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Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

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82
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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WesWes on 09-04-2009

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

Situation: Sunday after Christmas--what a good celebration...
Glassware: Rare Vos slanted pint...
Appearance: tremendously erupting thick brown head that serves a quarter of the glass... velvet black when held to the Christmas tree--a dark take on the saison indeed...
Aroma: the spices and cloves pleasantly frame the hops; a full-bodied flavor is foretold in the aroma...
Palate: vivacious, active medium-bodied ale; warming but not hot; alcohol strengthens as an undergirding form...
Taste: light fruitiness dances above mellow maltiness and softened floral hops--yet this beer also has a fortified strength that makes ir a good winter match...
Overall: a strange blend of a brew--heady and heavy at times, creamy and gulpable at others; fits the winter sampler, and if available around ehre, I might even seek it out on its own merits...

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a tight off-white colored head that dissipated into a solid ring. The aroma is sweet, some banana and clove, not much else. Though one dimensional, I enjoy the aroma so the rating is higher. The taste is similar with the banana and clove; perhaps some barnhouse and brown sugar. Despite the dark color I do not pick up any roasted flavors, no malt sweetness but no roasty/toasty either. The flavor profile is interesting; nice clove and banana, a bit of barnhouse leads to a Belgian style but not far off from a German weisse style. I like the brew just cannot figure out what it is or resembles. The feel is light to moderate with soft carbonation; finishes sweet and spicy. I enjoyed this brew though I cannot figure out what it is. All I know is I like the flavor.

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

On tap at Mr. Beery, Bethpage, NY.

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a bold ester, candy sugar and an earthy hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront spicy ester, followed by a light sweetness and finishing a bit bitter.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty dark ale.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Explodes out of bottle with a 5+ finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is caramel and Belgian yeast, hops are subdued. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed Belgian glass.

A - Pours a quite dark brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A finger of cream colored foam sits on top for a brief duration and then falls to a thin surface layer and a bit of lace left on the glass.

S - Very fruity up front (black cherries?) with a distinctive spicy, clovey and Belgian yeast character mixed in. Just a hint of alcohol finds its way to the nose too.

T - Still thinking black cherries after the first sip. Lots of Belgian yeast character, cloves are prominant in the flavor. Some sharp/crisp hop bitterness blends nicely. Overall, I'm fairly impressed by this one.

M - Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation level. Sits on the tongue for a moment before sliding to the swallow. A cooling clove/spice sensation on every sip fills the mouth.

D - Very nice example of an American Belgian ale. Lots of Belgian character, pretty authentic overall. There are definitely better ones out there, but this does a pretty good job at the style. Probably won't get to revisit this one, but glad I got a chance to give it a try.

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Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.