Ithaca Pils - Ithaca Beer Company

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82
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 04-19-2006)
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Photo of TheDeuce
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ithaca Pils....

Appearance-pale golden color with a thick lace, ok carbonation. Heavy bubbles, looks ok.

Smell-grain, light grapefruit and grass, some alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-watery, grainy taste, grass/grapefruit pulls through, smooth heavy carbonation. Ok taste, but nothing stands out.

Drinkability-decent smoothness, nothing too bad, not that notable.

Overall-not that notable, pretty average and doesn't stand up to other craft pils. Not recommended, needs a lift.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/16/08. Bottle, best by 9/2008. Pours a straw yellow with a small foamy white head. Aroma of stale wheat and hay. Flavor is similar, along with a sharp light fruitiness. Not very exciting. Too stale for me.
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20
(3.0/5)

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of yourunclewalt
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear, golden straw body, no carbonation / sedement, one finger, foamy head. To type.

S - Fusel alcohol, corn grits, slight sweet, citrusy hops

T - Very wheaty aftertaste on top of a standard pilsener body

M - Carbonation follows you through watery mid-palate into a silky finish

D - Little bitter, but most Ithaca brews are. Overall, a pretty decent Pilsener and a welcome addition for the summer pack. This one will cool you off.

Photo of Sipchue
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a transparend gold with a small white head of velvet that slowly fades away. Small traces of CO2 slowly rise to the top. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy saaz hops, earthy minerals, pepper, mild grain, and some abrassive husk.
Taste is of grainy, spicy hops with light cornbread, cracked peppercorn, and sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, corn, spice, and grain husks lingering on the palate.

Photo of Slatetank
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at Brass Rail Delicatessin - poured chilled from the 12oz into a tumbler
tasted alongside a couple other pilsners at the same time
A - A murkey hazy golden w/ thick sudsy white cream. The look is translucent w/ tiny bead and moderate lace sticking

S - A slightly grassy mild musty and chalky cardboard scent. The beer has a dry malt undertone

M- A nutty, dry and spiced mild bitter texture w/ moderate carbonation and gentle sweetness w/ a bitter grassy astingent finish

T - A taste that is both dull and bitter with a chalky grassy and dry flavor which leads to a sharp bitter end

D - The drinkability is not the best, in fact I probably won't try this again unless something changes -it gets distasteful 1/2way through

Photo of ctman
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass on 2/28/10.

Golden in color, hazy with a solid white head a solid stream of bubbles rising to the surface. The glass is a 16 oz and the head overflowed it. Might be that it sat on the store shelf for a little too long since I see now it is a retired beer.

Has a good nose for a pils. Not a huge fan of the style so the fact that it is not a strong smell works well for me.

Crisp and clean leaving a bitter finish. Has that aftertaste one expects from a lager.

I think for the style its a solid representation of average.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the Ithaca Beer Company variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: Cloudy dark gold body, fluffy white head, great retention, good sized head, good lacing.
Smell: Not much of anything, maybe some caramel.
Taste: Sweet malt, watery, some spice that was hard to place.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of mobud
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Straw yellow that was more dark than I expected. Poured a nice fluffy,white head that remained thru the sample.

S- Very light bisquit and citrus notes, but not really all that engaging.

T- Thin bisquit taste with a nice malt finish.

M- Very light. Very good in hot weather.

D- Not bad for the style. Would get a sixer of this to have after working around the house on a hot day.

Photo of younger35
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew (along with a few other Ithaca brews) from BeerTruth in the Fight Club BIF. Loves me a good crisp Pilsner. Drank from my Port pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazed golden straw with a fairly decent one finger foamy white head. The head really never recedes and it leaves TONS of ring like lacing down the side of my glass.
Smell- Lightly hoppy with those earthy, almost dirty, European hops. There is a slight twang in there though adding a bit of citrusy lemon zest. Although the nose is mostly Noble a bit of a light doughy maltiness does show, especially as it warms a bit. Simple and nice, just how I like my Pils.
Taste- Surprising sweet for a Pils as I expect a bit more hop and a bit more dryness. Some lightly caramelized sugar and a big dose of doughy malts, it's almost a peculiar start. A hint of lemon zest and some soft grassy hops try to add a bit of balance. Somewhat acidic as well but the sweetness is a bit much. Finishes with a bit of lingering toffee and light zesty kick.
Mouthfeel- Big full body with an almost syrupy feel and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Once the initial sweetness passes this is a fairly tasty beer. It definitely needs to either cut down on the malt or bump up the hops. Although I think this beer may leave Pilsner territory if the later is bumped up. Big thanks to Adam for sharing the goodness!

Photo of bjohnson
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to warriorsoul for the hand-off. I know you pimp that company.

Pours a golden color with an amber hue. Frothy one finger white bubbly head that dissipates quickly though leaves a bunch of junk on top. A mess of bubbles rises from the bottom. Toasted grain notes with a hint of caramel. Floral hop presence with slight buttery notes. Aromas aren't as crisp as I though they'd be.

Toasted grain malt notes. Banana and butter notes overtake the malt flavors. Sharp hop twang and crispness in the finish leaves a dryness on the tongue. Crisp hop smack sneaks up on you. Not what I expected from a pils, but an interesting try by Ithaca. A bit bigger then the lighter style pils I've had recently. Thanks for the chance T--I appreciate it.

Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw color with an extensive stream of upwardly mobile bubbles. Impressive three-finger, snow powdery white head that recedes in a rocky fashion.

Fresh, malty aroma. Neutral hop. (weakest part of the tasting).

Far more bitter than the aroma would suggest--more than a typical pils. Very dry with a solid body for the style. Leaves a long-lasting bitter, bitter hop aftertaste (that goes on forever).

Overall, this is an interesting, albeit slightly off, pilsener. I'd seek it out to try it in a flight of other pils.

Photo of Mit
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always had a soft spot for Ithaca Beer Company. Picked up a mixer pack while camping and found a lonely bottle of the Pils in the bottem of my cooler when I got home. Thought it was a sign that I should review it...or possibly drink less when I go camping cause I should have come home with ALOT more!

Anyway.

A- Beer pours a nice golden straw colour with an almost non existant head.

S-slightly sourish smell some mild fruity sweetness.

T-Light character, very mild hop bitterness coming through on the 2nd or 3rd sip. Grainyness coming through at end. Smooth.

M-Pretty typical of it's ABV.

D-O baby is it ever. Dangerously so.

Photo of yesyouam
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ithaca Pils is a slightly hazy light golden lager. It is very sparkling with a small, fluffy white head. The aroma is soft, grassy and slightly fruity. It is medium light bodied with a clean, crisp finish. It is well balanced with decent bitterness. It tastes like Saaz. The aftertaste is leafy. It's a simple and refreshing lager.
(rated Jun 26, 2008)

Photo of riversider76
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a one finger plus white head. Decent retention, and very nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malts. Nice,but could have been stronger. Body is light to medium with some carbonation. Taste is bread and butter up front with a nice hoppy finish. Not bad at all!

Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A medium to pale amber. There is an averagely thick whit foamy head and lace to this beer.

Smell- Some crisp hops notes and grassy like pils should be.

Taste- Just a little bit of bitterness to start with followed by tastes of bread and grains.

Mouthfeel- Light and fizzy.

Drinkability- Refreshing not my favorite pilsner but I enjoy this one.

Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed golden with a thin head that becomes wispy. Bits of lacing stick.

The smell is fruity, in an odd-ish way, with herbal/grassy notes and a touch of dough. Like the appearance, not quite as "clean" as would like, but a nice enough aroma.

The taste is bready, slightly musty, with a touch of sour leading to a grassy/herbal finish. Aftertaste better than taste.

The feel is light-bodied with a lingering dryness.

It does have a nice bitter, drying finish, but while drinking it is a bit too bready/doughy and the slight sour touch mixed in doesn't really help. Could be cleaner all around, though it finishes nicely.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden yellow with a 1-finger white head that retains well. Good visible active fine-bubbled carbonation.

S: Slightly fruity with a hint of grains.

T: Fruit with a bit of soapyness up front. Finishes with a lingering grassiness that coats the palate and stays with you. After awhile the fruitiness becomes more prevalent, but the grass is still there.

M: Light in heft, slightly creamy in feel. I like a bit more "bite" to my pilsners if that makes sense.

D: OK.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine goldenrod beneath a large, creamy, French vanilla chapeau. Since Pils utilizes 100% German ingredients, it's a shame I couldn't have come up with something from that country to describe the color of the head. The foam is nicely sticky and deposits quite a bit of splotchy lace. A good beginning.

The nose isn't quite as malty (Pilsener, Munich) as it is noble hoppy (Magnum, Select, Perle, Tradition, Hallertau Hersbrucker). Despite having been dry-hopped, there isn't a whole lot of herbal, grassy pungency. Perhaps it was exploding with hops when it was first released back in April.

Ithaca Pils is too sweet and isn't bitter enough for the style. Malty pilseners are okay, as long as there are enough hops to dominate the flavor profile and to give the beer a crisp, clean, alpha acid snap. There's very little, if any, snappiness here. Also present is a hint of lemon zest and more than a hint of untoasted cereal grain that should have been hidden by... you guessed it... hops.

The body is on the portly side for the style. Since I like big mouthfeels in most instances, I like this one. More bubbles would have helped to lighten the load and would have added some excitement that is otherwise lacking.

Ithaca Pils is a summer seasonal that was first brewed this year. It isn't a bad beer by any means, but a few (fairly minor) tweaks are needed before it can be considered good. Not bad... not good... just okay. Let's see what next year's batch has in store.

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale malt scent along with a lemony zest. It's dry with some residual maltiness and a light German hop aroma. The taste is above average. It has a pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some German hop character. It does has a lemony feel with some maltiness lingering. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is not the best pilsner on the market, although it's not that bad. What it is, is Ithaca expanding it's lineup like it's consistantly done in recent years. It's their first attempt and I'm sure they will tweek the recipe. Good luck guys!

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a lighter dull golden with a large fluffy well retained white head a very nice pour.Clean toasty aromas maybe a bit to clean lightly toasty with a passing mineral-like note.Seemed to be more malt tilted at least up front,quite firm and toasty with a touch of honey sweetness an herbal smack of hops comes thru in the finish.A big sturdy pilsner here nice full mouthfeel and quite drinkable,not bad.

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