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Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 7
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 09-04-2009)
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3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/4/09

A - pours a dark chestnut almost black with a little bit of foam

S - malty, with hints of spices, brown sugar, nothing too overpowering

T - maltiness throughout the mouth, some spices, slight belgian pepperness, some brown sugar sweetness

M - nice peppery mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - not bad though i don't know if i'd seek out another

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3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Boring Belgian, had at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse. Very yeasty, medicinal. Dark colour. Mouthfeel above average, but still unsatisfying. Not too sweet other than the yeast, not getting much spices, though licorice and chocolate malt.Coca-cola like.

Photo of AwYeh
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very dark amber, almost opaque, with a huge foamy head. Despite a cautious pour, I couldn't get the whole 12oz bottle into my 16oz snifter.

S: Smell is earthy, of spicy Belgian yeast and banana.

T: Taste is much more bitter than I expected; the earthiness of the smell is bolstered here with an additional bit of tartness on the finish. Oddly enough, I'm picking up very little sweetness, although there is a distinct roasted malt flavor prevalent upon warming.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy with lively carbonation.

D: Don't think I would have any more than one of these at a time; bitterness without much standing up to it hurts drinkability. If you would plan on having several, I recommend letting them all warm considerably before beginning.

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3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Impressive four-finger head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky bits of lace on the glass. The color is dark amber/light brown with a mild chill haze thrown in.

Strong yeast aroma--quite biting although not quite "Belgian". Earthy malt nose as well.

Slightly sour with biting bitterness that comes from nondescript hops. The alcohol is notable and warming. The yeast shows up on the tongue. Dark malts are present but not strong. Body is thin as is the carbonation level.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown color with a smallish off white head that displays moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of brown bread, dark sugars, licorice, and spicy Belgian yeast esters. Taste is sweet with brown sugar and caramel mixed with some dark dried fruits and anise. The yeasty phenols are strong with this one and for me a bit overpowering. I can tell if I'm picking up some spices in this or if its the earthiness of the hops deep in the background. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet sugary mouthfeel. I tried but this one is just not for me.

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3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A seductive mahogany with red highlights, this one is crystal clear with a big foamy head. The snifter glass becomes coated with a web of fine off-white lacing.

Im not sure this is too style, as the aroma is grainy and similar to a recently dowsed campfire. There is some horse blanket and peat bog, but band-aids and rubbing alcohol are far more evident.

Cold Front is acidic with light bitterness. There is pepper and black tea here, and a long finish.

The snifter glass is challenged by the lively carbonation of this medium body dry beer with no alcohol presence. It does leave a sticky residue on the lips.

This beer lacks any real distinction, and with some unpleasant attributes leave me disappointed, but with a strong stew, it would probably work.

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

A: Garnet or russet colored with an above average size creamy tan head. Great retention. Spare lacing. The body has an 85% opacity and ruby edges line the glass.

S: Malt heavy, sweet smelling dark fruits, mainly raisin/prune, herbal hops, lightly spiced and pronounced Belgian yeast. The yeast is very distinct and recognizably Belgian. (Coincidentally, a quick check on the Ithaca website reveals: "fermented with a legendary Belgian 'Farmhouse' yeast."

T: Exactly what you would expect given the nose. Only weaker.

M: Dry finish. Seems to lack sweetness and is much too thin for my preference.

D: The Ithaca website calls this a Belgian-style Amber Ale and the BA website is calling it a Belgian Dark Ale. Whatever this beer is, it's certainly not a BSDA which is what the pub menu led me to believe, and possibly why the Cold Front received mostly average ratings. Or maybe it was on the merits of the beer alone... Nonetheless, this one needs some help...or heart...or tweaking or something.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Very dark brown, close to black, only amber at the edges when held up to light. Small white head, large bubbles, not foam.

S - Spicy, raisins, black licorice, light roast.

T - Peppery, spicy, like a Belgian should, some more of that black licorice, ends with some malt sweetness.

M - A bit thick when compared to Belgian beers, but perhaps that is the winter style coming through, low carbonation.

O - An interesting blend of the amber ale as a Belgian and a winter ale. Caught my curiosity, I usually enjoy Ithaca's offerings, but this one just didn't do it for me. Enjoyed the one, but I won't come back to it.

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Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.