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TEN - Ithaca Beer Company

TENTEN

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

235 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 235
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%


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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kbnooshay

New York

1.53/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:21:11 | More by kbnooshay
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Jesse13713

Ohio

1.58/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Aw Yeh for spiltting this beer with me!

Appearance - Pretty impressive lacing on this one. Fairly dark brown with a hint of red. Much darker than I expected. Three fingers of head on this beer.

Smell - Smells very malty and caramel-like. Smells very sweet. I am actually overcomes by the sweet smell in this beer.

Taste - Wow. Very, very hard to swallow. A huge bitter burn on the way down. Quite malty. Tastes more stout-like or even like a lighter Wee-Heavy. This didn't really taste like a red ale and I was expecting more from a double. Slight pepper. Tastes like molasses in a way.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Entirely too sweet for my tastes. There's no way I can drink this entire 750. The bitterness and sweetness don't combine well together. I gave this beer more than enough chances, but I ended up dumping out my share of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:25:26 | More by Jesse13713
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AwYeh

Ohio

1.68/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

750 ml poured into snifter, batch E!14.

A: Pours a cloudy reddish brown, with three fingers of off-white head. Great head retention, and good lacing.

S: Tons of sweet toffee and caramel malts kick things off here, along with a good deal of spices (cloves and the like), and a decent amount of ethanol. If a smell can be cloying, this one is approaching it.

T: Hugely sweet, tastes like brown sugar and caramel. Fairly large kick of ethanol too, this is one sugary, spicy beer. More cloying than the smell... a bit hard to handle.

M: Medium-bodied, with a dramatic amount of alcohol making the thin body for the style very clear; light carbonation. Smooth and sticky on the finish.

D: Way too sweet for me; despite the bottle's claims that this could be aged indefinitely, I'm feeling that it might have been better to have this early on, with some semblance of hop balance in place. It's rare that I have to pour part of a beer out, but I just couldn't take this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:24:00 | More by AwYeh
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ncaudle

Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Preface - I fear, no, hope my bottle was bad.

Bottle poured into large wine glass.

NO head at all and unfortunately VERY, VERY flat.

The good - I liked the thick reddish-brown color and the smell was different than what I expected. Not a bad smell, just different, like a very floral Saison aged in wine barrels... almost sourish.

The bad - I think I've had water with more carbonation before... Pouring it I knew something was up but I truly had no idea until I tried drinking it.

I fear mine may have even been infected. No other review for this beer mention any sourness, yet this one was. I could almost get beyond the flatness, but the combination of no carbonation and the sourness made this a drain pour...

I'm kind of surprised I was able to down half a glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 15:23:33 | More by ncaudle
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.35/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours little head. Color is a hazed copper amber.

Aroma: Caramel and bready malts. Some weedy and grassy some. A bit of spice shows. Big malt profile.

Taste: Metallic flavors, caramel malts, bready, sweet. Hops are faded, but still provide some bitterness. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but no good hop flavors. Creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and weedy.

Overall, I'd like to have tried this fresh as this one just wasn't doing it for me. It was too malty for my liking and the hops just weren't what I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:41:06 | More by mothman
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jdklks

Nevada

2.45/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a super dark amber, more like mahogony, with absolutely no head. I'm wondering if it is carbonated at all. It is two years old. The smell is similarly average. No longer any hoppiness to speak of, unfortunately. Huge malt roastiness that reminds me of roasted almonds. Some sweet dark fruits, especially cherry, and a heavy dose of alcohol.

I'm going to talk about the flavor and the mouthfeel at the same time, because the latter affects the former greatly. There is little, almost no, carbonation here, which doesn't allow any of the flavors that this could potentially have to develop on the palate. Instead, you get a pretty basic straightforward alcohol burn, with a little indistinct sweetness up front and a roasted finish that is by far the best part of the beer.

Drinkability=Drain Pour.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 05:06:59 | More by jdklks
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gyllstromk

Belgium

2.58/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

These overblown beers evoke a house of college roommates trying to make a beer as big and bad as possible. The Brute by Ithaca was such a delicate treat but this one was pretty hard to choke down.

Pours a nice, bubbly red as advertised. Nose is a deep overdose of hops and a touch of the roasted malt and caramel. Flavor is huge hop bitterness that obscures any hop flavors. Malt has a smokey feel to it that pervades the aftertaste. Sherry notes bring to mind some of my homebrew accidents. Mouth is sticky and unappealing. I am not enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 19:00:17 | More by gyllstromk
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to rlmartin and Thorpe429 for the hook-up

A - It pours a big orange-amber, with a voluminous off-white head and lots of lace.

S - The hops have faded, obviously, but they still pack a bitter wallop. There is also a ton of rich caramel maltiness. Notes of grapefruit, pine and caraway are also apparent.

T - The taste is quite spicy. Hops are still quite pungent in the mix, and there is a heavy rye-like spiciness that overwhelms the brew. The big caramel malt seems to exacerbate the situation, causing a brew that is too spicy, sweet and bitter. Alcohol is too prominent. The mouthfeel is also a culprit here.

M - Syrupy and sticky. Not helping the whole deal.

D - Past its prime, or perhaps it never had a prime, I can only speculate. I do know that the Ithaca Excelsior! Series tends to be very good across-the-board. This one, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:08:39 | More by ktrillionaire
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Yet again, I need to thank Kyle for the generosity this weekend!

(A)- Pours a deep reddish amber color that produced a nice tan colored head with decent retention and lace.

(S)- Lots of rich run raisin aromas and a dry oaky nuance.

(T)- Same as the smell. A raisin rich dry oaky profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit dry and woody, but has some left left in it. Starting to get a bit "muddy"

(D)- It is definitely starting to lose some of its life, so I wouldnt continue to hold onto this if you do in my opinion, but its still enjoyable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 17:25:22 | More by sweemzander
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ccrida

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a stem glass, Ten is a dark, murky copper with a very large tan head, with large bubbles but long lasting, rocky settling, with fairly heavy lace. While the brew is a bit muddy, the head is in Belgian territory, fantastic.

Smell is, initially, kind of gross. Chocolate and earthy hops, it comes off a bit like stagnant water, and didn't have me to excited about drinking any! After I did, it was less offensive, mainly wet hops, tea like, with alcohol and malt.

Taste is, thankfully, not too bad. Nice maltiness, touch of cocoa, earthy, spicy hops, a decent double amber ale. I prefer a more aggressive hop profile, like a red DIPA, or maybe I should say west coast red DIPA, rather then what I assume are noble hops here...more like a hoppy wee heavy, but I have no idea how old it is (I just bought it yesterday in Boston), it could have faded somewhat. The bottom line is it's worth trying, but has a kitchen sink feel to it that lacks real direction.

Mouthfeel is kind of slick, medium body, not bad for the size.

Drinkability is not bad, while not really my style, it's pretty well made, clean, with the ABV very well hidden. Still, it's not to cheap, limited (according to the label), and nothing really special. Check it off the list and move on...

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 22:16:31 | More by ccrida
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klewis

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch E!014

A: Pours a murky brown with a moderate head. Light lacing.

S: Nutty, biscuit-like aromas with earthy undertones.

T: An intense full-flavored brew. The "too many malts to list" create an olio of malt flavors that turns out to be a big mess on the palate. A soft, citric hop flavor in the finish.

M: A medium-body with high carbonation makes the beer feel a bit thin.

D: I'll pass on this one. Like the Hebrew Twelve, this concept of throwing as many different things into the brew kettle as possible falls WAY short in every aspect of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 21:15:37 | More by klewis
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very nice looking beer. Dark, amber body with lots of little streams of carbonation bubbles. Tan head with good retention. Leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

Smells very sweet and malty. Boozy.

The taste is definitely dominated by sweet malts, all kinds of malts. Lightly roasted, caramel, molasses. I don't really detect any hop presence here. Pretty boozy though.

Something that was just too sweet and alcohol-tasting for me to drink a ton of.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 13:58:47 | More by Hojaminbag
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a very deep red amber color with very minimal head. The aroma is loaded with malty sweetness and caramel with a slight touch of hops. The taste is super sweet but was expected. Drinks actually fairly easy. Minimal alcohol notes for a 10% abv beer. Medium mouthfeel. Starts with the aforementioned malt sweetness with a subtle hoppiness in the back end.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:23:34 | More by kbutler1
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a big, dark, muddy reddish-brown. Two big fingers of almond foam, slow to form and slow to leave.

Aroma - lots of caramel, fig, a heavy syrupy smell.

Taste - a dry, crackery base grain. Picking up some light taste of the dreaded chlorophenols (Band-Aid). Faded hops provide some bite on the swallow. The CPs fade somewhat as the palate gets adjusted. Alcohol hotness provides an ethanol-like kick that kind of cheapens the experience. The finish is fading heat and residual malts.

Mouthfeel - I do pick up some of the body 'bigness' I expect, but it could use some more dextrinous quality to provide a 'Killians on steroids' effect. Average carbonation.

Drinkability - okay, I have two more of these that I will drink (sooner than later), but at ten bucks a bomber, this is pretty much a thirty dollar fail with regards to aging a beer (especially after reading some of the early reviews...dayyyum). Oh well, win some lose some, I like taking the chance now and again as it does work out nicely sometimes. Didn't this time though. Just enough appreciable beer stuff going on to keep me around, but this did not develop, nor will it, into what I'd hoped. That said, I will sip this down and enjoy it for what it is, namely a slightly messy but workable barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:57:49 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Spider889

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Ryan011235. He never ceases to amaze by pulling out old Ithaca bottles from his cellar at tastings.

A - A ruddy, brackish orange copper color. Cloudy, full of sediment (though we got a bad pour at the tasting I believe). Tall head and good lace.

S - Hoppy despite the age. Maltiness is a little odd, a bit woody.

T - Rye flavors. Has an oaky, almost an old dry driftwood quality to it.

M - Dry dry dry.

O - This was probably much more enjoyable fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 07:31:25 | More by Spider889
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BlackWednesday

New York

3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0mL bottle, Batch E!006. Poured slightly murky medium orange with a short-lived cap of beige head (subsequent pours left more head, so I’m bumping it up a notch). The aroma was strong with floral notes, peppery spices, and some citrus over a bed of pizza dough, caramel, and redder fruits.. definite alcohol amplification. The flavor was similar in terms of stuff going on, but it lost some of its luster.. caramel and fruity notes at the core with pine, citrus, and spicy bitterness around.. something was breaking down in there, leaving strong, boozy, cardboardey notes in places.. muddled with too much going on. Heavier-bodied on the palate with enough carbonation to keep it moving.. sticky and messy in terms of flow, but it did leave a satisfying feel on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 07:16:18 | More by BlackWednesday
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caminiti

New York

3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Im obviously in the minority here, but I just did not think it was that good of a beer. When I first tried it, I thought it may have just been a beer gone bad, and by reading the reviews, I think I was correct. I poured mine into the standard stolen pint glass, light copper with absolutely no head. THere was a hint of pine and vanilla, though something resembling paint thinner as well. Tasted like the nose said it would, some vanilla, but more like a beer that had been open for a while. A little oily, it was a beer that I did not finish, which is rare for the price.. I would not regard this as a true review, since I think I had a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 13:39:45 | More by caminiti
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Patrick999

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured brown, with decent foam for its age.

Aromatics mostly of caramel and toffee. Malt-forward, which is pretty much what I was expecting.

Unfortunately, the taste just leaves me flat. It's not bad...it's a caramel malt bomb. But just that - I don't get a lot of interesting flavor development here, little complexity. I was hoping for more out of a 10% strong ale. This is (or was) probably one of those American Double Reds that was hopped to all hell, and was incredible when fresh, but aged into a simple caramel malt bomb. I was hoping for some aged barleywine-like complexity, and didn't get too much of it. It's OK, though. I can drink it. There's just nothing about it at this point that wows me.

Carbonation is pretty good, pretty good rich chewy mouthfeel.

Again, I can drink it, but it didn't turn out to be the lush cellar experience I thought it could be. Oh well. I guess I'm slightly more disappointed than usual, given the recent excellent reviews on this. It was probably pretty kick ass when fresh....but right now, I find myself in the odd position of being a statistical outlier.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:00:32 | More by Patrick999
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to try this one

A: Murky reddish brown with a soap off white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Strong hoppy aroma that I can smell almost across the room with a background of caramel sweetness.

T: Bitter pine notes and a bit soapy tasting. Not as complex as I was hoping. Some butter and bready notes as well

M: Full bodied but I just couldnt get past the intense pininess

D: I wish I had somebody to split this bottle with

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:50:06 | More by mikey711
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps a little past its prime.

A: Hazy chestnut, light tan head, thin ring of retention, good lacing.

S: Brown sugar with plenty of alcohol & hints of American hops.

T: Brown sugar, sherry, nut, good bitterness.

M: Very well-attenuated for its weight, with a VERY drying alcohol finish.

D: Seems a little boozy, without the depth of flavour. You'd think it would have mellowed?

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:40:01 | More by Derek
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ithaca Ten

Pours a murky brown with small particles of yeast. Decent sized head forms and leaves some lace behind. Aroma of booze, fruits, caramel, and faint butterscotch. In the taste, where once was a hoppy beer, the malt has taken over. Brown sugar, molasses, prune and lots of alcohol make up most of the flavor profile. There is a trace of hops, but not enough to make much of an impression. This is a boozy malt bomb, and at best resembling an aged barleywine. Mouthfeel has held up pretty well, medium to low carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, probably peaked, but at this point, I'd set it aside for a few more years and see if anything develops.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 06:16:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter glass, sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Pours a dark brown cloudy color, sediment is evident, decent carbonation, tiny bubbles in the head, one finger off white head that dissipates to a nice layer around the glass.
S- The aroma is interesting, Dark fruits, REALLY malty, bready/nutty notes, some woody notes as well, earthy characteristics, the hops are nowhere to be seen.
T- Huge malt bomb, some dark fruit notes come out (plums, raisins), lacks carbonation, flat, sweet bitterness.
M- Medium mouth feel, under carbonated, alcohol is hidden, dry finish.
O- Interesting beer, would love to try this when it was fresh, can definitely tell this is an aged beer huge, malt bomb, not bad for being almost 4 years old.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:40:36 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Dirty red, dingy and un-see-thru, low filthy head, pretty unappealing, really, but looks... dense.

S. Severly malt-based, buttery, rich dark, sweet, sugary... lacks balance. Hops are there but have either faded or were low to begin with.

T. Very sweet, rich and fruity. Malty... yeah... uhm.. pretty "Red", some hops, muted now, caramel, toffee, a bit of metal, thin, fruity... I'm not getting the love, personally... this may simply be past its prime, but it right now is 2 dimensional and bland.

M. Lowly carbonated, thin, watery, sweet and malty finish... rather disappointing all said.

D. I don't get the hype. Ithaca Ten is mediocre, right now. I'd love to revisit it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 03:17:06 | More by kkipple
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:35:21 | More by rudzud
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks mikereaser for the opportunity.

Batch E!006.

Pours a clear garnet red. A huge billowy tan head takes it's time falling. Leaves a good amount of sheet-like patches of lace.
Aroma is caramel, earthy, with a flash of citrus.
Flavor is very sweet and malty. Caramel, toffee. No real bitterness or hops. There is an earthy, aged character in the mix as well. Finish is sweet, with a hint of resin, and a lingering alcoholic heat.
Medium body with low carbonation that combines for a very smooth feel. Suave.

Other reviews suggest that this batch is already 1+ year old (another reason I like 'born on' or 'best by' dates instead of batch numbers). This does it no favors, IMO. I heard a couple of folks that compared this to Nugget Nectar. I can taste how that could be true for a fresh batch.
As is, it's a decent, malt heavy slightly boozy brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 00:19:21 | More by goatgoat
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TEN from Ithaca Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.