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Partly Sunny - Ithaca Beer Company

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78
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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 08-25-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Sammy, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -11.8%

t0rin0, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

djrn2, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

Thorpe429, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

metter98, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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,

oberon, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -11.8%

JAHMUR, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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!

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

jlindros, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

WesWes, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

jwc215, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -11.8%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -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.

smcolw, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -11.8%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -11.8%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%

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.

plaid75, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

beerthulhu, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

tdm168, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

sendbeer, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

rolltide8425, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

GarthDanielson, Jul 07, 2012
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Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.