Partly Sunny - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 197
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 7.49%
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 bigflatsbeerman
2.41/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light golden color with a slight chill haze. Carbonation seem low in y glass.
Smell: I'm not sure what this smells like, but it is not too pleasant.
Taste: This was a huge surprise. I thought I had picked up 2 six packs of Ground Break Saison, but they changed regional beer over to Partly Sunny and I didn't notice. Quite a huge step down from Ground Break. This tastes like no other beer I ever had. It's not enjoyable which is a disappointment given it's from Ithaca a great regional brewery.
Overall: Sub par, I did not realize this was a wit beer until I logged into BA. (588 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
2.54/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Partly Sunny is a hazy yellow ale with no real head except for a white ring. The aroma is banana, clove, citrus... probably lemon. In the mouth, it's lively, watery and crisp. It's lightly bitter, maybe herbal. It's not sweet and reminds me of eating Wheaties. It's slightly tart. It's a summer ale.
(rated Aug 1, 2007) (319 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Partly cloudy light orange beer poured into a pint glass. Foamy white head forms to a nice three finger size but it only lasts for a minute or so. Tiny bubbly ring around the edges with a few clouds in the middle. Head disappears completely leaving no lace and a strange looking beverage.

S- Wheat/grain bomb, too much so it seems to dominate every whiff I get. I also get some lemon/citrus zest and just tiny yeast spice behind that.

T- Again, each sip brings with it a hefty dose of wheat bread crust. The citrus peel, floral, spicy, clove and yeast comes through more than the aroma. I get some sort of cardboard/corn hint as well, hard to describe (just super wheaty?).

MF- Light body with a somewhat watery feel. The carbonation is lower than I expected and seems off for the style. Slight bitterness.

Doesn't really do it for me in any way. The spices don't bring much flavor. The Witbier aspect of this is just not there. I just get a big flavor of wheat crust and some corn/cardboard thing going on when it comes down to it. (1,039 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip...Pours a clear light gold, copper hint. A full white head of three fingers, over one finger hangs for awhile, good lacing...The aroma is pretty nice, lots of clove and wheat, sweet and nice, surprised...The taste is not good at all, the clove turns in banana vodka, harsh, alcoholic, astringent, not good.

This is a bad wit, don't bother. (380 characters)

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got growler from the brewery on a road trip to Ithaca. Poured form growler into Ithaca pint glass.

Fairly thick head that dissipates perhaps too quickly, cloudy straw color. Aroma of sour citrus (Bready?)Tastes a bit sour (should it? probably not) Finishes very bland, no crisp finish as I was expecting for a wit.

This beer tastes much better with food. Had one with Thai grilled chicken for dinner, enjoyed it, except again it was missing that crisp taste. (460 characters)

Photo of yourunclewalt
2.74/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very cloudy / hazy golden amber body with a thick three finger eggshell head.

S - Exceedingly yeasty, bread dough, dank (old socks, even) hops

T - Little lemon zest, dough, spicy hops

M - Silky

D - A little stranger than average summer offering. The doughy quality is strangely appealing but only after the first brew. Wouldn't be good for a hot summer day, I'll say that. (389 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Murky yellow/brown color with a very short-lived white head and quite a few floaties.
To me it smells like a blend of citrus cleaner and that Witch-hazel stuff they have in every old school barber shop.
The taste is on the sour/bitter side with wheat flavor.
Medium bodied with a fizzy feel.
I would drink one if offered for free but I wouldn't order/buy one. (405 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very nice bubbly yellow with a half inch of creamy white head. Looks pretty good.

S - Expecting a bit of lemon, yest or maybe some spice I am greeted with a smell of sour apples and pears. Is this a Saison? Very weird indeed.

T - Ow wow full on Saison flavors which is kind of offputting since it's very tart. I get full on apple and pear with a touch of lingering hay and a nice bit of hops in the finish. Rating to style this is a complete fail.

M - Medium bodied was surprisingly harder to drink than I thought.

Overall I love their "Groundbreak Saison" but this is kind of a disaster. Rating to style? Terrible. Rating to likeness. Pretty lousy.

I would avoid this if expecting to get a succession-able witbier. (727 characters)

Photo of DrewOSU
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ithaca Partly Sunny

Given to me by beachbum1975, thanks man

A: Pours a sunshine yellow (imagine that), pale yellow at the top, a darker cloudy yellow at the top. ¼ inch bubbly white head to top it off.

S: Slightly sour, pungent citrus, wheat and slight orange.

M/T: Watery feel on the tongue, a strong metallic/citrus rush on the tongue, followed by a wheat base and a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Leaves nothing on the pallet for being such a lemony beer. The bottom kind of drops out quick and it ends up being a little dull after a few drinks. Not a whole lot going on with this beer. The flavors don't explode and they all just seem to be a general citrus. No colorful notes.

D: Very light and refreshing. Very drinkable, but a little boring after half a glass. A lot better summer beers out there. (813 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with 2 1/2 fingers of fluffy white head.

The scent is of citrus and wheat.

The taste is of citrus and wheat, a little watery.

Light bodied, smooth and refreshing. low carbonation.

Very easy to drink, it was a little too watery for me and could have a bit more flavor. (299 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow-orange. 1 finger foam head that dissipates quickly, does not leave behind any lacing. Highly carbonated

S-Lemon, wheat and bananas

T-Mainly lemon, not real strong. Some banana at the finish but once again not a strong flavor.

M-Light, carbonated and dry

D-Too dry and carbonated to be very drinkable. (319 characters)

Photo of Naes
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly hazy, pale golden colored beer with a small white head.
The aroma is nothing much to speak of, other than a bit of yeast.
Its flavor begins as a normal wheat beer, then follows with some spice near the finish. There is also a slight citrus presence.
Mouthfeel is light in body and a bit under carbonated.

This is a decent beer, but nothing about it stands out as special to me. (403 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Don't let the name fool you this beer pretty cloudy but in a good way. It has nice cloudy hay yellow color to it. The head was virtually nonexistent but there was a little lace.

Smell- Definitely sweet other than that it is mildly citrus like.

Taste- It had a strong wheat malt taste, a little bit of sugar, citrus and some spice. I thought the aftertaste was a little bitterer than it should have been.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and easy to drink.

Drinkability- Average and refreshing. (503 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, clear, amber in color

Smell: orange, cinnamon, clove, and wheat

Taste: orange, lemon, light coriander, clove, and wheat

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This is an ok witbier that has a touch too much spicing. Fairly undistinguishable, I will pass on this in the future. (348 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of Risser09
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of mobud
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (255 characters)

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Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company
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