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Old Habit - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 68
Gots: 20 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Robust American Ale brewed with four different Rye Malts, fresh Centennial and Crystal Hops and our proprietary Ale Yeast. It is partly fermented in Tennesee Rye Whiskey Barrels, then carefully blended. Enjoy the gorgeous ruby color, strong aromas of vanilla and black cherry, earthy flavors of nuts and oak and the warm spicy finish.

(Beer added by: zdk9 on 06-06-2007)
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4/5  rDev +2%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

ThatsThatDude, May 23, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a murky dark brown with a thin loose head of foam that fell before I even picked up the glass. Nose is lovely. Mellow and spicy rye. Deep but not too bold. A light airy wood and a modest sweet whiskey. Dry dark fruit like raisins, nuts and a touch of expansive malt sweetness like toffee and caramel. A fragrant bit of vanilla and I can't wait to taste this. Taste is lovely. Spicy rye that has become modest with a bit of age and from the oak barrel. Deep and tall rye flavor that is not unbounded like most rye ales but rather proper and containing all it's loveliness so that you can have it but so that it does not overrun the other flavors. A touch of smooth vanilla and airy wood. A surprise in some brilliant tart cherry. The cherry really enlivens the palate and lets you taste all the malt sweetness by contrast. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light with some tiny prickly bubbles in the finish. A small warming form the alcohol Smooth and very mellow. This one awesome beer.

utopiajane, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

trxxpaxxs, Apr 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

outoffocus, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

GABrew, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

WVbeergeek, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Joecaddie, Mar 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Thickfreakness, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kegatron, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Hopheadhiker, Dec 06, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a coffee colored head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of dark fruit - grape, wine and oak. Also get whiskey, bright fruity hops, and floral notes.

This a rich complex brew full of big flavor. Starts with oak red wine and whiskey then works around to citrus and resinous hop punch kept lively by a heavy carbonation. Notes of raisin and plum, spicy rye and apple linger in the long dry finish with a hint of chewy malt - slightly butterscotchy.

Chickenhawk9932, Nov 06, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Deep brown when pouring, one finger deep tan head that doesn't last long.

S-Whiskey barrels, vanilla, rye and oak.

T-Starts with rye spiceness and bourbon notes, caramel, chocolate and vanilla as well. It is missing something to give it lasting flavor.

M-Medium bodied, tad watery, little to no carbonation.

O-The finish was lacing, but the beer itself was worth a try.

rlee1390, Oct 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

logicalparadox, Aug 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

vonnegut21, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JRod1969, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bcm75, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

akukucka, Jul 27, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a very murky brown, with very bubbly, but surprisingly thin off white head. Dissipates quickly, except for a thin stubborn layer.

S: A light tartness up front, quickly enveloped by a smooth sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla present. I'm thinking barrel aged, likely whiskey. A slight char aroma too. Intriguing.

T: Rich toffee, and slightly buttery. Reminiscent of a werther's hard candy. The slightest tartness on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. Almost like apple cider, with light spices. Apple brandy maybe? Consider me perplexed.

M: Surprisingly smoother than expected, and medium to full bodied. Really creamy, but over carbonation is its downfall. Alcohol is hidden very well.

O: Jekyll & Hyde between the smell and taste. The tartness in the nose is very prominent, but very subdued in the taste. It's tasty, but just a little muddled

brydeen, Jul 09, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Excelsior Tulip.

A: Reddish brown color. Mild pour leads to a fizzy two finger khaki colored head that dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing is spotty but present.

S: Nose full of rye malts and whiskey. Some funk is present as well but I have no idea where that comes from. Fruity notes as well in the form of cherry and boysenberry.

T: Very malt-forward with fruity notes as listed above along with some nuttiness, vanilla and whiskey.

M: Creamy smooth which is odd considering how quickly the fizz faded. Alcohol burn on the end of the sip...at the very end. And the burn lingers a bit as well, in a nice way, like a good bourbon.

O: This is an excellent beer that gets better as it warms. I will definitely seek out another.

suspect, Jul 06, 2013
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Old Habit from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.