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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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 197
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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) (349 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 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 tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a strong swirl of the botle, poured a cloudy apricot color with massive white foamy head that lasted throughout the glass. Much attractive sticky lacing.
Smell is a bit light with some spiciness evident. Also a light lemon-orange aroma present.
Taste is tangy with oranges notes detected. The spiciness is very restrained, yet still enjoyable. A peppery bite at the finish is the perfect balance.
An very enjoyable beer. Easy to drink. Went well on a warm srping afternoon after all my chores and errands were completed. (529 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
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.... (468 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)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Appearence:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
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. (2,123 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a weizen glass, as I had originally thought this was another summer wheat beer. Body is clear golden yellow with a small whitish head that leaves no lace.

S: Lemon and lemon zest over cereal grains, with the lemony scents dominant. Also some sort of spice.

T: Good melding of ingredients here -- there's a wheat twang, some basic grainy malt, unidentified spice towards back end of the sip and then lemony bitterness lingering at the finish.

M: Bountiful fine carbonation crosses over into fizziness at times. Cleanses the palate, but at times feels too fizzy. Body is light.

D: Good. Bottle went down very quickly in the evening, I could see it disappearing instantly in the middle of a hot day. (715 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (439 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 JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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"! (1,084 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 SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (586 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 drtth
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,220 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.47/5  rDev 0%
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! (1,432 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of irishkyle21
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had my Partly Sunny on a rainy cloudy day. Looking at the label I can only hope for a couple more warm sunny days. The beer pours with a fair sized head but has no retention or lacing. Has a straw color with a bit of haziness.

The nose is one of the high points of this brew (along with the quaffability factors). Smells of spices (cloves?), orange, citrus, and some wheat malt. My girlfriend thinks it smells like bologna, I do find it to slightly noticeable but not as much as her.

The taste has a spicy fruit like quality ( if that's even possible). A good wheat profile and the orange/citrus comes in to play as well. I think this a great summer time brew. (664 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (293 characters)

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