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Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 09-04-2009)
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Ratings: 335 | Reviews: 148 | Display Reviews Only:
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Joshuwutphilly

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72.4%

08-28-2013 22:58:07 | More by Joshuwutphilly
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brodah

New York

1/5  rDev -72.4%

12-17-2011 23:59:35 | More by brodah
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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

12-08-2013 02:20:33 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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Razr86

New York

2/5  rDev -44.8%

12-11-2012 22:25:57 | More by Razr86
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claspada

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Aromas are all Belgian; dark fruits, mostly prune, and a mild spice notes. Some light hops but this is mainly caramely/candy sugars, not bad but there's something missing.

The taste is hard to swallow, literally... Some malty dark fruits but the yeast flavor is extremely overpowering and the banana/cloviness is so prolific and one-dimensional it makes the mouthfell suffer as well. I do not think the "dark farmhouse" worked out as well as the brewer hoped, really hit or miss so far for me on the Ithaca collection.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 16:56:31 | More by claspada
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chefduff2

New York

2/5  rDev -44.8%

01-06-2013 01:44:45 | More by chefduff2
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Brown120

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -44.8%

12-05-2011 02:43:15 | More by Brown120
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jstewart1130

Ohio

2/5  rDev -44.8%

11-27-2011 01:32:13 | More by jstewart1130
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WMM_JR80

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

07-07-2013 23:29:42 | More by WMM_JR80
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GennyCreamAle

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

12-07-2012 03:30:17 | More by GennyCreamAle
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deonreds

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

03-18-2012 05:15:59 | More by deonreds
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vfgccp

New York

2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

NOTE: best before date says April, drank in November. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Beautiful, deep mahogany brown. Tall head that creamed up nicely.

S - Light booze, mild spice.

T - Woody-charcoal, maybe some oak. Light resiny hop bitterness in the back of your palate. The flavors are pretty dead. The charcoal doesn't feel right.

M - The body feels too light. The flavors slip down my throat before I really had a chance to catch them, and all I was left with was a dry rolling charcoal.

D - Try it if you can find it fresh, Ithaca is a great brewery and it's my own fault for not waiting to find a non-expired bottle :( Definitely send this back if it's past the freshness date.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:39:05 | More by vfgccp
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

03-24-2012 19:07:32 | More by sweisel80
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SonictheBeerhog

New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-08-2013 02:21:46 | More by SonictheBeerhog
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msquared36

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Very dark brown with a copper tint, but not opaque. Ver little lacing.

Faint toasted malt scent.

Label says Belgian style amber, not sure why though. Coffee is the predominant taste with a slight sour aftertaste.

Very watery with almost no noticeable carbonation.

Reminds me more of a weak and watery stout than a Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 23:26:00 | More by msquared36
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 ounce glass with a very generous 2 inch or so of head. The color is very dark almost like a dubbel. Yeasty, spices in the scent. Flavors of bread dominate, a few notes of fruity sweetness. But mostly yeast flavored. Alcohol is pretty apparent and warming. Not flavorful enough to reach for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 16:40:31 | More by mtnbikerpa
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A murky brownish color with a hint of read. A large two finger off white head leaves nice glass lacing.

S: Bready and grainy with some musty funk and dark fruit. Some caramel sweetness comes through.

T: Yeasty funk up front with darker fruit flavors, grains, caramel malt, some sugar sweetness and a huge very offensive metallic flavor on finish. The finish is really turning me off.

M: A bit thin with alcohol flavor and that metallic taste.

D: Low, I could barely finish the bottle.

Overall not my favorite Ithaca beer by a longshot. I really did not enjoy this beer and will not reach for it again. Shame.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 20:45:00 | More by Kadonny
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24%

12-27-2012 22:19:20 | More by DWolf
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zbloom

New York

2.75/5  rDev -24%

01-23-2013 03:35:39 | More by zbloom
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jwps214

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24%

11-30-2013 00:57:00 | More by jwps214
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shaw87psu

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24%

12-30-2012 23:08:05 | More by shaw87psu
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blackened1339

New York

2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this beer in a make your own six pack @ Wegman's. I consumed straight out of the bottle. Perhaps I would have gotten a better sense of this beer if I had consumed it in a chalice or had more than one, but overall, it just struck me as being very weird. Like drinking Yoohoo from a swimming pool. There was a weird taste I couldn't describe, my boyfriend called it floral (which I can understand coming from Ithaca) but to me, it was awkward...like chlorine.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 08:34:17 | More by blackened1339
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights. Head is beige, nice retention, and leaves light lacing.

S: Nose is interesting with Belgian yeast, herbal hop bitterness, spices, dark fruits, & caramel and bready malts. Nothing too over powering and slightly on the weak side.

T: An unusal combination of dark fruits, an odd oaky taste, toasted bready malts, spices, some earthy hop bitterness, and finishes with a farmhouse funk. The difference flavors don't mix well and seem to be competing with each other.

M: Medium body; light carbonation; creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

O: Overall, I don't think this is a terrible ale, I just think that there is too much going on. In my opinion, the Belgian style mixed with the amber ale style doesn't mix well here. I personally wouldn't drink it and even though I got a six pack, I'll probably give the rest of the pack away.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 19:46:12 | More by BrewCrew2010
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atr2605

New York

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a deepamber/brown color with an off white head about one fingerswidth, not the best retention
S-raisins, caramel, smells a bit boozy for being only 7%
T-starts with a bit off the caramel flavor buts turns into a yeasty olive flavor. Not good
M-Medium Light
O-not a fan, nose was a bit off but still had some of the typical characteristics but the flavor was way off.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:07:03 | More by atr2605
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SFLpunk

Vermont

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to shrek806 for this extra! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Best Before notched between the N and D.

Pours a calm dark dark amber brown with some very thin off-white head.

Aroma is fairly muted with some burnt caramel notes and a little wooliness. Toasty oak chips come to mind.

Palate is crisp but oddly astringent. Hop bitterness right off the bat, with some faint yeast-driven acidity that makes this a mouth-watering brew when agitated. Dark caramel and generic Belgian yeast notes. Something tastes burnt in here, like over-toasted oak chips or something.

Notes: Not impressed. I think it's needs some re-tooling in the yeast department.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 05:35:25 | More by SFLpunk
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Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.