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Old Habit - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 68
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle of Batch E!007 purchased at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton. This is review #1500.

A: The beer is deep brown, looking remarkably like a loaf of rye bread. Brighter orange highlights are evident throughout the ale. A thick head resulted on the first pour and a dense patch of lace has resulted.

S: Soft bourbon notes, vanilla, pepper and corn, dominate the nose. Soft and dominate don't contradict themselves, I promise. Bready, dark rye does manage to sneak past the bourbon.

T: The nose intimates an intense bourbon flavor but the taste is slow to deliver, very slow. Bready rye with mere hints of bourbon greeted me, not the full-on whiskey flavor that i was expecting. The back-end of the sip brings out the full sweet bourbon flavors. In between, the rye and bourbon battle, Mortal Kombat-style, for domination and the results are interesting. The ale is bready and chewy but sweet with vanilla and pepper. Chocolate flavors appear throughout as well. The complexity of the rye-bourbon interactions is unusual and I think it works. The biggest problem I see is that the ale leaves a rather flat taste that seems to be weak bourbon (perhaps the ale needed more aging in the barrel?).

M: The mouthfeel is different. The ale lacks significant carbonation, so the flavors are inclined to linger too long on the palate. Rye grains and bourbon seem to have a testy relationship; they are not complimentary at times.

D: The ale is too big and complex to pound. I am happy to watch some college football and sip on this one for a few hours.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 22:33:19 | More by akorsak
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Kegatron for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Purple Tin

Batch E!007

Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, with some hops notes, very slight toffee tone. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a nice touch of hops, big on the Rye Whiskey. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden fairly well. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, different than I thought.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 18:42:23 | More by Wasatch
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Halcyondays

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, solid 6 oz. sample or so thanks to dukedebourgogne,

A: Pours red with a medium white head, good retention.

S: Strong rye whiskey nose, very evident of the spirit, bready as well, strong ethanol component, you can feel it in the nose.

T: Dry taste of rye bread along with the big whiskey component. Cherries and some dark fruit round out the flavour, a little bit of grape in there too.

S: Strong ethanol, rough feel, medium to full body, very spiritous.

D: This was a fun beer to taste due to the strong barrel aged flavour, this is definitely a barrel-aged beer where the spirit is really big in the flavour. All and all, I really liked this one, if you like whiskey, you'll like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 07:43:18 | More by Halcyondays
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prototypic

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BeerTruth. Thanks, Adam!

Batch: E!007

Appearance: It pours a dark, nut brown color. There's some red around the edges as light comes through. The head on this one is gargantuan. Easily three fingers deep. It's a mocha tan color and very, very stubborn. It will easily outlast the beer. Thick sheets of lace line the glass.

Smell: The nose is malty and sweet up front. Smells like a fine mix of roasted and chocolate malts. There is a bit of spicy aroma along with a rye/grainy smell, but neither come through very strong. The nose could actually use a little work in the strength department. It smells pretty good, but it takes some patience to pull much out of it. Hops are noteable on the tail and give it a slight bit of a piney smell. Alcohol is not noted.

Taste: It improves here, but not quite so much to award a higher score. Why can't we score tenths of points again? It is spicy and has a distinct rye/grainy flavor. It comes through much stronger here and permeates the flavor. It is malty and sweet. It tastes like a mix of roasted and light chocolate malts, but I'm less certain of that here. They're not quite as identifiable in taste. It is more hoppy and bitter than I expected, but it works extremely well and is a very pleasant surprise. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Very nice job on that front.

Mouthfee/Drinkability: It's full bodied and has a nice smooth feel. Carbonation is relatively light which helps in that regard. It's not quite creamy, but it's nice and smooth. Drinkability is good. The abv is right on point and makes it easily approachable. That being said, one 750 is more than enough for me.

Ithaca did a nice job with this release. I'm impressed with it. Frankly, the nose could use a little beefing up, but I don't think I'd change much more than that. It's a very good Rye release. I just can't say that I'm a huge fan of rye beers. But, this is a good one that's more than worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 01:57:48 | More by prototypic
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours a murky dark brown with a tiny amount of foam...by the time I set the glass down, there was only a ring around the glass and a tiny bit of lacing.

The smell has notes of fruit, chocolate, and oak. Very nice nose.

The taste is well, very tasty. I'm getting some fruity tones with cherries being number 1, some good chocolate, vanilla, and a very nice rye *and* nice oaky/bourbon overtone that seem to blend very well with the other flavours. Nice! Nice medium mouthfeel here and the carbonation is lightly done. Also, the alcohol is very nicely hidden and doesn't hurt the drinkability much for me at all.

The more I sip, the more I notice how complex this brew is...I guess that's because it's warming up since I opened it after I took it straight out of the fridge. ;^)

Man, what a great sipping brew this is...and yet another very impressive offering from the gang at Ithaca. If this is available locally to you, *Please* don't let the price tag scare you away($16.95 for the 750ml)...imnsho, it is worth every penny and was a super inclusion in this trade. Thanks again muchly, Alan!!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 16:13:43 | More by Bitterbill
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled after biegamans epic Summer Saison tasting, biegamans bottle.

Pours a clear dark red/brown, medium sized but thick off white head forms, drops a solid ring of lace on the glass, good retention, looks nice. Smell is sweet and caramelized, rye spiciness, wood, some chocolate, very malty, some floral and light fruit, quite rich aroma, nice. Taste is nice as well, toffee, rye spice, dark bread, alcohol, lots of fruit, some woody/earthiness, light chocolate malt, nice balanced finish, good stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation, very smooth, alcohol is nicely hidden, some warmth. Thanks Jan!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:50:36 | More by Viggo
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Released: June 07 Bottle: 127

Appearance: Pours a murky dark amber color with a rocky beige head; while the retention is decent, it could have been better and the lacing is modest

Smell: Lots of caramel mixed with whiskey barrel aromas, including vanilla and black cherry

Taste: Opens with complexity right off the bat, with all sorts of caramel, treacle, vanilla flavors joined, by mid-palate, with both citrus fruit and black cherry; after the swallow, the whiskey barrel flavors add depth : the finish is reminiscent of a dark chocolate covered cherry

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: Like the others in this series, it suffers from undercarbonation, but not as much as the others I have tried previously; other than that, this is an intriguingly complex strong ale; very impressive

Thanks, BeerTruth, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 01:36:23 | More by brentk56
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The drink pours a hazy glowing ruby with tan foam that retains at a sheet and leaves thin lacing on the glass.

Smell is strangely buttery with a little rye toast and a woody note.

Tasting the beer is a pleasant surprise after the nose made me expect a smidge of diacetyl, as there is none evident in the flavor profile. The drink is spicy and oaky with a warm note of rye whiskey and just a dab of soft banana and bitter citrus. A dry note of chocolate in the finish rounds things out perfectly

Superbly smooth, medium-bodied and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:00:52 | More by cvstrickland
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Kendo

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at a Consumers in the Buffalo area, July of 2007. Cellared for about a year, consumed on July 11, 2008.

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is brown with mahogany/reddish hues when backlit. A 1-finger beige head settles quickly. Leaves no real lace.

S: Pleasant. Fruit in general -- berries and cherries as well as cocoa and a hint of vanilla.

T: Fruit again -- black cherries or chocolate-covered cherries. Actually, this reminds me a lot of black cherry soda. Finishes with a dry astringency, perhaps from the oak.

M: Good spritzy feel to it. Heft is lighter than expected given the dark color and 9% ABV. Nice dry finish helps lighten the feel a bit.

D: Very good for a beer of this strength.

Notes: I really didn't get a sense of rye at all from this -- maybe because it's been aged for over a year. Still, even if it wasn't what I expected, I enjoyed it. The 25.4 oz wine-bottle was downed easily. While I usually prefer more hops in my beers, the sweetness from the fruit and oak didn't make this one cloying at all. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 15:50:35 | More by Kendo
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!007

Pours a dark sort of caramel-like brown color, bit of red around the edges and a finger and a half of tan head on top. Head is pretty creamy and takes awhile to settle to a thin lace, and then leaves a bit of stick on the sides.

First thing to hit my nose is some citrusy hop aromas, followed by some sweet malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Bourbon aroma is very nice and doesn't overpower the rest of it.

Taste is all of the aforementioned aroma characteristics just blended together beautifully. One addition is rye flavor which I didn't pick up much in the nose, but which definitely lends a nice spicy note here. I get a bit of chocolate flavor here, too, as I did in the smell, and there is some citrusy hop flavor going on too although it is pretty subtle. And let me not forget the bourbon, with along with some vanilla is very prominent but used perfectly. It never overpowers but is always there, and it lingers long into the aftertaste making me think I am perhaps drinking a spirit rather than a beer. The flavors come and go and change as it warms, and it's just wonderfully complex, smooth and delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is appropriate. Could maybe be a bit fuller even given that it is somewhat of a sipper.

I really like this beer. I could sit down with a bottle of this and be very happy and content for the evening. Along with Allagash Curieux this is the finest use of bourbon barreling that I personally have yet experienced. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 00:00:05 | More by number1bum
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Chris for sharing this one. biegaman also brought one of these out at a recent tasting, so thanks to jan too.

750ml bottle. released june 07, bottle 593. sampled july 1/08.

pours murky red-brown with a few chunks at the bottom of the glass. a few very fine light brown bubbles for around the edges of the glass and leave a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. big caramel and toffee. some dark fruit too - date, raisin, bit of fig. bit of rye spicy character. rye bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. earthy and a bit woody. hint of grapefruit maybe?

taste is great. lightly toasted rye bread. just over medium bitterness level. alcohol. caramel. earthy. vanilla. light woody character. bit of toffee. hops are more in the earthy direction with just a bit of floral character. some nice dark fruit again too - date and fig. touch of dark chocolate.

mouthfeel is good. very fine medium carbonation level. fairly large body.

drinkability is good. quite well balanced, with hopping that didn't take away from the nice rye character and great malty base. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 18:32:08 | More by grub
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WeisGuy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Lum for this bottle. Batch 007.

a - pours pretty dark brown with burgundy highlights on the edge, two-finger tan head with decent retention and great lacing

s - definitely pick up on the black cherry and vanilla that the label mentions, very much like cherry cola spiked with rye whiskey, nice oak notes as well with the boozy whiskey, very light smokiness

t - very smooth beer, nice sweet black cherry and cola, lots of vanilla and oak, some whiskey notes on the midpalate with more dark fruit, the finish has more cherry cola and vanilla, whiskey notes quite light on the finish

m - medium-bodied, lower carbonation, mildly dry finish, some warming

d - pretty drinkable for a big whiskey barrel aged beer, alcohol is pretty mild on the palate and the taste is complex enough to keep you interested

Very good rye beer overall and a great example of barrel aging done right. The flavors are very well rounded/blended and the booze does not overwhelm the palate. Well worth seeking out a bottle. Thanks, Paul!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:41:03 | More by WeisGuy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Released: June 07. Bottle #933. Darkest ochre with blood orange highlights when backlit with afternoon sun. I'm impressed that the beer sounds like heavy cream while splashing into the glass, but a bit concerned that it isn't opaque. Up top sits a crown of rich, frothy foam the color of golden brown sugar. The lace is more a uniform sheet than an intricate pattern, but it looks good all the same.

The barrels that were used to age Old Habit Strong Rye Ale definitely did their part in the creation of an appealing aroma. The base beer is more porter than stout, since it isn't overly huge and roasted malty. It's also a little disappointing that rye malt isn't more noticeable.

Old Habit is fandamntastic beer. On paper, it sounds incredible. On the taste buds, it *is* incredible. For the record... four different varieties of rye malt, Centennial and Crystal hops, aged in the Tennessee rye whiskey barrels. Forget lesser rye malted beers and never mind the nose, this one is ryerrific!

The brewers must have roasted some of that rye malt, unless they also used chocolate and/or black patent and didn't advertise it. OH has a stout-like roastiness that provides needed support for the other flavors. I'm not sure that a 100% rye malt beer is even practical, just as a 100% wheat malt beer isn't.

The distinctive flavor and spiciness of the rye comes through loud and clear. Think rye toast dipped in melted chocolate and caramel, then sprinkled with white grapefruit zest. The contrast between sweet, bitter and spicy makes an interesting ale more interesting yet.

Unfortunately, the body/mouthfeel doesn't match the melodious sound of the initial pour. Fortunately, it's still good enough to avoid negatively impacting the flavor profile and the drinking experience. Even more malt would be great, but I can't argue with the laid back amount of carbonation.

Those of you (of us!) who swoon over rye beer will love this stuff if you're lucky enough to lay your hands on a bottle. Since this year's batch was just released, what are you waiting for? Old Habit would be a hard habit to break if I lived in IBC's distribution area. Not that I'd want to, of course. Thanks to BeerTruth for this uniquely delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 22:27:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ole magnum momma bottle wrapped up like a bottle 'o wine with a hand pressed cap. Opens with a quick *fwsk!* Label bottled June 07, bottle # 880.

Pours into a goblet with a deep auburn, burnt sienna hue topped with a frothy khaki head cap settling to a bubbly ring around the glass.

Candy lollipop scents with a light hint of bourbon barrel and rum cake. Spice cake bready scents follow through.

First swigs: Soft bourbon barrel woody characters weave with a roasty texture. Spice cake chewy middle. Rum torte dessert with a chocolate cocoa hint finish. Nutty almond extract and butter pecan ice cream evolve fully while sipping.

Feel is a thick viscous brew with a tongue coating. Gentle warmth, not hot, and a soft underattenuated carbonation.

Last swigs: Pecan pie thick with a roasty porter twist. Not too sure if I agree that this is a rye, but it is a big American Ale. More of a big porter, not Baltic, with a hidden ABV strength. Perfect match for a chocolate covered pretzel.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 02:16:15 | More by blitheringidiot
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DavidEddie

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to my man JJ for hooking me up!

Released June 2007 - Bottle 1355

Appearance - Rusty dark brown. Minimal tannish head falls quick. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell - Dark fruits, cherries, malt, booze, hints of vanilla and oak.

Taste - Same as it smells but with some light coffee, tangy rye, and light citrus. Finishes with some light bitter hops. The 9% ABV is hidden for the most part. The bourbon flavors are blended well. Not overpowering in anyway.

Mouth feel - Slick and smooth. Low amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - A damn good sipper that drinks like a barley wine. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 02:51:35 | More by DavidEddie
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark brown body. Sure, there's no head, but check out the legs!

Smell: Aroma of fresh rye bread and dark fruit syrup. A hefty amount of wood in the nose from the start, but, as it warms, more boubronesque notes of vanilla and light brown sugar emerge.

Taste: Rich, dark fruitiness, then everything goes hot. The spiciness of the rye links up to the bright booziness to give the impression of capsaicin heat. Once you realize there's no chili inside, you can isolate the rye and whiskey components. Afterwards, a simple syrup sweetness perks up, along with hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and more wood. Finishes sweetish and hot with a lingering woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel, which is not to say that it's cloying, just very, very thick.

Drinkability: It's definitely a sipper, but an interesting one.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 19:19:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that when held to light shows a dark, but perfectly clear ruby. Nose is extremely clean. But not in a bland or boring kind of way. If this were a porter or a stout, I'd say this has a lot of malt qualities. Carries a pretty thick and robust character. Flavor is extremely hearty. Just a mass of robust qualities. It is hard to judge this one as I have not had any rye beers to this point, but it seems extremely well made. Feel has a great carbonation to it and a thick enough liquid feel. This one is extremely drinkable. Even though this is my first sample at this particular style, I feel as though I can firmly say that this is an excellent example of the style and overall a beautiful beer in general. If you see it....don't hesitate. If you did...you'd be robbing yourself of an experience. Beautiful. One of my most amazing experiences with beer in very recent memory. If Ithaca doesn't make this a regular in their lineup, I say they are moronic idiots.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 20:19:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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IntriqKen

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I definitely was looking forward to this one...loving a good rye beer the way I do....this is unusual getting most of it's qualities from a barleywine rather than a simple rye.

Poured a barleywine translucent amber but with a bit more red. A nice off white half finger tops the glass and melts at a moderate pace leaving a sticky map while it lasts.

Aromas are barleywine strong in sweet candied amber malts.

Flavor is barleywine-like with the sweet candied amber malt but lacking the hop backbone found in barleywines. Rather there is a very distinctive spicy, dry rye backbone giving it a totally different flavor and style profile. A dry, graininess comes through in the flavor. Sweet and smooth start finishes to a drying spiciness. Distictive and nice.

Aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter. Warming alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 01:23:11 | More by IntriqKen
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured pretty hard and got about a 1/2" tan head on a really dark body with ruby hues when held to light.
S- Big rye aroma with strong oak to it. Whiskey, grass, hints of pine, alcohol, smoke, and more rye all come through.
T- Big strong rye flavor with light grass hops in it. Whiskey smoke flavors with a airy feel to it. Alcohol comes through with the oak and vanilla. Light fruits in there also. Big strong warming from alcohol in back of throat.
M- This is the weirdest mouthfeel. It feels airy or some kind of particles in it but I really don't think there is. Left with a kind of ashy feel in back of throat too. Full body with low carbonation.
D- This is really good. Wish it wasn't a one time off thing. Not sure how much of it I would buy but am glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 05:03:14 | More by BlindPig
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

note: bottle # 1485 from the first bottling

a: Deep dark copper in color, no haze in the first glass from the 750ml bottle. Pours with a big light tan head, decent retention.

s: Wow, there is a lot here! Some vanilla, oak, alcohol/whiskey, and some fruit that is about to rot. The malts combine some sweetness with sour earthy peats.

t: Starts with some vanilla and sweet smokey malts upfront. Sweet overripe cherries and a barely discernible hop tingle are next. At the finishing exhale a nice warming whiskey burn shows itself. Superbly balanced and complex.

m: The carbonation is creamy and does a great job coating the mouth and tongue. Overall texture is a bit syrupy.

d: Rumor has it this will be released again. I certainly hope so. Huge thanks to LittleBreeze for the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 12:07:47 | More by DIM
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melitameister

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in beverage center in Ithaca July 2007. Pricey, but attractive numbered 750 ml bottle (#370) from a top NY brewery. Served with Thanksgiving dinner in Neerlands Trappist goblet.

A - Deep golden ruby color with fine egg cream lasting head.

S - Refined, rich, malty rye aroma with plenty of fruit (cherry, lichee, pomegranate) and whiskey.

T - Mature rye with plenty of alcohol. Slightly sweet fruit (raisins, lime?) balanced with moderate bitterness and oak and whiskey and scotch. Delicious!

M - Fills the mouth and nose with creamy beer perfection.

D - Terrific brew. Maybe best example of American rye tasted. Will be looking for more Ithaca Beer Co. specialties.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 23:57:04 | More by melitameister
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml an awesome reddish brown into a Stange, very dark with some ruby hues when held up to the light. An extremely healthy four finger head foamed up a bubbly tan. Head very slowly fades but leave a nice amount of lacing behind. Sweet sweet maltiness balanced nicely with a faint nod of hops. The Rye is wonderful. Slight scent of raisins a it of vanilla. May seem somewhat obvious given the style but the rye is the main attraction on the palette. A bit of dark cherry, some raisins.

Medium bodied with a somewhat slick creamy mouthfeel with a small amount of fine bubbled carbonation that gentle tickles the tongue. Very easy drinking but watch out for the 9% abv. A great beer to sip on on a chilly night.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 03:53:20 | More by DaggerEyes
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with little head or carbonation.

Aroma is nice with a malty sweetness, peppery alcohol, more malt and plenty of rye.

The taste is very good and complex with a nice blend of rich, toasty malt sweetness and the sharpness of rye.

Medium-heavy body, but still nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 23:08:03 | More by AaronHomoya
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hailgob

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass...

A- Dark, I mean really dark, red. Opaque unless you catch it at just the right angle in bright light. The 1 inch head seems like it is taking out a year long lease, but it slowly gives way, leaving a decent amount of lacing behind. So much for its security deposit.

S- Rye. Is there alcohol in this? Wait, a feint hint of hops, but that delicious rye, almost spicy in its potency, dominates my olfactory bulb.

T- Hey, this is a Rye Ale. Lots of rye. Do you remember, just above, when I mentioned the spiciness? It's here, too. Very nice. Those hops that came out in the scent? Well, they add some bitterness for sure, but the rye is what lingers on my tongue until... wait for it... hey, there they are, in the finish.

M- A good amount of carbonation and a slightly viscous texture. When I poured out a second pint, I paid extra attention, and I really saw that viscosity in the pour. It coats your tongue in a way that does a pretty good job at letting the hops come forward in the end.

D- Like I said before... is there alcohol in this? The 9% ABV is indistinguishable until you stand up. While I could drink this all night, I wouldn't suggest driving home after.

Summary- A very good Rye Ale, it met all of my expectations. Definitely a must-try.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 03:06:43 | More by hailgob
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for opening this. Bottle # 359...
Appears a dark chestnut color with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a creamy head of film and a frothy collar.
Smell is of cherry pie, hazlenut, vanilla, cola, and earthy hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromaswith a hint of booziness found in there, along with fruity candy ala gummy bears.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with raspberries, and cocoa syrup swirling along the palate. Light astringency keeps this one from being great but it's good, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 17:50:14 | More by weeare138
Old Habit from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.