Partly Sunny - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 197
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I visited Ithica Beer Co. on a hot, sunny day as part of a beautiful tour of the gorges, town, and of course, moosewood vegetarian cuisine (wanted northstar but...not open). I had heard that Ithica Beer Co. made a mean ginger ale (a bit too heavy on the sweetness, but had a nice bite), but I knew nothing about their beer. I took a very casual tour of their thrice expanded facility, learned the basics about their Apricot Wheat (best seller w/ real apricot puree), and got to sample all the beers offered. I took a variety pack, including this partly sunny, home with me and I am finally getting to open it up tonight.

This wheat ale is a hazy butterscotch (yay unfiltered!) with decent carbonation, but not much of a head. It is definitely more of an orange-yellow compared to most unfiltered wheats.

This is definitely a spicy saison. I sense a citrusy grapefruit zing, a little ethanol/plastic (?), and Belgian yeast aromas (almost a cherry lambic smell when well aerated). It is definitely different than other wheat ales I've had, but has some similar elements, such as the coriander and lemon, that make it a classic summer enjoyment.

This beer is averagely strong with nice flavor from the yeasts and spices. I would recommend drinking this beer cold as alaska (24 hours of darkness cold) because when warmed up there is a much undesired lingering aftertaste (remember when you questioned my "plastic" description?). A good gulp will give you all the flavors of an above average summer wheat ale.

I thought this beer felt great, aside from the poor aftertaste. Like I said before, it's well carbonated and leaves a nice trail of bubbles to follow the gulp. Its a thicker beer, as a Belgian wit bier interpretation should be.

I would definitely give this beer some points in the drinkability section. It's a summer beer, so take it at face value, but don't expect something super hoppy, roasty, or malted down. I enjoyed this beer and could easily knock back a few before leaving for work in the morning or after a hard day of physical labor.

Cheers, Ithica.

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

A - Pours a clear straw with a big white, rocky head. Staying power is not so good though.

S - Pungent spicy/wheatiness with an ever so slight citrus rind.

T - Smooth pale malt and background butter. Light bitterness from the hops as well. Wheaty twang comes through, along with a tart edge up front. Feels somewhat dry.

M - Light bodied and moderately carbonated, but the bubbles seem exceptionally fine.

D - Light, easy drinking wit.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellowish orange with golden highlights. Is very cloudy with a bubbly white head - little retention.

Smells of wheat, bitter lemon, fresh citrus, and warm spice - bitter herb.

Bitter lemon and sweet orange make for a lively mouth feel. Whole grain wheat comes after as it finishes with a bitter herb/spice. Drinking this on a partly sunny, partly cloudy PA day.

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Photo of younger35
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew (along with a few other Ithaca brews) from BeerTruth in the Fight Club BIF. Spiced wheat beers are usually hit or miss for me. Drank from my Port pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy light yellow with a decent one finger bright white head that drops very slowly. A super thin cap remains along with a fairy thick collar that leaves very little, if any, lacing.
Smell- Fairly vibrant and full of life with copious amounts of orange and lemon peel. I don't get much spice (coriander, clove, etc) but I do get a light gingery like tartness (don't think this even has ginger in it). Softly doughy and sweet with an almost vanilla like caramel maltiness.
Taste- That vanilla and caramel seems to have translated quite well into the taste also. Not overbearing, just a light mineral like vanilla tinge at the start. Some coriander and orange peel are present but seem to fade a bit as the beer warms and the malt pipes in. Very lightly sweet with a soft orange and apricot finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice creamy feel and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- This brew (more than any other spiced wheat I've tried) really reminds me of, dare I say, Blue Moon. Maybe it's the large orange peel aspect but it's really reminiscent. An okay beer that I didn't love but I definitely didn't hate. Would probably be more enjoyable sitting on the deck during a nice hot summer's day. Thanks Adam "Pacman" BeerTruth!

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Photo of Murchmac
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this as an extra.

Pours a really carbonated bubbling bubbly medium head that falls into itself. Like the baking soda volcano you would make in third grade.

More of a cut grass macro smell. Something Laverne and Shirley would bottle.

Some sweet malt taste, some spice. Some hops.

Macro and sweet aftertaste.

Next time you reach for that MGD on that hot summer day, pick this one instead.

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Photo of atr2605
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours hazy soft yellow color with about 1 finger width head with nice retention
S-lemon, spices, some pine aroma and a slight bready/yeast aroma.
T-More of the same in the taste, lemon really comes out at first and you get that nice piny hop bitterness towards the end.
M- medium bodied
O-Spin on a whitbier. It has a bit more lemon in the aroma and taste that I think is traditionally in the style, aloong with the use of what seems like cascade hops adding to the citrus and pine notes. Nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a somewhat foggy straw yellow with a one finger fluffy white head that quickly fades to a thin layer. No stickiness at all with this one. Smell is strong pale wheat with a lemon zest scent. Honey and coriander are noticable in the nose as well. Taste is a bit too zesty up front but dies down to a pleasant wheat flavor. Aftertaste is an enjoyable yeast flavor with a nice citrus splash. Average taste overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a whole lotta carbonation, too much IMO. Not a bad beer to put down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some herbal grassy notes and a floral/perfume flavour. It ends with a floral lingering aftertaste.

Overall - Good not great. The astringent floral notes get tiresome after a while. Well worth trying but not something I'd buy a whole lot of. A decent summer refresher.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks tom!

Pours a hazy straw yellow with golden hues. A fair head bubbles up, retaining well with some streaks of lacing around the glass.

Scents of pleasant wheat with clove, spice, and some fruit sweetness, although the overall presentation is pretty light.

Begins with a nice tropical fruit sweetness including banana and pineapple. Some spice flairs through with cracked black pepper and some clove. Finishes with a touch of warmth and spice.

Lighter feel with plenty of carbonation and dryness towards the finish. Pretty solid session beer from Ithaca, but not really memorable in flavor or scent.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Partly sunny this beer is. Into my goblet a cloudy golden yellow with a big bubbly white head. Nose contains a lot of spice. Coriander, clove, slightly sour wheat and orange peel. Flavor is full of tangy lemon, orange and wheat. The spice quickly kicks in bringing out a lot of peppery yeast and coriander. It finishes with a crisp bitterness that dulls the spicy notes down and leaves a fruity finish. The body was light and crisp. Overall It's a decent beer but I thought the spicy middle was a little much.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a two finger frothy head and little to no lacing. The aroma is of wheat and citrus with hints of clove. The taste has a nice wheat backbone with a big lemon taste, almost too much, and is balanced out by clove and a touch of banana. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light in body. The drinkability is good, the lemon taste might be a little to bitter to make a session beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a copper-gold coloring with a filmy white coating. Aromas of toasted wheat, citrus sweet, and a touch of roasted herbs. Flavors are light and smooth, with a roasty and nutty backbone supporting some light spicing and lemony citrus blendings. Aftertaste is fruity sweet, with a grainy touch. The finish is a bit filmy and slightly lingering. Not bad.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of Ithaca's new seasonal at the brewery. I was told that it is similar to the MacGregor's Dim Wit in that they both contain coriander, but one has orange peel (Partly Sunny?) while the other has lemon peel (Dim Wit?).

Poured a huge white head that faded slowly to a ring around the glass leaving only a few specs of lace along the way. Hazy sunshine colored beer with a a few small streams of carbonation. Mild aroma full of corainder with a splash of fresh vegetation. Plenty of coriander in the flavor along with a very light, almost dry malt base. I'm pretty sure this one has the orange peels in it since there is a mellow citrus flavor towards the end. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish that never fully materializes. It's light and fluffy with a little less carbonation then most witbiers. It's missing that tangy lemon wheat flavor I like in wits, and there isn't really anything else going on to make this beer interesting. Not a bad beer, but not what I'm looking for in a witbier.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this down at the brewery

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden body, with a sizable white head. The head retention wasn't great, I think it's just the glass. Decent lacing.

Smell: Very bready and yeasty, some corriander, slightly peppery. Average aroma, nothing that really excites the nose.

Taste/Feel: Bready and malty. Nice citrus aftertaste. Very smooth mouthfeel, could use more carbonation I think.

This is a nice Witbier, but it's nothing extrordinary. There's nothing "off" about it, so it's got room to get a lot better.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellowish color with a slight haze to it with less then a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very thin veil of lace across the top.

S: Aromas of wheat and light orange citrus coming thru with a very light hint of spice.

T: Lemon is the main characteristic here with light wheat and grain. Spice is very very faint, barely noticeable at all. Mild citrus bitterness at the end. If I had a lemon slice I would probably give it a 4.

M: Light carbonation works with the citrus flavors and theres a bit of dryness at the end.

O: Not a bad summer beer. Crisp and refreshing, def a nice summer brew.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden straw color. A vigorous pour produces a lite foamy head fading fast.

Aroma is mostly of corrinder and celery.

Taste is definitly corrinder dominated.

Tart and dry with an off aftertaste.

Blue moon or this beer, it's a hard choice.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The third of three Ithaca samplings tonight in preparation for the Brew Fest tomorrow...slightly cloudy, off-yellow unfiltered body... thin dissipating white head--it's a wheat, yes... bright, full wheat scents--consistent but not spectacular... medium-bodied, evenly textured to the tongue... lively and engaging... acidic, crisp wheat--nondescript otherwise--and a thirst quencher...a serviceable wheat that doesn't break new ground or sully the old....a good end to the evening.

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Photo of Gmann
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light brown color with a whitish haze. The pure white head dissipates quickly into a light cap. The aroma is heavy on coriander, perhaps grains of paradise as it smells very similar to Sam's Summer. The taste is of a tart lemon citrus and plenty of coriander. The heavy spice is cut by the wheat malt with balances out the flavor and saves the beer. The brew doesn't seem to use a Belgian yeast strain so not sure this is really a wit, just an american wheat with a bunch of coriander. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes tart and dry. An ok summer brew. Not a big fan of coriander but this is drinkable since the wheat malt helps balance it out. Not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw color. Modest head, particularly for a wheat. No lace.

Smells like sour cream and confectioner sugar. Light spice in the background.

Flavors of coriander, soured milk, yeast and wheat. Smooth start to the body, but the high level of carbonation brings out some of the more bitter qualities of this brew. Slightly citrusy.

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Photo of mobud
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip from bottle.

A- Dark straw with a 1/2 inch white foamy head.

S- Very malty to me clove spice in to the backround.

T- Light wheat ale taste with a "guess what spice is in here" finish. Maybe I was having an off day, but I was not picking any one strong flavor in this beer. I think I will have to give it another try.

M- Alittle on the flat side.

D- I am normally I big supporter of IBC, but this beer is driving me nuts. I want to love it, but it misses me completely. I do believe that a second look is in order to be completely honest.

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Photo of Risser09
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best before august 2009

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow has orange hues to it as well. The white head climbs to 1.5" and has a cakey, craterous texture. Good retention is shown, along with a trail of sudsy lace. So far, so good.

Smell: Somewhat of a distant aroma includes wheat malt and pale, too. Cracker and biscuit aroma sits next to some slight hop aromas.

Taste: Wheat malt leads the way, with some hop flavor not too far behind. A trace of minerals exists in both flavor form and mouthfeel. I'm disappointed that the taste is rather dull and uninteresting.

Mouthfeel: A trace of minerals makes the beer a bit dry. Smooth drinking, light body, and plenty of lively carbonation. Alcohol is difficult to assign.

Drinkability: A light beer in all aspects. This would be a great summer quencher, but could use more aroma and flavor. Worth a shot.

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Photo of erosier
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pouts an orange-yellow color with a tall white colored head that fades slowly and laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat aromas, orange and lemon scents followed by coriander and maybe some other spices in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted wheat, some other sweet malts, sweet orange, tangy lemon, and then a nice coriander finish. Pretty decent mix of flavors.
M: Smooth, light-medium bodied, maybe some more carbonation would be good, but pretty refreshing nonetheless.
D: Overall a decent mix of flavors and feel, nice job on this.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours partly cloudy with a short lived thin white head over a pale gold colored beer. Plenty of carbonation evident. Really not as hazy as I would like my witbier to be. Head retention is a disappointment as well.

Light citrus notes in the nose with plenty of spice. Coriander and pepper are notable. Taste is also dominated by spice, and there really is not that much of it. Just hardly anything else of note. There is a bit of a flowery hop finish and that's about it.

Nice light body and most definitely drinkable on a hot summer day. On said day I would be loathe to pass on any witbier. This is no exception, though I will probably not seek it out again. I'm not too excited about the Ithaca variety pack so far.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium light yellow. Cloudy, nearly opaque. Short creamy white head with some persistence.

Smell - Sweet and grainy. Banana and a little spice and lemon.

Taste - Sweet grain. Artificial banana with a lemony finish. Some spice, especially in the aftertaste - I'll go with cloves. Quite watery.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - Flavor didn't live up to the aroma's promise.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale tangerine color is moderately hazy, with a strong waverly mist of micro-bubbles rising within. The capping is strong, 2 fingers, sea-shell white in color, with a frumpy, stryofoam like texture. The lacing is equally strong sticking well to the glass leaving a chunky, bready ring band about.

S: Pale oranges, wheat and a pretty good musky nature. Fairly simple, could use some sharpness as well coriander to spice things up.

T: sharp nature, pale oranges and wheat. No frills flavor that lacked a good spiciness (again coriander and a lemony touch would have been nice). Musky hops, some bitterness come on the close. Dry wheat base, mundane flavor and spicing.

M: Upfront crispness, very tight and well suited per style, but quickly turns to a washy feel after a few seconds. Bubbly, washy that loses credibility on the hold.

O: Besides a good visual nature the beer lacks in comparison to staple styles like hoegaarden. Lacks a good spicy nature, bite, with a fairly sloppy wheat base that comes off as ordinary as the spicing. Partly sunny is partly dull and overcast.

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