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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
Brewed by:
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 riversider76
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking bottle. Nice use of summer colors on the label. Pours cloudy golden. Thin head. Not much retention, and only a bit of lacing.Smell is of yeast,and spice with a hint of citrus. Body is malty,with good carbination. Taste is nicely spiced, and fruity. Refreshing. A good summer session beer.

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Photo of rarevos
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into hexagonal Hoegaarden glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow. Maybe a bit more orange than that. One finger of head, dissipated quickly. This is NOT an unfiltered beer. A little hazy, but otherwise very clear, and no yeasty dregs to swirl. Kind of a turn-off, actually, as I like my wits unfiltered with plenty of peppery yeast.

S: Citrus at the front. SLIGHT hint of coriander in the nose. Has a perfume at the back that's somewhat sweet-smelling. It's an unindentifiable perfuminess.

T: Bit if wheat breadiness up front, with a citrus spike toward the back. Finish is spicy/perfumy, with a blend of black pepper and coriander, and something like lavender. The black pepper is the dominant spice.

M: Light-bodied and crisp.

D: Very. A solid, crisp summer refresher, and a nice wit that doesn't try and be a Hoegaarden clone. It also doesn't resemble Blue Moon, which tends to be another oft-cloned wit.

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Photo of mstyne
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice spicy/fruity aroma after prying off the cap. Significant light foamy head, at least an inch or so, little to no lace. A nice amber color in my pint glass.

Lemon and spice dominate, though they are not overpowering This is a very refreshing brew, and a nice seasonal from Ithaca. I've actually had it once previously but didn't review it at the time. I enjoyed it enough to buy more, if that puts it into perspective.

Looking forward to Ithaca's Fall and Winter offerings.

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Photo of Celt44
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy light yellow straw. Small head and thin lacing that last throughout.

Aroma - lemon zest with slight malts up front. Faint spice towards the end. Ginger...

Taste - Citrus lemon with a malt presence. Ginger pops its head up again....

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth - no suprises here. Designed to go down easy and fast on a hot summer day..

Drinkability - A very nice Witbier. Definitely will try this again. I've had more flavorful wits, but this hits the spot...

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca Partly Sunny...

Appearance-light golden color, poured into my wit glass, hazy white head appears, medium height but it does stay.

Smell-spicy aroma, light malt, hazy wheat and grainy smells throughout.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium bodied, alcohol appears, nice mix of spice and grain, light hop finish with residual sweetness. Hazy alcoholic bang at at the end.

Drinkability-maybe a little spicy, but hell I like this kick every once in a while.

Overall-nice beer, the spiciness kicks it up a notch, has more going on than some others of the same style. Enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed yellow gold, small cap of white froth, gone quickly. Nice scent filled with citrus peel, tangy wheat and fragrant spices. Taste follows scent, surprised at how full the flavor profile is... lots of bitter citrus, fresh ground spice and tangy wheat malt, maybe a touch too strong for more then a pint at a time. Light bodied, bubbly. A full flavored wit with a lot of good going for it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of kevman527
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - White foamy head 2 fingers worth, golden color or straw yello, good lacing.

S - Citrus, piney, brown sugary.

T - Brown sugar, banana, cirusy, with little to no aftertaste

M - Medium carbonation, light bodies, very smooth on the mouth.

D - Easy to drink, would recommend. A good summer wheat beer for those hot and hazy days.

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Photo of Blanco
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark orange and cloudy with a nice sized head. Light carbonation. Smells like wheat and spices with a little fruitiness. Nicely balanced flavors of spices and citrus; its more sweat than tart. The flavor is very good albeit on the mild side. It has a nice tiny zing on the tongue that livens it up and goes down incredibly smooth due to its lightness and is very refreshing and perfect for summer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of capaneus
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) i poured this into my watou's wit glass producing a golden-hued brew with a very faint amber quality. The head lacks much body, and is composed of large, soapy-looking bubbles which quickly recede to spotty lacing. i would've preferred my "partly sunny" was partly cloudy, but this was crystal-clear.

(S) i really enjoyed the aroma of this beer - very BELGIAN. the phenols mixed with wheat bread smells gave a rich spiced dough character, with less of the artificial citrus tones that plague some of this style.

(T) the taste reminds me of a spicy hefe, with a nice banana bread character. the hop character is slightly more pronounced than most wheats i've had, though skewed more towards bittering and not quite as much flavor as i'd like. that being said, the hops are pretty subtle here. the finish is mildly acidic. this is definitely working for me.

(M) the zingy carbonation paired with a somewhat more viscous mouthfeel than one would expect for the style produce a very satisfying feeling for each gulp.

(D) a perfectly adequate summer wheat, in fact, better than most overly-citric soda-like summer seasonals i've had the misfortune to encounter this year.

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