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TEN - Ithaca Beer Company

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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
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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Photo of kbnooshay
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!

kbnooshay, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev -1%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of rpaul2012
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

rpaul2012, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
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.

Chriscrundwell12, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev -1%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +23.8%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -1%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -1%

thewimperoo, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +23.8%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -1%

Bilco, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -1%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of nightwing002
4/5  rDev -1%

nightwing002, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -1%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Spider889
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.

Spider889, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of tclapper
5/5  rDev +23.8%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +23.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -1%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of vande
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark, cloudy/rusty looking red to the point where it almost looks like a glowing brown....

S: malty, rusty/coppery...carmalized something..toffee? prunes?

T: reminds me of a cross between Chronic and a Barleywine... interesting coppery feel of hops and malts mixed with some dated dark fruits...

M: nothing crazy....

O: pretty interesting. bottles from 2008. I've got one more as well as a 12 and 13 in the cellar...

vande, Sep 18, 2011
TEN from Ithaca Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.