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Partly Sunny - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 198
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 22.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
Witbier | 4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 08-25-2005

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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 198
Photo of schoolboy
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/16/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light malts, lemon, spices and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of lemon, clove and coriander. Then bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is very mild but about where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this a decent lighter beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded golden yellow with a thin white lasting head.

The smell is of coriander, orange/lemon, wheat tang and a touch of honey.

The taste is of a honey-like sweetness with bready wheat and tart lemon/orange. It has a somewhat medicinal drying spiciness in the finish.

It is light-bodied with ample carbonation.

Spicy with some sweet and tart. Not a bad American Wheat with witbier inspiration at all.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a larger 2+ finger fluffy head that fades semi quickly with some sticky lacing, over hazy banana yellow color.

Nose brings plenty of Belgian malts and wheats, light sweetness, plenty of wheat aromas, touch toasty malts, golden saison like spices are light but present, hints of banana and citrus.

taste starts fairly sweet, lots of citrus and banana and tons of wheat, light toasty malts, light overall but a fairly strong flavor, light saison spices, touch of clove, some bitterness comes through as it goes, gets a bit more bitter on the finish and fairly dry, a bit to heavy on the spices and sweet malts overall though.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, tons of carbonation.

Overall not bad, nice flvors but a bit heavier than expected for total spices and wheats, as well as sweetness, and a bit over carbonated, but a nice beer otherwise.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up an Ithaca sampler that has four different beers, and this is one of them. I am a big fan of Ithaca as they are very consistent in their quality. This is their take on a Belgian Wit.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow. Head is quite large, bit ultimately dissipates to nothing.

S/T: Smells pretty typical for a Belgian Wit. Lots of spice and citrus on the nose. The taste is a little more on the citrus side. Some spice and yeast character, but not a whole lot. A touch of banana in there as well as a slight pickle taste in the finish. In all, a pretty typical Wit. I have definetly had better, but this is still pretty solid.

M/D: Mouthfeel is pretty light and crisp. Finishes pretty clean and is quite refreshing. Not my favorite tasting Wit, but could easily drink more than one of these.

In all, Ithaca could have done better. Its a decent beer, but not up to par with every other offering I have had from them. Worth a shot, especially if you wanna beat the summer heat.

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Photo of HotHands
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a fairly clear gold color with a nice white head.

S - typical witbier scents - orange peel, citrus, clove. All pleasant.

T - A fairly dry wit with a good amount of coriander. Some lemon and clove flavors as well. Ideally there would be a bit more ester flavors.

M - highly carbonated and light-bodied.

Overall - a fairly decent wit. Better than Blue Moon, but falls short of Hoegaarden, Ommegang, Great Lakes Holy Moses, and the like.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer in Totowa not expecting much since this is a summer beer and those tend to go down pretty easily. Of course this did, but it actually had just the right amount of body to it that I wouldn't confuse it with a "lawnmower beer"! For the weather we've had lately, this fit in pretty nicely.

The pour was good - nice and foamy with a decent cloudy golden hue to it. The lacing left more to be desired but the taste and appearance of the lead led me to jokingly refer to this is a "lemon pledge" beer. It's a bit soapy in its consistency but there's wheat and a slight amount of pepper-like spice to the taste. Just a bit bright and if there was honey in this, it wouldn't suprrise me either. Not gonna feel the hops here but then again, that wasn't what I was after when I opened this up.

This certainly fits the bill for a session beer and I could easily see myself having 2 or 3 in a sitting. This won't win any awards but it's always nice to find a summer beer that doesn't take the art of craft brewing lightly. If it was up to me, I'd rename this "mostly sunny"!

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Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As soon as I opened the bottle, there was a ton of carbonation that poured out of the top of the bottle. When I poured it, it poured a hazy yellow with decent, soft white head that has good retention. The nose has notes of clove, yeast, and straw. The taste is clove, lemon, spice, yeast, white grapes, and very faint alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is light bodied, moderately carbonated (in mouthfeel, not in pour), and very smooth.

Not bad, but hardly complex. This beer is a beginner's Wit. There's nothing offensive, but there are also elements of a decent wit. For those looking to get into the style, it's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Ithaca Beer Co storefront. It poured a clear golden orange with a seemingly frothy head (it was a small glass). The flavor has very good depth with a spicy sweet flavor that consisted of wheat, citrus, and pale malts. It was very refreshing and could be a very good session beer for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of drtth
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is cloudy golden yellow color with a ½" thick almost white head. Sipping leaves some, but not a lot of, lacing and the ring of foam persists fairly long, leaving some lacing on sipping for at least the first half of the beer.

Smell: There is a definite aroma here but nothing dominates it. The citrus, lemon zest in this case, is faint and blends nicely with the spice (some coriander) which is not powerful but is detectable.

Taste: The flavor is just fine, with some wheat, some yeast, the lemon zest and traces of the coriander.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light and prickly with lots of fine carbonation. The finish is fairly short but witbier spicy and reasonably dry.

Drinkability: This is a nice enough witbier with a good but not outstanding flavor. The lemon peel is an interesting variation on the usual orange peel. The beer is refreshing on a hot summer day. I've enjoyed this one both while taking notes for the review and then later with the last half of the beer being consumed along with a salad for lunch. While I wouldn't turn down another I think one is enough for now.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big cumulus cloud builds with fluffy white bubbles over a hazy golden straw, which catches the light and transforms it with glittering carbonation. Gradually, the clouds clear, to a thin lace, and rings around the pint glass.

Sampling at the brewery did nothing for the aroma, but now back home, it blooms with peaches and orange peal.

Subtle flavors of coriander and fresh baked white bread, give way to pineapple and faint bitterness in the finish.

This is a smooth, moderately carbonated offering.

Bring Partly Sunny to a barbeque, and share with your friends, who may be on the fence about craft beer. You can keep pouring, long after the fire-flies begin to flash.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of the Ithaca variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A deep off yellow/brown body that is toped off with a large white head that disappears very fast and leaves no lace. It is very carbonated.
Smell: Very wheaty, bits of spice hidden, ester notes provided by the yeast.
Taste: Yeasty with lots of spices, kind of like a pumpkin pie, but no pumpkin.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Partly sunny has a partly cloudy yellow body with about a finger and a half of white head that dies pretty quickly. Not the greatest retention, and not lacing.

The nose is full of spices that feature nutmeg and coriander, along with some citrus peel aromas.

This is a pretty heavily spiced beer I would say. Nutmeg is pretty noticeable, which is no surprise considering that nutmeg is an extremely powerful spice that has to be sparingly used, if at all. Coriander makes an appearance, and it is backed up by a ton of citrus peel flavor. There is at least one other spice that I cannot quite put my finger on in there also. In the finish you really notice the wheat backbone, and I have to say the malted wheat in this one is pretty tasty despite the fact that it is somewhat overpowered.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I have some problems with this one, but I have to say it is still pretty drinkable. It has a nice after tastes also.

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Photo of koopa
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade.

Appearance: Murky dirty blonde body with a 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little in the lace department.

Smell: Nice blend of wheat, coriander, and a touch of clove over oranges.

Taste: Falls flat on the flavor department. All wheat and not much spice or yeast complexity.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated and thin but that's true to the style.

Drinkability: Thin bland and low abv so easy to drink....

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic. Pours very hazed and has a massive, topographous white head. Awesome retention. This is an almost perfect looking wit.

Coriander is definitely there in the nose, as is a hefty wheat tang. Has a spritzy lemon character that is a bit different and gives it almost a sour-ish aroma. Interesting.

The lemony aspect is definitely big in the flavor as well and makes this one almost an american wheat/witbier hybrid flavor. The coriander is not very strong and the beer lacks the traditional 'soft' feel to it that most of the classic wits have. Still though, not bad and is fairly enjoyable to drink. As a proclaimed wit fiend, this was fun to try and has some unique characteristics, but ones enough for now.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with about 3 fingers white foamy head. Head retention is great, lacing as well.

S - Very citrusy, clove-like scent. Slight malt scent coming through. Smells very sweet.

T - Same citrus notes as the scent, malt is more pronounced and well balanced. Clove taste appears in the finish. I've only had one saison, and it was by Ithaca, this shares a lot of the same tastes.

M - Light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, its simple yet complicated at the same time. Lots of changing tastes as the beer goes on.

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Photo of IronLover
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap that left sticky lacings on the glass. Lemon, earthy, grassy, bready aromas. Crisp, tangy feel with refreshing lively carbonation and a crisp finish. Tangy, spicy hop flavors with earthy grass and bready malt beneath from beginning to end. Finishes with a light tangy, herbal hop bitterness. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a pint glass

this comes out a light orange shade thats rather transparent (kinda surprising me as this is a witbier?). nice foamy head with big bubbles sits atop and comes down gradually. some lacing found in there. nose is cloves coriander lemon zest and a bit of bubblegum and orange peel as well. this is definitely more like it. taste is initially coriander and clove followed by a citrus burst that for an instant is orange peel and then quickly transitions into lemon zest. finishes off with a mild bubblegum taste. working semi-silently behind all this is a mild bread taste which doesnt balance the beer but does give a bit of a malt presence. intense carbonation on the front of the tongue coming from this one. overall this is a good beer and goes down easy on this particular hot day.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler a hazed very light straw color a thinner white head atop,very mild wheaty aromas somewhat toasted not much citrus and/or spiciness to be had here.Starts out somewhat dry and toasty with a real wheat malt profile after a bit some orange essence comes thru and becomes more pronounced.Not bad a summer quaffer here just not real big in the flavor department really,

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 08/08/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a nice white head. Aroma of light fruits (some tropical fruits and citrus/lemon), only faint spices. Flavor is light and fruity, some wheat. I like this a lot; light, crisp fruit with a decent malt backbone. Why does this get such poor ratings? Very enjoyable for me.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent wheat beer. Pours golden, with lasting white foamy head. Refreshing aroma, a tad of spice. Flavourful wheat,a little orange-lemon,corriander and maybe cardomon, carbonation right there. Drinkable though nothing to drink frequently.Perhaps a little too spicy for everyday.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away and left lacing on the surface, which eventually completely faded away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of orange citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of citrus and wheat, but there are also some spicy hints of coriander.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable but I wouldn’t consider it refreshing enough to be thirst quenching.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with some bubbles rising. No real lacing. Nice foamy white head.

Tart aromas, with some wheat and yeast. The sour is lemon-like. Ok.

Very tart up front, with sour/lemon elements. Then you get sweet wheat and yeast. Some light bitterness. The sourness is a turn off. It isn't horrible, but just -- eh.

Lighter bodied, with good carbonation.

It is ok, but real hot weather beer. The sourness is a bit of a turn off. Just odd complexity. Good to try.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i opened the bottle it exploded with carobnation. When I poured the beer, it has a hazy golden color body with a nice white head. The smell is of clove and other spices. The taste has a lot of spice going on, but mainly it is clove. This has a great mouth feel and overall a average beer.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ithaca Partly Sunny
12 oz brown bottle
Best before October notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a mustard yellow with a big fluffy white head. Bleach white sticky head. Mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass.

Whiffs of spices, citrus and Belgian yeast.

A highly carbonated interpretation of a witbier, that is missing something. Orange juice sweetness with some black pepper spice. Funky yeast and more citrus flavors, but with an overly bitter finish.

A nice try, but such a difficult beer for some craft breweries to pull off with success.

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Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.