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 19:56:08 | More by beerdrinker4life
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animalchin

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light orange that becomes burnt in the pint glass. Certainly a good amount of cloudiness. The head has a very loose quality that doesn't stay for very long. Minuscule amount of lacing to go along.

S - Orange and spicy aromas with some sweetness to follow. Picking up banana/clove quality that resembles a hefeweizen. Very pungent and apparent.

T - The spice provides a real robust taste that is held back by the fruitness - a very well balanced situation. As with the smell, a bitter banana quality comes through in the aftertaste, but it's a nice complement to accompany.

M - A little sharp with the carbonation - not surprised by this due to the appearance.

D - This experience with witbier is surely positive. I have always been a fan of Ithaca's approach and take on various styles, and this shines through for me. This particular brew strongly resembles a hefeweizen; not sure if that was intention. I wasn't the biggest fan of the corrosive carbonation, but it may have just been the bottle/storage. Otherwise, excellent work.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:02:26 | More by animalchin
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cpanossian

New York

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass - pretty hazy gold color with a large foamy white head. Pleasant bitter wheat aroma with traces of spices like nutmeg or cloves. Hint of citrus/lemon.

Very dry tasting - not sweet at all - like a very dry champagne with some spice seasonings. Very thirst quenching - great season maker - perfect for an outdoor lounging.

This is not meant to be a put-down but Partly Sunny seems familiar to me - like it's from a brew kit I once purchased and made. By this I mean Partly Sunny is bringing me back to happy memories.

Pair this with some nice mild cow milk cheese.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 22:13:54 | More by cpanossian
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phiberoptik

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of lemon and spice. Pours a cloudy yellow with a lot of head even with a careful pour. Overly carbonated causing me to burp. Has a tangy kick to it which is uncommon for most beers. Tastes of lemon/orange and spice, and I had to edit this to add the banana in the finish. I agree. I dont know my spice notes well enough to dissect them. It has a light body to it so its very drinkable other than the carbonation. I would pick other beers before this one in the category but I wouldnt complain if this was what I had to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:56:53 | More by phiberoptik
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Ithaca Memorial Day weekend 2011.

Poured a somewhat-hazy yellow-golden with a short white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carried some light orange and lemon plus a bit of light spice. The flavor was moderately spiced with some citrus there as well. Light straw and grain. Body was light with good carbonation. Fairly dry finish. Pretty solid witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 13:01:37 | More by Thorpe429
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Shrek806 for sending this.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a huge creamy white head. The golden color is party, if not mostly, sunny.

Smell: The nose has a little something different - robust citrus in addition to the orange peel, along with a wide variety of spice. Coriander, ginger, and cloves are all present.

Taste: Although the secondary flavors give this a nice twist, the primary malt is a bit lacking. Some good spices though, and the lemon zest adds a nice touch. I actually get a little banana and some floral and citrus hops - maybe a bit much? - toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated, light to medium body, zesty.

Drinkability: This is a little bit different than the regular beers in the style, and I liked it, but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 04:53:53 | More by KickInTheChalice
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma definitely carries a strong banana smell to it with some clove in there as well. It smells like a hefeweizen for sure, but it's categorized as a wit here. Taste should be interesting.

Taste is a tale of two halves. It starts out with a good banana presence, as was seen on the nose. No surprise there. However, halfway through the swallow it takes on somewhat of a tangy and tart citrus turn along with clove spiciness and a hint of wheat lingering in the background. Very highly carbonated. Dry in the finish.

Again, it does seem more of a hefe to me. I don't see much that would make me think this is a wit. However, for a hefe, it isn't half bad. The tartness was the part of the taste that wasn't my favorite but the rest was very solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 00:34:22 | More by NODAK
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Partly Sunny is partly cloudy. The light haze in the bright yellow beer clears somewhat with radiant sunshine behind the glass. The forecast calls for taste bud showers in the next few minutes. Up top is a two finger crown that can only be called dingy white. It's less than wonderful looking, but not bad, and doesn't leave much lace.

I like the nose because it's bursting with bright citrus peel. Tradition is fine and dandy, but I wish more brewers would add lemon peel along with orange peel, as Ithaca has done here. They didn't stop there, though. They've also added ginger, nutmeg and mace to the classic coriander. While I can't say that I appreciate each and every one, they add up to something different and enjoyable.

The flavor is good without being a standout. My first impressions on the negative side of the ledger are that Partly Sunny is a little skimpily malted and is a shade too bitter for the style. On the positive side, the flavor profile has a lot to recommend it due to the extra ingredients listed above. Lemon peel, in particular, gives it a puckery zing.

I like the amount of warm spiciness relative to the amount of cool wheatiness and the amount of fruitiness. Again, though, I would have added more wheat malt and fewer Hallertau hops. As the ounces disappear, I'm tempted to bump the flavor score, but that 'something special' isn't there no matter how hard I want it to be. The impressively long finish is where the beer shines the brightest.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light with a multitude of fine bubbles that don't cross the line into fizziness. A few swirls is all it takes to recreate a thick disk of foam atop the beer.

Partly Sunny is the best of the Ithaca offerings that I've had so far (Oops, almost forgot about the outstanding Cascazilla). I like the fact that the brewers broke out of the usual witbier mold and added ingredients that one doesn't often see in beer of this style. I'll bet New Yorkers drink a lot of this stuff every summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 12:36:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Allagash White goblet.

A: Lightly hazed pale orange body under two fingers of creamy white head. Terrific, rocky retention and plenty of lace. Classic-looking Wit.

S: Simple, straightforward Witbier. Plenty of clove spice, some light lemon peel and orange. Bright, fresh, and inviting.

T: Clove absolutely dominates, with citrus playing a distant second fiddle. Light chalkiness, and some lemon that persists on the watery finish. All the flavors but the lemon really fall off into nothingness, which helps its refreshing drinkability but hurts its bid to be a tasty or memorable beer.

M: Appropriately light, fizzy body. Nice.

O: I'm generally a big Ithaca fan, and certainly have to give them credit for making an easy-drinking, refreshing Witbier, but this one was definitely a bit of a disappointment. It has neither the creaminess of Allagash White, nor the complexity of an authentic Belgian. It's certainly worth ordering if you're just looking for a thirst-quencher on a partly (or fully) sunny day, but it's nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 12:45:34 | More by woosterbill
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying several Ithaca's and being surprised with the outstanding quality, I expect a lot from them. This one, though, with a cutesy name, didn't have my expectations too high.

Good thing, because it's just not all that special. It is a very drinkable light wheat. A bit fruity. Clean tasting. But nothing extraordinary.

It is difficult for beers of this style to distinguish themselves. This one doesn't.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:12:02 | More by schoolboy
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Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.