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TEN - Ithaca Beer Company

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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 54
Gots: 7 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Imperial American Extra Special Double Red Ale

"Our Anniversary beer, TEN is brewed with too many malts to list and an excess of American hops, including several additions during fermentation.

Enjoy the russet color, aggressively hoppy aroma and flavor, rich body and fiery finish."

(Beer added by: BeerTruth on 03-06-2008)
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4/5  rDev -1%

08-11-2014 05:48:14 | More by Big_Dave
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-22-2014 21:41:53 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-03-2014 00:54:45 | More by Joecaddie
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-07-2014 23:00:47 | More by Kegatron
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-01-2014 04:17:06 | More by Roberto11232
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3.74/5  rDev -7.4%

Shared with many people at my cellar cleaning.

Light fizzy head, clear cranberry dark brown color.

Nose sweet candy, dark fruit, caramel and toffee, mild oxidation, chewy malts, mild bitter hops, dark fruits and nuts, fig, candy,

Taste sweet little candy, chewy malts, mild bitter hops, mild dark fruits and nuts, caramel, toffee, etc. Little oxidation, loss of caramel. Semi sweet semi bitter finish, chewy, little syrupy.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, syrupy, little carb, booze is hidden well at least.

One of the beers I really regret not reviewing fresh, as it was pretty good back then, and a bit of a let down now. Still had some of the nice qualities, but some oxidation and loss a lot of the goodness. Oh well.

12-23-2013 02:29:49 | More by jlindros
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3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear hazelnut hue with as thin head.

S - Aromas of older malts, cardboard oxidation. Old.

T - Taste is caramel sweetness, toffee, light alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

O - Overall this beer was past it's prime.

12-21-2013 00:35:21 | More by rudzud
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4/5  rDev -1%

08-03-2013 14:05:43 | More by BillRoth
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-23-2013 20:09:21 | More by jaxon53
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-19-2013 00:51:39 | More by Photekut
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-31-2013 23:52:21 | More by GRG1313
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-09-2013 16:35:28 | More by liamt07
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4/5  rDev -1%

02-01-2013 02:59:18 | More by calcnerd
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-29-2013 14:49:46 | More by DmanGTR
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-17-2013 19:03:30 | More by imperialking
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

I had this at the November Baltimore BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that sticks around quite nicely.

Smell: Definitely malt forward with dark fruit and mild caramel malt note. The overall smell is a bit fruity.

Taste: Definitely reminds me of a red ale. The malt is the dominant flavor but it doesn't seem overly sweet. I'm getting some dark fruit. This beer may be a bit faded due to the age. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium to a bit syrupy. Lots of smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I liked this beer now, it was probably even better in its prime. Still quite nice.

11-12-2012 21:06:35 | More by oline73
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

11-06-2012 19:39:53 | More by mendvicdog
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-05-2012 22:45:59 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-04-2012 17:01:20 | More by duceswild
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4/5  rDev -1%

10-15-2012 02:35:42 | More by t0rin0
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of the malt I typically associate with red ales, as well as some toffee and grass. The flavor is similar, with a lot of red ale notes, toffee, grass and alcohol. As the beer warms I start to get some cinnamon notes, as well a some pine and resin from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

07-07-2012 04:04:20 | More by Mora2000
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

06-25-2012 02:26:01 | More by FrankShirley
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-11-2012 18:51:06 | More by seeswo
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Batch E!006; Sampled January 2012
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, amber tinged, dirty tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber / plum color that shows a lightly hazed brightly red stained, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lightly aged malt, dark fruit, and aged citrus / berry fruit aromatics (this last seems distinctly like a hop signature). Oxidized, caramelized malt notes lean a bit towards sweet tea (though without the sticky sweetness), definite caramel, toasted-brown-sugar-crusted desert breads and a touch of nuttiness that is even more accentuated by some oxidation character. The hop character here is still quite present, even after four years, though it is certainly greatly diminished it still reminds me of citrus infused berries and ruby red grapefruit.

The beer is fairly sweet tasting, though this is fairly well tempered by a lot of citrus oil hop character, some palate coating hop bitterness and a toasted and nutty / oxidized malt character that comes into its own towards the finish. Flavors reminiscent of caramel soaked grapefruit zest, fresh pine needle syrup, ripe / fresh spruce tips (with that woody / citrus vibrancy). The hop character still has enough vibrancy to them to add a green, almost astringent edge towards the end of each sip, and there is still a lot of fruity hop character here, despite it being obvious that the hop character has been quite reduced since it was fresh. My wife describes the confluence of aged / oxidized malt and hops as smoky, which I can definitely see, but wouldn’t have come up with on my own.

This definitely has a nice character to it; it reminds me a lot of an aged bigfoot; it is certainly better fresh for those that are pure hop heads, but this is close to the sweet spot for the oxidized malt yet still fairly aggressive, but greatly mellowed hop character. Actually, as I work my way through the second glass, after the beer has warmed up a fair amount I really start to get a peaty, smoky, umami / not-quite salty character that is definitely noticeable; I would swear that there is some smoked malt in this, but age could have done it, and seems the most likely that this last is the case.

02-18-2012 02:47:03 | More by Gueuzedude
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New York

1.53/5  rDev -62.1%

I have had this forever! Hope age didn't kill it by turning it in to a malty mess. Poured a very murky orange-brown with virtually no head. Aroma is a pungently nasty. It smells like snot. Seriously. I can pick up some dark fruit and lots yeast but overall something weird is going on. MUST BE THE AGE. UGhhh. So i took a sip, instant drain pour unfortunately. There is no way this is the way it should taste and i feel awful about it.

WHy am i reviewing it then?

Well because the bottle says that that this can be aged indefinitely. Yet the bottle says it can be aged. The hops here have changed into the over sweet bitter death. Mouthfeel is irrelevant. POUR. Soured and ruined. The bad kind of sour!

02-09-2012 03:21:11 | More by kbnooshay
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TEN from Ithaca Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.