Partly Sunny - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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(Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 08-25-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of NODAK
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of schoolboy
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Allagash chalice very enticing appearance with beautiful sunrise orange golden glow to it semi cloudyed large bubbled slightly off white head that forms a nice clouded texture about three fingers thick rising above the rim of my glass. Aromatics are slightly spiced maybe very light coriander and citrus tones coming through almost perfume like smells great. Taste hits with the lemon/citrus pith tones and heavy layer of spicing it has to be coriander this is tasting pretty witbier like. Leaves a nice bitter finish with the citrus peel tones overall a nice summer ale. Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation a very mellow experience Belgian yeast and spices leave their mark on my palate. Body isn't thin this has some malts given it a bit of girth, in the middle between light and medium bodied not watery or heavy. Drinkability is decent no trouble getting through a glass I will check out their sampler pack this summer, with fresh Cascazilla, Pale, Partly Sunny, and the Groundbreak Saison that makes for a fun 12 pack sampler.

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of HotHands
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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"!

Photo of bourbonbock
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of drtth
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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,

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.