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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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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 BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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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 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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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,

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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 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 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 Naes
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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