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Old Habit - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 68
Gots: 21 | 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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Bernie666

New York

4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

New batch E!045. Amazing. Had it years back when cheif was still there and was amazing then. But Ididnt remember it being this good. Slightly sour and a bit fruity with a some vanilla taste in the finish complement of the burboun barrels. A very complex beer and overall just awesome. One of the best beers I've had in a while. Right up there with brute, le blue and the original ithaca 10!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 07:02:56 | More by Bernie666
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nh2032

New York

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-09-2013 12:01:41 | More by nh2032
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dwoolley1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-29-2013 20:30:14 | More by dwoolley1
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ColdOne

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-19-2013 06:04:49 | More by ColdOne
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atr2605

New York

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a very deep amber with a tan head that fades and leaves a nice lacing
S-oak and cherry with some dark fruit
T-cherries and plums mixed with the spiciness and vanilla flavor of the oak barrels, finishes with some citrus
M-medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy
O-Really smooth and complex beer. Extremely well crafted

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:19:31 | More by atr2605
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.6%

04-24-2013 02:47:09 | More by randylangford
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-22-2013 20:54:01 | More by Kelp
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-01-2013 00:23:27 | More by djrn2
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-29-2013 14:50:23 | More by DmanGTR
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Brew33

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-22-2013 21:18:48 | More by Brew33
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SLeffler27

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-18-2012 05:49:36 | More by SLeffler27
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

10-15-2012 02:42:58 | More by t0rin0
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with a few friends. Old Habit pours a dark reddish-orange color with a small head. The nose contains brown sugar, oak, cherry and rye. A very interesting beer so far and we have not even gotten to the taste ! Taste has spices, such as cinnamon and vanilla, along with plums, cherries and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium, some carbonation. The finish is a tad bitter, but still pleasant. Overall, a unique beer done well that I was glad to have had the opportunity to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:10:01 | More by mltobin
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. 2008 Vintage (infected). Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a ruddy cloudy garnet hue with a nice three finger head with tons of side lacing.

S - Aromas of barrel and sour/funk infection. Yep, this 2008 batch is definitely infected but smells nice and tasty. Almost like a funky lambic.

T - Sharp bitterness and slight metallic taste with light funky flavours. Off funk, as opposed to barnyard funk. There is slight rye and cherries but mostly just infection.

M - Mouthfeel isnt all that bad but there is more of that sharp, metallic feel and taste that lingers.

O - Overall this isnt that bad considering its infected. It makes for an interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 20:00:39 | More by rudzud
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

02-11-2012 01:32:28 | More by Tyrawlings
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bsuedekum

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

01-04-2012 04:57:38 | More by bsuedekum
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smithmd4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-27-2011 05:31:36 | More by smithmd4
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

12-01-2011 07:27:19 | More by rab53
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

11-18-2011 00:56:30 | More by nmann08
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

11-17-2011 21:09:40 | More by tclapper
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

11-16-2011 15:16:20 | More by sideshowe
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%

11-16-2011 02:39:35 | More by Magery
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-16-2011 00:59:23 | More by HopStoopid120
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mjtiernan

New York

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-15-2011 06:05:02 | More by mjtiernan
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-14-2011 18:41:50 | More by thebouch01
Old Habit from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.